Just Terrible! Games you never win at...
Dave Sokolowski
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Sunnyvale
California
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We all win some games, some of the time, but then there are *those* games...

You know what I'm talking about: those one or two titles that you can never seem to win. No matter how hard you try, no matter how many strategy articles and session reports you read, no matter how many solo games you play late at night when everyone's gone to bed, no matter how many times you replay the previous night's loss in your mind while driving to work, you NEVER win at this particular game.

Discuss your heartache, your private sorrow, and, of course, your loss.
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1. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:316]
Dave Sokolowski
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Sunnyvale
California
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I love Citadels and will play it whenever it's brought out. I love the theme, the different play angles and characters, and that it plays up to seven. However, my normally solid poker face must just wash away when I play this game, as I am always the one picked on by the Assassins and Thieves; try getting more than two buildings in place when you've been killed three turns in a row. It's become so bad that I just pick either Thief or Assassin just so someone else doesn't. I love this game, but boy do I suck.
 
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2. Board Game: Hammer of the Scots [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:299]
Dave Sokolowski
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California
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How is it possible to lose playing against yourself? I don't know, but even when I play this game solo I lose. I mean, no matter how hard I try to put together a solid strategy, for either side, it always falls apart. And that's especially true when I play a real opponent - no matter what side I play, I just get kicked and beaten and oppressed. Kinda like the Scots themselves.
 
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3. Board Game: Risk: Star Wars – The Clone Wars Edition [Average Rating:6.03 Overall Rank:3664]
Roy Stephens
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San Jose
California
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I always end up with the Imperials/Separatists and NEVER win. I have read accounts where people say that the Imps/Seps NEVER lose, but I have yet to have it happen to me. I have tried all out aggression. I have tried turtling. Neither seems to work. Now, it could just be my hideous dice skills... but, unlike the movie reality, the Republic never falls and Palpatine's reign is VERY shortlived. In fact, I don't think Order 66 has been called later than the 6th turn in any of my games.
 
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4. Board Game: Chaos Marauders [Average Rating:5.92 Overall Rank:5810]
Chris Turner
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Wauwatosa
Wisconsin
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I had a friend that begged and cajoled to play this game over and over and NEVER WON. Not once with so many plays it was probably statistically impossible. Just for the record, his name is RYAN WILSON.
 
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5. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:117] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
Roy Stephens
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Well, it isn't that I NEVER win at this... but, I have yet to win consistently and the couple of wins I have under my belt were flukes or at least heavily weighted toward the side I was on.
 
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6. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:501]
Chris Turner
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Wauwatosa
Wisconsin
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I always play as Italy. Kingmaker, yes. Winner, never.
 
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7. Board Game: Boggle [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:1959]
Mark Tyler
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Orem
Utah
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Admittedly, my Boggle (and Scrabble) losses are a direct result of a choice I made twenty years ago. I married an English major. Yet that doesn't explain how my kids also out-Boggle me too.
 
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8. Board Game: Jambo [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:491] [Average Rating:7.04 Unranked]
Denise Lavely
United States
Carmel
Indiana
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I never win this. NEVER. And I LOVE Rudiger Dorn's games, and I love THIS game in particular - but MAN every time I play my husband just clobbers me at it.
 
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9. Board Game: Solitaire Frenzy [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:4495]
Consider Phlebas
United States
Albuquerque
New Mexico
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I hate this game. No thinking, you just go as fast as you can.
 
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10. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:28]
James Long
United States
Phoenix
Arizona
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I think this game wears me out too quickly for me to be prepared for the grand finale. So much money fluctuation. Every round you're planning the best way to spend 144 some-odd dollars and you have to work it down to the last dollar. And to top it off, I'm always designated banker.
 
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11. Board Game: BANG! [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1017]
Randy Plane
United States
Unspecified
Idaho
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I paid good money for this game!! I've played with my sons, my bro-in-law and his sons (9, 12, 14), my niece -- you name it. I always lose. If I'm an Outlaw, the Sheriff always wins. If I'm the Sheriff or a Deputy, the Outlaws or the Renegade win. If I'm the Renegade, forget it -- I'm coyote food early on. Do I have a bulls-eye painted on me somewhere???
 
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12. Board Game: HeroClix [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:1763] [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
Kristi Long
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Edinburgh
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I love this game. It's got great pieces, a nice system, and is very tactical. But I always lose, no matter who I have on my team! Ultimate Thor -- Gorilla Grod eats him for lunch when I have him. I once played an entire game where Wonder Woman never landed a hit. I think I was better at the game before they changed the taxi rule and I've never really recovered. But I keep playing! And I guess I'm improving because it takes me longer to lose.
 
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13. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:70]
Nick Fisk
United Kingdom
Stoke on Trent
Staffordshire
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I really enjoy playing this one, although most of that play is online here.

However, I just cannot win it.

I'll slowly build & build, then I go for the big conflict and get wiped.

Every time.

 
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14. Board Game: Through the Desert [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:435]
Chris Hawks
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Apple Valley
Minnesota
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The first game we played, I came in 1 point behind my wife, who won. Closest I've ever come to winning. In fact, my wife has won all but one game since -- and my brother won that one.

Seems whenever I think might have the win after counting up my points, I look at my wife's pile of points and think, "That's it? Maybe I won!" And then she slides, like, 30 more point chips over and says, "Don't forget about these."
 
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15. Board Game: Domaine [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:647]
Jeff Stahl
United States
Chicago
Illinois
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16. Board Game: Arkham Horror [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:237] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
Old Bendy
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West Simsbury
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I try to win, my fellow investigators try to win. Its not that we lose, its that we wind up calling it quits after 5 hours of trying (one way or another).

 
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17. Board Game: Lost Cities [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:294]
Joshua Lobkowicz
United States
High Ridge
Missouri
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I can't say "I've never won this game" but I can say "I never win this game. My griflriends brother bought it, and he and I played a couple times going back and forth on who won. Then she played with him and liked it so much I had to get it so we would have a game that she would actually request to play. Bad move. First game she beat my by 10 points or so...next game 30 or so...here we are with about a dozen plays, the last game she beat me by well over 100 points (in just 3 rounds mind you) Every time I think I learned what I've done wrong...I "fix" it and do twice as bad next time.

WHY DO I SUCK AT THIS GAME?!?!
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