Games You Love But Are REALLY Bad At! – Survive!

My first nominee is Survive.   This game has tormented me for decades ever since its first launch in 1982 – now it is tormenting me all over again in the new Stronghold version.

Survive Escape From Atlantis 30th Anniversary Edition
SHG2002 Escape From Atlantis Survive 30th Anniversary edition Board Game Stronghold

An underwater volcano has erupted and the island of Atlantis is sinking into the sea! Unless the people of Atlantis escape before the volcano explodes, all the inhabitants are doomed! In this game you try to lead your people from the sinking central island of Atlantis to the safety of one of four islands nearby. Your people can get there by boat (if they find one) or by swimming but avoid the Sea Serpents, Whales, and Sharks! The player with the most survivor points wins.

Survive is a cutthroat game where players seek to evacuate their pieces from an island that is breaking up, while remembering where their highest-valued pieces are located to maximize their score.

An island made up of 40 hex-tiles is slowly sinking into the ocean (as the tiles are removed from the board). Each player controls ten people (valued from 1 to 6) that they try and move towards the safety of the surrounding islands before the main island finally blows up. Players can either swim or use boats to travel but must avoid sea serpents, whales and sharks on their way to safety.

Survive is very similar to Escape from Atlantis with some key differences.
Lowest price: $24.95
Survive: Dolphins & Squids & 5-6 Players... Oh My!
Survive: Dolphins & Squids & 5-6 Players...Oh My! is a collection of three mini-expansions for Survive: Escape from Atlantis! that were previously available separately. These mini-expansions can be used individually or in combination with the base game. NOTE: You must have the base game "Survive: Escape From Atlantis!" to enjoy this expansion.
Lowest price: $15.00
Survive: Escape from Atlantis! 5-6 Player Mini Expansion
You can now enjoy "Survive: Escape From Atlantis!" with more players!

This Mini-Expansion enables you to enjoy the great game, "Survive: Escape From Atlantis!", with 2, 3, 4, 5, or even 6 players!

In "Survive: Escape From Atlantis!", you don't want to leave anyone behind on the sinking island of Atlantis. And now with this "5-6 Player Mini-Expansion", you don't even need to leave your friends and family behind when playing the game! Play with up to 6 players for a bigger and even more fun game of "Survive: Escape From Atlantis!"

NOTE: You must have the base game Survive: Escape from Atlantis! to enjoy this expansion.
Lowest price: $7.49
Survive Space Attack Board Game
Welcome to the height of technology and comfort, the Space Station Atlantis! All the comfort of a five star hotel, mixed with the adventure of space travel. The station is filled with staff, entertainers and guests trying to enjoy their out of this world vacation. But all of a sudden, Space Station Atlantis comes under attack by aliens! After getting the guests to safety, the crew rushes to escape. Some will find space on the limited escape pods, others will board fighters and attempt to destroy the aliens. The unlucky ones will have to trust in their space suits and float for it. But with the alien Warriors, Spawns and Queens patrolling the space around the station, it will not be an easy trip! Who will be able to safely reach a jump point? Survive: Space Attack! uses the familiar game system from the best-selling Survive: Escape From Atlantis!, but adds new game mechanics, new weapons and ships and new ways to both escape and hinder your opponents escape.
Lowest price: $24.99
Survive The Giant Squid Expansion
Alliance Games Survive The Giant Squid Expansion : Alliance Games Survive The Giant Squid Expansion : Mini-expansion for Survive. There has long been a debate in the scientific community: which creature is mightier the Whale or the Giant Squid? At long last you can decide! The whale and the Giant Squid are pitted against each other here in battle! But wait ... Will they attack each other? Or will they attack the poor Atlanteans and their boats? Let the battle begin! The expansion contains 5 Giant Squid tokens. source: from the rules
Lowest price: $5.25
Survive: Escape from Atlantis! Dolphins & Dive Dice Mini Expansion
In the "Survive: Dolphins and Dive Dice" mini-expansion, your enemies become more powerful... but so do your allies!

All Sea Creatures in the game will have the powerful ability of "diving" to unoccupied sea spaces, as well as having the potential to move up to three spaces, whenever they move! Their movement is now controlled by the blue Dive Dice contained this mini-expansion, making them more deadly to your People than ever!

However, there are friendly Dolphins now in the game, which will protect your Swimmers from the attacks of other Sea Creatures!

"Survive: Dolphins and Dive Dice" mini-expansion includes:

- 4 Dolphin Tokens
- 1 Rules sheet
- 2 blue Dive Dice (engraved)
- 1 red Creature Die (engraved)
Lowest price: $4.50
Survive : Space Attack! - The Crew Strikes Back!
New Crew! New Powers. 20 crew cards. Requires Survive Space Attack. A great way to add to your game. 20 crew cards. Requires Survive Space Attack. A great way to add to your game.
Lowest price: $7.46
Space Attack! 5-6 Player Mini-Expansion
Requires Survive Space Attack. More players, more fun. Orange and white tokens. A great way to add to your game.
Lowest price: $7.45
Survive - Dolphins & Dive Dice Mini Expansion (30th Anniversary Edition)
Sea creatures are more deadly than ever in the Survive Dolphins and Dive Dice Mini Expansion. You'll need the base game to play. Protect swimmers with friendly dolphins, but dive dice make sea creatures even more powerful and harmful. These new twists will have you scrambling to survive. Will you make it safety or perish in the sea? NOTE:  This expansion requires the Survive base game to enjoy Highlights: Add helpful dolphins to your game Dive dice make the monsters move faster now Contents: 4 dolphin tokens 1 rules sheet 2 blue dive dice 1 red creature dice 
Lowest price: $12.99

I love the game because it’s so easy to explain, everyone has a great time and it’s so much fun – especially when you chomp other people’s meeples.

I could happily play 5 games in a row and often have.  With one problem – I am so bad at it that the volcanic island it’s set on (Atlantis) will rise up from the ocean and freeze over before I win a game.

There are many reasons for this including…

1.       I get so interested in the chomping that I lose track of where my best meeples are.

2.       Other player’s seem to enjoy chomping me (this maybe related to the previous point).

3.       I’ve angered the Survive! Gods so they control the dice rolls so any exposed meeples of my colour beat the odds and get eaten immediately.

And yet I still love the game and am addicted to it enough to think I’ll win it next time!  

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