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What feelings or moments to you look for in games?

Different types of games can give you different feelings while you're playing them, or make different "moments" possible. What are some of your favorites? I have a feeling this is basically "what is your favorite type of game," but I think there can be a distinction.

I'll give my answers, and hopefully that will illustrate what I mean:

  • Building something - this is pretty broad, and common in a lot of Euro style or engine-building style games. Seeing your board or tableau or whatever it is grow can be quite rewarding, even if you don't end up winning. #Everdell and #Wingspan are accessible and can offer this, and more complex engine builders or economic games can do this as well.
  • Stand up moments - these probably happen more often in longer games, and games which have some sort of "resolution" phase which is either left to chance, or there is hidden information involved. So, big area control games with dice rolling or simultaneous reveals can have these. One for me is #Dune, of course. At that crucial moment when someone makes a play for the win and it's not obvious which way the battle will go, sometimes you can't help but stand up out of excitement.
  • Finding that perfect combo or revealing the card that makes everyone at the table groan or say "aw crap!" or something along those lines. This is such a satisfying moment - feeling like you pulled one over on your opponents or broke the game in some way. Whether it's a card they didn't expect you had or a combo that they didn't see coming, it is so much fun.

So what feelings or moments do you enjoy most or seek out in games? Feel free to get as specific as possible! Those were some more generic ones, but I'll try to think of some specific feelings or moments that I really love experiencing in games!

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Supporter2 months ago

Your suggestions are also some of my favorite feelings from board gaming. I really love that sense of accomplishment and satisfaction when you build something and it starts to work.#Terraforming Mars and#Gaia Project really get this one right for me. 

2 months ago

Nice! Yeah, putting something together that works really well is very cool.

2 months ago

  • achieving seemingly impossible or at least improable stuff like defeating an overwhelming force or enemy
  • Building a mighty empire/corporation/whatever
  • Feeling clever; the classic :)

 

They're pretty classic but that doesn't make 'm less fun :D

2 months ago

The ability to make moves that make you feel clever is crucial to a good strategy game, in my opinion. If there's always one best option, you can feel like you're doing the right moves but not necessarily feel clever about it.

Supporter2 months ago

This is a great question. I love the things that you mentioned, but I look for decisions as well. I look for two specific sorts of decisions. 

  • I want pivotal decision. These are the decisions that feel important, and at the end of the game you can look back to that specific decision, or maybe two specific decisions, and say, "there is when I won or lost this game." 
  • I want tough decisions. I love it when an AI or when another player has backed me into a corner and it looks like there is no way out. And, maybe there is no way out, but, I love examining my options to see if there is a way out. 

2 months ago

Oh yeah the decisions is a good one! I do like when you can look back at a single turn and see how that turned the game.

2 months ago

I definitely agree with you about 'stand-up moments' where everyone around the table rises as the tension becomes almost unbearable - great fun.

I dont really know how to describe my favourite 'moment'. Perhaps a stage of 'one-uppery' where either you or your team are pulling out all the stops to defeat your enemy/ the game? Say, a crucial battle in TI4 where action cards are being thrown down and table influence spent for an extra edge to increase your chances, for example.

2 months ago

I've never plaed TI4, but that does sound pretty exciting!

Premium User2 months ago

I think for me it's the engine building moment you mentioned. The satisfaction I get from watching a plan come together particularly with a nice set up in a game like #Wingspan or #Gizmos, or drawing that perfect combination of cards in #Dominion: Second Edition is really what I look for.

Other moments I particularly enjoy are during hidden role/social deduction games. Like moments where you can successfully convince people you aren't a fascist in #Secret Hitler. We had one super memorable game of #The Resistance where two spies just happened to vote yes on the first mission, leading everyone to believe they were Operatives. The next mission, they managed to only have one no vote between them, leading everyone to suspect the new person brought into the mission. It wasn't until the end of the game that everyone realized we'd been duped.

2 months ago

Personally I don't enjoy social deduction games, but I can definitely see how those moments would be appealing. That story you told seems like a great example!

Premium User2 months ago

Yeah they're not for everyone. And it takes the right group too cause I'm a terrible liar. The less people who know me the better lol

2 months ago

Lol I think that's part of it for me too. I'm not good at it and I just get stressed out lol.

2 months ago

My favorite game moments are the following:

1. Amazing dice rolls/strategy - Risk Legacy/Dice Throne

2. Story games w/ difficult/sensitive decisions - This War of Mine/Pandemic Legacy Season 1 & 2.

3. Hidden Traitor Games/Negation games - Dead of Winter/Game of Thrones

2 months ago

I like it! What do you like so much about your #1? Any more games that would fit into that for you?

2 months ago

So obviously dice are fickle and fun, which is part of the reason you see so much excitement around the craps table at the casino.  I, and one of my groups, enjoy games that involve a little bit of luck.  There is nothing like having a 12 on 3 battle in Risk and having the defender just roll crazy number of 6's to knock/prevent the attacker from going on a run.  Those games tend to have moments that we still talk about years after the game.  Last week in our 2v2 Dice Throne game it came down to a final defensive roll and I needed to roll a 4 or 5 to block, which i did and then one of the guys played an action that made me have to re-roll and I rolled another 5.  It was awesome!  The high fives for me and my partner and the groans from the other team made it super enjoyable.  Other games in this category would include: #Champions of Midgard, #Jaws