RUTHLESS GAMERS. Exactly how mean are we?
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angry Some games are designed to reward ruthless play such as blocking, tricking, misleading, or even outright conniving behaviors.

devil Other games are not meant to be so mean, but we can find ways to show our evil, ruthless side.

cry Here are some ruthless behaviors. thumbsup Thumb up if you have done something similiar or you enjoyed that meanness a little too much.

whistle If I leave any out, feel free to add your ruthless behaviors.
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1. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:43]
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By design, 7 Wonders makes it necessary to bury some sciences or hoard a particular resource in order to collect some moolah. "Hey, if you need glass I have some."
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2. Board Game: The Adventurers: The Temple of Chac [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1107]
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A game this is more of a race. It does provide some ruthless moves such as breaking the foot bridge.

One particular moment of meanness that I enjoy is rooting for the boulder to take out some competitors. "Go, boulder, go!!!" "Squish"
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3. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.02 Overall Rank:17]
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Lots of opportunity in this one. One extra chance to be mean is the joy of watching other people take the begging cards. "Oh, I am sorry. Did your family need that fish or those sheep to eat?"
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4. Board Game: Alhambra [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:396]
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A particular meanness...when someone is one tile away from enclosing their Alhambra, suggesting the perfect piece to finish the job is never not funny.
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5. Board Game: BANG! [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1037]
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This game immediately get you into the "screw you neighbors" mindset. One particular ruthless move is the dynamite. Thumb this if you do not hesitate to throw out the dynamite. "Here, hold this for a second."
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6. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:62]
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The game that inspire this. Actually, the game that inspire another geeklist that inspire this. Actions I Regret

Almost no ruthless move more enjoyable than being a cylon and getting the group to accuse another of being the frakking toaster.
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7. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:137] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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It can be a peaceful game. However, it usually goes to the dark side at some point. We call it Weaseling. Moving in on another meeples started castle (or road, or field).
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8. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:284] [Average Rating:7.22 Unranked]
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You should see this one coming....

Trade away all your bricks and use a monopoly to get it all back.
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9. Board Game: Clue: The Great Museum Caper [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:1660]
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We used to play this a lot in the high school game club I sponsored. I really enjoyed need to take at least 4 painting and taking them all instead. The last one was always challenging.
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10. Board Game: Ding! [Average Rating:5.37 Unranked]
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A new card game for us that has the weird rule of calling "DING" after the last person gets their replacement cards but before the first person play the lead card. How rude!
 
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11. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.66 Unranked]
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One word....

Spoiler (click to reveal)
Witch!
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12. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:254]
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When the first person dies, or you have to leave them behind, we always assume he was the arsonist anyway.

By the way, has anyone noticed that if the cat dies you never win?
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13. Board Game: Fresco [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:249] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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A lot of games provide the opportunity to take resources that other need. It seems a lot funnier to take paint that the other painters need in order to mix up other colors.

Also making the leader choose between waking up first or last is always fun too.
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14. Board Game: Jenga [Average Rating:5.56 Overall Rank:11298]
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Very simple way to be ruthless in this one. Take the outside pieces on the bottom floor.
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15. Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:53]
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When asking "What would Jesus do?", remember that flipping over tables and using a whip are within the realm of possibilities.
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I just played a game of this earlier this week against my wife and daughter. The daughter played a Mandatory Quest on her first turn. Then as soon as I completed it she played a second one.

She ended up winning (beating me) by 2 points.

She was Ruthless.

And her name...is Ruth!laugh
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16. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:154] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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I used to play with a few players who would love to wait a turn to see how much damage they could do on the next turn. Knowing I hate to concede at any point I would take it within reason. On those rare occasions that I drew a game changer (Used to be the banned card Balance) made all those merciless turn worth it.
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17. Board Game: Nuns on the Run [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1328]
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Nuns provides a unique chance to ruthless. Trying to catch the same prioress multiple times so that no one could win just seems really mean.

I guess being a prioress and getting intentionally caught would be meaner.
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18. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:31]
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As with any auction game, dropping the bid on someone who is bidding you up is really enjoyable.
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19. Board Game: Rail Baron [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:1963]
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We used to play a lot. Our ruthless behavior: Chanting for a city that you own when others are rolling for the destination. "Miami, Miami, Miami..."
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20. Board Game: The Resistance [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:182]
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If you play this game so well, that people don't trust you in any other game, you might be a ruthless player.
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21. Board Game: RoboRally [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:344]
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I admit it, I laugh out loud when someone turns the wrong way and runs themselves into a laser.
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22. Board Game: Skip-Bo [Average Rating:5.38 Overall Rank:15495]
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A little old school ruthless-ism.

Holding onto and showing that "2" that the other team needs.
 
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23. Board Game: Survive: Escape from Atlantis! [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:234]
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Can anyone resist this one? When using the shark to take out a person, don't we all sing, "da-dum.....da-DUM.....da-dum-da-dum-DA-DUM..."
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24. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: USA 1910 [Average Rating:8.01 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.01 Unranked]
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Taking Vegas when you don't need it.
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25. Board Game: UNO [Average Rating:5.35 Overall Rank:15571]
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Okay, this is a tough one to write.

We lost my nephew, Michael, (in his 20's) this past year. One of my fondest memory was a Christmas time game night at the in-laws where we had 2 or 3 games going. On the other table Michael was playing UNO. Over and over, Michael would get down to one card and would be sure he was about to out. Only to have them switch the color. Michael would quickly play his card and laughter would fill the house. Of course everyone knew what card he had and it would happen over and over.

Don't know if we will ever be able to play UNO again at Christmas time.

(If you don't know Jesus, seek Him out. He is waiting for you.)
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