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POLL: Most Pleasantly Surprising Game You Own?


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OGRE. Sure, it was just "PanzerBlitz" turned inside-out, but I wore out three first edition copies.


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VOTING RESULTS
AnswerVotes%Chart
Aberrant Games' Rezolution
4
1%
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Avalon Hill's Battlecry
16
4%
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Avalon Hill's Up Front
9
2%
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Battlefront's Flames of War
14
3%
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Colin Standish's De Bellis Navalis
2
0%
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daVinci Editrice's Bang
0
0%
 
Dream Pod 9's Jovian Chronicles
3
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em4's Combat Zone
10
2%
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Flagship Games' Pirates!
5
1%
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Flying Frog's Last Night On Earth
5
1%
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Formula De
22
5%
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FreeWargamesRules' KISS Rommel
1
0%
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Ganesha Games' Mutants and Death Ray Guns
6
1%
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Ganesha Games' Song of Blades & Heroes
30
7%
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GW's Battlefleet Gothic
16
4%
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GW's Blood Bowl
18
4%
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GW's Mordheim
13
3%
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GW's Necromunda
9
2%
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GW's Warmaster
25
6%
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Kenzer & Company's Fairy Meat
3
1%
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Modern Art
1
0%
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Nova Eth's SenZar
1
0%
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Palladium's Rifts
6
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Paradigm Concepts' Witch Hunter
1
0%
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Planned Movement Production's Dead Walk Again
0
0%
 
Savant Garde's Mausoleum
0
0%
 
Steve Barber's Prehistoric Settlement
3
1%
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TooFatLardies' Bag the Hun
8
2%
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TooFatLardies' Le Feu Sacre
4
1%
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Two Hour Wargames' Chain Reaction
33
7%
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WRG's Armour & Infantry 1925-50
9
2%
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other (explain)
64
14%
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no opinion
102
23%
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POLL IS CLOSED
POLL DESCRIPTION

CmdrKiley Inactive Member wonders...

What was the most surprisingly pleasing game product you own. Something that you didn't have high hopes for, but tried it out anyways, and not only found that you liked it, but really, really loved it. What didn't you like about it that set your expectations low, and what turned it around?

Mine would have to be Rezolution by Aberrant Games. When the game first came out, I looked at the funky minis that had a mix of sculpts that leaned mostly to what I really wasn't crazy for. The paintjobs on the original studio miniatures really didn't help either. The artistic style I wasn't too thrilled with either.

Our FLGS tried it out on a suggestion from one other regular, who's known for buying just about everything and, well, not having time to play it. So the guys and I would stop by the shop at lunchtime and check out the new stuff at the store. For over a week we'd look at the starter boxes on display and scoff at them. However I had started hearing good things about the rules from the free demo rules. And one day I took the plunge and bought the APAC starter pack.

I picked the APAC faction because the sculpts looked the nicest of the four starter sets, and being an Asian faction, I thought if the game sucks, I could incorporate them into my Warzone Mishima or Urban War Triads forces. Not too crazy about the half-shirts of the Enforcers and such, but the Arashi struck a chord that reminded me of Big Trouble in Little China that I recently had on.

So I get the set home and find the minis looking a lot better than I expected. The packaging and materials inside reminded me a lot of my first Warmachine set. A whole warband with starter rules, fancy deviation dice, and this cool CD with paper terrain. Wow, that was the thing that hooked me into Warmachine. So I go over the rules and really sort of got into the whole opposed rolling mechanic. I told a friend of mine, one of my fellow scoffers, and he was intrigued. Both of us were tired of 40K and liked Warmachine for the small scale of it. This seemed us like a cyberpunk version of it. After reading the starter rules, I was so impressed that I went back the next day and picked up the rulebook and a few blisters.

Reading the rulebook, I really liked the other stuff you could do, like hacking, weapon jams/out-of-ammo situations, robots, and the wound system. Furthermore, the background fluff seemed very intriguing, and touched on all sorts of cyberpunk sources. I really got to like my APAC faction after reading the fluff on them. Furthermore, the weird half-shirts my enforcers had, I sort of grew out of it when I thought of them as Yakuza and decided to tattoo their bare torsos. I even got a bunch of tiger-face decals from Hasslefree to put on their bellies as the starter for my tattood yakuza gang.

I played a few games with a my friend, and we both liked it so much he went out and bought the book. He wasn't too keen on the CSO minis, but decided to use his Urban War Viridians instead. A few other guys in my group now were getting interested, mostly due to the mechanics. Again, the alternating activation opposed rolling seemed to really stand out as one of the favorite features, as well as the small size of the game.

By the time GenCon came around, a good portion of us had a starter set and/or the core rulebook. We had the opportunity to meet the guys from Aberrant at their booth, and had got to talk with them for a while. Made some friends, and even provided some frank comments on what we liked and disliked about the game. They're a great bunch of guys, and I always looked forward to seeing them at Gen Con.

I had been logging my game-plays on Boardgame Geek for years now, and I look back on the data and I find that Rezolution is by far the most-played game I own since I started keeping track of my games. So much that it's more than double Urban War or AE-WWII.

(Nominations from this pre-poll discussion.)