I've always had this habit in my pre-college years. Whenever we have family times like watching a TV show or a movie, I'd sometimes take glances at my parents to see if they're having as much fun as I am. I guess seeing my parents have fun added to my enjoyment too?
I bring this up because while I don't do that anymore, I do tend to be observant of my surroundings. And this also plays into game nights with my wife. It's easy to see when a game is going well or not when I see some telltale signs.
So I wanted to ask--how do you know when a game night is going well? And for solo gamers, how do you know when a game is just okay vs. great?
This is when I know that my wife is enjoying the game:
- When she's having fun playing with the meeples (not in a distracted manner, but just having fun with them like a kid) - #Viticulture: Essential Edition
- When she taps on her chin with her finger to think through her moves. She's realllyyy wrestling with herself to make the best move - #Clans of Caledonia and #Concordia
- When she actually gets frustrated when things don't go well - #Camel Up (second edition), #Skull, #Just One
- When she actually gets nervous with anticipation of what will happen - #Clank! Legacy: Acquisitions Incorporated
How I'd distinguish my okay vs. great solo game moments:
- When I meet a great solo game, my AP skyrockets through the roof :)