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This geeklist was inspired by this thread and my response to it. It is dedicate to games that, while clearly Ameritrash, have complex rules sets and "heavy" mechanics. I'll start this list with my favorites. Please add your so I know what I want next on my wish list.
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1. Board Game: Marvel Heroes [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:1798]
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You had me at "Marvel". I grew up on Iron Man, Captain America, The Incredible Hulk, Spiderman, Daredevil, Dr. Strange and the lot. Stan Lee is a god to me. Any wonder I asked for this the Christmas it came out? Complicated rules, but a ripping good time to play, even if I'm getting mopped up by everyone else. Getting "most wanted" villians into play and rootig for them is great fun.
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2. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:237] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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If you are a Trekker who's played this game, then you know why this is funny:

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3. Board Game: War of the Ring (First Edition) [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:82]
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I re-read The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy every couple of years. I've seen the extended DVDs of Peter Jackson's films more times than I can count without going shoeless like a hobbit. I grew up playing Risk and Axis & Allies. And it's by the same designers as Marvel Heroes (above). What's not to like?
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4. Board Game: War of the Ring: Battles of the Third Age [Average Rating:8.10 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.10 Unranked]
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War of the Ring (First Edition) not complicated enough for you? Just add this. Having Ents and Black Ships figures on the boards really satisfies the bits whore in me.
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5. Board Game: Magic Realm [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:930]
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Fizzbin? Arkham Horror? AMATEURS! Forget HeroQuest, Treasures & Traps and all those other light, easy to learn and play dungeon crawls. This game gives you the complete fantasy RPG experience without the dungeon master. Of course, even the streamlined, fan edited Third Edition Rules are still thicker than the rulebook from the D&D Basic Set.
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6. Board Game: Axis & Allies [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1184]
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I debated about including this as - given my penchant for complex rules - this doesn't seem all that complicated to me. But it is meatier than your average "family Euro". When I first discovered this game, my reaction was "Wow! Risk on steroids!".
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7. Board Game: Attack! Deluxe Expansion [Average Rating:7.06 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.06 Unranked]
 
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Since I've mentioned Axis & Allies, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention this - especially since I am fortunate enough to be one of its playtesters! I'm glad Mike Selinker is one of its designers. He amazed me with 3rd Edition Axis & Allies by taking a good game and making it even better. With this he's taking a game that was somewhat disappointing and made it shine! Remember the Eagle Games tag line of "The Games You've Always Dreamed Of?" This promises to be the Attack! you've always dreamed of!
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8. Board Game: Junta [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:950]
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Now in it's third edition, this politically incorrect "screw your neighbor" game is a blast. Much of the game is political - each player is the head of a powerful and corrupt family running a poor banana republic trying to vote for the budget that will funnel the most foreign aid money into their Swiss bank accounts.

But beware! Each player also holds a cabinte position with control of some of the tiny nation's military or police forces. Frustrated cabinet members can start a coup, causing a wargame-within-the-game to break out that may shake up who's in charge and lines the losers up for the firing squad after the dust settles. Evil, devious fun.
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9. Board Game: Illuminati: Deluxe Edition [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1358]
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Can you get any more Ameritrashy than Steve Jackson Games? I first read Robert Anton Wilson's subversive and scandalous Illuminatus Trilogy in college and enjoyed it immensely, so it's no wonder I was drawn to this game. But if you are expecting something as light-weight as Munchkin, think again, my friend.

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The Orbital Mind Control Lasers are telling you to FNORD!

Hail Eris! All Hail Discordia!
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10. Board Game: Fury of Dracula (second edition) [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:397]
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Lots of rules and a long yet intense playing time!

The "Light Euro" version: "Scotland Yard"
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11. Board Game: Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:47]
 
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This certainly deserves to make the list! What an epic, lovely monster!

The "Light AT" version: "Galactic Emperor"
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12. Board Game: StarCraft: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:340]
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It stands to reason that if TI:3 would make the list, then this ought to as well.

The "Light AT" version: "Nexus Ops"
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13. Board Game: Tide of Iron [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:582]
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It has plenty of rules, but weighing in at over 10 pounds, it is literally very heavy!

The "Light AT" version: "Memoir '44"
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14. Board Game: Conquest of the Empire [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:1133]
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If you're going to include Axis and Allies and Attack! Deluxe, then this big, beautiful work of art (which is also very hefty in weight)...
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15. Board Game: Ikusa [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:689]
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...and this great classic that comes with a 31-page rulebook and a 20"X12"X4" box (I have 2 copies occupying my game shelf!) surely deserve to be here.

The "Medium AT" version: "Samurai & Katana"
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Just learned this one last weekend. By the end of the game, I had an idea of what I was supposed to be doing.

The "Medium AT" version: "Joan of Arc"
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17. Board Game: Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:270] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
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Not heavy on mechanics, but a great game that is so Ameri-trash. If you want a heavier game, make some house rules to tack on - but this is the Game I have waited my Whole Life For ( I am 40 )
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18. Board Game: BattleTech [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:850]
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Heavy, and heavymetal. AT sci-fi wargame!

Hold on, I need to check the running rules...you changed direction on pavement in the rain...roll a piloting check for a skid...
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19. Board Game: Fortress America [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:1328]
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If you're going to include Axis & Allies and Samurai Swords, you can't leave out the third member of that Milton Bradley trinity...
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20. Board Game: The Crusades [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:7130]
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I know that it's old and my copy is a folio game, but when I look at the vast rules, the complexity of gameplay, the disparity of the armies, the 96 different items to roll for per turn, the 55 different items to roll for every battle, the colored map with 20 different charts printed on it, the intensive order of battle, the incredible differences from the first Crusade to the third, and the general subject matter, it makes me blink in shock and say, "dang, maybe I don't want to play this game."
However, many others on BGG clap their hands in glee and say, "I can't wait to try out that game! What do I need a weekend for?!"
This post does make me feel old and out of place though...see...this game uses chits, not those new-fangled shinny pretty things that all look alike.
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21. Board Game: Gunslinger [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:1526]
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Many of the items on this list so far are not "heavy" at all. But this one is. A unit of game time = 0.4 seconds. A dense, 36 page rule book describes the many options open to your character on each time slice. By Richard Hamblen, who also designed Magic Realm.
 
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