The Shelves of Shame

We all probably have a shelf of shame, right? Those games that we bought with all good intentions but that never made it to the table? Well, when you’ve been making unwise decisions buying games as long as I have, you end up with enough unplayed games to take up multiple shelves of shame (or at least multiple posts about shelves of shame).

Here are some of the games of shame we have on our shelves:

Firepower – I’ve never played a true, old-school war game, so I was excited to find this one at Goodwill. I took one look at the rulebook, which looked more like a calculus textbook than a board game rule book, and decided I’d have to get back to it when I had more time to study. That time has not yet come.

Rulebooks for the Firepower board game. So many rules.

Teotihuacan: City of Gods – Yeah, I know, I know. We’re excited about this game, but every time we try to learn it, it just looks so complicated. I’m sure it’s not, and we just need to psyche ourselves up for it.

Guardians of Graxia – This one looked like a miniatures game–that didn’t use miniatures! Well, it has a few minis, but most units are represented by cards. Cool, right? I tried to set this game up once, and it just took too long. Now that I’m used to games with a long set up time, maybe I’ll try this out again.

Ticket to Ride: The Heart of Africa – Another Goodwill purchase! This one is more likely to hit the table soon that any of the others on this list, as we’ve been playing more Ticket to Ride lately.

Tomb – I bought this one because my friend Chris Seaman painted the box art. It’s a little older, and I think I have games that do the same thing that this game does, and probably better. Still, I’ll hang onto it because of that gorgeous art.

Box art to the board game Tomb. Art by Chris Seaman. Sorry about the glare!

The Walking Dead – Another Goodwill purchase! Em doesn’t like zombies. ‘Nuff said.

Legends of Andor: Journey to the North – We’ll eventually get back to Andor, and once we actually complete the base game, we’ll tackle this expansion. Until then, it just sits on the shelf, mocking us.

And that’s just a sample of our Shelves of Shame! Which games are on your SoS? What game on our shelves do you think we should play next? Let us know in the comments!

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