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After spending some time on BGG I've concluded that most games are, in fact, broken. However, some are more broken than others. This list includes the worst offenders.
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1. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:73] [Average Rating:7.66 Unranked]
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This game is broken. I've noticed that whoever has the most Province cards at the end usually wins. That is why I've removed Province cards from my set.
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2. Board Game: Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:49]
 
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This game is broken. I've noticed that whoever fulfills the most objectives usually wins. I've removed objective cards from my set.
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3. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:128]
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This game is broken. I've noticed that the better player usually wins which I find is unfair. I've removed other players from my set.
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4. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:117] [Average Rating:7.55 Unranked]
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This game is broken. Whoever is more lucky with dice usually wins, or so I've noticed. I ended up removing the dice from my set.
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5. Board Game: Ghost Stories [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:200]
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This game is so broken! However good the players are Wu-Feng seems to win almsot every time! I removed Wu-Feng from my set.
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6. Board Game: Yomi [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:818] [Average Rating:7.06 Unranked]
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Now this game = broken. I don't ever block, because blocking is for chumps. However, it seems that if you play a lot of attacks you end up winning! I removed all attacks from my decks.
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7. Board Game: The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:110] [Average Rating:7.63 Unranked]
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This game was fun until I realized it was broken. The encounter deck kept me from winning games so I removed it from my set.
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8. Board Game: PitchCar [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:327]
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Wow, is this game broken or what? I noticed that whoever first used a car to cross the finish line won! I removed all cars from my set.
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9. Board Game: Pandemic [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:74]
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This game is the epitome of broken. Whenever an epidemic card came up I ended up losing. Talk about overpowered! I removed all epidemics from my set.
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10. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:47]
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This game is broken. Playing a lot of synergizing 6-cost developments is a good way to win! To counter that I removed all 6-cost developments from my set.
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11. Board Game: Intrigue [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:1859]
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The most broken game of all. The player with the most money ALWAYS ends up winning. I removed all money from my set.
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12. Board Game: Monopoly [Average Rating:4.39 Overall Rank:16033]
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Well, I don't know about -you- Markus, but this game drives me nuts! It seems to take forever, with all that dice rolling and going around and around the board.

So I removed the dice.

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13. Board Game: Clue [Average Rating:5.66 Overall Rank:7942]
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Well, the problem with this one is that it's just NOT family friendly. I mean, murder, in a perfectly safe gated community?! We have one local gamer who steadfastly AGAINST such dastardly things as violence and conflict in her board games, so in order to assuage her and hopefully motivate her to join our group, I've done the sensible thing and removed all the weapons. Since one copy has a chalk outline of the body, I've also carefully painted over that.

One friend has kindly suggested that our games of Cluedo might be made more family friendly by avoiding the guilt and shame associated with the inevitable fact of one player being guilty of the murder. So I may take his advice, and remove all the suspects cards from the deck as well. Then it's just a delightful game of hide n' seek in jolly old Uncle Boddy's mansion!


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14. Board Game: Nuclear War [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:2382] [Average Rating:6.21 Unranked]
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This game is broken. The only winning move is not to play. How about a nice game of Chess?
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15. Board Game: Risk [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:15349]
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This game is broken! The only player with armies left always wins, so I've removed all the army pieces from the set.
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16. Board Game: Crokinole [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:76]
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This game is clearly broken and has been for centuries! Those who have the highest dexterity and or finger flicking ability win every damn time!

I recently implemented some corrective action in my game group. If you beat me at crokinole, I hack off your flicking finger with a surplus spork I swiped from KFC.

It only took a few times and my group got the message. I now consider my particular game to be fixed. devil

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17. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:416] [Average Rating:7.09 Unranked]
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This game really is broken!

I am astounded that nobody seems to have noticed over the last 600 odd years of playing it.

The Queens are so overpowdered, such that if you leave yours on a square that it can be taken for nothing you are unlikely to be able to come back from that. Boring!

So I removed the queens from the game.

But then the rooks seems to be overpowered, such that if you left one on a square that it could be taken for nothing you were unlikely to be able to come back from that. Boring!

So I removed the rooks from the game.

So far the bishops, knights and king seem to be reasonably balanced. I did remove the kings once (to avoid the stupid situation when one of you walked into an unfair mate-in-one) but then the game seemed to go on for too long. Boring!
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18. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:521]
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This game is clearly broken. The player who negotiates the best wins. So now everyone is required to interact in mime.....devil
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19. Board Game: Trivial Pursuit [Average Rating:5.21 Overall Rank:15970]
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This game is clearly broken as the team with the best general knowledge skills will win. I removed the questions so that now every answer is correct. I was surprised to discover that this had the added advantage of shortening the play time to 10 minutes tops.
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20. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:34]
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This game is broken. Whoever is able to adapt to the current market and board layout as well as properly change their current valuation of the available power plants and resources will always win this game.

To fix it, I have done away with the shrewdly capitalist elements of the game and we just hand out power plants and resources every turn. We have a similar variant for allowing the construction of plants in cities. The games are VERY close, but take longer because arguments often occur around what's "fair".

Also, any money made when firing plants is put directly back into the bank, with players retaining, at most, one dollar per turn.

We call it the Lenin Variant.
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21. Board Game: Dixit [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:202] [Average Rating:7.31 Unranked]
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This game is WAY broken. I find that players often don't even care who wins. They just have fun playing the game without worrying about winning!! THIS IS RIDICULOUS!!!

To fix this, we have implemented playing Dixit for money.
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22. Board Game: Battle Line [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:187]
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This game is broken! The player best at keeping track of the cards played and those left to be played wins a high percentage of games.

To fix this, we place the cards face down in front of the Flags instead of face up!
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23. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.01 Overall Rank:20]
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This game is so clearly broken. The player who grows his family first and the most almost always wins.

To fix this, I've replaced all family growth spaces with "Just foolin around" spaces. Instead of gaining an extra family member, the husband will refuse to work for the next turn since he lacks further incentive and the wife skips the next turn because she's washing up.

To make this variant family freindly; they were wrestling and now they are too tired to work.
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24. Board Game: Russian Roulette [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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Russian Roulette is broken. Whoever doesn't get shot is always the winner. So I started putting bullets into all the chambers.

... but now the starting player always loses! So I've given all players fully loaded guns.

Remember: balance is key to a good game, folks.
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