Going Against The Grain << Low Rated games That you Love
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This is for all the games with a low average rating that you love anyway. (Definitions of "low" and "love" are up to you.)
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1. Board Game: Don't Break the Ice [Average Rating:4.71 Overall Rank:15284]
True Blue Jon
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This is a wonderfully simple game that I always a enjoy a round or two of. I've played this so much (I have a 3-year-old) that putting all the blocks in takes only 30 seconds now.
 
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2. Board Game: Tic-Tac-Toe [Average Rating:2.60 Overall Rank:15347]
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Another simple strategy game that is fun with kids and frustrating to adults who figured it out as a kid but have now forgotten how to play well and keep losing instead of tying.
 
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3. Board Game: Boggle [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:1960]
Eric "Shippy McShipperson" Mowrer
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Vancouver
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To show that I'm not just a hater, I will partake of this list . Love this game, but it's down at about 800. I guess it's so low because it takes a certain kind of skill and if you don't have it, there is no other avenue to victory. There is only so much you can do when your mind isn't good at 'seeing' words form in the grid.
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4. Board Game: Fluxx [Average Rating:5.69 Overall Rank:6641]
Jake Di Toro
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Virginia Beach
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Sadly underrated. This is the best time filler game out there. Many games have been played while waiting for an event, or waiting for the rest of the table to finish an event you've been eliminated from.
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5. Board Game: Candy Land [Average Rating:3.17 Overall Rank:15345]
Joseph Cardarelli
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Tucson
Arizona
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CandyLand is a classic game whose theme I can't get enough of...although I havent actually played it in years. The requirements of the list dont state you have to play it, just Love it, right?
 
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6. Board Game: Trouble [Average Rating:3.74 Overall Rank:15340]
Jesse Morrow
United States
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Massachusetts
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i got two words:
pop-o-matic bubble

(or is that four).
 
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7. Board Game: Hungry Hungry Hippos [Average Rating:4.10 Overall Rank:15332]
Jesse Morrow
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I still have my copy(?). in 25 years i've lost the pink ones's head and all the marbles. (i bought a bag of brightly colored ones at toy r us about 5 years ago as replacements.) we still break it out after a coupla pints.
 
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8. Board Game: 5ive Straight [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:5202]
Shaky Ulnas
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Succesfully playing this game with partners can give a telepathic thrill at a family gathering that usually involves the adults staring at their feet and not talking.
 
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9. Board Game: Advance to Boardwalk [Average Rating:5.36 Overall Rank:14773]
Nate Sandall
United States
Portland
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It's hella better than Shark!
 
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10. Board Game: Honor of the Samurai [Average Rating:5.91 Overall Rank:5111]
Dennis FitzPatrick
United States
Clayton
Missouri
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I think this one is much better than its rating
 
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11. Board Game: Bali [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:6066]
Steve Bennett
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Grinnell
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Bali is the lowest ranked of any games I have at 8 or higher. It's more enjoyable than Scrabble.
 
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12. Board Game: Dragonland [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:2783]
Pierce Ostrander
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Albuquerque
New Mexico
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WARNING: SERIOUS SUBMISSION

It is a shame that people don't seem to be taking this list seriously... Drachenland - It's beautiful, It's engaging and It's FUN!!!

Highly recommended. See my review at:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/45694

Not that I am a "designer snob" but it's Knizia for crying out loud... give it a chance!
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13. Board Game: Cults Across America [Average Rating:5.68 Overall Rank:9405]
Jesse Miller
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Gettysburg
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**WARNING** Fanatical Geek's pet topic alert!

I've said it before and I'll say it again: this game is fun fun fun. Sure it's a bit of a risk clone (hey, Hasbro stole the idea for the moon in risk 2210 from Cults so the must be doing something right), but IMHO it adds some neat touches that make it stand out. Actually, I'd say that many of the ideas that show up in Risk 2210 were here first (bidding to influence turn order, leaders that give bonuses, purchasable cards, etc.)

To me it just has a lot of charm, and is a game we go back to again and again. Lots o' dice rollin and Cthonians--what more could you ask for?
 
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14. Board Game: Connect Four [Average Rating:4.84 Overall Rank:15318]
True Blue Jon
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I love this game.
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15. Board Game: Supremacy [Average Rating:5.59 Overall Rank:13131]
Gary Heidenreich
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I would still be up for a game of this. Always had a blast.
 
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16. Board Game: Wildlife Adventure [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:2378]
Asmodeus
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Definately Wildlife Adventure, this is such a GREATLY UNDERRATED game. Its pitched at children learning geography and animals, but it is one of my favourite games. It has an excellent ballance of strategy and luck, and it doesn't take too long. I'd say its better than most rails games.
 
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17. Board Game: Politics as Usual [Average Rating:5.59 Overall Rank:12865]
Brian Alvarado
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Fontana
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I'm confused. Are we talking Rank or Rating? Some of these games have 7's and some have 3's.

 
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