Stand Up! Sit Down! Fight! Fight! Fight! Brawls you've gotten into while gaming or over gaming.
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We gamers are passionate about our hobby. We're passionate about our play. And sometimes that passion can erupt into no holds barred physical fisticuffs over a game. This shouldn't happen but it has and probably will continue when emotions run high at the table. This list is about fights you've been in while gaming, over gaming, or witnessed while gaming. Feel free to list your exploits.
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1. Board Game: Castle Risk [Average Rating:5.39 Overall Rank:10401]
Nate Cockerilll
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Ah the game that inspired the list.The pic of that damned boat. In my highschool game group(which still meets fifteen years later) we played alot of old school games. One day after school we were hanging out at my friend Ben's house. His dad had hundreds of games from the 60's forward so thats where we did the bulk of our gaming. Ben suggested Castle Risk and none of us but him had ever played. Well we set up and got under way.

Promptly on my turn I asked a question about the boat. Ben explained and I disagreed. This is where we should have gone to the rules. Now there is a chance we didn't have them. Some of his games didn't always have the rules. Maybe we did have them and didn't consult them I can't remember. This was also pre BGG and Internet was not yet available at least to us.


All I know is we began to chase each other around the table in circles like a Three Stooges routine and when we stopped he mule kicked me in the nuts. All wind vacated my lungs and I saw a red mist before my eyes and drew back and gave Ben a roundhouse to the jaw. I think we then finished Castle Risk, but for the life of me I can't remember who won the arguement or the game.
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2. Board Game: Poker [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:673]
Nate Cockerilll
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This incident happened during a Five Card Draw tournament I held in my parents barn. A lot guys from school used to play Poker on the weekends. This was fun and before hold 'em came around. I had things set up real nice out there in the barn. I had a table I'd found and refininshed it and laid the felt. There were food and drinks. I'd borrowed chairs from my grandma. There were twenty players and the winner was going to walk with two hundred dollars that day. That was a lot of money in 1994/95 for a kid to have.

It just so happened that some of our buddies in the tournament were a bit older and brought some beer and whiskey. It was a hot August day and in a steel barn with concrete floors making it hades hot. The tournament went well during the day and into the night. The guys who were drinking got knocked out and left early.

One by one people dropped out until there were four of us at one table. It was late at night and by this point and I thought my chances were pretty good cause out of us four, only this guy Keith was any good. At this point the players who'd been drinking returned to see what was shaking out at the tournament.They'd been drinking since they left were pretty ennebriated.

One fella Jackman a friend of mine sat down behind one one of the players and began waving an open pocket knife around another players head. Now I don't have to tell you Poker players out there that the final table is intense play, but when you've got a drunken jackass waving a knife aroud it makes things unbearable. I told Jackman to put the knife away. He did but got sassy about it.

We four kept playing. Five minutes later he's got the knife out and began whittling the top of one of the chairs I'd borrowed for the tournament. I yelled at him to put the knife away. Unbeknownst to me this apparently really made him mad. The Poker game continued and someone asked for a drink. I was sitting closest to the fridge so I got up,opened the fridge, and when I bent over Jackman shoved me from behind head first into the fridge.


I don't like getting hit at all let alone in the back. I flew into a rage grabbed a steel chair and cracked Jackman WWF/WWE style with it. He gets furious, grabs the Pokers table, turns over the contents, all the while cussing and hollering. Chips and cards fly everywhere. Players are yelling. He yelling. His drunk buddies are yelling. My dad's hunting dogs are barking. He tears off in his truck buddies in tow. We the final four decide to split the 200 dollars. I go to bed mad. The next day Jackman drove out and apologized. We've been friends for eighteen years this year.
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3. Board Game: Origins [Average Rating:4.84 Overall Rank:9990]
Nate Cockerilll
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Years later our group had become regular Origins attendees.I was living in Columbus so all the guys from my hometown would drive up to crash with me and go the con. This particular year my fifth high school year reunion was taking place the Saturday night of Origins. I didn't want to miss Saturday night of Origins but I was class president my senior year so I had to go as I was one of the events organizers.

This next part I am not proud of, but it happened. The event was a luau and about thirty people came. Our graduating class was only 100 people and this was our first reunion. It was held at a local country club and I had some drinks. When shin dig ended alot of us went to one of only two bars in my hometown and continued drinking. Mind I was wearing a coconut bra and a grass skirt over my clothes at this point. So I added fuel to the fire and at last call drove back to Columbus. I know. Bad idea.

I made it and went into my apartment where four of my gaming buddies were sleeping. I started screaming in the highest pitched wildman voice(still dressed as hula dancer at this point) "COME ON !GET UP! LETS PLAY GAMES! GAMES!GAMES!GAMES! LETS PLAY FUN GAMES! GAMING!". Needless to say this simultaneously woke and pissed off my buddies royally. Who should be on my couch but the aforementioned buddy Ben. Ben promptly tackles me, grabs under my jaw, places his feet on my shoulders and begins to rip my head off. I begin telling him to stop we'll wake the neighbors. As if my screaming probably hadn't.


He wasn't stopping and I was in pain at this point. So I began pummeling him hard in the face. Now I was drunk and in the wrong. I was also wearing my class ring which was like a single brass knuckle. My buddy Morello (who incidentally is built like the comic book character "The Goon") bursts from the bedroom pulls me inside,throws me on the bed and locks the door separating Ben and I.

The next morning Ben had a smal cut on his forehead and I felt like hell for what had happened. We made up later that night. We are still good friends to this day.He got some time off from his current dig and we got together last Christmas where we played the new Conquest of the Empire,BattleTech, and Puerto Rico. I'm damned glad he forgave me.

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4. Board Game: Battle of the Sexes [Average Rating:3.38 Overall Rank:10799]
Nate Cockerilll
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I used to game with a couple who insisted on hosting. They were always very nice to me and all other player but would get into fights with each other while playing.

He would always tell her what she was doing wrong and she'd like the game if she'd just listen to the rules. She was more of a social gamer. I remember the last time I played with them there was an elaborate lay out of Roads and Boats.

They got into it and he said she'didn't like the game because she was stupid. She promptly picked up a bowl of salsa, dumped it onto his bald head and left the room. It was a quiet minute whilst he sat there stewing. Awkward.
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5. Board Game: The Road to Peace [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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These were instances in my past that I'm not proud of but can look back and laugh at today. I'm lucky that I still have these people as friends. So if you find me across the table from you someday don't worry, just don't forget to consult the rulebook.
Nate "killjoy" Cockerill
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6. Board Game: Supremacy [Average Rating:5.53 Overall Rank:9799]
William Hostman
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A gamer I'd been gaming with on rare occasions, ST, came over uninvited along with TP, who had been invited, to a supremacy game.

Playing without problem in the rules elements, it became clear ST and TP were both losing badly. ST flipped the board off the table and stormed out. (TP stayed to help with clean up.)

ST was informed later he was unwelcome in my home or games... ever.
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7. Board Game: Advanced Civilization [Average Rating:8.01 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.01 Unranked]
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Several months later, I was invited to a game of ACiv.

THe host, TJ, had also invited ST. THe two of them had a great pre-arranged partnership going... but it turned out that everyone else caught on, and they wound up going down in flames. TJ got hit with Iconoclasm & Heresy and Civil Disorder, and also the secondaries from Volcano, famine, and something else...

ST, laughed, made a side remark, for he'd been reamed the previous turn...

And TJ flipped the board. (his own board, on his own table.) TJ then told us all to leave.

I've not spoken to TJ since. I'n not had civil words with ST since, either.
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8. Board Game: Risk [Average Rating:5.59 Overall Rank:9339]
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I clearly remember a game of Risk I played while a teenager.. I was playing with a friend and my little brother.

It was a tense game and I'm a bit hazy on the details.. but I think one of us - either my brother or me, not sure was gloating really badly about how we had just got a hold of all of Asia...

A push in the chest was returned with a shove, and then it was on! We ended up running around the house and into the back yard.

The battle ended with my brother picking up a house brick and hurling it at me.. It hit me in the back of the leg and I still wear the scar some 20 years later.

I don't think we ever finished that game of Risk.

Fond gaming memories. Thanks bro.
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9. Board Game: Masterpiece [Average Rating:5.48 Overall Rank:10090]
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I was in my teens. Masterpiece was my family's favorite game. My dad had this stupid scheme where whenever someone bid $100K, he would bid "50". We all thought he meant $150K, but if it was a painting he didn't want to buy, he claimed that he only said $50K. (My Dad was a bit of a dick.)

Anyway, one of my friends was over, and I thought I'd try the same ploy. My buddy didn't take kindly to this, and demanded I pay up. When I laughed it off, he started shoving me saying, "Pay up! Pay up!" He wouldn't stop, so I threw a punch at his face and broke his glasses.

The good news is that almost forty years later, we're still friends.
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10. Board Game: The Game of Life [Average Rating:4.04 Overall Rank:10802]
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The game involved me (9 years old), my brother and a friend of his (both 8). I don't remember how the fight started but at one point my brother called me a "baby". I countered with "embryo", an insult that ended up being far more effective than I could have possibly hoped. Enraged, my brother picked up a nearby hammer and threw it at me. I ducked and it hit his friend! I felt simultaneously horrified and vindicated. The friend did not need to be hospitalized, but we don't keep tools near the game table anymore.
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11. Board Game: Terrible Swift Sword [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:1966]
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At the first boardgame convention I ever attended, two guys were staring intently at a huge map. Curious, I stopped by to see what it was. It was the monster Gettysburg situation Terrible Swift Sword, and by the look of things, the players had been at it for a while.

Suddenly, an accusing finger shot out, pointing at a counter. "Wait a minute!" one player yelled. "That supply wagon wasn't there before! YOU'RE CHEATING!"

The other player made some glib observation about his opponent's parentage, and that was the cue for fisticuffs. The accusing player launched himself at the accused, trying to land a punch. The other player staggered backwards, arms in front of his face, trying to avoid getting hit. That continued for a few more steps--player A lunging forward, player B stepping back--until other people on the convention floor pulled the two guys aside.
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12. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:60]
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My brother and I have been best friends for most our lives. We usually get together at Christmas at our parent's place and buy a meaty game for us and a lighter one to play with my parents. Last year we got Tichu for them. Turned out they never played it but we did it a lot with our girlfriends. Anyone who has ever played it knows that it can get pretty intense. I usually do not mind loosing at all, but it took a different direction that night. Only my brother and I had cards left and I played the Phoenix, thinking it was the second highest card. Turns out I was wrong since it only adds 1/2 to the value of the last card laid. Noticing my mistake, I asked that son of my mother if I could take it back, but he was adamant about it. So here I went: "I just let you do the exact same thing hardly five minutes ago." No reasoning possible. I don't know what got me but I got up, aggravated as hell and yelled at him and was about to leave for home. Well, I looked at the stupid bird on the card and thought of the headline: "Christmas argument over fowl incites slaughter of brother". So I sat down and I turned out I could not have won with my cards anyway.
I have to say Tichu is a pretty good game.
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13. Board Game: Prize Property [Average Rating:5.61 Overall Rank:8702]
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Not my brawl but my buddy's older brother put his head through a wall after being taunted during a game. My buddy shook the gavel, laughed and taunted over the result, next thing you know, BAM. Hole in wall courtesy of head.
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14. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:357]
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This one I was involved in. There were four of us left. Three of us kind of decided to wipe out the 4th who had a pretty big Russia going. He realized what was going on and I suspected he was changing his orders (we were reading our own orders). I finally demanded to see his written orders. Steve. the player we were taking out got this cornered look on his face and suddenly WHAM, the card table flies into the air scattering pieces everywhere. We calmly picked up all the pieces and setup the board. Steve had stormed out, but we were at HIS house so he came back in. I yelled, "Steve, get your ass back here to finish the game" but he just parked in front of the tv so we declared him in civil disorder.


Boy was he mad.
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15. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:357]
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I was playing a game of diplomacy PBEM with a group organized by my brother-in-law. I was playing Russia and a friend of my brother's-in-law, whom I also know, was playing Germany. Everything started out well. He suggested a neutrality pact and I wrote saying it sounded like a good idea. He didn't write me back so I assumed that he didn't want to hammer out details and made a move specifically to make the point that he hadn't agreed to anything hard. Instead of writing something to the effect of, "oh, sorry, let's make a firm agreement," he called me names like, "cheater, liar, backstabbing asshole, etc..." I wrote him and told him that he was out of line and that if he wanted war, he could keep insulting me. Or, he could apologize and acknowledge that he was wrong and we could move forward. That didn't work so well as the next email that I got was pretty accusing and violent.

Ultimately, we began sending emails to the entire list that were excessively personal, vituperative, and bilious. I think we'll probably be allies in the next game we play just to make up for feeling like total dicks. I was amazed how violent a PBEM game could get.
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16. Board Game: Supremacy [Average Rating:5.53 Overall Rank:9799]
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A chance to relive my High School Years - yay.

We had a particularly tight gaming group that dabbled in role-playing but still preferred the MB GameMaster Series (Shogun, A&A). But we had recently extended ouselves into Space Hulk and Titan.

Jason had recently acquired a copy of Spremacy and we were all mildly excited by the thought of Nukes!

Anyway this was our 2nd game and the play went well past 2am. The beers had been plentiful and we were entering that late teen state of too much beer and too little sleep. It's usually about now that things get silly.

Jason was known for his short fuse and his catch cry of "I'll flip the board", when he got screwed (ganged up on), which is remarkably like the story from Aramis above involving Supremacy as well!

Anyway we were all getting tired of the game and decided to poke Jason (in a gaming sense). Global policy had soon changed and we all had one finger on the Nuke button - Jason's name was on our ordinance.

We even taunted him with cries of, "Watch out or he'll throw the board".

Having sunk a 'skinfull', Jason promptly lost the plot and flipped the board, wiping out the 6 or so hours of gaming that had gone before it (there really had been a looot of drinking and the obligatory trash talk that goes with it).

Someone then threw a dice at Jason and called him a nob-head (although deep down we were all glad it was over).

Before we knew it, there were 6 guys taking cover behind couches and kitchen benches and over 100 dice (we always brought our dice bags - Geeks 'were' Us) were flying across the room.

The insults that accompanied those dice were far too vulgar for this forum but the dice fight was fantastic and we were rolling around the floor in fits of laughter as each dice found its mark and a yelp was heard from the enemy.

I remember in the morning, waking up with a sore head and looking at the fridge in disbelieve as it was pockmarked with numerous dice related wounds.

Aaah good times.
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17. Board Game: The Game of Life [Average Rating:4.04 Overall Rank:10802]
Eric Walkingshaw
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New Year's Eve 2006, my friends and I are having a party. I made a gigantic vat of eggnog to go along with a mini keg of Warsteiner (pretty terrible stuff). Another friend, much to my chagrin, brought Life.

Now, after a considerable amount of eggnog and Warsteiner, my friend Patrick gets it in his head that he's going to get me to punch him before the night is out. I've got a reputation as a pretty laid back, cheerful guy, in contrast to Patrick's somewhat surlier (though usually funnier) disposition. We'd had some long-running feuds up to that point, but they had all been (at least from my perspective, though I'm pretty sure from his as well) strictly good-natured. We both figure he's got his work cut out for him.

So, the night and party wear on. Both are fun, but Patrick is on my back constantly with quips about my somewhat-larger-than-average nose, my predilection for robots (a serious character flaw, in his eyes), my parentage, and more. While I laughed most of it off, he and I could both tell that it was slowly getting to me. A less-determined (i.e. less bastardly) friend probably would have backed off a bit, but not Patrick.

Then Life comes out. I agree to play, but obviously my game snobbery is in overdrive. Despite my inebriation it manages to be even more asinine than I remembered. I am just sitting their loathing this game and Patrick is just riding me harder than ever.

Finally, I snap. I don't remember the exact comment that did it, but compared to some of his others, it was relatively benign. I know it had something to do with programming in response to me describing the ease with which I could write an optimal Life-playing program, but it was that proverbial back-breaking straw. I jumped up and tackled Patrick into the Christmas tree in the corner. The whole tree toppled over and after we both realized what had happened, we awkwardly untangled ourselves from the branches.

The night I tackled Patrick into the Christmas tree has provided many reminiscences since, and I'm sure will provide many more.
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18. Board Game: Warhammer [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:965]
Paul DeStefano
United States
Long Island
New York
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It wasn't really my fight that started it all, but the story is to wild not to tell.

At a local gaming hole there were huge tables set up for a Warhammer tournament. I wasn't there to play or even watch, I was shopping.

My son was with me. I think he was maybe 7 at the time.

One table starts to get loud. Apparently, a die rolled onto a unit and while it was readable, one player wanted it rerolled, the other said it interfered with the roll.

Whatever. Everyone is watching as things get loud.

Until one of the guys reaches for the offending die.

The other guy grabs the guys wrist and slams his wrist into the gaming table.

Impaling the dude's forearm on a plastic goblin spear.

The guy who was reaching for the die screams and picks up his arm, and this little freakin goblin is sticking out, right there, bare arm, a small river of blood starting to stream down. Every player in the place gasps.

He looks at the opponent, who is terrified at what he just did to the guy. At this point, the owner and several others of us are moving to intercept any escalation.

The guy with the goblin in his arm heads around the table my direction. I reach out to stop him as does another guy and two guys get between him and the first dude.

"Let me go," the kid screams in my face, spitting on me, "Do you see what he F**&in did to me!"

I put my forearm up to his neck and grab his wrist as tightly as I can as another player is holding his other arm.

"Listen," I said slowly, channeling Clint Eastwood down to the squint and hissed voice, "Its bad enough you made my son watch you bleed, but don't make him watch his father kill a man."

At this point, two guys come and grab ME, thinking I'm about to pound the crap out of this guy and they pull me off.

The owner sent one guy out, took me behind the counter, waited 10 minutes, sent the second guy home, waited 10 minutes and let me go.

To this day, whenever I walk into the store, they all go "Don't make him watch his father kill a man."
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19. Board Game: Warhammer 40,000 (fourth edition) [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:1822]
Ryan Morgan
United States
Sanger
California
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SO i'm at our club's monthly club game and we are playing a big game. each of our armies were something like 2,000 points and there were 8 of us playing.

well one guy shows up late with a titan.

our ref decides to let him play and instructs him to just walk around killing everything whole sale.

It ticks me off and i decide to go kill it.

I open fire with everything i have.

My first lascannon hits and he takes a saving throw and fails.

then he says he gets another.

I disagree saying that any unit can only have 1 saving throw and its already hard enough to kill the stupid thing with out it getting two saving throws in a row.

At this point he gets right up in my face and looks down at me (he's 6'4" and i'm 5'6"). and says,

"Well i was in the army and let me tell you that you can kill anything if you throw enough fire power at it."

I reply,

"F**K that! i'm sure you had to deal with void shields when you were in the army!" devil

At that poiny he grabbed my shirt and held a fist over his head. robot

I figured my smart ass remark had gotten me a black eye for sure but he was stopped by a fellow club member.

He grabbed his titan off the table and stormed out of the room.

we still laugh about it.
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20. Board Game: Axis & Allies [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:953]
Joshua Harris
United States
Oshkosh
Wisconsin
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My best friend and I played this game every weekend for almost 10 years. We actually finished a game once too! But the one I remember most of ALL the thrown boards and slammed down fists, was the one that ended up with me shooting him in the butt with a blowgun. Don't ask why we had a blowgun near by, or how it got so far, but needless to say, he dared me to do it, and said I was too much of a coward to try and hit him with it. Well, I was happy (at the time) to oblige!

Still best friends to this day.
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21. Board Game: Azuma [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:7251]
Harold Hardradi
United Kingdom
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Was invited over to a blokes one night with a friend. She knew em I didn't. I won the first the games of the night and the guy remarked " I guess this is the las time we'll invite Harold over"
He was serious! He was getting mad! Well he whips this game out we proceed to the play. He doesn't wanna lose this one so when it comes time to grab the sticks he lunges over the table and grabs the stick I'm grabbin and pullin with allhis might.

I think what a twit and let go. He goes flyin and takes out the ceiling lamp. Jerk! Well his girlfriend dumped and married one of me blokes in me ol game group. Serves im right.
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