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On there spectrum of multiplayer (2+ player) games there is a wide spectrum on the brutality of interactions between players. It varies between multiplayer solitaire (crayon rails) to brutal backstabbing bonanzas (Diplomacy anyone?).

For some reason, I prefer the games with lots of backstabbing, plotting, and viciousness; and dislike games with minimal interaction. If you are winning, I want to be able to convince the entire table that you, for the sake of mankind, should be wiped off the face of the planet (and your little dog too).

The games I'm looking at here aren't just multiplayer games where player B attacks player D in some sort of conquest. If you see it coming, and it is expected, then it doesn't count. The games I'm talking about usually require allegiances to win, and a timely "realignment of goals" to cap off a victory.

I rate this games from 0 to 5 bastards devil where half bastards can be used angry.

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This is my list and I may or may not modify it for you. But you can trust me. Come one, trust me, you'll be safe here. devil

Bonus points for you (not the game) for describing an epic backstab. However, bonus points get you nothing.

(This is in good fun of course.)
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1. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:527]
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The bar by which all bastard games are measured.

I knew of one group who played this where each person was allowed to bring one unfolded, non-feathered pillow to beat backstabbers. The stipulations on the legal pillows was developed after multiple iterations and severity of concussions.
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2. Board Game: Intrigue [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:1887]
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Much of the Diplomacy bargaining, but without the commitment. The brief nature means there is less invested in the game and backstab isn't near as deep.

Still not safe for spouses. The metagame of sleeping in the same bed (or house) can screw up this game. I've seen a number of these games ruined by a husband being seduced by his wife, or by not being willing (potentially) lose "marital services".
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3. Board Game: Alcatraz: The Scapegoat [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:2363]
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Everyone working together to screw over one person and minimize the damage that person will inevitably cause is hilarious. Of course, the whole time you try to convince them it is only fair they take their turn as the scapegoat and how they should keep working to get us all out of there. Changing the game from one where there is one winner to one where there is one loser is intriguing.

I'm glad this game doesn't come with a shiv, `cause if it did, I'm pretty someone would get stabbed.
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4. Board Game: Junta [Average Rating:6.04 Overall Rank:12146]
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Only 4 bastards as you expect to be stabbed. Being stabbed in the front is way less bastardly than being stabbed in the back. The duration of the game can make the stabbing more painful. The duration of the battles can make the stabs extremely painful.
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5. Board Game: The Really Nasty Horse Racing Game [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:3544]
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I love getting a good horse in the second or third lane, letting everyone bet on it, then taking the sucker to the outer rail. Of course, I steer all the other horses I don't want to win out there too. Oh, and your horse fell down? Oops?

I bought this game because I heard it described as "The only game where I saw someone throw a chair." I bought it immediately.
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6. Board Game: Twilight Imperium (Third Edition): Shards of the Throne [Average Rating:8.67 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.67 Unranked]
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This is the most bastardly of the expansions for TI3. Only because the binding agreements and shared win conditions. It does lose a half bastard because the political aspect is somewhat diminished due to the Lazax's special power which can allow him to dominate the political aspect of the game (if he so choses).

This expansion is my least favorite way to play the game, only because the win conditions are very unbalanced and have a very strong dependence on your special objective.

I would give the base game an even 3 bastards. The political aspect of the base game makes it fun, but there seem to be fewer back stabs in this version of the game.
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7. Board Game: War on Terror [Average Rating:6.15 Overall Rank:3687]
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It begins with light meddling in other's affairs and breaks into...oh yeah...SCREW YOU! I'M NOW A TERRORIST! NOW I HAVE ALL THE FORCES OF EVIL BEHIND ME! DIE!!!
 
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8. Board Game: Cutthroat Caverns [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:1228]
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It can get pretty ruthless, but like you said, knowing its coming makes it less painful.
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"Oh, I just don't have the cards to complete the quest. Why didn't someone come help me like I asked! I'll be right back."

Lot's of piddling around can either make you look like you are incompetent, or the traitor. Of course, you can always pin it on someone else.

I rated this slightly higher than BSG (even though I like the game BSG better) because it seems that subtle traitorous moves can be more effective in this game.
 
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Trust me, I'm here to help. [Oh, did I forget to mention I'm a cylon? My bad]
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11. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:107]
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I love losing a battle just to send all my "friends" ships to the warp. So what if I lose a planet. I'm going down, and I'm taking you all with me!
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12. Board Game: BANG! [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1073]
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"Sheriff, I'm helping you, can't you see. I just shot that other guy for you. Wait, what do you mean I should stop shooting you...?"
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13. Board Game: Junta: Viva el Presidente! [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:2417]
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Similar to Intrigue vs Diplomacy, the smaller the investment in the game, the less pain is felt. You usually see it coming too.
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14. Board Game: My Little Pony Hide & Seek [Average Rating:5.11 Overall Rank:15745]
 
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Watch out for these evil little buggers. They'll sneak right up on you.
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15. Board Game: Rise and Decline of the Third Reich [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:1495]
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Imagine Italy NOT helping Germany, loans BRP to France, and hilarity ensues. diplomacy in 3R is subtle, but w/ the variant counters can be very effective.

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16. Board Game: Illuminati [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:2566]
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Anything goes. It's only a crime if you get caught. And if you get caught, you're too stupid to control the world. Interference in attacks, gifts, trades, you name it, you can do it short of an outright 'throw the game'. And if you can do it, you can undo it, or better yet, promise it and NOT do it.

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17. Board Game: Lifeboats [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1297]
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devildevildevildevildevilMy favorite backstabby game
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18. Board Game: The Downfall of Pompeii [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:467]
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Throw them in the volcano!
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19. Board Game: Survive: Escape from Atlantis! [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:240]
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Send the whale, then the shark, then the Sea Monster for clean up and hope for a whirlpool!
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20. Board Game: Quo Vadis? [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:1834]
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This is a pure negotiation game where you're trying to advance members of your faction up to the highest level of the Roman Senate. But you can't do it without making deals with other factions. Of course, some of these deals may not work out...
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21. Board Game: Mall of Horror [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:1333]
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One of my favorites. Negotiation and deals only last until the next wave of zombies hits.

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22. Board Game: Lifeboat [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:1945]
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1 sinking Lifeboat, 6 desperate Passengers
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23. Board Game: The Republic of Rome [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:369]
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How many games on this list have literal backstab rules?
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24. Board Game: Organized Crime [Average Rating:5.70 Overall Rank:11979]
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I used to play with a guy on a regular base. This was the last game we played together. He since refuses to play with me.
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