So first of all, this post is clearly biased by the fact that I was on the wrong end of what I would call “The Loser Ruin”.
This means that this entire post will reek “sore loser”, but try to look past that to understand the principle.
Having put that note forward, I would attest that I am still in disgust of this kind of play, and it did lead to heated discussions upon endgame.
(Which always happens, but this was more than the nerdy trashtalks that is usual).
Let me try to describe the situation, as it describes “The loser ruin” pretty well.
3 players play through a game until the final round. 2 players are deadlocked for the victory – 1 is left way behind (literally no chance to win).
So it happens, that upon the last move the player far behind has the option to play 1 of three special cards.
2 of these puts the player a slight bit further up the board (still no chance to win), but the remaining card seriously pulls back 1 other player.
This player is now actually able to determine the game, if he plays this card – as whoever gets it ends up second; the other one wins.
So do you play that card?
What is already quite clear, is that I was the one handed the card, ending up second – but still ending up ahead of the player who played it.
So what is the reason- besides personal grudges – for playing that card? I am still puzzled.
Would you chose to play it – or just admit defeat and let events unfold?
I am maybe old fashioned – but there is still a certain honor in admitting clear defeat; until you pull a stunt like that.
Of course there is valid arguments to play that ruining action, but if you are in no position to win the game either way, you are playing “The Loser Ruin”.
“The Loser ruin”:
The moment where you in clear defeat deliberately choose to ruin the game for another player, just for the fun of it.
And that is not losing like a Boss.