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This is a two part question. First, what kinds of games do you really WANT to enjoy but, try as you might, you just don't? Next, what type of game did you think you would hate and you ended up loving?

For me, deck builders are the type of game that I really want to like but just don't. Whenever a game description says deck building I'm all like "ooooh" but then when I play it I am bored out of my mind. I think I am coming around, though, because I do enjoy [=automobiles][/] and that has deck building elements.

My game type that I thought I would hate are historical wargames--mainly strategic ones. I even posted a while back asking for games that were more than just "I move and attack you, you move and attack me back". Having actually tried these games, however, I am now a certified wargames fan and own a good number (and growing) of the strategic games that I thought I would hate.
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I thought I would like co-ops but almost all seem to bore me to death. I like the themes of a lot of them but still can't stay interested. I think I am just too competitive.

When breaking into the hobby a few years ago the name and description of Euros seemed dull and strange to me. But it didn't take long for them to be my favorite. I guess most of them feel like a puzzle to solve to me and I love it. I don't like conflict in my euros at all but I do like how some are innovative enough to add some sort of interaction into them.
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I always think I want to play complex hex-and-counter wargames. But then I get about halfway through the rules and zzzzzz.
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My first post on BGG was seeking a recommendation for a game to buy for my husband that was NOT Axis & Allies because I really wasn't interested in playing it. But now that I have tried it, I really don't mind it (we don't play in one sitting), and I actually kind of like the short and sweet 1941 version.
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I really love deckbuilding in too, in theory (and on a phone app.) But in practice it's way too long for what it is and I am never satisfied.

I don't try things I think I won't like
 
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I really wanted to like "building-porn" style games like Caylus and Le Havre, or in other words those with a large number of unique building powers that players can invest in, own and charge others to use. But for whatever reason they always feel like a slog to play. Strangely I love this mechanic when its not the main focus, such as in Lords of Waterdeep or Puerto Rico.

For the other way around, this usually happens when a "one-hit-wonder" designer releases a new original title. For whatever reason I automatically assume it's mediocre and an attempt to break from being known only for game x, but then love it after actually trying it.
 
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I want to like worker-placement games more than I do. If a game has a really strong theme to it and there are other things going on besides just placing/activating workers, I still have a good time. But worker-placement itself as a mechanism actually does almost nothing to excite me. Same goes for tile-laying games.

I also wasn't sure if I would like card-drafting in games but the ones I've played have done it really well. Not my favorite type of game or anything but now I'm much less hesitant to try a new drafting-style game.
 
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Like many, I first came to hobby gaming through constructed-deck strategy card games (CCG/TCG/LCG etc). It used to be that deck construction was my primary means of engaging with the hobby, but now that my horizons have been expanded, I'm a bit surprised to realize that I prefer to play a lot of customizable games (Android: Netrunner, Doomtown: Reloaded, Summoner Wars) with the pre-built decks. The main way I play Magic: The Gathering these days is with pre-constructed duel decks, but I honestly think I prefer to play Epic Card Game with random decks over Magic.
 
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I thought tableau builders would be cool, none of them have been sufficiently interesting or interactive enough to captivate me.

I never thought I would like miniature wargaming, but I gots the bug since my wife bought me into Armada.
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Civilization building games are something I thought I would like, but so far that's not the case. Part of that has to do with my group just being better at those games and kicking my butt. Ha!

I didn't think I would like Euro games when I started. Now I LOVE them and they are among my very favorite kinds of games to play.
 
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I like co-ops more than I thought I would. I underestimated the buzz of being on a mission together and pulling off a win when it looked like we were going down in flames!

Co-ops (hyphen inserted for Pete) are not my favourite type of game, but I would miss them now, for sure!

I guess my biggest gaming 180 is getting some wargames with paper maps. I wanted to avoid plexiglass for some reason, though I had a rethink when I saw some folks just store the plexiglass behind a wardrobe or bookcase. I have such free space!

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Terraforming Mars, I was very excited to play this game and when I did it just fell flat for me. That said, I am really wanting to give it another shot.

I never thought I'd be into FFG's line of Arkham Files games then I tried Elder Sign........My favorite game now.
 
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