Games You Feel Guilty Owning
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I've been regularly (obsessively) visiting BGG now for about a year. I see a lot of lists where people lament giving away a certain game or wishing they could get a copy of a long out of print game. I feel a bit guilty because I have a copy of their "grail" game sitting in a box down in my basement unused and unloved. But will I put it up for trade or auction? No, because one day I might regret it myself. In the meantime, I'll just feel guilty.

Are there any games you have that you feel guilty owning? And why?
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1. Board Game: Dune [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:218]
Albatros
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I have the version pictured here. I've played it a couple times (back in the '80s). It had real potential - some real tension in the game - until one of my "friends" noted that you could have multi-player alliances and immediately everyone allied just so I would lose. That was the last time we played. Now it's in a box in my basement waiting for the worms to claim it. I feel guilty about holding on to it, but I may someday try it with my current gaming group...except I think they would pull the same stunt as my college group.
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2. Board Game: Civilization [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:228] [Average Rating:7.51 Unranked]
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This game got a lot of plays - twenty years ago when I could function on two hours sleep. Unlike Dune, I really enjoy this game and I think it would be a hit with my current gaming group, but it just takes too long to play. So it's in a box in my basement waiting for another civilization to discover it. I feel guilty about keeping it, but I may just play it again.
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3. Board Game: Magic Realm [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:931]
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Another old out of print Avalon Hill game I own. I actually pulled it out of the basement recently, but after a quick look at it, I realized it would not hit the table any time soon. With one exception, my current gaming group wouldn't be interested. It's just too complicated, too mathmatical, and it's a fantasy game to boot. Someone else could certainly enjoy playing this old treasure, I feel guilty hoarding it.
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4. Board Game: Up Front [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:379]
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Not just Up Front, but Banzai too. Why I'm keeping them, I don't know. Yes, they got a lot of plays back in the '80s, but since then I get my World War Two small unit fixes playing minatures. Locking this up in the basement is just cruel. I feel bad, but those cards are just so cool maybe I should modify the game for miniature use...?

Maybe, I don't feel so guilty about keeping this one.
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5. Board Game: Android [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:1024]
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When I bought it, I knew: I was not going to be able to play this more than once, I was going to hate it, it's not actually a good game, there are a million things wrong with it, and most of all, I couldn't afford it.

But I bought it, damnit!
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6. Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:703]
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I'm not guilty about owning this really, but guilty about not having played it in so long. It was a favorite once upon a time. But it's been years since my wife and I have gotten friends together for an evening of gaming.
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7. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:29]
Travis Magrum
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I played this game with a group of friends that live far away from my normal play group and I really liked it. However, after I bought a copy and brought it back home, none of my regulars wanted to play. It still has yet to be played and I don't think it will any time soon. I almost feel like I should trade it for something else, but I think I will regret it as soon as I can get them to play it. Sure, it's not like the game is unfindable like the others on this list, but the game is so good that someone should be getting some play out of it.
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8. Board Game: We the People [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:1049]
Wendell
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OK this fits the bill. I own this game. It's unpunched; cards still in the shrink. I played somebody else's copy of this back when it came out and obviously liked it enough to buy it. But it's never quite hit the table.

And its update/successor/sequel/whatever, Washington's War, is due to arrive on my front door any day now!

(Actually that may drive the value of WTP down some...)
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9. Board Game: Mystery of the Abbey [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1082]
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Yeah, this is supposed to be a great game. It certainly didn't float my boat when I played it. One other problem. My wife got me this as a gift for my birthday a few years ago. She did a bit or research on the Geek and thought it would be a good buy. She actually bought a slightly used copy (it is in fine condition) but paid a premium 'cuz it is hard to get. Have a bit of guilt parting with it....

The good news is, the game has lots of good company like:

Storm of Steel
War Between the States
Star Force Trilogy
Campaign for North Africa
Atlantic Wall
Starcraft
Warrior Knights
Kronos
Attack and the Attack Expansion
and Dallas the Role Playing Game
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