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This is a list of games where players can get eliminated early and cannot come back in. If there are special conditions where an eliminated player can come back in please include in entry.

Try to keep to games where you can get eliminated early enough that you have to do something else while the rest of the game continues. Also, include a short bit about how/why you can get eliminated. And no 2 player games (e.g., chess).

These are games I try to avoid with my gaming group as we don't get together often enough.

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Games are sorted in order of rank.
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1. Board Game: Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:49]
 
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When you're out you're out.
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2. Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:116]
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AoS is an economic downward debt spiral waiting to happen to the unwary, or unlucky, player. And once you can't service that debt, you are out.
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3. Board Game: Neuroshima Hex! [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:209] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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If your HQ reaches 0 your out bedore the end of the game
 
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4. Board Game: Friedrich [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:469]
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Russia, Sweden, and France can all be eliminated from the game as the end approaches and their card (or cards) are drawn.
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5. Board Game: Bridge [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:493]
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After the end of bidding, one player is always eliminated (the partner of declarer, hand is exposed to everyone, declarer players their cards). They get to come back in at the start of the next deal.
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6. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:504]
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This game goes on forever. You need to plan for another game session for those that get eliminated. You can get backstabbed and eliminated but usually its through your own poor planning.
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7. Board Game: Liar's Dice [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:564]
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On an early bet you can loose 2 or 3 dice. This lost will it make very difficult for you to stay in the game. Often you will be eliminated only a little bit later.
Despite this elimination possibility this game got the Spiel des Jahres award in 1993.

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8. Board Game: Formula Dé [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:580]
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Your car can get wrecked by others or by your own poor driving and you have to wait until the race is over. Fortunately, you have some control over elimination. And the game is interesting enough to watch even after elimination.
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9. Board Game: Lord of the Rings [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:704]
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When Sauron reaches your hobbit he is done for!
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10. Board Game: BattleTech [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:847]
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You can get eliminated early but many times we play "Troll Battles" where you come back in the next smaller class of Mech. Poor play and aggressiveness of others contribute to elimination. But like other miniature games (Car Wars) the game is interesting enough to stick around.
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11. Board Game: Poker [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:864]
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This one doesn't really fit the list but here it is anyway. Lose all your money and you are out. But that usually takes a good bit of time. And if you lose all your money are you going to stick around anyway?
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12. Board Game: Ca$h 'n Gun$ [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:887]
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If you take too many bullets, you are out of the game. Generally the game is quick enough, though, that you don't have to find anything else to do.
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13. Board Game: BANG! [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1030]
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This game made only 1 play in our group. As the eliminated players went off and did something else. And the worst thing is that you can get eliminated through no fault of your own (even before you get to play your first turn).
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14. Board Game: The Red Dragon Inn [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:1182] [Average Rating:6.57 Unranked]
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And, also, The Red Dragon Inn 2. These are a "last one standing" type brawl game where being eliminated is neccessary to the game completing. Hopefully the game will finish quick enough that you don't have to find something else to play.
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15. Board Game: Axis & Allies [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1185]
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I hesitate to put this one on here but occasionally one of the powers gets eliminated in the early stages of the game. Luckily, if this happens the rest of the game goes pretty quick.
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16. Board Game: Werewolf [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1188]
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Player elimination is all there is to this game! It defines it!
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17. Board Game: DungeonQuest [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:1293]
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Two words - "Bottomless Pit"
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18. Board Game: Wiz-War [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1334]
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You can get eliminated in two ways - both of your treasure tokens can be deposited on opponent's home squares (obviously not both on the same player's home square, as that would end the game) or you can lose your last hit point.

In the base game (I don't own all of the expansions) you cannot re-enter the game.
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19. Board Game: Red November [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:1470]
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It's easy a fire or flooded room takes your drunk guy to the gnome heaven in the early / mid game. If there're 6 or more players the game can be a bit longer and you'll need some other entertaintment (most times looking how the others die )

Anyway, you can take the "respawn" option
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20. Board Game: Car Wars [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:2055]
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Yes, you can get eliminated early but the game is short enough and interesting enough to stick around. Elimination can happen due to own poor play or aggressive play of others.
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21. Board Game: Icehouse [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:2643]
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A player with no un-iced pieces and fewer than 8 pieces in his house is eliminated from the game if a player notes this and calls it.

There is no re-entry, but Icehouse games tend to be quick enough that this isn't an issue.
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22. Board Game: Supremacy [Average Rating:5.59 Overall Rank:13334]
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Another world power game where early elimination is a possibility. And another where the game can go on forever.
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23. Board Game: Risk [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:14648]
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Another global conquest game where once you lose all your pieces you are out with no way to get back in the game. This one does take long enough for you to need something else to do while the game finishes. You can start the game with a bad draw of starting places and be in a horrible strategic position that lends itself to the early exit.
 
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24. Board Game: Castle Risk [Average Rating:5.46 Overall Rank:14805]
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With all the castles fairly close to one another, secret armies, and Admiral cards, a player stands a good chance of being eliminated in the first round! In fact, one person on BGG (sorry, can't remember who) says that your goal in the first round is to knock someone out of the game...
 
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25. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.39 Overall Rank:15444]
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It isn't common to get eliminated early, but it certainly can happen. Crappy rolls, too much jail time early on while everyone else snaps up properties, and so on can quickly bankrupt you before the other players are even close.
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