The Most Dangerous Games
Van Tarpley
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What boardgames in your collection pose the most physical danger to players? I apologize if this duplicates an earlier list -- I did some searching on the site and didn't find anything similar. Please add your examples!
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1. Board Game: Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:48]
Van Tarpley
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La Mesa
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My inspiration for this list was that, while I was trying to get this game off a high closet shelf, it fell and hit me in the head. This sucker is HEAVY. Also, many of the bits look injury-producing -- the War Suns have tips like old Prussian helmets, and the dreadnoughts are miniature plastic daggers. (Note that a fair number of games in my family get played on the floor barefoot. The possibility of foot injuries looms large on this list.) The hex tiles themselves would make pretty decent cardboard shuriken, although so abusing the components of a $90 game is in itself suicidal.
 
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2. Board Game: Ikusa [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:689]
Van Tarpley
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My little brother got bored in this game and figured out that you could use the little sword as an anti-personnel launcher of koku (plastic coins with a hole in the middle) . . .
 
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3. Board Game: Risk [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:14523]
Van Tarpley
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I couldn't find a picture of the version I had as a child with the plastic tents and stars. The tents were literal caltrops -- there was always one end poking up to stab you in the foot. Probably the number-one injury-producing boardgame of my youth, especially of unsuspecting parents who were happening by and stepped on a piece . . .
 
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4. Board Game: Magic Realm [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:930]
Van Tarpley
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The game that first introduced me to hex tiles as cardboard shuriken. These things throw really well, especially if your Woods Girl just got trounced by some stupid bat.
 
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5. Board Game: Monopoly: 60th Anniversary Edition (1935-1995) [Average Rating:5.18 Overall Rank:14558]
Van Tarpley
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The pieces in Monopoly pose some small physical threat (especially since the pawns are metal and throwable), but the most danger comes from the impact of this game on relationships. My family never plays this anymore because it always ended with a temper tantrum -- and all the players were above 20. (Also, there are many other great family games to choose from that may actually bring families together.)
 
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6. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons Adventure Game [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:6175]
Van Tarpley
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Perhaps this is cheating, since D&D is not strictly a boardgame, but all RPGs have significant danger potential. They combine (a) excited people acting out every sword-thrust of their encounter with a displacer beast, (b) sharp pencils, (c) dice (some metal and heavy), (d) miniatures (some metal and heavy, especially for old-school gamers) and (e) fairly frequent character death. Still, a great game worth all the risks.
 
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7. Board Game: Spoons [Average Rating:5.27 Overall Rank:14852]
Van Tarpley
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I am absolutely amazed that there is a BGG entry for Spoons, but it is one seriously dangerous game. In many a church group have I seen bodies flying, spoons sailing through the air, furious bouts of tug-of-war . . . This version with the poky shark-fins looks just terrifying, the lawn darts of the new millennium.
 
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8. Board Game: Diceland: Space [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:5221]
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The pieces are actually designed to be thrown! Pointy cardboard grenades, anyone? A nice short game to decompress and work off some tension after a four-hour monster . . .
 
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9. Board Game: Sid Meier's Civilization: The Boardgame [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:13579]
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Applies to many of Eagle's games:

Cutting your fingers when trying to remove the units from their sprues!
 
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10. Board Game: The Game of Life [Average Rating:4.19 Overall Rank:15341]
Peter Schell
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Milwaukee
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We were playing The Game of Life on the floor as kids when our alcoholic uncle came for a surprise visit and proceeded to fall on the board and split his head open on the plastic office building.
Hasbro is right, games really do bring families together.
 
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11. Board Game: Zendo [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:706]
T. Rosen
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Arlington
Virginia
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I think the picture says it all. Ouch!
 
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12. Board Game: Jungle Speed [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1056]
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THIS is a really dangerous game! I nearly killed a friend of mine last time I played it...
 
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13. Board Game: Quackshot [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:6421]
Jonathan Bruton
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Bordon
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After a round or so of this you inevitably start shooting other players in the face.
 
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14. Board Game: Attacktix Battle Figure Game: Star Wars [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:5704]
Jonathan Bruton
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How many deflected bullets head off towards eyes, or if they miss end up somewhere you have to skin your arm to retrieve them?
 
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15. Board Game: Egyptian Ratscrew [Average Rating:5.56 Overall Rank:12886]
Matt Cobb
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A game that involves quickly adding cards to a pile. If doubles are added, whoever slaps the deck first gets the cards.

This can be very dangerous if you are just a hair slower then a girl who has some nice poiny rocks on her rings. Some of the more devious females have threatented to turn their rings around to make whoever is faster then them pay the price.

When we play, we usually have everyone remove their rings after the first minor injury.
 
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16. Board Game: Egyptian Ratscrew [Average Rating:5.56 Overall Rank:12886]
Matt Cobb
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A game that involves quickly adding cards to a pile. If doubles are added, whoever slaps the deck first gets the cards.

This can be very dangerous if you are just a hair slower then a girl who has some nice poiny rocks on her rings. Some of the more devious females have threatented to turn their rings around to make whoever is faster then them pay the price.

When we play, we usually have everyone remove their rings after the first minor injury.
 
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17. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:416] [Average Rating:7.09 Unranked]
Nick West
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Colinton
Edinburgh
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Chess.

I believe a gentlemen of Middle-Eastern descent still holds the tournament record for resigning via the mechanism of sweeping the pieces onto the floor and smashing the board over the opponents head. That would make your eye's water...

Four times in one tournament around 1895! I only hope gentlemen played wearing their top or bowler hats...
 
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