Fun in Spite of Luck
Joe Childers
United States
Dayton
Ohio
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Which games have you found to be fun even though there is very little strategy involved? Which games do you keep coming back to even though you know that the winner is determined more by the luck than anything else?
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1. Board Game: Nuclear War [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:2300] [Average Rating:6.21 Unranked]
Joe Childers
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Dayton
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My chess club played this a lot in high school to let off steam. It was a blast! We used a variant that let a player be at war or at peace individually with each other player which counteracted being stuck with a bunch of propaganda cards once the missiles started flying. Yet in the end it was whoever had the best cards that usually won.
 
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2. Board Game: Formula Dé Mini [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:2284]
Joe Childers
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This is a game I have my eye on that I would like your comments on. I decided that full Formula De is too long and fiddly. Does this staisfy the theme of this list?
 
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3. Board Game: Carolus Magnus [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:896]
Lowell Francis
United States
South Bend
Indiana
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This game is often critiqued for being a strategy game that relies too heavily on luck. However, I prefer to think of it the other way around. I've really enjoyed the couple of plays I've had of it. I shake my fists at the uncertain fates when I play but still have a good time.
 
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4. Board Game: Strand-Cup [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:6067]
Peter R.
Italy
Bozen
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This little B&B game is always fun, because there are two teams playing against each others. It is fun to play, it is played fast and everyone has a partner on which to rely on. We like it if we are in the mood for something lighthearted and quick! Nobody gets too angry if he/she loses a game, because he/she can always fault the dice!
 
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5. Board Game: Wiz-War [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1323]
Tom Grant
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Washington
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What cards will I get? I dunno. Should I take the risk of attacking the wizard down the hall, or does he have a Reflection defense card? Only one way to find out...
 
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6. Board Game: Vendetta [Average Rating:5.00 Overall Rank:14799]
John Mitchell
United Kingdom
Enfield
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I have to admit, I've only played this the once. Bought it recently from a charity shop (=thrift store) on the strength of a Mr. G. Schloesser claiming it was "fun to play". And indeed it is. Backgammon crossed with Family Business.
 
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7. Board Game: Can't Stop [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:621]
David Bohnenberger
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Swarthmore
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Maybe there is SOME "strategy" involved here, but don't let that spoil the fun!
 
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8. Board Game: Can't Stop [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:621]
David Bohnenberger
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Maybe there is SOME "strategy" involved here, but don't let that spoil the fun!
 
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