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Games that are notorious for having an easily missed rule. Something that completely breaks the game. As soon as someone mentions they had a rules issue with the game, you already know what rule they got wrong.
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1. Board Game: Terraforming Mars [Average Rating:8.38 Overall Rank:5]
Bryan Thunkd
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The game that inspired this list. You don't have to tell me anything other than "Something's not right..." I already know the rule you missed (or misunderstood).

You thought you only get one or two actions in a generation. But really, you get one or two actions on your turn, and you keep taking as many turns as you want until you decide to pass for the generation.

You might hear complaints about "having too much money" or "why would I buy four cards?" or "why would I play cards?" or "nobody increases the heat" but they all come back to this mistake.

It's not entirely player's fault. It's ambiguously worded in the rulebook (at least in the first edition) and I completely understand why people make this mistake.

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2. Board Game: Star Wars: Rebellion [Average Rating:8.49 Overall Rank:6]
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The imperial R&D mission card must be resolved on a system that has imperial loyalty , which excludes subjugated systems. That changes everything for the Rebellion player... Otherwise sabotage missions are next to worthless.
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3. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:54]
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"Can I move the scoreboard from the King's region?"

"No, you can't do anything in the King's region."

"Can I put this scoreboard into the King's region?"

"No, you can't do anything in the King's region."

"Can I drop my Castillo guys into the King's region?"

"No, you can't do anything in the King's region."

"The card says I can move all the Caballeros from one region...."

"I'll eat your liver if you even ask." zombiezombiezombie

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4. Board Game: Keyflower [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:42]
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You can take back those workers that were outbid by your opponent on a tile, and even ADD them to a future bid on another tile. Provides a neat flexibility in the bidding phase. And if you don't use them somewhere else, of course you get them back in your supply. Nice!
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5. Board Game: Istanbul [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:90]
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Although you are required to possess 2/3/4/5 goods to take one of the tiles at the mosque, you only pay 1 good, not all that you are required to possess!
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6. Board Game: Codenames [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:43] [Average Rating:7.80 Unranked]
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"This game is so easy the team who went first just kept giving one word clues and going again and again until they won. My team didn't even get to play!"
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7. Board Game: Mombasa [Average Rating:7.95 Overall Rank:65]
John Bandettini
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Has anyone every understood the book track on their first play?
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8. Board Game: Troyes [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:68]
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How much using other peoples dice costs. I spend more time explaining this rule than the rest of the game combined, still people don't get it.
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9. Board Game: Android: Netrunner [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:39]
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This one doesn't quite fit the list, as, much like hunting for agendas in HQ, I know it's one of them, but I don't know which one.

*You don't need an ice-breaker to initiate a run.*

*Ice-breaker abilities can be used multiple times a turn.*

*Ice-breaker abilities last until the end of the encounter unless otherwise stated.*

*(Most) ICE remain rezzed and installed after encounters, even if the runner broke every sub-routine. *

*The run does not end unless the runner jacks out or an "End the Run" sub-routine fires. *
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10. Board Game: An Infamous Traffic [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:2835]
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Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars, where you will be forced to drift aimlessly farther into the vast, empty abyss of space until a lack of food, water and oxygen causes you to succumb to Death's cold embrace.
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You didn't look at one of the secret Prizes before the round started, did you?
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11. Board Game: Blood Rage [Average Rating:8.08 Overall Rank:21]
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No, you can't take the Quest action when you have zero rage.
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12. Board Game: Pax Renaissance [Average Rating:8.11 Overall Rank:638]
Justin Green
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Almost every rule.
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13. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.39 Overall Rank:15339]
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"What's this auction crap?"

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14. Board Game: Scythe [Average Rating:8.30 Overall Rank:7]
Eric Anderson
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"Why did you just move your worker over that river?" (aside from Nordic faction)

or

"You can't move your character from that hex to a farm, only to mountains and tundras."

To be honest, it took my like four plays to even figure out the riverwalk rules.
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15. Board Game: Atlantic Star [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1155]
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Played again last Monday.

Me:
REMEMBER: MAX 2 CARDS LEFT WHEN YOU FINISH A TRIP!

In the middle of rules explanation:

MAX 2 CARDS LEFT WHEN YOU FINISH A TRIP!
More cards, then you have to make longer trip. At 8 cards - you MUST do the Atlantic trip!

When we start playing. Me:
Very strange, every time I play this. Someone will have more than 2 cards when finishing a trip. I cant believe it. I repeat it many times, but does not help.

Me first to finish the short Baltic:
GUYS! WATCH THIS! I NOW HAVE ONLY 2 CARDS LEFT ON MY HAND!

Later:

A noob player finishing his first trip.
"Do I discard down to 2 cards? I have 5 left."

NOOOOOOOO!!!!!shake


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16. Board Game: War of the Ring (Second Edition) [Average Rating:8.39 Overall Rank:12]
Keith Craig
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New player - "All the Shadow has to do is load up the hunt box with eyes once Frodo enters Mordor and it is impossible for the Free people to win"


Me- You can only allocate eyes to the hunt box equal to the amount of companions still in the Fellowship

New Player- Oh that changes everything.


To be fair I made the exact same mistake when I started. whistle
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17. Board Game: Innovation [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:277]
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"Agriculture (or whatever other scoring card) is so broken. My opponent just kept using it, and he got the 1-6 achievements. He didn't do anything else. What a stupid card."

"Uh, you can't claim a level X achievement unless you have at least a level X card in your tableau."
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18. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:41]
Adam Kazimierczak
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"Wait, why do you have two Workshops?"

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19. Board Game: Room 25 [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:840]
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There is *no pushing* in the central room.
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20. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
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Are we doing something wrong? This game seems way too hard!


Invariably, the players believe that winning the game requires you to eradicate all four diseases - not just cure them!
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21. Board Game: Castles of Mad King Ludwig [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:80]
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For activity rooms, the penalty is for all rooms it touches, not just the ones it is connected to!
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22. Board Game: The Resistance [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:174]
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If you're a resistance member, you can't put in a fail card. Why would you even want to anyways?

Don't ask why your character is a different color than last game.

Don't mention your character looks like (insert spy artwork description).
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23. Board Game: Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:455]
Ben Kyo
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Remember how I mentioned you can't move your pieces without a card effect? Well, I'm sorry, but you can't move your pieces without a card effect.
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24. Board Game: Notre Dame [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:215]
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People taking the rat track too lightly, until they realize it doesn't reset after it goes over 9.
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25. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:368]
Stephen Nash
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You immediately planted the beans received during the trading/donating phase, didn't you?

All beans received during this phase should be set aside until all trading and donating is complete. Then, in a separate step, all players plant the beans they received simultaneously, each player choosing the order in which to plant their beans.
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