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I recently did a search for games with the press/push your luck mechanic and found out that there is no category for these games! So, I went to game that I knew had this mechanic (Diamant) and it's mechanic is listed as N/A. Thinking this was a fluke, I went to another press your luck game, (Cloud 9). It too had N/A as the mechanic! Finally, I went to a classic (Can't Stop). Once again - no mechanic.

My purpose for this list is twofold. First I want this list to be a collection of all games with a press your luck element (and hopefully get boardgamegeek to add it as a mechanic category).

Secondly, I am designing my own game with a press your luck mechanic (although it uses other mechanics as well), and I wanted to know people's opinion of the mechanic in general. Why is it not used more in games? What are its strengths, its weaknesses? The games made to date have been of the quick, light filler variety. Could this mechanic work in other types of games? Discuss.

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1. Board Game: Diamant [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:646]
 
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The newest "press your luck" game (2005). Some decent reviews on this one. 3-8 players and a 30 minute time frame.
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2. Board Game: Cloud 9 [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:1765]
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1999 release. middling ratings. 2-6 players with 30 minute time frame.
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3. Board Game: Can't Stop [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:663]
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1980 release. Highly rated. 2-4 players with 45 minutes.
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4. Board Game: Pass the Pigs [Average Rating:5.32 Overall Rank:16463]
Steve Downin
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You can pass the pigs at any time or you can keep rolling the pigs until you Pig Out, if you want.
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5. Board Game: Circus Flohcati [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1461]
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This is an OK game, where you flip over cards until you find one you like, and take it. The catch is that if you flip over another card of the same suit as any card already face-up, then that card is removed from the game, your turn is over, and you take nothing.
 
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6. Board Game: Formula Dé [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:617]
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Someone else did mention recently that Formula Dé is a 'press your luck-game'. I think that's rather clever so I will add it here.

Your car has got wear points. If you roll too high points will be deducted. How big a die do you dare to roll?
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7. Board Game: Farkle [Average Rating:5.50 Overall Rank:15740]
Richard Irving
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Aka 5000 or 10,000.

Similar games include: $Greed, Six Cubes, Volle Lotte, Fill of Bust, Cosmic Wimpout.
 
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8. Board Game: Cosmic Wimpout [Average Rating:5.97 Overall Rank:4659]
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A classic!
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9. Board Game: Medici [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:469]
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I love the push-your-luck element in Medici. It's much subtler than in your primary choices, but it's definitely there. Sometimes you're trying to make an offering better, sometimes worse ...
 
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10. Board Game: Pig Dice [Average Rating:5.05 Unranked]
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Here's an old press your luck game.

An even simpler on eis "Pig"--roll a single die. Any number except one, add the the turn total. 1 = bust. Stop before you roll one. First to 100 wins
 
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11. Board Game: Excape [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:2407]
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This is Knizia's take on Sackson's Can't Stop. It has a few interesting mechanics to give the game a different flavor, but I think it falls a bit short of the classic.
 
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12. Board Game: Formula Motor Racing [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:2034]
Lucas Dramowicz
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When playing the "Charge/Lose gears" and "Charge/Engine blows" cards
Roll 12-sided die:
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The chosen car (alone) moves forward one place.
10-12
If the card is "Charge/Lose gears", the chosen car moves to last place.
If the card is "Charge/Engine blows", the chosen car has blown its engine and is out of the race.
 
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13. Board Game: Duck, Duck, Bruce [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:4106]
David Boeren
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Kleine Fische is a press your luck game somewhat similar to Zircus Flohcati, but with fish!
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14. Board Game: Blackjack [Average Rating:4.58 Overall Rank:16560]
Mark Mistretta
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I forgot to add the grand-daddy of all Press your Luck games - Blackjack! Although it needs the betting component to make it interesting.
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15. Board Game: Skunk [Average Rating:5.70 Overall Rank:13357]
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A classic 'Press you Luck' game.

The 1999 Winning Moves edition was renamed as "Don't Roll a Skunk."
 
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16. Board Game: Gold Connection [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:6277]
Morgan Dontanville
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This is Sackson's other version of Can't Stop, with a board and some strategy.

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17. Board Game: Somethin' Fishy [Average Rating:5.53 Overall Rank:12859]
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I have played this in the SimplyFun Somethin' Fishy version, not a bad filler.
 
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18. Board Game: Gopher It! [Average Rating:6.03 Overall Rank:8441]
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I play this with my 5 year old, she likes it despite the fact that she usually pushes her luck too far
 
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19. Board Game: Cinq-O [Average Rating:5.62 Overall Rank:11445]
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I really like this game. It's easy to carry around, it plays very quick, each player's turn lasts 30 seconds to a minute, especially good with 2 players. The small size and short game time means this gets played when we're out and have 5 or 10 minutes to whittle away, such as after a dinner out, or whatever. One aspect that's fun is, you've got to decide whether or not to push your luck in 2 directions -- do I want to roll the yellow dice again (for the numbers), and/or do I want to roll the Hi/Lo die again (for the bonus)? You can only roll the Hi/Lo die as long as you've got yellow dice to roll, and you can only roll 5 times max.
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20. Board Game: Sunken City [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:3582]
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Sunken City (2004) Do you go home and drop of your treasures of do you increase your risk by trying to get more treasures with less return trips?
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21. Board Game: Stocking Stuffers [Average Rating:6.25 Unranked]
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I'm not normally one to pimp my own games on a Geeklist, but this one is free to download and play, so what the heck.

Stocking Stuffers is a Christmas-themed game, in which players may draw "gift" cards and stop at any time, but if a duplicate gift is drawn, the player must share the presents with everyone, ending their turn. Points are then earned for sets of goodies.
 
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22. Board Game: Intrigue [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:1918]
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Intrique (1994) You can make a play for the most profitable psition (maximum reward) put since it is the most profitable you run the risks of (1) not getting it and (2) getting knocked out of it by another player.
 
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23. Board Game: Viva Topo! [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:1740]
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Par-cheesy with a press your luck element thrown in.
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24. Board Game: Fill or Bust [Average Rating:5.72 Overall Rank:8875]
Gerald McDaniel
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Another one...
 
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25. Board Game: Circus Imperium [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:4192]
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Not a big part of the game, but definitely one of the most fun parts: whipping the beasts! Do you draw another whip card and risk them going berserk, or do you slow down your chariot a bit?
 
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