The No Buy List - A list of Games We Love From Afar
Adam Brocker
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Gilbert
Arizona
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Commiserate with me about the list of fantastic games that for some reason or other is on your No Buy List.

These are games that your heart cries out for, but your mind denies you for your own sanity. Games that you want to own, but unfortunately know better.
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1. Board Game: Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:447]
Adam Brocker
United States
Gilbert
Arizona
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Oh, Tash-Kalar. The bits in your latest edition look so wonderful. CGE has done you right. I love the thought of your semi-abstract brain burnery goodness.

Why must you only play well with 2 players. An abstract like you will never make it to the table... You're on the No Buy List.

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2. Board Game: Five Tribes [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:52]
Adam Brocker
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Gilbert
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Such an amazing cover. The mancala taken to new heights. All of the reviewers are swooning over you. Your elegant rule set and surprising depth.

But every turn there will be hundreds of combinations to work through with no preplanning. My AP will make the other players stone me with your precious meeples... You've made the No Buy List
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3. Board Game: Tragedy Looper [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:516]
Adam Brocker
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Your premise is so intriguing. Looping through time to put right what once went wrong. My hidden love for Quantum Leap draws me to you. My righteous fervor my Groundhog's Day draws me to you. My deep nostalgia for Back To the Future draws me to you.

If I buy it though I'll always be running the game... Always the Leapee and never the Looper. I'd love to search for clues and discover the mystery, but I have have no desire to be the mastermind... You've made the No Buy List.
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4. Board Game: Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:50]
 
Greg Gresik
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Bolingbrook
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This is the first one that crossed my mind.

I won't buy it simply because the number of times I would be able to get it to the table compared to the number of times I would want to get it to the table would be so far apart, that the disparaging difference would be agony.

If I would have stumbled across the Geek or this game in college (or earlier) it might have had a chance. But now, as an adult with children and real responsibilities, there's just no way.

So I won't buy it, as I would be too focused on trying to figure out when I would be able to play it next....which probably wouldn't be for months. I would end up spending much more time planning to get it to the table, and thinking about wanting to play it, then I would actually playing it.
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5. Board Game: Advanced Squad Leader [Average Rating:7.96 Overall Rank:213] [Average Rating:7.96 Unranked]
Samuel Hinz
Australia
Brisbane
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Expensive 2 player wargame, with boring counters and super small counters and small hexsize. it'll never get played.

i'm hoping ASL:SK might scratch a bit of that itch.
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6. Board Game: Star Wars: Imperial Assault [Average Rating:8.14 Overall Rank:26]
Nathan Ehlers
United States
Cleveland
Ohio
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This is currently teetering on the edge for me. I've played it a few times and really liked it. I love Star Wars and this hit the spot. Unfortunately what I really want to do is play the campaign out, but it's going to be basically impossible to get 3 or 4 other people to commit to a weekly meetup to do that. So I could buy it, then spend a few weeks painting it. Then put it back on the shelf where it will sit long enough for me to forget all the rules.

The killer is that I'm sitting on a GC to mini-mart right now. Just a few clicks and it could be mine...soblue
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7. Board Game: Gears of War: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:352]
Nathan Ehlers
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Cleveland
Ohio
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I've read this is really good. I'm fond of coops. But right now my coop friends and I are still working through the base set of Mice and Mystics. We've been working on this since it came out. We manage to get in a game once every few months. If we ever finish that, I have the first expansion. I've resisted picking up the second expansion. Behind that I have a shelf full of coop and semi-coops I'd like to play.

Luckily I haven't seen this for some stupid good price or managed to pick it up in a math trade.
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8. Board Game: Zombie 15' [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:1212]
Nathan Ehlers
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Cleveland
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I have this weird fascination with Zombie games. Unfortunately, no one else I know shares this interest. I picked up Last Night on Earth a long time ago. Went on the shelf. Later I picked up Zombicide. Went on top of that. I've learned my lesson. No Zombicide Season 2, 3, or whatever. No City of Horror. No Dead of Winter. And no this game.

Maybe they would like the Zombies better if I replaced all the plastic with cubes and claimed it was a spatial stock market element?
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9. Board Game: Eldritch Horror [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:47]
Nathan Ehlers
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A new Arkham game??? But I already have every expansion and nearly every promo card for the original Arkham. I even built a custom box to hold it all in. D'oh.
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10. Board Game: Xia: Legends of a Drift System [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:162]
Dave Lartigue
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Springfield
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A sandbox game of space exploration and trading? I'd be up for that. But thanks to its origin on Kickstarter, it's stupidly overproduced, making it $85 even at online stores. Plus, doesn't play well with two, which would be my main way of playing it. Not gonna happen, Xia.
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11. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:238] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
Sheri Purser
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No one has time! Not on top of all our other gaming pursuits. But I have always wanted to play/ own.
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12. Board Game: Arcadia Quest [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:85] [Average Rating:7.90 Unranked]
Tim Christiani
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Buffalo
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Oh how I want this. I love Super Dungeon Explore, I own it all and have the complete Forgotten King offering on the way. I don't think I have room for both in my life. Especially since SDEFK Arcade mode and legends offers everything Arcadia quest does and then some.
It's on the NO BUY LIST.
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13. Board Game: Glory to Rome [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:149]
Dan
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Glory to Rome (Black Box)

I have played this once, and it was awesome. But I can't justify spending over $100 on it! And there is very little hope it will ever be re-released
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14. Board Game: XCOM: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:492]
John Buffington
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Honey Brook
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I had so much fun playing this, but I see my self only being the CO and playing the tutorial forever if I buy it...

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