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I was reading a post of someone complaining of a game being over too quickly.. and it inspired me to think of sending out a geek list for it. Just because you can lose quick doesn't mean it isn't a great game, right? Sometime its nice for a game (or a skilled player) to remind you that stakes are high and death can come cold and fast.
I will submit a few of my experiences but very much want to hear what games gave you a fast thrashing, especially if its less than 4 or 5 turns.
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1. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:122]
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I remember the good old days when a great draw could kill your opponent on the first or second turn. I have not played in years but I still get the feeling the Magic hasn't lost some of its bite. Part of the fun of MTG was shutting your opponent down and thrashing them in as few turns as possible.
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2. Board Game: Forbidden Island [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:408]
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Last time I checked, Forbidden Island can beat your entire team on the first turn! How that for teeth in a family friendly game?

Thankfully this happens very rarely, and is very easy to laugh off. Great game.
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3. Board Game: Nightfall [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:893] [Average Rating:6.61 Unranked]
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The reason I started this list. Once a few cards have been purchased, a nice chain can end your sorry little existence faster than you can blink in a 2 player game. For this reason some people raise the number of wounds for a two player game. But I might prefer the short and sweet beat downs Nightfall provides. I think it is a big part of the appeal of this game.
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4. Board Game: Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: Duel at Mt. Skullzfyre [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:1075] [Average Rating:6.68 Unranked]
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Have only had the pleasure of playing this a few times. But you can get ganged up on and killed pretty quick in this game. Fried to oblivion.
Luckily, the sooner you die the bigger the edge you get in the next round.
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5. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:327] [Average Rating:7.09 Unranked]
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I don't like chess. And I especially don't like the wise guys who beat me with the fancy 3 turn checkmate.
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6. Board Game: Claustrophobia [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:98]
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Man I love this game. Winning conditions for the first scenario are rough, especially for the humans. I have played a few games where demons had overrun me on turn three or four, and although there was glimmer of hope for escape, I knew I was not going to win by the time turn five rolled around. Maybe push for a draw? Nope. Now their all dead. Great quick game, with the threat of great overwhelming crushing death.
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7. Board Game: The End of the Triumvirate [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:867]

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Can easily end halfway into the first of four rounds.
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8. Board Game: Mr. Jack [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:288]
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The Mr. Jack player has to play really sucky, but it can be over in the first turn if he gives away his position in some unimaginably ridiculous way.
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9. Board Game: Gears of War: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:241]
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Particularly the scenario where the COGs (the good guys) are supposed to fight the huge Berserker enemy guy, a few unlucky dice rolls and card draws can spell doom really early on.

Similar (co-op) games with similarly quick possible endings include Ghost Stories, Space Hulk: Death Angel – The Card Game and Red November.
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10. Board Game: Fury of Dracula (second edition) [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:255]
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An incompetent Dracula player would be required I guess, but in theory, in this one (and similar games like Scotland Yard) the bad guy can be caught really early.
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11. Board Game: Fluxx [Average Rating:5.73 Overall Rank:4564] [Average Rating:5.73 Unranked]
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This game be over in an instant or can drag on forever, with everything in between.

It will never see the light of day in our house again.
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12. Board Game: DungeonQuest (third edition) [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:896]
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Nothing beats this one. You can be eliminated in first tile draw.
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13. Board Game: A Game of Thrones (first edition) [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:191]
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Making only enemies and no allies with aggresive play, your friends will soon share what is left of your kingdom.
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14. Board Game: Clue [Average Rating:5.63 Overall Rank:6647]
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Not quite the first move, I know, but I did once play a game of this when my sister (we were probably about 12) made a guess in the first room she entered, and no one had any of the cards - she had stumbled across the answer straight away.

((Whilst I understand the daft rule that makes the mods insist on calling this game Clue (instead of Cluedo, its proper name), it is infuriating that you have to know that it is misnamed in order to add it to a geeklist. If you do a normal search on 'cluedo' it finds clue, but if you add a boardgame to a geeklist, and say it is called Cluedo, it fails to find it. Bah, humbug.))
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15. Board Game: Kamisado [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:812]
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I think there is an opening play that can end this game in two moves.
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16. Board Game: Nuclear War [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:1783]
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It's possible (common, even, with enough players) to be eliminated in this game before your first turn.
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17. Board Game: Rex: Final Days of an Empire [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:398]
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Several of the factions can potentially win on the first turn, depending on play order, how the battles resolve, and a few other factors. Almost all the factions could win on round 2 with the same mix of elements.
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18. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.34 Overall Rank:1]
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It was a learning game, and I lost before the first round was done. STUPID Draw.

Very anti-climactic, as I still really like the idea of this game. Need more practice.
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19. Board Game: Court of the Medici [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1521]
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My favourite surprise-win game.
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20. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:68]
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With a large enough group, somebody can get to 5 foreign colonies without everybody even getting a turn.
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21. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:120]
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Staying in Tokyo in a five to six player game is not the ideal way to press your luck since you start the game with 10 health.
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22. Board Game: Arena: Roma II [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:687] [Average Rating:7.02 Unranked]
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This one can definitely end early if you can't get your mojo going
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23. Board Game: Meteor [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:3878]
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Meteor is a real time game, and there aren't any turns. Regardless, you are guaranteed to win or lose in five minutes or less.
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24. Board Game: Samurai [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:131]
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The 4-tie end clause can end the game way before you expect.
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25. Board Game: Titan [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:536]
Eric Brosius
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See the following:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/241939/andy-wins-his-fir...
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