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Do you know any CHALLENGING co - op games ?
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Hello fellow BGG users.

I am a big fan of cooperative board games. Main reason for that is ghost stories where first board game I've played.

I am looking for co op games that are hard to win. Any sugestions will be appreciated.
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1. Board Game: Ghost Stories [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:133]
Dariusz Kaminski
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My first game. It is never easy ...
For more experienced players there are higher Difficulty levels

Approved by Wu-Feng himself!
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2. Board Game: Ghost Stories: White Moon [Average Rating:7.97 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.97 Unranked]
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In my opinion even more challenging...
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3. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:40]
C Lloyd
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North Reading
Massachusetts
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Well, Pandemic can be easier than Ghost Stories, but you can play at the harder.difficulty levels. And there's an expansion with some variants.
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4. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:168]
 
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Take a look at this one - it's available to pre-order now. Definitely a challenge at the advanced levels.
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5. Board Game: Space Hulk: Death Angel – The Card Game [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:414]
Paul DeStefano
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Long Island
New York
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This game is cruel.
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6. Board Game: Lord of the Rings [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:497]
Stephen Sanders
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Henderson
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The base is easy, but if you play both expansions together its very tough (Friends and Foes with Sauron).
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7. Board Game: Yggdrasil [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:433]
Andy
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Stockport
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I have not yet had chance to play my copy yet, but I believe this scales well in terms of difficulty... especially when adding in the Angry Enemy and/or Ragnarok special cards.
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8. Board Game: Space Alert: The New Frontier [Average Rating:8.63 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.63 Unranked]
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Not everyone's cup of tea, but I think Space Alert is a brilliant co-operative game... and the difficulty is scalable by mixing in the harder threats.

Then you can add in the expansion which has even tougher threats!!
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9. Board Game: Vanished Planet [Average Rating:5.93 Overall Rank:3990]
Ron Lacer
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Springfield
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You have very limited time to create the objects you need and use them properly before your planets 'vanish'. And to top it off, you won't even know what goals you need to achieve until near the end.
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10. Board Game: Zombie State: Diplomacy of the Dead [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1621]
Chris Earls
United States
Flower Mound
Texas
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This can accomodate 2 - 5 players and it's cooperative in the senses you are all trying to avoid being eaten by the ZOMBIE hoards! zombie

You don't attack one another in this game, but you can royally mess with your partners if you allow zombies across their borders, which has happened to me and the US was consumed!
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11. Board Game: Forbidden Island [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:406]
Dwayne Wood
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Ozark
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I am also a Pandemic fan. I bought this game and realized the mechanic was almost identical to Pandemic. At first I thought I had a dumbed down version. But Forbidden Island's Modular shrinking board creates a very different game experience. My wife and I jump back and forth between these two games.
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12. Board Game: Defenders of the Realm [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:227]
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For all pandemic fans ... some mechanics are similar but theme and complexity are quite different, also challenging
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13. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:136] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
Josh Gaudreau
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I'm surprised no one's added this yet, with all it's expansions.
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14. Board Game: Wok Star [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:1148]
Jeffrey D Myers
United States
Los Ranchos
New Mexico
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This one is pretty challenging, and has a fun real-time element.
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15. Board Game: The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:71]
Troy Creamer
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Arlington Heights
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This one is brutal hard. Even the easiest mission is pretty tough.
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16. Board Game: Shadows over Camelot [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:254]
George Ramos
Canada
Saint-Laurent
Quebec
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Arthurian co-op frustration.
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17. Board Game: Mansions of Madness [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:150]
Lo Ma
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California
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This one is pretty challenging, especially if you have only a few investigators. This is another one where the investigators often don;t know what the winning condisitons are until near the end - but the keeper knows from the beginning. The Keeper dude is like the Game Master in a role-playing game, except he's competing against the other players, instead of just facilitating the game. I've never played a game with that kind of role before, and it is pretty interesting. Tedious to set up though.
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18. Board Game: Witch of Salem [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:1133]
Lo Ma
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California
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This euro-ish co-op is very hard to beat if you play by the rules and keep the portal info secret from the other players after someone has examined one. We usually cheat though, and keep portal info open once it has been investigated.

This is a lighter feeling horror co-op that is fast playing. The artwork on the baord and location cards is reminiscent of Chas Adams or Edward Gorey. The cards are ickier but won;t give an adult any nightmares, though they might do so with an impressionable child.
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19. Board Game: Castle Panic [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:611]
Fabien Conus
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Geneva
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Not especially challenging, but I would put it at the same level as Forbidden Island, which is present higher in the list.

It is a fun and very interesting game.
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20. Board Game: Sentinels of the Multiverse [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:138]
Ben Ross
United States
Milwaukee
Wisconsin
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This one can be really difficult to win depending on how many players and heroes you play with. Not only that but each villain you can face has an "advanced" difficulty which can be really killer. Playing with 3 heroes is almost always a challenge.

This is a pretty new one, so not many people probably know much about it, but it's in the process of making it to stores. It's definitely worth keeping an eye on.
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21. Board Game: Gears of War: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:234]
Paul Harmon
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Rochester
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This is about to come out, and from the game I watched at my LGS its pretty intense and very challenging.
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22. Board Game: Alcatraz: The Scapegoat [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:1443]
 
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I add this new cooperative board game. It has not been published yet. But a publisher assures it is pretty hard. Theme looks great.
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23. Board Game: Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.80 Unranked]
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Perhaps the hardest co-op of them all?

Some cases are easier than others, but the toughest are simply brutal.
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24. Board Game: Defenders of the Realm: The Dragon Expansion [Average Rating:7.71 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.71 Unranked]
Kenneth H
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I see somebody put Defenders of the Realm on there, but somebody said it wasn't hard. Whoever said that is right. Defenders of the Realm is downright simple once you get the hang of what's important. (Same as in Pandemic, really. Keep the number of outbreaks down, mass your cards. Mobility is key, don't get hurt. For the love of God, don't stay in the late war for more than a couple of Darkness turns.)

The Dragon Expansion? Is. Not. Simple.

It almost could be, but for Brimstone. Screw Brimstone. Why are Fire Elementals more badass than DEMONS, anyway?

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25. Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:334]
Kim Fjeld
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This game has a pretty eerie athmosphere. I love the modular approach to exploration and the wealth of scenarios. The difficulty depends on a combination of factors such as tiles drawn, the position of players, items collected and the very quest. The game is perhaps more fun than a true mind bender, although the suspense can be quite a challenge! meeple
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