In our experiences, top ten lists normally have two flaws: they're poorly formatted for quick reading and they are normally wrong. Just check all the comments of any top ten list, and you'll see lots of other folks think the list is wrong, too.
With our TL;DR Top Ten Lists, we're going to fix both problems... with your help. We're just gonna give you a couple of things on our top ten list (to make it faster to read), and you fill out the rest in the comments below (to make sure the list is accurate). Add to the list, argue with us, argue with each other, but most importantly be nice and have fun.
Today's TL;DR Top Ten List topic is:
Top 10 Board Game Jailbreaks!
Board Game Jailbreak [bohrd geym jeyl-breyk] n. 1. A rule not included in the official rules of the game, but used because it makes the game more fun. 2. House rule. Note: This differs from a "hack," because that word is overused and doesn't mean what many people think it means.
Free Parking Lottery: This one is the gold standard of house rules. All taxes and fees go into the center of the board (many times, after being seeded with $500 or some other agreed-upon amount of currency). The pot slowly builds and builds and the first person to land on "Free Parking" wins it all! We've read that Hasbro will begin including this one in a special "house rules" edition this fall, but they'll be optional rules and not official ones.
Omnibus Rules: This little tweak gives the 10 of Diamonds a lot of power. It now has a score of -10 points (holder of the card at the end gets to subtract 10 points from their score). That's good as it is, but it's even better if you collect all the hearts, the Queen of Spades, and the 10 of Diamonds. Then you get to subtract 36 points (sometimes, 26 points) from your score or add 36 points (sometimes, 26 points) to everyone else's score. As with many house rules, the actual point value or monetary reward/penalty varies from house to house.
- Dungeons & Dragons
Extra Saving Throw: (We're including D&D on this list because it's a table-top game, whether or not it has a board. So there.) Is this a really good house rule? No. Is it born of laziness and greed? Yes. Here's how it works: in each gaming session, every player has a token (anything the DM imbues with the power) which will allow them one extra saving throw sometime during the game. The catch? In order to redeem the extra saving throw, the player has to refresh all beverages and snacks for the entire gaming party. And we don't mean just a trip to the kitchen; sometimes multiple drive-throughs are involved (at the player's expense, of course).
And now it's your turn. What do you think numbers 4-10 are? Do you agree with our numbers 1-3?
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Written by Mindel, a certified Master of Disguise (so long as the disguise looks just like him).