You only thought you hated it
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You thought you hated the game; but you didn't. The game itself wasn't an exercise in ennui-laden futility--there were other reasons why your experience wasn't optimal.
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1. Board Game: Tic-Tac-Toe [Average Rating:2.61 Overall Rank:15337]
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You played the rules wrong

Of course you're going to hate it if 'O' starts the game.
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2. Board Game: Chutes and Ladders [Average Rating:2.79 Overall Rank:15336]
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You failed to grasp the subtle nuances of the game

On the surface, to the neophyte, this may look like total roll and move. But the better player is going to say he won 70% of these. You may be a veteran gamer, but you really missed this one.
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3. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.39 Overall Rank:15329]
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House rules corrupt the purity of the game

Well, duh, you're going to hate an ultra-long, heavy-luck game with almost no real decision making if you add free parking money and ignore the auctions. There's a recipe for disaster.
 
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4. Board Game: War [Average Rating:2.20 Overall Rank:15333]
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Yet you need some house rules to "align" this perfect game

The game is perfect by itself. But to make it even more perfecter, you need to add jokers from a different deck, an 8-deck-pass limit and start both players with two aces. For ultimate War goodness, play with a side hand of 5 face-up cards.
 
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5. Board Game: Hungry Hungry Hippos [Average Rating:4.11 Overall Rank:15322]
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You made up your mind beforehand not to like it

It was over a millisecond after you saw the colorful hippos. I'd hardly call that fair. The game is more than the hippos. Much more.

But I guess you'll never know now, will you?
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6. Board Game: The Game of Life [Average Rating:4.19 Overall Rank:15331]
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You played it with the wrong people

Sure, your gaming group has some nice folks. You've played many types of fun games with them. But they turned evil just as you opened the box. This game needs to be played with the right crowd on just the right night with just the right amount of alcohol.
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7. Board Game: Don't Break the Ice [Average Rating:4.72 Overall Rank:15274]
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You hate it because you lost

Keep chipping. You'll get it, eventually.
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8. Board Game: Bingo [Average Rating:2.73 Overall Rank:15334]
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You were swayed by the Geek

You let 100 1's influence you. Lame-27. Lame-27.
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9. Board Game: Hi Ho! Cherry-O [Average Rating:3.58 Overall Rank:15318]
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Every game in twenty will be a flop, due to one specific unlucky sequence

It happens. You get that one game where the spinner lands on the dog, bird and bucket spill every time you're closing in on finishing the tree.

What we do in that rare circumstance is reset the trees, swap colors and try again.
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10. Board Game: The Ungame [Average Rating:2.85 Overall Rank:15302]
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You chose the weakest scenario

For your first game, you never want to play with the cards.
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11. Board Game: Candy Land [Average Rating:3.17 Overall Rank:15335]
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You failed to get into the role-playing aspect of the game

Sure, the mechanics aren't as deep as Caylus, but you have to experience the theme as if you are living the game. Imagine being a real gingerbread man running through a land of lollipops and gumdrops, that's when this game really shines.
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12. Board Game: Solitaire [Average Rating:4.29 Overall Rank:15297]
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You didn't have the right number of people playing

Some games play better with more people, some with less. You obviously didn't find the optimum number of players within the range stated for that game. Try a different number to increase the enjoyment factor next time.
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13. Board Game: Pick Up Sticks [Average Rating:4.24 Overall Rank:15317]
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You read too many game guides before playing

Oh sure, we've all made the excuses. "Reading the FAQs isn't going to spoil the game for me". "I just need a little edge". "I can't let the other half win so often.". The trouble is through all that investigation you've done into the game, you've just ruined the game's opportunity to surprise you and shattered your thematic perception. You know all the rule exploits and ways to min-max the scoring to your advantage.
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14. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:70]
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You take the theme just a little too seriously

Yes yes, your building ancient kingdoms in mesopotamia.. then you ask yourself wtf?! why am I a pot? POTS DO NOT BUILD TEMPLES AND START WARS.. people do.. but.. but maybe its a super inteligant alien pot giving orders do all the people in the kingdom..like that chariot of the gods book!.. No.. Thats rubbish.. Arrrgh! (proceed to scowling and having a bad time)
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