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Some games (especially lately) have stood out as smelling really really bad. Often this is clearly benign (like the Monopoly: Bayern edition of Monopoly I had long ago that smelled a bit too much like the well-manured fields of that region); but occasionally the smell gives one pause: What is this doing to my health?

I have a few recent purchases to start with. Additions are welcomed and encouraged.

And: If anyone knows anything about what's causing the smells (and what they're doing us) please enlighten!
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1. Board Game: Stonehenge: An Anthology Board Game [Average Rating:5.38 Unranked] [Average Rating:5.38 Unranked]
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This one smelled like the kinds of deadly solvents used in heavy industry. I hate to think what it was doing to my lungs. In the end I had to dump the components outside overnight in the hope that things would dissipate, but I hadn't counted on a sudden overnight summer downpour, which ruined the cards and the box (I'd kept the less smelly board inside).

The components still smell, BTW.
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2. Board Game: HeroCard: Rise of the Shogun [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:9178]
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Those plastic bits that look so interesting in the photos are just coated with some noxious substance that makes them smell like a chemistry lab. Several days on the deck haven't solved the problem, but have given me time to read the rules and decide I may just leave it there.
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3. Board Game: Nexus Ops [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:492]
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I don't think I've ever encountered a stench in a game that I thought was notable until I cracked open the box of Nexus Ops. Those little plastic pieces put out a funk gulp that can just about make you want to put the box top back on and shelve this game. Fortunately the game is fun enough to get past this urge.
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4. Board Game: Los Mampfos [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:6712]
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When I opend this box, it smelled of @$$...
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5. Board Game: Pfusch [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:11394]
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I don't know what it is about the clay in this game that smells so terrible. Perhaps the oils in them go rancid? At any rate, when I owned this game, I made certain to keep the box closed tight to avoid nasty gas exposure.
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6. Board Game: Mystery of the Abbey [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1405]
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The monks in this game do not smell to good.
But what to expect with some older gentlemen with unclean cloths from the middle ages. All are bearded also, so it could not be old aftershave.

Everytime we play the game, my daughter take one of them and put him under her nose and make some rude remark about him.
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7. Board Game: Blood Feud in New York [Average Rating:6.10 Overall Rank:6015]
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Try opening this one... Boy, does it reek...
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8. Board Game: 10 Days in the USA [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:2287]
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As does this... The guilty item in this game is those painted wooden card holders... They look wonderful, but the smell leaves a lot to be desired...
 
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9. Board Game: Perudo [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:720]
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When I opened my copy of Pirates Dice, I thought I had uncovered an oil spill or something. It honestly made me light-headed...
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10. Board Game: Colosseum [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:486]
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I tell ya, this game STINKS - horrible chemical smell far worse than any of the plastic miniature based games I've played! Hard to believe really given the game is almost entirely cardboard.
 
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11. Board Game: Duel in the Dark [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:2506]
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Upon opening this game you are assaulted by a chemical smell like paint thinner or some sort of glue. You can smell it across the room and it will knock your socks off!

The smell does seem to dissipate after a few days of airing out.
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12. Board Game: Thebes [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:528]
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My nose wrinkled as soon as I lifted the board and manuals from game's box. "What in the hell is that stink?!" I said out loud. Turns out it was the sacks. Blech! The odor has dissipated rather quickly, thank goodness. But you can still smell it if you hold it up to your face and bury your nose in it... not that I do that or anything. shake
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13. Board Game: Gloom [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:1854] [Average Rating:6.33 Unranked]
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I don't know what it is about the material used to print this game, but boy did it reek -- and still does. It's one reason I don't play it very often. The packaging should have said: "Warning, may cause nausea" -- and I'm not talking about the art or gameplay. Bleagh!
 
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14. Board Game: Railways of the World [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:143] [Average Rating:7.69 Unranked]
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I'm surprised this isn't already on the list, but the solvent reek from this one was enough to force me out of the room the first time I opened it.

Perhaps the copies that have had a year or so to air out aren't as noticeable, but those first copies off the boat gulp.

P.S. I just received a copy of 'Duel in the Dark', and the cardboard used for the board and other bits is very reminiscent of the stuff in this box.
 
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15. Board Game: Manoeuvre [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:988] [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked]
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Add another game to the list of games coming out of China that make me wonder whether it's safe to play (or even open) them without a breathing apparatus.
 
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I know this thread is a bit old, but I had to add this one. Smelled like I opened a can of paint when I cracked the lid. yuk
 
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17. Board Game: Caledea: The Epic Strategy Game [Average Rating:5.92 Overall Rank:15472]
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Another game with that dizziness-inducing I-wonder-what-this-is-doing-to-my-health smell.
 
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