The Top 5 Things I Consider Before Making A Purchase

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So there are a lot of things that I consider before I purchase a game, but here are my top 5.  Also, I won't rank them because they are fluid based on the game, sometimes one may be more important than another.

Mechancis - Does the game include mechanics that aren't present in a game I already own?  Does it have a new take on a mechanic I love?  Do I even have in interest in most of the mechanincs?

Theme - Is it a theme I'm really attracted to (a few examples are, Star Wars, the Wild West, Cyberpunk, etc)?  Is it a theme I don't care about at all (I don't really care for Real Estate or Environmental themes for instance.

Player Count - As I've noted before, I have almost no use for 2P only games.  I actually prefer 5+ Player games as I tend to have 4, 5, or 6 people at my game nights.  Also, I have a few 4P games so those already come out when I have 4 or less so I try to focus on "the more the merrier".

Player Interaction - Is it basically multiplayer solitaire?  No way am I getting it.  I don't mind if it's lighter on the player interaction, but typically the more the better.  It's why I like #Scythe (but wish there was more combat) and one of the reasons #Root is my favorite game.

Components - Are the components high quality with art I love, or are they lacking.  Something like #The Expanse is totally out for me even though I love the IP because I hate hate hate screen shots.

Honorable Mentions - Price, Replayability (though I don't usually ever have an issue with this), Solo Mode

What about you, what's most important when you are thinking about buying a new game?

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Supporter3 months ago

'How often i will play it?' is important (lately I have a lot of games I loan out more than play) and 'does someone else in one of my game groups already have it?'

3 months ago

A really solid list! I think while I do consider them and mechanics separately, I also really like to know how well they are integrated.

Supporter3 months ago

That is really nice.

Supporter3 months ago

The ones you mentioned are great!

I'd add "will it get to the table" is #1 for me these days followed closely by "do I already have something a lot like it?".

 

 

3 months ago

'Will it get played' is a good one

Supporter3 months ago

Oh yeah awesome, I forgot about getting it to table.  Maybe because I'm not really buying many games this year (I'm actually only getting someone new because I won the giveaway) so right now everything is able to hit the table.

Your second one I think falls under my Mechanics point I think.

Supporter3 months ago

Yeah, the second point probably does fall under mechanics.  Maybe just a more broad statement for it. 

Supporter3 months ago

Most important : solo mode. 

Supporter3 months ago

Yeah I do tend to look at it, but If I have games to play solo then I'm okay having some that I can't.  I just know I need to highlight those (non solo) games on Gaming Nights.

Supporter3 months ago

Yes, I just picked up #Imperial Struggle. No solo mode in sight...... I'm hoping for a fan created one in the future, and I think I might be able to play it with my brother in law whenever I visit.

Supporter3 months ago

Man!  I would love to play that game.  It looks awesome and I love the Theme of it.

Supporter3 months ago

Next time we both happen to be in the same state.....

Supporter3 months ago

Deal

Supporter3 months ago

Which state do you live in again?

Supporter3 months ago

Right outside of Denver 

Supporter3 months ago

I got about ten hours from my place in the states to Denver. I don't go that wayway frequently.... But maybe I need to.... 

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