Exceptions to Vasel's Second Law
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Vasel's Second Law states: If a truly great game is out of print, and copies become sparse, it will eventually be reprinted.

Two major clarifications are made. First, the timeline from the time from the previous edition drying up to reprint is 15 years. Second, if the game is unable to be licensed (eg: Dune) it is exempt from Vasel's Second Law.

This list is to draw attention to games that are blatant exceptions to Vasel's Second Law.
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1. Board Game: Container [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:637]
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2. Family: 18xx
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A plethora of titles here....
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3. Board Game: Magic Realm [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:1110]
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Rumors of a reprint have been flying around since before the Merchant of Venus reprint.
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4. Board Game: Civilization [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:262] [Average Rating:7.51 Unranked]
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Arguably falls under your second exclusion (licensing).

ETA: The licensing situation as explained by Shirley Márquez Dúlcey on the 18xx mailing list a few weeks ago:

Hartland Trefoil (Francis Tresham's company) originally published Civilization. It was later republished with minor revisions in the US by Avalon Hill, and in the UK by Gibson Games.

In 1991, Sid Meier wrote a computer game that was also called Civilization. It shares some broad concepts with the Tresham board game but is substantially different. To avoid legal problems, the publisher, MicroProse, licensed the name Civilization from Avalon Hill.

In 1997, Activision also licensed the name Civilization from Avalon Hill for a game they were developing. They then sued MicroProse for trademark infringement. MicroProse responded by buying Hartland Trefoil and launched a countersuit. After all the dust settled, Hasbro bought both MicroProse and Avalon Hill, and Activision bought a license to publish Civilization: Call to Power but not to publish additional games using the Civilization name.

As of 1997 Hasbro owns the rights to Civ, as MicroProse bought Hartland and Hasbro bought MicroProse, in both cases in their entirety.

Then it gets interesting. In 2001, Hasbro sold their computer games division, Hasbro Interactive, to Infogrames. That sale included the Civilization brand and the computer game, and hence (probably) Tresham's board game as well. Three years later, Infogrames, now in financial trouble, sold the rights to the Civilization franchise to Take-Two Interactive, and they in turn created a subsidiary in 2005, 2K Games, that now holds the rights to Civilization the brand / computer game / probably board game. (What remained of Infogrames was renamed Atari, SA in 2009.)

So the rights belong to, in what I (Tucker) think is decreasing order of probability:

2K Games (most likely)
Hasbro (if they unbundled the board game from the brand when they sold it: possible but unlikely, as it would have cost lawyer-time and hence $$$)
Atari SA (if the board game for some strange reason didn't get transferred to 2K)
Francis Tresham (if his contract included some sort of out-of-print reversion clause)

Exciting!
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5. Board Game: Twixt [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1739]
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I expect a 3rd exception to pop up excluding all abstracts.
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6. Board Game: Union Pacific [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:581]
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Recently reimplemented as Airlines Europe, but never reprinted.
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7. Board Game: Zendo [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:773]
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Certainly not as a boxed set ever again.
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8. Board Game: Extrablatt [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:4028]
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9. Board Game: Warhammer Quest [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:791]
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The definition of an exception to this law; a great game from a game company that first/last saw print 20 years ago. This game is very much worth the price if you're looking for an experience rich cooperative dungeon crawl.
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10. Board Game: Necromunda [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:1018]
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I never played it, but I'd like to try this GW classic
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11. Board Game: Havannah [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:4803]
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12. Board Game: Kingmaker [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:1897]
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Certainly a favourite of mine and the amount of games focusing on the same subject matter point to its popularity. Certainly one could argue Columbia Games Richard III: The Wars of the Roses is a streamlined 2 player (Kingmaker suffered a little as a 2 player) version of this Ariel / Gibson / Avalon Hill (And yes TM Games) classic. It has been out of print since 1988.
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13. Board Game: Egizia [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:334]
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One of my first Holy Grails. I enjoy this game so much (and everyone that I played with).

Fantastic game that more people should play it.
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14. Board Game: Buck Rogers: Battle for the 25th Century Game [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:3415]
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The advanced rules -- and the 2.0 rules on BGG -- and the unique mechanisms make this a truly GREAT game. MUST get this back to the table soon.
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15. Board Game: The Omega Virus [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:3299]
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Every single time I get this out, it is an instant hit.
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16. Board Game: Coup d'État [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:7421]
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A delightful take on trick-taking games. Best with 4P, OK with 3P. Check it out if you like this genre, you will like it, I'm sure. I have two very worn out copies.

And it has metal swords!
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17. Board Game: Big City [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1191]
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After staring at the wall'o'games this is what I can come up with...

Fun...check
15 years or older...check
Mainstream...check

It's not getting reprinted because of the toys and the cost to make verses target market price tolerance.
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18. Board Game: RoboRally [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:394]
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Owning both the original and current versions of the game I think there is no comparison.

1. My 10 year old copy is showing more wear than my 20 year old copy.
2. the robots are much much nicer in the original.
3. I don't like the new starting board. Virtual robots are much better.

I'll give it to the new version on one thing. I use the flags from the new one. The 3D plastic flags are nice.
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19. Board Game: Case Blue [Average Rating:8.22 Overall Rank:2779] [Average Rating:8.22 Unranked]
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'Nuff said
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20. Board Game: Ambush! [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:799]
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Along with Barbarian Prince, this type of game definitely deserves a reprint, or better a redesign to streamline them a bit and even add multiplayer co-op options. I think updating this style of game by incorporating modern co-op mechanics could be a good "innovation" for the hobby.
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21. Board Game: Big Shot [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:3354]
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Very nearly coming up to 15 years, really fun game. Only 1 print run ever done.
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22. Board Game: We Must Tell the Emperor: The Great Pacific War, 1941 to 1945 [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:3585]
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Another one for the grognards. The asking prices for the very few copies on the secondary market are over $100. Might as well add the expansion to it at the same time.
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23. Board Game: Key Market [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:1737]
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Granted, Keyflower did get the KS treatment for a reprint, so there is still hope.
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24. Board Game: YINSH [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:165] [Average Rating:7.68 Unranked]
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The other game that's an insta-buy for me should it ever get a reprint. How can you not be curious about the #1 abstract game?
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25. Board Game: Warrior Knights [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:1015]
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Fun game, medieval theme. Not a perfect game, but still fun.
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