What game was a reach for you?
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What game was perhaps your greatest reach? Maybe I'm misusing the term reach for this list but I'm having trouble finding the one word that conveys what I'm after here. By reach I mean what game did you acquire in recent years that was the most outside your normal realm of boardgaming? Are you a eurogamer who picked up a wargame or visa versa? Are you not into co-op games at all but suddenly find yourself picking up Ghost Stories because you like the theme? Perhaps you don't normally go for dexterity games but you picked up Villa Paletti. Tell us why the game is outside your normal realm of boardgaming and what made you decide to pick it up.
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1. Board Game: Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:901]
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Here's my reach and the game that gave me the idea for this list. I have never gotten into CCGs. I've always been turned off by the money pit aspect of it and the idea that the person sitting across the table from me has an advantage simply because he spent more money than I did buying booster packs looking for rare cards. I'm also not really keen on this whole deck building concept. I don't want to spend as much time building card decks to play with as I do playing the game.

So why did I get it? Well I like card games in general but the problem with a lot of card games is there isn't a lot of variety. The card deck is pretty much the same game after game. I was looking for something that my wife and I could play in a reasonable short amount of time, had flavor, depth and yet we don't have to do deck building if we don't want to. This game seems to fit that bill. A game of it should last around 30 minutes once we get the hang of it. There are expansions but no money pit chasing of booster packs where you get a few useful cards and the rest go into a box never to see the light of day again. Lastly I love the Cthulhu theme (I think my wife would like a fantasy theme better but as is life).

The only downside at the moment is I'm a complete novice to this kind of card game so I'm dealing with some new game mechanics and trying to teach them to my wife who when it comes to new games doesn't have a ton of patience. Then again I did actually figure out Up Front from reading the rulebook which is the wargame equivalent of figuring out how to do brain surgery by reading a copy of Gray's Anatomy so I'm not really to worried. Fantasy Flight has a really nice video tutorial on their website that I thought was pretty cool. One last bonus for this game is a buddy friend and I are real fans of the boardgame Arkham Horror and he's told me he's interested in playing this. So it might make a good sit down on a weeknight with a beer and play a few type of game.
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2. Board Game: Combat Commander: Europe [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:103]
Michael Debije
Netherlands
Eindhoven
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I'm not big on WW2 games. I tried Squad Leader in my deep dark past and knew squad level WW2 games would NEVER be of interest. I didn't know what a hedgerow was, bore sizes, which was bigger, a squad or platoon. But, I fell hard for this game, own all the scenarios, and p500 everything with CC in the title. Why? I still don't really know, but it plays like a story, grips my guts, and makes me sweat. Great stuff.
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3. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
John Di Ponio
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Probably my biggest reach for me that ended up being a really good game that I enjoy to play! It's way different that games I am use to playing and one of two co-op games I aquired this past year. The other being Space Alert.
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4. Board Game: Runebound (Second Edition) [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:696]
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My most recent venture into the adventure-game/RPG-like area of gaming.

I was already an established wargamer when Dungeons & Dragons was first published, back in the early 1970s. And most of the guys I knew looked askance at this newfangled type of game. It seemed a little juvenile or something. Anyhow, we weren't much interested in the idea of a story-based game with individual characters--that sort of thing. We just wanted to fight battles and wars.

Yet, RPGs--and the adventure games they spawned--grew into a huge phenomenon. And I always felt kinda left out. So, I've sometimes bought RPG rules just to get a sense of what such games are about (I've owned AD&D, Runequest, and GURPS). But I've never found enough interested players, and frankly I've never really wanted to. I'm much more a solitaire or 2-player gamer.

Years ago, I owned Magic Realm, but I never did much with it. I also bought Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Battlesystem Skirmishes, which brings RPGs back into the wargame form that's familiar to me. But I only used that once or twice (though I still have it).

So, there's been this side quest going on for an RPG-like game that I'd be able to get into, even solitaire or 2-player, just to get a taste of what I've missed all my gaming life.

Last year, I bought Runebound. At first I was disappointed; it struck me as pretty bland. But I just played another solo game last month, and I enjoyed it a bit more. I'm keeping it around to see if it grows on me.

Meanwhile, my wife--who used to play AD&D with a group in her college days, before I met her--says I'll never really "get" RPGs unless I play one with a group that's into them.
 
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5. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
Moshe Callen
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This was actually a good filler but I tend to prefer traditional perfect information 2-player abstracts and wargames, in that order.
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6. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.34 Overall Rank:4]
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Ever since I have become a hardcore game geek about one and a half years ago, I have surprised myself by choosing games that would have been way out of my comfort zone only a few months earlier. My more gaming-adventurous husband regularly hears me saying things like "If you had told me last year I'd be sitting here happily playing this, I'd have said you're insane".

Since we started out as players of mostly mid-weight Eurogames, my "reaches" include games like Arkham Horror (I don't really care for fantasy/horror, so it was a reach thematically as well as in terms of playing mechanism and playtime), Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization (thought it was too heavy - turns out it became my favourite game), Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game (I have never watched a single episode of the show), Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Monsters? Dungeons? Yawn?) and Memoir '44 (Playing with plastic soldiers? Me, as a German, playing as Nazi forces? Seriously?).

The game I consider my biggest reach is Twilight Struggle. It's a wargame (if not a classical one, but please, let's just not go there again), it's long, it's very strategic, and it doesn't include a single wooden component And I love it!
 
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7. Board Game: 2 de Mayo [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:1036]
Bruce Padget
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I haven't done wargaming in 20 years (unless you count Feudo), and my SO never has. And I've never done well with asymmetrical games, even simple ones like Fox and Geese.

But the theme of this one really intrigued me, and I'm a sucker for little games. Reviews and comments on BGG convinced me, and I've found I like it a lot. I still don't "get" asymmetrical games, but this one I'm determined to grok.
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8. Board Game: Dixit [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:196] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
Yoki Erdtman
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I bought Dixit as a Christmas present for my wife. She's an English home language teacher here in Sweden, and I thought Dixit would be a good game to use in class. I didn't expect to like the game myself, as I a normally snub party games, but my two daughters loved the game so immensely that even I was smitten by it. This is a game I foresee us playing frequently on weekend afternoons.
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9. Board Game: PitchCar [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:315]
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I despise dexterity games, still for some reason I liked this one.
Although I was without a gaming session for 2 weeks, and I was on holiday.
But still, really great silly fun .
 
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10. Board Game Publisher: Mongoose Publishing
Kent Reuber
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I play Euros, wargamers, and miniatures, so most BGG games are out of reach. However, when Mongoose republished the RuneQuest RPG, I had to have it out of a sense of nostalgia. I don't have an RPG group and will probably never play it.shake

Now, as I understand it, they're bringing out a second edition RuneQuest II. cry
 
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11. Board Game: Saint Petersburg [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:232]
Lee Wiegand
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Great Falls
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This was a long shot for me, I was turned off by what I thought was horrible artwork and a bland board.

I love this game, it's awesome
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