Games you'll play just for the components
Ronster Zero
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You like the game enough all right. It has its fun, but it would not be your first choice to play at game night but when you think of the components, you can't wait to get this out to play.

It could be the awesome use of the board and how elegant it is laid out, some single special component about the game, or just the beautiful mini's.

This list is all about games that have components you drool over. What is it about this game that hits your component sweet spot.

So, feel free to add your games to the list.
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1. Board Game: The Adventurers: The Temple of Chac [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:913]
Ronster Zero
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I do enjoy this game. It's a bit light, but has tons of theme and plays well with 5.

What I really enjoy are the walls closing in, the ball rolling down the corridor looking to crush someone.

These give the game a very real 3d effect to me. I can feel for my little guy trying to gather treasure while trying not to die.

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2. Board Game: Axis & Allies Naval Miniatures: War at Sea [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:1559]
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This game is ok. The rules are basic and do serve their purpose. I do have fun while playing but what I can't do is paint. It comes out looking terrible. I know they would get better over time, but Im not sure I have that much.

While, not the best mini's in the industry, the presentations of ships from history has me buying these famous ships when I can.

When it looks like i'm dive bombing the Shokaku, I love it.



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3. Board Game: Cleopatra and the Society of Architects [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:628]
Ronster Zero
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The game is fun, but we don't play it much.

I do enjoy building up the temple though. The components are top notch, and when the game is done, it looks awesome.


image courtsey of aljovin

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4. Board Game: Fortress America [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:1076]
Ronster Zero
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An oldie but goodie. OK. I really do enjoy this game. Both playing it and the components.

But the Stealth bombers, hover tanks, and lasers combine to make this a futuristic battle that I can see in my mind.


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5. Board Game: Nexus Ops [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:261]
Ronster Zero
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OK, i've never played this game with a black light, but I'd love to give it a try sometimes.

Even without, the modular board with flying dragons is enough to draw me in.


photo courtesy of oldestmanonmyspace

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6. Board Game: Starfarers of Catan [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:714]
Bruce Miller
United States
Grand Rapids
Michigan
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This has the best space ship, and it's not on the board, I can play with it during the hours I'll be in the game. Not only does it get equipment, but it makes a noise when shaken.
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7. Board Game: Medina [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:561]
J M Duran
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El Paso
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Tom Vasel described this as a "box of wood"

Yup!

Good game, great components, picture worthy after every game.
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8. Board Game: Dungeon Lords [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:133]
Lo Ma
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California
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I love the look and feel of this game!
Too bad I am geometrically challenged...
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9. Board Game: The Downfall of Pompeii [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:374]
Lo Ma
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California
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This wouldn;t be half so fun without the 3D volcano...
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10. Board Game: Mansions of Madness [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:174]
Lo Ma
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I haven't had the chance to play this yet. But I must play it because it looks so cool...
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11. Board Game: Antler Island [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:3176]
Bill Paradise
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Glassboro
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Here's one I couldn't resist. A pretty decent game too.
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12. Board Game: Ghostly Galleon [Average Rating:5.14 Overall Rank:10879]
Bill Paradise
United States
Glassboro
New Jersey
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Who could resist a pirate ship, with a glow in the dark pirate ghost?
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13. Board Game: Saturn [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:3509]
Bill Paradise
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Glassboro
New Jersey
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A sort of dexterity type game. Entirely made of wood. It really is beautiful and attracts lots of attention. Lots of fun to play also.
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14. Board Game: Tal der Könige [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:2883]
Bill Paradise
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Glassboro
New Jersey
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Another one I just had to have. Sure, it's just a lot of wood, but looks beautiful, when being played.
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15. Board Game: Timber Tom [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:2639]
Bill Paradise
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Glassboro
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One of the nicest produced games I think I've ever seen.
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16. Board Game: Big City [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:776]
lisa smith
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The building are cool and the subway cars are even better.

I would be much less likely to play it if it only has cardboard tiles
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17. Board Game: Inkognito [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1139]
lisa smith
United States
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The map, the player pawns, and of course nunzilla with the bizzare three breast mutation
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18. Board Game: Spiel [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:4757]
Lutz Pietschker
Germany
Berlin
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This is something between a game (50 games, actually) and an art object.
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19. Board Game: Alte und neue Erzählkunst [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Lutz Pietschker
Germany
Berlin
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An idea similar to Rory's Story Cubes (but predating them by 21 years), with splendid material.
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20. Board Game: Waldschattenspiel [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:3581]
Lutz Pietschker
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Berlin
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Not much of a game even for children, I think, but creating a wonderful, enchanted athmosphere.
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21. Board Game: Tobago [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:337]
Rich Farrington
United States
Seymour
Connecticut
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This family game plays pretty well, but each game seems to feel the same to me. Still, who can resist playing when the island is populated with the wooden huts, the palm trees, and those stone-like statues?

It really gives the feel that you ARE exploring the island looking for treasures.
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22. Board Game: Moto Grand Prix [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:3339]
Thomas P. Felder
Germany
Munich
Bavaria
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Jacksonville
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There's a shop in Germany who has listed this for a very low price, but still: Everything I read about it suggests that I won't play it.

Even though, the bicycles are COOL! surprise
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23. Board Game: Horus Heresy [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:827]
Anthony Lazaroski
United States
Montgomery
IL
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The game bits are just awesome.

The big enticing box contains:
- lots of nicely sculpted minis
- great cards
- fab artwork
- a board with cut-outs for..
- ...the 3-d terrain!

There is also an excellent 2-player game in the box.
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24. Board Game: Ikusa [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:550]
Guido Gloor
Switzerland
Ostermundigen
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I actually ordered the reprint of this from my FLGS because the board looks so awesome, with all the Ronin and Samurai and Ninja minis...

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25. Board Game Publisher: Games Workshop Ltd.
As a longtime player of Warhammer 40k and WHFB, I can say that the rules for these games have always been mediocre and secondary to the miniatures.


Of course, that's true of most miniatures games.


Space Hulk is an example of a GW game that I would still really enjoy, even with chits or markers, rather than minis.
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