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What makes a cooperative game require multiple players?

The biggest thing I can think of is limited knowledge. Hanabi is a cooperative game where each player has access to different information (no one can see the cards in his or her own hand, but can see ...
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How have coop board games prevented a player(s) from taking over decision making

Simultaneous choice is another method of forcing players to stumble over each other a bit. Space Hulk Death Angel uses this to great effect - players have to choose between their available actions, ...
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What makes a cooperative game require multiple players?

In addition to @GendoIkari's excellent answer, a possible way to force the need for multiple players is to force simultaneous action with time constraints. Space Alert, for instance, requires that all ...
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What makes a cooperative game require multiple players?

A game whose game states are too complex for a single player to handle is another way to require multiple players, although this is subjective to the player or the design of the game. For example, ...
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How semi-cooperative games handle players who have nothing to lose?

The social contract does most of the heavy lifting The social contract is an unspoken agreement between all the players of the game as to how the game should be played to maximize the enjoyment of ...
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How semi-cooperative games handle players who have nothing to lose?

There is really not much that you can do in rules to totally eliminate this problem, but you can try to reduce it. One possibility is to implement catch-up mechanisms so that it is rather unlikely ...
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What makes a cooperative board game actually a game?

Not to beat a dead horse, but I think there's a more elegant/universal definition of a game that also answers your question. Taking a page from game theory, A game is any procedure where the player(...
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How have coop board games prevented a player(s) from taking over decision making

Semi-Cooperative games Another option is "semi-cooperative" games. Legendary is a good example; at the end whomever saves the most bystanders and beats up the most villains is the "biggest winner", ...
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How have coop board games prevented a player(s) from taking over decision making

Andrew provides an excellent answer, I'll just add one more option. Randomness can prevent "alpha player syndrome" to an extent, by making the outcome of choices uncertain. In a deterministic game ...
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Clarification needed: Wrath of the Lich King - A Pandemic System board game

Abomination activate during step 4 "Activate Abominations". They don't activate when players move or during spawn or any time other than "Activate Abominations". See p. 8 of the ...
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What makes a cooperative game require multiple players?

Have you played Space Alert or Escape? Both these games force co-operation by use of a soundtrack. In Space Alert things can go awry that cause you to be delayed or bump into each other and it is ...
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How have coop board games prevented a player(s) from taking over decision making

Having "The Dictator" hijack decision-making in co-op games is never much fun. However, it should be said that in many of the real-world situations such co-ops model, dictators are built into the ...
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How have coop board games prevented a player(s) from taking over decision making

Real Time games Another option is to have your game happen in real time. Damage Report and Captain Sonar both happen in real time, and everyone needs to be doing their part all the time, so there ...
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do all players win star realms pirates co-op

By the nature of it being a co-op then everybody wins. I can't anything specific in those rules to say an eliminated player doesn't win so I wouldn't rule that just those surviving are winners. It ...
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