My collection has finally reached a size where there are some games I’m afraid to play. Whether it’s the setup time, the large amount of rules, or something else entirely, these games look down from the shelf, and intimidate me more than Stronghold Games’ new logo. So what are these scary games, and why do they frighten me so?
This game is currently sitting on my dining room table. It’s been there for a couple of weeks. I’ve been meaning to play it, but having to set up every obstacle in the game is a chore. I really just need to sit down and get to it, and I might this weekend. Though, that’s what I said last weekend… and the weekend before, so we’ll see.
I’ve played Alchemists a couple of times, and it’s great, but having to explain the rules, and the puzzle within the rules, makes the game hard to bring out on the regular occasion. Not to mention every time I’ve played, I’ve managed to stuff up my recipe grid, leading me wildly off course.
Side note: I lost my Azul first player token, so there’s an Alchemists token filling that space at the moment.
This game looks amazing, and I can’t wait to play it. However, since nobody knows who’s on which team, everyone is on their own. Being a person who likes to ensure everyone is having a good time while playing board games, helping everyone on their first play, and trying to play myself feels like a nightmare scarier than being trapped on a ship with aliens! Caleb from Greenhorn Gaming recommended sitting out the first play, which I think is a great idea. Now I just need friends… Anyone?
Everything about this board game sings to me, however, it’s crazy how much setup is required putting all the puzzles together. Also, trying to not crush the puny humans who attempt to stop me. This game makes me bipolar, at times I love it, at times I hate it. The only reason I still have it is for that shiny second edition.
5. Specter Ops
This falls in the same category as Escape From the Aliens in Outer Space, being that I can’t play both parts at once. Only, I’ve had this game for a year and a bit and haven’t been able to bring myself to play it. Maybe I should just tie myself to a chair one weekend, at this point it seems like my only option.
I’m really excited to play this mammoth of a game. I bought it because I read all the reviews, and at the time it was hard to get a copy. Well, I now have a copy, but I’ve yet to even think about getting it to the table. There’s a real expectation that I’m going to love this game, so I’m scared that it’ll be a better game in my imagination, than on my table. This is my board game equivalent of Troy meeting Lavar Burton.
This game. THIS GAME. I spent 6-8 months scouring every board game shop in Australia hunting down a version of this game. It’s rated extremely highly with both Tom Vasel and the Shut Up and Sit Down guys, so I had to have it.
After months of scouring I finally got it. That was two or three years ago, I’ve still yet to play it. Part of the reason is that the game is reliant on the group, and my friends didn’t have the experience with social deduction and mean games at the time I bought it. It plays best at the max player count, and I’ve never been able to herd the cats… err people together.
That’s my list. While not as intimidating as the Campaign for North Africa, or Heisenberg these games have managed to frighten me into not playing them. Now it’s your turn, which board games from your collection have you yet to play? Or if you have some feel good stories about the games above, let me know!