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Jonathan Folkert
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Does such a game exist? I love Starcraft: The Board Game, but sometimes the kingmaking at the end gets on my nerves.
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Geoffrey Burrell
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You may want to try a game like Axis and Allies Global 1940.
 
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Geoffrey Burrell
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Or even a game like Eclipse.
 
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Chris Willett
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GeoffreyB wrote:
Or even a game like Eclipse.


This is a good one.

Scythe is also good (would need expansion for 6 players) - but its more economic and less about fighting (though there is fighting).

I would recommend A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Second Edition), but I think Kingmaking might be the point there...

Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) - is another great game, but continues to have similar issues.

Dominant Species - maybe my best recommendation, the cards can give a lot of power though, and if you want to pick on someone, you still kind of can.

If a player decides they want to give up and do some kingmaking, most of these games don't have means to stop them from doing so, as is the case with many FFA games.

It would be hard to prohibit players from kingmaking in a FFA game, because that would then limit the "free" nature of the game. As someone else who loves the Starcraft game, sometimes galaxy setup and board position could trap a player between two foes. Or, sometimes people naturally edge one direction for a high-value planet.

Some of these games mitigate that in various ways, but ultimately kingmaking is done by the players. So if it is an issue with your group, you might want to mention that you don't want people giving up and joining up with someone to help them win, since it is a free-for-all game. I think some level of it might come with they style of game though. A verbal contract of "let's not attack each other while we deal with Red who is getting too strong over here" is fine and good, and also just as easy to betray as it is to create.
 
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Quartermaster General. If you have 6 players, you owe it to yourself to play the best boardgame at that number.
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mdrog2 wrote:
Quartermaster General. If you have 6 players, you owe it to yourself to play the best boardgame at that number.

Great 6p game but not a FFA (which I assume means "Free For All").
 
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nukesniper wrote:
If a player decides they want to give up and do some kingmaking, most of these games don't have means to stop them from doing so, as is the case with many FFA games.


I can't think of a FFA game that prevents kingmaking either, but I haven't played them all so I could just be ignorant.

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Some of these games mitigate that in various ways, but ultimately kingmaking is done by the players.


Agreed.

And what about inadvertent kingmaking--is that an issue too? That's basically unavoidable in any game that has direct conflict.
 
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Warrior Knights Plays 6 out of the box and is great. It is better with the expansion. Warrior Knights: Crown and Glory
 
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Bill Cook
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Unless there is absolute zero interaction, no competition for resources, etc. how can a six player non-cooperative game not have kingmaking? It's not possible, is it?
 
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