Boring Themes
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This list is dedicated to games with incredibly boring themes. Maybe they are good games, maybe not, but usually the themes are so dull people don't necessarily want to try them. These are games you have to introduce with "This game is about _______, but it's really better than it sounds."
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1. Board Game: Ad Acta [Average Rating:6.20 Overall Rank:5568]
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Oh, boy, a game about pushing papers in an office! This one has gotten favorable word of mouth from the Essen 2002 reports, though.
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2. Board Game: Integralis: Die verrückte Keilerei in der Buchbinderei [Average Rating:5.90 Unranked]
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"You are the leader of a project team in a bookbinding shop." Nothing like a healthy dose of escapism!
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3. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:366]
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This is a great game, but you have to admit the theme doesn't exactly entice new players to try it out. "You've got to try this game. It's, um, about planting beans." At least the cartoon drawings add some fun to the bean farming theme.
 
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4. Board Game: Schotten Totten [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:370]
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You've got to love some of these Reiner Knizia themes. Here you are Scottish clansmen arguing over the position of boundary stones.
 
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5. Board Game: Where's Bob's Hat? [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:4232]
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"This name is really funny, see? Because it was called Wer Hat Mehr in German, but someone started calling it Where's Bob's Hat?" Well, at least it has a theme now. Personally, I think they should sell this in a Misplaced Items of Clothing Duology with "Who Stole Ed's Pants?"
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6. Board Game: The Bucket King [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:2163]
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Rio Grande Games' promotional blurb: "Its bucket-cleaning day on the farm and the children and animals are making a game of it." Try to contain your excitement, OK?
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7. Board Game: Dicke Kartoffeln [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:6769]
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Rick Heli mentioned this and the previous one to me. This one is about potato farming. I am actually somewhat interested after reading the description. It seems like a fairly detailed simulation.
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8. Board Game: Auweier [Average Rating:5.85 Overall Rank:11433]
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Something about birds trying to win mates by bidding the most worms. Maybe not so dull, though..."The King of the Nest will, without a doubt, be the one who manages to mate with all the females..."
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9. Board Game: Ever Green [Average Rating:5.53 Overall Rank:11794]
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Debbie Pickett writes "Evergreen is an enjoyable game; because of its theme it will appeal even more to people who enjoy music from the '30s and '40s." Judging by the number of radio stations I have heard that play music from that era, I am guessing they would have sold more of these if the musicians had been rock or pop bands. Hey, if they can sell 500 different versions of Monopoly, why can't we get German games with our choice of theme? Rap Evergreen, Boy Band Evergreen, etc.
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10. Board Game: Decimal Shopping [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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This will be hard to beat...a game made to familiarize Brits with the concept of shopping with decimal currency as opposed to the old pounds/shillings/pence/guineas/farthings business they used to have.
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11. Board Game: Elefantenparade [Average Rating:5.82 Overall Rank:9074]
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Race your elephants to collect the most logs.
 
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12. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:15]
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People like this game so much that they forget how boring the theme is. Indeed, the theme kept me away for some time. And it doesn't help me want to play again.
 
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13. Board Game: Ta Yü [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:1270]
Randall Peek
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Oh, joy... a beautiful game about irrigation systems in China!
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14. Board Game: Baggage Claim [Average Rating:5.26 Overall Rank:13049]
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Who knew that picking up your baggage at the airport could be a game.
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15. Board Game: 6 nimmt! [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:574]
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I avoided 6 Nimmt for a long time until a German friend introduced it to me. Hopefully, the new Category 5 version will introduce more people to the game in the U.S., although the hurricane theme isn't exactly enticing, especially for weary south-easterners.
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16. Board Game: Thurn and Taxis [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:348]
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A game about delivering mail in Germany? No wonder it won the Spiel des Yawns.
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17. Board Game: Relationship Tightrope [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:2965]
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Balancing your relationship... now that sounds like fun! I play games as an escape from the challenges of everyday life. Many of Knizia's games don't have the most exciting themes, granted, a lot of his smaller games are very pure. However, the original tightrope walker theme is more interesting to me.
 
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18. Board Game: Santiago [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:523]
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I love this game, but I dunno if irrigating plantations is my idea of a fun theme.
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19. Board Game: Manager [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:6334]
 
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I want to be a fireman.

I want to be an astronaut.

I want to be a manager.
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20. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:16]
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I haven't played this but I'm eager to try it. I like development games where you slowly build up your position. However, the mundane nature of some of the items you can acquire is underwhelming to say the least. Ooh, I can get a milking shed! Or a sawhorse! (Not an entire carpentry shop, but a single sawhorse.) Or even a broom! How about manure?
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