I like the idea, but not the reality
Darrin Williams
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A friend and I went to a music festival once. We came away with the slogan, “I like the idea, but not the reality.”

It wasn't just the festival itself, but lots of little things we noticed on the whole trip. It is now one of my standard slogans in life.

It works in so many situations:
For Example wrote:

“I like the idea of hanging out with my good friend for a week . . . ”
or
“I like the idea of not waiting in line for the shower today . . . ”
or
“I like the idea of going back for thirds at the Mexican breakfast buffet . . . “


Recently, I've found myself using the slogan more and more in relation to board games, or board game mechanics.

Here are a few great ideas, that I just don't like in reality.

If you've got something you like in theory, but not in practice, please add it to the list.
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1. Board Game: Collect [Average Rating:4.94 Unranked]
Darrin Williams
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Allen
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Collectable Card Games

I love the cool cards in CCG's. I could just sit and read CCG cards for hours.

Actually, I can't do anything for hours anymore, but I could read them for a good 10 or 15 minutes. The artwork is great, the powers are great, the combos are great.

But I just don't like the games.

Fortunately, now that we have Deck Building Games, nobody has to play CCG's ever again.

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2. Board Game: Co-Op Marble Games [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Darrin Williams
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Allen
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Co-Operative Games

I love the idea of Co-Operative Games. They're so friendly, and everyone can be a winner.

Not only that, but it gives me a chance to boss everyone around and tell them all the best moves, but they never seem to listen to me.

Maybe I just haven't found the right game yet.
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3. Board Game: Real Time Carnage [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Darrin Williams
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Allen
Texas
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Real Time Games

I'm a sucker for just about any Real Time Board Game.

After all, they should give me a distinct advantage over all my Analysis Paralysis prone gaming buddies, and they promise chaotic wacky fun.

In reality, though, they just don't work for me. As soon as we get started, someone has a rules question that I forgot to go over (or they forgot to listen to) and then someone needs to go to the bathroom, or they spill the cashews and have to pick them up before my daughter sees them and freaks out.

I'm beginning to think that Video Games are better suited to Real Time action.

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4. Board Game: Chicago Poker [Average Rating:5.90 Overall Rank:4131]
Darrin Williams
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Allen
Texas
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Chicago Poker

I read the rules to this game and I just had to have it. I love the 1930's Gangster theme and the way you build your poker hands and the attack cards all sound good in theory.

But I just don't like the game. It's slow and dry and just not that fun.

Maybe it just needs an expansion. I'd buy the expansion (if it was a cool idea).
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5. Board Game: Sports Spectacular [Average Rating:6.57 Unranked]
Darrin Williams
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Allen
Texas
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Sports Games

Sports games sound fun. I love the theme, even if it's a really lame sport like Soccer*, but I never really like the games.

I think the main problem is that they're all confrontational 2 player games.

Maybe I should try a golf game.




* Nothing brings the Euros out of their shells like a good soccer slam.
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6. Board Game: Jacob Marley, Esq. [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:5149]
Darrin Williams
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Allen
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Cheapass Games

I love the idea behind Cheapass Games. “You've got dice, pawns and counters. All you need are the board, cards and rules.”

I even have a “Cheapass Case” that carries everything you need to play any Cheapass game. (That's it to the left)

But in the end, I don't really care for their games past the initial laugh of the first play.

I've also recently come to terms with the fact that I really like cool components.
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7. Board Game: Empire Builder [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:672]
Darrell Hanning
United States
Jacksonville
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Crayon Rail Games

I like the idea of drawing railroads across countries and continents, but the reality is rather boring, because you spend most of your time moving your train point-to-point across a board, only to make a fraction of the money you need to make your next, interesting building of rail.

And then, near the end of the game, you're not even necessarily building, anymore - just moving your train around, collecting money to reach a certain amount.
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8. Board Game: World in Flames [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:623]
Wendell
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I don't really like the idea or the reality behind war.

But I like wargames!
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9. Board Game: Blackbeard [Average Rating:6.11 Overall Rank:2467]
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DesMoines
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I really like the idea of pirate games: arrrh . But I really don't like any of the offerings that are out there. Blackbeard was the biggest disappointment but only because I had the highest expectations for it; twice. But none of the others are any good either.
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10. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:85]
Ben Friedberg
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Winona Lake
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I like the IDEA of quickly assembling a ship and racing the other players but the second 'half' (really 4/5) of the game I find very ~meh~. Maybe if the racing of Asteroyds replaced it but it would be SUPER long (and too long for what it's supposed to be...)
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11. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:107] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
Darrin Williams
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Allen
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Meeple Shaped Box

I love the new Meeple Shaped Box for Carcassonne.

I'll keep loving it until I have to try to stack it in my game cabinet.
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12. Board Game: Point Of Law [Average Rating:4.56 Overall Rank:10799]

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Mother-in-Laws

Great idea, right? It's almost like having another mother.

Mom #1 was pretty great, right? Here's the new Mom #2.

More nurture. More love. More support. More free money.

A sneak-peek of what your wife will look like in the future!

What could go wrong? This might be the best idea ever.

Sadly, for too many of us*, the idea is better than reality.
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13. Board Game: Proud Monster Deluxe [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:4379]
Sim Guy
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Albuquerque
New Mexico
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I like (love) the idea of monster games.

I like the scope and scale, having every aspect of an entire war, or a huge campaign all under your control.

And I really like playing them.

But over nearly 40 years of gaming, I can count on my hands how many times I've actually had the time and space to play the entire grand campaign of any of the 50 or so monster games that I own. cry
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14. Board Game: Civilization [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:137]
Cate
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Mequon
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I LOVE LOVE LOVE the idea of civilization games. The problem is that the amount of time required to play means that present day civilization has actually advanced while you are at the table. At very least, 4 new mobile phones have been released plus an iPad update.
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15. Board Game: Mystery of the Abbey [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:867]
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Mequon
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I really like the idea of a mystery solving game but I have yet to find one that really worked.
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16. Board Game: Go 500 Racing Dice Game [Average Rating:5.64 Unranked]
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I like the idea of racing games like Formula D or powerboats, but the reality is, unless something dies or gives me money when I roll dice, I somehow feel cheated.
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17. Board Game: Finger-Flick Sports: All-American Edition [Average Rating:5.86 Unranked]
Bryan Laird
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Quasqueton
Iowa
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The idea, is to use your finger and flick things where they are going, in Flinger Flick Sports its the ball that your flicking, in other games its other items. In reality, it just sucks, hit to hard and your chasing the bouncing ball all round the room after it left the table, to soft and it doesn't go anywhere.
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18. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.14 Overall Rank:5]
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I love the idea of using slaves to build a massive personal fortune, but the reality is I don't have a big enough boat.
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