You ever lose sleep over a game?

So last night, I had an evening to myself, house was empty, and I decided to pull out #Too Many Bones. I have wanted to try out Tantrum for a bit and it seemed like the right time. I get the game set up to battle with Gendricks, and I got through all of the encounters fairly unscathed. I definitely had some moments where I could have died but got lucky. Then the Tyrant battle...

I get through every thing, I had items ready to heal me up, had my abilities all prepped and planned. I disabled Gendricks so he could not use any of his skills, I even weakened him so he was using one less attack dice. It came down to my last health and his last health...and I lost. Without going into the gory details I was killed by his little orb that hurt me every time I rolled bones and I rolled 3 on my last roll taking out all of the shields and my final health...BRUTAL.

With all that being said, have you ever lost sleep over a game? What could you have done better? Letting the rules and strategy sink in? I also had this happen with Pax Pamir where I was just lying there in bed, eyes wide open just nowhere near being able to sleep!

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41 days ago

I dont typically stay up at night thinking about the outcome of a game.  I will stay up pondering how to be better especially on legacy games ( #Pandemic Legacy: Season 2 and #Risk: Legacy especially).  I don't ponder the non-legacy games as much since I'm much less frequent to get them to the table.  Probably the biggest downside to a medium size collection is I don't play the stuff I own super frerquently.

40 days ago

I am trying to take this next year and dive deeper into the games I already have, and I think that is what gets my brain going and it keeps me up thinking of the possibilities! I cn see how legacy games could do that for you, thinking about the long term ramifications of your actions and how the next games will be played. Interesting!

40 days ago

One of my resolutions for this year was to play 20 games I've played before but played less than 5 times at least 5 times this year.  I was on track until Covid.  Now i'm about 40 plays behind schedule.  I can understand how people's 10x10 (10 games x 10 plays) for a year are hard to do. 

40 days ago

Do you count solo in that?

I could see myself doing a 5x5 or 6x6 this next year. 10x10 is crazy lol. 

40 days ago

Solo = Yes; Online = No.  Physical plays only. 

Here is the list of games on my 20x5 list.  Number in () is my plays so far this year.

  1. Aeon's End (5)
  2. Bunny Kingdom
  3. Century: Spice Road (3)
  4. Clank! Expansions (5)
  5. Concordia (2)
  6. Ethnos (1)
  7. Heaven & Ale
  8. Kemet (2)
  9. Photosynthesis
  10. Pulsar 2849 (1)
  11. Rajas of the Ganges (5)
  12. Scythe
  13. Space Base
  14. The Manhattan Project: Energy Empire (5)
  15. The Voyages of Marco Polo
  16. Tiny Epic Galaxies
  17. Treasure Island
  18. Vindication
  19. Warsaw: City of Ruins
  20. Wingspan (5)

40 days ago

Dang that is a lot of games! Are you going to keep it going into next year if you do not finish things?

40 days ago

Probably not.  #Pandemic Legacy: Season 0 arrives Sunday and #Frosthaven will arrive at some point the 2nd half of next year and so there goes a lot of my play time.  I might try to drop down to a 10x5 or a 5x5 as I still do have 2 other gaming groups. 

40 days ago

Rules and challenges are meant to be broken lolol. 

41 days ago

Would you say that you rolled...too many bones? Haha, that is pretty brutal.

I can't say that I have lost sleep over a game. I do sometimes fall asleep thinking about games, though. It usually happens if I lost and think that I could've done better, OR if I had a glorious victory that I keep reliving in my mind's eye lol. That's happened both times I won #Dune.

Another thing is thinking about ideas for games to design myself. So far I've been able to talk myself out of every idea my half-asleep brain has come up with lol

Supporter41 days ago

Laughed way too hard at that joke

41 days ago

If you laughed at all I think you laughed to hard at it lol

Supporter41 days ago

That seems fair haha

41 days ago

The joke was too easy lolol.

I too have caught myself dreaming of game design trying to sleep, but the thing that gets me always is the "what could have I dont better" thought process...

Supporter36 days ago

I don't think I've ever lost sleep, but I've definitely had a game stick with me for days.  I try not to question myself too much after the game is over because there are so many factors in decisions made.  But... during a game I've defintely looked back two moves and realized I made a mistake (although that is partly to do with what others have done, and hindsight is always 20/20).

39 days ago

Games dont keep me up after, but before! The night before a games day I'll spend pondering over strategies for TI4 or worrying that I'll make a mistake that will cost me the game in Crusader Kings. Hours of sleep wasted, with my eyes closed and dice and figures twirling through my head.

40 days ago

Never lost any over gameplay yet, but being new to hobby and being our usual teacher, maybe a little over how I could teach something better. My friends are fairly new as well and I'd like for every game to go over as smooth and fun as possible. One night comes to mind, but I try to remember to blame it on the fact that we started at 3am haha. 

Supporter40 days ago

Wow, great story. I've definitely stayed up too late reading rules and researching new games way too many times to count. I have not had the opportunity to stay up late actually playing a board game yet though. 

Supporter36 days ago

Oh yeah, staying up doing research... that's a rabbit hole I've entered before.  Although, when we had a rough patch when I had to hold my baby for hours at a time in the middle of the night, it helped pass the time.  Thankfully that's behind us now.

40 days ago

I have no kids but the guys I play with do so we always start games no earlier than 8pm and go into the wee hours frequently. Not bad, but my wife now knows I will get home late if I am gaming lol

40 days ago

Losing sleep in the literal sense:

A yes, the first time i played #Paladins of the West Kingdom to learn the game, I was just playing solo with 2 players, no AI. There wasn't even a challenge to beat, i just put myself in 2 different perspective, the one a bit more "aggressive" than the other. I thought; "I'll do another turn and go to bed"

... but then I needed to -finish it- and it became 02:45 AM when getting up at 06:50 Monday morning :p

Supporter40 days ago

Famous last words right there.. "just one more turn." LOL

39 days ago

yeah, classic isn't it

40 days ago

Dang! That is a late night, I love it when a game sucks you in that deep that you do not ever want to leave it!

40 days ago

yeah, because the more you get near the end, the more satisfying it gets!

Supporter40 days ago

Ouch. I bet it was worth it though. 

40 days ago

every minute! :D

Owner41 days ago

Probably not as close to your symptoms but I've had something similar with #Root xD

It was when I first played with and I kept thinking about what kind of strategy I should try next time playing as the Cats lol. Root tends to do that to me since each faction is so different and there's a decent amount of learning curve to them. Your story sounds way more brutal though! I recently finished Hollow Knight (on the Switch) and the boss battles felt like torture at times :(

Supporter36 days ago

Root sticks with me always, but mostly because of the story it tells.  It's hard for me to pin down a strategy because the other players and the factions they pick/faction make up impact the game so much.

41 days ago

I tried my hand at Hollow Knight, I just could not get into it! I love Dark Souls and Bloodbourne and all that, so an opaque story is fine but I felt no connection to what was happening in the game!

 

But yes...I was very butt hurt about my TMB experience last night lol

Owner41 days ago

That happened to me when I played a game solo for the very first time--#Viticulture: Essential Edition. Weird, because it's not that type of game, but the AI kept on blocking exactly the right action spaces I needed every. single. time. during the crucial moments for me to catch up. And after losing three times in a row, I called it quits after playing until like 2am (mentioned this story before in a post long time ago haha). My face was flushed from getting all worked up but I had fun lol

Edit: I can see what you mean about Hollow Knight. I still really liked it but wish the story was a little more clear or upfront. I'll probably still try out the sequel when it comes out. I'm also considering buying Rivals of Aether to play with Trent haha 

Owner40 days ago

Yes! Get Rivals! It's so fun!

40 days ago

I have never heard of this at all, just looked it up. Looks like a combo of Smash and battletoads. Fair evaluation?

Owner40 days ago

It's the spiritual successor of Smash Bros: Melee. It plays with the speed and advanced play style of melee with unique characters, stages, and a couple new/changed mechanics.

40 days ago

That is the worst when the AI has ALLLLL the options in the game and takes the one thing you need. Bleh. That is what makes the experience fun though. I think those are the experiences you remember from solo gaming!

Was it the gameplay that kept you going with Hollow Knight then?