Do you get “stuck” on a theme?

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Do you ever get stuck on a theme? 

Let me explain. 

Let’s say you are reading this fascinating history book about the Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic. And it captures your imagination so you start listening to podcasts about the history of Rome. And then you start seeking out TV shows or movies about Roman history. And then you are playing video games and lamenting the fact that there seems to be a surprising lack of board games based on Roman history. And all you want to play is a game based on Roman history, and nothing else seems to satisfy that craving that you have?

This “captured by a theme” phenomenon happens to me all the time. It might be WW2 history, a unique science fiction or fantasy world, or of course Star Wars. It’s amazing immersing yourself into a theme and getting lost in it.

It’s great while it lasts!

But then at the same time, it’s also not so great, because it makes everything else seem less interesting. And often the content that is available doesn’t reach my lofty (and unrealistic) expectations. 

What are some favorite themes that you’ve immersed yourself in? What is it about those themes makes them so interesting or intriguing? 

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Supporter11 months ago

I actually prefer a mix so I always find myself jumping around and am always looking for games that full theme holes in my collection.

Supporter11 months ago

Oh I would definitely prefer a mix but when I’m stuck on a theme I get stuck on it. 

Supporter11 months ago

I can’t remember the last one I was stuck on. I really usually try to mix it up. What was the last one you were stuck on?

Supporter11 months ago

Currently stuck on all things Star Wars. Need more Star Wars...

Supporter11 months ago

Which games have you played with Star Wars theme?

Supporter11 months ago

You didn’t get into Star Wars Destinies when it was going bananas?

Supporter11 months ago

Fortunately I did not. Sometimes I wish that I had. I know Ben did. Maybe I could just borrow his cards. 

Supporter11 months ago

I bet some people are getting out now and would sell their carefully built collections for much less than they bought it all for.

Supporter11 months ago

Could be. But I don’t really have anyone to play a 2-player competitive game with. It’s the same reason why I don’t play X-Wing or Armada. 

Supporter11 months ago

Makes sense. Getting that other dedicated player is hard to do

Supporter11 months ago

Yeah. I’ve only played X-Wing against my (at the time) 6-year old. It was very difficult because she would pick moves that made no sense. 

Supporter11 months ago

But when she’s older you (hopefully) have a game buddy.

Supporter11 months ago

That’s the plan!

Supporter11 months ago

I have the same plan for my 5 year old

Supporter11 months ago

Good plan!

11 months ago

I think I get less lost in a theme and more lost in a mechanic. This might be my Euro-gamer preference rearing its ugly head, but when I get entrenched in one specific type of mechanic that is all I want to play...then it dies off and move on to the next cycle. 

Supporter11 months ago

Hmm that’s interesting. I don’t know that I’ve ever gotten stuck on a mechanic. 

11 months ago

I love WWII. Not the fact that it happened, of course, but the goings on throughout I find fascinating. I've ready many books focusing on the aerial combat side of the war, and am waiting to finish my current book (by Brandon Sanderson, obviously) before delving into naval warfare. I've always loved stories of fighter pilots and their heroics. When I was a kid, I wanted to be a fighter pilot. That didn't work out for me (didn't even try haha) but I'm still mildly obsessed. There are some great History Channel shows as well (i.e. Battle 360) that give a fantastic look into various battles fought. So engrossing. 

I'll also get sucked into fantasy worlds, such as Brandon Sanderson's cosmere--more particularly his Stormlight Archive books. It's the worldbuilding, yes, but also the characters. Their development has been wonderful. Inspiring, even. I think inspiration is huge for getting immersed in something. The cosmere, WWII, and even Star Wars (yes, Star Wars). I get sucked into the alternate worlds, become invested in the characters, and am enthralled by the magic systems (if applicable)

Also, Doctor Who. Man, I binged that so hard haha

Supporter11 months ago

I do enjoy all things WW2 too. Such a fascinating period of history. 

Supporter11 months ago

Yes we know you’re a Brandon Sanderson fan lol. I am too to be fair. 

For more good world building you need to try the Red Rosing series and the Mortal Engines series If you haven’t yet!

11 months ago

Those are both on my to-read list! Unfortunately I'm not sure where they fall on that list, but at least they're there!

Supporter11 months ago

They are on mine also. 

Supporter11 months ago

Well they are both excellent reads to be sure

Supporter11 months ago

Who likes Brandon Sanderson?

Supporter11 months ago

Who’s Brandon Sanderson?

Supporter11 months ago

Is he the guy that invented the tooth brush?

Supporter11 months ago

I think he invented sliced bread first 

Supporter11 months ago

I think you are correct good sir. 

Supporter11 months ago

Benjamin is going to come back and wonder what happened to this thread lol