Game company flaws
Felix Rodriguez
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You know, in this industry we're blessed with some of the friendliest most consumer centric companies I've ever seen. We're pretty darn lucky I think.

Having said that, this list is not to praise these awesome companies, but to criticize the one minor thing that could be better about all of them.
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1. Board Game Publisher: Rio Grande Games
Felix Rodriguez
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Rio Grande is, without a doubt, my favorite game company. But they keep missing their own self imposed deadline after deadline. My latest Boards & Bits order has been sitting in their warehouse for weeks awaiting the eventual July, 2015 release of RftG: The Gathering Storm
 
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2. Board Game Publisher: Mayfair Games
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Seems to be the topic of the spring.. Mayfair price fixes their products, which makes it harder to buy as many of their good games as you would want.
 
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3. Board Game Publisher: FRED Distribution, Inc.
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FRED Also price fixes, but their biggest flaw isn't that. Its in their components. How do you make an expensive deluxe product with cheap components, flimsy cards that bend, and shoddy quality control? This is made worse when the games they make are so generally high regarded that its hard to ignore them.
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4. Board Game Publisher: Days of Wonder
Felix Rodriguez
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Of course, on the other end of the spectrum, DoW has the quality. But are, many times, missing the game. Games I find mediocre like Pirate's Cove, Cleopatra, Shadows over Camelot, and Mystery of the Abbey would be easy to let go except they are so darn pretty.
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5. Board Game Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games
Felix Rodriguez
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FFG makes some great games, but their playtesting needs some work. Games like Warcraft and A Game of Thrones are so bad that they are completely unplayable without the expansions. Others, like (One of my favorites) Descent are fun experiences but I really with they had more elegance and cohesion that should come with more playtesting (Especially with different sized groups).

Overall, FFG playtesting has gotten better lately, but I'm not giving them a full pass yet.
 
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6. Board Game Publisher: GMT Games
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GMT makes games that, for wargames, are awesome quality. But when they try to get into the Eurogame space, they need to up their ante. I bought Battle lore over C&C Ancients because I'd rather have a mounted mapboard. Later I bought Ancients and realized how much better it is. Oops.Of course now I have a mounted map since I bought the expansion.

I didn't make the same mistake when deciding between 1960 and Twilight Struggle, but still...
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7. Board Game Publisher: Columbia Games
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Columbia struck it big when they invented the combat resolution system of Wizard Kings. But now they are stuck with it. It seems to me that every game they've come out with over the last few years uses the same combat resolution system. Time to vary it up a bit I think.
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8. Board Game Publisher: alea
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Two games a year?

This has problems both ways. First, its so few games that you really clamor for more. Second, since they force themselves to have one game in specific dates, a few times, they've released less than 'Alea' quality just to keep their schedule.
 
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9. Board Game Publisher: HABA - Habermaaß GmbH
Felix Rodriguez
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Where's my English copy?
 
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10. Board Game Publisher: Überplay
Felix Rodriguez
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Although now defunct, I'm keeping this here. Uberplay had some awesome games released in ridiculously huge sized boxes. Even stupid small card games like For Sale came in a box that could fit a Mach Truck.

I have 3 bookshelves total and I don't want to fill them with air.
 
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11. Board Game Publisher: Warfrog Games
Felix Rodriguez
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Limited releases.

I guess its a cute marketing gimmick that probably gets people to buy their games fast, but I would rather wait to be sure that I like a game before buying them. You won't be able to do this if you expect Warfrog's title to sell out in 3 months.
 
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12. Board Game Publisher: Avalanche Press Ltd.
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Love the games, wish they would support cyberboard and the like...
 
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