Games that Ruin Friendships
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Ok, maybe not actually ruin friendships, but you might not want to see the person for a little while.

The tactics of these games encourage sabotage, backstabbing, betrayal and general nastiness towards each other.

You're playing to win, not make buddies.
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1. Board Game: Munchkin [Average Rating:5.92 Overall Rank:3713] [Average Rating:5.92 Unranked]
This is the quintessential backstabbing game to me.
I had one game group swear off playing it forever.
I once held a "Munchkin grudge" against a friend for a year
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2. Board Game: A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:94]
Played for the first time today.
My friend is still pretty sore that I broke our alliance and murdered his three knights.
It felt just like "Red Wedding".
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3. Board Game: Intrigue [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:1962]
Look no further, your quest ends here. Full of pure backstabbing nastiness. Evil.
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4. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:545]
A classic negotiation game that thrives on deception, backstabbing, broken promises, hate, and conspiracy.
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5. Board Game: Tammany Hall [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:641]
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6. Board Game: Illuminati (Second Edition) [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1473]
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Huntington Station
New York
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This is found in the dictionary under Backstab.
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7. Board Game: Struggle of Empires [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:386]
Jeff Huter
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McCordsville
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Bidding for turn order/forced alliances. Providing or withholding support during an allies battle. Non-binding deals. Plenty of opportunities to back stab. Also, in my opinion, the best 7 player game ever made. Yes, I'm aware of 7 Wonders.
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8. Board Game: I'm the Boss! [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:1033]
John Middleton
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Washington
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This game masquerades as a negotiation game that as you play turns into a positioning and negotiation game that very quickly turns into a game of timing your "stab, stab, stab!!"

the first time I ever played one player quit mid game, and I still dont know if he was more mad at being betrayed by another player or Sid Sackson...
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9. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:322] [Average Rating:7.19 Unranked]
Caitlyn Paget
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Toronto
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I've played many a game where my middle sister (a grown adult) has left the room in tears and frustration because "everyone is picking on me".

Now the truth is that everyone is usually picking on her, because she's usually winning the game. So she needs to just suck it up.


Fast forward a few years, and I flat-out refuse to play Settlers with my family. It's a great game with my partner and our friends, but never with my sisters!
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10. Board Game: Junta [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:1065]
Dan Poe
United States
Ankeny
Iowa
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Awesome game, has been banned
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11. Board Game: BANG! [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1124]
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Bang! is great for ganging up on people. Or just shooting them at point-blank range for no reason. My favorite card is the Dynamite: light it up and send it off to blow up some poor hapless fool—even an ally.
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12. Board Game: Scattergories [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:2215]
Joseph McDonough
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Pelham
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You might think that a party game would not create such animosity but in my family this game just brings out the worst in us. My brother John refuses to play this game anymore with the family especially when my son Nick and our other brother Tom are playing. Why you may ask? Well it has to do with the rule that gives you extra points if the words start with the letter that you are playing. My son is the master of absurd alliteration in this game and will try anything to obtain extra points. One of the categories once was" Excuses for being late" and the letter was W. My son wrote "Was at a Wishing Well" and explained that a person could say that they were late because they dawdled at a well making a wish. This sent my brother John into apoplexy. He ranted on how that was a stupid excuse. My son just does it to piss off his uncle (and to win!).
For an answer to "Things found in a medicine cabinet " with the letter again being W my brother Tom wrote "whiskers". He argued that one would put the shaver back into the medicine cabinet and little leftover whiskers would either be on the shaver or go into the medicine cabinet. A clever answer that got more thumbs down than up so it did not count. We still talk about these two answers to this day. Tom measures my gaming friends by asking them if they would have accepted whiskers as an answer.
John won't play Scattergories because he does not want the aggravation. Yet John is abstract strategy man in our home and plays game after game of Go, Chess, and the Gipf series.Talk about aggravation! I guess when you play an abstract game and you make a bad or good move you have no one but yourself to congratulate or blame.
It's too bad. I miss playing the game with the family. Well there is always Risk or a rousing game of Ha Ha Herman.
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13. Board Game: Star Trek Customizable Card Game (Second Edition) [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:4766]
Michael Barlow
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Stratford
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Hate the Borg. Ruins the game!
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14. Board Game: True Colors [Average Rating:6.02 Overall Rank:5671]
Brad Fuller
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The worst party game. This one practically guarantees an argument by the end of the night.
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15. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:117]
Don Weed
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Clemmons
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Surprised this hadn't made the list yet because I've seen it create family rifts firsthand.
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16. Board Game: Mall of Horror [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1370]
Don Weed
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Everyone gets picked on eventually. Not for thin-skinned people.
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17. Board Game: A Game of Thrones: The Card Game [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:799]
Diz Hooper
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True to the theme, you will get stabbed repeatedly in the back. Multiplayer is particularly bad for this.
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18. Board Game: Risk [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:16246]
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Oh, there were rivers of tears when we played this as kids.....
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19. Board Game: Babel [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:1158]
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THis is a 2p game. It is not a 'couples' game. It is a game to see who gets to spend the night alone on the sofa game. Nastiness in a box, thy name is Babel.
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20. Board Game: Lifeboats [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1359]
Jordan Fraser
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Edmonton
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I'm surprised this hasn't been posted yet. Extremely nasty game that is an absolute blast with the right group.
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21. Board Game: Runewars [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:174]
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Although it's not a game that 'officially' features backstabbing and betrayal, I have seen Runewars lead to some serious rage. Perhaps it's just my game group, but it has become common practice to target opponents' food containing tiles. Then you just sit back and wait for winter...
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22. Board Game: The Republic of Rome [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:383]
Grant Johnson
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Cedar Park
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What's that? Hannibal is coming with the full force of the First and Second Punic war, and he has an unstoppable army? Well, your big Senator is going to be the new governor of Spain! Have fun, and good luck!

Also, we're recalling your garrison. For the protection of the City. You understand.
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23. Board Game: Warhammer Quest: Warrior Priest [Average Rating:7.11 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.11 Unranked]
Philip Thomas
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London
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Ok, so just how on earth can a co-operative game ruin friendships. Well, we did play this game with a DM (me). But that wasn't the problem. The problem was my friend's brand-new shiny Warrior Priest model. Which I touched.

End of game, end of friendship. The guy never really spoke to me again. Of course, we were only 14. I think later he took a "games are evil" view (certain type of Protestantism) which didn't help.
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24. Board Game: Alcatraz: The Scapegoat [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:2477]
erlend Os
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Escape from prison, but one has to stay behind. All about maneuvering to make someone else the loser.
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25. Board Game: The Newlywed Game [Average Rating:4.85 Overall Rank:16512]
PK WADDLE
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I am always the emcee --This can easily cause random spouses to be banished to couches for an evening.. or worse...
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