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Awesome games I don't have the guts to buy, because no one would play them with me and that'd make me feel all lonely and sad.
Björn Hansson
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I usually get to play all the games I want to. Even the really big ones like Case Blue.

The white wales of gaming. They're out there. Mocking me. But if I were to go after them I'd venture alone, and that generally sucks when it comes to boardgames.

But I dream about them when I go to bed at night.

Please chime in and tell me how awesome these games are. Or even better tell me I'm better off without them.
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1. Board Game: World in Flames [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:613]
Björn Hansson
Sweden
Bromma
Stockholm
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I have actually played a few turns, about 15 years ago. As far as I remember it was quite fun. But try suggesting this game to the wrong people and you get served a healthy bitch slap or two.
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2. Board Game: A World at War [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:1930]
Björn Hansson
Sweden
Bromma
Stockholm
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The monster that other monsters fear. 190+ pages of rules. Lots of political stuff. It must be awesome.
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This one (actually three games combined into one) I might actually be able to play. I have at least one friend who is crazy enough to try it (because he likes the system). The question is: will it climb high enough on our joint "to play" list to see some action?
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4. Board Game: Axis Empires: Totaler Krieg! [Average Rating:8.52 Overall Rank:1778] [Average Rating:8.52 Unranked]
Björn Hansson
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Bromma
Stockholm
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This game linked with Axis Empires: Dai Senso would create a huge carddriven monster game covering Europe & Asia in WW2. Getting people to play AND finding the money to buy it, is another story...
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5. Board Game: The Campaign for North Africa [Average Rating:5.34 Overall Rank:9911]
Björn Hansson
Sweden
Bromma
Stockholm
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I'm not sure I want to play this game with the kind of people who would want to play this game. But it sure seems awesome if you're anal about logistics.
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6. Board Game: Advanced European Theater of Operations [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:4250]
Björn Hansson
Sweden
Bromma
Stockholm
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I just keep lining up the big strategic games. This one is no exception.
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7. Board Game: Die Macher [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:96]
Björn Hansson
Sweden
Bromma
Stockholm
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My friends have learned to accept the classic Euro themes like farming and such. However if I was to suggest a monster Euro about German politics the room would clear out in an instant.
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8. Board Game: The Battle for Sicily [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Björn Hansson
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Bromma
Stockholm
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Forgot about this little not yet published baby... It looks so pretty and I love to wage war in nice weather.
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9. Board Game: Türkenkrieg (1737-1739) [Average Rating:8.30 Unranked]
Greg S
United States
East Windsor
New Jersey
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Looks amazing, but it has 10 pages just for combat resolution alone (although the designer states that a redesign may have changed that). Plus, it's quite expensive - unless you have the drive to do the print and play option...

EDIT: Looks like the latest rules HAVE changed the combat resolution...
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10. Board Game: 1830: Railways & Robber Barons [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:110]
Alex P
France
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I think I'll have to content myself with Age of Steam for now... When people start to find that too boring and want to buy stock in each others company I'll get a copy of 1830.
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11. Board Game: Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:31]
Nathan Milbrath
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Fridley
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As awesome as this looks and as fun as I've heard it is, I'm nervous about pulling the trigger. I mean, how often can I get 6 people together for 6 hours to play a fantasy space themed game?
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12. Board Game: Container [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:419]
Clay
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Alabama
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Oh man, this game sounds so great. Unfortunately we mostly play 2-player and that clearly wouldn't work. When we do have more this isn't the kind of game that is likely to appeal to that crowd. Still, it looks so great...
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13. Board Game: Dominant Species [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:24]
Fernando Robert Yu
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I think the mechanics of this game are awesome, and the theme really interests me. Unfortunately I am into boardgames now with my family, and this would be too much in terms of aggressive interaction and also game length.

Too bad...
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14. Board Game: Lost Battles [Average Rating:8.02 Overall Rank:2057] [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked]
Chris Pratt
Australia
Hervey Bay
Queensland
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This theme is so far up my alley that my face is turning purple. However, it's probably for this reason that it would only see the table once. I couldn't resist being 'that' asshole who chimes in with a director's commentary during play.

"Actually, Sumerian war carts were only really used for rah rah rah........"

Yep, prime potential for being told to STFU.
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15. Board Game: Empires in Arms [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:599]
Helmut Hohberger
Germany
Munich
Bavaria
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Where World in Flames is mentioned, this napoleonic sister game in spirit of hers can't be missing. Another beauty that I'd pay people to play with me.

(And yes, to me, wargames are female. Like ships. If you don't like it, sue me )
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16. Board Game: Eclipse [Average Rating:8.09 Overall Rank:10]
Holger Wies
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My wife doesn't like "war" elements in games (she likes games with just a little to no direct confrontation between the players) and the people in my usual gaming groups don't like the space theme. So I will never get this on the table (or only if my wife is full of pity)

I think I would love this game...
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17. Board Game: The Republic of Rome [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:210]
Chris Pratt
Australia
Hervey Bay
Queensland
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Finally grew a pair and bought this lovely box of weekend eater. It looks incredible - showed it to my gaming group and everyone cooed over it like a newborn child. Even so, odds are this will never hit the table until all of our aforementioned Twilight Imperium divorce papers have been cleared.
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18. Board Game: Planet Steam [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:407]
Juan Medina
United States
Cedar Park
Texas
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I have been eyeing this for some time. There are players in my group who would play it (this and other neat jewels on the list) but we rarely seem to manage to get together, mainly because I have been going less to the regular meetings.

In any case, I would feel pretty bad to get this over-100-game to find out I don't really play it that much. My main partner is my wife and I doubt this is along the kind of game she would like to play.
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19. Board Game: Antiquity [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:147]
Trey Chambers
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Houston
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Or its cousin, Indonesia. Too much $$ investment for games that would be very difficult to get to the table. I love them, though.
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20. Board Game: High Frontier [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:478]
Pablo Schulman
Brazil
Belo Horizonte
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This Game is one I'll be sure to buy anytime soon, but I doubt I'll find anyone willing to play with me. Pity.

Edit: poor sentence structure
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21. Board Game: PanzerBlitz [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:1585]
My goal in youth was to play out a longer scenario of Panzerblitz, with separate tactical battles in the next room played out with Squad Leader. I recently got the games I need. Now all I need is a year off work!
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22. Board Game: Gettysburg (1977 Edition) [Average Rating:5.61 Overall Rank:8199]
Another goal was to play out the three days of Gettysburg battle with the Advanced rules from Gettysburg '77. I had figured out (most) of the rules, but didn't have enough little line markers to even set up the historical armies. So now I need to find two copies and an opponent for 3 24 hours days...fat chance!
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23. Board Game: Magic Realm [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:646]
Ron Pfeiffer
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Surfside Beach
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I have owned this since 1980. It has never (not even once) been played. I got it before a re-write of the rules theoretically made the game playable. By then my friends had moved on and we just never got back to it. It looks cool though and every once in a while I open it up just to look at the what's in the box. Imagine owning a game for 30 years and not playing it.
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24. Board Game: Android [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:701]
Ryan Kinney
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Ben Lomond
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From reading about this game I would love to play it. However, there is nobody that I could beg, bargain, or bludgeon into playing it with me and 13-14 years is a long time to wait to grow a potential gaming partner. Sigh.
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25. Board Game: Infidel [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:1826]
Gabriel Kuriata
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Me: Looks interesting, doesn't it? Tactics, battles... the rules aren't really complicated, you'd only have to remember a few things and I'd "compute" the whole thing.
Wife: NO.

Wargames. So tempting, yet so scary.
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