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David Peterson
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Ya know what I hate?? Well I'll tell ya....I hate it when I get all fired up to buy a game, go get it, bring it home, open it up and find a game that HAS 800,000,000 pieces that you have to cut or punch out, put stickers on, attach to a base, etc, etc, etc. AND THEN you have to set the silly thing up to play!!

A previous list talks about SET UP time....this list is about assembly time the first time you open the box before you even get to set up.

These games TAKE FOREVER to put together......feel free to add...if we need to create a support group we can.
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1. Board Game: Star Wars: The Queen's Gambit [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:544]
David Peterson
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Clear your schedule for a week or so - this one takes a while. Worth it, but you better have some serious time on your hands.
 
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2. Board Game: Serenissima (first edition) [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:1100]
David Peterson
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If I have to remove and stick another flag on another tiny little flag pole I'm gonig to go nuts...
 
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3. Board Game: Battle Cry [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:615]
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There's so much stuff to put together here you even have to stick the little square icons on the six sides of the dice the game comes with...what were they thinking??
 
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4. Board Game: Battle Masters [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:2706]
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This one's just brutal on your fingers....
 
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5. Board Game: Twilight Imperium [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:2460]
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The amount of time to cut the plastic ships of the sprues in the second edition was longer than any setup I've done for any game - including the three games directly above this entry. I love the game, but I will always rue those moments.
 
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6. Board Game: Silverton [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:1388]
Alan Kaiser
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Aurora
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Silverton is not a bad train game, as train games go. But take a close look at the picture. See all those plastic tokens? See the little stickers on those tokens? Those two particular items come out of the box as two seperate things and it's up to the purchaser of the game to make them one! Very tedious!
 
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7. Board Game: Circus Imperium [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:3878]
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Am I the only guy to have actually built the pseudo-Roman card buildings for this fun game? All the cutting and glueing - and I only played the game a couple of times before they got trashed.
 
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8. Board Game: Primordial Soup [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:679]
Steve Ramsden
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Leamington Spa
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Not the same volume of pieces as other games on this list... but what other game needs to be put together with a hammer. [setting this up at work for a lunchtime session was interesting to say the least]
 
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9. Board Game: Danger Guy [Average Rating:4.28 Unranked]
Scott A. Reed
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Lawrence
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This inexpesive one from Alien Menace comes on four sheets in an envelope. Guess who gets to cut out all 300,000,000 chits? I suggest enlisting some friends unless you've got an hour of prep time on your hands.
 
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10. Board Game: 18EU [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:2254]
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How about all those web-published or desktop published games that require printing, mounting and/or cutting? I'm currently assembling this one (altho it's no longer available to print yourself). The tiles are taking the longest time. I've used spray glue to mount them on a sturdy mounting board (about 1/8" thick cardboard, but not corrigated). After cutting them into strips with a razor, I'm using a 1" wood chisle to make nice, clean cuts to the remaining four sides of each hex tile. Gives it a nice finished edge like it was die-cut.
 
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11. Board Game: Lifeboats [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1232]
Will M. Baker
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Silverton
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It took me some time to assemble the voting wheels. The crazy glue that came with it was far too messy, so I used double-sided tape, which went quicker, but not quickly enough to just set up and play.
 
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12. Board Game: Modern Art [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:227]
Paul Burkhard
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Fort Collins
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Modern Art is one of my favorite games, but the Mayfair edition comes with about 200 little plastic discs that need tiny little number stickers put on both sides, for use in betting. Took me about 2 hours, with help.
 
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13. Board Game: Which Witch? [Average Rating:5.26 Overall Rank:15077]
Andrea Angiolino
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Rome
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When we were kids, assempling games like this one was a great part of the fun.
By the way, this game can't be from 1985... We played it far earlier.
 
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14. Board Game: The Hills Rise Wild! [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:4741]
Alastair Cornish
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Bromley
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Cutting, folding, glueing to pennies, lots and lots and lots of tiny little chits and all for a pretty horrible game.
 
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15. Board Game: Mouse Trap [Average Rating:4.09 Overall Rank:15327]
Rob Leveille
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St. Catharines
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I think this one fits the bill.
 
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