Fear of the Unknown Box (Games I Have Avoided Playing)
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I've been thinking about something that has intrigued me. I have noticed that there are certain games I've had a 'fear' of playing and tended to avoid it. By 'fear' I mean having trepidation around playing it. I've been wondering why I was avoiding certain games because, when I finally got around to playing them, I often really enjoyed them!

To read more about my thoughts on these games see my post here: Matt's Board Game Back Room

This list is a rundown of most of the games from my post.

Feel free to add games you have avoided playing and why you avoid them, OR that you did avoid playing, finally played, and your experience after playing them.
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1. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:97] [Average Rating:7.62 Unranked]
Board Game: Dominion
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Some people are extremely averse to popular culture whether it is games, music, etc. I'm only slightly averse to pop culture. I avoid some of the more popular music much more than I used to but am still drawn to some of it as well. Games are the same for me. I tended to avoid Dominion for a long time after it came out and likely would never have ended up purchasing my own copy had not a friend of mine forced encouraged me to play (thanks Bob!). I'm not really sure if I had a specific reason to avoid it - maybe because it was Deck Building which I'd never really done before and maybe because it was just the 'hot thing' and avoided it as a result.

But once I played it I found I really enjoyed it, especially with the expansions!
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2. Board Game: Web of Power [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:708]
Board Game: Web of Power
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Now, here's the thing that I think has affected me the most: I get an idea in my head about what the game is about and end up making it out to more or different than what it really ends up being. In other words, after learning the game and playing for the first time I went "That's it?!" and I wondered why I avoided it to begin with.

I thought this game would be WAY more complicated than it really was.

Great game! Wish I'd played it sooner!
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3. Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:119]
Board Game: Age of Steam
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I avoided this game for a long time thinking it would be too difficult. Ok, it's somewhat difficult, but not as much as I thought it would be. I now own it. And several expansions.
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4. Board Game: Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:700] [Average Rating:6.94 Unranked]
Board Game: Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game
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When I first started out gaming I avoided co-operative games like the plague. Those games were just NOT for me. I just was not interested. Well, maybe SLIGHTLY interested by Pandemic (I've read some books on hemorrhagic viruses and such and so found the topic interesting at least) but otherwise pretty much averse.

Then at my first year at Gamestorm, a couple of friends were about to play Last Night on Earth and asked if we wanted to join. Hmmmm. Ok, fine. So, here's the thing. I enjoyed it!

And, I could see the huge potential for the game. Different scenarios. Lots of characters and items to use. Different board configurations. Being able to play heros OR zombies and working together as a team. I determined that perhaps I had mis-judged co-ops.
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5. Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:515]
Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill
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Another co-op. Ugh. I played it. I got into it. I liked it! Hey Mikey!
 
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6. Board Game: Forbidden Island [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:722]
Board Game: Forbidden Island
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It's going to be "too simple" and I don't really want to play it. But, we played it with my kids and had a great time! So much tension for such a simple game. We own a copy of it now.
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7. Board Game: Wings of War: Famous Aces [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:1054] [Average Rating:6.86 Unranked]
Board Game: Wings of War: Famous Aces
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I have typically avoided war games. I don't know why. In my mind, a war game is long and complicated and has a rule book that is 1000's of pages long with tiny single-spaced print and every rule is numbered. But, this ended up being a war game of a different type - fast, fun and not scary at all! (until you get shot down at least)
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8. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:137] [Average Rating:7.56 Unranked]
Board Game: Memoir '44
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More wargames!? No thanks. Although, I was a little less reluctant of this than most just because I'd heard great things about it and knew it was card-driven warfare. The great thing about this game was the map was simplified and you had a limited number of options due to the cards in your hand and only so many different types of actions are available. This helps keep the complexity down (which I think is the main fear of war games) and the enjoyment level up. Eventually I may own a copy of this game but won't hesitate to play now at least...
 
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9. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:271]
Board Game: Acquire
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Who wants to play an old musty game? Well, I'd heard good things but I didn't know if I really wanted to try it. Can't explain why other than it was an old classic and somehow that can be intimidating. Love it! Own a copy now! Bookcase version with the plastic tiles! (now, I just need to find time to play it more)
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10. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:74]
Board Game: Caylus
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It's not quite as old as Acquire but still has a bit of mystique to it, enough where you feel a bit intimidated. And, I'd heard it was pretty hard-core. Ok, it wasn't exactly the EASIEST game to play, but I loved it just the same. No need to fear THIS game....
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11. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:27]
Board Game: Puerto Rico

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After discovering BGG some years back and learning of this world of Euro games, I avoided PR for much too long, assuming it was overly complicated and dull to boot. But it's actually easy and fun.
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12. Board Game: Vinhos [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:416]
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My ludophobia of the moment. Poster child for the current wave of overwrought, over-intricate, over-long Euro games that have come down the pike. Shipyard is another. Dominant Species might be another -- I'm too afraid to find out. And yet, I'm eager to try Die Macher...
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13. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:7.95 Overall Rank:31]
Board Game: Agricola
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To this day I haven't played this one yet. Due to the fact that the people in my game group have played this a lot, I know I will get trounced. Normally I wouldn't care, but for a game that seems so incredibly dull in theme and practice, and also that I didn't like Le Havre, I am so hesitant to potentially waste a night learning this game and getting my butt whipped.

Honorable Mentions: Waterloo and God's Playground by M. Wallace. I've read the rules to both games, but still can't figure out what the hell is going on in either of them.
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