updated 5 months ago | posted 6 months ago
Boardgame within a category e.g. strategy, tactic and no similar mechanic
Eurogame, Cardgame, Auction, Worker placement...
Which one would you choose and why?
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cbrady748 Premium User6 months ago
Interesting idea as I recently find myself passing on games that seem too similar to games already in my collection due to similar mechanics and themes. Well that's what I tell myself anyway..LOL. I think like @R0land1199, I would just find a way to game the system to keep my entire collection. I mean "Deck Building," "Bag Building," and "Pool Building" are all listed as separate mechanics on BGA. Add that into "Tableau Building" and "Engine Building" and that's 5 games from my top 25 right there lol.
slapsgiving14 Supporter6 months ago
I agree. It's pretty easy for me to overlook worker placement because I have plenty of that in my collection already.
Yeah I'm getting to that point with worker placement games too. Recently it's been helping me justify not picking more games..with varying results lol.
R0land1199 Premium User6 months ago
Well...to be fair, I picked my top 10 mechanics. With my collection I'm still dumping 90+% of my collection. :)
You are right though, the mechanics list is huge and many games have multiple mechanics so it's easy to make them fit somewhere.
Maybe we should make a poll to get the favourite mechanics from people and then work with the top 5 from that?
Allzweck 6 months ago
Sounds like a good idea, but where to start?
I can create a poll for it. I don't know if putting in every mechanic is a good idea but if we don't we bias the poll.
On the other hand, no one is going to take a poll with 167 options.
How about this?
We do an open ended question, take the top ones from that, then do a poll, and then we can come back to Allzweck's question?
I like that idea!
Since many games have a lot of different mechanics would one game encompass all those? I don't if that makes sense so I'll give an example.
If I pick #Root does that count toward both asymmetry and area control? Also some may argue it's a war game.
Courageous Bob 6 months ago
That would make for an interesting list, as in if you pick a big meaty game with a tonne of interwoven mechanics then it takes up more space on your list, or you pick a more streamlined/focused game that only takes up one or two.
I started on this and then realized that I can use so many categories that I could probably keep my entire collection for one reason or another. :)
So I narrowed it down to my top 10 favourite mechanics from the BGA mechanics list and games I own and would keep:
Action Selection: #Scythe
Area Control: #Forbidden Stars
Coop Play: #Spirit Island
Deck Building: #Clank! In! Space!
Dice Rolling: #Big Trouble in Little China: The Game - Deluxe Edition
Network and Route Building: #Brass: Birmingham
Rondel: #Teotihuacan: City of Gods
Tableau Building: #Terraforming Mars
Tile Placement: #Isle of Skye: From Chieftain to King
Worker/Dice Placement: #Village
Kind of seems like cheating lol but it's a solid list!
I wasn't super clear on exactly what @Allzweck was looking for so I made some criteria to help it along. :)
What would your top 10 mechanics and games be?
I originally started to make a post just like yours but it was too difficult to pick just 10!
I think the tops of my list would be engine building and worker placement. But I also like card drafting and social deduction.Oh and rondels and tile placement :P
See? Too difficult lol
Basically I have a similar "problem" as @cbrady748 too much games who are very close in mechanics. I know it's hard but @R0land1199 already outmanoeuvred my intense;) It's a bit of what game should I keep, and are there some genres or games I completely missed.
I find myself surrounded by a bunch of workerplacment-games, and my wife always told me they are all similar (but they aren't;)
@sdirrane #Root I'd count same as you
There's nothing wrong with games close in mechanics if you enjoy that mechanic. Once you play enough games those differences can turn out to be significant.
I recently did a post on 5 deck building games I own and how they are different. I've done the same for dice worker placement games as well.
Nothing wrong with having more than 1 game with a mechanic as long as you enjoy having it!
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