Games that SATISFY Vasel's Law
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I listened to Dice Tower Audio Podcast - Episode 418 and decided to create a geeklist (Games that CURRENTLY defy (Tom) Vasel's Law). Spent a day researching before publishing and missed that someone published a new list (Exceptions to Vasel's Second Law) in the interim.

Vasel's Law can be paraphrased as:

Any game that is good will not remain out of print and will be eventually available.

Exception: Games that have issues with property rights and ownership may not ever be reprinted such as Dune.

This geeklist is to identify and celebrate those games that were unavailable for an extended period of time and became available again.

Feel free to add other games but please only add games that were unavailable for at least several years (ie. used prices were inflated to be higher than new prices) and are ranked in the top 1000 games.

Any ways please keep it civil and happy gaming.

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1. Board Game: Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: The Thames Murders & Other Cases [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:69] [Average Rating:7.80 Unranked]
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Unlike any other game I know. Deep, frustrating and satisfying (sometimes). Out of print for almost two decades.

Published in 1981 (or 1982). Reprinted in 1984. And then finally reprinted by Ystari Games in 2012 and 2014.

*As this game is completely language dependent I am ignoring printings in other languages.
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2. Board Game: Ora et Labora [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:106]
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Another one that I am finally excited that it is available again!

Once again, "several years" is such a vague term...
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3. Board Game: Mission: Red Planet (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:223]
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One Tommie's favorite games.
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4. Board Game: Vikings [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:355]
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2007 / 2014
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5. Board Game: Colosseum [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:386]
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This very well regarded game is getting a reprint this coming year.
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6. Board Game: Up Front [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:442]
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1983/2015
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7. Board Game: Luna [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:447]
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Reprint coming by Tasty Minstrel Games
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8. Board Game: Fury of Dracula (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:455]
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First published in 1987. Reprinted in 2005. Reprinted again by Fantasy Flight Games in 2015.
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9. Board Game: Tammany Hall [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:655]
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2007/2013 (or whenever the Kickstater finally shipped)
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10. Board Game: Rex: Final Days of an Empire [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:675]
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Dune


1979/2012
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11. Board Game: Manila [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:689]
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Manila is one of my favourite betting games and one of Franz-Benno Delonge's best designs. It was unavailable for several years with online prices for used games tripling the original new price.

Published in 2005. Reprinted by Zoch Verlag in 2014.
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12. Board Game: Ikusa [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:763]
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13. Board Game: Catacombs [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:805]
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Finally, it will soon be available again!

"Several years" is such a vague term...
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14. Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:812]
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Published in 1988. "Reprinted" by Fantasy Flight Games in 2012.

Edit: Fixed my typo - Thanks Richard.
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15. Board Game: Ca$h 'n Gun$ [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1004]
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Published in 2005. "Reprinted" by Repos Production in 2015.
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16. Board Game: Arctic Scavengers [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:1092]
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17. Board Game: Gulo Gulo [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:1105]
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A brilliant dexterity game that can be enjoyed by adults and kids and the kids almost have a better chance of winning.

Published in 2003. Reprinted as Pharaoh's Gulo Gulo by HABA in 2015.
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18. Board Game: Mystery of the Abbey [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1181]
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1995 / 2003 / 2012
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19. Board Game: Lost Valley [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:1487]
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A game brought back through that "Kick Sorter" website (sic). Really unique tile laying exploration pick-up (with no need to deliver) game.

First published in 2004. Reprinted by Pandasaurus Games in 2014 as Lost Valley: The Yukon Goldrush 1896.
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20. Board Game: Outpost [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:1776]
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My favorite 18xx game for six players is two games of 1846 with three players each.
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Published in 1991 and out of print for two decades until it was re-released by Stronghold in 2011.
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