Unpunched and Unplayed - But certainly not Unappreciated! (well, mostly anyways)
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Recently I saw a Geeklist about "The most expensive out of print games you own." and I noticed that there were a lot of expensive games that people owned that were also unpunched. Of course, this got me to thinking what is/are the game(s) that you own that are unpunched and why haven't you done so yet?

Some people don't punch out a game's components until right before they're going to play it. Others get the game and immediately punch everything out and sort/organize/bag it as soon as the box is in their hands. Still others fall somewhere in between. What about you?

Add the Game(s) that you have that are still unpunched and tell us why the game is untouched so far.

*Are your Unpunched games getting to be collector's items and you know that punching them will de-value them?
*Do you just have too many new purchases sitting around that you've forgotten about them?
*Is it because you don't have any opponents for the game?
*Are you just lazy and leave the punching to others?


Let us know!
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1. Board Game: The Longest Day [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:2629]
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UNPUNCHED RATIONALE: Collectors Item

I'll start off with this one - one of the pride and joys of my collection.

Let me set the record straight right off the bat... I've always WANTED to play this one ever since I bought it that first year it came out. I took off the shrinkwrap, laid out the board many times (that's my board you see in the photo), carefully looked at the counters and have read the rules multiple times. Actually getting this to the table is much, much harder to do however.

You need a ton of undisturbed space, a ton of time and a willing opponent. Over the years, these things have never been in adequate supply individually, much less all at the same time. So it sits there on the shelf - The Longest Day sitting there for The Longest Time.

Now that it's been...what? 20 years or so since this came out, this is worth a small fortune in it's present condition. Sometimes, I take it down from it's resting place and I occasionally think about selling it, my then I regain my senses and place it back on the shelf for another 5 years. This is THE LONGEST DAY for pete's sake! The "original" MONSTER game! How could I get rid of this? How could I punch out the counters? How can I just let it sit there? Arggh!

It's a friggin dilema.



Oh sweeet baby you are mine!
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UNPUNCHED RATIONALE: OOPS!

One of the other inspirations for this Geeklist.

I was looking through some of my gaming shelves and there this was - still in SHRINK even! How the hell did that happen? I usually open a game immediately upon receiving it, yet this one slipped right through the cracks and even made it onto the shelf without my notice!

Thank god I've only had it a few weeks - unlike this next one...
 
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UNPUNCHED RATIONALE: You want to play what?!

Ok, I admit it. I'm probably never going to get into this game (again) any time soon. I played a lot of Squad Leader when I was younger and I vividly remember how much I was anticipating ASL's arrival back in 1985, but just about everyone I know that was remotely interested in this back then (and even now for that matter) would much rather play something simpler and more straightforward.

Oh I was in denial for many, many years of that fact - evidenced by my stubborn acquisition of every Avalon Hill expansion for this that they produced. I've got two original binders for the rules (all in sheet protectors), I added the Errata for each new expansion as they arrived and I even bought the Solitaire version on the off chance that I'd actually sit down again and wade through it all, but it is just no use, this one is not going to be played anytime soon.

So there they sit. Yanks. Partisan. Red Barricades. Code of Bushido. Gung Ho! West of Alamein and all the rest, unpunched and waiting for my triumphant return.

I do not despair however, as I think my ASL renaissance is still to come... probably in my golden years when I have nothing but time left.
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UNPUNCHED RATIONALE: What the hell game is this?

I bought this, Ali Baba, Pony-Express and An Den Uffern Des Nils for $3 each on a "German game" closeout at the Gamekeeper store in the mall before they went belly up. These probably aren't worth any more than that now, but they need translations to be found and printed up and then they need someone to show some interest, ANY interest at all, in playing these games.

These games are Unpunched for no other reason than they are obsure and forgotten.

 
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5. Board Game: C.S.A. America's Civil War 1861-1865 [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:9907]
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I got this about two months ago .I have read the rules about 3 times.Haven't got a clue why its still unpunched.I couldn't wait to get this and I like everything I see(except the map).
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I got this about 2 weeks ago.I've read the rules and checked it all out.Will do this real soon! I think?
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I used to own this,I have played it before about a dozen years ago.Dont ask me why its still unpunched.
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Purchased at a used bookstore in 2006 as part of a collection of games from an estate sale. I have a friend who mentioned on several occasions how great it was, and so when the opportunity came up, I jumped. I was surprised it was unpunched when I inspected it. Before I could get a chance to play it with my friend, he was accepted by the State department as a Special Services Officer and went to Tripoli, Libya with his family to help build a new American Embassy.

Reason it's still unpunched? First, because I want to play it with *him*, and second because I'm still afraid it's going to lose its value when I do. I'm waiting for the expected reprint (even if it *is* rethemed) and then see what I can do for pasteups.

Meanwhile, I also continue to try and trade for someone else's played copy.

My name is Mike Cooper, and I am an irrational puncher.
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9. Board Game: Monsters Menace America [Average Rating:5.96 Overall Rank:3224]
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I traded a few Ravensburger childrens games for this a couple of months ago and it's still in shrink. A year ago this would have been deshrinked and punched as soon as I got home, but a new game doesn't excite me as much any more. I probably do have the game group for this, so I'll punch and read the rules before summer.
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This edition, in fact. Never cut the counters nor roads, since I have the blue deluxe set, the white deluxe set, plus my pocket box sets... I bought it because it was the only way to get the 4th edition rules...
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Purloined a shrinkwrapped copy of the expensive AH version with the metal pieces on eBay for just $15.00. blush

I have never opened the plastic.

I might sell it for $100 on eBay during the Christmas buying frenzy or just keep it in my collection.
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It is unpunched... in a cabinet... in the back... because it sucks. Bought before I knew the geek existed... an Ebay purchase. I am sure the seller was very pleased. I do still count it as part of my collection though and when it comes right down to it I do not regret the purchase.
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13. Board Game: Risk: Black Ops [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:6015]
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Have for one reason....EBAY!!! I found this at a local hobby shop that is not known for board games so copies were avaliable becasue I am sure, no one knew he stocked them! I really do not think the old man knew what he had! He said his son brought them in from some conventon...BINGO! I don't care where they came from as long as they had a number out of 1000....I bought them! First one sold quick and for a good price, I am sure I will keep one put away and the third will probably go up next week!
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14. Board Game: Monmouth [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:3014]
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I have a number of unpunched games that I have played. Most of my wargaming is PBEM these days, so I often don't punch a game 'til I've already played it a few times (and only then if I'm playing it FTF).
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Over the years I collected three of these games. All unpunched and two in shrink! Sold them all, and not ashamed. $$$$$$
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