Games with a separate "loser" rule
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Games featuring the interesting mechanic that a player that pushes too
hard to be the winner is instead the loser.
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1. Board Game: High Society [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:860]
Dave Dyer
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This is an auction game where all players start with the same amount of money, and compete to buy various items at auction. The player with
the most valuable purchases wins, except the player with the least
money left loses.
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2. Board Game: Q.E. [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:5413]
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An auction game where you print as much money as you wish to score
points, but the player who printed the most money loses.
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3. Board Game: Hab & Gut [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:977]
You have to make money from stocks, but also donate some stocks to charity. The person who makes the most from stocks wins. The person who donates the least to charity automatically loses.
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4. Board Game: Cleopatra and the Society of Architects [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:757]
Matthew Barratt
United Kingdom
Royal Leamington Spa
Warwickshire
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At the end of the game the most corrupt architect is fed to Cleopatra's sacred crocodile
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5. Board Game: Around the World in 80 Days [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1313]
Robert
Canada
Ottawa
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Why did Dracula become a bank? To deal with suckers every day!
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In Around the World in 80 Days, you will not be able to win if you don't finish in under 80 days. However, if all of the players blow past that 80 day limit, then the winner will be the player who made it back to London first.
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6. Board Game: For-Ex [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:6072]
Robert
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Ottawa
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Why did Dracula become a bank? To deal with suckers every day!
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A person who is unable to resolve a contract converts that contract to a loan. A person who is unable to resolve a loan goes bankrupt and cannot win the game.
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7. Board Game: Struggle of Empires [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:327]
Michael Debije
Netherlands
Eindhoven
The Netherlands
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Go over 20 unrest and you lose.
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8. Board Game: Pixie Queen [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:1882]
Roberto Bueno
Spain
Gijon
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I love this one... you can be the player with most Victory Points, but... if you reach -60 you are out of the game
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9. Board Game: The Hunger Games: District 12 Strategy Game [Average Rating:5.32 Overall Rank:14381]
Martin G
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You can gain much-needed resources by putting one of your name cards into the central pile. But at the end of the game, the pile is shuffled, one name is drawn and that player is ineligible to win.
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10. Board Game: Das letzte Paradies [Average Rating:5.72 Overall Rank:10459]
Laszlo Molnar
Hungary
Budapest
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Another auction game with a separate loser rule. Well, this time you have to finish with more money than you started with. So if all players finish with less, then everyone loses.
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11. Board Game: Churchill [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:505]
David Patterson
Canada
Ottawa
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"Has fortune dealt you some bad cards. Then let wisdom make you a good gamester." - Francis Quarles
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This three-player diplomacy-focused WWII game forces everyone to pay attention to the balance of power.

The winner is the player who accumulates the most victory points, but if he wins by too large a margin, he loses and the second-place player wins. The rationale is that if a single power seemed to be emerging as dominant in the post-war order, the others would gang up on it.
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12. Board Game: Legends of Andor [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:287] [Average Rating:7.30 Unranked]
Lucas London
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I figured this is almost a co-op loser rule. If you go all out and kill too many monsters, the game's clock will make you lose real fast
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13. Board Game: Age of Conan: The Strategy Board Game [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:1332]
Jeff S
United States
New York
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Crowning Conan:
During the third age, the current Conan player can attempt to crown
Conan as the ruler of his kingdom...
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However, if another player’s combined value in the chosen category equals or exceeds the Conan player’s value, the attempt to crown Conan king fails. Conan mocks the Conan player for failing, capriciously slaying the ruler of the kingdom before disappearing. The Conan player is eliminated from the game and automatically loses. The remaining players tally up their empire point totals and determine who wins from among them.
 
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