Hi. Big fan of real-time games here. I have played a lot of real-time games (and there are more I'm dying to play!), and, well, they connect with me on a different level.
You see, real-time games create this sense of urgency, a stress-inducing mechanic that I find exilerating. It's a different feeling than other board games because you have to think on your feet, dealing with your mistakes as they come.
I think one reason I enjoy real-time games so much is because I used to work in real-time environments. I've worked pretty much every position imaginable in the control room for news broadcasts (college, but still), camera operator at live events (sports, concerts, etc.), and improv comedy. The live events were stressful, but so much fun. Perhaps one of the best co-op games I've ever played haha And improv? It's all about going with what you're given, making something out of nothing.
Real-time games get my brain working and my blood pumping. Sure, I'm probably shaving 5-10 years off my life by playing them, but I just. Can't. Stop. (And neither does the timer.)
As some examples, here are some of my favorite real-time games:
What about you? Do you like real-time games? What are some of your favorites, or which will you never play again? (My wife will never play FUSE with me because we never win haha)