BEHOLD the GOLDEN TURD. Considered crap by most gamers. It is golden to one.
A gloden turd is a game that is very highly regarded by one person playing. This is amplified by the negative reactions the other players at the table have towards the game. True golden turds (or GTs) have a few things going for them: 1) The fan of the GT has over the top love for it. 2) Other players of the GT do so just because of the fan's passion for the game. It is fun for a while, but can turn ugly if the game runs too long. 3) Over time, players work to end the game. 4) Typically the GT fan wins, but no one really keeps score. I have only seen this phenomena possibly once before Trashfest South. American Megafauna isn't so much a horrible game, but Dan Raspler loves the game so much, he is known to some as "Megafauna Dan". He can play for hours at a time solo, and does so with impassioned expressions and reactions much like Jeff Corwin. The TRUE Golden Turd?
No Surprise: Quest For Shangri La, The Insane Clown Posse Talisman Game. This game looks like what would happen if a kaleidoscope had an abortion. With clowns. Basically, the game is a Juggalo Talisman, created by Psychopathic Records. A Strange Aeon LOVES the game, to the point of logging onto and possibly even joining Juggalo yahoogroups. During my second play of the game recently, the game was likened to a sociological record of the Juggalo culture. Why did I play the game a second time? Because of the sheer love Mr. Aeon has for the game. I may even play it next year, as long as I am not asked if I played Talisman before. Is it exactly like Talisman? I never knew a Talisman game where you could actually lose 15 turns or be taken out of the game for literally 10 minutes. The game wouldn't be as bad if there weren't elements that actually extended the game for no reason. I don't know if the game gets an extra consideration for the GT because Frank B. introduced it to us all. You guys can decide that.