Arguing the Underdog
Ryan Moriarty
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We\'ve all been there before, you\'re in a heated debate with a friend over some aspect of a game and it suddenly dawns on you that your worst fear is reality. You are wrong. Some fade and mutter silent curses at their adversaries, some just pretend that the fight didn\'t happen and carry on with shame in their hearts. But not the BGGers, if there is one thing I have learned it is that when it comes time for the dueling gloves of opinions to be thrown down this site\'s large host never shies away from the challenge!

So here is the proposal, can we collectively come up with logical and quasi intelligent (albeit desperate) responses to impossible argumentative positions?

We shall see.
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Everyone believes that reading the book isn't a necessary part of the game. But that's not why we are here, we are here to explore why it is exactly that not reading the book first poses a serious detriment to your gaming experience. This also applies to any other game with similar specialist knowledge attached. ie. If you are a survivor of A major war, A Resident of Arkham, A Handsome Mustachioed man living in Puerto Rico etc.

1. Reading the books offers a strategic glimpse into the game's inner workings,without that knowledge of the story behind the game you can't hope to be victorious.

2. Literacy in general is a boon in any game that requires you to read cards.

 
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2. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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Euros pose a strange question: How hard is it to simply apply a cool theme to a great mechanic? But that's not why we are here we are here to explore why it is that themes about growing crops and trading with the old world etc. are not only vital to the game's fun but a necessary piece of the Euro equation.

1. If it wasn't for "Ye Olde" themes the distinction between the "l33t" Euros and ameritrash would be even more blurred than it already is.

2. Outer space is over rated.

3. Many gamers prefer things that occur in the real world as opposed to using their imagination. It's easier to envision trading corn than trading Hyper Neutranium VI.
 
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3. Board Game: Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:47]
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Is there anything better than a nice short game? Yes, a very long game. We are here to uncover the undenable truth that the length of a game is directly proportional to the amount of fun that the game is.

1. How can you ever truly know a game unless you play it for more than 3 hours? These quick little games are but smaller samplings of what you might find from a bigger (better?) game.

2. Is Epicness a real word? If it isn't it should be and the longer the game the better chance that it can be described in that way.
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You've got some pretty good friends no? NO. Remember when your best friend in the world Ricky went to get you Lemonade and came back with with an icy glass of ...well... NOT LEMONADE!? I DO! Your friends, nay, people in general, only play games because there is a very distinct possiblity that somebody is going to get screwed and they want to be the one to do it/ be there when it happens.

1. When was the last time your friends wanted to play Arkham Horror? When you finally did play was the "Joining the Winning Side" Mission played? Ya... that's what I thought.

2. It's funny how those foam guns always end up pointed at you isn't it? What's that all bangs!? You don't say.
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5. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:15]
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They're Colonists.

1. ... I'm not so sure you can win this one no matter how good your arguement is.
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It seems that no matter how many games teach you about fair play there is always 10xs as many more that teach you how to be deceptive. Boardgaming teaches deception, manipulation, and a host of other "unsavoury" traits.

1. "Tell me the truth about what character you are and I won't kill you." "Alright I'm the Bish.." "I kill the Bishop"
2."What's that I'm the only one growing corn? Well I'll just go ahead and put my corn on the smaller ship so you guys can use the bigger one without spoiling... woops did mine land on the 8 ship? My bad."
3. "Two sevens" "CHEAT!!!"
 
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