In Ark, the game under development by Elephant Labs, you are a generation ship sent forth to escape supernova destruction and hopefully find a new home among the stars.
There is a small, but not negligible, chance that the ship can find a planet and successfully colonize it on the very first turn.
In development and playtesting, it’s not such a big deal, we just start a new game. But should you really be able to end the game first turn?
I can imagine a scenario where people are playing Ark for the first time, set up all the pieces, get all excited to start and then boom! Game over.
I can imagine that would be unsatisfying enough that instead of restarting a new game they throw the stuff back in the box in disgust.
In board games more than anything, a bad first play can guarantee that a box sits on a shelf forevermore. I like that a game can be short and a group can fit in multiple plays in a session, I’m just not sure they will in this case.