I love games. I REALLY love board games, card games, video games...just, games. I'll play UNO with kids, I'll play Twilight Imperium (Second Edition) with n00bs (having to teach them too), I'll play pretty much anything...
However, there are exceptions. Games that I REFUSE to play.
I freaking hate this game. I work with kids, so the pieces end up everywhere, it takes forever of calling off random letters A-J, and random numbers 1-10, and the kids cheat by moving their ships, or peaking at my board. I HATE THIS GAME! Worst game in the history of games. Hell, I'd rather play Candy Land, which takes no skill at all, than Battleship.
I mean come on, how many time did you ACTUALLY play the game and not just build the damn thing and let it trap the mouse. When I did try to play it, the board would get bumped and pieces would dislodge and most of the time the darn thing never worked.
Honorary Mention: Gnip Gnop Oh the humanity! The only thing this game ever did was annoy the hell out of my grandparents!!!!
Yeah, I'll admit I found it really funny the first couple of times I played it. But I have a friend who used to insist we play this at every weekly gaming session (sometimes even head-to-head!), and now it bores the sh*t out of me.
Someone broke this game out at a party. Something like a 5 or 6 player game. Ended up getting only rotate cards again and again, and then getting shot, and shot again. So I had a stupid broken robot that couldn't do anything except spin around and get shot.
My favorite 18xx game for six players is two games of 1846 with three players each.
As the story goes, this game was designed to teach people about the futility of life. It's designed for children as young as 3 years old. I say spare them the lesson. They'll learn about the futility of life soon enough!
Actually, I have a story about this game, When I was 5 or 6, my sister, who is 2 years younger than I am, always wanted to play this game. I'd refuse, saying that there were no decisions, so it wasn't a game, but my mother would browbeat me for not playing with my sister.
One day I had a brilliant idea! When she asked me to play, I told her I'd be happy to play as long as she rolled the dice for both of us, moved the pieces, and told me who won. She was happy and I was able to read my book in peace.
I have played this game three times and have yet to enjoy it. One game I spent at the entrance the whole game cause I did not draw any cards that helped or increased my level enough to combat anything.
Another game of MunchkinFu I got every card possible to increase my level and was able to defeat everything even if it was doubled by someone, this was also no fun.
I told my brother to burn this game and will NEVER PLAY IT AGAIN!!
I have played this several times with varying numbers of people. Each time has taken 4+ hours, so I know its just not the people I am playing with. That is just to do one lap. Each time it has been a forced march to the finish line and I don't see why this game is so popular. There is little strategy other than maybe not stopping through a turn or moving past someone. And shifting. OOOOH.
I will never play this game again. I gave it enough chances to prove itself and it failed every time.
I have given their games many many chances. I have played Last Night on Earth many times and that game is simply broken. I also played A Touch of Evil and I feel that, while this game does work as a game, it was utterly boring. So, after giving two of their heavy hitters a chance, if a game comes to the table with their logo, I am turning it down.
Trouble, Sorry!, Parcheesi, Ludo or whatever insult you would call it.
It made me HATE boardgaming as a child! That alone should say all it needs to. Because how hard is it really to entertain a child. You could give me a stick and suddenly I would have found Excalibur, and be off on my crusade against the entire evil kingdom.
But no, because of this game alone. I did not even look at boardgames for more than 15 years!