Games Where Some Guy Just Totally Flipped Out
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Atlanta
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Have you ever been involved in a game where somebody at the table just totally flipped out? I'm talking throwing a temper tantrum, threatening people, crying, flipping the table over, whatever. Drama. If so, add it to this list. I've got a couple of semi-lame anecdotes of my own to add but I'm counting on others to add their own stories.

There will be a nice reward for the most entertaining episode. No made up stories though. I will be checking references...

WINNERS

1st Place - #23: Alex nearly drops Brad off a second story balcony over a game of Trivial Pursuit.

2nd Place - #20 (comment): Drunk bully and sober guy assault each other with night sticks and smash car windows over a game of Diplomacy.

3rd Place - #26: Mel turns into a living Frankenstein and tries to choke Steve over a game of Warhammer 40K.

HONORABLE MENTIONS
#22 - An acoustic guitar is smashed over a game of Supremacy.
#35 - A D6 draws blood over a game of Supremacy.
#65 - Corey bursts into tears after his pet bear is shrunken and punted across a river in a game of D&D.
#61 - Greg Jackson slams a door into his brother Simon's face over a game of Warhammer.
#31 - Ron interrupts worship at a Hindu temple with a blood curdling scream over a game of Puerto Rico.
#47 - Erik's college aged friend breaks down in tears after a bad move in Fortress America.

SPECIAL PRIZE
#40,#41 - Dennis entertains us with a pair of fantastic stories about an old guy who plays the whole table in Poker and a snot nosed kid who learns a life lesson in humility in Blood Bowl.

Thanks to everyone for the great stories!
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51. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:362]
nate ben-porat
Israel
Jerusalem
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Although it was not a drama it was shocking. A year ago I invited 6 of my friends to play "Diplomacy". Countries were dealt and one of my friends got austria and the other got germany. We are all kids but 13 years old and I was suprised to see them both brust in tears (1. becuase I find it childish 2. Austria might be bad but Germany is great in my opinion.). Becuase I wanted a peaceful game the 2 countries changed and we had a great time. We played lots of time sense then and nothing like this happened again.
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52. Board Game: Bridge [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:298]
Pierre Pinguet
France
Paris
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I remember a story I once read on Snopes.com, about a woman in the '30 killing her husband over a bad hand of bridge.
Heres's the link
http://www.snopes.com/luck/bennett.htm
And she was acquitted and got the life insurance money too!

No wonder there is so many "Games I can (safely) play with my wife" geeklists
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53. Board Game: The Siege of Jerusalem (second edition) [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:1542]
Philipp Klarmann
Germany
Bad Schönborn
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So, you wargamers know how painful it is to setup and play some of these suckers...

We sat down and played SoJ for about 4 or 5 evenings in our gaming group. Me and (let´s call him) Mr. Lucky are playing the Hebrews, the others the mighty Romans. After having successfully assaulted the siege engines in a rare display of courage after the first assault period, the tempers already are rising. The Romans start infighting and accuse themselves of sloppiness (´how could you ever have allowed that!`). Still, the guys are great sport despite the fact that the city assault was not going as planned.

Our gaming buddy we were playing at was studying his moves and prepared for the BIG ONE -> a direct assault on the temple coupled with the whole army attacking another part of the city. The evening before the incident which leads to this posting occured, Mr. Lucky and me were rolling lots of 5s and 6s and damaged the Romans a lot (pesky stone-throwers).

So, the big evening came and the guy we played at had planned everything. All others joined in and the attack began. The Romans approached the walls...Mr. Lucky rolls the dice for the archers and stone-throwers...again lots of 5s and 6s. I see fume rising from the head of the owner...after his first wave is smashed by another 5 I tell Mr. Lucky -> hey, just roll two dice next, there will be no double sixes after so much luck. Bingo, you guessed it: a double six for two stone-throwing rabble units clearing the breach that was made earlier. My gaming partner starts to gloat (yes, not advisable, but it WAS funny after all). I tell him, ´Hey, let me roll the archers next´...bingo again...another straight number of hits. I am changing dice since I already hear cries of outrage from the other side of the table. I hand the dice to Mr. Lucky for the stone-throwers (6 to hit)...boom, another 6. The owner simply puts his hands across the map, brushes all pieces into one big pile and announces red-faced and with a shaky voice:" This game is over". We simply said nothing, smiling inside because of the victory. The owner (a very nice person) later apologized but we still remember this situation...it never happened before or later again.
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54. Board Game: MLB Showdown [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:5208]
Chris Forrest
Canada
Stoney Creek
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I always enjoyed playing this game, but it does rely on the "luck of the dice" to win sometimes. Or in this case the "luck of the dice" to lose.

I have to set the scene though. We had a fairly small playgroup who would play in a fairly small comic shop. Across a busy street from this comic shop was a fairly large church.

I was playing a game against a friend of mine. We were in a close game, with me barely winning. It's close to the end of the game and he is batting. I pitch to him and roll low, meaning the outcome will be on his batter's card. He rolls a 1 and gets out. Next batter, I roll low again. He rolls a 2, so he's still out. He curses. Next batter, I roll low enough to be on his card for the third time in a row. And sure enough. He rolls another 1. He stands up from the table without a word. He takes the die that failed him so. He opens the door to the comic shop. Steps out towards the road, and launches the die very high into the air onto the roof of the church.

Thus was born the saying that "the die has found religion".

He came back in, sat down without a word, and finished the game. Myself, and the 3 or 4 other people in the store are killing ourselves laughing. He just smiled, and was completely calm the rest of the game.

I miss this game...
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55. Board Game: Tempus [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1054]
Chris Trimmer
United States
Houston
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A nice combination of military leaders, religion, and government cards let player A drop a level 4 city of at the footsteps of player B. Since Player A had less then 3 stacks, and it was now impossible for a city for Player B, Player B flipped out, declared the game broken, and left.

The game was worth that amusement factor alone.
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56. Board Game: Hispania [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:3729]
Marcel van der pol
Netherlands
Leiden
Zuid-Holland
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While I wasn't playing the game myself, I was watching it. There were four players in this game: Leen, Stef, Guido and Roderick. Guido, normally the absolute and complete master of games like this (having completely analysed mathematically all possible moves and optimized scoring, all in his head, on Britania. This game is similar) was loosing badly to both Stef and Leen.

Why? Because Stef and Leen had secretly made a deal. "These cute pink ones are not my enemy, those ugly black aggressive ones are my enemy" or "I cannot attack them; they are my muslim brothers" or "I don't WANT to move south. I want to kill all those black armies over there". Guido got more than a little bit frustrated with the aparent "lack of tactics" from Stef and Leen. Also, he was having a bit of bad luck whenever he could mount an offensive to score some points.

Needless to say, Guido was completely decimated and ended in last place. I don't remember him playing a game against both Stef and Leen ever again.
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57. Board Game: Axis & Allies [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:731]
Steven Chambers
Canada
Alliston
Ontario
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This story involves me using a bit of an exploit, but hey, desperate times call for desperate measures (and in all fairness, he only flipped out like this the one time). Years ago when I was in college, my best friend played A&A almost every day. We also used to play with the optional rules (the one relevent to this story is kamikazes). Anyway, in this particular game, I was the Allies and had beaten Germany into a corner early in the game, but I'd completely lost control of Japan. The turn I finally defeated Germany, he conquered Russia with Japan. What followed was a long and brutal struggle. Sadly, he managed to "liberate" Germany on the same turn he also invaded Alaska. In Europe the UK and US were off the continent but I was still working on rebuilding my UK navy and in North America Western Canada was gone but I was holding firm with US forces and had been building bombers like mad (the US had heavy bombers) anticipating him building his factory in Alaska (as he was often prone to do). Japan owned everything else (Africa, Asia/Pacific, Russia, South America, etc - he was making over 100 IPC's per turn). He kept bragging that he'd never done so well with Japan and that I'd better just give up. It's at this point, while he's ranting, that I notice that he had left Japan open on his last placement phase (he was feeding all his other factories). devil I buy all bombers that turn with a cunning plan in my head and hope in my heart. I use one bomber (keeping the rest in reserve) and ta-da! ninja The American Airforce saves the day by paratrooping into Japan with their kamikaze heavy bomber! Thank you for the 100+ IPC's. surprise He's stunned of course at his mistake. "But," he says "ultimately, that won't stop me from achieveing world domination". Next turn he diverts some of his forces from Alaska back to Japan to clear me out (which he does - but only with just enough forces as he still wants his big N.A. push to continue). Again, on the American turn, all I buy is bombers (now with my 140ish IPC's). I use all the bombers I had reserved from last round and hit Japan again - Woo hoo! Another 100+ IPC's for me! At this point his starting to lose it. Again, he diverts forces from Alaska, and retakes Japan. But now he still doesn't have enough to hold it, and his N.A. force has also been depleted, so that next round, when I smite his remaining forces in North America, amphibiously assault and re-capture Germany and re-capture Japan with my horde of bombers, it's game. Boo-ya! To make matters worse, his girlfriend was there the whole time laughing at him (and pointing) and saying that will teach him to be a braggart, and wasn't he stupid, while I'm dancing in a circle around him with my arms raised chanting "All hail the comeback king!" What happened next I'll never forget. He started to sweat, then tremble and shake, and his face started turning from it's regular "basement dweller albino white" to pink to red to a near purple colour (I swear I saw a swastika start burning on his forehead). He didn't flip the board. Oh no. angry He flipped on me... understandably. I was waiting for his pocket knife to come out. He was a raving madman for hours. Whenever he was at the point of calming down, he'd leave the room and go look at the board, and a minute or so later I'd hear him start muttering and then it would escalate again to the point of lunacy. To this day, if I mention "the greatest comeback ever" he shakes his head and starts muttering laugh
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58. Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:917]
Mark Jackson
United States
Goodlettsville
Tennessee
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My girlfriend & I had been dating for about 4 months when Valentine's Day came around. Mr. Romantic (that's me) decided to get her a nice backgammon set... and, because that's the kind of guy I am, replace the pieces with red & silver Hershey's kisses.

The gift was a hit... we played a couple of games of backgammon, sat on the couch & smooched, and then the fight started. Who knows what it was about - I don't remember. All I know is that it ended with her storming out of my apartment, leaving the backgammon set.

So, I ate all the Hershey's kisses.

Yes, I am the picture of maturity.

Just over a year later, we were married - and still are. The backgammon set is in the game room... sans chocolate.
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59. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons Basic Game [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:1662]
Mark Jackson
United States
Goodlettsville
Tennessee
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This could be a Geeklist all by itself - stories of RPG meltdowns.

Mine is too long to summarize here - you can read it at http://akapastorguy.blogspot.com/2006/06/day-i-quit-playing-...

Short version: didn't realize D&D could involve actual combat.
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60. Board Game: Warhammer [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:1028]
Simon Jackson
Canada
Calgary
Alberta
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My brother, listed on here as Greglios, and I used to spend all our time as kids playing wargames like Warhammer Fantasy Battle (3rd Edition - when it still had tactics and a few rules).

Sadly though all of these rules meant a few different interpretations were often possible and arguments would almost always ensue. One game we had a particularly fierce argument that degenerated into name calling, whereupon I completely 'lost it' and decided that punching my brothers head flat was probably a good idea.

Unfortunately for me we were playing on an 8' * 4' table that barely fit into the room it was in. My brother bolted for the door to flee, and I, in order to get to him, had to crawl under the table to the side of the room with the door on it.

Just as I emerged on all fours from the table to reach the door my brother, who had made it through the door by then and was waiting on the other side, flung the door back open...

The handle connected with my head and almost knocked me unconcious, I had quite the 'egg' on my forehead afterwards. Our friends who were over at the time were convulsed with laughter as I lay prone and moaning on the ground. My brother found the whole incident hilarious and still does to this day...
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61. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons Basic Game [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:1662]
John Salata
United States
Knoxville
Tennessee
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Well acctually it was an AD&D ravenloft pre-made quest not the Basic Game, but thats just semantics.

Graduation day was only several days gone and a small group of us decided to have a small get-together to celebrate. Everything started off peacfully we had a few drinks(Hennessey IIRC), shot some pool, had some drinks(Jack Daniels), played some darts, had some drinks(Miller Lite, do you see a trend?) and so on. Then someone has the brilliant idea to play Axis and Allies, The details of this game are not quite so important, however it is importnant to know that there were some bitter rivalries created in this game especially one between between myself and someone we will call Dale as no one was acctually named that at this soiree. After A&A I think we did some drinking, then D&D was suggested. I had never played before at this point in my life and decided I would go along with it.

I dont recall the exact nature of the campaign as we didnt get very far into it. No one had prepared for the game so we had to use a pre-written one that the host had tucked away in a closet, which meant we all got to start at 6th level. I have never played AD&D before or since so if I get some game details wrong forgive me as I was heavily intoxicated in case you hadn't figured that out. I played a chaotic neutral gnome sorcerer named Gee Nome my sorcerers robe also looked like a white fur coat and my staff was a pimp cane. Dale made a base warrior of sorts and also in the group was a paladin, a rouge, and a wizard. No one else felt the need to participate in the game. Our group started off headed toward the major city in the campaign when we were accosted by a group of thieves, during the fight being the chatic gnome I was I hurled a fireball into the fray and it just so happend to miss and explode all over Dales warrior. Our party is victorious in the fight however and most of us are happy about it. Then out of no where, but more importantly out of character and against his alignment Dale attacks me....and misses. I get my chance to strike back now but first I have to do a little table diplomacy, the paladin is already on my side and with a little work so is the rouge and the wizard. Needless to say within the next few rounds Dale is no more and I dealt the death blow.

Dale is irrate at this point but stays moderatly calm at first, his only retaliation is to draw a picture of my charater having "relations" in a very uncomfortable place(not the back of a volkswagon) and I don't care as its only a fictitious representaion of a charater. The fact that it doesn't upset me only upsets him more wors are exchanged about how I should have been dead when he attacked me, yadda yadda THACO yadda yadda. Then the small shoves start. Then larger ones. Then a few punches. Soon I have him tackled and im about to swing when I realize that this is a game. Games are supposed to be fun not something to fight over, albeit my part was only in self defense. I stand up willing to call it even but as soon as 'm not paying attention anymore a stool is hurled at me...and misses. I think we can all guess who threw it and who got thrown out.

Well there it is, I'm not proud of it in the least but it happend and I guess this is the time to share it. I assure you all that I'm not a violent person and I've never been in any other entanglments in my life.
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62. Board Game: Empires in Arms [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:606]
Jeff Laikind
United States
Tonka Bay
Minnesota
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In a PBEM game of Empires in Arms, I was France. Although the English player had made several promises to keep things friendly, he made a number of attacks "because his allies expected him to do something." This included savaging my Mediterrean fleet (which he promised was mine to control), marching newly controlled minors into Holland (instead of defending them against Prussia), and helping Russia to smash the Swedish fleet when I got control of them.
Over a number of game turns, I managed to leapfrog a series of corps into Denmark to capture Copenhagen. This, of course, took a number of months of real time, as well. When England realized that he was going to lose the Danes, he insisted that he should be able to redo those turns of movement.
When that failed, he agreed to surrender to me, and expected lenient terms. Which, of course, he didn't get. He immediately disappeared, and we had to find a new English player.
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63. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:125]
Jason McMaster
United States
Hoover
Alabama
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When I discovered Magic, I had just moved back to my home town of Birmingham, AL in 1994. An ex, who had remained my friend, introduced me to her new boyfriend who played. He worked at the local comic shop, where I would end up working (I was 17), and where we'd play most of our duels. Through playing Magic, I made a few friends that I still talk to today. I have a few stories which are pretty good, but this one sticks out.

I have this one friend who, while a bright guy, had a lack of ambition but quite a bit of entitlement. Well, that and a violent streak. We'll call him "Ben". A good example that I like to share is that when we were room mates, I went to work one day and when I came home the place was in shambles. Supposedly, while I was at work, he decided he wanted to write and that to write he didn't want any sort of distractions. So, what did he do? He threw a hammer through my television, ripped all of our posters to pieces and then sold his computer to a guy. Well, that setlled that.

Anyway, one of my close friends, other than Ben, was the best Magic player I ever met. I don't know what it was about him, but he won every tournament and rarely lost to anyone. Well, he made this land destruction deck that featured Juzam Djinns, Hyp Specs and the usual assortments of Strip Mines, Sinkholes, Stone Rains and Lightning Bolts. It really killed everything it played against when it was clicking. It also didn't help that he was an incredible a**hole. We bother were. That's why we're still friends. We'll call this guy "Ed".

Anyway, we were all friends and would play Magic all the time. One night, we were hungry and decided to go down to Arby's and play a few games while eating. Ben decided to get some extra roast beefs for a later time and had them in a sack. Well, we start playing and Ben just can't beat Ed's deck. After about 5 games and a few colorful words were exchanged (mostly Ben saying "BULLS***!!!"), we were getting funny looks from the management and decided to leave. When we got into the car, Ben put his bag of Arby's on my floor board and decided to violently buck in the seat of my car while stomping on them and screaming obsceneties. That was a quiet car ride afterwards.

My other favorite Ben story involves Books A Million. The comic shop we went to was right next to a Books A Million and we'd often head over there to sit in the cafe, play a few games and drink coffee. Well, during one of these sessions, Ed and Ben were playing and Ben was, as usual, fairing poorly. After about 4 straight games of being dominated, Ben stood up, screamed "F***ING BULLS***!" and hurled his dice across the cafe. I don't think we were allowed to go back into that Books A Million any more.
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64. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons Basic Game [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:1662]
Jason McMaster
United States
Hoover
Alabama
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There are no end to the number of sad D&D and AD&D stories I have, but I can think of one in particular that still brings a smile to my lips. When I was working at a comic shop, one of my jobs was to play games with people in order to get them to buy merchandise. I spent quite a bit of time playing Magic, Board Games and whatever RPG people wanted to play at the time(I must remember to put up my favorite Vampire story soon).

So, this one regular wanted to run a "Monty Hall" AD&D game where everyone was really powerful and the game was loose and fun. He basically allowed everything, so I chose to be a Priest of Hermes and my good friend Brian was a wizard of some sort. We were all 18th level and had a ton of freaking spells and nice magical items. Brian and I were always pretty goofy when it came to playing RPGs, and this was no exception. We always just screwed around and didn't get too involved, after all, it's a game. There was one member of our party who wasn't like that, unfortunately, his name was Corey.

So, Corey was playing some character, a druid I guess, who had some powerful bear as an ally. He loved that freaking bear and had spent a long time building it and drawing pictures. That's all well and good, but then things stated getting weird. For some reason, as a joke, I told the DM that I wanted to have a bunch of attractive female escorts in lieu of treasure. He agreed. Hey, what the hell, I was just joking but ok. So, I have this entourage and Corey is jealous. I mean, actually jealous. You'd think the bear was enough, but it wasn't. I guess there are some voids that a bear just can't fill. We camped by a stream the first night and I hit the sack. He then starts using charm spells on my lady companions. THIS, SIR, WILL NOT DO! This called for action, quick action. QUICK AND VIOLENT ACTION!

The next morning, when I notice one of my ladies gone, I wander over to his tent and find her there. I am OUTRAGED! I then go gather my powerful wizard friend, Brian, and we set course for revenge. What's a suitable revenge for something like this? I'll tell you. We went and found his precious bear and Brian shrunk him. I then picked up the bear (it was about the size of a puppy), Harmed it and football punted it across the river. It died on contact.

At this point Corey burst into tears. We all sat around the table completely in shock. I've seen dudes get angry before, but only once before this had I seen a man cry over a game (the other time was when we destroyed this dudes magic items), and it was unsettling. He then took his character sheet, wadded it up and walked out, boohoo-ing the whole way. Now THAT was a good game session.
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65. Board Game: Vampire: The Eternal Struggle [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:688]
Jason McMaster
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Hoover
Alabama
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Since there isn't really an entry for Vampire: The Masquerade, I'll just put this here. Is that cheating?

Anyway, another "while I was working at the comic shop" story. I met this girl who was pretty cute and was way into Vampire. She'd come up to the store and read the books and whatever. Eventually we started dating and she wanted me to join her in a live action game. Hey, why not? So I started playing and I brought my friend Brian (from the D&D story). Now, in RPGs, as I said before, we're both power gamers. We love to get cool items and number crunch our way into obnoxiousness. That's where the fun began.

Our first few sessions took place at this guys lake house. His family was fairly well off and they let us use the area for our monthly games. There was this one guy, Shannon, who was constantly making a play to become the Prince (it's prince, right?) and was constantly getting foiled. This one particular night, he decided to try and frame me and Brian for something he did. That dog did not hunt. We got him into a quiet corner, beat the hell out of him, took him up into a helicopter and dropped him into the woods over and over again. That was the end of Shannons first character. There were serious hard feelings. That brings us to the next encounter.

A few months down the road, the guy who was playing Prince thought it would be fun to put me in charge while he was out of town. We had begun renting this small part of a college expo center for our games at the time. So, with this his grudge in full effect, Shannon thought that this would be the PERFECT time to get his revenge and me my comeupance. So, he orchestrates this brilliant plan that involves a good 1/3 of the players in the game. They all descend upon me and tear me to PIECES! Except, it wasn't me, it was a decoy. I then had them all killed. This is the part that always gives me the chuckles. Shannon, completely distraught and full of rage, goes outside, pulls out his pocket knife and starts cutting himself right out in front of the college rec center. Brilliant!

I would usually end the story here, but I want to add some closure to the entire situation and tell you all how I finally died and got kicked out of the gaming group entirely. I played my one character for over a year, he lasted longer than my relationship with the girl who got me into the game (she quit). I don't know why, I hated LARPing, but I really liked making people angry, so I soldiered on.

Over that time, one of Shannons friends, and a girlfriend of a guy I had worked with, started hating me for how I treated old Cutty Shannon and would try to screw me over at every chance she'd get. I would like to add that she looked like someone had hit her with pure, homemade sin wrapped in the ugly forest. She wasn't a looker. She played a Gangrel and had this pet ghoul dog or something. I'm surprised they didn't give her a tactical nuke because she basically got everything else she wanted. She was also friends with all the game masters.

Anyway, she'd always try to kill me and I'd always manage to avoid it. I killed her dog and all of her friends (she stormed off and cried when I killed her dog), but they'd never let me kill her. So, one day I made a mistake and tried to go after somebody I couldn't take. It ended up where the guy I went after and I started talking and decided to work together. When she found this out she went to the GMs and they made him kill me instead. She finally won. I would like to take this moment and say to her: Roxanne, you got me, you finally beat me in that game. Congrats!

However, you're still ugly and your friend's still a cutter! HAHAHA!

I think I won in the end.
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66. Board Game: Torres [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:282]
JC C.
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We played one game of this at our local gaming club with a guy who is a regular. He's also one of my good friends, so I write this with love. He hated the whole mechanic/concept so much that he threw the king across the gaming room.

This is a guy who will not let you touch any type of food or beverage without wiping your hands before touching a game, whether it's his game or not. You do not riffle game cards around him unless they're shielded. And heaven help you if you put the bottom of a game box inside the lid.

And he freaking threw the piece across the room.

To this day, he wants a copy of the game just so he can drive over it with a car and then burn it.
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67. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.46 Overall Rank:11157]
Adam Deverell
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Melbourne
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When I was 15 my family volunteered to look after a small campus-type collective project for people who had recently come off drugs or off the street.

There were about twelve people living there aged between 18-40.

On the first day one of the women sucked one too many cones and went off, into what her friend described, as "astral travel" for several hours while she lay on my parents bed totally out of it. So I should have known what to expect.

They had a rumpus room with a small collection of games. One was Monopoly.

I played a game with two older guys. One was mid-20s, loud, totally edgy and trying to outdo everyone else. He acted like he was about 12.

The other guy was like Silent Bob. He rarely said a word. But he had an awesome stare. He'd just sit in a seat starting, but not in a mean way. Like he was always analysing people.

Anyway, during the game of Monopoly the starer went very well, eventually loading up Park Lane and Mayfair. The brash guy landed his piece on Park Lane just as starer was distracted by something outside. I saw brash guy then edge his piece off Park Lane onto the income tax space.

Starer picked up the dice, looked at the board, then back to this other guy. He said the guy should have been on Park Lane as he had rolled a six. The other guy argued it was a seven - but not very convincingly. Neither gave in as the argument became more heated.

The loud guy pointed at me and said, "He saw, he knew I was on Income Tax". Starer looked at me until I sort of gurgled, "I didn't quite...I can't...remember".

Starer took this as a pronouncement of guilt.

What would usually happen is the game would be, as happens countless times all over the world, tipped. But not here. Instead, both stood up and they started into a Tyson-Hollyfield brawl in which numerous punches were landed, the table was flipped, I fell off my chair and brash guy got a seriously bruised jaw. He started crying and stormed out.

The starer just left the board where it was, walked over to the couch, picked up a book and started to read. For some reason I felt it was my duty to pick up the game.

A few nights later when they all started up a card game of Hearts I made sure I stayed in my parent's room and watched The A-Team.
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68. Board Game: Risk [Average Rating:5.59 Overall Rank:9746]
Colin Sykes
Thailand
Bangkok
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The biggest - and funniest - flip-out I ever remember being involved in was a game of Risk at college. There were three of us - myself, my roommate Scott and someone from down the hall called Matt. Now, Matt was ok, the sort of person you didn't mind hanging out with in the house if you had nothing better to do, but you wouldn't want to go to the pub with him or anything. He was a bit of an obsessive and was prone to huffs if he didn't get his way.

Anyway, we broke out my copy of Risk one night to avoid studying and we needed an extra player to make it playable, so we asked Matt. Everything went fine for a while, and Matt was really doing well. In an attempt to stop his inevitable victory, Scott and I allied against him and quickly knocked him back down to size. For me, this is always an issue in 3-player conflict games like this. Anyway, Matt started getting angry, saying our alliance was against the 'spirit' of the game, and that we were ganging up on him because we didn't like him and because he was English! (we are both Scots).

Eventually, he stormed out, slamming the door so hard, I thought it was going to fall off its hinges. We sat in stunned silence for about 30 seconds and then burst into serious, sore-sides-and-taers-running-down-our-faces laughter.

Presumably, he heard this from down the hall, because he then came back into the room. Instead of flipping the board, he picked it up very calmly trying not to drop the pieces and then threw it like a frisbee across the room towards the open window, before storming out again. We were laughing so hard, we didn't try to stop him and I would have sacrificed my game for the moment anyway. The funniest thing of all was that it never even made it as far as the window. He threw like a total girl.

After that, we tried and tried to get him to play boardgames with us again, but he always refused. I suspect he had guessed that we only wanted to provoke a repeat performance! I still look at that old Risk box on my shelf with a smile on my face.
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69. Board Game: Hearts [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:1248]
Mike West
United Kingdom
Guildford
Surrey
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I am a very competitive adult, but i was wracking my brains to come up with a situation where i have lost it. Being 6ft tall, with a 52in chest, i was pretty sure any time i had lost it would mean there would have been a pretty big memory.

Then i remembered, the last time i lost my temper was about 20 years ago, when i was 12.

Every Xmas my parents would invite over my aunt and uncle or some of their friends and we would get to play cards. This was my favourite bit of xmas as i always loved games and no-one ever played any for the rest of the year (my sisters were useless!)

Anyway, my parent's friends had bought me a pack of cards with my name printed on the back in shiny gold lettering and we were playing either Hearts or Nomination Whist.

I had won every game that evening, and it was decided that it was probably time for me to go to bed (i was the youngest). I didn't like that one bit, i argued, i whined, i made a right fuss, but my parents didn't give in. So what does an annoying little kid do? I grabbed my cards and stormed off upstairs to bed. Being the only gamer in the house, i owned all the packs of cards so they didn't get to play again that night.

Hilariously it still gets brought up 20 years later, and i am always called a sore loser. Not particularly fair really, i am very competitive, but i don't really mind losing, just enjoy winning devil
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70. Board Game: Star Fleet Battles [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:1229]
jeff morales
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Near Dallas
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Back in high school, I was watching as my two buddies, Matt and Chris were playing a game of SFB. Matt was clearly beating up Chris, but made a tactical (and certain to be fatal) error that, from across the board, exposed his downed shield (it was one of those ambiguous "who moves first" determination of which shield was facing the enemy...if you played SFB, you know what Im talking about). After a moment of uncomfortable silence while Matt digested the situation, he leaped up screaming like a madman. He stepped back and got tangled into an ironing board and started to fling it around. Chris and I were horrified about what to do next because Matt was between us and the door.

So, take note. Always sit between the door and the player with the biggest temper
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71. Board Game: Spaceopoly [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:7826]
Steve e^(iπ)+1=0
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Marietta
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You guessed it: Monopoly in Space. Instead of building houses and hotels, the number of moons you collect around each planet increases their value, sort of exponentially, and you have to keep your ship fueled up. If you run out of gas, your ship blows up and your game is over.

My family owns three different version of Monopoly, and I refuse to play all of them - and they refuse to play with me because of this session. We played this several years ago - my wife, my sister, her husband, and my friend from India, Shahid. Shahid and I are very competitive, and the other players not so much. I usually get ganged up on and excluded from good trades, for good reason – I usually win, which makes me even more competitive. Shahid took an entirely different tact in the trading aspect, because he is Indian. (If you ever have a chance to play Monopoly with folks from other countries – do so. It is not the same game!) He bartered on every deal, even if it was good for him to start with.

So put yourself in my position: continuous bad trades with three people and the prospect of only arguing with the fourth. I had wedged myself into 2nd place, with Shahid in 1st. In 2 turns this changed. On the first of his last turns, he landed on my most expensive space. No problem, he had the cash. On the next turn, he landed on the same space from a random card! Now he had to start selling property. The other three formed a coalition to keep me from getting any of the property, and buying the stuff that wouldn’t hurt Shahid at outrageous prices.

SNAP

First I started a verbal tirade for such unfairness. Then I “calmed down” and started to negotiate with Shahid directly for fairer payment of his debt, which eventually escalated into questioning Mothers and curses upon unborn children. This lasted for 45 minutes. It took 10 minutes for the others to start complaining; then they switched to my side to get Shahid to capitulate to a fair deal; then they started badgering me to finish the stupid game. Meanwhile Shahid and I worked on each other and slowly eked out the details of the bargain. We both stormed out of the room at different times and came back. My wife was deeply concerned about our friendship.

Finally, the trade was done – sighs all around. We were both completely satisfied with the trade, and it was my turn to roll with 11 points of gas…. 12 Bang! My spaceship blows up and the game is over.

Shahid and I start laughing uncontrollably. Our friendship grew that day. My sister, her husband, and my wife stared at us dumbfounded. It was one of the best sessions I’ve ever played. Now, if I could just get him to play Diplomacy…
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72. Board Game: Dragonlance [Average Rating:5.33 Overall Rank:10474]
si turpin
United Kingdom
Leeds
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This was actually AD&D dragonlance. We were about 16 or 17, we had played AD&D and just read the dragonlance trilogy and so my circle of friends decided we would do the dragonlance modules with me as DM. Now i like to make things more detailed, realistic and epic so 15 years later we are still on DL14. This is tragic in itself. The players have more fat, less hair but their armour and weapons are awesome. The story i am about to relate happened when we were on DL12, as we had been playing for a decade the members of our gaming group had often changed with people getting married, moving away, switching jobs etc, but there was a Core group of stalwarts who were still very much in it and were immensely proud they had been in it since DL1. These legends shall be known as:

Gonad: (tanis half elven/Waylorn Wyvernsbane) Out of everyone, this guy took it the most serious, you know he'd buy all the books, compendiums etc he had to be the leader and thought he cud roleplay anyone under the table with a collection of silly voices and eyebrow wiggling. Gonad got INCREDIBLy irate with people who made mistakes or didnt take it as serious as he did. he would spend £100 on dice every month and the dice would like be etched diamonds or runed ivory but would always roll 1s and 2s on his saves, Gonad would launch the dice across the room screaming at them and then 10mins later would frantically go in search of them. he cried irl when Sturm died in the book and loves Obi Wan kanobi. You get the picture.

Chud: (Riverwind/Serinda Elderwood) A jamirouquai lookalike who when drunk would scale buildings. In 15 yrs of RPging man and boy he never ever got past the hack n slash element' he hated roleplaying planning maps talking. he just wanted to hit things and end lives. His most famous moment came during a 24 hour session when at 4.30am bleary eyed he peered at ,me and said "Wake me up when there's something to kill" he then slept like a log til 1hr later we woke him up for a battle he kicked ass for 30mins then went back to sleep again when the prisoners had to be questioned. I think he maybe had half orc DNA

Dr.X: (Goldmoon/Laurana) the weirdo who would only play female characters. but he was a stat crunching monty hall maximiser. the kind of creature all Dms fear. he was just a machine. he wasnt human. this entity knew all the save tables, spell lists and turn undead tables off by heart. He would buy 20 d20s and roll them all 10,000 times and produce a fookign CHART of their averages so he knew which to roll on attck rolls and which to roll for dex checks. His purple gem averaged 14.37 etc. You know the type.

Bishop: (Raistlin) Bishop always played mages. he played in maybe 270 games over the years and played 270 mages. He would even play mages when there were no mages. In present time gurps he would play a mage, in spacemaster he would play a mage, in Gonad's back to basics fighters only Merp rolemaster, bishop played a mage. Bishop was damn good at playing mages. And he played raistlin to the max. He loved hamming up, wacking off to raistlin and didnt care about character sheets dice rolls, taking notes or stats. This fact caused much conflict with Gonad and dr.X.

Paul Hartley: this guy was new to the group, the fact he had not earned a cool nickname should be evidence enough that he was fresh meat. We started Hartley off on Sestun the gully dwarf and the kender Kronn thisteknott. He did ok in a sort of comedy value so, due to lack of players, we upgraded him to Caramon majere...

And this brings us to my story... "The Night Paul Hartley went Insane"

The heroes lead by tanis (gonad)were in The Ogre Fortress trying to stop an alliance developing between two warring ogre tribes and the dragonarmy.
While walking down a normal corridor, ,mist began to rise. Hartley (caramon) immediately started panicking saying Raffs were attcking the party. (he had a run in with gaseous undead known as Wraiths once and forever referred to them as Raffs and was thus unsettled by anything misty. Gonad had told him 20 times they are called wraiths and "not f***ing raffs, hartley" but it never sunk in) So Dr. X (Goldmoon) bravely stepped forth to turn undead. On mist. dr.X raised an eyebrow at hartley then went back to his stats and calculator.
At this point, Hartley had 'raised his cloak' as the misty fog was obviously a poisonous attck on him, lead by some evil denizen Hartley started to refer to as 'The Gas'.
He was told various times it was just a misty corridor but he wouldnt have it. The Gas was not going to take down Caramon Majere. The group used persuasion, cajoling, threats, abuse, leadership rolls but still his cloak was raised over his face. In a bid to end my players' torment (and my delighT) i said roll a save vs mind spell at +5 , anything but a 1 to realise its just mist. he rolled a 1. The Gas lived on...
from then on, Hartley started developing symptoms of paranoia and insanity. Such examples include (i wish i could write a page on each)
1. In every room they explored, Hartley would smash up all the furniture in case 'The Gas' animated it to attck Caramon.
2. Smashing up all mirrors in case The Gas billowed out of them and took him.
His cloak was raised throughout.
3. Hartley then began to packrat any gear he could lay his hands on. Even though he was in +1 plate carrying the artifact longsword Hammerfall he would take all weapions, decayed zombie armour. Anything that wasnt nailed down. he even was slain by a giant phase spider because he saw a suit of rusted chainmail in its lair and made a break for it. Goldmoon had to rez him.
4. Seeing darts fly out of slits in the wall after a trap was triggered, he went up to the slits and stuck his eye right in them 'to see where the dart came from'. Cue Goldmoon with Rez.
5. Attacking monsters which were already dead in case it was a trick by 'The Gas'. he attcked a dead giant lizard for maybe 12 rounds as every time he hit it he asked me 'is it still moving?', to which i replied 'every time u hit it it moves'. he was covered in lizard pulp and gradually losing it.

The other players had different reactions to hours of this phenomena. Gonad (ever the serious professional ) had actually resorted into name calling like a 5 yr old using waylorn as he had got so annoyed with hartley. (fighter!,;; Druid!,, Fatty!;; Grandad!'' etc)
Chud, who had never met hartley before that session looked at him and sed 'Just shut the f*** up. please' Dr.X fell asleep, and Bishop went home.
I, myself, had been close to losing all bladder control on 3 occasions due to the hilarious antics by caramon. After about 6 hours of this i saw hartley crack. His pupils went in different dircetions and at 5.13am he SCREAMEd "Will someone PLEASE TELL ME WHAT I AM SEEING???!!"
After that he just rocked back and forth trembling and looking at everyone in the room with both fear and suspiscion. He never recovered.

Chud succinctly put it "I've never seen anyone roleplay going insane to that standrard ever before." And this from a man who once butchered with Riverwind 12 unarmed hobgoblin chefs complete with chef's hats in a bloodbath.

We have a new grp now, Im still Dm, Gonad is still the party leader, but we have Xisor, smollett the sponge (younger brother of Chud - yes we have played so long younger siblings have been indoctrinated into the fold) and kitteridge.

But noone has ever lost the plot as Hartley did that night. The legend of 'The Gas' lives on

Thanks for listening.

Lord T.

P.S raise your cloaks and beware 'The Gas'
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Marion
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John Hill concentrated on how the game "felt", so we could get a taste of what the combatants felt.

Yalu is really two different games - the Allied player played a traditional wargame, the big guns win. The North Korean game was one of infiltration. The winner was whoever made the other player play HIS game.

I sprang this on an unsuspecting friend, a mild mannered high school teacher. He played the UN, and did a good job arranging and manuevering his units in classic WW2 style. His frustration level grew exponentially as time and time again the Korean tactics made his overwhelming "military" advantages useless. Finally, this kind gentleman stood, cursed and flipped the gameboard into the air before "bugging out" in a huff. I've never seen any game so effectively convey a psychological impact.

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74. Board Game: Pente [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1060]
Ty Turner
United States
Texas
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Set-up: I had spent the afternoon playing Xbox with some buddies - so we had been shooting each other and insulting each other for hours.

The Game: I came home and found that Pente (a.k.a. "Connect 5") had come in the mail. I immediately busted it open and begged my wife to play the game with me, and she agreed. I easily beat her multiple times (not surprising since I was experienced in the game and she was not).

The Opening: So my wife says, "I wish I could beat you at this game!"
The Crack: And me, still being in "guy mode", fired back (obviously without thinking), "Don't worry, Honey, in a few years, our daughter will be a little older and you can beat her at Candyland!"

...deathly silence...
She didn't flip out, but we've certainly never played that game before! It was horrible because I've never acted that way towards her, but if it had been a guy, it would have been a Grade A insult! Even now, I have mixed emotions - I'm laughing and sad all at the same time. lol
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75. Board Game: Scattergories [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:1872]
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Kind of surprised Scattergories isn't on the list. This game can cause big time arguments since there is always debate about the correctness of your answer. (I mean, I remember one time the category was "Found in Paris" and someone had tried to answer "Swedes", saying there could very well could be someone from Sweden visiting Paris!)

So the last time I ever played Scattergories was years ago because of this insane argument that broke out between my wife (girlfriend at the time), and her brother.

The die was rolled for 'F' and everyone wrote down their answers before the timer went off. As we went through the list, we came to 'sports teams'. That's when the trouble started.

My wife wrote 'Forty-Niners' as her sports team name. Her brother (now my brother-in-law) says "No Way, can't do that!"

When asked why, he replied that the '49'ers' is spelled with numbers not words, so it would not count!

The next 30 minutes were spent in heated argument, pleading, and threats were made as to if "forty-niners" or "49'ers' was the way to go.

I believe the game ended without finishing, and my wife and brother-in-law have never agreed to play Scattergories with each other again.
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