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Games I initially misjudged and grew to like.

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Alex Ansari
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Like his list these aren't necessarily my top games, just games that I didn't expect to like but came away enjoying them as much as I did. Or games that bombed on the first play but were a total turnaround on the second play.
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1. Board Game: China [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:639]
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Boring name, box looks bad, bleh. Passed on it many times until I tried it. The majorities are fun, the card play and tension is perfect and the game plays in a tight 45 minutes
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2. Board Game: Concordia [Average Rating:8.07 Overall Rank:22]
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The cover looks lame, the box is oddly sized and what is that lady doing? playing the game is awesome. Tense hand management, action selection, a hint of drafting off of other players actions. Great game, box is still boring
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3. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:101]
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Played the first time, no powers and 1 boring alien, got 1 turn before the game ended. Didn't understand why people liked it. Second play was exciting and hilarious. Now one of my top 5
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4. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.02 Overall Rank:17]
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Played 5p with 7x2 cards the first time, OUCH hated it. Played a second time, family game 2p and the game was great. I've since grown to like it with cards and more player counts, but the first game was a little too "deep end of the pool" for me. Love it now though
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5. Board Game: Android: Netrunner [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:39]
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Weird terminology? 2p only? Running at servers? No thanks. Then I played it, WOW what a great game. Tense hide and seek with excellent asymmetry. I still don't own it because it's too much of a time investment but love the game
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6. Board Game: Ginkgopolis [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:321]
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The first time through I just didn't 'grok' this game. Couldn't see how it all fit together. But then it clicked and I love it. The theme is great, the components are pretty, and the town builds out in a satisfying way
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7. Board Game: Risk Legacy [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:234]
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I thought I played my last Risk game in high school but I've had a lot of fun doing this campaign. I don't need to play again once it's done but it's been a fun experience
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8. Board Game: Snowdonia [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:346]
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At first I was skeptical, all these weird British railways, only 2 workers, and the pieces don't even go on the board? But the game is pleasant, fast, easy to introduce and has expansions for variety.
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9. Board Game: Scoville [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:517]
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I bought it for the original bling but figured it wouldn't stick around. It's a great gateway game. Recipie collection, fast turns, auctions and just enough room to screw your neighbor. Very pleasant
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10. Board Game: Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear! (second edition) [Average Rating:8.07 Overall Rank:462]
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I am not at all a war game guy, somehow they just don't do it for me. But this one has a great action system and the game I played of it was fun and tense. I have to play again to see if it holds up, but it was good
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11. Board Game: Blood Rage [Average Rating:8.07 Overall Rank:23]
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I liked the first play ok, but it was really just average. The drafting seemed hollow and the pieces didn't fit together well.

The second play and the game came alive. Fast action, brutal combats, glory to Valhalla!

I live, I die, I live again!
 
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