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The Most Overproduced Games Ever
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These are games that just go totally over the top in terms of production. By overproduced I mean that the game just blows you away when you open the box. For fun, add the one element that really pushes the game over the top (the most excessive, maybe useless, but still cool bit).
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26. Board Game: Big City [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:651]
Robert Martin
United States
Atlanta
Georgia
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If you're going to build a city, it may as well look like a city. Those chrome plated trains are just too awesome. Even Eagle Games hasn't chrome plated anything yet...
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27. Board Game: Aerodrome [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:3222]
Neil Carr
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I saw this at a Gathering of Friends. I vaguely remember hearing you can special order a set, so technically it is available, but it's hardly something you can just grab off the shelf.

I never got a chance to play it but it looked like a wonderfully overproduced game.
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28. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:135] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
Matt
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Ohio
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Let's not overlook this one. Just hefting the box hints at the plethora of pieces that await you!
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29. Board Game: Carcassonne: The City [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:347]
Jody Ludwick
United States
Indiana
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Carcassonne - The City

The wooden box, though unnecessary, makes a nice package.
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30. Board Game: Aeronautika [Average Rating:6.26 Unranked]
Frank Branham
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Duluth
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Pretty much ANY game by Jean du Poel could go on this list, along with about half of the Edition Perlhuhn games.

The guy did a trick taking game with hand silkscreened WOODEN cards (Romeo and Juliet). My copy of Mare Mediterraneum comes in a wooden box with a hunk of marble as a turn marker, metal stamped coins, and 300 million wooden bits that are all silkscreened.

Aeronautika is a kind of lame little plane racing game. But the planes are groovy.
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31. Board Game: Wildlife Safari [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:935]
Mark Edwards
United States
South Attleboro
Massachusetts
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Milton Bradley takes Flinke Pinke to ridiculous production heights. Ah, but would you want to play this game any other way? Not me!
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32. Board Game: Shadows over Camelot [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:252]
Robert Martin
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Yes, no list of overproduced games would be complete without a Days of Wonder title and this one best exemplifies it. I mean, come on. This game is Rummy. That's all it is. You're racing against time to make melds with a few of your best buddies. But look at the pretty packaging! The production of this game is amazing. Multiple game boards, tons of cards, miniatures of catapults and soldiers, and even a Holy Grail! Of course, the icing on the cake is the $20 set of prepainted miniatures. Not satisfied with the amazing production of the game itself, Days of Wonder built this 3D model version of the game to bring to cons. Very nice.
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33. Board Game: Attack! [Average Rating:5.88 Overall Rank:3328]
Matthew Fisk
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Spanish Fork
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Although rules plagued this one a bit - it certainly had a lot of bits and a nice big map to play on (if you include expansion.)

I even bought the four extra colors of units...
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34. Board Game: Master Thieves [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1850]
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My favorite overproduced game that I'll probably never get around to buying...a handcrafted wooden box that flips over, with tiny drawers held in place by magnets, with 'secret compartments' in some of them, and gemstones and a velvet pillows for the stones. $99.00.

Or you could buy Europe Engulfed.
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35. Board Game: Age of Mythology: The Boardgame [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:1812]
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And here we have Puerto Rico with a whole ton of cool plastic miniatures that no one ever uses because attacking is dumb. At least that's what the strategy experts here on BGG say.
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36. Board Game: Gloom [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:1068] [Average Rating:6.43 Unranked]
Robert Martin
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You don't see many card games on lists like this, but I think Gloom qualifies. It's your typical take that card game, except that the cards are not paper, they are transparent plastic. When you stack the cards up, you can create combos by reading the lower cards through the top cards.
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37. Board Game: Tatü-Tata! [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
Jay Volk
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Richfield
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When I think overproduced, I think fully functioning two story firehouse with a fire pole and a fire truck.

Missed overproduction opportunity: Could have used real coats, hats and boots (although the little guys don't have legs) instead of cards. And no functioning firehose! Don't miss these details next time, Haba!
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38. Board Game: Dark Tower [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1787]
Robert Martin
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Atlanta
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I almost forgot the mighty Dark Tower. This is a fairly early game, so the plastic minis and buildings are pretty cool. But that huge tower in the center of the board has a computer inside and a rotating light up illustrated cylinder. You enter your movements into the tower with a keypad and the cylinder rotates to the appropriate picture which lights up. It plays music and has a digital display for keeping track of inventory and battle losses. For the time, this game was absolutely amazing.
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39. Board Game: Curse of the Mummy's Tomb [Average Rating:5.21 Overall Rank:10448]
Robert Martin
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The game takes place in a pyramid, so it comes with - what else, a multi level pyramid. To top it all off they throw in some nice metal miniatures. The artwork is kind of cool too.
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40. Board Game: Die Schlacht der Dinosaurier [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:5003]
Tony Nardo
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Ellicott City
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The riders on the dinosaurs are a bit fiddly and have no function in the game, but they do add extra chrome.
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41. Board Game: Mouse Trap [Average Rating:4.10 Overall Rank:10966]
Robert Martin
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Atlanta
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Mouse Trap is all about building an overly complicated mouse trap, and that's exactly what you do in the game. I can't remember exactly how it works, but I remember a turnstile with rubber bands, a steel ball that would fall through a bath tub, and of course the cage that would slide down the pole onto the unsuspecting mice. Fun stuff.
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42. Board Game: Black Elephant [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:4103]
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I saw this at Essen. Cool little metal elephants and a nicely made wooden board, but at around 100 euros I couldn't justify blowing so much of my budget on one game. Granted, it probably is more fun to play with pachyderm bits with a little heft to them than it would with plastic ones.
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43. Board Game: Hotel Tycoon [Average Rating:5.40 Overall Rank:10654]
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A lot of really cool, big buildings. I love playing this just to watch the board develop as more casino buildings are added. Adds pazazz to a hum-drum roll and move game.
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44. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.45 Overall Rank:10970]
Steve Bernhardt
United States
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Saw a Monopoly set at the Smithsonian that was made of gold with encrusted jewels. Gold-plated money, if I recall correctly.
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45. Board Game: Blue Moon [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:607]
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This is the most overproduced card game ever. Not only are the cards oversized...



the overly-large Kosmos box comes with a board and three molded plastic dragons that are completely unnecessary.



Blue Moon could have been made in an Adlung-sized box, with the dragons represented by cards. Adlung games are around $10. The Blue Moon starter box is $25.
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46. Board Game: World of Warcraft: The Boardgame [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:922]
Jim Van Verth
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Durham
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Based on this picture, I'd say this one qualifies.

"Look at the bits, mon!"
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47. Board Game: Serenissima (first edition) [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:733]
John Reiners
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New York
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Nice looking game, but this game is a bitch to assemble. Taking all the ships off the sprues and putting all the flags on the ships, it's just too much.


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48. Board Game: War of the Ring (first edition) [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:34]
Robert Martin
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You know a game is overproduced when it has 269 images on the Geek. There is no doubt that this game is a fitting tribute to Tolkien's novel, at least in terms of production quality. Too bad they cast all the figs out of such ghastly colors (baby blue and fluorescent orange?) It's almost like they wanted to force you to paint the figures. I'm not hugely familiar with the game so I'll leave it up to someone else to clue us in about the over the top elements.
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49. Board Game: Cathedral [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1080]
Neil Palfreyman
United Kingdom
Swindon
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Only a "so so" game but boy, do those pieces in the "World" version look good? I had to buy it!
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50. Board Game: Tal der Könige [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:2498]
Andy Daglish
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Image ID 50 and game ID 4? well that wasn't hard to remember. The bit quotient was remarkable, seemingly a different set of high-quality stuff for each phase! Shallow, unintelligent design in a triangular box.
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