Boardgames that can be played EITHER fully cooperatively or fully competitively
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So, these two geeklists (this one and one about boardgames with known unique victory conditions or goals for each player) highlight what I think may be rare qualities of a game I designed that is currently being funded through a crowdfunding source.*

I'm curious if there are other games with this same quality, so please add to this list if you can think of some. I will add what I can myself. There are a lot of games that are semi-cooperative with traitor mechanics or competition even as players cooperate (like Shadows Over Camelot, Battlestar Galactica, Castle Panic, and many others), but not many that I know with the option to play it fully cooperatively or fully competitively, depending on the mood of the players at the outset.



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* The game is called Questor; you can read more about it below if you are interested in funding it by pre-ordering at a discount and having potential access to a couple of promotional items, including the game's five player expansion. The real point of these lists, though, is just to find out if the qualities are as uncommon as I think they may be.
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1. Board Game: Questor [Average Rating:7.09 Unranked]
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So, here is the game (a quick family and kid dungeon crawl game I designed) that inspired the list. Some of the fun elements include: (1) really simple rules and few components; (2) portable and fast; (3) richly thematic; (4) can be played competitively, cooperatively, and solo; and (5) each player has a different quest -- a radically unique goal, playstyle, and motivation.
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2. Board Game: Rune Age [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:595]
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Rune Age has different scenarios that can be selected at the start of the game, and so players could play it fully cooperatively one day and fully competitively the next.
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3. Board Game: Conquest of Planet Earth: The Space Alien Game [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:818]
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4. Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game [Average Rating:8.16 Overall Rank:8]
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Clear winner here. Great game. Competitive scenarios, "very" competitive scenarios, cooperative scenarios, solo play.
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5. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons: The Legend of Drizzt Board Game [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:281] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Like Rune Age, this is a scenario-based game. The Legend of Drizzt has some competitive scenarios (whereas I've read that Ravenloft and Ashardalon did not).
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6. Board Game: Thunderstone Advance: Root of Corruption [Average Rating:7.88 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.88 Unranked]
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This adds a full coop option with the Siege Mode.

With the ability for full coop, full competitive, AND solo, this makes TDA to be a flexible game indeed!
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7. Board Game: Sanitarium [Average Rating:5.47 Overall Rank:9173]
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Includes competitive and pure co-op rules.
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8. Board Game: Room 25 [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:719]
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Competitive, team, traitor, solo, co-op. It slices, it dices. But wait, there's more!
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9. Board Game: Star Trek Deck Building Game: The Next Generation [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1550] [Average Rating:6.61 Unranked]
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The Borg scenario is pure co-op.
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10. Board Game: Ablaze! [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:3968]
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Includes rules for a few games that can all be played using the same components. Each of those games can be played competitively or pure co-op.
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11. Board Game: Chaos Isle: Zombi Deck [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:6506]
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I'm not sure if the base game rules include the co-op flavor (I think they do). But if you include all the rules from the expansions (most of which can be played with just the base game if you want), there are something like a dozen different ways to play, and I believe at least 2 are pure co-op.
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12. Board Game: Exalted: Legacy of the Unconquered Sun [Average Rating:5.86 Overall Rank:7292]
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Unusual in that players can choose whether to cooperate or compete, within the same game session. They might work together early, and then backstab. Or they might start out competing, but realize the only way to win is to work together. Everyone can win, or some of the players, or just one, or none at all.
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13. Board Game: Uprising [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Kevin B. Smith
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Normally semi-cooperative (one winner, or everyone loses), but there is a pure co-op variant included in the rules.
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14. Board Game: Komodo [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked]
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Another competitive game with a pure co-op variant included in the rules.
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15. Board Game: Gloom of Kilforth: A Fantasy Quest Game [Average Rating:8.54 Overall Rank:4605]
Kevin B. Smith
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High fantasy adventure game which can be played solo, cooperatively, or competitively.
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16. Board Game: Oneonta Whist [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
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Trick-taking game derived from whist and spades. Can be played solitaire, competitively, or as a pure co-op.
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17. Board Game: Space Frontier [Average Rating:8.33 Unranked]
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Card game of space exploration and colonization. Originally designed as a solitaire game, but the rules include both cooperative and competitive versions for 2 players.
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18. Board Game: Man Hunt [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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The player(s) attempt to capture and convict criminals before they escape and/or murder again. The rules include solo, competitive, and pure cooperative modes.
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19. Board Game: Road Rage: A card game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Kevin B. Smith
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Played with standard playing cards. Solo, cooperative, competitive, or in teams.
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20. Board Game: Baba Yaga [Average Rating:6.56 Unranked]
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Based on the Slavic folk character, this is a game where players move around a map board, completing quests, and perhaps defeating Baba Yaga herself. The rules include cooperative and competitive options.
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21. Board Game: Cthulhu Mash [Average Rating:5.47 Overall Rank:9351]
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Official rules include competitive and cooperative versions
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22. Board Game: Arcanum [Average Rating:6.75 Unranked]
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Official rules include competitive and cooperative versions
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23. Board Game: Mercenary Air Squadron [Average Rating:6.91 Unranked]
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Official rules include competitive and cooperative versions
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24. Board Game: Dungeon Crawler [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:4996]
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Card game that can be played competitively or cooperatively, although each starter deck only supports a single player. Originally other cards came in random boosters following the CCG model, but now they are packaged in non-random "delve" packs similar to an LCG.
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25. Board Game: Fortune and Glory: The Cliffhanger Game [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:508]
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Players are high-adventure treasure hunters in the 1930's, battling pulp movie style villains around the world. Apparently either competitive or cooperative.
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