Your Biggest Complaints About Your Favorite Games
Rory
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Everyone has a few games that they absolutely love to play. However, no game is perfect, so I'm interested in hearing what everyone's biggest complaints about their favorites game are.

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1. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:117] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
Rory
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The lengthy setup time really bothers me sometime. This is not a set-up-and-go kind of game.
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2. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
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The pieces are wayyyyy too big for the board.
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3. Board Game: The Princes of Florence [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:116]
Eugene Tackleberry
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Why are there 21 profession cards instead of 20?
 
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4. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:98]
Brandon Pennington
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Springfield
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It is hard to get people to understand what kind of warfare this is and how many units each block represents. If you look at it like a simulation the tactics are pretty easy to get the hang of. The people I play with look at it as blocks on a board attacking each other and some are stronger than others. I know that this should still work, but it just doesn't make sense to most people I play with.
 
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5. Board Game: Dune [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:215]
Jeffrey Vaca
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My biggest complaint? It's not in print! And it's not gonna be in print thanks to Herbert Jr.
That means less familiarity. That means less opponents. That means less playtime for me.
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...not what you are looking for? Okay...

...the rules could have been much clearer (though they are not as bad as some claim).
...the cards are printed on crappy stock with perforated edges.
...the pictures on the player shields just plain suck.

But gameplay? Perfecto!
 
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6. Board Game: Imperial [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:140]
Alex Harkey
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My complaint is that its a little too long and too heavy for the people I play with. They can take a longer game sometimes and can take a heavy game if its short (rarely seems to be the case) but both just spells disaster.
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7. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:48]
Will
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NOT ENOUGH HOMEWORLDS!!

I can't wait for the expansion to fix this
 
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8. Board Game: Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization [Average Rating:8.04 Overall Rank:25]
Blue (They/She)
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This is a bear to teach. It's a beautiful, elegant game, but many of the rules come across as counter-intuitive when first communicated, and so there's an awful lot of misinterpretations that new players tend to go through. The fact that a lot of weird once-a-game-or-less errata and weird situations pop up makes it worse.

But it's worth it.

EDIT: No, wait. I've got my real complaint that I forgot about. The rulebook is set up AWFULLY. They need an index or something on that. It's set up solely for first-time players; the rules show how to play the Simple Game, then the Advanced, then the Full, with each new component only being explained during the first type of game it's used in. This leads to "Wait, were Tactics explained in Advanced or Full? How does the first turn work? *Flips to Simple*" This is not a game where you just read the rules once and have them all memorized forever. They need to be more easily referenced.
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9. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:237] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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-The setup time. Oh god, the setup time. I feel like there must be a better way to make this game work that doesn't require shuffling ten billion decks of cards.

-Doesn't come with enough dice. We are playing a game for up to 8 people, and on a given turn a person could be rolling an attack that takes 15 or so dice, and only FIVE are included with the game? You have to be kidding me.

-Until the expansions came out, all of the characters were white. Tends to be common (Last Night on Earth had the exact same problem), I guess, in this sort of game, but... seriously. Thankfully they corrected this with Dunwich, but it's still sort of embarrassing for them.

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10. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:119]
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Not enough people know how to play this. It should be like Euchre in the Midwest, where you can pretty much count on everyone already having played it a billion times.

This is a cheat entry because, other than the fact that you need exactly four people to play it in the way that I like, I have absolutely nothing bad to say about Tichu.
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11. Board Game: World of Warcraft: The Boardgame [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:1158]
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One-hundred-and-sixty 25mm miniatures and I can't find Descent stats for 'em.
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12. 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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25mm figures whose bases won't fit on RPG 25mm tile grids. yuk
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13. Board Game: Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:47]
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Pliers not included.
 
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14. Board Game: Tide of Iron [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:582]
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Hernia belt not included.
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15. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:53]
Steffan O'Sullivan
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It's best with exactly five players, which is not a situation I have all that often!
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16. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:45]
Mike K
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On BSW, it seems everyone only wants to play 2pl, when I greatly prefer 4-5. 2pl is basically chess, and there are too many Kasparovs out there for me.
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17. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:28]
Claudio
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Arithmetic. Lots of it. And while I complain about it, I still like it. Sick. Must be the super-exciting theme that keeps me coming back.
 
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18. Board Game: Die Macher [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:185]
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Game Length: I love Die Macher, but the time it takes to learn and play turns off most of my prospective opponents. They'll play it just often enough so that they'll have time to forget most of the rules. That way, I can teach most of it all over again the next time we play.

Repeat this complaint for any 18xx train game, Twilight Imperium 3rd Edition, and Through The Ages.

I'm a sworn Eurogamer, which usually means restricting my game tastes to much shorter games, but lately I'm finding that many of my favorites have this length-of-game problem....
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19. Board Game: Java [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:720]
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The end game scoring round.
 
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20. Board Game: Lost Valley [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:1283]
Christian Steinberg
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It is only playable with up to 4 players. Though, I'll never know if it even works with more than 4
 
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