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Eric Caldwell
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I'm looking for multiple games that are tense. I really enjoyed Agricola and Pandemic for their tension. My family really loves Ticket to Ride for the tension created by blocking. I realise all of these games create tension in different ways, but they do create tension, and that is what I'm looking for.

Thank you in advance for your help.
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Eric Staswick
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railroad tycoon is always a tense one for us. And a logical step from TTR if you are looking for something a little meatier
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If you are looking for tension and you like a coop-game like Pandemic, maybe you should try Ghost Stories or Witch of Salem. At some point in these games, you have to choose the "lesser evil" option. That's what I call tension.
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I'm enjoying Havana. It's a light *highly confrontational* Eurogame of out-thinking your opponent, and out-out-thinking someone who's trying to out-think you!

Arkham Horror has some nice artificial tension. You'll roll dice to make skill checks, and use Clue tokens to roll additional dice, one by one, if your original skill check fails. Gradually losing your important Clue tokens as the dice continue to fail adds suspense to the game, although, overall, a single failed skill check won't usually make or break a game.
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Jim Cote
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If you think Ticket to Ride has tension, then I am at a loss to find any recommendations. Perhaps sipping iced tea on your porch?
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Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game is great for tension! It's co-operative (since you mentioned Pandemic), and the traitor mechanic adds suspicion and deceit to an already tense situation.

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I think Ticket to Ride has some nice tension as well.

Atlantic Star has a similar drafting mechanism with a similar feel. Wonderful game.

Alhambra is also feels quite similar to TTR.
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Darrell Hanning
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If you think Ticket to Ride provides tension, then yeah, Alhambra ought to be a real hoot.
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If you're looking for direct conflict, try Cosmic Encounter. The tension is there because of the push-pull between all of the alien powers.
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The games I feel the most tension while playing are Space Alert (real-time co-op game with threats coming from every direction, and you're never totally sure you'll survive) and Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game (very challenging for the humans, especially never knowing who's on your side).
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Eric Caldwell
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I actually found Alhambra kind of boring in the same way Carcassone is boring. There's just not much to it. Decision-wise Ticket to Ride is pretty lackluster, but my family goes out for blood. Negative scores are pretty frequent. I buy games for the family, because frankly, most games suck without opponents.

I love hearing everyone's opinion of tense games, whether I agree or not. Keep the recommendations coming, and thank you all.
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Other than the dreadful upcoming harvest I never found Agricola tension filled competitively. That being said backstabbing games always seem to bring about a lot of tension. Battlestar Galactica as mentioned, Shadows over Camelot, Citadels, Family Business to an extent.

For a co-op I'd say look into Ghost Stories or Space Alert
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There isn't a coop game out there that has tension. There, I said it.

Tension games:

Struggle of Empires
Agricola
Age of Empires
Coed Naked Twister
Brass


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The tensest game out there has got to be Twilight Struggle.
It's head to head, so you have the elemnt of direct conflict.
It's a card driven game, so you are constatntly having to deal with issues in your own hand of resources.
And the theme is the Cold War.

Frankly, this game has so much tension that you probably shouldn't even play it if you are a pregnant mother, or have a heart condition.
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Three games I played recently that had a lot of tension:

China
Taj Mahal
Ra

Taj Mahal has you bidding for choices in every territory, and caps the bidding with a route-building element. Bidding is fierce, with a winner-takes-all mechanic that penalizes the loser and makes bidding wars quite dramatic.

China has a similar territorial competition element, with route building, and the potential to blcok other players or steal points.

Ra gains tension from the bidding aspect, the ability to force players to make decisions based on tiles in your hand, and a pretty wicked push-you-luck mechanic that always seems to end the epochs two cards too early.

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For a tense match, I can always count on Taj Mahal.

If you're looking for another tense co-op, Space Alert has it in spades.
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I find Friedrich as one of the tensest multi-player games around, and A Victory Lost and A Victory Denied as two of the tensest two-player wargames I've played.
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Shadows over Camelot or Diplomacy would be my two suggestions.
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sloan66 wrote:
The tensest game out there has got to be Twilight Struggle.
It's head to head, so you have the elemnt of direct conflict.
It's a card driven game, so you are constatntly having to deal with issues in your own hand of resources.
And the theme is the Cold War.

Frankly, this game has so much tension that you probably shouldn't even play it if you are a pregnant mother, or have a heart condition.


I double that. I play it by E-mail with a fellow BGG'r friend from Germany and sometimes it just kills me to see what move he made that is waiting for me when I get home from work. Can't wait to teach it to my friend tonight just got the delux version recently.

 
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Based on what you are listing I would say go for Age of Steam. It's a more cutthroat lock-the-other-guy-out of a spot game (ticket to ride) where you have to sweat it that the other player wont take what you want (Agricola)

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Otherwise I'm a bit surprised by some of these replies too. Lots of casual family friendly games in the answers that makes me wonder if many of those posting knows what its like to be on the edge waiting to be obliterated in a game.

Try a block wargame where you have to spend all game wondering if that unit is large or not -- only to be painfully slapped at the end where you didnt expect it from.

or an area-impulse wargame where you have to fight a war on multiple fronts but ever turn have to worry about a sunset die roll locking your units in vulnerable place.

or a two player card wargame (up front or combat commander) where turn after turn you can all but win it unless they have that certain card and they keep having it.

all stuff to have you standing and pacing the floor.

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sloan66 wrote:
The tensest game out there has got to be Twilight Struggle.
It's head to head, so you have the elemnt of direct conflict.
It's a card driven game, so you are constatntly having to deal with issues in your own hand of resources.
And the theme is the Cold War.

Frankly, this game has so much tension that you probably shouldn't even play it if you are a pregnant mother, or have a heart condition.


Amongst equally skilled players I would say this is very true. What I mean is that TS is a 'learnable' game. If some has played like 6 times more than you and knows the card decks more proficiently, they will hose you... and fast.

But, amongst good players that know the game roughly the same, its a dogfight.

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Eric Brosius
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Here's another vote for Taj Mahal.
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railroad tycoon is always a tense one for us. And a logical step from TTR if you are looking for something a little meatier


There's also Fuddruckers and Red Robin.
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Eric Brosius wrote:
Here's another vote for Taj Mahal.


Same here. I can't think of another game with more tension. It remains my favorite game.
 
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Beowulf: The Legend also has some of the same brinksmanship as Taj Mahal.
 
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