That's a stupid reason to buy a game... but I did. Add your own
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I have a good idea of what I like in a game, BUT there are still occasions where I will buy a game just for the bits, the art, or the theme. I am still growing my collection so it hasn't seemed to be a problem. Until now. My collection of unplayed games is growing and I have decided to be more selective in 2010 However, the following games were purchased for the following silly reasons...

My first geeklist.
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101. Board Game: Anti-Monopoly II [Average Rating:3.88 Overall Rank:11073]
Stoic Bird
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Fairport
New York
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I was in the store I then considered my comic book shop (now thought of as my FLGS) with a friend. They had a big game sale going on, and this one caught my eye. My friend said, "I wonder...if you took this and put it in the same box as Monopoly, would it explode?" I just had to know.

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It didn't.
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102. Board Game: Space Hulk (third edition) [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:124]
Jeremy Oppenheim
United States
Ashburn
Virginia
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Quick, get your copy before they all run out!

or better yet

It's going for like, $500 on ebay! It's an investment SURE to grow.


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103. Board Game: Mouse Chaos [Average Rating:4.88 Overall Rank:10869]
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I thought that when I didn't like it, my kids could play with the mice.
But I still haven't played it yet.
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104. Board Game: Descent: The Road to Legend [Average Rating:8.05 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.05 Unranked]
Matt
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Avon
Indiana
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I bought this expansion without having completed even one game of Descent: Journeys in the Dark yet, because my kids love playing with the bits and making up adventures, and their adventures really needed a map and outdoor tiles.

(It should be noted that I still have yet to get through a single game of Descent.) shake
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105. Board Game: The Sinking of the Titanic [Average Rating:5.80 Overall Rank:6969]
David Heldt
United States
Harper Woods
Michigan
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I bought this at an auction because I loved the auctioneer's hilarious description of how the ship starts nosing down with certain die rolls until the Carpathia eventually pops up on the horizon. I have since learned that this description seems to be something of an inside joke among game auctioneers--
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106. Board Game Publisher: Chatham Hill Games
David Heldt
United States
Harper Woods
Michigan
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At various times when I've ordered from Boulder Games I've added one or two Chatham Hill titles to the order to help dilute the postage--
 
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107. Board Game: Ringgeister [Average Rating:4.75 Overall Rank:10876]
Nick P.
Germany
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I bought this game because I had read an excellent review in a gaming magazine. Now you may think that this actually is a rather good reason to buy a game. Well, later I learned that the game was published by the same company as the magazine and that the review was nothing but promotion. The board is beautiful, but the game is just boring.
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108. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:164]
AJ Newhausen
United States
Loves Park
Illinois
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It was $33.60 on Amazon and I had a gift card for exactly $33.67.

Also, for some reason, I still hold out hope of being able to get my friends to play something, *anything* other than party games.
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109. Board Game: UNO: H2O [Average Rating:5.98 Overall Rank:4666]
Ben Stanley
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I buy every waterproof game I see so I can play them in the jacuzzi and swimming pool.

I have picked up several clear card games including Gloom, generic plastic poker cards, and UNO H2O. My favorites, though, tend to be bakelite and boardless abstract strategy games like Hive, Army of Frogs, Trax, Palago, Tantrix, and Zertz.
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110. Board Game: Army of Frogs [Average Rating:6.01 Overall Rank:2935]
Matt Kruczek
United Kingdom
Colchester
Essex
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Because it's called ARMY OF FROGS!!!!!

Isn't that enough???
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111. Board Game: Planet Steam [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:411]
M Singleton
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Alpharetta
Georgia
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I purchased it because I had the ability to 'buy' it when no one else could after I won store credit. The $125 price tag was a bit of a deterrent. I had no idea what the game was about or whether I would like it, but I knew I would be the only one in my group who owned it - and that was the biggest draw for me. I wanted to be the first to get a game instead of the 30th.

Turns out though, the game is great. I like it and am so glad I got it.
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112. Board Game: 7 [Average Rating:5.23 Overall Rank:10478]
Egor Tilpunov
Germany
Bad Homburg
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Purchased for the artwork, for the theme and for the fact you can get corrupted.
Never played so far as the rules proved to be complicated. (And in German, though luckily enough English version was available on the website)
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113. Board Game: Hamlet! [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:7610]
david mackay
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...because I had been in the shop for ages and felt that I ought to buy something, and even though I knew my chances of persuading the group to play it were slim, however interesting, (very, actually) the game seemed.

This was not the only game I acquired on that basis, I have to admit.
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114. Board Game: Carson City [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:230]
Dea Draper
United States
Boise
Idaho
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Because our relatives live in Carson City, Nevada, and because they and we are distant relatives of Kit Carson (not necessarily something to be proud of if you know about the "Long Walk"), and because I thought he would be one of the characters, but he isn't--they are all generic. It may or may not be a decent game. Who cares? Location, location, ....

(Besides, if I don't like it I'll give it to them as a present! )
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115. Board Game: Gloom [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:1091] [Average Rating:6.43 Unranked]
Donna Silverman
United States
Waltham
Massachusetts
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I saw it on a geeklist that was something like, "Games that are waterproof." I bought it because it had see-through cards and as GIMMICKY as that is, I thought it was the coolest thing ever.

It's not a great game, sadly. I even left it back in California when I moved to MA but I'm glad I gave it a try (and yes, the transparent cards are really cool!).
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116. Board Game: Rocketville [Average Rating:5.06 Overall Rank:10979]
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Columbia
Maryland
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It was on a clearance table.... and I figured, how bad could it be?

And it even comes with a plastic rocket!

But, somehow, I haven't had the nerve to actually get it to the table.
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117. Board Game: Formula Dé Circuits 34 & 35: Bahrain & Shanghai [Average Rating:7.63 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.63 Unranked]
 
Mike James
United States
Ontario
California
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Completeness.

Being a huge fan of Formula De, and owning every other track, I couldn't not have this. Unfortunately, I only found out about it long after it was out of print and stock. Ebay is your friend, and bless the person who decided to put it up with a buy it now price of $40 after I lost out when it went up to $70.

As a side note, I believe my hunt for this game led me here a few years ago.
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118. Board Game: Conquest of Paradise [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:1274]
Mark D
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Lansdale
Pennsylvania
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I do medieval re-enacting (live action, not choreographed) but without a car I haven't been able to get to many events lately. So there was an event I was set to go to via public transit, Friday morning a huge nor easter comes through and they cancel the event. I was in a really bad mood about missing an event. So I decided to cheer myself up by getting a game. Was interested in a naval game, liked the theme and went for it. Definitely a good grab.
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119. Board Game: Battle Masters [Average Rating:6.09 Overall Rank:2452]
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Palo Alto
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But I can also use the miniatures in other games I don't have time to play!
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120. Board Game: Guelphs and Ghibellines [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:3478]
Borja Sierra
Spain
Getxo
Vizcaya
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Some time ago I was so frustrated not to get a copy of Case Blue from MMP that I called inmediatelly to my local store and asked to reserve me a copy of this game, which I knew he had in stock. This is what I call a compulsory buy laugh
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121. Board Game: Monsters Ravage America [Average Rating:5.85 Overall Rank:5181]
Andrew Snyder
United States
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
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I knew it was out of print. I already had Monsters Menace America, so I got this to see if it might become collectable
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122. Board Game: Counting Zzzzs [Average Rating:5.68 Overall Rank:8561]
Andrew Snyder
United States
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
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reminded me of a former girlfriend
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123. Board Game: Sunken City [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:2386]
Michal B
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Because advertised as "3D game"

BTW, it is good light quick game.
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124. Board Game: Clue VCR Mystery Game [Average Rating:5.64 Overall Rank:8294]
Tom Thingamagummy
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Oakland
California
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I bought it for the plot.

The 3rd Act, where they reveal everyone's secrets, is just so slapstick hilarious!

Scarlett: Oh yeah, Colonel Mustard has secret too! Has steel plate in head. Only steel plate is magnetized.

(Scarlett holds up a gun from across the room. It flies across the room and latches onto Colonel Mustard's head.)

Scarlett: What kind of spy can't dodge bullets?

(^_^)
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125. Board Game: Poo: The Card Game [Average Rating:5.74 Overall Rank:4686]
James To My Friends
Netherlands
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It's a game about throwing poo at each other, 'nuff said.
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