There are board games that are designed to unite players, and then there are board games that always lead to fights. Why would you play games that will ruin your friendships? Because sometimes winning just feels so good.
We all love a good board game night with family or friends. There's nothing better than bringing together a group of people you love and trust only to epically betray them all. We've all been there - you're sitting around the living room, having a great time playing your favorite game with your friends... and before the night is through, you are plotting revenge on your old college roommate who Sorry'd you just before you got in the safe zone. Things get heated, people get competitive, trust is lost, and relationships get destroyed – all in the name of "harmless fun."
Want to know the best games to play if you want to betray, exploit, and deceive your closest friends for personal victory? Here is a list of the top card and board games that destroy relationships... but are totally worth it. Or you could avoid the best board games for ruining friendships, and keep all your friends. But then you lose.
In Risk, gameplay goes like this: players aim to conquer their enemies’ territories by building an army, moving their troops in, and engaging in battle. Depending on the roll of the dice, a player will either defeat the enemy or be defeated. Risk is filled with betrayal, alliances, and surprise attacks - a perfect recipe for ultimate friendship doom. On top of all that, the average time for gameplay ranges from 2-8 hours, and there are rumors of games lasting up to two weeks. So, if you make enemies early on, you'll have to look them in the eye for an awkwardly long time.
Playing Monopoly sounds very grown-up - you spend the game buying and selling properties, building houses and hotels, and paying your electric bill. But all this adulting is guaranteed to make even the most level-headed player act like a total child. It doesn't help that average game time is about three hours... so you have plenty of time to breed contempt every time you pay the rent. But it all pays off when you can force your dearest friends into heartbreaking bankruptcy. It isn't the nicest move, but hey, that's capitalism, baby.
In the world of Catan, your ships have reached the coast of an uncharted island but you aren't the only discoverer. Your friends (who are your enemies now, obviously) have also landed there, and the race to claim the island is a cutthroat one. The real challenge of the game is settling the island without totally flipping out on that friend who is blocking your access to all the damn sheep. But if you can make it to those 10 Victory Points without killing anyone? Bragging never felt so good.
Phase 10, a classic card game from Mattel, is a rummy-type card game in which you compete against other players to complete 10 varied phases of card combinations. Each phase is specific to each hand dealt, meaning you MUST complete the current phase before someone else "goes out" in order to go on to next phase. Sounds pretty easygoing, right? Just wait until you get stuck on the same phase for six rounds in a row, or when you finally get a perfect run and that one friend thinks it's hilarious to use all of their skip cards on you. Tension gets infuriatingly high.
#10 on The Best Family Card Games