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Requiem for a Game >> Mourning the Greatest Loss of All
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The loss of a beloved game can be traumatic and tragic. But even more sorrowful are those games lost due to your own negligence, neglect or ignorance. Woe is me for a few precious games now gone from my collection! When reflecting on these games, tears well up in my eyes. Why oh why must they be gone? Will I ever find solace again?

During my dark, brooding times, the swansong of these lost games stirs in my senses... Frederich Chopin's sorrowful Marche Funebre, Orff's dramatic and stirring Carmina Burana, especially the second movement, Fortunae Plango Vulnera -- I bewail the wounds of fate.

For thus am I wounded... By my own wickedness, the cruelest fate of all.

Share your pain. We're all here to heal...
What departed games cause you the most grief and anguish?
What could you have done differently to avoid this bitter fate?
Will time ever heal these wounds, or will only a comparable replacement provide comfort?
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1. Board Game: Titan [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:691]
Jay Little
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My grief begins with a game of titanic proportions. Oh, in my foolish college days, when I thought I knew what life was meant to offer. The lure of some quick cash to purchase a display box of Magic: The Gathering Legends boosters was too strong.

I was weak! I was foolish! Oh forgive me, Titan, for what I did that ill-fated winter...

Not a day goes by that I don't curse my weak will... For now that I am bereft of Magic: The Gathering, as well, I have nothing to show for the betrayal I showed Titan. If only I had known how I would long for its epic scale, respected its significance in my gaming evolution.
 
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2. Board Game: Hornet Leader [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:2367]
Jay Little
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Eden Prairie
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My pride and arrogance kept me from learning from the loss of my beloved Titan. I am a weak, frail person. The hunger instilled in me by Magic: The Gathering was insatiable. Despite the pain of losing Titan, I hungered still.

Having sold nearly all my music CDs and a handful of roleplaying games for more Magic cards, I still needed a bit more. Foolish man!

I parted ways with one of the few games my fiancee would actually play with me. It was technically a solo play game, but she would handle the book keeping and die rolling while I made the tactical decisions. It was a beautiful arrangement, which I cursed and despoiled by selling Hornet Leader.

What a wicked, wicked thing I have become!
 
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3. Board Game: Taj Mahal [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:247]
Jay Little
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Still wincing from my previous wounds, I realize that not all my mourning is based on such wicked deeds. Sometimes a good justification keeps the pain from manifesting, but eventually the grief wins out.

Such is the case with Taj Mahal, a game I purchased early in my boardgaming lifestyle. It went over quite flat with my gaming group. Had I only known then the significance of this Reiner Knizia and his impact on gaming! Then I would surely have kept this game with the hopes that one day it may truly be appreciated and welcomed by deserving gamers.

Sadly, I gave up on Taj Mahal when she needed me the most. I turned from her in her darkest hour, abandoning her to what I felt at the time was a superior goal -- an auction here on BGG to raise donations for the site. Taj Mahal eventually auctioned for $80, with every single penny going toward BGG.

While I felt somewhat good about what I had done, any altruism quickly faded, replaced with bitter, bitter loss.
 
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4. Board Game: Man O' War [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:1517]
Jay Little
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Growing increasingly frustrated with the lack of opponents willing to play this masterful game, and the difficulty in locating good ships to use (the official miniatures being long out of print and incredibly expensive to acquire on eBay), I grew more and more distraught.

Eventually, my distress reached despair. In my despair, I traded away not one, but TWO complete, excellent condition copies of Man O War. I received Wallenstein for one of the copies, and a collection of assorted miniatures for the other.

While I still enjoy Wallenstein, I feel awful for having abandoned ship and leaving Man O War adrift at sea. Especially considering that Pirates of the Spanish Main (and its expansions) loomed tantalizingly on the horizon, providing a series of inexpensive, colorful and 3D ships that could have easily been adapted to Man O War.

It's a wonderful game with crisp rules and thrilling gameplay. For letting this become so much flotsam and jetsam, my conscience has walked the plank daily ever since.
 
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5. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:121]
Jay Little
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While I'm not a big fan of Ra, I can appreciate its place in gaming. And it's a Knizia title... Again, like Taj Mahal, this was a game that went over horribly, and no one I had introduced it to ever wanted to play again. It was a far cry from the more American, dice-festy games we were accustomed to.

So this discomfort grew into distaste... But rather than letting the wine mellow for a while, I threw out the entire bottle. I traded Ra away before really finding a stable group of gamers who would appreciate it -- and perhaps my failure in providing for Ra's needs are partly why I dislike the game... my own failures are responsible for Ra's demise.

And so, Ra departed for a copy of Dungeon Twister, which still sits, unplayed, unpunched, on my shelf. Why oh why was I so foolish? How could I treat a game so shabbily?
 
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6. Board Game: Die Macher [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:143]
Alfred Wallace
United States
Champaign
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Worst trade I ever made. (Or was it?)

I bought Die Macher back when it was still pretty easy to do so, even from stateside merchants. Probably paid about $50 or so, maybe even less. Could not find anyone to play it with, even in Austin. It just looked too complicated, and everyone just shied away. After who-knows-how-long, I finally traded it off--for a copy of Columbia Games' 1812.

The guy I traded it to, clearly a better salesman than I, got a group to play it with on an almost regular basis.

I should point out that I love 1812, and have played it more often than Die Macher (i.e., more than once), and a result of the trade was a great game being played more often.

Not that I wouldn't like to have that copy right now...
 
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7. Board Game: Dark Tower [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1977]
Jim Cote
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In a fit of cleaning, I hastily dumped this physically broken game into the trash. Now that I look back on it, I think maybe I could have fixed it, if only for nostalgic reasons.

Haggle! Haggle! DOOO Dooo dooo dooo... Doh!
 
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8. Board Game: Talisman: The Adventure [Average Rating:6.88 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.88 Unranked]
Jay Little
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Ah, sad is the day that I purchased Talisman: Timescape. Not only because the anachronistic addition of the oddball Warhammer 40k units to the game, but moreso for my decision to "double up" the other expansions in an effort to save space.

So one of my favorite expansions, Talisman: The Adventure, had its bits placed in the Timescape box... Or so I thought. A few months later, when we pulled Talisman out for a whirl, I noticed that the Timescape box was almost completely empty -- only stacks of advertisements, mail order forms and response fliers were in there.

With dawning horror, I realized I had committed a heinous deed... I had accidentally put the bits in the wrong box, and then subsequently threw away the box with the game pieces in it instead of the box filled with all the rubbish I had intended to throw away!!

Waaaaaaaaaah!
 
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9. Board Game: Sluff Off! [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:914]
Josh Adelson
United States
Columbia
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Early last year I decided to find my never-played copy of this game and attempt to play it with my family. I recalled having it at the '04 Buckeye Gamefest, but after two or three weeks of intermittent (yet exhaustive) searching through my collection, I just couldn't find it. Vaguely I recalled a group of Georgia gamers (good friends of Val Putman's, all) had borrowed it from me at the Gamefest. But I couldn't recall any of them ever returning it to me.... I contacted Val, and asked her if she remembered if I'd ever gotten my copy back. She didn't know, but said she'd look into it for me. Later, after some conversations to which I was not privy, Val told me that in fact the copy of the game had not belonged to me in the first place, but rather to our mutual friend Paul, and that, per my instructions, it had been returned to HIM. If Paul hadn't actually sent me a copy of the email I'd sent to him during the Gamefest to let him know who had his copy of the game, I'd probably still be suffering the delusion of ownership and misappropriation....
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10. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:144] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
Scott Tepper
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Chicago
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My tale of woe is a little different.

I came home several years ago to find that my roommate had emptied out the house. He had stolen just about everything of mine: kitchenware, appliances, furniture, my Christmas ornaments, even some of my clothes. One of the worst cuts was that he stole my M:TG collection. I had thousands of cards including Moxes, and even a Black Lotus.

I filed a lawsuit, which I won. In the process I learned that I was the 4th person he had done this sort of thing to. But he skipped town, and never paid up.

The good part of the story is that, when attempting to replace some of the handful of games he had stolen I stumbled across BGG, and found even better games, and much better friends.
 
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11. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:455]
David Reed
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College Station
Texas
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Of the game losses, this is the one that is not self-inflicted... I had the 1961 edition of Diplomacy (picked up in a trade for the original Avalon Hill edition) and a few other large board games in a closet. Unknown to me, the water heater in the house was located right over the closet. It developed a leak and destroyed all of the games in the closet (the second water-related disaster in my gaming collection history - the first was a roof leak in an apartment that killed a fair amount of role-playing games a few years before). Diplomacy was the best of the victims, and I miss it. Not that I would be likely to play it - even then, in my bachelor days, Diplomacy had been surpassed by Civilization and other titles. On the other hand, it could have been a good title for a trade...

For the real regret, self-inflicted, see below...
 
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12. Board Game: Up Front [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:299]
Jeff Curtis
United States
Plainfield
Indiana
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I bought this new in the mid-80s and could never figure out the rules on my own. I sold it just a few years ago for a lousy $25-30. I'm still not sure I would have ever figured out the game from the rule book alone, but I surely could have found someone to teach it to me. This was part of a huge sell off of old games I owned but had not played in years. I had S&T magazines back to #6, many Avalon Hill & SPI games. Of course, right after I sold off the games I discovered the Geek and have had more luck finding people to play with. I did hang on to my copy of Ambush and all its expansions, but of course they are pretty easy to find, unlike Up Front. I also used to play Titan a lot but that was a friends copy. He still has it but has moved to Michigan. Oh yea, I still have my copy of Outdoor Survival too as nobody wants that one. I think I'll donate it to the Boy Scouts and get a tax right off for it.;-)
 
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13. Board Game: Borderlands [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:3334]
David Reed
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College Station
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During a fit of post-college cleaning brought on by unemployment, I sold off many items from my collection. I had been fortunate enough to work in a game store in the early 1980s and it allowed me to build up my collection to an impressive level.

The best title that I sacrificed, in my estimation, was Borderlands, with the two expansions.

It did not end there - While I did not have Cosmic Encounter (I had a roommate who owned that at the time, so I didn't pick it up), I had all of the other Eon titles and they followed Borderlands into an attempt to gain some quick money for rent and food. In addition, some SPI titles (S&T stuff, predominantly), some choice Avalon Hill games (PanzerBlitz/Panzer Leader/Arab-Israeli Wars stand out in my memory), Ace of Aces and other Nova book games (Lost Worlds), and the remains of my role-playing collection (whatever wasn't killed by the first water disaster mentioned above - this was before the second water disaster that took out Diplomacy (see above for details on that, too)) were cleaned out in an attempt to pay the bills.

The saddest part of it at the time was that the money gained was relatively limited and was absorbed by the bills very quickly. It took years for me to rebuild my collection to a point where it began to approach the size it was prior to the emergency pruning. I found that many games were impossible to replace when gainful employment returned to my life and the inevitable regrets for the sacrificed titles appeared.

Over the years I resigned myself to most of the loss. I realized that most of the games aren't really missed - I hadn't played most of them in a while back then, and I wouldn't be interested in playing them now. If I hadn't gotten rid of them at some point they would have only served as further crowding to my over-filled game closet (probably time to do a bit of pruning again - fortunately, this time I am only concerned about space, not finances)

Borderlands, on the other hand, would still be a welcome part of collection, and I think that it would have a decent chance of hitting the table even when I consider that it would be competing with titles of the modern era for playing time. Of the many titles I have owned that I no longer own today, Borderlands is the game whose loss I mourn the most.
 
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14. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:701]
Snowden Wyatt
United States
Tucson
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I'm afraid my tale of woe is the end result for the other side, so to speak.

While attending the University of Arizona in the early '80s, I fell in with a gaming individal by the name of (IIRC) Bart Smith. Bart introduced me and my friends to Cosmic Encounter. He owned the EON edition with the first eight expansions.

For a full school year, we played the hell out of this game with all sorts of funky house rules to keep it fresh. At the end of the year, Bart was moving on, graduating or transferring I cannot remember which. He decided, since I liked the game so much, to sell me his copy for ...... $20!

I, being no fool, snapped it up.

I oftentimes wonder if Bart is out there, somewhere, cursing the day he decided to sell me that game. Especially considering what it can go for on EBAY these days (I picked up the 9th expansion soon after, so it is "complete").
 
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15. Board Game: Broadsides and Boarding Parties [Average Rating:6.13 Overall Rank:3879]
Matthew Fisk
United States
Spanish Fork
Utah
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Ah the silliness of youth. I requested this game and Conquest of the Empires when I was but a lad of 15 or so. When you consider that my parents somehow actually managed to find them both and give them to me for Christmas it is even that more amazing. Conquest only got played once and shelved somewhere for years (to be sold on ebay for a nice profit). However Broadsides was just too cool and got pulled out MANY MANY times just to see the ships.

Having a 5 year old little brother and pulling out a game of this nature is a mistake however and I would often leave it laying on the table only to have my little brother come up later and break masts, lose pieces, etc. etc.

One of the few games I wish I had taken better care of.
 
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16. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:230] [Average Rating:7.27 Unranked]
Philip Thomas
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London
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I left this game to the Eton Strategy Society when I ceased to be its Secretary (due to a quirk in the regulations the Strategy society Secretary is in fact the most powerful officer, indeed there are no others to speak of)
I bought Travel settlers, but it really doesn't replace it!
 
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17. Board Game: Catan: Cities & Knights [Average Rating:7.48 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.48 Unranked]
Philip Thomas
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Same as previous entry.

I also gave away copies of Risk and Diplomacy, but I bought replacements for them (in the case of Risk, I now wonder why I bothered, but heh).

I wonder if the society still exists...
 
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18. Board Game: Icehouse [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:2244]
J Montney
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I thought Icehouse is was packed in with the other games when I moved.....

I'm still hoping that one day I'll open a box in the attic and find a stash of my games.

The picture is of my set before I moved.
 
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19. Board Game: Civilization [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:178]
Jason Sample
United States
Pelham
New York
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It was a game I bought on a whim. It looked cool and I had saved some allowance money for some AD&D stuff. When I realized that I was not in need of any new AD&D stuff, I bought it. I was a kid, I was foolish... I played it solo on more than one occasion. It would stay set up under my bed and I would pull it out, play a few turns, etc. I finally convinced some of my D&D buddies to play and it was a hit.

Fast forward to my parents' big move in 1999. The words still resonate and cut deep:

"Yeah Jayce, we sold your Simon for 50 cents and some guy gave us 5 bucks for that game you used to play on that colorful map."

"What game with the...you mean Civilization?!?"

"Yeah, that's the one."

I will never love again...
 
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21. Board Game: We the People [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:870]
Bob O'Halloran
United States
Appleton
Wisconsin
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I'm shaking as I write this. I bought this beautiful game at a hobby store that's now out of business. Never played it. Didn't realize what I had until I read the comments on BGG. By then, it was long gone, sold at (omigosh) A GARAGE SALE!!! (I weep)
 
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22. Board Game: Swashbuckler [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:3233]
Rob
United States
30° 12′ 38″ N, 95° 45′ 2″ W
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You can't rob Peter, Paul and Mary to pay yourself.
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This "disappeared" sometime during college. Now it's very difficult to find. Lots of fun and too many hours playing when I should have been studying for finals.
 
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23. Board Game: Battle of the Bulge [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:3209]
Rob
United States
30° 12′ 38″ N, 95° 45′ 2″ W
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This one "disappeared" before college. Never determined what happened. Maybe when I moved? Sneaky parents? Don't know. A friend and I were evenly matched, and had many lost summers with this game. cry
 
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24. Board Game: Curse of the Mummy's Tomb [Average Rating:5.23 Overall Rank:12874]
Phil Campbell
United Kingdom
Ilkeston
Derbyshire
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Lost, along with a load of the Games Workshop 'Troll' games, when I moved house.

The fact that I moved and my then girlfriend didn't, may have had something to do with it ...
 
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25. Board Game: HeroQuest [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:543]
Martin Lindström
Sweden
Lund
Skåne
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HeroQuest...

Oh, how stupid I was..
About 10 years ago, when the gaming club I was involved with disbanded, I somehow left my copy of HeroQuest (including two expansions, Kellars Keep and one other, I don't remember which one) behind at the club.

It even had my name on it.. (name tag sticker on the inside of the box)

I assume one of the founders of the game club is now laughing at my stupid mistake. It was a good game
 
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