Game Rage: Games That Bring Out the Worst in You
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Whether it was in our childhood, or in adulthood, there are certain games that bring out the worst in us. It may simply be the blood boiling in the back of our heads, or there could be verbal arguments, or it could turn to pistols and 10 paces at dawn. No matter how it manifests itself, this rage is brought on by certain board games that mine the dark parts of our souls. These are those games.

Feel free to add any games that you think bring the rage and gives reasons why, anecdotes, etc.
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1. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:284] [Average Rating:7.22 Unranked]
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I can't recall ever actually getting angry playing a game, except... one game of Settlers of Catan.

Settlers is a favourite of my friends and family, but not of mine. I have always thought that the randomness of the dice can really be frustrating. If the rolls don't go your way, you could spend a lot of time with few choices. The frustration compounds if the choices for expansion are few, or the robber stays on one of your hexes for most of the game. I know there are ways to mitigate these issues, but still... it's Settlers.

I don't know if it was a full moon or what, but that time I had no patience for the lousy dice rolls, and there seemed no way to crawl out of last place. I was cursing like a sailor, and I think I frightened my friends into putting the robber elsewhere for the rest of the game. We laughed about it after, but I can honestly say that I discovered some gaming rage inside me that I never knew I had.

Hopefully the beast has been tamed, and I can stay relaxed during any future game of Settlers. Maybe I'll try the new expansion Catan: Explorers & Pirates.
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2. Board Game: Charades [Average Rating:4.97 Overall Rank:15455]
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Nothing can make you angry like jumping around like an idiot, trying to convey something without words, and have a whole team of people not get what you're doing.
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3. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:412] [Average Rating:7.09 Unranked]
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So much mental work goes into this game that people are liable to get stressed. I myself once as a young lad shattered a battalion of plastic chess pieces with a ruler after losing a particularly grueling match to a friend. I have also heard of some pro-players getting heated. (If you know of any such stories, I'd love to hear them.)

Then of course the Russians have come up with chess-boxing. What better way to get out your frustrations than to slug it out for a few minutes in between gambits?
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4. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:511]
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I'm surprised I'm the first to add this to the list.

The game is a massive slog-match, until somone backstabs. Turns take so long, and it's pretty easy to submit incorrect orders.

All in all, a game designed to bring on the rage!
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5. Board Game: Doodle Dice [Average Rating:5.57 Overall Rank:12686]
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This is more of a personal one. My wife and I did not rage at each other during this one, but more at the game itself for never ending because neither of us could roll the purple combo to win. We finally just stopped playing, called it a draw, and asked God for the last hour or so of our lives back,
 
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6. Board Game: I'm the Boss! [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:949]

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I'm going to have it my way or you're going to be destroyed.

At least that is how I think this game is to be played.

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7. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.39 Overall Rank:15658]
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Refusing to trade with someone, forming an alliance against the player that has Boardwalk and Park Place, or being in the lead with house rules and having someone swoop in and win 1000s from Free Parking. As they say on the Simpsons, "Looks like another case of Monopoly-related violence.:
 
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8. Board Game: Operation [Average Rating:4.07 Overall Rank:15657]
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Oh the mounting frustration as a child, hearing that stupid nose honk and light up red every time you tried to remove "writer's cramp," the ONLY piece you needed to win. And it was just a little to tempting for your friends to jinx/distract you when you tried to do it, wasn't it?
 
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9. Board Game: Othello [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:2399]
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On the surface this looks like an abstract I might like. But it has been one of the most frustrating games in the world for me. Even after reading up on strategy and learning about the importance of corners and side anchors and all, I'd still run into unpleasant surprises. And on top of it all, there's the fiddliness of having to flip pieces every turn.
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10. Board Game: Pictionary [Average Rating:5.82 Overall Rank:3874]
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Rage between partners.

"It's a duck. How can you not see that that's a duck!?"

"That's a duck? I thought it was a sewing machine."
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11. Board Game: Poker [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:874]
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When there's money involved, things are always more likely to get heated. We may have gotten beyond the Old West, but there have been confrontations at some of my poker games that haven't gotten pretty heated, with one guy accusing another of cheating, especially if it is a friend of a friend.

And then there's losing. I can't tell you how many times I've left a poker game in a huff only to sheepishly come back into the house to retrieve my keys off the gaming table, which I had left there because I was so hell-bent on getting out of the place where I'd lost my shirt.
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12. Board Game: Rage [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:2701]
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Well .... self-explanatory.
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13. Board Game: Slap Jack [Average Rating:3.25 Overall Rank:15594]
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Nothing like a little painful physical contact to get the blood boiling.
 
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14. Board Game: Spades [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:1345]
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I used to play Spades a lot in college and inevitably, there would be arguments over whether two partners were in some way signaling to each other. (And sometimes they were!) There was no money involved, but there was beer, and I'm sure that didn't help.
 
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15. Board Game: Trivial Pursuit [Average Rating:5.20 Overall Rank:15595]
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"Oh no! I'm sorry! The card says Moops!" Okay, maybe there aren't misprints, as in this classic Seinfeld episode, but I can remember many an argument in my teen years playing this game when someone didn't give an answer worded the same as on the card, especially if it was for a pie piece.
 
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16. Board Game: UNO [Average Rating:5.35 Overall Rank:15556]
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The skips, the reverses, the wild cards, all these little slights add up, and then, of course, if you forget to say "Uno," things go from bad to ugly fast.
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