THE KING IS DEAD- long live the KING!
Rob Hall
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Well more of a thematic list to be sure. This should be a list containing games that begins, ends or contains the King's death in play or theme. I have no idea if this is a short list- but all ideas are welcome. (For the most part)

PS~ Not sure if this list is not original but let me know if there is another list. (The search didn't turn up much)
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1. Board Game: Löwenherz [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:803]
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The first game that came to mind.
 
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2. Board Game: Domaine [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:648]
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The second game that came to mind... but the first bits.
 
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3. Board Game: A Game of Thrones (first edition) [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:312]
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Which among these is the new King???
 
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4. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:414] [Average Rating:7.09 Unranked]
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The game does not begin with the death of a King- but it should end with one(at least implied).
 
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5. Board Game: Kingmaker [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:1700]
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6. Board Game: Feudal [Average Rating:6.01 Overall Rank:3719]
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7. Board Game: Down with the King [Average Rating:5.76 Overall Rank:8028]
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Just found this through a search- it fits. I haven't played it but I'd be interested to hear a quick comment.
 
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8. Board Game: King Arthur [Average Rating:5.19 Overall Rank:14622]
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Perhaps the King's death is why games have a kingmaker "problem?"
 
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9. Board Game: King Me! [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:1931]
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10. Board Game: Torres [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:402]
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Abstract game but the official story is that a king is preparing for his own death and his sons are building castles to compete for the crown.
 
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11. Board Game: Guillotine [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1001]
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Doesn't quite fit- the King is Dead, long live... Robespierre? Danton? The Estates General? Napoleon?
 
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12. Board Game: Once Upon a Time: The Storytelling Card Game [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:1278]
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Kings are always dying when we play this one. Especially when your story ending card is "And the kingdom rejoiced at the end of the tyrant's reign." Of course the big problem is not having someone else bring him back to life before you can play it.
 
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13. Board Game: Blood Royale [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:2871]
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Oops I meant this one
 
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14. Board Game: Kings and Castles [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:5271]
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Starts with...
 
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15. Board Game: Monopoly: Elvis Presley 25th Anniversary [Average Rating:4.48 Unranked]
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But is he really dead?
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16. Board Game: Citadels [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:316]
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When a player selects the Assassin, it's frequently to kill the King. And when someone else reveals the King card and assumes the throne, someone inevitably says the title of this fine GeekList.
 
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17. Board Game: Krone & Schwert [Average Rating:6.04 Overall Rank:6273]
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In English - Crown and Sword. The whole point of this game is to successfully lead a revolt against the current king... so you can become the new one.
 
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18. Board Game: Warrior Knights [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:2830]
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I believe the introduction to the game declares the king is dead, murdered by a traitor's hand... and now, all of the players get to duke it out to be numero uno.
 
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19. Board Game: Courtisans of Versailles [Average Rating:5.79 Overall Rank:10181]
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The King will often die due to war wounds, "hunting accidents" or poison, but a new one is always ready to replace him.
 
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20. Board Game: King of the Elves [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:2615]
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This time an elven king has died.
 
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21. Board Game: Check [Average Rating:7.06 Unranked]
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Card game with the same goal as Chess (being inspired by the classic) i.e. to get the King.
 
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22. Board Game: Hammer of the Scots [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:299]
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This one can have a sudden death ending if Edward II is killed in battle
 
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23. Board Game: The Mystic Wood [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:3377]
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You can win by killing the King and occupying his castle.
 
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24. Board Game: Long Live the King [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:6024]
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Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice. From what I’ve tasted of desire I hold with those who favor fire. But if it had to perish twice, I think I know enough of hate To say that for destruction ice Is also great And would suffice.
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I was initially thinking, "How did you miss this game?"

Then I saw that this GeekList was created in 2004, while this game wasn't released until 2006...
 
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