The Thrifter's Guide to ..... crappy Avalon Hill games. Part 2
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Here is the long awaited part deux.

Yup, we have all done it. Seen that wonderful bookcase shaped box, drooled as we grabbed it, chortled to ourselves as we paid $2.99 for it, and then gasped in dismay to find that it is a piece of crap when we get home. But is it really crap? eBait or eBrick?

This list is for every AH game that is rated between 0 and 4.99. Of course, this list is open for debate and enlightenment. I'll also highlight the nicest thing said about each game.

Here is part one
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1. Board Game: Nieuchess [Average Rating:5.21 Unranked]
Board Game: Nieuchess
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9 ratings come to 4.4
The happiest person with this game? Kevin_Whitmore hits this with a 6 and "Pretty good. I have concerns that whoever goes first has an advantage. But the invasions offer some counter to this. I want to play again. "

Very early AH games with no visible ebay value. Any opinions?
 
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2. Board Game: Luck or Logic [Average Rating:4.70 Unranked]
Board Game: Luck or Logic
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5 ratings put this one at 4.4 as well.
Only 1 comment from Jim_P, rating it a 4 and stating "Too much 'luck'... not enough 'logic.' "

Seems kind of accurate given the game is basically answering riddles.

No ebay history so this one is an unknown (at least to me)
 
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3. Board Game: UFO: Game of Close Encounters [Average Rating:5.02 Overall Rank:19175]
Board Game: UFO: Game of Close Encounters
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52 ratings and this comes in with 4.4
da_pyrate rates it a 7 and hands this down, "Not a bad two-player Sci-Fi game. It actally has a feel similar to Backgammon. "

I had this game and with it being a total abstract, I can kinda agree with him. I wouldn't rate it as high since I'm not a big abstract fan.

This one looks to be a thrift find and an ebrick.
 
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4. Board Game: Slang [Average Rating:3.94 Unranked]
Board Game: Slang
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2 ratings place this with a 4.5.
Jim_P gives it a 5 and says "The words in this game are all slang words that are mostly not in use anymore... which turned 'Slang' into a guessing game for everyone... not much fun. "

Since this is basically a slang-word trivia game I think that it would suffer the fate almost all trivia games suffer from, the ravages of time.

There is one sitting on ebay right now with no bites. I would think that only AH completeists would want this one.
 
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5. Board Game: Spices of the World [Average Rating:4.82 Overall Rank:18817]
Board Game: Spices of the World
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33 ratings plunk this in the 4.5 group
wizalou is the happiest commenter, gracing this with an 8 and raving "Picked this up at a garage sale a few years ago and instantly became one of the favorites around the house."

There are two in the market and this doesn't move on ebay either.

ebrick? ebrick!
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6. Board Game: Blind Justice [Average Rating:4.77 Overall Rank:18780]
Board Game: Blind Justice
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41 ratings bring this up to 4.5
And we have a tie for the nicest comments, each rating it a 7

JRSeaman - "Blind Justice is a fun game, especially if you have 3 or more players involved. It's amazing how many frivolous lawsuits have been filed - and it's even more amazing how many actually win... "

loomis - "My friends absolutely love getting drunk and arguing the cases. And I do too. You just have to play it infrequently enough to forget the cases' judgements. "

lobo - "Pehaps the problem with lenguage here is more evident than with other games. "

I've seen several copies in Thrift stores, ebay is flush with these and the marketplace has several to choose from.

Smells like ebrick.
 
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7. Board Game: Verdict [Average Rating:4.40 Unranked]
Board Game: Verdict
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6 ratings and it ends up with a 4.6
Grognads is the happiest user here, giving it a 7 and saying (all in one font & color) "I have the "Verdict II" game version in excellent 'condition' for its "age"! "

It appears to be a courtroom procedural and it is probably an ebrick. Any discussion here?
 
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8. Board Game: Challenge Golf at Pebble Beach [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:16617]
Board Game: Challenge Golf at Pebble Beach
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17 ratings and this clocks in at 4.6
ClosetOtaku is the lover of this one, pegging it a 6 and adding "A fun game for solitaire, good for one or two additional opponents, a little small for a group (lots of downtime). Nice art on the maps, simple rules, and lots of dice rolling. I enjoyed the heck out of it when I was a kid, and would like to dust it off again just to see how it has held up. "

This is the same game as the 3M version. If you enjoy golf it is a good simulation. ebait or ebrick? I lean towards ebrick, but you might be able to find a buyer.
 
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9. Board Game: Smokers Wild [Average Rating:5.00 Overall Rank:18589]
Board Game: Smokers Wild
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28 ratings bring this brother of Drinker's Wild in at a higher 4.7
Socal Tim & aceadean both gave this an 8, stating "One of the most humorous games and more strategic than meets the eye. The auction of the various occupations at the beginning of the game is the key. The player with the best set of occupations and a little leftover cash will win most of the time. Its cousin, Drinkers Wild, is terrible." & "Game Play= 6

But the game is one of those odd titles that carries at least 2 points worth nostalgia for me. " respectively.

Freely available on ebay & in the market.
 
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10. Board Game: The Game of Shakespeare [Average Rating:4.76 Overall Rank:19114]
Board Game: The Game of Shakespeare
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43 ratings put this game of the Bard at a comfy 4.7

learsfool (how appropriate) gave this an 8 and said "Bought this game several years ago and love playing it - but I love Shakespeare. If you don't, I can see where it wouldn't hold much interest. "

A trivia game that doesn't suffer with age, but still a trivia game.

Lots of folks trading and selling, but no takers for this one.
 
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11. Board Game: Tuf [Average Rating:5.35 Overall Rank:17159]
Board Game: Tuf
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17 ratings = 4.7

The top raters all gave it a 5. Their names?
jcarvin - "Big time brain burner!"
rri1 - "Mindboggling mathematical Boggle. Essentially roll dice with numbers and mathematical operations and attempt make a valid equation as quickly as possible."
Der Ubermolch - "Ow ow ow... pain in my brainpan! It's a good game but the pain coutnerbalances the fun."

This one appears to be harder to find.
 
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12. Board Game: Pro Golf [Average Rating:5.60 Overall Rank:15952]
Board Game: Pro Golf
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49 ratings land this at 4.8

jodybob loves this one to pieces and gives it a 10 - "both pebble beach and augusta national versions."

Appears to be similar to Statis-Pro series of games.
 
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13. Board Game: Image [Average Rating:4.96 Overall Rank:19387]
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84 ratings and a ratings of 4.8 makes this one of the most rated bad AH games.

mregashu & zboat hand this a 7. The first thinks it is too stuffy and the other thinks it can be a good aid for teachers.

This one is so plentiful I'm surprised that it doesn't fall from the skies on days that have a Y.

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14. Board Game: Gold! [Average Rating:5.01 Overall Rank:18235]
Board Game: Gold!
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16 ratings and 4.8

Even though over 60 people own it, only 8 commented. The happiest? phorner handed down a 9 and this praise "I love this game. Quick game of world economics using the commodity market "

Not sure of any value here, despite the name.
 
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15. Board Game: Alpha Omega [Average Rating:5.35 Overall Rank:18478]
Board Game: Alpha Omega
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102 ratings and 4.9 rating.

I have to admit that I had never heard of this one before but it has 43 comments and over 200 owners. Lots of lovers for this one, handing out 7s like they were candy. Kimo-Lefey states "I like this game. The three races were quite different as were their capabilities. There was some record keeping al'a Wooden Ships & Iron Men but it paid off in a good solid system with lots of replayability."

This seems to be plentiful on ebay and a lot of folks wanting to trade.

Any opinions about this being worth picking up at thrift prices?
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16. Board Game: Pennant Race [Average Rating:5.49 Overall Rank:16817]
Board Game: Pennant Race
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42 ratings hitting a solid 4.9

TyrTiuLiu gives it a 8.5 and shouts "Novel concept!"

It appears to be adaptable for solitaire play and if baseball is your thing, it might be worth grabbing.

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17. Board Game: Basketball Strategy [Average Rating:5.42 Overall Rank:17003]
Board Game: Basketball Strategy
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46 raters and 4.9 rating.

atlcribber bestows an 8 and this insight "I actually play in a mini-league with three other players! The game is generic enough to where you can play by high school, college (we have our own college house rules), and pros. Excellent if you like basketball!"

This one is easily obtained if you want it.
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