Games that surprised you
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Tell us what games you expected you wouldn’t enjoy, but that proved to be heaps of fun.
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1. Board Game: BattleCON: War of Indines [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:544] [Average Rating:7.84 Unranked]
Heather M
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I tried so hard to get into fighting video games as a kid, but just couldn’t develop the memory and quick reactions, so I wrote them off as not for me. Given that this game is designed to simulate just that, I expected to find it incredibly boring. And then, playing my very first set, I had the time of my life. I adore strategising and guessing my opponents’s play in this game, and it’s one of my all-time favourite board games.
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2. Board Game: Summoner Wars [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:365] [Average Rating:7.31 Unranked]
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I expected not to like this game because it sounded so complicated to me. Commanding an an entire army? No way could I get the hang of that. But when the rules were explained to me, they were surprisingly straightforward, and this game quickly became another of my favourites.
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3. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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I can’t quite remember why I thought I wouldn’t like this game. Maybe the idea of placing randomly drawn tiles sounded boring. Regardless, it’s now a game I never tire of.
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4. Board Game: Catacombs & Castles [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:3065] [Average Rating:7.40 Unranked]
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The fantasy theme of this, combined with the idea of a dexterity game (I have terrible coordination and worse eyesight) made me think this game would be a world of pain. To the contrary, it’s unceasingly fun.
 
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5. Board Game: Formula D [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:430]
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For a long time, I thought racing games were not for me. I didn’t see the appeal of them. Add to that my aversion to the theme due to my father’s obsession with Formula 1, and this game was no where near appealing to me. Of course I was wrong, and there’s never a dull moment in this game. I enjoy every second of it.
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6. Board Game: Colt Express [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:298]
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Another game where the theme deterred me, plus the cartoonish art style was not to my taste, but the “board” intrigued me so I took the dive, to find this a clever and exciting game.
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7. Board Game: Coup [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:372]
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The mechanics of this game sounded incredibly lacking, but upon playing it with a group I found it very engaging.
 
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8. Board Game: Millennium Blades [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:273]
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I don’t like collectable card games and so a game about being a professional CCG player (even if the game itself isn’t a CCG) sounded awful. As you can probably guess, I was very wrong.
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