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Ellen Rabun
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Our family like to play games that often end in the slow elimination of players (like Perudo). You start with 6 players but eventually only 2 are playing.

What game(s) can we combine with elimination games that involve the slow accumulation of players - start with 2 or 3 players but adding in one each round or hand?

If you had a series of games like these, you could have games moving all night long with no spectators and no down time.

Any ideas??

 
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Matthew Proper-Lee
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I can't think of anything that adds players in later rounds, but Fluxx is fast and has rules for adding in players during a game (give them a hand of cards and add them as the next player).
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Chris Ferejohn
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Hmm, that's tough. I presume you are aware of the scads of games that don't have player elimination.

My best idea would be to have a running poker "cash game" on the side (either with low stakes or with play money - perhaps play money that could be won in the player elimination games).
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I second the notion of acquiring six player games that have no player elimination.

Bohnanza
For Sale
Medici
Power Grid
Imperial
Citadels
Acquire

...to name a few.
 
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Hilko Drude
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Ricochet Robots is a game which is nice while waiting for more players - the game setup doesn't have to be changed if new players come in. If you make a point out of counting chips, latecomers have less chances of winning, but each successful move is a kind of miniature win. Highly recommended, although not everyone's cup of tea and maybe not long enough for your purposes.
 
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Seth Brown
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Fluxx is a reasonable suggestion for the additive property, although it's a game I personally dislike. You might try Ricochet Robots, which likewise can happily accumulate people as it continues, but has more thinking and less luck than fluxx.
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Gary Heidenreich
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You know, that could be an interesting concept...a game that adds players, as a mechanic. Perhaps it starts with two and you 'pick teams" after the game gets going...perhaps an auction even to where you build a team.

Hmmmm.
 
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I believe SET also allows players to join in the middle. And I don't see any reason why Zendo wouldn't work quite well: just add the new "student" at a convenient point.
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Set is a good idea (Zendo is too, though the rounds take longer). Sequence is a light quick game that plays up to 12, you could easily add people in each round. For a fast player elimination game, look at Tsuro.
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