Late to the party? Games you can jump in on
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A list of games where you can join in half way through.

I guess there's lots of bad ones, certainly lots of 'take that' games, but I'm just going to add ones I like.

I guess I'll also stick to games where you can join in and still have some chance of winning, even if this means adding an unofficial 'fudge' (see Carcassonne).
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1. Board Game: Shadows over Camelot [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:317]
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Get a knight and join in. No problem.

I thought joining in the game would be made easier through the game being co-operative, but I honestly can think of many other games co-op where it works so easily.

Maybe pandemic? Sententials of the Mutliverse?
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2. Board Game: Tsuro [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:773]
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The game isn't very long anyway, but as long as there is a free edge space, you can join in.
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3. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Easy enough to add a new player. Set them at the same point as the person coming last, and give them a tile.

I think this doesn't disadvantage them too much, as what they lack in positioning on the table, they make up with through having no trapped meeples.

If you play particularly harshly (as you should), then it might actually be a big advantage to them.
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4. Board Game: RoboRally [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:336]
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Beginning at the start with a healthy robot halfway through the game could conceivably be an advantage, but it would probably be fair to the player if the robot starts at the flag that everyone has already touched.
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5. Board Game: SET [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1218]
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Start a game of this in a public space and when someone passes by and calls "set," they're now part of the game.
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6. Board Game: The Great Dalmuti [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1148]
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This game is played in rounds and it is really easy to add new players. at the start of a new round just deal them in as a merchant and start the game. it is really easy and this is one of the best party games ever.

If you have never played this game take the chance. you will not regret it.
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7. Board Game: The Walking Dead: The Board Game [Average Rating:5.79 Overall Rank:6570] [Average Rating:5.79 Unranked]
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I don't know how it's actually in the rules but when someone dies they can get a different character and start again I beleive. To me this is the same as if someone comes late. We had someone come late one time. They didn't win but did well.
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8. Board Game: Monty Python Fluxx [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:2588]
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really any of the fluxx games would work. I have jumped in to many games and even won a few.
 
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9. Board Game: Munchkin [Average Rating:5.94 Overall Rank:3343] [Average Rating:5.94 Unranked]
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this game is so crazy that you can come in half way through and still win.
 
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10. Board Game: Lords of the Sierra Madre (second edition) [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:6576]
Enrico Viglino
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Contains rules for adding players mid-game.
Many of Ecklund's designs are set up this way,
providing a fair(ish) handicap to latecomers.
 
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11. Board Game: Empires of the Middle Ages [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:2504]
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The grand campaign of this is my favorite game for adding
new players to. It doesn't much matter, and the game provides
for good rules for adding new powers after the start.
 
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12. Board Game: Talisman [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:1753]
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People die and get new characters anyhow. Coming in late isn't that big a deal.
 
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13. Board Game: Magic Realm [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:929]
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As with Talisman, dead players can re-enter. No reason a
new player can't as well. The board is likely to be fairly
well picked over though.
 
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14. Board Game: Ricochet Robots [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:569] [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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Imho, this game is a perfect example of a game you can jump in on! And even if a lot of guys are late, there are always room for one more as RR plays 1-99 (according to the box). Sure, you might not actually win, but you can still join the fun!
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