Games you purchased simply because they are highly rated.
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Recently, my copies of Twilight struggle and Through the Ages arrived and it got me thinking. Both games are very highly ranked here on BGG (currently 3rd and 4th respectively). Both were also games which I had reservations about but which I bought anyway partly because of how well regarded they are.

Is this a valid reason to buy a game? Would you ever be influenced by a game's rating?
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1. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.34 Overall Rank:4]
Aaron
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Most of the games I play are 2-player games with my wife. She loves eurogames but doesn't generally like wargames. Memoir '44 is one of her least favourite games.

Is this a wargame? No-one seems to know, but it is 2-player and ranked very high so I got it. We just finished our first game and we both loved it! My wife wanted to play again immediately.

This one is a big thumbs up to BGG.
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2. Board Game: Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:27]
Aaron
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I'm still not convinced you can have a civilisation style game without a map. Still it is easily the highest ranking Civ style game here so I got it anyway.

I have not had a chance to play it so I don't know if BGG was right about this one yet. Although, past experience tells me BGG is almost always right.
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3. Board Game: Le Havre [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:37]
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When I read the reviews, it appeared to be a re-skin of Agricola with an even less appealing theme. Agricola is a great game but how many shipping games do I need? Still, it's in the Top 10...

After playing this a few times, I think I may have been completely wrong. It shares a few mechanics with Agricola but is, IMHO, the better game.

Score one more for BGG.
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4. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:70]
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I'm embarrassed to say I knew almost nothing about this game when I bought it, other than the fact that it was VERY highly regarded around here.

I now know a lot more about it and given it's place in board game history, I'm glad to have it in my collection. However, this game is not one of my favourites. I think the problem is that my brain is too small to completely understand all the strategy nuances. Also, I'm a bit of a sucker for theme in games.

All that said, if I didn't own it, it would be at the top of my wishlist purely because of it's status on BGG.
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5. Board Game: War of the Ring (First Edition) [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:81]
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War of the Ring is a game that I knew would not go down well. It's a heavy wargame (by my family's standard) with lots and lots of rules. But... BGG says its a good game, so I got it just to make sure.

What a disaster! I can safely say my wife will never play this with me again. Part of the fault was my own inability to read and explain the rules but mostly it was that this game is just not a good fit for my family.

I can't say BGG led me astray here because I knew what I was getting into with this one. Still, it is a good example of why you shouldn't buy a game you know won't go well with your group just because it is highly regarded here on BGG.
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6. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:50]
Bryan Maxwell
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This one, just a few weeks ago. It's got a theme I'm not interested in and it draws frequent comparisons to San Juan, which we were lukewarm on. I've only played Race a couple of times but I'm pretty intrigued so far.

The rankings certainly aren't the be all and end all. The rankings act as a starting point when looking for a new game to buy. If it's highly ranked, I'll look at reviews, pictures, etc and see if it sounds like my sort of game. If it does, I'll probably buy it or trade for it. This has served me pretty well, with many more hits than misses.

Race for the Galaxy was an exception because my FLGS had it (it's a small shop with pretty limited inventory) and every week I'd go in there and examine it, fondle it and put it back. Finally pulled the trigger on it.
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7. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:16]
Mark Paul
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After all the hoopla and hype I bought this. Brilliant game system, but it just wasn't any fun. Traded it away.
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8. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:45]
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I've bought many games simply based on word of mouth. But this one's the highest ranked of those. It's not a bad game, but in hindsight, it's one of those games I'd leave to one of my friends to bring along on a game day.
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9. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:55]
Kent Reuber
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I found this game on sale and picked it up because it was highly rated. I have yet to play it or even go through the rules.
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10. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:29]
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It's a fine game, but I just couldn't get it to the table with my friends / family. I traded it away for Metropolys and am very happy with the trade. It's much more appealing for first timers...
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11. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.02 Overall Rank:17]
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I bought this one when Tanga had a deal on the game plus animeeples, vegimeeples, and famimeeples. I had not played it.

Now that I own a copy, I've played many times. I'm still not sure what to think of the game, so I'm not sure if it was a good buy. But I am glad I have all the extra wooden pieces, rather than just cubes and discs.
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12. Board Game: Hansa Teutonica [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:108]
Brent Gallmann
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I'm guilty as charged. Just purchased this one last night. I'm hopeful that this lives up to the hype. Agricola was the last one I purchased based on hype and was slightly disappointed.
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13. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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In German. I forgot that while I have no problems with playing game in german, my friends probably would. As a consequence, I still haven't played the game
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14. Board Game: Space Hulk (third edition) [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:224]
Tom Li
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Obviously got it since it's so highly rated. Then I had less fun with it when I realized it fell by a hundred spots of so.
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15. Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:116]
Joe Thomas
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Well, since some of the "other" games have been mention on this list, I thought that I would put in the latest game for me. Age of Steam. At the start of the new year, I decided on two things, get into more wargames and try train games. I know that it was either this or Steam. But after some checking out of both games, this one seems more to my liking.

I must say, I enjoy this game a lot!
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16. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:281] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
Brent R.
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...and all of it's expansions. I finally got to play it (the base game) yesterday, with 6 people. I'm glad I bought it.
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