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Sophie Morgan
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After taking yet another beating at Troyes last night, I started wondering: Are there any games that you never win (and I mean never -- I've yet to win a game of Troyes) and yet you still enjoy playing?

I enjoy Troyes. When the game group brings it over I'm always happy to play. (I just won't buy it for myself. It would sit on the shelf and mock me.)

I never win, but I like to play it. Are there any games you feel similarly about?
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Yep.

I rarely win at Saboteur (or Saboteur 2 for that matter) but I still enjoy it very much.
 
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John Enoch
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It took me almost ten years before I won a game of Catan (with and without expansions), and I enjoyed every single one.

I'm also consistently being crushed in one of the copies of Risk Legacy due to the board we've made, and it looks like it's going to stay that way for a while. Still, it's great fun!
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Steve Kissane
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Yet to win Quarriors or Cosmic Encounter. Always enjoy both, especially CE.
 
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Not sure. There are lot of games that I enjoy. I'm not sure if I've won at least once in any (or all) of them. I know I've won El Grande, Dominant Species and Power Grid. I can't recall if (and when) I've won in other games.

I don't keep track of wins and loses, but I'm sure there are games I've never one. The path to victory is more important (and fun) then the victory.
 
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Oh, yes. Can't remember when I last won Rage, but I'm always eager for a game. In a group of, say, 6-8, I always end up second or third. (Then there's my friend who either wins or comes in last.)
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Definitely.

Tikal
Merchants and Marauders
Power Grid
Glen Drover's Empires: Age of Discovery
Bohnanza
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Kathy Sheets
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I rarely win anything so it's safe to say yes to your question since I just love to play games regardless of whether I win or not. My husband and I are pretty evenly matched, but our son is such a genius he nearly always wins any game we play. Thankfully, he does like push-your-luck games, too, so sometimes we beat him at those.
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JohnnytheSkin wrote:
It took me almost ten years before I won a game of Catan (with and without expansions), and I enjoyed every single one.

I'm also consistently being crushed in one of the copies of Risk Legacy due to the board we've made, and it looks like it's going to stay that way for a while. Still, it's great fun!


Hah, I wish I knew more gamers like you in my area. My main gaming group now will sometimes entirely dismiss games based on a loss or two. I'm the same as you, I usually have a great time playing games even when I don't win them.

The only time it's not fun is when you're playing dry as a bone euro games against skilled veterans. Getting crushed when you barely understand the rules can suck the fun out of things.
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Ian Klinck
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I've had the person to my right "steal" the program I was intending to win with in 2 of our 3 games of Colosseum. The third game, people made a couple of trades to steal Star Performers from me, although I don't think I was in great position to win anyway.

I still want to play more...
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David Boeren
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I enjoy most games, and win quite a bit (perhaps that makes them easier to enjoy?)

Regardless, I did not win the only game of Castles of Burgundy I've played but enjoyed it quite a bit. Came in 2nd out of 4.

I don't think I've ever played a game lots of times without winning at least once.
 
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I'm sure there are plenty of such boardgames, but I don't really keep up with that. I log plays and that's it. Out of mind.

But there is one game I have yet to win, though I play it often--PowerBall Lottery.
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I've only played Dominant Species once. I didn't win. Unfortunately two of the four people playing were sour on the game since they did horrible, plus it is a long game.

I explained to them that this was the first game and no one knew what they were doing, and that the next game would go faster.

I'm hoping to play it again.
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Tim Fitzmaurice
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El Grande is the game that fits this bill for me - love it, try all sorts of strategies, still end up dead last or one from last every time but enjoy it.
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After about 20 plays of Hansa Teutonica with the group I've probably only won twice, the same guy wins most of the games. But it doesn't matter, I just love to play it!
 
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I've played Vanuatu twice and lost both times but really enjoyed.
Dominant species is another I enjoy but haven't won. If I don't win its just more reason to play.
 
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I've played War of the Ring (first edition) about 1/2 dozen times, and have never won. It does not matter what side I play, I have never won. Came close a couple of times, but no cigar.

Still, I just LOVE this game: the theme, the epic-ness, the story line, the bits… it’s all great, win or lose!!
 
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I still haven't won at Trajan but keep going back for more. Best I can do is a close second, and I've been the one teaching the game. shake
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One of my favorite games appeals to me so much because I've never won it. Have had three very intense 3/4p games of Yggdrasil. Twice we've gotten to the last card in the deck. The game sessions always result in a lively discussion of which tactics we should try next game. I love it!!!
 
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Cyclades! Never won my single play of it... I really enjoyed it that one time and can't wait to play it again! Hopefully I can erase that abysmal 0 % winning record laugh
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I log the plays I had, but do not log who won a given game and it honestly does not matter to me very much who wins the game, so I can't remember whether there is a game I have never won, but enjoy...
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Twilight Struggle. I've only won my first game that we played as a learning tutorial game. My opponent played Olympics in round two with DEFCON 2.

The four games sense then have all been losses. However, I enjoy the game greatly and try something different every game and attempt to learn strategy.

I'm not that great of a player in any game generally. But I love playing them. A good way to spend time with friends!
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Jambo!

My gf beats me every single time, but I really like the game because of the variety of actions and the nice artwork. Unfortunately, my gf doesn't like the game THAT much, so I have to beg her for playing it again (just to get beaten once again).
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