Gaming Priorities

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What are your priorities as a gamer?

Do you like to be constantly buying and trying new games? 

Or, do you only have a few games that get tons of plays and that you are an expert at?

Side topic: Do you prefer to buy expansions for your existing games or do you tend to go for completely new purchases?

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5 months ago

I definitely fall for the culture of new in board gaming. Luckily, my wallet has slowed down my purchasing habits in the last year or so. I know only buy a game if it is a must-have for me. 

That being said, my collection is really turning into just a few games that get a lot of plays coupled with more games that I have only played a few times. For me, it really depends on the situation. Since I have been staying home more, a game like #The Castles of Burgundy has gotten way more play than most of my other owned games. 

I typically only go for expansions to games once I have played the base enough to a point where I can justify the purchase. I almost never buy an expansion for a game that gets brought out maybe 2-3 times a year unless I can be assured that that experience will be memorable. Instead, I find myself blinging out my games with premium components more often than not to make the experience better. 

Supporter5 months ago

I like new games, I like buying them and trying them. But, I do think I do tend to focus more on repeated plays of games, my collection is still fairly small, and half of it is in the states, so, there is that.

I really do tend to avoid expansions. There are some, especially for #Scythe that are very tempting. And there are some expansions I consider to be essential, like #Catan: Cities and Knights Expansion. But, I have almost always decided to spend my money on more/other games rather than on expansions.

Supporter5 months ago

Sometimes I’m kind of envious of you with your forced small collection. It really forces you to make very careful decisions. 

5 months ago

I feel like I pretty much do all of these.  I have a good collection and once I find what I like best within a certain genre of game I try to stick with that and don't venue beyond unless a better version comes around.  I like trying new games though and some games strike me a perfect for my family.  A good example is #Pictures.  As soon as I watched the game play I knew that my family would love this game and bought it.  I keep an eye on Kickstarter for games that look like something I'd like and Stonemaier and Renegade have produced enough games I love that I'll try most things they produce.

Expansions are (not sure why my text style changed here?) anyway, expansions are hit or miss.  Some games I like to have all the expansions like #Scythe.  Other game I am ok missing out on an expansion such as #Heaven & Ale: Kegs & More Expansion, #Everdell: Bellfaire Expansion, #Root: The Underworld Expansion, #Root: The Clockwork Expansion, and others. 

I haven't chased the other Azul breakoffs after the original as I enjoy the original game quite well and while I wouldn't turn one down I have enough to keep me busy.  Worker placement games are maybe the biggest exception I have as I like worker placement and its various permutations. 

Magic the Gathering is another game I love getting cards for but generally to accentuate the decks I have already rather than building too many new ones.

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Supporter5 months ago

Yes I like having a steady stream of new to learn and play. Eventually I’d like to get it to a solid collection of games I definitely love and will always want to play. 

It depends. If I like a game, I’ll want ALL the expansions! So it depends which one I want more. 

Supporter5 months ago

Sounds exactly like me. If I love a game I simply need to have all the content. 

Supporter5 months ago

Same here

5 months ago

Weirdly, i love system mastery and playing the heck out of a game until i know I am as good at it as I can be. 

Unfortunately, with running the channel i tend to be forced into playing more titles, less frequently, than i normally would. It's been good in some ways, as it has given me a wider perspective on games. But I really do like mastering games and not just rolling them out once or twice

Supporter5 months ago

Games stay in my collection if I enjoy them enough to want to play them again. And I also don't spend a lot on games in a year. So my collection is pretty static with just a few additions each year and a handful available for trade.

Paying for shipping when trading games has gotten kind of ridiculous unless you are doing multiple games at a time and my collection doesn't really support that so trades don't happen often either.

5 months ago

My top priority as a gamer is to game all the time 😁

But seriously - I love trying new mechanics and experiencing novelty. I also love deep strategy and optimization too, though.

I guess if I had to pick what I like more, it would be becoming an expert through many play throughs of a single game. My favorite game of all time is still #Chess afterall.

Thing is though, I can't normally find anyone else who wants to become as obsessed as I do. Probably a good thing.

Supporter5 months ago

I like constantly buying and trying new games. The hard part though is taking the time to learn them. I fall into the trap of getting a lot of games that look fun and got good reviews but I just haven't bothered to learn them, haha.

5 months ago

Haha play them! I enjoy your video reviews. What are some on your shelf of shame?

Supporter5 months ago

There's quite a few I want to get to, the main ones though are 

I think there's some others as well but those are the main ones.

Supporter5 months ago

Please play #Tapestry. I’d really like to hear your thoughts on it. 

5 months ago

Seconded

5 months ago

Quite a list!

Supporter5 months ago

I'm a bit of both.  I enjoy new games but when I hit a good one I want to explore it a bit.  I'm pretty lucky in that I have other people who are also big game buyers in my group.  (Bigger than me actually.) So there is tons of new stuff to explore but in general my group also likes to play things more than once.  

So we sort of play it by ear but with agreement that we are all looking for a balance.  I think it works well!

Supporter5 months ago

Sounds like a good balance! I’m the primary purchaser for my game groups, so it’s less good for me. Also my main game group is my solo group. Lol. 

Supporter5 months ago

Well if your main group is solo at least you always have consensus! 

Supporter5 months ago

I'm definitely at a point now where I'd like to focus on upgrading my wife and I's favorite games and get more plays in. I bet I'll still want to get at least 3 new games next year though haha

The most tempting new buys for next year are #Too Many Bones and #Keyflower. I prefer new games over expansions unless it's for one of our absolute favorite games. My wife has a hard time learning new rules so an expansion can be a great way to freshen up the experience while building off of what she has already been exposed to.

Supporter5 months ago

Mmm. #Too Many Bones looks fantastic. You are well known for preferring new games over expansions. 

Supporter5 months ago

I'd probably start paying more attention to expansions once my collection is a little bigger. Besides games I've been gifted (hit or miss) or bought long long time ago (before I got into the hobby), the ones I got on my own are 10-15 games and there are definitely other "classics" I'd love to get to haha

5 months ago

I really like having new games come in to learn and play. It's exciting. And I like coming back to older games after a while, as they are once again fresh and new.

If it's a game I already love, I'll strongly consider getting expansions. Generally speaking, though, I don't do expansions. Expansions I have purchased include: 

So basically I purchase all-things Tiny Epic, and then for three other games haha

I have received other expansions for review, which I doubt I would have otherwise purchased. That said, and now that I have them, some of them I don't ever want to play the base game without (marked with an asterisk):

Wow. I actually didn't realize I had so many expansions. I'm sure I'll be wanting the Scythe expansions eventually too, but I like the game perfectly fine without the extras (although, I haven't played with any of the expansions--except to have seven players--so I don't know any better).

Supporter5 months ago

I really enjoy the extra variety with the Scythe expansions. Helps each game feel even more unique. Plus they have really different abilities. 

Supporter5 months ago

I'm sure Brian already knows by answer but it's always fun to think about this question.

For me without a doubt it's a few games with a ton of plays.  When I first got into the hobby I'd pick up new games or play new games with my friends and every time it just seemed to be new new new.  But you can't even really play a game totally right the first few times.  This is in part what caused my one game purchase resolution.

If I think the Expansions look like they will add a lot to the game then I'll definitely favor expansions over new games.  Some Expansions that took my budget that could have been for new games include, #Scythe: Invaders from Afar Expansion, #Scythe: The Rise of Fenris, #Viticulture: Visit from the Rhine Valley, #Tuscany: Essential Edition, #Root: The Riverfolk Expansion, #Root: The Underworld Expansion.  I am so happy I chose those expansions instead of new games because I love them.

Supporter5 months ago

You are like the exact opposite of @philryuh when it comes to this question. 

Supporter5 months ago

I tend to go through periods where I do both. 

As mentioned in other threads, I do tend to suffer from FOMO when it comes to expansion content. A part of me feels like I’m not getting the best experience if I don’t have all the content available. Which makes me want everything I can possibly have for the game. 

That said, there is such a rush from acquiring and learning a new game. And playing a new game for the first time is a sublime experience. 

5 months ago

There really is something special about playing a new game for the first time. Just like watching a new Star War or Avengers movie. Simply magical.

Supporter5 months ago

Definitely. One of the best feelings in gaming. 

5 months ago

I had a period over the last couple of years of acquiring quite a few new games in order to 'round out my collection'. Now however I am very much wanting to play some of those favourite games a lot more and share them with people. It's often quite hard to play the same game with the same people multiple times but I often find it is absolutely worth it as you can get much deeper into a game.