Games that Push Your Luck

Push your luck, sometimes called press your luck, is a gaming mechanism where players must decide whether they want to keep their current gains, or risk it all for a chance to win even better rewards.

Here are several board games that have an element of push your luck that are sure to make your gaming session more fun and exciting!

Deep Sea Adventure board game

Deep Sea Adventure

In a rented submarine, you and other explorers all have to share a single tank of air. If you don’t get back to the sub before you run out of air, you’ll drop all the treasure you’ve collected. Do you go back before the air runs out, or push your luck and go further to collect even more treasure? Who can bring back the greatest riches?

King of Tokyo board game

King of Tokyo

In King of Tokyo, you play mutant monsters, gigantic robots, and strange aliens. You roll dice up to three times, to score points, get enhanced powers, and whack each other in order to become the one and only King of Tokyo! Do you stay with your current dice roll, or push your luck and roll again?

Incan Gold board game

Incan Gold

Players explore paths in the jungle by turning up cards from a deck. You can leave the jungle now and share the riches already found, or push your luck and stay in hope of even better rewards—at the risk of encountering dangerous hazards and going home empty handed.

Port Royal board game

Port Royal

You and other players take turns revealing cards to discover ships of riches, or personnel for hire. You may stop opening cards anytime to establish the market. You and and other players can then get gold or hire people from the revealed cards. Don’t push your luck too far though–reveal two ships of the same color and you will go bust!

Quacks of Quedlinburg board game

Quacks of Quedlinburg

Players are charlatans (or quack doctors) each brewing their own secret potions by adding ingredients one at a time. You can push your luck by adding more ingredients drawn from a bag. The more you add, the more valuable your potion will be. Take care with what you add, though, for a pinch too much of this or that will spoil the whole batch!

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