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!

 

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Supporter11 months ago

This sounds fantastic. Thanks for sharing!

11 months ago

Sounds like a nice couple of days. My wife and I don't have a lot of time to play when we're home, so we rely on meeting another couple every other weekend for a day of games.

Normally we play 4 to 7 games in a row, over 6 to 8 hours, only stopping to have lunch. Since it's my main hobby, I don't know how often I'd have to play before I burnt out.

11 months ago

What do you typically play on those long days?

11 months ago

A mix of longer and shorter games normally. Sometimes it'll be 3 or 4 longer games with a short one before we leave. Other times it's a hodge podge of light and medium weight stuff.

I've always had a lot of unplayed games, so I always bring a couple of those. Our friends have over 400, many new KS titles, so we learn those too.

Our group likes nonconfrontational Euros (I like conflict, but I take what I can get) like Feld's designs and puzzly games like Dimension.

11 months ago

Wow that’s a lot of games in a day! Sounds fun though!

Supporter11 months ago

Wow! That’s a great few days. I don’t know if concentrated plays and then a longer break or a consistent couple plays every week

Owner11 months ago

Hahahah thanks for sharing that, it was a fun read. And It's always great to hear how the giveaway selection is working out for everyone! It sounded like a lot and makes me wonder where my threshold would be. I'm still open to doing a game marathon day of some sort with Trent but multiple gaming sessions spanning consecutive days would drain me faster I feel like.

Did you do a trade with @Marshwiggle92 for Castles of Burgundy?

11 months ago

Haha I am also thankful for Neal’s giveaway win. 

Supporter11 months ago

I think I could do a marathon. But I wouldn't want to do a lot of them. 

11 months ago

I think I would be able to handle one big day of gaming with a mixture of games, some food and coffee breaks, better than my 3 day blitz!

We did conduct a trade! I sent him Deep Space D6 in exchange for COB. 

11 months ago

Dude we need to do this haha

11 months ago

Bro that was such a good time playing those games. But yeah I can totally see how you got burnt out haha 

We still good for tonight? Haha jk 

Supporter11 months ago

Oh boy. Playing more tonight? Sounds fun. What's on tap? 

11 months ago

Haha yeah I wish. Soon though!

but I think we are looking to play cry havoc!

11 months ago

Yes, I need to watch the Watch It Played for that soon...

11 months ago

I need to watch it again...it was a lot haha

11 months ago

Lol unfortunately not tonight, soon though!

Supporter11 months ago

That's cool that y'all know each other in real life and can play together. 

11 months ago

Ya man, we went to the same school and go to the same church now! 

Supporter11 months ago

Nice! Always great to have board game friends. 

Supporter11 months ago

Very good. 

11 months ago

It was a good night! Lots of good new games, can't wait to bust out Cry Havoc!

11 months ago

Same! Plus I’m itching for alien artifacts, I think it plays similar to 51st!

Supporter11 months ago

It's been on sale for awhile... 

11 months ago

Yeah it has, glad I picked it up

Supporter11 months ago

Let us know how you like it. 

11 months ago

Will do

11 months ago

It looks like it has similar card play, interesting. 

11 months ago

Yeah! Just doesn’t have the same resources. All the resources are cards you play which seems really unique in how it’s done

Supporter11 months ago

Sounds like fun. I'm really curious how you and your friends will like brass when he knows the game better. 

Also, super pleased that y'all like COB.