"You get the air for free" (Games with boxes that are too big)
Ed Sherman
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I love getting new games. Love it love it love it. Nothing's better than opening that shrinkwrap and looking in the box...

WHAT THE HECK? I just bought an empty box (interrobang)

Oh, wait -- there is a game in here, after all.
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1. Board Game: Munchkin [Average Rating:5.94 Overall Rank:3349] [Average Rating:5.94 Unranked]
Ed Sherman
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Pretty much any Steve Jackson game could go on this list. Actually, I'm going to give them the #1 spot on the list for this reason.
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2. Board Game: El Caballero [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:1949]
Ed Sherman
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This is what comes in the really big box for El Caballero.
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3. Board Game: Ingenious [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:328]
Ed Sherman
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Colorado Springs
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I couldn't find an appropriate picture, but Ingenious has a very large box for what you get.
 
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4. Board Game: Billabong [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:1957]
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Love the game, hate the box. Since it's a vinyl board, you could roll up the whole thing and fit it in a Pente-style tube.
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5. Board Game: Blue Moon City [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:495]
Ed Sherman
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Look at all that extra space. (Extra credit for making a box insert that doesn't fit the obelisk -- AKA "the single most important piece in the game.")
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6. Board Game: Beyond Balderdash [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:1048]
Ed Sherman
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Beyond Balderdash takes the "party games that are just a box of cards and superfluous board" award.
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7. Board Game: DVONN [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:346] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
Ed Sherman
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Great game, lots of air in the box.
 
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8. Board Game: Hey, That's My Fish! [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:672]
Ed Sherman
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Hey! That's a lot of empty space!
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9. Board Game: Ivanhoe [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1670]
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Someone from GMT went to the Steve Jackson School of Game Packaging.
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10. Board Game: Liar's Dice [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:562]
Ed Sherman
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Some cups, some dice, and a board.
 
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11. Board Game: Gloria Mundi [Average Rating:6.11 Overall Rank:3208]
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Even along with the board this could have fit in a box 2/3 the size, max!
 
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12. Board Game: Attribute [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:2365]
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New Z-man edition of the game. You could fit 10 copies of the game into a single box. Usually with games like this I just take out the insert and plop a few more card games in there, but they've glued the insert into the box! Well you can tear it out but not the most fun thing to do to a new game. The game itself is great.
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13. Board Game: Friday the 13th [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:1432]
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So, in this game, you get about 50 cards, and THREE BIG HONKIN' CAULDRONS which AREN'T EVEN NECESSARY FOR PLAYING THE GAME!

WHY AM I SHOUTING?
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14. Board Game: Carolus Magnus [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:896]
Steve Oliver
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This picture shows a nice storage box that someone has added, but without it you can see even more empty space. And what's under those 2 inserts with "Carolus Magnus" emblazoned upon them? More free air!
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15. Board Game: Fortress America [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:1327]
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I just opened this one up a couple days ago after many years of sitting on the shelf. I was very surprised to find that the box was 2/3rds air.
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16. Board Game: Through the Desert [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:435]
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The Kosmos edition of the game looks a little more attractive, thanks to the artwork and the size of the box. But the Kosmos box is really too big for the components. Even the board is too small for the box.

'Course, for such an arid setting and theme, the extra air makes a lot of sense.
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17. Board Game: Il Principe [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:2192]
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If the board could fold, the box size could be halved.
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18. Board Game: Too Many Cooks [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:2536]
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This game is just a basic trick-taking card game but it comes in a box big enough for at least 10 copies of the game! This is the worst offender of the 'too much air' criticism that I have owned.
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19. Board Game: Tide of Iron [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:582]
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The big box certainly looks impressive but I could survive for a week on the air in this box! Also qualifies for the 'worst box insert' award as well.
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20. Board Game: Combo King [Average Rating:5.87 Overall Rank:7877]
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The insert is so flimsy that it tips over as soon as you take out the cards. This probably wouldn't be a problem if the box was smaller and just fit the components that are included. And someone please explain what that big empty space next to the chips is supposed to be used for?
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21. Board Game: Hoity Toity [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1197]
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Two decks of cards, a smallish board, pawns and a whole lot of air. The box could have been less than two inches deep.
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22. Board Game: Age of Empires III: The Age of Discovery [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:133]
Brent Gallmann
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Surprised no-one added this yet. Big, big box with a board and a bunch of figures. Would have liked a nice insert or a smaller box. Too much air leads to crushed boxes and this one is a prime candidate to get smushed.
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23. Board Game: Apples to Apples [Average Rating:5.90 Overall Rank:3149] [Average Rating:5.90 Unranked]
Ian T
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UK edition of Apples to Apples (pictured) - lots of space in the box and a crappy insert that is meant to keep the 'card shoe' (vac-form tray) central, but actually gets crushed under the weight of said shoe and contents.

Card quality is abysmal too - but that's for another list
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24. Board Game: Queen of the Cupcakes [Average Rating:5.79 Overall Rank:8634]
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One small tri-fold board and a short stack of tiles.
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25. Board Game: Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:258]
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FFG's production of this game includes way too much air under the poorly designed insert.
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