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When explaining the rules of a game, when do you say "Just like in real life!"

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1. Board Game: Ca$h 'n Gun$ [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:884]
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If you get shot once or twice, you're fine--it takes three bullets to kill you.

Just like in real life!
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2. Board Game: Twilight Struggle [Average Rating:8.35 Overall Rank:4]
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As you can see, sometimes it can be useful to stage a coup or start a war, not because you actually care about the target in question, just to flex your military muscle.

So, yeah, depressingly, just like in real life.
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3. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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So you can take four of anything--say, sheep--and press them into one brick.

Just like in real life!
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4. Board Game: Modern Art [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:226]
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Now, these paintings have no value based on anything like artistic merit. The only reason they're valuable is because everyone is buying them...

Just like in real life!
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5. Board Game: Alhambra [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:393]
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One little-known fact is that the Moors did not understand the concept of "making change".

This is just like real life and is, in fact, the historical reason they were eventually pushed out of Iberia.
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6. Board Game: Blokus [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:519]
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To summarize, you can touch other people, but you can't touch yourself.

Just like in real life!
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7. Board Game: Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:534] [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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It's not too hard to fend off a single zombie, and there's a good chance you won't be bitten, but if you really want to kill it you're going to need a weapon of some kind--a baseball bat is good, a shotgun is better.

I'm sure I hardly even need to mention this because it's so familiar from your day-to-day life experience, but just as a reminder.
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8. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:54]
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What's going to happen is, we'll reveal the Castillo, and score it, and then all the Caballeros inside will fly up and parachute into their destination provinces.

So, you know, pretty much just like real life.
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9. Board Game: Roads & Boats [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:271]
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If you leave two donkeys alone for a while, you get a third donkey. But if anyone is watching them, including yet another donkey, you don't.

Geese work the same way, but the newly born goose isn't loyal, and if someone else picks it up it will follow them around instead of you.

To the best of my admittedly limited understanding, this is just like in real life.
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10. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:369]
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If you have two kinds of beans already in your fields, and then you have a bean of another kind lying around, you don't have a choice--you just have to rip up one of the existing fields and plant the new bean.

As those of you with an agricultural background are already aware, this is just like in real life.
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11. Board Game: In the Shadow of the Emperor [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:838]
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If you're unlucky enough to have a dumb old girl baby, you just send her off to the convent...just like in real life!
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12. Board Game: War Galley [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:3223]
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If you expose your broadside, you can be rammed and possibly fouled...just like in real life.
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13. Board Game: Tally Ho! [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:2479]
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Lumberjacks only chop down trees. Foxes eat any kind of bird they can get their paws on. Hunters shoot any animal they can see. Just like in real life.

Hunters can't turn around. Just like in...well, crap.
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14. Board Game: Mamma Mia! [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1275] [Average Rating:6.48 Unranked]
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So you all throw ingredients into the oven, and then when the orders come up, you hope that those ingredients stuck to the correct pizzas. Just like in real life. Haven't you ever worked in a pizza restaurant before?
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15. Board Game: Manhattan [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:991]
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So you're each building skyscrapers, but if the other contractors aren't looking, you can build right on top of their buildings. Just like in real life.
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16. Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:1004]
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The battle elephant cannot cross the river - too heavy, you know, like in real life.

The cannon / catapult moves like the chariot - of course, because it has wheels. But to capture, there must be one other piece between itself and the target. You know, it needs to be hidden to be adjusted and so on - like in real life.

The general and his advisors/guards stay in their fortress - like in real life.

Footsoldiers go straightforward in their own area - in enemy territory they can go sideways, too - like in real life (strict order loosened because of danger and higher flexibility for better fighting).

The horse cannot jump over other pieces - like in real life.

It is strictly forbidden, that the generals "see" each other, there must be always at least one piece in the line between them. Like in real life - two generals at war will never have direct contact over a distance, like pick up a phone or something.

After all, it is similar to Chess - just more like real life.

In Chess, towers are moving, bishops are fighting, horses are jumping, the queen is the mightiest in battle, and a footsoldier is promoted to anything you want - a horse, a rook, a bishop, a queen - don`t even think about real here.
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17. Board Game: Illuminati [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:2453]
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There are secret organisations controlling every aspect of our lives.

devilninjasauronrobotzombiearrrh

And probably more...

I think this calls for a "Mua-hahahaha!"
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18. Board Game: Acquire [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:208]
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What is it with hotels? You stay in a nice family run hotel ; two weeks later it's a Lie Inn robot. Two weeks after that, it becomes a Worst Western yuk. Then a month later it's a Lohan zombie.

If this isn't the ultimate JLRL, then I don't know what is (but I'm sure someon will tell me...).
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19. Board Game: Fluxx [Average Rating:5.69 Overall Rank:6656]
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You can't win, because the rules keep changing.

...Well, it's just like my life anyway! shake

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20. Board Game: Catan [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:279] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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You award yourself victory points for having the biggest army, but that bad guy just runs away and hasn't been caught!

Just like... remember to vote in 2008! laugh
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21. Board Game: Killer Bunnies and the Quest for the Magic Carrot [Average Rating:5.49 Overall Rank:15091] [Average Rating:5.49 Unranked]
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So let me get this straight...no matter what I do, the outcome is determined at random?

Yeah! Just like in real life!
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22. Board Game: Thebes [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:377]
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Regardless of how much research you do, your odds of actually discovering a valuable artifact are only slightly better. It's still a crapshoot whether you'll get anything good.

Just like in real life.
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23. Board Game: Munchkin Cthulhu [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:2085] [Average Rating:6.25 Unranked]
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A sudden blow to the head will save you from a cult, or cause you to join one.

Just like in real life.



And,

The picture has little to do with this geeklist item.

Just like in real life.
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24. Board Game: Ticket to Ride [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:125] [Average Rating:7.46 Unranked]
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You build routes by placing cars on the rails. Then people walk through them, just like in real life.
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25. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:16]
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Goods are always packaged in the same storage size.

Just like real life!
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