Mechancis When Buying A Game

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I am curious how everyone considers Mechanics when purchasing games?  When I listen to some podcasts I hear in the gaming community there are many players who really enjoy certain types of games or mechanics and they don't like to start from those.  That may in part be a benefit to being able to play/own 100's of games.

Since I have to consider many different things I personally like to choose games that have some mechanic(s) I don't already have or are a unique spin on those mechanics.

I have quite a few Worker Placement games and unless there is a spin I think I'd like (#Architects of the West Kingdom for instance) then I often move on as soon as I hear it, or shortly after because I'd like to vary my collection.

What do you think?  What do you like?  Do you have a mechanic you always love and will buy any game with that mechanic?  Do you avoid mechanics you already own?  Why?

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3 months ago

I think I do tend to avoid games that are too similar to a game I already own and enjoy, at least until I feel I have explored that game more fully. Was part of why I didn't get #Root  recently as I had not long gotten #Cry Havoc which seemed to hold a lot of similar mechanics (highly asymmetrical, area control, faction progression, VPs etc.) So would like to play a lot more of that before getting Root

Supporter3 months ago

That makes sense and I probably would too.  I'm looking at #Cry Havoc but have avoided it partly because of what you said in reverse about #Root but also because I'd like to have a more than 4 player game unless something really really calls out to me. #Inis if I could find it, especially if I could get #Inis: Seasons of Inis Expansion.

One of the reasons I haven't strongly considered #878: Vikings - Invasions of England is because I already own #1775: Rebellion and I know they have quite a lot of similarities.

3 months ago

#Inis does look like a very cool game. I know a friend of mine has been eyeing it up for a while so hopefully she will get it so I can play 😄

Do you have any pairs of games that are very similar but you are glad you have both?

Supporter3 months ago

Mmm, that's a good question.  I have some with the same Mechanics but I think there are different enough.  I do feel like if I get #Architects of the West Kingdom I could maybe say that pairs closely to #Raiders of the North Sea, but I've never played Architects so I can't say for sure.

3 months ago

There is a fair amount of similarity in the two games as they are both worker placement but I actually think they are quite distinct (I have both). #Raiders of the North Sea is a pretty light, quite streamlined game: you are all basically trying to win the same way and jsut competeing to be the most efficient. Whereas #Architects of the West Kingdom offers quite a few routes to victory and has many more overlapping systems. They both also employ quite different takes on worker placement which does change how you approach each game.

3 months ago

There is a fair amount of similarity in the two games as they are both worker placement but I actually think they are quite distinct (I have both). #Raiders of the North Sea is a pretty light, quite streamlined game: you are all basically trying to win the same way and jsut competeing to be the most efficient. Whereas #Architects of the West Kingdom offers quite a few routes to victory and has many more overlapping systems. They both also employ quite different takes on worker placement which does change how you approach each game.

Supporter3 months ago

For me it isn't hugely important. Yes I like some mechanics better than others.... But I'll get anything if, after reading the rulebook, or watching a playthrough, or something like that....makes it seem like something I would like. 

Supporter3 months ago

Yeah totally.  I think it'd be hard to sell me on a coop unless, like you said in another post, I was planning on playing it only solo.  It's something that attracts me to #Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion.  I think I'd play it just as a solo RPG adventure by myself.  Almost like a tabletop video game.

Supporter3 months ago

I have definitely done that sort of thing. 

Premium User3 months ago

I am also a big fan of worker placement games but I will usually take a good look at a game that peaks my interest as the gameplay might have a nuance I like. Sometimes that leads to trading away a game I have because the new game is just better at doing essentially the same thing; sometimes I want to keep both games. Some examples: I used to have Stone Age but after attaining Paladins of West Kingdom, Architects of the West Kingdom, and a couple others...Stone Age never hit the table because we liked the others better. Dinogenics is a game that peaks my interest even though is is similar to Dinosaur Island. I think I'd play both...Dinogenics when I want a heavier dinosaur park experience and Dinosaur Island when I want something more family friendly.

Supporter3 months ago

Awesome.  Yeah sometimes I'd like to trade something out for something else but I don't really have anyone to trade with.  Wuh wuh.

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