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How To Win At Multiplayer Elimination Games

Aug 26, 2008
Most games are geared for multiple players, as generally only electronic games are suited to provide competition for a single player. Likewise, many board games are also designed for more than two players, for while many exciting board games can be played out between two people, there is less of a thrill of competition between these two as there is only one other opponent to face off against. This is why many games have been built for many players to participate, for not only does this boost the social interactions of the game, but it can also provide for more of a thrill, as anyone could potentially win. The stakes are raised.

Many of these multiplayer games also approach the game with the intention of different players being eliminated throughout the game's progression. Risk is one of these games, each player begins the game with a certain number of territories on the board and must battle it out between themselves. The last player standing wins the game, meaning that at different points throughout the game, players will be eliminated and removed.

The best way to win this game is to play a smart game, building and reinforcing armies where trouble spots may arise. Paying close attention to the board and to the actions of other players may give insight into how to best plan both an attack and a defense, but other options are available. Players may form alliances with other players to remove a larger threat from the game. This is a tenuous option, as these players will have to turn on each other at some point during the battle, but can provide both players with footing to make it further along. Eventually, however, each player will need to stand on their own and fight.

Other multiplayer elimination games can have much different approaches. Clue often sees players eliminated, but not much can be done to affect another player leaving the game. Multiple players all are trying to figure out the solution to the same mystery in Clue and it is often a race against each other to unearth more clues first. Many times, a player will make a guess as to the answer of the mystery and when they are wrong, that player is removed from the game. While nothing can be done to automatically remove that player from the game, one could try to bluff and confuse the player, by making it seem like the cards holding clues in one player's hand are actually not there. This trick does not always work, as players are not allowed to directly lie, but with a little luck, confusion can be made and other players may be tricked into making a false accusation.

Other games all have forms of either helping to bump other players out of the game or watching other players fail. The best approach for a player with any of these games is to turn the game highly defensive, making it very difficult to remove the player from the game. When more effort is needed to strike against a player, the attacking player usually will spread themselves too thin and become susceptible to an easy attack themselves. However, a solely defensive game is not recommended, for the offensive will need to be taken to ensure a win. With a little careful study and planning, however, doing well should not be too difficult.
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