Hey, There's A Stain on the Map
Wendell
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Don't you just hate it when you buy a game and there is a major problem with the map or some other components? I know I do!

Here are a few examples of damaged maps and other screw-ups in brand-new games that make me wonder what the printers were doing. If you have similar examples, please add them. Maybe we can get these publishers to pay attention.
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1. Board Game: Unhappy King Charles! [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:1328]
Wendell
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Damn right I'm unhappy, King Charles. There's a big stain on Scotland! I don't know if it's ketchup or a V-8 juice spill or blood or what, but how the hell did it get there?
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2. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
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And my copy of Pandemic came with a honking huge rip right there between Iceland and Canada. This sort of poor quality control makes me ill.
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3. Board Game: A Most Dangerous Time: Japan in Chaos, 1570-1584 [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:2710]
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Quality control for A Most Dangerous Time was simply atrocious. You can see here the box cover has a blob of something red on it, perhaps cherry jam.

Many of the components are similarly damaged, all with some mysterious red blob. What's the matter, the paint factory next door have an explosion while making the red stuff?
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4. Board Game: Rise and Decline of the Third Reich [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:1430]
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If you look closely at this old AH classic, you see that the four hexes covering Switzerland were mysteriously rendered grey. I don't know if that was poor printing, or if an insidious hue-leaching mold somehow crept into the game. I asked for my money back, but 6-8 weeks later AH ignored me.
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5. Board Game: Friedrich [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:469]
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It isn't just maps. Look at the cards in Friedrich. EVERYBODY knows you don't put PICTURES on the 10 of hearts/clubs/diamonds/spades. AND there is NO SUCH THING as an 11 or 12 - those should be jacks and queens.

Didn't anybody PROOFREAD this game? Sheesh.
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6. Board Game: Rampage! Mamontov's Cavalry Offensive, August 1919 [Average Rating:3.00 Unranked]
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Look at all those green stains - someone's dribbled water on an inkjet-printed map...
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7. Board Game: Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:138]
Iain K
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Damn I hope that's jelly on each battle card ...
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8. Board Game: Gazala 1942 [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:8415]
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Stains and rips. At least they tried to patch it with tape before shipping it.
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9. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.34 Overall Rank:4]
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I was very disappointed when I opened my 1st printing copy of Twilight Struggle.

What? You can't you see it? South America has a nasty looking Chili stain!
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10. Board Game: 1960: The Making of the President [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:156]
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Every time I play 1960, I notice that my opponent has left a big coffee stain on the board. I now own 13 copies of the game and there are 12 people that I'll never play games with again. What ever happened to manners?
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11. Board Game: Descent: The Altar of Despair [Average Rating:7.76 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.76 Unranked]
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Apparently Fantasy Flight Games needs to invest in some climate-controlled warehouses or something. I was excited when I heard they were adding battle-elephants to their new expansion; imagine my disappointment when I opened the box to find these melted figures! I can't even tell they're elephants!



C'mon, FFG! This is no way to run a business.
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