We have discussed several times genres, themes, mechanism, and etc. which really really peak our interest. This is the opposite question. What popular boardgame types do you tend to steer clear from. You don't even have tried the game type you are steering clear from.
For me there are several things that I tend to steer clear from.
- I avoid all things C'thulu. I have no love for horror in general or Lovecraft in particular. And, while my stance on the propriety of problematic themes in boardgames isn't necessarily popular, I do find it deeply hypocritical when those who are very concerned about problematic themes embrace the Lovecraftian world. The Lovecraftian world is full of explicit and unapologetic racism. I also don't particularly relish the way he treats mental illness.
- I tend to avoid party games. I have one or two that I like. And, I simply want to put my money elsewhere.
- I have avoided high fantasy themes and tropes. This is mostly because the only IP's that use high fantasy that I have any interest in are Lord of the Rings and Gloomhaven. I don't have a particular problem with High Fantasy, but I am think it would probably pale in comparison with the LOTR IP.
- I have avoided all LCG's, TCG's, and the like. I am afraid that I would spend too much money on them.
- I tend to avoid Pick up and Deliver games. I have played some that I really like. But somehow, when I think of it, I am generally not excited enough to pursue it.
- I avoid app integration in games. This is partly because I am worried about the app becoming unsupported before I am done with the game. But, mostly it is because at this point I have no desire to mix screens with my gaming.
So, what do you avoid? and why?