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Some games out there are luck of the draw, but this list is for games that suffer being way too lucky. Sometimes that is a good thing, but most of the time it's not, unless you really like that sort of thing.
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1. Board Game: Bunco Party [Average Rating:3.21 Overall Rank:15190]
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Bunco is one of the most luck driven games out there. You just mindlessly roll dice and score points. A couple of years ago the family tried this at a party... it was terrible. What didn't help was of course the nagging over 'you're not doing it right!'
 
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2. Board Game: Candy Land [Average Rating:3.17 Overall Rank:15333]
Kevin H
Canada
Windsor
Ontario
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Completely random...only decision to make is when to quit
 
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3. Board Game: Chutes and Ladders [Average Rating:2.79 Overall Rank:15334]
Kevin H
Canada
Windsor
Ontario
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Roll and move and repeat
 
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4. Board Game: Bingo [Average Rating:2.73 Overall Rank:15332]
Kevin H
Canada
Windsor
Ontario
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B...3

I...hate Bingo
 
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5. Board Game: War [Average Rating:2.20 Overall Rank:15331]
Kevin H
Canada
Windsor
Ontario
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Flip a card win a card
Flip a card lose a card
 
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6. Board Game: Bowling Dice [Average Rating:4.45 Overall Rank:15252]
Kevin H
Canada
Windsor
Ontario
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Apparently you roll the dice and score them and pass them
 
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7. Board Game: More S'mores [Average Rating:5.71 Unranked]
Bob Menzel
United States
Montpelier
Vermont
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Get a pile of cards, don't look at them, flip them until someone makes a s'more by placing a graham cracker card on top of the whole mess. Rinse & repeat until you're out of cards. YAWN . . .

But the kids love it, especially in the summer time.
 
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8. Board Game: Monopoly Junior [Average Rating:4.29 Overall Rank:15308]
Amy
United States
Saint Charles
Michigan
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"Real" Monopoly has bits of non-luck. You can choose whether you want to purchase a property. You can choose when to buy houses/hotels. You can orchestrate trades/deals that are as simple or convoluted as you like. "Real" Monopoly is occasionally bearable, when played by the proper rules…when played with cutthroat deal-making, nearly interesting.

Not so in Monopoly Junior. If you land on it, you buy it. Your sign of ownership is the hotel (ticket booth) placed on the property. Everything else is pure luck as well.
 
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9. Board Game: LCR [Average Rating:3.19 Overall Rank:15330]
Clinton Paris
United States
Post Falls
Idaho
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Don't forget this hidden gem--a top seller at many online game retailers!

 
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10. Board Game: Game of Goose [Average Rating:3.35 Overall Rank:15312]
Emile de Maat
Netherlands
Hengelo
Overijssel
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No decisions here...
 
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11. Board Game: Pro Golf [Average Rating:5.49 Overall Rank:13073]
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Throw the dice to how well you golfer has hit the ball, find the result in a table. Roll the dice again for the next swing. Check for the result in the next table.
 
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12. Board Game: Rummoli [Average Rating:5.85 Overall Rank:9594]
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I was forced to play this once and it seemed you only got a decision when it was your deal, and it wasn't even a big decision. Do I recall correctly?
 
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13. Board Game: Minister [Average Rating:4.76 Overall Rank:14825]
Stephen Glenn
United States
Virginia Beach
Virginia
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...unless I missed something.
 
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14. Board Game: Hopp hopp Häschen [Average Rating:5.87 Overall Rank:10100]
Werner Bär
Germany
Karlsruhe
Baden
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You roll a colored die, and get a rabbit or not.
 
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15. Board Game: Great Board Games [Average Rating:6.29 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.29 Unranked]
Richard Irving
United States
Salinas
California
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Many of the games in this book were published between 1850-1950 and most were nothing more than disguised versions of Chutes & Ladders or Ludo (which DOES give you a small choice--which piece to move), etc. Like Chutes & Ladders, good behavior and virtues were rewarded, bad behavior and vices were punished.

Just don't confuse "The Game of Office Boy" with "District Messenger Boy". Completely different games!
 
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16. Board Game: DungeonQuest [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:1281]
Dan Rosewater
Switzerland
Zürich
Switzerland
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Most of the games in this list got low ratings because BGGers want to influence their game. This game makes the impression that you do influence your game character but if you win or not is completley dependent on luck:
- draw a suitable floortile or not
- rolling a lot of dice
- resolving fights is some rock/scissors/paper system
- drawing event cards (some good, some bad)
 
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17. Board Game: Russian Roulette [Average Rating:2.15 Unranked]
Mark Blanco
United States
Charlotte
North Carolina
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Pure luck, but the upside is that you'll never lose more than once.
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18. Board Game: Pass the Pigs [Average Rating:5.31 Overall Rank:15199]
Alan Nanes
United States
Rockville
Maryland
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Would this make the cut?
 
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19. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
Alex Bove
United States
East Lansdowne
Pennsylvania
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I defy anyone to explain to me how this is not a game of pure luck. I've played twice and both games were blowouts (I won once, BTW) due to unreasonably lucky/unlucky dice rolling.
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20. Board Game: Zombies!!! [Average Rating:5.85 Overall Rank:4470] [Average Rating:5.85 Unranked]
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Australia
Ashfield
NSW
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Plenty of randomness, and when it's not random it's chaotic.

Draw some random unbalanced event cards. Roll and move -- it doesn't matter where most of the time, since the locations are randomly drawn tiles, and you can't predict where the helipad will appear. Pick up weapons, and have the other players remove them. Fight zombies by rolling dice. Move zombies by rolling dice, then watch the other players move them back on their turns.
 
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21. Board Game: Killer Bunnies and the Quest for the Magic Carrot [Average Rating:5.49 Overall Rank:15076] [Average Rating:5.49 Unranked]
Jon Dockter
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Chicago
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I can't believe this one is not on the list. The game is the epitomy of luck driven games.
 
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