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What’s a great game that you don’t like?

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It’s easy to bash on bad games. But what is a game that is universally agreed upon to be great (think BGG Top 100) that you just don’t like? 

Why don’t you like it? Could you ever see yourself growing to like it?

I’ll share mine in the comments. 

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9 months ago

Deception Murder in Hong Kong

First time we played it everybody (6 people) enjoyed but my friend thought it was too easy for the murderer to escape (which seems to be the opposite of most people's experience).

Second time we played it I started getting mixed reviews(8 people - 5 new players)

Third time I started getting complaints that the game is broken (6 people - 3 new players)

As the host my enjoyment does hinge on my guests experience but I keep remembering that first night went it worked and it was well received. So I told my friend how I see it show up on all these top ten lists and how I've tried it with all different types of people and it was dying a million deaths. So next time he was over he wanted to play (6 people - 2 new players) and he felt like something was wrong but he wants to understand what it is because he also saw/read/heard the high praise for the game.

I will continue to try and capture the magic of that first night but I'm starting to feel like Charlie Brown trying to kick the football held by Lucy.

Supporter9 months ago

Interesting! Social deduction games seem to be very group dependent so I can definitely imagine how this would be the case. My group only has 3 total so these types of games just don’t see play. 

Premium User9 months ago

Pretty much 80% of co-ops. 

I could go into a long rational of why I tend to like cooperative games, but the two main points are:

  • The person who 'gets it' either runs the game, or sits and watches while others lose the game due to not 'getting it'
  • Many are deterministic. Based on how they play out, you either are destined to win or lose. Then there is a chance that you might have the opportunity to use actual choices to change the outcome.

Some top games that fall into this for me: Robinson C, pandemic, Dead of Winter, pretty much all the eldritch games etc. 

Games that make the exceptions include escape room type games (which can still suffer from the first point), Descent and games that have someone on the other side fighting against you, and stuffed fables because for some reason, I really like that one.


9 months ago

Two games. #Dominion: Second Edition and #Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game

Dominion to me feels like a game that highlights a good mechanic, but to me deck building really should be in conjunction with another cool mechanic or just have something more to it. This felt bare to me. 

Dead of Winter...do not get me started. It feels like THE MOST PROCEDURAL game out there. Go to a place, search, defend, give the colony goods. Bleh. Boring. Even with a traitor the game just is so long with zero interesting decisions.  

Owner9 months ago

I feel the same way about Dominion. I get why it's well loved, but I need more than a pure deck-builder. And the turns are way too long for me. And in the end, it's a bad 2p option for me and my wife.

9 months ago

Yes, the long turns of people just chaining everything together was what really made me not enjoy my experience all that much. I would still play it but it will never be my first choice. 

Supporter9 months ago

Mine is a significant surprise to me: #Spirit Island. Everything about this games screams that I should love it. And I liked it at my first play. But every time I’ve played it since I’ve enjoyed it less. I don’t really know why. 

Owner9 months ago

With the new birthday gifts from your family heading your way, seems like it'll get less and less plays? Trade for another game!

Supporter9 months ago

I’ve never sold a board game before! I almost feel like I failed the board game. I dunno...

Supporter9 months ago

Are you going to keep it around, or will you try to send it down the river? 

9 months ago

#GameofThrones - with the expansions Baratheon wins in four turns and cannot be stopped.   After that discovery we stopped playing.

Supporter9 months ago

Interesting. I hadn’t heard that, but I always seen tons of copies of that game for sale in used shops so maybe that explains why. 

Supporter9 months ago

Is there a lot of backstabbing in that game?  Because that possibility always interests me.

Supporter9 months ago

Note: beware of Scott. 

Supporter9 months ago


9 months ago

Depends on your definition of a lot.  #Dune, #Battle for Rokugan probably have the same amount of backstabbing.  Like in Diplomacy you time your backstab for the winning blow usually.

Supporter9 months ago

I love the idea of backstabbing.  Of all the games you've mentioned I feel like I'd enjoy Dune the most because it's one of my favorite Novels and I love it's theme.  But I can't get enough people to play it.

Supporter9 months ago

#Agricola ...Ive tried many times and I really want to like a farming game but this just isn’t it. 

Supporter9 months ago

Sorry about that. It happens to be a game I really like. 

Supporter9 months ago

I have only played the app but I can see how this would be true. 

Owner9 months ago

I've yet to play a top 100 game that I didn't like. The closest one for me was #Architects of the West Kingdom but it grew on me quickly (at least for solo mode). My wife and I still haven't played a second game together so I haven't formed an opinion on how the game is for 2p or 2p with the AI.

One thing I do know is that campaign type games don't excite me all that much. I'm sure I'd probably have a lot of fun playing them, but what I don't like is the idea of long gameplay, setup, teardown, etc. that I typically associate these games with.

Supporter9 months ago

Have you played any game that you haven’t liked?

Owner9 months ago

Yes, #Apples to Apples after the first 30 min of playing. Doesn't really work with my personality, the enjoyment depends on the group dynamic, and it overstays its welcome.

Supporter9 months ago

Hmm. That one isn’t awful. Played it a ton in Middle school.  It’s not so bad with families. 

Owner9 months ago

I played it with families who wanted to play over and over and it gets old after 1-2 hours. I also don't like that it can open itself up to some people only going after inside jokes to get their card selected. I prefer #Dixit

Supporter9 months ago

Yes it definitely overstays it’s welcome. It can be funny for about 30 minutes 

Supporter9 months ago

I can understand not being attracted to Campaign games.  I like them, but also see a difficulty in the fact that they often require getting the same group together over and over.  Also, you don't want to have a big break in between games because you don't want to lose the feel of the Campaign.

One reason I'm very interested in #Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion and #The Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-earth is because they have a possibility of playing a campaign solo.

Supporter9 months ago

Definitely. Although you can most definitely play regular Gloomhaven solo. 

Supporter9 months ago

Oh for sure, I just think the price and size are both overwhelming.  I'd rather start with the light version and just get my feet wet with it.

Owner9 months ago

One campaign game that appeals to me the most is #Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated. I've wanted a deck building game and the campaign part of it is attractive to me because it seems like an accessible option to get into story elements. I did realize the other day that I had forgotten about #Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion. I'll definitely be checking out some reviews to see if it's for me and my wife.

I posted some months ago about a deal I found at my local store for a used #Mage Knight at $40. It didn't appeal to be back then at all, but now that I'm getting into solo gaming more and more, I have thought about it again. I still like to stick with the more accessible options when it comes to solo though.