What Game(s) do you suck at but cannot stop playing?
Erik Miller
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We all have games we are bad at, but really really really want to play. what are yours?
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1. Board Game: Star Realms [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:87] [Average Rating:7.63 Unranked]
Erik Miller
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I am TERRIBLE at this game. I win maybe 20% of the time while playing, but I really, really, really enjoy it. I lose all the time on the app, and just cannot seem to get things going. I think it's because I'm always 1 turn behind with my deck, so I lose 1 turn before I get going. that and I get distracted by getting more blue cards to buy better cards with.

But I really love it and will never turn down a game!
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2. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:62]
Erik Miller
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I've won this game maybe twice? both times as a Cylon. But I love it! I love the intrigue, the characters, and trying to figure everything out. I will never turn down a game, but I know I will probably lose anyways. I'm almost always a human and get thrown in the brig anyways to languish for a few turns.
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3. Board Game: David & Goliath [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:1936]
Greg S
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Gloucester
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I love trick taking variant games, and this is one of my favorites, but I lose badly at this game almost every time. But I still suggest it all the time.
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4. Board Game: Ora et Labora [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:90]
Martin Larouche
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Longueuil
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In my gaming group, i usually win the majority of the games i play. I'm "that guy" that can analyze a game's mechanics and find a way to win faster than others.

However, for some reasons, some games completely elude me.
Qwirkle, i never won. Always my wife.

Ora et Labora, i never won either... I can smash my way to victory in Agricola and other Rosenberg games pretty much everytime, yet i can't seem to be able to figure out Ora et Labora.

... and it's my favorite Rosenberg game.

Go figure.
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5. Board Game: Fleet [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:702]
Greg Gresik
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Aint won a game yet (only played a few times so far - 3 I think)! And love every minute of the game!

A second runner up is Stone Age - I think I lose (actually I typically come in 2nd in 3 or 4 player games) far more than I win, but I just really enjoy the game in process.

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6. Board Game: War of the Ring (First Edition) [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:83]
Ernest S
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Renton
Washington
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I've played numerous times: as the shadow side and as the free peoples... I have yet to win. But this is one of my favorite games. Even when as I lose, the story is always epic.
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7. Board Game: Polis: Fight for the Hegemony [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:519]
Kirk Thomas
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This game is so tight, one wrong move and I'm in an unrecoverable position. The only people I've beaten so far are ones who are even less familiar with it than me, and make that unrecoverable mistake (or six)quicker than I do.

Still, I just keep wanting to try again. Slowly, it's coming to me, but I think I'm still in the "suck" portion of the rating scale.
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8. Board Game: Splendor [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:116]
Lucas London
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Marion
Iowa
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I have yet to win a single game of this, and yet I want to play it all the time.
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9. Board Game: Terra Mystica [Average Rating:8.23 Overall Rank:8]
John Lyons Beck
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Olympia
Washington
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Best I've ever done is 2nd place. I usually come in last or 2nd to last.

But damn, I love playing this game.
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10. Board Game: Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:140]
Daniel Blumentritt
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Austin
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Played in the wargameroom.com league for Hannibal a couple of times and I my record was something like a combined 3-17. Sometimes get a game or two in at WBC and I think I'm 2-5 there. But it's a great game.
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11. Board Game: 1960: The Making of the President [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:159]
Alistair Stafford
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This one. Played 8 times with my wife and the ratio is 7:1 to her.
But I love this game because it is the biggest and "most complicated" game she will frequently request and sit down to play.

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12. Board Game: Russian Railroads [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:70]
Joshua Gottesman
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It took me roughly 30 games to win my 1st game. A lot of 2nds, even some close ones. And never a win. Finally I got it a month or so ago I have another game where I'm in very good position, so maybe it will soon be 2 wins!

Edit: Win #2 did happen! And a decisive one. I had over 400 points and won by 40+.
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13. Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:51]
Todd Walden
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Minneapolis
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I don't know what it is about this game...

I've played LOADS of worker placement games. I've won loads of worker placement games...

I totally get the mechanics, and I feel like I understand what I need to do to win, but I never do. I've played this game A LOT, and I have won ONCE. One damned time.
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14. Board Game: Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:179]
Anthony Ferrise
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My fiance beats me every time and it only makes me want to play again. With such a short play-time, it really is quite easy to do that.
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15. Board Game: Hansa Teutonica [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:109]
manus trium
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This is one of the few games I will play anytime it's suggested. If I'm sober enough and it won't keep me up too late on a weeknight, then I'm 100 percent in! We've owned it for a few years and it is still one of my very favorite games.

I think I've won maybe twice?
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16. Board Game: Cribbage [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:560]
Tom Flatt
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Whitecourt
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My father just celebrated his 93rd birthday. His hearing is very poor, as is his memory, and his mobility is declining. Crib is one of his few remaining pleasures and, since it has become our most positive way to interact with him, it has become a favorite of mine as well. While my dad's abilities have diminished in many areas, crib is not one of them! He wins consistently and plays extremely well. My winning percentage is only about twenty percent but I truly enjoy every minute of our games!

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17. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:212]
J.L. Robert
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I have never won a game of Acquire in over 25 years of playing it. Even when I have been teaching the game to others, I've managed ways to allow others to outperform me.
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18. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:127] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
John Kaelin
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Always enjoy this game a lot, even though I rarely win
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19. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:102]
Dan B.
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I always get 4 planets. Even if I have some master plan with the perfect cards, 90 things get played all at once the second I am about to get the 5th. This is one of my favorite games for that exact reason. I guess I also have that "refuse to have two winners" mentality that prevents most of my wins.
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20. Board Game: Glen More [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:256]
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I own this game, I've taught it to numerous different people yet even against completely new players I still can't get a win*. Grrr.



*except for playing 2-handed solo when learning the game. But I also lost, so I guess they cancel each other out.
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21. Board Game: Trajan [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:71]
Megan

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Trajan is probably my favorite game right now, but I cannot seem to win. As a caveat, I should mention it's pretty well known in my circle that I lose at games. Regularly. I really don't mind losing games as long as I end with the feeling that I can improve. Trajan always leaves me with that feeling.
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22. Board Game: Friday [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:307]
J Young
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0 for I can't remember how many. Not sure why. Always seem to crap out midway through the red phase. But it's almost always followed by, "ok, ONE more time!"
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23. Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:38]
J Young
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Suck at it...have won once in several games. Still enjoy playing it, though. Exactly how important are those god tracks and crystal skulls?
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24. Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:118]
John Dextraze
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My group of players are sharks at this game. It is rare that I do better than last place.
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25. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:57]
Steffan O'Sullivan
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I rate this game a 10, easily. And I play it whenever I can - three times this year so far.

But I have not won a game of this since the 20th century, literally. I still love it!
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