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Ralph Meleti
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What are some games you or someone bought based on reviews that you were disappointed by?

For me personally it was years ago when I got into the hobby and bought Cutthroat Caverns recommended by SU&SD. Almost bought Cry Havoc based off Dice Tower review but a friend picked it up so I didn't, our play group didn't enjoy that game much and the game pretty much died...

I now still watch reviews to decided whether I will purchase something but I've learned to take reviews from Dice Tower and SU&SD with tablespoons of salt. My new favourite reviewer is NPI and hope they won't steer me wrong.

PS: Do you guys have board game cafes/library/hobby shops that let play some of the hot or latest games before you decide whether you want to own the game?
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After getting and playing a number of SU&SD games (most notably String Railway and Ladies and Gentlemen), I realized that they are entertaining content producers, but their opinions arent worth much of anything. At least with the Dice Tower, they make so many videos that you can get a feel for their preferences and normalize to say, oh, he likes this because x,y,z, so I probably wont. I think maybe just how over-the-top enthusiastic SU&SD gets makes a lot of humdrum games look really awesome
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Above & Below. Sure it’s really pretty, but I think the reviewers probably didn’t play it very many times. Some fairly broken strategies emerge after just a few plays that ruin the balance and strategic interest in playing enough that I gave the game away.
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Good thread. Always nice to vent. I started researching my purchases heavily about 3 years ago, and have only bought one game since then that is truly a bad game - Zombicide: Black Plague. It is a cooperative game that after you search through the equipment deck, the underlying math behind your attack power means there is really no way to lose unless you try. The most tedious experience I have had in the last few years of gaming. Tons of really positive reviews, but looking back a lot of those were "everything is awesome" reviews and any issues can be "easily" fixed with houserules. There were some older comments that if I had searched better, others flagged this huge issue. Live and learn.
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boardgamesdotEXE wrote:
Above & Below. Sure it’s really pretty, but I think the reviewers probably didn’t play it very many times. Some fairly broken strategies emerge after just a few plays that ruin the balance and strategic interest in playing enough that I gave the game away.


+1

Also Escape: The Curse of the Temple. Rahdo's review made it look amazing and I didn't have any other real-time games, so I gave it a shot. It provided a few good games with the family, but I didn't care for it with 2, and also felt it fell victim to quarterbacking waaaaay too often.

Note: I have nothing against Rahdo. He also led me to getting Finca, Castles of Burgundy, and others that I truly enjoy. I've just learned to take all reviewers' opinions with tablespoons of salt (as OP said).
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XTrueFinale wrote:

PS: Do you guys have board game cafes/library/hobby shops that let play some of the hot or latest games before you decide whether you want to own the game?


One of my LGS's has opened store copies of games.

I always knew OF Takenoko but never played it, until one day we were undecided on what to play next so we scanned the store's games.

I wound up buying 2 copies of Takenoko from the store that same day (one for me and one for my niece). Really fun game.
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I get the premise, but I'd generally suggest it's because I bought a game without doing enough research.

I like both the Dice Tower and SU&SD but not all of their recommendations align with my taste or the people I game with. That said, there are plenty of other sources to ensure you can get a more balanced point of view on a game.

Now that all said there are some games I don't love as much as other people even after reading heaps of varied opinions, but they tend to be ok games. It's also possible for games to fall flat with particular play groups I would have thought they would have worked well with, but it's generally just an issue of finding the right people to play the game with.

On the other side of the coin, there has been the odd game I avoided as I didn't think I would like it after checking multiple reviews and turned out to actually really enjoy it.
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Patchwork

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Tigris snd Euphrates. What a stiff. An abstract that's high on the brainburner and abstract scales and low on the fun scale.
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Orleans. For the life of me I don't understand that game's rating at all.
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Before I knew better, I saw an Undead Viking review for Transylvania: Curses & Traitors. He said it was a lot of fun. He was wrong-- that game is pretty bad.
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Dixit

Saw reviews, everyone raving about it. Got it, don't get the hype
So traded it
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emodiu5 wrote:
Before I knew better, I saw an Undead Viking review for Transylvania: Curses & Traitors. He said it was a lot of fun. He was wrong-- that game is pretty bad.


Undead Viking would say getting kicked in the groin was fun for $2 and a ham hock.
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emodiu5 wrote:
Before I knew better, I saw an Undead Viking review for Transylvania: Curses & Traitors. He said it was a lot of fun. He was wrong-- that game is pretty bad.


Lance is a great guy to sit down, have a drink with, and talk about the hobby. He's a terrible reviewer.
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Mine is really entirely my fault, I was trying to be a bit too clever I think. I bought Eclipse based on comments made by Tom Vasel and Sam Healey. Basically I got the impression that they didn't like it because it was too euro-y and felt like a spreadsheet. This sounded great to me, but it turns out I hated the game. If anything I find it not euro-y enough. My impression from reading the rules and watching playthroughs of TI3 that would be the better game for me, and a guy I trust who's into pretty similar games to me has even said recently that he prefers Twilight Imperium.
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jblomquist wrote:
Mine is really entirely my fault, I was trying to be a bit too clever I think. I bought Eclipse based on comments made by Tom Vasel and Sam Healey. Basically I got the impression that they didn't like it because it was too euro-y and felt like a spreadsheet. This sounded great to me, but it turns out I hated the game. If anything I find it not euro-y enough. My impression from reading the rules and watching playthroughs of TI3 that would be the better game for me, and a guy I trust who's into pretty similar games to me has even said recently that he prefers Twilight Imperium.


Having played both, I would agree. TI3>>>>>Ecclipse
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The one that stands out for me is Jamaica, though it wasn't a review, I bought it because Sam and Zee at Dice Tower both had it in their top 10 games of all time a few years ago.

A pirate theme, nice production, and two reviewers putting it in their top games ever made. Had to be a no brainer.

If I am being harsh I will call it a replacement for Snakes and Ladders, which is not a game I was looking to replace.

If I am being more fair, it's a beautiful-looking game that I would enjoy playing with nongamers. And I'm keeping it for that reason.

My thing is, top ten game of all time? I don't see it.

Anyways, this game, and a few others, taught me to do my research! I don't blame Sam and Zee, I blame me for not doing my homework. Jamaica is actually a good game at what it does.
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jmsmith2434 wrote:
jblomquist wrote:
Mine is really entirely my fault, I was trying to be a bit too clever I think. I bought Eclipse based on comments made by Tom Vasel and Sam Healey. Basically I got the impression that they didn't like it because it was too euro-y and felt like a spreadsheet. This sounded great to me, but it turns out I hated the game. If anything I find it not euro-y enough. My impression from reading the rules and watching playthroughs of TI3 that would be the better game for me, and a guy I trust who's into pretty similar games to me has even said recently that he prefers Twilight Imperium.


Having played both, I would agree. TI3>>>>>Ecclipse


Ok, and we have a decent amount of overlap in our highest rated games (and I've really been wanting to try Indonesia).
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SUPERHOT Card Game. It's more like superNOT.
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Macao

Didn't do a thing for me. Played twice and traded it away.
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Dixit

Saw reviews, everyone raving about it. Got it, don't get the hype
So traded it


I played Dixit once at a game club. Made me dizzy and queasy .. and didn't find the game play fun at all.
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I don't watch reviews. I read rulebooks before any purchase. No regrets
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Sagrada, I actually saw this on Kickstarter news on Board game breakfast and thought the dice looked cool.

ugh....
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Twilight Struggle and Terraforming Mars...

So dissapointed with both of those... if anyone is interested in one of them PM me, they are in almost perfect condition.
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Evolution - Well reviewed and ranked highly on BGG. Evolving animals is a cool theme. After multiple plays it was a dry game where the decisions felt obvious. My girlfriend described it as a game a science teacher would keep in the classroom.

Tales of the Arabian Nights - From the reviews it sounded like a silly adventure filled with laughs. I'm ok with extremely random if it creates fun and funny moments. But, this game is boring, tedius, and take far too long to play. Plus, the game can easily put a player in a passive roll where they get to watch others play their character.
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