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1 couple, 10 months, 202 Games: Our Flops
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Starting in January, my wife and I resolved to play through all of the games we know in a year. In addition to playing the games, we also recorded our experiences in a blog. We would play a game, then write about it. We also rated each game using the following five point scale:



5- Love it!
4- Like it!
3- It's OK.
2-Don't really care for it
1-don't want to play ever again.


Because we can be indecisive, we may also give .5 ratings because we are in between two of those ratings. When both of our scores are added together it creates a rating on a ten point scale. Theoretically that combined score will correspond to the BGG 10 point scale, showing how much we collectively want to play the game.

We knew going into it some of the games we had were flops for us. As we traded those games for other games, we ended up finding more that did not connect. For us to consider a game a flop it needed a combined rating of 4 or less, and an individual rating no higher than 2.5

Just because we do not like the game does not mean it is a bad game, these are just the games that did not connect with us.

The opposite of this list can be found here: 1 Couple, 10 Months, 202 Games: Our Favorites
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1. Board Game: The Hunger Games: Jabberjay Card Game [Average Rating:5.01 Overall Rank:10041]
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My Rating: 1 (Never Want to Play Again)
My Thoughts: This game is awful and borderline pointless. Each round the players are only responsible for 1/3rd of the cards in play. The game is just flipping random cards and seeing what happens. I think it is probably on the same strategic level as Bingo. That is a little harsh. I do not like Bingo, but there is no reason for me to insult it by comparing it to this game.

Her Rating: 1 (Never Want to Play Again)
Her Thoughts: The game practically plays itself. This is really just a bad game.
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2. Board Game: Kamakura [Average Rating:4.12 Overall Rank:10192]
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My Rating: 1 (do not want to play again)
My Thoughts: This game is really not fun. The overly restrictive and poorly thought out rules make the game play out like a convoluted game of War. I get the feeling that this game is suppose to have a hand element management, but the majority of the times it comes down to being lucky or unlucky.

Her Rating: 1 (do not want to play again)
Her Thoughts: The game is not fun, lacks choices, is boring, and pointless. I really do not like it.
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3. Board Game: Chaos Marauders (second edition) [Average Rating:5.64 Overall Rank:6910]
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My Rating: 1 (Never want to play again)
My Thoughts: This game is really not good. The draw a card play a card approach makes this game really random. The winner takes all combat is horribly unfair and creates the opportunity for lopsided victories. I greatly disliked this game.

Her Rating: 1 (Never want to play again)
Her Thoughts: This is just silly and pointless. I am not sure how any one can find this fun.
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4. Board Game: Lord of the Rings [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:494]
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My Rating: 1.5 (do not like)
My Thoughts: I really did not like this game. My biggest problem with the game is just how dry and themeless it is. Matching symbols to move along a track does not convey any sort of narrative arc or excitement. Sneaking through the mines of moria is the same as fighting orcs at Helms Deep, except the needed symbol is different. The lack of a solid narrative or feeling of actually doing anything took all of the excitement out of the game, but left all of the frustration. I really have to wonder how replayable this game would be over the long haul as well. However, that is mostly a rhetorical question because I have little desire to play this again.

Her Rating: 1 (never want to play it again)
Her Thoughts: I just did not find this game fun to play. It was annoying and I did not feel like I was accomplishing anything. I feel like this game could be given any theme and play almost the same way. I really disliked this game.
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5. Board Game: Bridgetown Races [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:5017]
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My Rating: 1.5 (Do Not Like)
My Thoughts: I dislike this game. At the beginning of every round, players have to plan everything out. This leads to a ton of downtime, analysis paralysis, and frustration. I also have found that people get very confused and easily mess up the movement rules. A racing game should have tensions and excitement. This game is tedious and boring.

Her Rating: 1 (Never Want to Play Again)
Her Thoughts: I really do not like this game. I hate having to plan everything out in advance and I dislike the map a lot.
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6. Board Game: Battlefields of Olympus [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:4760]
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My Rating: 1 (Never Want to Play Again)
My Thoughts: I get this is suppose to be a hand management game, but I do not find it fun. I think the combat system is awful, because Archers practically always win. Playing the game is not tense it is tedium. The only positive to this game is the artwork is really nice.

Her Ratings: 2 (Don't Care For)
Her Thoughts: This game is boring, and the rules are confusing.
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7. Board Game: Monopoly: Star Wars Limited Collector's Edition [Average Rating:5.18 Overall Rank:10811]
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My Rating: 2 (do not care for)
My Thoughts: Played by the real rules, Monopoly is better. Furthermore, I found the game to be more engaging than I thought it would be. However, it is still not a good game. The problem with the game is how cruel the luck in the game is. I am sure there is strategy to the game at a higher level of play than I realize, but in the end the dice give and the dice take away. I am ok with a level of randomness, but how well one does in this game is so dependent on dice rolls that I feel like my fate is not in my hands in any way or form. Finally, the end game is not satisfying. It may be fun to win Monopoly, but it is very much un-fun to lose. For me watching other people not have fun takes away a lot of the enjoyment.

Her Rating: 1 (Never Want to Play Again)
Her Thoughts: This game is frustrating. There are so many other better games that I really don't have any desire to play this.
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8. Board Game: Star Fleet Missions [Average Rating:4.30 Overall Rank:10814]
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My Rating: 2 (do not care for)
My Thoughts: I really do not feel like I can properly rate this game, because it feels like it should be a kids game. The disproportional amount of thematic flair with the lowest common denominator mechanics is kind of a weird mix.

Her Rating: 1 (do not want to play again)
Her Thoughts: Giving it a "1" is being generous. It is silly.
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9. Board Game: Zombie Fluxx [Average Rating:6.15 Overall Rank:1847]
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My Rating: 1 (Never Want to Play Again)
My Thoughts: I once heard someone say, "Everyone likes Fluxx until they play that game of fluxx." At first I liked this game, but then after having a couple of games that pushed the forty five minute mark I did not like it. Now every time I play the game, I want it to end quickly so that it does not draw out forever and ever. I do not even care if I win, I just want the game to end. That is just not fun.

Her Rating: 2 (Do not care for)
Her Thoughts: This game is silly. I am kind of whatever about the game. I do not understand why there are so many different varieties of Fluxx.
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10. Board Game: Euphrates & Tigris: Contest of Kings [Average Rating:6.11 Overall Rank:2349]
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My Rating: 2 (do not care for)
My Thoughts This game is extremely abstract. I do not think I have described a game as dry before, but that fits this game well. I know the original board game is abstract, but I think the extra abstraction of cards is a little to much. I really did not find it very fun at all.

Her Rating: 1 (do not want to play again)
Her Thoughts: I had a hard time figuring this game out, but I am fairly sure I did not like it. The game was just so boring to play.
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11. Board Game: Angry Birds: Knock on Wood [Average Rating:4.68 Overall Rank:10876]
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My Rating: 1.5 (do not like)
My Thoughts: I mentioned that I initially wanted this game to play with youth group kids mostly 5th-7th graders. However, in that regard this game has been a bit of a flop. There problem with it is the same one I have. It takes to long to set up. There is a lot of annoying set up time, especially if someone then just misses. What makes the video game so addictive is the "one turn more" feeling. If a level is failed hitting that reset button is easy. However, if a player fails in this they have to wait until their next turn (plus all of the set up time in between). As a toy this product is FANTASTIC. It is fun to set stuff up and then try knocking it down by hurling plastic birds at it. However, as a competitive game it is bloody awful.

Her Rating: 2 (do not care for)
Her Thoughts: I need a practice shot every single time. This is frustrating and not very fun to play.
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12. Board Game: Executive Decision [Average Rating:6.01 Overall Rank:3914]
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My Rating: 2 (do not care for)
My Thoughts: I respect the simulation aspect of this game, but that does not mean I find it fun. The game is dry and boring. The game is almost literally buying resources 1,2, and 3, to turn into goods a,b, and c. The fact that the game requires a calculator and a spreadsheet also detracts from it.

Her Rating: 1.5 (do not like)
Her Thoughts: This game might be good for learning economics, but playing it feels less like a game and more like work.
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13. Board Game: Panzer General: Russian Assault [Average Rating:6.03 Overall Rank:6365]
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My Rating: 2.5 (Do not care for)
My Thoughts: I want to like this game a lot more than I do. I really like the board game/card game hybrid concept of the game. I like several of the ideas in the game as well, but the implementation is clunky and stilted at best.

Her Rating: 1 (Never Want to play again)
Her Thoughts: Giving this a "1" is being generous. The combat sequence is over the top ridiculous. Give me a couple of modifiers, and some dice to roll. All of the steps are annoying. I really dislike this game.
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14. Board Game: The Reef [Average Rating:5.72 Overall Rank:4923]
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My Rating: 2 (Do not Really care for)
My Thoughts: This game bogs down far to easy. It seems more often than not the right cards are not available at the right time, and a lot of game is waiting for everything to line up right. This is both frustrating and boring.

Her Rating: 1.5 (Do not like)
Her Thoughts: I really want to like this game more than I do, but it is really just boring.
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15. Board Game: Elder Sign [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:367]
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My Rating: 2 (Do not like)
My Thoughts: My problem with Elder Sign is that I feel like it lacks objective and narrative. I never feel like I am doing anything than rolling dice because I have to. The game does not convey the feeling of actively working to an objective very well. The game also had zero narrative structure. The adventure cards are thematic, but there is nothing linking them together and in the end it is just rolling dice to match symbols with no real connection to the theme.

Her Thoughts: 1.5 (Do not want to play again)
Her Thoughts: This game manages to make rolling dice boring. I was bored most of the time playing it. I do not feel like I am doing anything but rolling dice because I am suppose to, not because I am actually accomplishing anything in the game.
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16. Board Game: Nitro Dice [Average Rating:5.77 Overall Rank:7940]
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My Rating: 2 (do not care for)
My Thoughts: I think for a racing game to be fun there needs to be suspense and a real push your luck element. This game really lacks that. Each turn, it is possible to plan out an entire turn at the very beginning of the round. Some elements, like obstacles may be unknown, but this game lacks the drama, suspense, and exciting moments that I feel like a race game needs.

Her Rating: 1.5 (Do not like)
Her Thoughts: I thought this game was boring and I did not like it. I know this was our first time to play it, but I do not really want to play it again.
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17. Board Game: Earth Reborn [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:122]
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My Rating: 2 (do not care for)
My Thoughts: Here is the thing, I understand this is a complex game. I understand the need to ease into the rules, but at least make the introductory scenarios fun! I am not exaggerating it took me longer to set up the board for the scenario than it took to actually play it. This left me frustrated and angry. I am sure that this is a good game, but I am not sure if I want to invest any more time into it because of the risk of playing some more awful scenarios. Also, as I looked ahead at the rules I am fairly sure that by the time all of the rules get added my wife will not care for the game. After such a miserable experience for the first scenario, I do not think I am invested enough to find out.

Her Rating: 1.5 (Do not like)
Her Thoughts: That scenario was silly, and I would be mad if I taken the time to set up all of those little pieces for the board. The game was OK, but if it got a lot more complex I could see myself really not liking it and finding it all very frustrating.
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18. Board Game: Shootin' Ladders: Frag Fest [Average Rating:5.92 Overall Rank:6523]
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My Rating: 2.5 (Do not care for)
My Thoughts: I love the concept of this game and I think it is very accessible. However, most of the games I have played become tedious. Dice rolling is fun, but the games tend to go one a little longer than they should. While this game does have a light tactical feel, the restrictive board and lucky dice rolls makes the game feel very "samey"

Her Rating: 1 (Never want to play again)
Her Thoughts: This game can be fun. I like rolling dice, and ripping off the limbs can be enjoyable. However, I just can not approve playing this game. I greatly dislike the theme of cartoon characters fighting with guns. Even if the game is fun, I do not want to play it because of the theme.
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19. Board Game: Mr. Jack [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:284]
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My Rating: 2.5 (Don't really care for it)
My Thoughts: I like games that require trying to get into an opponent's head and figure out how they are thinking. However, this game falls flat for me. Every time the game has the same set up and it makes every game feel very much like each other. In our experience, the game also has a lot of down time as players try to figure out the best move. I can not quite put finger on why but the game is kind of unsatisfying to play.

Her Rating: 1.5 (Do not like)
Her Thoughts: It is clever, but I dislike having to plan several steps ahead and the pressure of messing that up.
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20. Board Game: UNO [Average Rating:5.32 Overall Rank:10842]
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My Rating: 1.5 (Do not like)
My Thoughts: Occasionally UNO offers a decision, such as I do play out my last color or do I follow the number and switch to a color I have a lot of. However, the majority of the time this game practically plays itself and is devoid of meaningful decision. As a time waster, to do while spending time with people then I am "whatever" about the game. However, when keeping score I get frustrated. The game does not give negative points, but it is close.

Her Rating: 2.5 (Do not care for)
Her Thoughts: As a game, this is not the best and we have so many others that are better. But it is very easy to play and anyone can play it so it is still a good game to play with people who do not play a lot of games.
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21. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: The Card Game [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:1566]
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My Rating: 1.5 (do not want to play again)
My Thoughts: I just do not like this game. It is boring to play. The major skill in the game is memory based, and while the memory aspect is very doable it is not much fun. Other than that it really just comes down to dumb luck and who gets the best tickets. I am very much done with this game.

Her Rating: 2.5 (do not care for)
Her Thoughts: I like that it is a Ticket to Ride game, but it makes my head hurt to play and is not that much fun.
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22. Board Game: Beowulf: The Movie Board Game [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:1542]
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My Rating: 2 (Do Not Care For)
My Thoughts: The game is fine I guess. I find playing it kind of bland. I tend to like theme in games. I am not opposed to mechanics over theme, but the theme should at least be part of the game. Agricola for example, is not an accurate simulation of farming, but it at least feels like a game about farming. This game could have been made with the exact same rules, and had ANY theme. If this was a My Little Ponies game, it would have played the same (just different art work). I find the way the game plays OK, but the absence of a real theme makes this a game that I will easily pass up to play something more fun.

Her Rating: 2 (Do Not Care For)
Her Thoughts: I want to like this game more than I do. I feel like this is a game I should like, but every time I play it I get frustrated and do not have much fun.
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23. Board Game: Kachina [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:2486]
sean johnson
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My Rating: 2 (Do not care for)
My Thoughts: As far as the game mechanics go, I suppose this game is competent. However, I think the game is really kind of boring. The game is not very engaging and it is not terribly compelling to play.

Her Rating: 2 (Do not care for)
Her Thoughts: This game is boring. There are so many other games I would rather play.
 
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24. Board Game: Lord of the Rings: The Duel [Average Rating:5.92 Overall Rank:3057]
sean johnson
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My Rating: 2.5 (do not care for)
My Thoughts: I tend to like back and forth games like this. However, the gameplay of this one is just so bland. I also kind of dislike the the theme disconnect. This game makes the "duel" seem like a slow paced battle of wits that was full of magical parries, riposte, etc. In the movies and the book, this just is not how it actually played out.

Her Rating: 1.5 (Do not like)
Her Thoughts: I did not like this game, and I did not find it fun. I don't really want to waste my time playing it again.
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25. Board Game: Sector 41 [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:6831]
sean johnson
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My Rating: 1.5 (Do not like)
My Thoughts: There are several things I do not like about this game. The game takes takes a long time, and begins to feel very tedious. Second, a stroke of good luck can really end the game before it starts. I know that a better player than me could probably mitigate this, and there is a central Glynium variant to counter this issue. However, in our players I found this to be an issue. Finally, I really hoped we played something wrong because the fact that the game could have the kind of indefinite impasse we found ourselves in, is annoying. I like the exploration element of the game early on, but as the game goes on I find it to be a mixed back of frustration and annoyance.

Her Rating: 2.5 (Do not care for)
Her Thoughts: I like the exploration part of this game, but trying to find a way back can be more annoying than fun. It also feels like this game is very slow.
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