Games You'd Like to Buy But Can't Find Anywhere
Sue Hemberger

Washington
Dist of Columbia
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That pretty much explains it. Not looking for holy grails here -- just stuff you're interested in and can't figure out how to procure. Mention where you live if you think that explains why you can't find what you're looking for.

I'm hoping we can help each other find sources for (or cease to desire!) these seemingly unattainable games and/or maybe give publishers and online retailers a sense of where there's unmet demand and, therefore, opportunity.

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1. Board Game: Agora Barcelona [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:6754]
Sue Hemberger

Washington
Dist of Columbia
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We hoping to visit Barcelona -- maybe this summer, as a side-trip when we visit our friends in Midi-Pyrenees. Seems like this would be a fun game to learn in anticipation of such a trip.

I don't know whether to thank or curse Bruno Faidutti's website for bring the existence of this game (and of Shadow over Whitechapel) to my attention! Hopefully, the attention will improve distribution and/or lead to a reprint.
 
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2. Board Game: Mermaid Rain [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:3172]
Sue Hemberger

Washington
Dist of Columbia
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Fairy Tale is a big hit with my daughter. And I managed to nap a copy of Warumono II from LeValet for my husband for Xmas. Now my appetite is whetted for Japanese games, but none of the US online retailers seem to be carrying them yet and I haven't seem them in the German and French sites I occasionally buy from. Is Mermaid Rain still in print?
 
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3. Board Game: Square on Sale [Average Rating:7.03 Unranked]
Sue Hemberger

Washington
Dist of Columbia
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This is the other Japanese game that I'd like to track down. Seems recent enough that I'm assuming it's in print, but who sells it?
 
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4. Board Game: Complica [Average Rating:6.44 Unranked]
Sue Hemberger

Washington
Dist of Columbia
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Probably long gone, vanished in the mists of time. But when you've got a Connect-Four loving kid, you're desperate for a better alternative. If only I'd taken wood shop. Anybody know whether Cugolo can be retrofitted to play Complica?
 
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5. Board Game: Courtisans of Versailles [Average Rating:5.79 Overall Rank:6920]
Lori
United States
Durham
North Carolina
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This is not exactly right, because the item in the BGG database is the American translation version. What I am seeking is the original French edition, from Tilsit. (This image is a German translation, but the French boxtop looks just like this except for the name.) In French it's called just "Courtisans", not "Courtisans of Versailles."
I bought this game in Paris in 2001 (looking for a second copy as a gift); I think it's out of print now. I've seen one on ebay, but, tormentingly, the seller would only ship to metro France, and I live in the US now. I'd be thrilled to hear of any opportunity to get hold of a copy of this.
 
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6. Board Game: 1841 [Average Rating:7.86 Overall Rank:2016]
Ron K
United States
Marcellus
New York
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This is one rare bird. The last I saw a copy surface was on e-bay early last year where it went for nearly $300! (Remember this is an unmounted, cardstock game with the components printed in black on colored cardstock - back in the early DTP days -- although I haven't seen an actually copy to confirm it either way)
 
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7. Board Game: Last Frontier: The Vesuvius Incident [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:2828]
Terence Martin
Canada
Vancouver
British Columbia
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I'm interesting in obtaining a copy of this, but it seems as if Sierra Madre and Fat Messiah are both staffed either by the dead, or people who don't respond to email. Add to that the fact that Sierra Madre has a web page with pages that say things like "This is where you would add your shipping information to the site templates", and this is one place that won't be getting the benefit of the doubt re: credit cards online.

Of course, I've tried sending them emails to see if they actually exist, actually have product, and have other ways to pay, but they're not interested in giving any sort of reply (unless they like to wait more than 3 months to reply).

So, no Vesuvius for me. I can't find any other place that stocks it.
 
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8. Board Game: Sumo! [Average Rating:5.85 Overall Rank:4907]
(The Artist formerly known as) Arnest R
Germany
Munich
Bavaria
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I'd love to try this - but even though there is a copy on sale on BGG, it's in the US, which for me more or less qualifies as nowhere (no offense to anyone, it's just too much hassle + the seller specifies US shipment only).

Those in Europe indicating they are willing to trade and whom I have contacted never answered.

No shop seems to have it either...
 
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9. Board Game: Melee [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:1721]
Jeffery Hatmaker
United States
Kentucky
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I enjoyed this game from way back in the day when I was in the Navy. It was always great fun, and was very, VERY adaptable to solo play. Add to that its' portability, and you'll see why I adopted it as a sanity maintenance tool whilst travelling in the USN. I'd love to find both Melee and wizard. No luck so far.

powwowdancer out
 
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10. Board Game: Crash Tackle Rugby Board Game [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:2471]
Luke Morris
England
Faversham
Kent
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I'm not even the biggest rubgy fan but something about this makes me want it.
But where do I get it from?
 
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11. Board Game: Poisson d'Avril [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:4279]
Adam Marostica
Canada
Toronto
Ontario
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I'm quite sure that I'm not alone in wanting this one. It's rarity alone drives me crazy with geek desire.
 
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12. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:149]
Adam Marostica
Canada
Toronto
Ontario
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It's now OOP and even though it's supposedly fairly common in the thrift world, I just can't seem to find this baby.
 
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13. Board Game: The Downfall of Pompeii [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:325]
William Bekking
Canada
Kanata
Ontario
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I'd like to find this somewhere in Canada, however it doesn't seem to be available in NA.

I have heard this is a good family game despite the death and destruction theme.
 
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14. Board Game: Ribbit [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:1034]
William Bekking
Canada
Kanata
Ontario
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This also would be nice, but the German sounding title has me thinking it's not possible....
 
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15. Board Game: Kupferkessel Co. [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:964]
William Bekking
Canada
Kanata
Ontario
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This was on my wish list for awhile..... it seems the best kids games are available only outside Canada or North America.

 
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16. Board Game: Gunslinger [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:1039]
Tor Iver Wilhelmsen
Norway
Oslo
Unspecified
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The sad thing is that I had a copy of this that I have no idea where is now.

What I would like to buy is a new, improved version of Gunslinger, with better quality counters and cards, and better balance between the characters. Who holds the right to this now? Hasborg?
 
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17. Board Game: Roads & Boats [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:180]
Donald Wilbur III
United States
Sacramento
California
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Paying $300 on ebay doesn't count.

I wouldn't kill to have this one but I would probably pay $80.
 
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