BWA: Bits Whore Anonymous...
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You know you have done it; you have bought a game purely because you liked the bits, chits, or board. (While the focus is on bits; I don't want to limit it to only bits per se...)

Please mention games you have bought or traded purely because some aspect of the graphic design (board, bits, etc.) provoked enough of a response from you that you HAD to have it.

So please, confesseth your bits sins my daughters and sons; you will be amongst those who will forgive ye. Remember, admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery.
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1. Board Game: ZÈRTZ [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:478] [Average Rating:7.31 Unranked]
Paul Boos
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I love abstracts (and Euros, and I guess a decent dash of Ameritrash thrown in...); I bought this with a couple of Civil War games when my Father-in-law (who has a Civil War interest) was visiting from Australia. We played this several times. I bought it to round out my order from FunAgain. The bits had something to do with it... The start of the downfall had begun...
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2. Board Game: Mississippi Queen [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:1587]
Paul Boos
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This probably continued my downfall; I bought it because it was an SdJ winner and it sounded like fun. Those boats and the river boards are just fantastic.
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3. Board Game: Paradice [Average Rating:4.89 Unranked]
Paul Boos
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This was the first game I ever bought purely for the bits; I have yet to play it. I used to display it in my office though - proudly. It announced I was a cooler geekier than any other person that would ever enter my office. Unfortunately most of the geeks I knew were not Boardgame Geeks; it was lost on them.
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4. Board Game: Black Elephant [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:5700]
Paul Boos
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What could be cooler than elephants? This game truly provoked my worship of the bits; it is a cool (and hard) game, but it was the bits that had got me. The same game, with chits, would never have got me to buy it.
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5. Board Game: Sputnik [Average Rating:5.59 Overall Rank:11948]
 
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Gigamic... Bright colored wooden rockets... Need I say more?

10...9...8...7...6...5...4...3...2...1... We have lift-off!
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6. Board Game: Skybridge [Average Rating:5.89 Overall Rank:6770]
Paul Boos
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Virginia
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Tall Wooden Buildings... Gigamic... Need I say More?
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7. Board Game: Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:270] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
Paul Boos
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Heroscape. Enough Said.
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8. Board Game: Clue [Average Rating:5.65 Overall Rank:7641]
Paul Boos
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Virginia
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I thrift, and once folks told me they were buying this version of Clue to pimp out their Clue: Museum Caper games, well I had to as well...
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9. Board Game: Pirates on the High Seas [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:4708]
Paul Boos
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My son's b-day was coming up. He was having a pirate party. I wanted to give him a pirate gift. A local geek sold it to me. Who am I kidding? The ships are incredible on this. It actually displaced Torpedo Run as our favorite for this type of shoot at targets type game.
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10. Board Game: Container [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:583]
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I recently traded Fury of Dracula (which I enjoyed, but no one else in my group did, so it would have never hit the table again) for this. The cool ships really had a lot to do with it.
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11. Board Game: Monsterpocalypse [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:1386] [Average Rating:7.22 Unranked]
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Someone recently got this as a thrift find - a few boosters. I had paid ZERO attention to this until that day. I say the bits (a new-KLEE-arrr power plant!) and I had to have it. I am such a bits whore.

Now I will turn it over to those others seeking help...
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12. Board Game: Shut the Box [Average Rating:5.01 Overall Rank:15257]
Justin Hoffman
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Ashburn
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A pure "bits" buy--I'll never play "shut the box" but I did have a need for a dice tray...so for $1 at a thrift store, I have a lovely felt-lined wood dice tray complete with turn marker at the top.
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13. Board Game: Shear Panic [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:1584]
John Earles
Canada
Toronto
Ontario
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Who would have thought that behind the cute sheep there is a pretty nasty abstract game. devil
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14. Board Game: This Hallowed Ground [Average Rating:7.94 Overall Rank:4000]
 
Les Lauber
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Five full-colour, 22x34 maps.
13 Scenarios.
2,240 counters.

The fact that I think the CIVIL WAR: BRIGADE series is fantastic made this a no-brainer when The Gamers published it. Good heavens, was it really 10 years ago? It seems like yesterday my UPS guy was questioning my sanity for spending so much on one game....

Anyway, are the bits quite as elegant as ZERTZ or as striking as PARADICE? No, no...but did I mention the game has five maps, 13 scenarios, and 2,240 counters? That's LOTS of bits....
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15. Board Game: North Cape [Average Rating:7.07 Unranked]
Robert Wesley
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Aberdeen
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Well, this 'one' had its "minis" and that was enough! arrrh






They still SELL these by the way.
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16. Board Game Accessory: Wings of War: Miniatures
Paul Boos
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OK, the confessions continue...

I was already a huge Wings of War fan... And then the minis came out. I had to get them... BTW; who has built those lovely Aerostats? I MUST get those for Burning Drachens!
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17. Board Game: Big City [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:987]
Justin Hoffman
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As for a game I bought on impulse purely because the bits were alluring, this was one of the first.
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18. Board Game: Axiom [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:3856]
Richard Massey
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This sits on my shelf as a piece of modern art. And there's the Settlers of Catan 3d set...
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19. Board Game: Mouse Chaos [Average Rating:4.88 Overall Rank:15005]
Paul Boos
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I totally forgot about this one; this is a rather fun game and the whole Kitchen set-up is fantastic.
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20. Board Game: Hameln [Average Rating:5.84 Overall Rank:6596]
Kris Verbeeck
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Still to play.


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21. Board Game: Oltre Mare [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:1198]
Christychan
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Somerville
New Jersey
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Sadly, after playing, I'm only in it for the ships - the cute adorable little ships!
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22. Board Game: Space Alert [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:147]
Christychan
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Ok, I just got to play this game and it Rocks my world! And the bits are sweet - just love the green crystal energy cubes and tubes!
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23. Board Game: Oasis [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:1246]
Christychan
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Yep, cameeples - I'm just in for the camel bits!
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24. Board Game: Navia Dratp [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:1975]
Christychan
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Got this in a Math Trade with lots of extras - I may never play it, but darned if I don't love looking at all of the different figurines anyway!
 
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25. Board Game: The Climbers [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:1199]
Mike B
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Since I own only 9 of the games listed so far, I just had to add this as a 10th.

"It's only wooden blocks"

Yeah, but nice chunky coloured wooden blocks. And I think the little meeples and little ladders are very cute too.

Besides, it's a great game! (The other 2 Chili games are on my wishlist as well now...)
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