Game sessions that didn't match your expectations and games you currently have high hopes for

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I consider myself a good judge of my wife's preferences (her name's Anna by the way). I'm always the one suggesting which movies to watch, which games to play, etc. and most of them go well. But... I'm certainly not 100% right all the time and we've had some misses haha

So I want to ask:

  1. Which games were you absolutely certain that your significant other/friend/family would love but they bounced hard on? Why?
  2. Are there games you currently have in mind where you feel like there's just no way that your significant other/friend/family wouldn't love it?

Here are my answers:

1. Games I thought Anna would love that she just found "okay"

  • #The Quacks of Quedlinburg - I went into this one with zero doubts. It's not my favorite game of all time, but I really like it. Great mix of strategy, tactical play, and thrill of pushing your luck and pulling out another ingredient from the bag that could potentially make you bust or help you pull ahead big time. But Anna found it too solitaire of an experience when she wants to be "playing together".
  • #Wingspan - After Quacks, I "experimented" by having her play this with our friends. Again, she found it relatively enjoyable but didn't love because of the lack of interaction. And she won that game too. These two games served as somewhat of a lesson that I need to pay more attention to her preferences.

2. Games I have high hopes for at the moment

  • #Obsession - I started reading the rules and watching a video to learn the solo mode. At first glance, it feels like a callback to our first love of #Viticulture: Essential Edition. It has thematic gameplay, the build-up of developing your estate, charming components (the different servant meeples), and I like that each round feels like time is passing by.
  • #Star Wars: Rebellion - Anna is new to Star Wars (only watched the most recent trilogy) but she was fascinated by the lore. I'm guessing that she'll absolutely love the epic gameplay experience despite the long playtime. She seems to love it when a game offers heartpounding moments (like when she pulled off a win in our 2 hour game of #Catan and when we were so close to dying to the dragon in #Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated). I think she'll really like playing as the Rebels and trying to hide her plans from me.
  • #Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar - Probably not love, but I have zero doubt that she'll like this. It has the familiarity of our other favorites and has the big plus of being simple yet deep. Anna gets overwhelmed when it comes to learning a new game so she'll appreciate the lack of rules overhead. Solid medium weight worker placement games tend to be very safe choices for us.

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13 months ago

I love your wife's reasoning for not liking those games. I too am hungry for games with more and more interaction. 

Owner13 months ago

Hahaha yeah, and it doesn't even have to be a ton of interaction either. For instance, #Clans of Caledonia doesn't have a whole lot of friction between the players, but there's plenty of room for us to observe and compliment each other's plays. And it sure helps that there's a common "map" that we're playing on.

It's the almost completely face down to the table ones that will likely be a miss for us, often the ones that have a personal player board and that's mostly it.

I could see how #Obsession has low player interaction too, but from what I can see, it's going to be one that will have us talking a lot and having fun with humor behind the decisions you'll make in the game :)

13 months ago

I see. I guess my interests have veered even further into highly interactive space. I just picked up #Pax Pamir (Second Edition) and it definitely falls into that category, I've also had my eyes on #Food Chain Magnate. Even a game like #Concordia offers enough player interaction for me to be satisfied, but I want to see how far this train goes haha.

Owner13 months ago

I can relate. Ever since getting into the hobby, the types of games I'm getting have slowly trended toward increasing player interaction (and also increasingly more thematic)

Moderator Level 113 months ago

1.  Games I thought Becky would love and ended up just ok

  #Castles of Mad King Ludwig I thought would be a bigger hit with her but she seems so-so on it.  My son and daughter still enjoy it and I think it's a great game

   #Fort I thought would be a bigger hit with all and sort of fell flat.  I think we need to play it a few more times.

2.  Games I think will go over well in the near future:

    #Obsession I think will work as I promised to watch Downtown Abbey with Becky while we play.

    #Aqua Garden I think will go well as the designer reportedly used #Heaven & Ale as an inspiration and that is one of Becky and I's favorite games

  #Detective Club was on my list because it feels like a perfect fit for the family across the board.  I think everyone will play this.

13 months ago

Dude...Downton Abbey is soooooo good. I fought it awhile then I had some coworkers say they watched it with their wives and loved it so I gave it a shot...I loved it lol

Moderator Level 113 months ago

That is good to know.  I figure if I can con her into play #Obsession is will be worth it and perhaps...perhaps...a win for both of us.  

13 months ago

I hope it will be a double win! I know I really enjoyed the show and the game looks neat!

13 months ago

I am a big fan of #Not Alone, I think it is a great shorter game that plays up to seven (I would personally always chose it over the likes of #7 Wonders). However, when I played it with my board game club it really didn't go down well. Admittedly I might have known if I'd thought about it as they aren't super into social games and this is a lot about second guessing your opponent/s.

I have high hopes for getting them to play #Cry Havoc and playing #Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition with my uni friends whenever we get the chance

Owner13 months ago

Gosh, TI4. Can't wait to hear back from you on that when it happens.

13 months ago

I so cannot wait! They are all very keen for it but as we all live in different parts of the country there is no chance until the Pandemic eases significantly. Still, a nerd can dream!

13 months ago

I'm a big fan of #Not Alone too. There's a lot of tension and tough decisions in such a small box, and it's rare to have a 1vAll game that feels that tight and plays that quickly. Sorry to hear it didn't go over well! 

13 months ago

No worries, every other group I've played it with has loved it so I'm not short of options. Just that group are all very euro-y in their preferences and this just didn't quite work for them (or at least not for all of them, some were much more vocal than others).

But yeah, both sides feel like they have this impossible task, and keeping a straight face while the alien umm's and aah's about where to put their tokens is wonderfully tense and engaging for everyone. 

Moderator Level 113 months ago

The two sessions that come to mind that immediately fell below my expectations when I showed them to my wife are #Jixia Academy and #The Fox in the Forest. She did not enjoy those at all, haha. I was looking for small, quick games to play, and those both failed.

For the bigger games, I think it usually takes a few plays for her to decide whether or not she likes it, so I can't pinpoint any specific sessions that were disappointing, but there are a couple of those bigger games that she (or both of us) ended up not enjoying as much as I'd hoped after a few plays.

The game sessions I'm looking forward to:

  • #Dale of Merchants with my wife. I bought this specifically to play with her, so I am really hoping it goes well.
  • #Dune: Imperium with my friends. I'm not sure who I'll actually play this with first, since it only goes up to 4 and our overall group is a little bigger than that, but I'm pretty sure most of them will really enjoy it.

Owner13 months ago

As I always say, I'm looking forward to that DoM review. It'll likely make me buy it in the near future if it's positive.

Moderator Level 113 months ago

Haha, I really hope I can convince you to buy it, because that will mean we love it!

13 months ago

Ha, interestingly both #The Fox in the Forest Duet and #Jixia Academy were hits with my partner (fox in the forest more so). The heavier games are still a little much for her.

Looking forward to seeing your review of Dune!

Moderator Level 113 months ago

Me too! I hope it gets into the FLGS soon

13 months ago

🤞🤞🤞

Owner13 months ago

Our two copies are arriving soon too! (Looks like it will ship this week) :)

I bought them so that we can give away at least one copy. Will be able to try it solo at least, and possibly even a 2p + AI play with

Moderator Level 113 months ago

ooo nice! I take it you ordered from the publisher?

Would love to see your and Trent's thoughts on the game. It'll be especially interesting because, if I remember correctly, you haven't read the book, correct? Has Trent?

Owner13 months ago

Yup, through Direwolf Digital. And yes, neither of us has read the book!

I've been thinking recently that maaaybe I should get into books to expand on my experience for some of my games. Like 20,000 leagues under the sea for #Nemo's War (Second Edition), The Great Game for #Pax Pamir (Second Edition), etc.

Moderator Level 113 months ago

Haha, I always support reading books! 20000 Leagues is a fun one, and fairly light reading, if I remember correctly. Haven't read The Great Game, but I'm guessing it's not as fun, haha. Dune isn't what I'd call a light read, either, but it's one that I think every sci-fi fan should read at some point, if only because so much of what we think of in terms of modern sci-fi was inspired in some way by Dune. Plus it's awesome in it's own right. Man, I love Dune, haha

13 months ago

Is there a time frame that they gave you for this?

Moderator Level 113 months ago

Not really. People who ordered directly from the publisher are getting it now, at least in North America. I don't think they've given a date for FLGS availability.

13 months ago

I am anxious FOR you! 

Moderator Level 113 months ago

Live look-in at me waiting for a message from the FLGS: 

13 months ago

Lolol perfect Mr. Bean response. 

Moderator Level 113 months ago

I'll share two big surprise hits:

  • #Dominion: Second Edition Rachel, my wife, got this for me for a birthday present. She knew I wanted it, and, she knew I wanted it to play with my friends. However, I did persuade her to give it a try, and she loved it. We went on to play it at least once a day for around 6 months. We played the snot out of that game, and she loved it. We still play it sometimes, but, not nearly as much as we used to.