How many games can we come up with that are good, but remain OoP?
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I keep hearing that if a game is good enough, it'll get reprinted. While I understand this was never quite an absolute claim, I'm finding it isn't quite so true even on some practical term either. However, I would like to know if it's "true enough" or "sufficiently true".

I still would NOT advocate people overbuying if they were leaning towards not buying a game anyways, but am wondering what people have to contribute towards this list. Some parameters include but not limited to:

--If it's still purchasable, but only at inflated prices, then to me, that counts as OoP

--Games can be ones that were via kickstarter, but they were NOT kickstarted again, nor picked up by traditional publishing

--it can be PnP (in the case the files become no longer available I suppose? )


--some of the entries will be subjective, I'm sure. E.g. you prefer original art, previous edition, or a spinoff game/spiritual success does NOT cut it. However, be prepared to explain to others when they do suggest alternatives.

--What's "good" will also be subjective too. How well it sold, BGG ratings and rankings, should be OK, but not the only metrics and signs.


EDIT: another bullet, and some clearing up in grammar
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1. Board Game: Glory to Rome [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:155]
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To use what someone else said.... "this game is in legal hell". Rights are stuck with someone who won't do anything with it, so another publisher can NOT print it legally. I'm told you MAY be able to find this for $50 to $75, but I have yet to check. $100 to $150 is more like it though.

AFAIK, foreign editions are still plentiful, but not being in English, you'd need marking up, crib sheets or other tricks for those that need an English version
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2. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:64]
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Word is Fantasy Flight Games didn't renew the license for this IP, and the TV series ended quite a long time ago (so they lose that marketing/promo tie-in), so no reason to do more with it, nor its 3 expansions

Plus, they seem to be focusing on their better "cash cows", like Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game
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3. Board Game: Fjords [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:1145]
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No idea why this title hasn't gotten a reprint. Components aren't particularly special or expensive, and it remains a well ranked two player only title more than a decade later.
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4. Board Game: Arboretum [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:342]
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Languished in the 'awaiting reprint/upcoming' queue for a long time, and recently disappeared completely from Z-man's release plans. Unknown who currently holds publishing rights(?)

Edit: Looks like Renegade Games has current publishing rights, and it'll be getting a reprint with updated art in the same style and more colour-blind friendly symbols/trees. Expected in autumn of 2018.

Renegade to Publish New Edition of Arboretum!
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5. Board Game: Finca [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:545]
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This is such a great game! Especially for new gamers. Such a shame that it's been oop for so long
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6. Board Game: Dune [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:225]
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I have been interested in playing Dune for a few years, but I have never actually seen the game up close. I have read the first few books in the Dune series, and I am intrigued by the concept of playing as one of the major groups depicted, with a thematic special power.

Current GeekMarket and eBay prices are over $100.

Rex: Final Days of an Empire is a re-themed version of the game, set in the Twilight Imperium universe, which came out a few years ago and is reasonably priced. Unfortunately for me, I have no connection to TI, so I have no interest in Rex.
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7. Board Game: Run, Fight, or Die! [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:1208]
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I quite enjoy this game but it seems to be out of print now. A friend of mine enjoyed it but copies (in Canada at least) are scare.
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8. Board Game: Migration: Book II – A Saga of Conflict [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:7085]
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Kickstarter had some issues with the component trays and the elusive player mat.

I believe there has not been more info post-fulfillment about an excellent area control game with a fun modular board
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9. Board Game: Merchants of Muziris [Average Rating:7.30 Unranked]
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Print On Demand that has been taken down.

Kolossal owns the rights to it, but until they reproduce there are under 50 registered copies on BGG
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10. Board Game: Up Front [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:398]
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One of the more infamous KS debacles. There are illegitimate copies available if you know where to go.

No reprint in sight. And the license is not budging.
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11. Board Game: Modern Art [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:217]
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The Oink Games edition with awesome production value. Resells at $500+ USD.

Oink has said they are not reprinting.
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12. Board Game: Z-G [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:10030]
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Action Figure arena combat?!?!?

I miss that era. Due to many, almost fictional feeling, factors this has next to no way of being reprinted nor remade.
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13. Board Game: The Game of Life Express [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:10545]
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Hear me out, it is actually a very fun deviation of the source.

Like all Express games, made during a finite period; some didn't even make US shores. Their parent company has no need or care to innovate nor reprint like this again.
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14. Board Game: Star Wars: The Queen's Gambit [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:578]
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Yup..


Spinoff-ish: Risk: Star Wars Edition
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15. Board Game: Star Wars: Epic Duels [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:941]
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Another IP and production issue.

Transformers Armada: Battle for Cybertron is basically a re-skin.
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16. Board Game: Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:273] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Cost of production, and Magic: The Gathering – Arena of the Planeswalkers proved they no longer can reimplement the same production schedule needed.

So the company failed.
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17. Board Game: Lagoon: Land of Druids [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:2443]
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Designer is basically off-the-grid.

Beautiful game, when it finds the right home it stays. But a ton of copies floating around still.
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18. Board Game: We Must Tell the Emperor [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:3117]
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There were some deaigner vs company issues that any allude to as the reason this is not being reprinted.
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19. Board Game: War of the Ring Collector's Edition [Average Rating:8.64 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.64 Unranked]
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If you know anything about this, you know that this is a grail game for many.

It is just an over-produced version of a popular strategy game that essentially IS the Rings Trilogy
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20. Board Game: HeroQuest [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:556]
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Would LOVE to see this reissued
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21. Board Game: At the Gates of Loyang [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:246]
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TMG currently own the rights to this and plan to reprint it eventually, but not anytime soon.
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22. Board Game: Manila [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:646]
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A unique and fantastically fun game that definitely deserves a reprint.
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23. Board Game: Magic Realm [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:985]
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I don't think that this has ever been re-implemented and still has a following. It's a wonder that FFG doesn't pick it up because it could spawn numerous add-ons as they are want to do.
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24. Board Game: Chaos in the Old World [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:98]
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Many still rave on this one. GW has a penchant for reissuing their games with dumbed down or grossly changed rules though, and with no thought to keeping them 'live', so to speak. Once it ends coverage in White Dwarf (re: hype is discontinued) the games just go away.
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25. Board Game: Aquädukt [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:2028]
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A 6.4 rating. It's not spectacular by many BGG standards, but it was still a game that many gamers enjoyed, especially the newcomers to the hobby.

To me, it was THE gateway game... even shorter to play and teach than even Settlers Of Catan, and Ticket To Ride. Games play in 20 to 45 minutes. Plus, some newbies got a kick out of glass beads and the D20... components they typically do not see.
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