Was the all caps topic title really necessary? No, it was not.
That very same question could have been posed to the hundreds of subscription entries that bombarded my account when I logged in today.
That very same question could have been posed about to need to own this game.
That very same question could be posed about the need to access boardgamegeek.
TO ALL OF THESE, MY GOOD SIR, THE ANSWER IS MOST CERTAINLY....YES!