The Game Not Taken
Don Whitford
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Florida
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As I browse the BGG, attempting to put together a list of games to augment my meager collection, I've come to an odd fork in the road. Should I buy the game that appeals most to me...or should I buy the one that is popular and/or critically acclaimed? That is not exactly the question of this list, however.

What game have you bought that is not popular or acclaimed that you absolutely love?

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1 Only one entry per person
2 The game has won no major awards
3 The game is not currently in the top 100 games on BGG
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1. Board Game: Adam & Eva [Average Rating:5.94 Overall Rank:8369]
Scott
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denver
Colorado
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This seems to be my highest rated game that most people don't agree with me on. I find it a really pleasant fairly deep but still light enough for a coffee shop two person game.

My advice: Go after the game that interests you(do research of course). I've been burned more than once going after the "hot" game or the highest ranked. Rank is no replacement for enthusiasm. You'll find that(especially with new games) there is a little bit of a hype-machine no BGG and that an occasional unworthy game gets a little too much build-because of excitement and group-think. I always go for games that I'm interested in now and have yet to be disappointed.



 
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2. Board Game: Château Roquefort [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:1081]
Mousey
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Don't own it myself (yet), but one of my friends got it at essen last fall (I couldn't carry anything more, so I got them to buy it ).
I almost didn't enter this game for I like it so much that I was sure it already won a major gaming award.
(Why rule number 2, If you are searching for a nice game these awards don't make it a lesser game)

The game looks cute, is fun.... definition of a euro-game.

Cheers,

Mousey
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3. Board Game: Cowboys: The Way of the Gun [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:3993]
Preston Fuller
United States
Ashland
New Hampshire
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This is so much fun on many levels. This game goes from simple two player gun fights that can last two minutes to multiple player scenarios. They kept it simple and at the sametime you can add so much to it.
 
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4. Board Game: Killer Bunnies and the Quest for the Magic Carrot [Average Rating:5.49 Overall Rank:15085] [Average Rating:5.49 Unranked]
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Tucson
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The game kept calling to me from the shelves of my FLGS. I came home and researched here on BGG and got a long list of reasons why this game is awful. Everyone from Greg Schloesser to DWTripp said it was terrible.

And I found out that everyone was wrong. The only real draw back for me with this game is that new players have to read all the cards. This slows the game down, but once the cards are understood this game becomes fast moving satirical fun.
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5. Board Game: Cannon [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:4701]
Avri
United States
Brooklyn
New York
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The only game I rate a 10.

Try it for free at Super Duper Games.
My guess is you'll end up buying a copy . . .


Edit: My original post read like designed this game! I can only wish . . .
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6. Board Game: Amazonas [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:2430]
John Farrell
Australia
Rozelle
New South Wales
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There are probably 50 games I could add to this list, but this is one that annoys me most. It's a beautiful game, easy to play, rewards thought and experience, and I find it quite difficult to get a game of it. Taking only 3 or 4 players is a challenge, but I think I'd be challenged even to get a second player.
 
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7. Board Game: If Wishes Were Fishes! [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:2074]
Larry Kruger
United States
Richmond
Virginia
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If Wishes Were Fishes is one of my favorite 'lite' games. While it is simple and plays relatively fast, I love the graphics, the worms, and the cute little wooden fishes. I have enjoyed every session I have played of this game.

I'm not sure why it gets average reviews from the Geek, but I think people are missing out on this one.
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8. Board Game: Viktory II [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:2670]
Ian Madsen
United States
Kearns
Utah
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I just love several of the mechanics in this one, and it is very easily to customize the rules to your likeing.
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9. Board Game: Mhing [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:2588]
VETRHUS of Rogaland
United States
Milwaukee
Wisconsin
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An ash I know, Yggdrasil its name. With water white is the great tree wet; thence come the dews that fall in the dales. Green by Urth's well does it ever grow.
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This is the epitome of an unknown gem.

You can find it for .50 at a thrift store, like I first did.

But a set collection game which combines Mah Jongg * Rummy elements, with beautifully simple theming, and increasingly complex hand management, is hard to find.

What makes this particularly great is that the complexity of play is determined by the players present. If they choose to pursue more complex scoring sets and combinations they may, or they can go for the first "mhing" that they can muster.

I've scored a hand of over 1700 points, and it was spectacular.
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10. Board Game: Guerilla [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:4180]
Magister Ludi
Australia
Fremantle
Western Australia
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Sadly underated...unfortunately OOP as well...I picked up a copy from Noble Knight recently for about $25 as my original was getting hammered. If you suspend your judgement around 'looks like a Wargame' I hink you'll be pleasantly suprised.
 
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11. Board Game: American Megafauna [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:2866]
Michael Debije
Netherlands
Eindhoven
The Netherlands
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Most played game the past few years.
 
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