Games that aren’t fun even though you are winning (a.k.a. sometimes the strategy of losing is vital for one's mental health)
Jani Raerinne
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Yes. This just had to be added.

Yes. I am a miserable S.O.B. because I can come up with more games that ‘still aren’t fun while you are winning’ than games that ‘are fun while you are losing’ PLUS the games that ‘are fun only when you are winning’.

Even though I want to feel more love, let me feel the wrath that dwells inside you first!

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1. Board Game: Zombies!!! [Average Rating:5.99 Overall Rank:2689] [Average Rating:5.99 Unranked]
Jani Raerinne
Finland
Helsinki
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"Before we begin this one, can you tell me, where's my beer? I can't find it, because somebody has dropped far too many zombies on this table. What?! We are supposed to kill all the zombies?"
 
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2. Board Game: Abduction [Average Rating:5.25 Overall Rank:10659]
Jani Raerinne
Finland
Helsinki
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"Was it a possibility that if I lose, my game ends?"
 
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3. Board Game: Cave Troll [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:1264]
Jani Raerinne
Finland
Helsinki
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"C'moon: Have some mercy, I am already crawling on the floor, why should I start to crawl in a dungeon!"
 
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4. Board Game: Lunch Money: Sticks and Stones [Average Rating:6.23 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.23 Unranked]
Jani Raerinne
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"Are you really suggesting that I should refress my high-school memories?"
 
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5. Board Game: Risk: 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:2753]
Jani Raerinne
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"Yes, it is a traditional and classical piece or work, but so is my hangover tomorrow. And if I were forced to choose, I'd prefer the latter"
 
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6. Board Game: Dungeoneer: Den of the Wererats [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:2637]
Jani Raerinne
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"Just kill me, please, KILL ME! I do anything, do you here me, anything if we end this one. Me Jane. You Tarzan. We end the game. Ok?"
 
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7. Board Game: Princes of the Renaissance [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:362]
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United States
Greer
South Carolina
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I don't know why I don't like this one, but I don't. In fact, the last time I played this game, I won, but I still didn't enjoy it. More often than not, the game was, from my end:

[interminable wait]

"Pass."

[another interminable wait]

"PASS."

[yet another interminable wait]

*sigh* "PASS."

[I can feel the Earth moving beneath me]

"PASS!!"

Yeah. In the last round, I just grabbed a tile to auction at the start of every one of my turns, to instigate the end game. I'm still not sure how I managed to win that way.
 
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8. Board Game: Alhambra [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:312]
Grant
United States
Colorado
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Gee that looks like a nice tile. Oh wait, wrong currency.
Gee that looks like nice currency. Oh wait, wrong tile.
Gee that looks like a fun game. Oh wait...wrong again.
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9. Board Game: EcoFluxx [Average Rating:5.90 Overall Rank:3917]
Andy
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Stockport
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Same probably goes for regular fluxx as well, but the 1 game of this I played, it got so bad that EVERYONE (not just me) wanted the game to end, regardless of who actually won... as far as one can actually say they were 'winning'.

I did manage to almost die laughing when someone suggested "All we need is a 'draw ALL, play 1' rule for someone to win!!"
 
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10. Board Game: Doom: The Boardgame [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:555]
United Kingdom
Southampton
Hampshire
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This is no fun to win as the bad guy because it's just not challenging enough, and all the decisions seem obvious. Also because the others are a team, it'e even harder on them to see you beat them without trying when they are playing so hard.shake
 
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11. Board Game: Railways of the World [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:54]
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Give yourself a hernia taking it down from the shelf, buy an extra table to put out the enormous board then spend ages weighing it down so the warping doesn't make everything fall off. At least the trains are lovely.
Crap, I got the "have the fewest share certificates at the end" tycoon card, and I'm not going first so that is never going to happen. There goes 7 points before I've even started...
So I earn money by transporting peas from one city to another? Ok, now which of the two purple colours for the cities relates to the blue peas? Spend money (I don't have) building a route to transport another pea. Oh, that looks like an interesting card, but I can't tell where the detroit is because the train track tiles have covered the names up. Can I go bust now? Damn, in that case how fast can I kill all the cities and make a new game come...

Just doesn't feel like a whole game. They missed out the fun part
 
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12. Board Game: Pirate's Cove [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:770]
Philipp Kleinherne
Germany
Kassel
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While I do not dislike games with a little luck influence this one is completely funfree if you loose two battles in the first two rounds. You have nearly no chance to close the gap to the other players - quite disheartening. Ok, it has nice components, but that's all it has to offer for me. I would rather tidy up the dinning room than playing this one again.
 
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