Real survival games
Jacob Fryxelius
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Survival games come in different forms. There are games that help you survive your current situation (A castaway may die from boredom without a good game to play), there are games that survive anything (Monopoly, why can't you just die?), and there are games about survival. This geeklist is about the latter type. Games where you have to FIGHT to survive.

Games on this list should:
* have a thematic focus on you vs. nature
* have mechanics to match it
* probably have player elimination

Having a feeding mechanic is NOT enough to get on this list.

I will sort them so that personal survival games are first.
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1. Board Game: Wilderness [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:4079]
Jacob Fryxelius
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Survival for real. Survival in itself is not very difficult, but coupled to the race across the board, this one can be rough on you. Sometimes, when people push themselves too hard, all players die...
Great fun. Great adventure.
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2. Board Game: Outdoor Survival [Average Rating:4.66 Overall Rank:15614]
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Old classic. I don't know how realistic or fun it is, but it's certainly about survival.
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3. Board Game: Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island [Average Rating:7.95 Overall Rank:36]
Jacob Fryxelius
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About setting up your camp after a shipwreck and prepare for winter while completing different missions. Although you do fight nature, I felt this is more about managing to complete your mission. I don't see the risk of dying.
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4. Board Game: Friday [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:308]
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Games on this list should:
* have a thematic focus on you vs. nature check
* have mechanics to match it sort of
* probably have player elimination absolutely

You play as Friday and attempt to help Robinson Crusoe survive and get strong enough to escape the island. A great little solo survival game.
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5. Board Game: Survive: Escape from Atlantis! [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:234]
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Not about personal survival, but survival nontheless.
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6. Board Game: Get Bit! [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:1919]
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Trying to outswim a shark and elbowing yourself past your buddies in the water sounds like being all about survival. With no hope of actual survival...
 
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7. Board Game: Deserted Animals [Average Rating:5.95 Unranked]
Reinis Butans
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Deserted Animals has various game modes, but the first game mode that was introduced is called "The Last Survivor" and it is my favorite mode so far.

Your ONLY goal is to stay in the game - imo that is the survival in essence. What you do in this game mode is try to find some nutrition to survive longer or you beat up the other players so they lose faster - but probably a mix both.

This game mode is not so popular because if you play with a lot of players and let's say someone loses in the first 30minutes, then the others can still drag the game for like 2hours. So the looser would have to find something else to do in the mean time.
 
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8. Board Game: K2 [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:456]
Enon Sci
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Certainly a survivalist simulator. Very abstracted, but the tension in play comes from trying to stay alive in the hostile environment of Mt. Chhogori.

Thematic exploration of Man vs. Nature? Check.

Mechanics to match? Check.

Meeple death? Check.
 
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9. Board Game: Mount Everest [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:4182]
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I don't know much about this upcoming venture from Adam Kaluza, but it deserves a mention due to K2's inclusion. It effectively looks to be a remake of the latter, expanding on its rules and adding more survivalist elements (oxygen tanks, etc).

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