Weekly Challenge #4 (Top 5 Games I'd Like To Play But Probably Never Will)

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So I have a few games that I would love to play (and I think they'd be staples) but for a variety of reasons I don't think I'll ever get to play them.  Mostly it is due to time constraints, but also due in large part to not having the right group that would like either the weight or the time.

#Dune - So much of what I've heard about this game makes me want to play it.  Based on one of my favorite books of all time.  Great at higher player counts.  Lot of negative player interaction.  The chance to backstab.  I haven't done too much research because I don't think I'd ever play it, but what I know sounds awesome.

#Twilight Imperium 4th Edition - I still don't have a 4x SciFi game in my collection and I'd love to get one.  This falls into the category of just not enough time.  Seems like I'd love it though.

#Star Wars: Rebellion - Another game in a Universe I love (for the most part), but just seems like it'd be way to long.

#War of the Ring (Second Edition) - I could almost say the same thing as I did above.  Middle Earth is the most fascinating literary world I've ever experienced.  I just need, time, time and more time...

#Pax Pamir (Second Edition) - I think so much of this game looks awesome to me, and I think I'd really enjoy it.  But I don't know if my gaming group(s) would.  I also have no idea about time on this one.  Maybe the solo mode by itself is worth it (), but it's hard for me to consider picking up a game to basically solely (pun intended) play solo.

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3 months ago

#Risk: Lord of the Rings Trilogy Edition is one I have, would love to play, and probably never will.  I don't recall every winning a game of Risk, but I still like it (and don't think I've played it since high school 30+ years ago). I pulled this out with my wife probably 15 years ago, but never completed our second turns-too complicated for her to enjoy, and way too much time involved for a weekend get-away.

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I'm pretty much 100% with you on your list except for #War of the Ring (Second Edition)--only because I'm not all that familiar with that universe so there's little interest.

Hmmm for #Pax Pamir (Second Edition), it's interesting. I didn't expect to like it so much but it became my favorite solo game after just a single play. Time will tell, but it's been on my mind to get back into it and that's a good sign for now. It's odd, because my first session was filled with referencing the rulebook constantly, but I still really enjoyed it and it gave me everything I want in a solo game--plenty of tactical/strategic decision-making, not too many moving parts/components, super satisfying tactile experience, smooth AI implementation (this takes the most amount of time to get used to actually), and the AI felt like a super aggressive opponent that you're seriously trying to compete against.

Supporter3 months ago

Well I'm assigning you The Lord of the Rings.  You have until Christmas to read all three, haha!

Supporter3 months ago

Can I just watch all of the movies instead? xD

Supporter3 months ago

Only after you read them, haha.

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I do love to hear that the AI is super aggresive (I'm sure you're surprised).  Maybe I'll get the chance to check it out someday.

Supporter3 months ago

Yeah, "agression" is the core characteristic of the AI where as soon as it catches an opportunity to win the "Dominance Check," (a chance to score major points or even end the game), it basically forgoes all other options and jumps for it at any expense. So that really adds to the tension and trying to play around Wakhan (the AI). I'm almost certain I'll never get to play this game with a group--and I'm honestly not dying to haha--but the kind of interaction the game creates bears a slight resemblance to #Root.

Supporter3 months ago

Scott out of all of these games you definitely need to play Rebellion. You will love it so much. It's only 3-4 hours long. Yes, that's long, but I play my copy about once a year and it's so much fun. 

Supporter3 months ago

It's good to know that it's worth it even for a once a year run.  Maybe when my kids get older and I have a whole Saturday to myself.

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So worth it. 

Supporter3 months ago

Most of these games are in the same category for me.

I guess you could put your winning towards one of them if you wished. 

3 months ago

What makes you think you'll never play Dune? It is considerably shorter and cheaper than the rest of your list (not sure about compared Pax Pamir). Is it just that you don't think you'd have a group of people keen for it?

Also, #War of the Ring (Second Edition) is so so good! But it does take about half a day to play, and friend of mine got it and we made a deal that we would make an effort to play it several times together to help him justify the purchase. I think that might be a good way to go about it, as the learning curve is quite steep so teaching it every time would be a pain.

Supporter3 months ago

I have heard that Dune can be quite long no?  Anything that is going to take longer than 2 - 2.5 (and that's still a stretch) inlcuding set up and teach is going to be hard for me to get to table.  I also do worry that for some of my Gaming Group the weight of the game will be too high and they won't enjoy it.

3 months ago

Yeah, 2 hours for sure (increases with player count), but no where near as long as war of the ring or rebellion. Yeah, it is definitely quite complicated.

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Yeah, this is going to have to sit in the wish list for a long time.  Just like most of these games, maybe once all my kids are much older.

3 months ago

I think keeping things on a wishlist for a while can be a good thing, not only do you really appreciate it once you do get it but you also just let it sit with you for a while and sometimes realise there are things you would prefer. (however, #War of the Ring (Second Edition) is amazing, don't change your mind)

3 months ago

Dune is so great. I love it.

I was thinking of a similar idea for a list! Oh well, I could still make it, haha.

Rebellion is one that sticks out for me on your list - it seems so awesome, but such a beast - and holy cow is it expensive.

Supporter3 months ago

Rebellion isn't THAT expensive. And it's so good. 

3 months ago

$90+ is pretty expensive in my book, especially for a game so difficulty to get to the table

Supporter3 months ago

It's $75 on Amazon, that's fairly reasonable. Also for the amount of game you get it's great. 
 
But yes you are right. It's not the cheapest game. 

Linked Games
Twilight Imperium 4th Edition
Star Wars: Rebellion
War of the Ring: Second Edition
Dune
Pax Pamir (Second Edition)