Games you hate - but play for the sake of the Group
Chuck Turnitsa
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If you are active in any sort of gaming group, you realize that the choosing of games is a democratic (or sometimes tyrannical) process that leaves some happy, some sad, and some plotting doom and destruction.

In order to keep the group together and happy, sometimes there are gamers (at least one, cause I know I've done it) that will agree to play something that they TRULY DETEST, in order to keep the group happy.

The game that I am thinking of, in particular, is Naval War Naval War. My group of wargaming/boardgaming buddies (who have been playing together for decades) really love playing Naval War - especially in the evenings at a game convention, in between dinner and the cigars.

Personally - I view the game as a total exercise in randomness, but for the sake of the group, I occasionally acquiesce and play along.

I hope I don't come across sounding too arrogant or patronizing. I will often sacrifice my time as a player to teach, coach, referee or organize games for others, so when I do get to play, I really cherish my time. It just so happens that when it is my turn to play, it always seems like its Naval War.

(how exciting is 15" ammo, anyway?)

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1. Board Game: Naval War [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:3538]
Chuck Turnitsa
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This is it. This is the game that has caused me to stomp and grumble. Behavior that is completely unlike my normal self.
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I find myself playing games I detest one and a while. More often I find myself playing games that I don't detest would just rather play something meatier.

There are several games I really do detest. Playing them is the price I pay to play something fun. Master Thieves has to rank among my most hated games that I will play for the sake of the group.

Cash $ Guns and Bang are two that I refuse to play even for the good of the group. Thankfully, enough group members share my opinions.
 
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Here is another one I force myself to suffer through once in a while. Others are, of course, welcome to there own equally valid opinions. I, however, can't even find the "game" in this one.
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I don't necessarily hate this game, but I groan when people want to play it. Ceratin people in my group prefer simpler games which is fine, but playing this one a lot gets boring.
 
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I couldn't resist replying to this geeklist. I really hate this game! And since discovering that I hate it, I still played it on two occasions for the sake of the group I was in. I have since then not been so accommodating and I simply sit out.
 
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This is my... "OK, if everyone else wants to play it, I guess I'll play" game. I think my high score is 32. WOO HOO!! Can you say terrible!
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Two words (and oh, how I wish I didn't need the second one): NEVER:.:AGAIN:.:
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There are games I loathe, and people I like who like games I loathe.

This is the first one that comes to mind, but I could also have said things like "Yahtzee with seven players" or "Apples to Apples in a group of 20." Is be that way sometimes.
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I loathe D&D, whether 3.0 or 3.5 or whatever the next one is. The D20 plus all the modifiers in the world system. It's the worst way to kill 4 hours. I'd rather play Mah Jongg (which I like but I never ever ever ever win).

One gamefriend always has to plays a choatic evil character (it's easier, he says) who always hides in the back and then complains about not getting any experience. Oh, actually, right now, he's playing some Samurai character and when we're fighting goblins and other wimps, he feels the need to roll his +8 damage and say, "I don't know if I'll do enough damage" every time.

All that dice rolling. I'd almost rather play Yahtzee. I feel I can get more characterization outta a two minute game of Button Men

Maybe I'd get more into it if I was allowed to have more of a motivation for playing than reaping in more treasure than humans could possibly carry out of an adventure, or amassing gold. snore
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RoboRally- I hate waiting while everyone figures out the sequence to the cards. I hate everyone checking the card numbers to see who's robot has priority. I hate how long this game takes with more than 4 players. I hate the AP. I hate it, but I play it when the group plays it and I try to have a good time. I hate that about me.
 
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Hate is too strong a word, but the rest of the family really likes this while I'd rather play almost anything else.
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The picture represents my solitary disdain for this game among the groups I frequent.

At first, I loved the game, but was a bit overwhelmed.

Still, I won the first time I played, versus five others. They gave me good advice and it helped tremendously.

Since then, I have played it four more times, and won two more times versus four and five opponents. But I hated it.

The last time we played I won by a margin of 20 points or more, and was doing all that I could to end the game quickly, because I hated the process of playing so much. I could have cared less if I won, which anyone who knows me can say is a sign of a condition which requires medical attention.

But the different people I played it with each time all ended up making the game into a math exercise, going over and over the percentages and cost-benefit-analyses of sorts while talking out each of their turns amongst their shareholders.

Often, since I always diversify like in real life, I would have some say in the decisions, but would decline because they had been droning on about which spot on the rondel to go to or if they ought to do this or that or...

I hate math. There, I said it. I have always loved Physics, but hated math. So I detest bringing math into a game which should be played from the gut rather than the abacus.

I would take abbreviated turns because I had sat idly by as they analysis paralysis infection spread among my counterparts. Sometimes I would inject words of diplomacy and gameplay into the numbers game.

But mostly, I felt like I was in a D&D group where noone else would stay in character. Ugh. And this was how I felt after I kicked their arses...

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My pleas to make it go away must have worked, because I haven't seen this dog in a few years now.

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14. Board Game: 6 nimmt! [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:573]
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I loathe this game with a passion. I hate blind bidding/allocation period and that's all this damn game is. Eguh.

And it goes by so many names and variations, Take 5, Slide 5, 6 Nimmt, Nicht die Bohne, Hornochsen, etc. ARGH!!!

Occasionally I'll give in and play when I'm at a convention, the group I'm with clamors for it and I don't want to seem like a total ahole by spewing my heartfelt venom for it.

My own group knows better, this and Puerto Rico have standing vetoes.
 
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15. Board Game: Trivial Pursuit [Average Rating:5.20 Overall Rank:15269]
Andreas Johansson
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I spent 200 GG and all I got was this lousy overtext!
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At the gaming club, I don't play games I hate or dislike. We're enough people and have enough games that there's no sense in anyone playing anything they actively dislike.

At family gatherings, things work out a bit differently. I often find myself playing quiz games I dislike just keep the rest of the family happy.

And then my sister, who insisted I play along, complains when I win. shake
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16. Board Game: Can't Stop [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:621]
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When looking for a good filler game, often people suggest Can't Stop. I have to admit that it's a good designed game, but it's soooo boring! Luckily, most of the time I can avoid playing it, and when I do play it once in a while, it's not a very long game. But it's not satisfying at all to play. It's not fun, there are no interesting decisions, there's no clever play, there's just roll the dice and roll the dice againg and roll the dice again.

I hate this game, but still rate it a "5" because this is the perfectly designed "press your luck"-game. And I do play it once in while for the sake of the group.
 
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17. Board Game: BANG! [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1017]
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I played it once. That was more than enough for me. However, it's become a running joke at CABS: "Hey, Ron! We have seven players. Wanna play 'Bang?'"

My wife came to one CABS meeting. This was her very first game. As soon as it was done, she came over to me and said, "I'm going home." That's right, this is the game that stopped my wife from playing games for several months. "Hate" is too strong a word -- I can't hate an inanimate object, can I? -- but I will never play it without a fight.

After all, there's still a copy of Monopoly in the closet...
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For me it is Fluxx by a country mile.

The only good thing that I can possibly think to say about Fluxx, is that I once managed to lose a game without actually taking a turn.

Best game of Fluxx ever.

Still as half the group seem to like it for some reason, I am dragged into a game on occassion.
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19. Board Game: Modern Art [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:227]
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Modern Art.

I'm horrible at this game. Really, really bad. Some people can't handle spatial relationship games or negotiation games or whatever. I have never been able to successfully figure out a way to win or even be competitive with this one. It's like being color blind or something - I just don't get it in the slightest. I wish there was some kind of player elimination just because I'm usually so far behind so quickly I may as well sit out the rest of the game.

Every time I play it's teeth grindingly frustrating. Yet folks I game with tend to love it. Hell, I even picked up a copy hoping I'd have some grand epiphany.

Nope. Not yet. Still hate it. Root canal hate.

But I'll take one for the team whenever it hits the table. shake
 
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