Tonight, I watched Tom Vasel's review of #Ragusa and he was very "meh" on the game. That's close to the vibe I got as I listened to his explanation on the rules. Seems to have some interesting mechanics and I really like how the components look on the board (why I ended up looking it up in the first place) but it didn't seem like the right game for me.
(Picture by user UntitledDocument on BGG)
Now the funny part was that Rahdo's final thoughts video on the same game was recommeded, and immediately after I played the video Rahdo opens up with "Hey everybody, it's time for Final Thoughts on Ragusa, WHICH. IS. AAAA SUPER SUPER impressive game."
So I'm curious, do you have a number of reviewers whose opinions/preferences closely align with yours? Who are they and what sort of preferences do they have? Also, are there any non-"professional" reviewers you identify with? (perhaps anyone here or an acquaintance of yours?)
When it comes to reviewers whose insights I appreciate, I do like hearing from Tom at Dice Tower and Quinns from SUSD. Tom for his experience with tons of games, and Quinns for his thoughtfulness, insight, and clever word usage that borders on a top tier car salesman.
But when it comes to having a common preference, I've yet to find someone I can closely relate to. And actually, I'm way more likely to be swayed by everyone here since I've gotten to know all of your preferences. For example, I'm very likely to check out a game if @nealkfrank or @sdirrane were to start raving about it haha