Horrible gaming nightmares: A touching story about alternate reality and my mental decline thereof
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Fellow geeks,

I have never dared to write a geeklist, because of my inexperience in doing so and because I do not feel absolutely comfortable about my command of the English language. However, I cannot keep silent any longer due to my recurring horrible nightmares about gaming.

You see, one day it struck me that all those games I held dearly are what they are because of chance only. There are so many publishers out there and every one of them has a unique way of giving his games the final shape that just coming up with another publisher might have made games very different. Having found this insight, I started to have nightmares. They crept in silently, starting with a simple "what if X was published by Y instead?" and ended with me writing a short review on BGG about this alternative reality. So, after a short time, I fell from one nightmare into the other, waking up screaming and crying and shaking. Therefore, as a means of personal therapy, I would like to share some of the worst dream-reviews with you and encourage everybody with similar experience do chime in also!
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1. Board Game: Ca$h 'n Gun$ [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:887]
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Publisher: Hans im Glück

Nice family-game. You are a group of wizards who try to get the most magic paraphernalia from a treasure you found. To get most of the treasure, everybody tries to put his fellow players to sleep by using his magic wand - the game supplies you with some very nice foam-wands! Also, everybody gets a hand full of magic spells he might use: 5x "Zounds! That did not work!", 2x "Zing" and 1x "KA-ZAAAMM!!!" When the whole treasure is split up, the game ends with all wizards happily joining together.
I like this game very much. The theme is well integrated and the gaming experience for the whole family is great.
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2. Board Game: Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:49]
 
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Publisher: Alea

Another game from the Alea line. The release was delayed by almost a year, since they overhauled the game system completely. The final, fully balanced game is very intriguing: You are playing a starfaring race striving for dominance in the galaxy. Just make sure you are more successful in achieving this goal than the other players!
Most of the victory points come from planets, which are auctioned off in the auctioning phase. Yet, there are multiple ways to victory: You can try to concentrate on the technology track, which gives you victory points, or you can play the diplomacy track, which makes your planets more valuable. Or you can advance on the spacecraft track, which gives you more actions, helping you in the auction-phase. The game plays in about 60 minutes and feels really interactive because you have to pay close attention to what your fellow players are doing. I expect "Twilight Imperium" to be a major success with my gaming group.
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3. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:185] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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Publisher: GMT Games

Ladies and Gentlemen, stop searching, it's as simple as that: The wargame of the year!
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4. Board Game: Catan: 5-6 Player Extension [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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Publisher: Days of Wonder

Got my "Settlers 5-6 player Expansion" in the mail yesterday! We played two games today and I must say... it is basically settlers, with up to 6 players. Anyways, I am still totally jazzed from the 2-years-advertising campaign by DOW that had me salivating for the game day and night. I don't expect to ever be willing to play again without this great expansion!
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5. Board Game: Tic-Tac-Toe [Average Rating:2.60 Overall Rank:15448]
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Publisher: FFG

Another great game from FFG with gorgeous miniatures. This one is a strict 2-player-game in the tradition of "War of the Ring", where one player takes over the Free Peoples and the other one the Shadow Armies. The battlefield is divided into a 3x3 grid, and the first player to place his army in a battleline 3 tiles long wins the epic struggle.
There have been complaints about a certain shallowness of gameplay, but FFG addresses all of these problems in their expansion "Grid of Greatness". With secret missions, additional miniatures and an alternative 4x4 battlefield, this expansion is a must for everybody who wants to have a great gaming experience you will still talk about years later.
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6. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:421] [Average Rating:7.09 Unranked]
 
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Publisher: MMP

According to MMP, this one will be available in 2010 after a preorder phase of 4.500 years. From reading the rulebook, I suspect it to be a fairly simple game. However, because of the fixed setup I don't expect it to have a high replay value.
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7. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.02 Overall Rank:17]
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Publisher: Games Workshop

Content removed at the request of the publisher. Put it back and we'll sue your sorry ass.
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8. Board Game: Second Front [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:5718]
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Publisher: Clash of Arms

Each counter has been lovingly crafted to reflect the actual colors of the uniforms worn by the soldiers in the unit.
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9. Board Game: For Sale [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:260]
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Publisher: Hasbro

I played a game of For Sale: Pokemon edition with my nephews. Boy, do they get excited to see their favorite pokemons on a game and I enjoy the game as well.

(I really think Hasbro should do this)
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10. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:237] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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Publisher: Cheap Ass Games

This game looks really fun!
After taping the board together, I'm gonna cut apart the 200 sheets of cards. While I do that, I need you to scrounge up 8 different pawns, 6 distinct types of counters, at least 2 dozen of each, 5 to 10 dice, some change to use as money. and see if you can find my bucket of toy soldiers to use for the monsters...
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