Your WORST pick up of 2012!
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Inspired by this great geeklist...

Talking about your best pick up of a year is easy. We can congratulate each other for our brilliant boardgame purchases, randomly high five each other all day long and be happy to have spent our hard earned money for such great games.

Talking about horrible buying decisions, however, is not that easy. We as dedicated geeks like to think that we have developed a good sense to value a game beforehand. We are all so well informed, aren't we? And still... we sometimes fall for games that just don't deliver... It's hard to talk about it, to admit that you have bought a crappy game...

But maybe it isn't that hard if we share the pain. Please add your worst pick up of 2012.
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51. Board Game: Catan Histories: Settlers of America – Trails to Rails [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:775]
Darren Nakamura
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Columbus
Mississippi
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I actually don't expect this game to be bad. It's only my worst pick up because I spent however much money on it several months ago and my group still hasn't found the time to get it to the table. So I might as well have not purchased it at all.
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52. Board Game: DiceAFARI [Average Rating:5.74 Overall Rank:8229]
Jason Birzer
United States
Burke
Virginia
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This was my first Kickstarter experiment, and it kinda solidifies why I probably won't be spending a lot of money kickstarting board games. While I was looking for a lightweight game for the family, I'm not sure there is enough of a game here. I know we misplayed a rule, but even with that rule I'm not sure there is much of a strategy. All I know is that I can't get my wife and my son to play it again.
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53. Board Game: Libertalia [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:220]
Trey Chambers
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Houston
Texas
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Not a bad game by any means, but I sold it after one play. Just kind of "meh", couldn't justify keeping it.

Runner-up: Viva Java. Bought it blind. Actually worse than Libertalia, BUT I'll be keeping it as it is one of the few Euros that can hold more than 5 players.
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54. Board Game: GOSU [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:950]
Will Millar
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Edinburgh
Midlothian
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I bought this in a sale in January and convinced some friends to play as it promised to take only 30-45 minutes. 2 and a half hours later one of my friends deliberately passed on his turn to allow another friend to win with a special victory condition, even though he could have stopped him.
It's supposed to be first to 3 points, when we stopped the score was 1-1-1-0, I dread to think how long it could have lasted. A couple of the players found almost infinite loops of cards they could play and after passing early on in the 2nd round I had to wait an hour for the next round to begin. Wouldn't touch this again with a barge pole. Successfully traded it away, though I felt a little bad dumping this stinker on someone else
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55. Board Game: The Manhattan Project [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:143]
Roger Howell
United States
Lenexa
Kansas
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Game lasts way too long for what it is. Each round seemed repetitive. I'm not a huge fan of worker placement games, however, I thought the mechanic of the air force and bombing buildings would spice this one up a bit, but it didn't. The game actually bored us greatly. Nice theme and very cool graphics, but I had to trade this one away.
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56. Board Game: Last Will [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:234] [Average Rating:7.31 Unranked]
Peter Brahan
United States
North Sutton
New Hampshire
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I love this game. The theme is great. The gameplay is interesting. I think overall it is a lot of fun.

So why the heck is it on my list?

My wife doesn't like it. While the gameplay is pretty straightforward, the iconography on this game is just too difficult for "casual" gamers.

...And that really stinks. I want to play it more, but since my main gaming partner is my wife, then, well, it wasn't a good choice.

I guess I'll have to introduce it to my quarterly gaming group and see what they think.

I'm hoping my other recent picks will ring true with my wife:
-Viticulture
-The Great Heartland Hauling Co.
-Suburbia

I haven't gotten any of them yet, but the first two are backed on kickstarter and the last is on my list for Christmas. We'll see!
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57. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.08 Overall Rank:9]
Curtis Bensmiller
Canada
Calgary
Alberta
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Ok. Bought this game because of the hype. Loved games like Kingsburg and Alien Frontiers, so the dice mechanic interested me.

I actually do see the depth and strategy in this game, but it was a very dry game. I actually liked the game the most out of my gaming group, but not enough to keep it.

I'd rather play Kingsburg, Alien Frontiers, or any of my other Euro's than this game.

I did win the game though
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58. Board Game: Starship Merchants [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:2006]
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United States
MISSOURI
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This isn't a terrible game, but it is my least favorite that I bought this year. It feels repetitive and there just aren't a lot of interesting decisions to be made. Looking to trade this one...
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59. Board Game: Munchkin Bites! [Average Rating:6.13 Overall Rank:2225]
Lars de Jong
Netherlands
Dordrecht
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I bought this in 2012...

Why? I really don't know, did i knew it was Munchkins, yes i did played it before. Did i love that play, no i hated it...

So WHY? ..... maybe i do have a mental problem soblue

Because i hate this game. It's totally random you can win the game and play like an idiot. It's fun to read the cards but that's it.

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60. Board Game: Dragon Valley [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:2774]
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Tower Defense: Check!
Interesting Split and Choose mechanic: Check!
Nice artwork: Check!
Cool Theme: Check!

All this and I still find this game boring and super prone to AP, causing turns to drag out forever.

I have the feeling that this could be a good game, but it's just missing something (like interaction with other players). 2 players is dull, and four players is like a two player game with twice as many people. Three players may be the sweet spot for this game. Not sure that I will keep it around to find out.

I really wanted to like this game, but just can't. I bought it using a gift certificate from Game Salute (and probably should have gone with Empires of the Void), and after 3 plays, it's on the trade list.

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61. Board Game: Die Säulen der Erde: das Kartenspiel [Average Rating:6.20 Overall Rank:3077]
Stefano Castelli
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This, absolutely.

Ok, i was lucky because I just payed 9 euros for it.

Yet, I expected some kind of "Pillars of the Earth Redux".

What I've got is a trick taking game with a bunch of special effects thrown in.

Very disappointing.
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62. Board Game: Qwirkle [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:498]
Luis Diaz
United States
Miami
Florida
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If I could jump into a delorean and stop myself from picking this up I would have. (sigh) I picked this up earlier this year after the holidays and used a Barnes and Noble gift card to do so. It was a decent price so I added to my stack of goodies. I also picked it up thinking it'd be a light fun game I could play with my wife. It's hard to get her to play anything that isn't Ticket to Ride or Airlines Europe.

I plopped it on the table and we began to play. The rules were simple enough but after a few turns the game just turned into waiting for someone to set up a qwirkle and then you jumping in to shark the points. Opportunism at it's best. My wife loves it. I can't get rid of it. She watches me whenever we go into our closet to find games. She thinks I'll trade it away. She's smart to do so. devil
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63. Board Game: Pizza Theory [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:2916]
Randy Cox
United States
Clemson
South Carolina
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I purchase some games, maybe even most these days, from thrift stores and Tuesday Morning (a for-profit thrift store). So, it's not surprising that I get some duds.

Surprisingly, the only thrif dud was Trango, but it wasn't horribly painful.

A BGG trade turned out to be a dud with the slow game known as Gemlok.

But the real dud came from Kickstarter. Pizza Theory just didn't do much for us. I may give it a try with the kids, who seemed somewhat interested, but mostly it just bites. In the nicest sort of way, of course.
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64. Board Game: Infiltration [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:858]
Tim Royal
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Snohomish
Washington
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Boy, I wish this wasn't my worst game. I had very high expectations when I received this. The Dominion designer mixed with the Android universe! Heaven!

Or not.

It's not that the game was horrid, but it lacked anything that really elevated beyond grunt-work and a feeling that it was really a B-side game re-packaged to capitalize on name brand.

I introduced it to several groups of gamers, and none of them enjoyed it, which is unfortunate.

It's not a universally bad game; I see glimmers of cool in it. But it's been the worst purchase I've made this year.
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65. Board Game: Merchant of Venus (second edition) [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:387]
Mark M
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Maybe not a horrible game, I don't know, but definitely did not meet much hyped expectations (thanks Dice Tower!). I like other pick up and deliver games but this was very, very tedious. That includes set up and play. My son and I tried to play two player to get the rules down - which didn't slow us down by the way - but the game itself really drags on. Maybe we got halfway through turns after 2 hours of drudgery. Game is dry as space dust.

Fortunately there was plenty of other interest out there and I was able to sell it.
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