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Your Top Push Your Luck Games

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24 Nov 2019 13:13 #304495 by groth
Does anyone still play Can't Stop (1980) after years of newer Push Your Luck games coming out?

I saw someone on BGG make a DIY Can't Stop board look like a casino game with felt & poker chips- I think that would appeal more.



Has anyone played Reiner Knizia's Exxtra ?


Not all PYL games use dice. I recall repoman say he likes Knizia's Double or Nothing , which uses cards.
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24 Nov 2019 13:24 - 24 Nov 2019 13:25 #304496 by ubarose
We still play Can't Stop. We will probably be playing it over Thanksgiving as it is a family favorite.

Heck Meck is another push your luck favorite.
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24 Nov 2019 13:34 #304498 by mads b.
One of my favourites is a dead simple game called Gefühle. You use a rectangular piece of balsa wood with numbers on. 2 on one of the flat sides, 5s on the sides, 10s on the ends and on flat side is blank. You place it on the edge of the table with the two-side up and the have to flip it. You can score your points or keep going, but if you fail (by hitting blank, dropping it on the floor, or if it doesn't do a full turn) you lose all points you haven't scored on a previous round. First to 25 wins.

The game is super easy, super fun and very beer friendly. But we also play it with the kids as a short filler before bedtime for instance. Sans beer, though.
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24 Nov 2019 14:55 #304499 by southernman

ubarose wrote: We still play Can't Stop. We will probably be playing it over Thanksgiving as it is a family favorite.

Heck Meck is another push your luck favorite.


Yes a classic, plus has the bonus of attacking your opponents trophy pile :laugh: !
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24 Nov 2019 15:27 #304502 by mc
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Another can't stopper here. My board is a piece of paper and junk from other games.
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24 Nov 2019 15:38 - 24 Nov 2019 15:40 #304503 by Disgustipater
I played the iOS version of Can't Stop all the time, until it died the 64-bit upgrade death. Maybe I should make a physical board.

Does World Championship Russian Roulette count?
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24 Nov 2019 15:57 - 24 Nov 2019 15:58 #304504 by ubarose
Although it is very easy to make your own Can't Stop, I like the cool stop sign board, and the stacking "traffic cones" of the classic edition.

ETA: And it is still in print Can't Stop on Amazon
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24 Nov 2019 18:14 #304508 by Greg Aleknevicus
I've played a *lot* of Exxtra and it remains in my Top 100 list of games. It satisfies the same itch as Can't Stop though so if you're looking for only one "push your luck" game, Can't Stop is probably the better choice. On the other hand, Exxtra handles 5 & 6 players pretty well (CS does not) and the interaction is more immediate.
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24 Nov 2019 18:29 #304511 by boothwah
Does Talisman count?
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24 Nov 2019 18:54 #304512 by mezike
I’ve played Exxtra a few times and enjoyed it, don’t see it very often but would play it again if it was on offer.

Another couple of games that index heavily on PYL:

Diamant/Incan Gold is great fun and scales well to higher player counts.

Deep Sea Adventure gets a bit of a mixed reception but is generally well received.
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24 Nov 2019 19:05 #304513 by Msample
It’s more an auction game, but there is a push your element in RA. Great game.

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24 Nov 2019 19:17 - 24 Nov 2019 19:17 #304514 by san il defanso
The one I play most often has to be Incan Gold. It is a pretty pure design, and scales really well. It's one that we've been able to play with a wide variety of people, which is always nice.
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25 Nov 2019 09:02 #304524 by the_jake_1973
Pass the Pigs has always been a fun game for our group.

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25 Nov 2019 09:14 #304526 by drewcula
I thought I'd be clever and say, "Talisman!"

But Boothwah beat me to the punch.

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25 Nov 2019 14:11 - 25 Nov 2019 14:12 #304541 by tk342
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Incan Gold is indeed great, and scales up easily.

Deep Sea Assholes [Adventure] is a current favorite, though any individual game seems a bit hit-or-miss, and it really changes drastically based on player count. It's also a game where the first time you play it you will get absolutely destroyed despite everyone telling you what not to do.

I think my all time favorite is Geschenkt (No Thanks!). Super fun, easy to learn, tiny footprint. I may also be biased by a game that involved my parents-in-law and a bottle of absinthe...

All these push-your-luck games fall squarely into the bucket of great things to bring to family events that feature people who are 65+
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