Games that really should have had a player aid
Andrew Swan
Australia
Randwick
NSW
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These games should have been published with a player aid included, either because they are reasonably complicated or because there's some key data that nobody can ever remember (e.g. possible actions, phase sequence, scoring system, etc.).

Note: this list isn't about games that already have or still need player aids (there are already GeekLists about those), it's about the games that should have had player aids in the first place...
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1. Board Game: Andromeda [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:2237]
Andrew Swan
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Randwick
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Without a decent player aid, in this game you can really get smoked.
 
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2. Board Game: History of the World [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:597]
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By the time your turn comes around, you definitely need a rules refresher!
 
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3. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:316]
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Until you've played this a few times, you need a reminder of what the roles do, how the scoring works, and if your copy is in German, what the purple buildings do.
 
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4. Board Game: Origins of World War II [Average Rating:5.87 Overall Rank:7495]
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Still yet to play my copy, but I obviously thought it needed a player aid, since I made one!
 
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5. Board Game: Age of Mythology: The Boardgame [Average Rating:6.15 Overall Rank:2482]
Andrew Swan
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Judging by the number of player aids on the Geek (plus my own which I haven't uploaded), this game obviously should have had one. There is (one) quick reference card that describes each unit in the game, but (a) both people in the battle need one, (b) it has setup info that is irrelevant once the game starts, and (c) it omits any details of the seven basic actions (Explore, Gather, etc.)
 
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6. Board Game: Senator [Average Rating:5.50 Overall Rank:13250]
Fran F G
Spain
Barcelona
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Café Race is a race game set in a business office. The players take the role of office workers going upstairs to the first floor to get a cup of coffee who then improvise a race while they are going back downstairs… with a cup full of coffee.
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Absolutely impossible to remember what makes each agenda.
 
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7. Board Game: Merchants of Amsterdam [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:1483]
Rene Wiersma
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This is a great game that could have benefitted from a little bit more development, nicer pieces (see picture) and... a playeraid to remind players of the various ways in which you can score money.
 
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8. Board Game: 7 Ages [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:1460]
Pierce Ostrander
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Albuquerque
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7 Ages. Lots of details, no player aids. Plenty here on the geek though! (see photo).
 
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