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Do you enjoy being “mean” in games?

I find that this totally depends on the group I'm with, but I've observed that people tend to lean towards either one of two sides: those who get a lot of enjoyment from messing up other players' turns and being ruthless, and those who do everything in their power to minimize the impact of their choices and keep the peace.

Some examples: Focusing on blocking progression, stealing resources, forming alliances just to turn on them later, etc. All technically part of a strategy (and potentially a lot of fun), but considered mean by some. On the nice side, it could be evenly distributing resources, taking a neutral option instead of one that negatively affects others, and working collaboratively until you're forced to be competitive.

Are you a "mean" player, a "nice" player, or somewhere in the middle? What are the meanest games you've played?

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Partner2 months ago

I really don't enjoy being mean in games.... I completely understand how and why its in games, but now thatI'm not a child, I don't find it fun to take the fun away from someone else.... that said I never mind blocking someone strategicly, but I don't like to ruin someones game, and some games are designed to do that..... I tend to not play those games more than once... My wife is the same way.... probably why I married her.... and since we game together more than anyone else, it's probably good that we don't attack in a mean way.... 

2 months ago

" I don't like to ruin someones game" - me too. There should still be balance on player interaction, without being too much take that.

2 months ago

Agreed, I also tend not to play those types of games more than once (especially with my wife haha). Being "mean" is pretty ambiguous which makes it fun to hear everyone's different thoughts on it. It can range from any sort of implicit conflict to just being spiteful or messing with your friends.

2 months ago

I don't enjoy being mean. I don't mind a good play that pushes a player forward but being mean is lame, unless that's part of the game...

Generally, my approach is to win while everyone has a good time. So in Carcassonne, I'm going to block your guy in if I can, but I'm not going to make any snide remarks while I do it.

Supporter2 months ago

Anyone here who knows me knows what I'm going to say...

the meaner the better in my book!

2 months ago

Haha I like your answer. What are your favorite examples?

Supporter2 months ago

Really any game with combat or backstabbing.  So I really love #Root and area control in general.  I can't wait to try out #Dune and #Pax Pamir (Second Edition).

I love timing my combat in #Scythe to swoop in and steal a bunch of resources someone else has taken the time to create.

Premium User2 months ago

#Scythe is one I have to play again. I played really about half a game once that got cut short because of several reasons. One guy we were playing with totally didn't get it and just checked out and a couple of us had to be somewhere so we just left lol. Once I started understanding how to play, it definitely grabbed my interested.

Supporter2 months ago

Yeah, any game is tough if people aren't playing right/don't get it/don't buy in.  Especially games that require even a little player interaction. 

I hope you get to it again it better circumstances.  It's really one of my favorite games.

Premium User2 months ago

A buddy of mine owns it we just gotta get together and break it out one of these days!

Supporter2 months ago

2 months ago

The only game that I'm intentionally as mean as I possibly can is #Blokus because that's literally the point of the game. That's pretty much it, but I have this one friend who's super good at board games and crushes me in a lot of games. So when I play against him, it's no mercy. I'll take any win I can get against him

2 months ago

You bring up a good point. I have a friend like that who's exceptionally good at most games too and likes to gloat a little, so I'll definitely play mean with him on most games right off the bat.

2 months ago

I'd rather not be mean.  That said, there's totally such a thing as strategically blocking... Puerto Rico taught me that its not always what's good for you but sometimes what's less good for everyone else.

2 months ago

! don't intentionally play mean-unless someone else is doing it to me or other players.  I'm glad to report I've played with very few people who play mean.

I'll go for what I need in order to win, taking cards and resources, and blocking others ( #Catan or #Ticket to Ride: Europe) as needed, but I'm not going to be pushy, focus on one particular player, or be nasty about it.  I want everyone to enjoy playing together regardless of what happens.

Due to the make-up of my family (a wife who doesn't like complicated games, a teenage son who is challenging to get to the table), most of the games I have don't give one much opportunity to get mean.  I am, however, really interested in several games that are more strategic and challenging that I can play solo or with a small game-night group that will be a bit more competitive ( #Scythe #Terraforming Mars ).

Supporter2 months ago

I don't always see mean and nasty as the same thing... or even "mean" as being a way to ruin someones night.  I like when people are "mean" to me as well.  I guess a better way to say it is I enjoy games that require a lot of negative player interaction.  But I also think my gaming group likes that and can handle it.

Plus, give me a good backstab in a game any day... again I even enjoy it when it happens to me.

2 months ago

Definitely makes sense. It's nice to have a more competitive group to play with occasionally.

2 months ago

It depends on the player, his experience, his position in the game and even his behaviour towards me. Sometimes it helps to avoid attracting attention, sometimes you have to be mean to win.

2 months ago

Like a lot of others, it kind of depends on the gaming group.  Thankfully I do have one group where back-stabbing, meanness is expected and part of what makes that group great.  The games I play on Thursday almost never fly or are considered by my Sunday group which is much more into heavy Euro's with limited player interactions. 

One of the meanest things I ever did and have seen happen occurred in our first #Risk: Legacy campaign.  I took a good faction and first turn w/ last placement. (Drafting in Risk Legacy is an awesome practice)  I placed myself as close as possible to the guy who took the best, most OP faction (we had house ruled a change that created this situation - not something the game created).  Also being semi-vague to avoid spoilers.  Anyway, I managed to eliminate him on my first turn.  We still laugh/remember that event, especially when it happened again in our 2nd campaign. 

 

Supporter2 months ago

I think I'd get along well with your one group well.

2 months ago

Eliminated on the first turn eh? And it happened twice? Good thing you have the group that can laugh about it haha!

2 months ago

bro i only like being mean when im playing with you.

2 months ago

for me it actually just depends on the game and who im playing with.If its a take-that or social deduction game then i love it. otherwise its just not fun making people mad, unless they think they are the best at board games lol

2 months ago

Haha it's time to get mean bro.

That's true, pride comes before the fall.

2 months ago

Haha for sure. But nah I couldn't be mean to you... I'd feel too bad... but tho...

2 months ago

Oh I for sure intentionally try and mess with you....

2 months ago

like that last time we played #51st State: Master Set... you were about to troll me so hard haha

2 months ago

That was more an optimization play more that anything, you had the most beneficial card for me to leach off of!

2 months ago

dude so true, that was a really good game...

2 months ago

It was! I am still a little bitter you came back from so far down....

2 months ago

I know man... I think that was one of the best games I've ever played lol

2 months ago

I did not think about messing with you since you were so far back! But yes it was a very impressive comeback!