Corruption mechanics - flirting with the dark side
Brent Johnson
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I know of a few games in which a player is forced to decide whether to accept "corruption" as a tradeoff for more rapid progress, with the dilemma being that too much corruption becomes a road to losing the game.

I'm curious about other games offering this mechanic...
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This is a cooperative game in which too much corruption of the "ring-bearer" loses the game for everyone.

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In this wargame, the Free Peoples player is outmatched on the military front, so the sooner the ring-bearer can complete his quest the better. Except that pressing forward too aggressively on the quest represents greater risk of corruption before the quest can be completed.
 
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Here the player who ends the game with the most corruption gets fed to the crocodiles even if he otherwise would have won.
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Here a corrupt action by any player grants greater power to a force which threatens all players.
 
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You try to balance good and evil.

I didn't do so well.

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Arkham Horror's Black Goat of the Woods expansion introduced Corruption cards. During the game, you may have the opportunity to take an something advantageous but also take a Corruption card with it. Corruption cards can have or lead to disadvantageous consequences.
 
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If you take the Dark Path instead of the Jedi Path, the rewards are often greater, but you tend to collect Dark Side tokens. Collect enough of those and you get turned to the Dark Side, which is a harder side to win on.
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In this game you try to match sets of chest shots and if you match too many of one color you get corruption points which.... ok, there is no corruption mechanic.

However, If you play this too many times though (or add to too many geeklists) you start to be looked at as a dirty old man, which is flirting with the dark side. And from here its just one small step to hard core porn and killing of small animals.
Busen memo itself is the corruption mechanic. Beware this game!!


(Ok, just wanted to add busen memo to another geek list)
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I thinks this qualifies though I am not 100% sure (but feel free to delete it otherwise).

If you get the bottle it will gain you wealth, but if you're the last to have it you will be doomed...
 
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Each item in this game has a corruption value (The One Ring has the highest value of 6). There are also specific corruption cards that give characters additional corruption points. Players can also force their opponents to do corruption checks.

So it's dangerous running around with all the precious stuff, because the character bearing it may get corrupted by it and leave your party (or worse join the Dark Lord sauron )
 
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OK, so you're the President of a Banana Republic.

Surely you're not going to cream off a little from the government budget to squirrel away in your Swiss Bank account?

Well of course you are! That's the whole aim of this game.

How else is your wife going to be able to afford the 20,000 pairs of shoes, which are a pre-requisite for any respectable First Lady?

But if your Ministers suspect you're getting too greedy they'll stage a coup or send in the assassins. Gulp!
 
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I'm surprised this isn't on the list yet.
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While it isn't corruption, this game has a similar mechanic with regards to Unrest. A player may "tax" his empire to raise additional cash, but each time he does this, he takes an Unrest counter. At the game's end, the players with the most and 2nd most Unrest counters lose VPs. Furthermore, if at any time during the game you get up to 20 Unrest, your empire revolts and you are immediately out of the game. (I've never seen this happen, but it's a great deterrent, nevertheless.)
 
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14. Board Game: Age of Renaissance [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:875]
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Doesn't have corruption but it does have a misery index. The usual stuff to make you miserable...war...famine...revolution...religious strife. Make life too miserable for the peasants and you're out the game.
 
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Grog enables you to perform better and do things you ordinarily couldn't, but it also raises the chance that you will pass out for a time.

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Another Bruno C. game...he likes corruption it appears.
 
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Wallace leans heavily towards some sort of corruption points in his games.
 
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