I Can't Fight It Anymore, I've Given In...
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This is a list for a game that you've been looking at for a very long time, have been dancing around getting it. Some aspects of it made you very leery, but there was something that kept you coming back. Until one day, you were walking out of a store with it in your hands. Which game(s) was it?
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1. Board Game: Advanced Squad Leader [Average Rating:7.95 Overall Rank:209] [Average Rating:7.95 Unranked]
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Yep, after dancing around for the longest time, I put in for this one. I've owned it twice before, and gave up on it, probably prematurely. This time will be the charm. Cons? Thick ass rulebook, huge learning curve. Pros? HUGE player base, tactical combat with lotsa toys, lotsa detail, any battlefield of WW2, and armor vehicle you could think of, lots of support all around, internet play, much to keep you playing for a lifetime, and enough game geeks say that you don't have to sacrifice the rest of your game interests to play this one.

The breaker was finding a pair of AH issue supplements, Paratrooper and Croix in a local hobby store with the mounted mapboards.

Had to have 'em...
 
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2. Board Game: Blue Moon [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:879]
Jay Little
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Tough call, as I usually give in pretty quickly with games. I'm probably more leery about trying out a new beer or a brand of hot sauce than I am about plunking down ridiculous amounts of money on games I've barely even heard of. But one game I was always reluctant to pick up without seeing or playing first was Blue Moon. Some said it was the great MTG "lite" replacement I had been searching for. Some said it was a bit too simplistic to scratch that itch. Others commented about the superfluous board and dragon minis masquerading as depth.

Well, I eventually broke down and acquired it via trade. The cards and bits look nice, and the rules seem fairly clear... I have yet to try it out, but it's still on the fence. I can see potential in the game how it might be a real hoot to play for 2 players, but I'm still a bit leery of long-term replay value given the relatively simple structure of play and prebuilt construction*.

*I know you can build your own decks and customize Blue Moon like many CCGs, but the part that appeals to me about this title is a game with where you can just play with what's provided and enjoy a challenging, balanced game experience.
 
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3. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:802]
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Its been awhile (say 23 years or so), but I saw the Eon version of Cosmic Encounter in the Dartmouth bookstore for months and months before I bought it. I mean, I knew nothing about the game and the art was cheesy as hell. But finally we were so bored that we bought it --and LOVED it.
 
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4. Board Game: Blokus [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:519]
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Every time I saw it for sale it was in an educational toy store, I couldn't get past the stigma that it was a game for children. I finally broke down and purchased it the first day that I saw it at my local "adult" games store. Great game, pretty pieces, and I've never beat a woman at it (damn logical brains).
 
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5. Board Game: Wallenstein (first edition) [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:342]
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I was very interested in this one, and somewhere between reading that it was out of print, and reading that the reason it was out of print is because they are making room for a multilingual version, I went to Board and Bits and ordered it.

Ever the masochist, I find myself staring at the FedEx (Pound 'em into the) Ground tracking page waiting for any sign of motion from there to here. But, as usual, the anticipation is the best part!
 
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6. Board Game: Roads & Boats [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:271]
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I've been rocking back and forth over getting a copy of this for over a year now. It looks very cool, but man is it expensive. On top of that I'd have to get it from Europe, and I'm not sure that I want to take the final step in my addiction, of mail ordering direct from Germany. At the rate I'm going it's going to go out of print, and that will solve the whole problem for me.
 
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7. Board Game: PitchCar [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:313]
Edward Ganaden
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This is one that had me waffling back and forth on for quite awhile. All the glowing raves and yet all the complaints. It seemed for a time there that I was playing an absurd waiting game. "The price was never quite right or when I decided to plunge, it was out of stock. Is it too juvenile? Is it too space-demanding? There must be some game more pressing to buy? " Thoughts like these kept droning on in my head.

But I finally went for it. I think that it's a very good, engaging party game but it demands a specific kind of person, one not afraid to let the inner child come out once in awhile. Because I know that there are people who literally frown on and denigrate those who choose to spend their time and money on boardgames in general and would have a field day on this one.
 
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8. Board Game: Europe Engulfed [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:890]
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I'm waiting to win a bid for this one on Ebay right now. I really shouldn't pay this much for a game right now, but I just couldn't help myself. I'm intrigued beyond belief with this one. I have to have it. I just got into ASL, and this seems like a perfect antithesis to that sqad-level WWII game. I can't wait to try it...I just hope that I'll someday have the chance to actually play an entire game all the way through!
 
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9. Board Game: When Darkness Comes [Average Rating:5.59 Overall Rank:11436]
Carl Olsen
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looked at it over and over, i finnally got it and i love it, it is one of my favorite games.
 
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10. Board Game: Zombies!!! [Average Rating:5.85 Overall Rank:4473] [Average Rating:5.85 Unranked]
Carl Olsen
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i bought this shortly after darkness comes, another awsome game by twilight creations.
 
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11. Board Game: Star Fleet Battles [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:1671]
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This is another that can supposedly eat your life. But then, I owned it long before I owned ASL. You CAN, like ASL, play this and play other games. It doesn't have to eat you, temporally and financially. But I suppose it can.
 
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