WIN GG: Stories of Colossal Loss
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Sending you your geekgold now!

Thanks everyone for sharing!



How many of us have had that night where we could do nothing right?
The dice were against us, every card draw was useless...
You all know what I mean; it's not just me, right?



Here is a list to share those stories, to commiserate together about times of ridiculous bad luck, and TO WIN GEEKGOLD!!!


Process:
1 Add a board game at which you lost colossally.
2 Share the story of your colossal loss in the posting.
3 Read others' stories of ridiculous bad luck and thumb thumbsup the story or stories you like best.
4 On Friday, September 27, I'll look to see which item/story has the most thumbs and award that person 50gg PLUS any gold that is donated to this list.


Fine Print:
E Though I am sharing a story, I will be ineligible to win the prize.
E Your story must be about a game loss, not other bad luck.


Here's hoping that all our bad luck happens in games rather than life.
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1. Board Game: Quarriors! [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:686] [Average Rating:6.79 Unranked]
Jill Pearon
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Quarriors was a game my son wanted badly. Got it for his birthday and last night was our first play. Needless to say, he was excited.

With 3 of us playing, the goal was 15 glory to win. It did not matter what creature I put out, my husband or son would put out a bigger attack than my defense and kill it. I had TWO copies of the most powerful die on the table and I kept rolling them for quiddity! Craziness I tell you!

In the end, my husband won with a score of 15, my son had a score of 14 and I was still sitting at a big, fat ZERO. Didn't even get on the glory track! Glory-free and ready to hear your stories of colossal loss.
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2. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
Brian Jurney
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My wife, brother and I were sitting down one evening in an attempt to save the world from noxious diseases. After several minutes of setup and figuring out who would go first, we realized we had two immediate threats in the middle east. Of all the roles and cards we drew, nothing would help us get to that side of the map to fast. My brother made his way over there as did my wife. Of course she ended up drawing an epidemic card and OF course it had to be a pesky middle east country. Needless to say, before I even had a chance to move, we ran out of cubes and had the ultimate Pandemic fail, it took more time to set up the game than it took for us to fail the world.
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3. Board Game: DungeonQuest (third edition) [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1270]
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Well my colossal loss comes in a game known for them, but still, I had it pretty bad. My friend and I started a two player game. He was Hugo the Glorious, and I was Lindel. First turn, I walk into the next room, bottomless pit. Test Luck. I roll too high, but no problem, Lindel let's you reroll one of the dice. Too high again, dead. My friend moves into an empty room.

Second turn, my friend says to pick someone new and start in a different corner. So with Tatianna, I walk into the first room, another bottomless pit. Test Luck. I roll too high. Dead. My friend moves again and finds some treasure.

Third turn, my friends says take another character start in the last corner. And so Brother Gherinn takes his chances and walks into the first room. A big empty room, with a stable floor. But there's a skeleton in it to battle. No problem, it's the weakest of the monsters. So after a long and hilarious battle (for my friend), Brother Gherinn is slain by the skeleton. And my friend goes on to find some more treasure and escape to win it.

Three characters, three rooms, three deaths. I love this game!
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4. Board Game: Colossal Arena [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:752]
Tim Landry
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Harvest
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If you've never played CA, you have five rounds to bid on, and support, your champion(s).

(Sample image--not ours.)

To avoid being "ganged up on" and eliminated in battle, you typically don't bid support for the same champion each round (e.g, just the Titan); instead, you tend to "partner" with others to mutually support their champions. Thus, in the end, all of your chosen champions, from each round, remain alive...and victory!

So, in our four player "family" game, where backstabbing is more common than I'd like, I partner with my youngest son. I support his good guy and he supports mine by mutually backing my ("scary") Gorgon and his ("really cool") Unicorn. By the last round, I am reveling in our strategy (since our champions are still alive), while poking fun at his older brother, who has been battling with mom, thereby eliminating each other, rather than being strategic.

So, we both win, right?

Nope. He betrays me by supporting his mommy and beats me by one point! cry

Now that's Colossal loss!

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5. Board Game: The Republic of Rome [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:338]
Grant Johnson
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We were playing a middle Republic game, which had gone on for most of the day. I'd built a decent following and got sent out to off a difficult war with a big army, which I easily dispatched. I decided to mount a rebellion (I'd been secretly stashing money to afford it), and declared my intention to march on Rome. 16 Legions followed me and I felt good!

Rome raised a dictator to oppose me, and built the 9 legions they were able to raise. It came down to 3 six sided dice. 9 or less and I'd take Rome, 10-14 would stalemate, and with a 15-18 Rome would win.

They threw three sixes.

Much celebrating was done by the other players, including taking photos of the dice. My Senators were summarily executed with the heads placed along pikes at the Appian Way.
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6. Board Game: Merchants & Marauders [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:198]
Dave Dawn
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By the second turn I needed a new captain, he was one of many! Those dice hated me. The times with a seamanship of three I rolled no success' was astonishing. I should have just taken to port hopping but I just couldn't bring myself to do it. I fared just as poorly when I tried my new captain as a pirate.

I still love this game, though!
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7. Board Game: Kingmaker [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:1706]
Dave Dawn
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One loss of this one comes to mind. I once was clearly on my way to a win, but decided to gamble by having my stack (with heir) in London for one turn. I knew Plague in London had not come up yet but what were the odds it would hit that one turn. The answer was I had stolen defeat from the jaws of victory!

Nonetheless, Long Live Kingmaker!
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8. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:316]
Josh Wood
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This story happened a while back, but I'm sure this story will be a familiar tale to all who have played. The game started in an ominous tone when in the first round I was assassinated as the thief in the first round, the architect and the merchant were clear and free to roam. After a few rounds and two random assassinations, I was falling behind. Somewhere in the fourth round I only had a 1 point and a two point building while other players had a hefty amount of points. It was the warlords turn to act, and instead of blowing up a leader's building, he blew up one of my lowly buildings. When I asked why he did that his only reply was, "Well, you're good at games and I thought you might catch up"

When the game ended I, who is usually so good at the game, ended up in last place well behind the next placed person (they got 4th). Throughout the game I was assassinated more rounds than rounds that I played.
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9. Board Game: Zombies!!! [Average Rating:5.85 Overall Rank:4473] [Average Rating:5.85 Unranked]
Nathan Lambes
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I had owned the game Zombies!!! ever since my in-laws gifted me with a copy and two expansions for the Christmas of 2006. I did not yet consider myself a board gamer, but I thought the theme was cool and played it a few times over the next couple of years.

Fast forward to 2012. Another Christmas had gone by and revealed to me the awesomeness of this golden era of board gaming in the revelation of a little game called Arkham Horror. It was dense, it was long, it was thematic, and it was COOPERATIVE! My world was blown. I spiraled into the table top world head first and have not looked back since.

A few months ago I remembered the Zombie game that my in-laws had given me and decided to dust it off to try with my game group. The game was going ok, most of us were having fun blowing the heads off of Zombies left and right and piling their undead corpses in front of us in either a pile or a macabre conga line.

If you know the rules of Zombies!!! then you know that there are two win conditions - either kill 25 zombies or find the helipad, clear it of Zombies, and escape. When the Helipad appeared, I was on the verge of achieving both.

And then... the horror began.

There are cards in the game that allow you to screw with other player and generally change the landscape of the game. On the cusp of victory, people started playing their cards against me (as they should) to keep me from winning the game. I would move into the helipad, they would play a card that moved me out of the helipad. I move zombies off the helipad, they moved them back on. I kill some zombies, they bring them back to life.



I stayed on the cusp of victory for one and a half hours.

A vein on my bald head was literally throbbing. Their draws were ridiculous and none of them were even trying to beat me at this point. They had decided one and half hours ago to play a different game... one that they were winning, much to the detriment of my blood pressure.

One of them finally took pity on me and played some cards that allowed me to finally "win" the game. No victory has ever felt so hollow.

While I may have been the winner of Zombies!!!, my "friends" had beaten the real game... me.

I will never play Zombies!!! again.
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10. Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:18]
Adria D
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I don't know if this is a 'colossal' loss, but it was a frustrating one. And in a solo game too! I snapped a picture after I started packing up:



For those who don't know Mage Knight, lakes and mountains are impassable. To win this solo scenario, I needed to conquer both cities.

There are a handful of cards amongst the Advanced Action, Spell, and Artifact decks that will allow you move over lakes and/or mountains, but I had seen none of those cards on offer yet when the last tile was flipped.

I did manage to flip one (Frost Bridge, allows you to cross a lake) between the last two rounds, so I gave it a go. Unfortunately backtracking to get Frost Bridge took a lot of time and I was only able to take the blue city. I managed to get next to the white city and take out the two Draconum en route, but then time ran out. I don't think I'd have had the cards left for the city anyway, after taking on the tougher city and 2 dragons.

(Session report here)
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11. Board Game: Eclipse [Average Rating:7.98 Overall Rank:31]
Yao-ban Chan
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I bought the Eclipse for iPad app a few months ago, I'd heard very good things about this game which was rocketing up the rankings. So I tried it out. I ran through the tutorial and everything was fine.

So I started my first proper game against the AIs. I explore - an ancient. Okay, that's pretty good, it's got a discovery tile. But I'll need some resources to defeat it, so I explore again - another ancient. Hmm.

Let's try again - this time I get 2 ancients. Alright, how many ancients can there be left? One more time - another ancient.

Yes, my starting hex (with 4 wormholes) was entirely surrounded by ancients!

At this point I probably should have thrown the tile away, but since this was my first game this didn't occur to me. I tried to gear up and attack, but lacking resources and in a hurry to get some, I was defeated easily.

The only saving grace came when the app crashed and wouldn't restart that game. So technically I never lost it!
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