I overexposed myself to games this Christmas Break
I love gaming, I love being able to connect with people and to have shared experiences all while thinking through more complex strategies or even going along for the ride.
I played 7 different games in the span of 3 days, and I needed a break though. I will admit...I loved the 3 days though!
1st session: @Sliddell11 invited me and another guy over for games. I got there early and we squeezed in a quick round of Quantum. Scott won...it was my first game...He deserved the win. Then our other friend came and we played his new copy of 51st State, a tableau building post apocalyptic engine builder. Definitely interesting with the resource conversion mechanics and the different ways to score points! I could see it being really quick once you get the hang of it. Lastly, we pulled out Concordia and I had a blast with it! Easy to teach, simple actions yet complex in planning and tight in your resources. I am happy to have had the opportunity to have won this through BGA! This got us to the end of the night and it was good.
2nd Session: The next day, just me and my wife pulled out the newly acquired Castles of Burgundy from @Marshwiggle92 and honestly I had pretty high expectations. The internet raves about this (and Concordia) that despite its drab appearance it is an excellent game mechanically. And I agree! My wife is not a heavy gamer...I am a heavy gamer, but this scratched both of our itches for games. It was heavy enough for me to think through all my options and optimize my strategy but simple enough to allow my wife to have fun and enjoy herself! It was very clean and it is always satisfying scoring a whole lot of points! Looking forward to playing this more!
3rd Session: The VERY next day, I invited a friend over to play Brass Birmingham, he is one of the regulars who plays Gaia Project with me and he enjoys a good weighty game, so we dove in. The teach is a little long on this, I missed a couple smaller details like being able to sell multiple industries with one action if you have the beer available, but I caught them throughout the game. It was a little tricky though, I had to be that guy who said "ooooo you can't do that" often in this game. There is just a lot of overhead and prerequisites needed to do certain things in this game...mostly having access to coal. All in all though, even after my corrections and my victory, my friend loved his experience and wants to break it out again soon! He even wanted to play a second game of it right after! My brain was fried though...so I offered some lighter options like Quacks or my newly acquired PARKS. He chose PARKS and we hit the National Park Circuit. I totally agree with Trent...this game is beautiful and should win some major awards for it. Fun and light too! I am still learning the best way to teach it but still a fun game! Lastly, we played a mindless game of 5 Crowns with my Wife and Sister-in-law then went our separate ways for NYE.
All this to say, I never thought I would experience burnout with games. I always thought I could play them any day, any time. This is just not the case, I love them to death, I will almost always say yes to play, but I need to pace myself. Anyways, I thought I would share my experience, thoughts on all the new games I played and get back into contributing here more at BGA!