Top Games That Ruin Friendships
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We all know what type of games these are: the kind of games where you get together for an ill-conceived game night, where the evening ends with barely contained rage, or perhaps broken furniture, flipped tables, and harsh words that you can never take back.
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1. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:504]
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"Just don't play Diplomacy."

Diplomacy is a game which rewards deception and betrayal at critical moments. It can't reasonably be played in under 10 hours, and requires 7 players. So if you have 6 friends who you would like to consider frenemies in 12-20 hours from now, then by all means, play Diplomacy with them.
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2. Board Game: Risk [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:14661]
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Risk wears the daddy-pants of friendship-ruining games. Originally titled La Conquête du Monde ("The Conquest of the World") in France, Risk has been advancing, vanquishing, and conquering friendships since 1957. Risk has a reasonable degree of luck, so if you throw some bad dice rolls, prepare to get drive-by gang-banged. While BGG says that playing time is 120 minutes, well...the internet says a lot of things, some of which isn't true. Risk can go on like the canceled tv-show Heroes - on and on and on, gradually letting you down until it ends abruptly and you're thankful that it's over. And since it's possible to be eliminated early, get your popcorn ready as you watch tensions escalate.
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3. Board Game: The Resistance [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:178]
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The Resistance is a party game of social-deduction and blah-blah.. why am I explaining this when you already know how to use Google. You might wonder why I've listed The Resistance here - well, if you play like I play, you wouldn't wonder. When I'm the spy, I pick someone who I know isn't a spy and ride them like a carnival pony.
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4. Board Game: Munchkin [Average Rating:5.93 Overall Rank:3384] [Average Rating:5.93 Unranked]
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Munchkin is a great game for piling on and pile-driving whomever is in first place. 1 point away from winning? Prepare to: not win.
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5. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.39 Overall Rank:15449]
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This game is older than anyone I know. No - scratch that - this game is twice as old as anyone I know. Despite it's age, not a single person has ever finished a game of Monopoly. I know this because I've done the research.

The problem with Monopoly is that every single time a friend takes it off the shelf, you forget how not-fun it is until you play it. For the next 4 hours, while you're slowly and irreversibly losing, deeply regretting having played, you're forced to watch the inevitable "winner", gleefully pick up properties and money until you feel like you're sitting at the table with some heartless real-estate robber baron who would throw you out on the street.
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6. Board Game: Intrigue [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:1809]
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I personally think this is one of the nastiest games out there. The whole purpose of the game is to screw your opponents. My old gaming group played this once and one of the players never returned after the other players ganged up on him.
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7. Board Game: Dominant Species [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:53]
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“Whatever you do, He will make good of it. But not the good He had prepared for you if you had obeyed Him.” Perelandra, C.S. Lewis
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"He died not for men, but for each man. If each man had been the only man made, He would have done no less.” Perelandra, C.S. Lewis
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Lots of opportunities to stick it to your opponents.
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8. Board Game: True Colors [Average Rating:6.00 Overall Rank:5345]
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Had actual crying for this one. I still would have liked the game if so many of the questions weren't so lame.
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9. Board Game: Lifeboats [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1246]
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You can really be nasty in this game. This is a personal favorite.
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10. Board Game: Babel [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:1055]
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Take a couple who loooove playing Lost Cities, swap Babel for their beloved LC and watch the fireworks....
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11. Board Game: Illuminati [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:2459]
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A game where cheating is actually legal in the rules. We had some nasty plays of this game. I got so mad playing this game, and still came back for more.
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12. Board Game: Quo Vadis? [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:1722]
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Honestly never had any difficult situations with this game, but the possibilities are there!
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13. Board Game: Spartacus: A Game of Blood & Treachery [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:279]
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One of the newest in this list, but very mean nevertheless. If the game rules state that players can ignore their side of a deal, what else can you expect.
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