Games You Like That Everyone Else Hates (or Vice Versa)

What are some of your favorite board games that everyone else seems to hate, or at least doesn’t care about? Is it because they’re obscure? Are they hard to teach? Or are they just misunderstood?

How about some board games that you can’t stand that everyone else seems to like? Are they played too often? Overrated? Are they just not your thing?

And when I say “everyone”, I just mean relative to your experience. Feel free to use your family, your friend groups, or general public opinion as your point of reference.

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Supporter6 months ago

It's becoming popular to bash#Catan but I still have a great time playing it. I recently introduced it to some new gamers and we had a great time. I made a post about the experience on here a little while back. 

6 months ago

Oh yeah, I've been enjoying reading through your Catan thread!

I think for me, it comes down to bad experiences I've had with it. I've had games that lasted multiple hours when they shouldn't have, people who worked together to have one person win, and other random circumstantial things. I know that most of it was from the groups I played with years ago so I probably need to just play it more now with different people.

Supporter6 months ago

#Catan isn't my favorite (in fact I'd be fine if I never played it again), but I don't think it's because it's popular to bash or because I'm too good for it or anything like that.  I don't mind what would be considered a lighter game.  My problem with Catan is that it is so heavily dependant on dice rolls.  I've played a few times where the game went round and round and I just couldn't get resources (even if I was on supposedly high likely roll spots).  So essentially I wasn't playing a game.  Everything 4th player I'd roll the dice and that was about all I could do in the game.  No one wants to trade with someone who has nothing.

Ultimately I just don't like that you can play a game of Catan and not really even play. 

6 months ago

I feel that for sure. I think you put into words what I couldn't fully articulate before. I usually don't mind luck from dice rolls, but I've had that same situation in a few Catan games too.

Supporter6 months ago

I don't mind dice rolling either, as long as it's part of playing the game as a whole.  I've just had a couple experiences and seen other people experience not really playing Catan because they don't have anything.  For me... I get together once, maybe two times in a good month for a game.  I don't want to risk having myself or anyone not really getting to rplay the game because of bad rolls.

Supporter6 months ago

Hmm yeah that's tough. More than anything else a good group is such a crucial factor for so many board Game experiences. 

6 months ago

I have difficulty bringing #Root to the table... I lose the asymmetry, but my game group just haven't given it enough of a chance. I do  believe it is the difficulty of understanding the rules, your own race that you picked and the long term strategy to win the game. 

Going to try one more time this weekend... fingers crossed.

6 months ago

Good luck trying Root again on the weekend! I still have yet to play it but I'm really looking forward to it soon. From what I've heard about it, I can understand why your group has to warm up still but I hope they do!

Supporter6 months ago

I know when #Vindication first came out a lot of reviewers seemed to really like it.  I played it once.  I thought it was okay.  I'm wouldn't be too sad if I never played it again.

Owner6 months ago

I mention this too often since it's my best example whenever this topic comes up, but #Imperial Settlers: Empires of the North was a big miss for me. And based on that, I'd assume that I'd have a similar experience with #Imperial Settlers, which is another game that is well loved.

6 months ago

#Splendor just doesn't work for me. Other engine bulders do though.

#Trivial Pursuit: Disney Edition isn't my forte either :p

 

 

6 months ago

COMPLETELY agree with you about Splendor.  I think its pretty boring and to me the biggest fault in that game is that they have poker chips for jewels and not actual glass or plastic jewels for you to play with.  (I think my family is tired of hearing me complain about that).  Referencing the below commment regarding #Century: Golem Edition, this does fix the problem of the no acutal jewels and your hand of cards gives you something to do on a turn.  So i think it vastly improves on it. 

But what I always compare Splendor to is that I had this game called #Bazaar when I was a kid that I loved and even that came with glass jewels.  It was the best. I haven't played Century enough to know if I like it better than Bazaar or not. 

Owner6 months ago

How do you feel about #Century: Golem Edition?

6 months ago

Honestly, haven't played it yet :D Looks like I need to check it out!

6 months ago

I bought #The Crew: The Quest for Planet Nine for my friends birthday, but I think that game is overrated. It's just a neat little card game. I still had fun though because we were idiots and lost in scenerios where we were sure we would win but someone screwed up.

Premium User6 months ago

I love the Crew but I could almost see where you'd think it's overrated.

6 months ago

it seems a lot of people don't like Risk, but I still enjoy playing it with my family. I guess I like the simplicity of it.

6 months ago

Sometimes you just gotta enjoy the classics!

6 months ago

Exactly! I'll even play the incredibly simple games, like Sorry and have fun

Premium User6 months ago

I think a lot of "hard core" board gamers aren't fans of #Betrayal at House on the Hill but I love playing it with the family, not stressing about rules inconstencies and just having a good time.

Premium User6 months ago

I played it once and didn't mind it too much. I wouldn't seek it out again on my own but wouldn't say no to it either.

Premium User6 months ago

It needs the right people and mood to be truly enjoyable. On the mechanics alone it’s like you said, just fine. 

6 months ago

really? I though pretty much everyone liked that game

Premium User6 months ago

It depends.  If you are on a certain famous board game site it gets bashed a lot. I think it’s a great game if you go in to knowing what to expect and just go with the flow.  

6 months ago

Amen! I love playing it too. It's the game I keep bringing up repeatedly on this site as one of my favorites haha. I think a lot of people have a problem with the randomness, co-op, and betrayer aspects which I understand.

Premium User6 months ago

It depends what you are looking for. A tight euro it is not!  

But it is reasonably quick and a lot of fun with the right people and knowing what to expect going in!

6 months ago

A game everyone else seems to like that I don't: #Ticket To Ride

Supporter6 months ago

I don't love #Ticket To Ride but it's become a game that is played on family game night (my wife isn't big into games, and it's quick and easy with our 8 year old).  I'd never consider it on a game night with other gamers though.  There are just better games for my serious game nights.

6 months ago

Yeah, I can see why you don't like it. I think it's fine, but it drags soo long when I play with non-gamers. I usually don't care how long a game takes, but ticket to ride is really simple and I was like come ooon it's not that hard

6 months ago

 

 

Owner6 months ago

Hmmm I think I agree with that. Definitely not hate, but I'd avoid if possible. Mostly because I feel like I can't play optimally because this particular game tends to make people easily upset (at least, for the people I've played with). There are plenty of other games that have a bit of direct "conflict" or a level of meanness in gameplay, but those games fared much better for me

6 months ago

I can't remember whether any "conflict" in the gameplay was an issue for me. It's kind of automatic when it comes to area control type games anyway, and there are others of those that I enjoy.