First, do some harm.
Rob Bradley
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Going in the complete opposite direction as the famous doctor's creed (first, do no harm), some games encourage making plays that hurt the opposition instead of making a play that helps your position.

When I play some of these games, I personally take it to the next level making "First do some harm" as my personal gaming creed.

Here listed are games that entice and seduce the players into attacking unnecessarily, or throwing a stick in their spokes, and other devious acts, even at the expense of their own advancement.

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1. Board Game: RoboRally [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:336]
Rob Bradley
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I could reach flag two on phase four and repair some of my damage...or Ooooh look at that, Twonky is shut down and standing right next to a pit!
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2. Board Game: Drakon (third edition) [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1493]
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Hey, I could get a gold coin this turn, just by moving into that chamber or....I could step into the "Destoy a Chamber" and prevent player x from getting a gold coin.
 
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3. Board Game: Ave Caesar [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1074]
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I could move five or six spaces ahead and take the lead...or I could move one, and block every chariot behind me.
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4. Board Game: Bohnanza [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:367]
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I could use that blue bean....but If i don't take it Player Y will be forced to harvest.
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5. Board Game: Fairy Tale [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:745]
Ben Lott
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Let's see, I could take my fourth Homesteader...or I could take that Sky-Dance Dragon that my opponent needs in order to make his Dwarven Warriors worthwhile.

9 times out of ten I choose the option to harm my opponent in lieu of the option that will help me.
 
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6. Board Game: River Dragons [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:1550]
Dan Cain
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I could play just to get across the Dragon Delta, or I could take this players plank away on their first turn, just to screw up their other four cards.

Playing a dragon card as your first card of the game is a great way to make yourself feel evil, and laugh maniacally at your opponents.

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7. Board Game: Santiago [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:523]
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Hmmm your offer of 8 Escudos is tempting and it even waters one of my fields, however, causing your Bannanas to dry, will bring warmth to my heart.
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8. Board Game: Backgammon [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1087]
Jeff Corrie
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You've got one lonely pip hanging out? Let me step on him and completely expose myself... to retaliation.
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9. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Well, I could Complete your city, thereby, increasing the number of cities I am farming; but it would bring me greater joy to add this catherdral tile to it instead, making it almost impossible for you to finish it.
 
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10. Board Game: Twitch [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:6733]
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I *could* just wait for my turn, or I could attempt to penalize that other player and receive *NO* reward whatsoever and risk a penalty if I fail!
 
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11. Board Game: Circus Maximus [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:1587]
Elwyn Darden
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One player in my group will attack anyone he can reach, even to the extent that he will attack the last place player, if that is the first attack available, even if it precludes him from attacking the leader. His strategy makes no sense to me, but then he enjoys it (and has a better record in the game than I do).

I actually prefer playing the game with paired teams. Each player has two chariots: one a racer, the other a battlewagon. The battlewagon is not trying to win the race at all. It is either lurking to attack the other racers, or it is running interference for his own racer.
 
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12. Board Game: The Really Nasty Horse Racing Game [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:3360]
Elwyn Darden
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What do you expect from a game that allows you to secretly bet against your own horse? "Sorry, Teabiscuit today is not your day."

I mean anyone should be able to make his own horse finish last, but what are you going to do about the other horses in the race?
 
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13. Board Game: Arena Maximus [Average Rating:5.90 Overall Rank:4329]
Wendell
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Yellow Springs
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One way to win this chariot race is to be the last chariot still moving... you can ram and whip your opponents. Good clean fun.
 
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