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Jason Perez
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Which board games have the most gut wrenching, friendsship killing, snatch defeat from the jaws of victory moments? I’m thinking things like:

-Anything in Monopoly
-A slick Psilon/ traitor reveal
-Steal a base as it scores in Smash Up

Take That! Style games, of course, would fit here. Anything a bit more offbeat that people can think of, like from a Euro?
 
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Are you insinuating that these are bad things?
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Don't some versions of talisman end on a die roll, where if you roll poorly then instead of winning you are sucked into a void and out of the game?
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Drift Marlo wrote:
Are you insinuating that these are bad things?


These are great things
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wmshub wrote:
Don't some versions of talisman end on a die roll, where if you roll poorly then instead of winning you are sucked into a void and out of the game?


No dice roll. If you draw the horrible black void card from the endings you're out automatically.
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Anything in Tammany Hall. Lords of Vegas can also have some huge swings in big casinos based on die rolls
 
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I once had a friend kick me under the table like as hard as he could after I backstabbed him in Ikusa (which was called Shogun when I had it because I'm old).
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Killer Bunnies.

You can have 19 carrots. But if that bottom carrot card is theirs- game over and witness the happy gloating dance.
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Screaming Eagles

When you get hit, you are instantly eliminated on a damage roll of 2 or 12.

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The Game of Life when somebody wins after going to the poor farm and getting a lucky roll.
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Getting "cockpit-shot" in BattleTech really blows too.

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Destroying a ship full of meeples 1 space away from a safe island in Survive: Escape from Atlantis!.
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+1 Anything involving Monopoly
 
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Playing 3 player Vast: The Crystal Caverns, the thief was one tile away from the entrance, carrying six treasures, and so only one turn away from winning. The following turn, I watched my girlfriend (as the knight) hop through a tunnel to pop out beside the thief, and running, split the thief in two. She greedily pocketed the thief's hoard, levelled up, and gained the heroic boots needed to pop out next to the shadow unicorn across the board, and deal the final blow. With just enough movement, she doubled back through the tunnel, and dashed out the entrance. All the while the thief watched in disbelief, and thinking that was just a little too much, demanded the rulebook to question the legality of the moves. Yup, that just happened.

Many of my multiplayer games of Vast have ended in some crazy way. My favourite to use is smashing the board with wrath (as the dragon), creating a labyrinth of walls to trap the knight, and shifting the dragon's tile closer to the entrance. It's one of those hail mary moves that you cross your fingers and hope will turn out. It's glorious when it does, and hilarious when it doesn't, because it tends to reveal and remove enough crystal tiles to kill everyone in the cave.
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The Downfall of Pompeii is very satisfying as you put other's meeple's into the volcano. Mission: Red Planet (Second Edition) also allows you to blow up rockets and any aliens inside.

For pure and simple friend ship breaking party style - then you can't do much worse than Dead Last - no reason for any of it lol. I also love shooting the kids in Ca$h 'n Guns (Second Edition) - they're so shocked everytime I reveal I actually chose to click!
 
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[q="SaggyUK"]The Downfall of Pompeii is very satisfying as you put other's meeple's into the volcano. Mission: Red Planet (Second Edition) also allows you to blow up rockets and any aliens inside./q]

OMG! In Pompeii I was right by the exit and would have probably come in first and the right tile happened to get selected and my guy was wiped out by lava. It cost me the game. I totally agree.
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Catan is the new monopoly in more ways than one
 
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For the solo gamers among us, playing the robot opponent in Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm is an exercise in masochism, and usually not the fun kind. It's extraordinarily common to play a meticulous game and be clinging to a lead, only to have the robot's final random flip score enough victory points to bury you. shake
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In Pax Porfiriana, having to flip your hacendado in order to have the requisite prestige and thereby successfully topple Diaz and win the game, only to have some bugger pull out an assassinate card and finish you off. Note though, personally I don't consider this to be a 'bad beat', but rather, a amusing and thematically apposite, if brutal, part of the game.
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Oh I would quickly add that although not caused by people but the game, you can die on your first turn in DungeonQuest Revised Edition. Every time you move you're fearing death and it's worse when you've actually managed to grab some loot and only need to move three more spaces to the exit!
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Room 25 has its moments.
 
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To be honest though, I think you cause those moments in the most seemingly peaceful of games. We often use the tactic in carcassonne (over hill and dale version) where someone has built up a big scoring field and we put a really awkward tile one away from the edge meaning they're praying for that one and only random tile in the game that may help them complete it.

Even in dream home, the last time we played both me and my daughter stopped my mum from getting a kitchen the whole game so couldn't get the bonus points. Not sure you could do this with more than three players though as don't have the opportunity to remove columns and be mean.

Only euros I'm aware of with plenty of moments that can really mess you up is The Battle at Kemble's Cascade and Yunnan. Yedo also has event cards and a few other mechanisms that can totally screw you too.
 
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panzer6 wrote:
Room 25 has its moments.


Ah yes, this one has some great moments - can play fully competitively or hidden traitor and you can get pushed to your death devil
 
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The Hunger Games: District 12 Strategy Game is pretty bad about this. At the end of a game, a card is drawn form a deck (simulating the 'reaping' from the book). If it's yours, you lose. At the start of the game, everyone seeds the deck with 1 card, and you add your reaping cards to the deck when you play poorly. At the end of the game you can lose even after playing perfectly with a bad draw of that single card you were forced to add in.
 
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