When Winning Doesn't Matter (or Fun Without Strategy)
True Blue Jon
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There are some games that have no strategy whatsoever and nobody cares who wins because everyone is having fun. This list is for those games.
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1. Board Game: Catch Phrase! [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:2039]
True Blue Jon
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This is my favorite game in this category. The variable timer makes the guessing frantic and extremely fun whether you win or lose.
 
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2. Board Game: Cranium [Average Rating:5.69 Overall Rank:6048]
David Lewis
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Tarboro
North Carolina
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This game is a riot! I lost my voice, and my sides ached from laughing so hard. It's nice to win, but just seeing everyone at times act like complete fools makes losing worth it.
 
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3. Board Game: Things... [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:2965] [Average Rating:6.14 Unranked]
Steve Bennett
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Grinnell
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Things... will have you laughing so hard, you won't care if you win the game or get blanked completely. Everyone writes down answers to prompts like "Things you shouldn't put in your mouth," or "Things you should never say to a policeman." It has been a huge hit with everyone we've tried it with. Some games seem to require the right mix of players. This game turns every mix into the right mix of players.
 
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4. Board Game: Fluxx [Average Rating:5.69 Overall Rank:6637]
Tom "Snicker Daddy" Pancoast
United States
Henrico
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I think Fluxx belongs on this list. But it fits in a different way than the other games. It isn't an activity game like the others. The game is so chaotic that there's no point in taking the win or loss seriously. I just like to see the outrageous surprises and changes of fortune.
 
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5. Board Game: Advanced Civilization [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked]
Peter R.
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I think Advanced Civilization qualifies, because every game that lasts for SOOO long, must be fun even if you don't manage to win! I still try to win this game when I play it, but the fun is to build this ancient empire and to see the different civilizations developing!
Just my 2 cents!
 
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6. Board Game: Falling [Average Rating:5.51 Overall Rank:13306]
Mike Young
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Sterling
Virginia
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Winning is just losing last.
 
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7. Board Game: Magic Realm [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:930]
J Boyes
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When we played this we played without a score just to play. My one friend summed it up pretty well, "you don't play to win, you play to find out how you are going to die."
 
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8. Board Game: Scene It? Movie [Average Rating:5.52 Overall Rank:13255] [Average Rating:5.52 Unranked]
Greg Zamira
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With my non-gaming group this is the one that gets pulled out the most. I have to admit, we do have a fun time with it.
 
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9. Board Game: Strand-Cup [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:6074]
Peter R.
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Strand-Cup is a game with a very good game-flair!
So we like to play it just to catch this feeling.
Very nice game if played fast and on a small table with sunglasses on!
 
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10. Board Game: Pictionary [Average Rating:5.82 Overall Rank:3858]
True Blue Jon
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Another game that I've always had fun with and never really cared about winning.
 
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11. Board Game: Once Upon a Time: The Storytelling Card Game [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:1278]
Luca Iennaco
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Creating the story is the fun and important part, no one cares about who plays the "Happy End" card (this is probably the only game I play just to PLAY and not to WIN).
 
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12. Board Game: Grave Robbers From Outer Space [Average Rating:5.79 Overall Rank:6103] [Average Rating:5.79 Unranked]
Gláucio Reis
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The game is clearly broken, but the text on the cards makes it very funny. Limited replayability, I guess, but worth a try.
 
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