Are you getting “burned out” on games?

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I was scrolling through my YouTube feed this morning and came across a rather poignant video from The Brothers Murph. In their “Meta Minute” one of them (I have still not figured out which one is which) talks about how the general malaise and apathy caused by the pandemic are resulting in a reduction in board game positivity. The video is less than 7 minutes long but it made a decent impact on me this morning.

I’m surprised to find myself in the same boat - I don’t know if it’s mild depression, a general malaise, or what but even with time to get out a game I find myself just not in the mood. I’m still happily playing my Imperial Assault campaign in the evenings (Well... once I have a scenario set up it’s fine) but it actually felt like a chore getting out Trajan on Sunday to play solo. 

This... is not normal behavior for me. Typically I’m so excited to play board games and I really enjoy learning and setting up games. But lately I’ve even found it a bit of a struggle to come on to BGA! 

Is anyone else struggling with similar feelings to me? 

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6 months ago

I am really missing a group around the table, I think you definitely lose something over Skype/TTS that makes board games significantly different to video games. However, by playing over TTS I have ended up playing a lot of games with friends who I normally only see a few times a year so that has been a real bonus.

Supporter6 months ago

Nice, I've played a few games online with some of my regular gaming group guys.  I've gotten a lot of TTS for right now, but I can't wait to get playing in real life.

6 months ago

What is it you are most eager to get back onto the table?

Supporter6 months ago

Really anything right now.  Although after having TTS experience with Root (which is very good) I do want to get that out with people I know.

Most likely #Star Wars Imperial Assault will be at the top of my groups list.  It's been a while since we've played it and it was kind of our first big venture into the hobby.

What about you?

6 months ago

I got #Cry Havoc just before the lockdown kicked in, so have only played it two player a couple of times (with my partner). Really want to see it play with four. Also, a friend at the club got Dune not so long ago and I am keen to get to play it.

I have never played #Star Wars Imperial Assault although have heard great things. I do enjoy 1 Vs many style of games like #The Fury of Dracula or #Not Alone 

Supporter6 months ago

Oh yeah, Cry Havoc is something that's always floating around in the back of my mind.

6 months ago

I would give it a go if you have local board game café. I really love asymmetry and this dynamic specifically appeals but I have also read people have issues with balance (I never mind too much about balance as long as it is fun and so far in two player games it has seemed fairly even)

Supporter6 months ago

I will see if there is one.  That is one of my draws.  As you'll see the more I post it'll become clear that Root is far and away from favorite game and asymmetry is one of my favorite mechanics.  If I win a giveaway I'll have to keep my eye on this.

6 months ago

I have wanted to play root for ages! It looks so much fun, I absolutely adore asymmetry. As far as I can tell, Cry Havoc is a little less asymmetrical than root but is a much tighter game where your actions have to very lasting consequences.

Supporter6 months ago

Mmm. IA is so good. Playing it right now in fact!

Supporter6 months ago

Nice.  We'll see we might get it out this week.  I think we are two missions into Heart of the Empire.  If I remember correctly we are tied 1 - 1.  I'm the Empire.

Supporter6 months ago

I guess Brian has just won too many times.  Heavy is the head that wears the crown.  Haha.

Supporter6 months ago

Lol. 

Supporter6 months ago

LOL

6 months ago

No but my wife is, lol

6 months ago

Ha! Speaking truth over here. 

Supporter6 months ago

I haven't done a whole lot of solo gaming.  I've been trying to use TTS a lot, which has been good, and I've been mixing in quite a bit of video game time which has helped.

Having said that, the more I play Root on TTS the more I'm itching to play it with other people in real life.  Thankfully my state is starting to loose restrictions and we are able to spend some time with others as long as the numbers are low and we practice social distancing (within reason).

Supporter6 months ago

Oooh I can’t wait to play Root with my game group. Going to be so good. 

Supporter6 months ago

It really is so good.  You. need to pick up at least one of the Expansions at some point.  They add a lot.  I probably say that, in part, because the Lizard Cult is my favorite faction to play as.

Supporter6 months ago

I've been putting off a usual hobby of mine, painting minis (#Star Wars: Legion now a days). It should be the perfect time to paint but for some reason I never feel in the perfect chill, patient mood to paint.

As for gaming, I'm somewhat burned out on playing games at 2. Its happened to me in the past and idk if its the same for anyone here but after many games at 2 I crave to either play new games (buy) or play the ones in my library at higher player counts. Higher player counts is pretty hard in the current situation but I did buy a new game recently (sadly shipping is taking way way longer understandably)

6 months ago

Would love some advice on painting minis: I recently got my first game with minis, Cry Havoc, and don't really know where to start with what paints to get.

I definitely think I have felt the urge to buy more games than I usually would, and I think it comes from wanting something to jumpstart my enthusiasm again. Even though in reality I have a tonne of games and wouldn't really get to play the new ones anyway (my partner doesn't mind games but isn't enthusiastic about them so we only play about once every week or so).

Supporter6 months ago

I'm no expert by any means but I can give you some general tips from my experience. It definitely depends on how detailed you want the mini (tabletop ready or with lots of highlights). I looked up cry havoc and the minis are pretty cool, small minions for the most part.

   Any acrylic paint generally will do but I do like citadel paints which are a bit expensive. The good thing with higher quality paints is they go a long way since their really really concentrated. You usually want to thin the paints by mixing them with small amounts of water on a palette. Another general tip is to prime all minis before any other paint is applied,  I usually use cheaper paint for this step. Lots of people use black for the primer, since mistakes are less noticeable in the end (I use white). And lastly, buy nuln oil and apply to minis for easy shading. This last step will make the minis pop and look great without much highlighting. 

As for the last point, my game library ain't that big and I usually research games a lot before buying but will definitely be buying at least one more this month. #Black Orchestra finally arrived ! and I'm trying to get my partner to play it this week.

6 months ago

Thank you so much for the advice, I am (obviously) no expert either so am not too fussed if they aren't going to win any awards, just want to add a little more colour to the game!

Supporter6 months ago

Yeah painted minis look great on the table ! Maybe you can make a post with the final look of the minis!

6 months ago

Will do, although don't hold your breath, I am working more than ever during the pandemic so don't have any time these days (not that I am complaining, I absolutely recognise the privilege to have job security right now). I am excited for it though, I haven't painted anything (badly) since I played Warhammer at like age 11 :D

6 months ago

For me it comes and goes. Sometimes I can sit down and play a few hours of games in a night. Other nights I struggle through a 20 minute game. At this point I’m just rolling with it. I really should work on some house projects anyway. Sigh. 

6 months ago

Yes and No. My solo gaming hasn't changed much. But I don't really like playing many board games online, at least not by preference. So i've been playing a lot less group games. My main board game group has actually been playing vermintide and offworld trading company and not board games online. 

Its not being burned out on games though, its that there is a pandemic on, so even if you are pretty comfortable where you are, and I am in as good a position as anyone to roll through this pandemic due to work and where i live, there is still a general unease about. 

It wouldn't matter if your hobby was board gaming, or stamp collecting, or pottery. Its just harder to be focused and relaxed right now

Supporter6 months ago

Good points! Thanks for the perspective. Also it’s so cool a YouTube content creator commented on my post!

6 months ago

Ha, i'm just a dude who plays games. I'm not one of them fancy influencer types who don't post want to associate with "the audience..... ew"

6 months ago

Is that what it is?  I thought I was feeling down because I’ve only played family weight games for the last two months. Maybe it’s the bigger issue of isolation.