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Sometimes art imitates life, and sometimes life imitates art. Really, they are opposite sides of the same coin, and boardgames are no different.

So, what rules, or emergent behaviours, exist in boardgames that also exist in life?
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1. Board Game: Hanabi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:276]
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In Hanabi, much like in real life, you are never really sure what you're capable of but you feel acutely aware of the capabilities of others.
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2. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:126] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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In Ticket to Ride, much like in real life, people don't start behaving competitively until about halfway through.
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3. Board Game: Eclipse [Average Rating:7.98 Overall Rank:31]
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In Eclipse, much like in real life, betrayal is forgotten the moment a new villain appears.
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4. Board Game: Space Alert [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:149]
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In Space Alert, much like in real life, a single incompetent can destroy the efforts of an entire team.
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5. Board Game: Evolution [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:329]
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In Evolution, much like in real life, the goal is to eat the most food.
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6. Board Game: Terra Mystica [Average Rating:8.24 Overall Rank:8]
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In Terra Mystica, much like in real life, going it alone is a lot more difficult than working together.
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7. Board Game: One Night Ultimate Werewolf [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:266] [Average Rating:7.27 Unranked]
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In One Night Ultimate Werewolf, much like in real life, the good guy sometimes turns out to be a Wolf.
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8. Board Game: Five Tribes [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:52]
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In Five Tribes, much like in real life, change is inevitable.
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9. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:185] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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In Small World, much like in real life, it is important to know when to let go.
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10. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.34 Overall Rank:4]
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In Twilight Struggle, much like in real life, you spend most of your time choosing the best option from a set of several bad ones.
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11. Board Game: Tichu [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:122]
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Much like in real life, the hand you're dealt of Tichu (and most card games) is your fate, how you play the hand is your free will.
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12. Board Game: Archipelago [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:285]
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In Archipelago, much like in real life, people eventually turn to violence when you take away their livelihoods to enrich yourself.
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13. Board Game: Poker [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:864]
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In Poker, much like in real life, you've got to know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em and know when to run.
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14. Board Game: Risk Legacy [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:234]
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In Risk Legacy, much like in real life, decisions have consequences.
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15. Board Game: RoboRally [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:339]
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In RoboRally, much like in real life, the decisions of others can have dire consequences for you.
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16. Board Game: Kingdom Builder [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:450]
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In Kingdom Builder, much like in real life, the point is not to complain about a perceived lack of options, but to make the most of the hand you've been dealt.
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17. Board Game: Legends of Andor [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:287] [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked]
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In Legends of Andor, much like in real life, the decision to engage in violence is not to be taken lightly.
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18. Board Game: Tokaido [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:436]
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In Tokaido, much like in real life, it pays to make frequent stops along the road to meet interesting people, see the sights, and eat good food.
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19. Board Game: Pax Porfiriana [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:377]
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In Pax Porfiriana, much as in real life, you can make a tidy sum of money selling guns to revolutionaries across the border until one of your enemies takes advantage of the fact that you're in Arizona and uses his pull with the FBI to shut you down.
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20. Board Game: Hamsterrolle [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:1188]
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Much like in real life, you need a good grasp of Statics



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21. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73]
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In Pandemic, as in real life, it's important to make use of everyone's unique abilities to maximise your chances for success.
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22. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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In Carcassonne, much like in real life, all is fair in love and war.meeple
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23. Board Game: The Game of Life [Average Rating:4.19 Overall Rank:15457]
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In the Game of Life, much like in life, I never win the lottery.
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24. Board Game: Stronghold [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:556]
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In Stronghold, much like in life, the attacks never cease. The end is inevitable. "All you have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to you" (Gandalf).
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25. Board Game: Village [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:111]
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In Village, much like in life, many people work until they die.
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