Games where you just watch your guys die
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List for games that let your guys die, where there's really nothing you can do to prevent this from happening, apart from a lucky die roll.

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1. Board Game: Poor Bloody Infantry [Average Rating:6.23 Unranked]
Michael Barlow
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Choose your men. Play one of them or an officer. Set them off to the German trench, and watch, watch, watch them die.

There's little you can do to stop the machine guns. There's nothing to do about the artillery.

I suppose it's a realistic simulation, but gamers be warned.
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2. Board Game: Age of Exploration [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:6821]
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Load your ship in Europe and set sail in a time before anyone could figure out how to prevent scurvy. Where almost anything could knock off your sailors and probably will. Sometimes a die roll can save you, but sometimes it won't. You can hope to reprovision in the New World, but reinforcing your crew will have to wait until you return to Europe.
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3. Board Game: Pocket Civ [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:2800]
Andrew Tullsen
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Famines, Floods, Barbarians from the sea, Barbarians from the land, Volcanoes, Disease - all of these will destroy your men every turn. If you have a safe turn, you breathe a sigh of relief, but it won't last.
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4. Board Game: Vimy Ridge [Average Rating:6.41 Unranked]
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Germans (or was it Austrians) must face barrages on Turn One. It's the most sickening thing I've witnessed as a wargamer.
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5. Board Game: DungeonQuest (third edition) [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1292]
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That about sums this game up pretty well....
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6. Board Game: War of the Ring (Second Edition) [Average Rating:8.39 Overall Rank:14]
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This only applies to the free peoples player. Your armies are merely trying to slow down sauron's hordes till frodo can through that ring into mt doom. When your units die they are gone for good. When the evil players units die they just go into his reinforcement pool
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7. Board Game: Gauntlet of Fools [Average Rating:6.01 Overall Rank:3775]
Dave Gray
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All players fight the same series of battles. Basically turns consist of rolling dice and watching your player bleed out. Last one standing wins. You can even win if you end the game dead.
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8. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:228]
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Another dice rolling, would dealing game. Played it for the first time last night: 3 games. I had the distinct feeling we were simply watching the monsters beat the crap out of each other and not dying was a challenge vs allowing the other player to win.

If I recall the rules correctly, you can still win if you reach the winning victory point total in the same turn as dying.
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9. Board Game: Falling [Average Rating:5.51 Overall Rank:13758]
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It is, after all, the point of the game.
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10. Board Game: B-17: Queen of the Skies [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:1226]
Judd Vance
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Wichita
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Create your crew and try to fly 25 missions. You'll be lucky if any of them live, let alone your airplane.

There are few choices in this game (your ball turret can target two enemy fighters, which one do you choose?) Otherwise, you roll the dice, read the charts, and reveal the story.
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11. Board Game: Space Hulk: Death Angel – The Card Game [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:530]
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A thousand times this. Roll, die, shift up, roll, die, shift up, roll, re-roll, 3rd rule breaking roll, throw die across the room. Game over.
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12. Board Game: The Downfall of Pompeii [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:449]
Dan Poole
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Goldsboro
North Carolina
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Watching people die as lava takes over the board
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13. Board Game: Torgau [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:8669]
Elwyn Darden
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By the time you're done playing this game most of it is already packed away in the box. Not for the faint-hearted.

Artillery lends dignity to what otherwise would be a vulgar brawl.
-- Frederick the Great
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14. Board Game: In the Year of the Dragon [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:221]
Nathan Morse
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Here's a nastily classic case of this. You see what terrible events are coming. You know how to "stock up to survive the winter", but someone beats you to the resources you were planning to store. "Winter" comes, and… dead, dead, dead, dead, dead.

Oh! But that was just one of numerous disasters coming! …and you can see far in advance the futility of trying to save people, so you start planning for taking care of your soon-to-be reduced population.
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15. Board Game: Barbarian Prince [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:3665]
Carl Marl
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It's only a matter of time before your Barbarian Prince is captured and executed. A similar fate awaits any allies he happens to pick up along the way.
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16. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:130]
Andres F. Pabon L.
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You watch your ship being ripped apart, and then get to watch all those helpless astronauts drift away in space... and laugh about it.
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17. Board Game: Liftoff! [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:4461]
Darrell Hanning
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Develop and test launch systems and vehicles. Develop and test them some more.
Launch manned capsules and watch astronauts die.

Develop and test launch systems and vehicles more.

Launch men to the moon, and watch them die.

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18. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:190] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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Well I guess that some combinations let you avoid the death of your units but for the most part just spread them too thin and watch your neighbours cause trouble just to put them in decline and start again.
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19. Board Game: Village [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:112]
Lito Carmona
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Yes, your guys die... and it can be a good thing. whistle
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20. Board Game: Survive: Escape from Atlantis! [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:234]
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It's named Survive and you're all like "I'm trying, I'm trying" the whole game as your little meeples get eaten by sharks and drown.
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The object of the game is to kill of your guys.
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22. Board Game: Catacombs [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:695]
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Though in my experience it's mostly the Overlord watching their monsters die.

Room after room after room after room.

Ugh, it's lonely being the Overlord in this game.
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23. Board Game: Outdoor Survival [Average Rating:4.66 Overall Rank:15633]
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First one that came to mind. Not only will your guy die but there's multiple counters to show the demise in slow motion.
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24. Board Game: Shogun [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:129]
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And Wallenstein (second edition)...

Push cubes down the tower of doom and watch them be consumed as cubes of opposing factions (players or peasants!) knock themselves out of the game!!!
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25. Board Game: Dune [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:216]
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The Rainbow of Death.
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