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This is pretty self explanatory. Chime in with your favorite player colour. I could only put four options in the poll, so, I know I left many many player colours out. You can add those in the comments.
My favorite player colour is red. It is certainly not my favorite colour. But, it is my favorite player colour.
We have discussed several times genres, themes, mechanism, and etc. which really really peak our interest. This is the opposite question. What popular boardgame types do you tend to steer clear from. You don't even have tried the game type you are steering clear from.
For me there are several things that I tend to steer clear from.
- I avoid all things C'thulu. I have no love for horror in general or Lovecraft in particular. And, while my stance on the propriety of problematic themes in boardgames isn't necessarily popular, I do find it deeply hypocritical when those who are very concerned about problematic themes embrace the Lovecraftian world. The Lovecraftian world is full of explicit and unapologetic racism. I also don't particularly relish the way he treats mental illness.
- I tend to avoid party games. I have one or two that I like. And, I simply want to put my money elsewhere.
- I have avoided high fantasy themes and tropes. This is mostly because the only IP's that use high fantasy that I have any interest in are Lord of the Rings and Gloomhaven. I don't have a particular problem with High Fantasy, but I am think it would probably pale in comparison with the LOTR IP.
- I have avoided all LCG's, TCG's, and the like. I am afraid that I would spend too much money on them.
- I tend to avoid Pick up and Deliver games. I have played some that I really like. But somehow, when I think of it, I am generally not excited enough to pursue it.
- I avoid app integration in games. This is partly because I am worried about the app becoming unsupported before I am done with the game. But, mostly it is because at this point I have no desire to mix screens with my gaming.
So, what do you avoid? and why?
GMT Games, in their last update, announced measures to help those that have suffered because of the COVID-19 situation. I tremendously admire them for taking this step. And, while I can't benefit from it, I do know that my next game purchase(s) will probably be from GMT games to show my support for this initiative.
I encourage you, if you haven't been affected by this Coronavirus, to maybe buy a game or two from GMT. If you have lost your job, than take advantage of this offer.
Here is the fine print from their newsletter.
Doing a Bit to Care for our Customers, Too: The Return of the Tough Economy Special
We know that this virus, in addition to the threat it poses to our collective health, has had a negative economic impact on many of our customers, as well. As with so many social or economic problems, it's not within our power to provide big fixes—to restore lost jobs, retirement funds, or lost earning power. But we've decided, as we did numerous times in the wake of the 2008 financial meltdown, that we can show support for those of you who have lost jobs by giving you a free game or two. I know it's not much in the greater scheme of things, but we want you to know that we are thinking of you and that your welfare—including the ability to destress and decompress from the pressures of the world by playing games—is important to us. Here are the details:
Eligibility: If you have lost your job due to shutdown-related layoffs or closings since March 15, 2020, you are eligible to get one (non-US customers) or two (US customers) free games from us, from games that are in stock now. We'd love to give an extra game to international customers as well, but the spiking shipping rates overseas limit our ability to do so.
Process. If you'd like to take advantage of this offer, please drop an email to Tony Curtis, our LLC Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include proof or explanation of your job loss and your choice of which in-stock game(s) you'd like us to send. Tony will work with our office folks to take care of getting your game(s) shipped out to you.
Curious what criteria y'all use for focus on games.
For me one of the most important things that I look for is a solo mode. It doesn't have to have it out of the box, but it least has to have a good fan made solo variant that I can make/run fairly easily. I am a sucker for real world themes, historical, scientific, etc...... And, I really like to try to try everything. I don't want just a collection of Euro games, or...... I want a little bit of most facets of gaming.
I do really try to read/watch/listen to reviews. But, I also try to keep a fairly open mind about a game, and try not to judge it too much before I actually commit to buying it.
So, what criteria do y'all use to look for games?
Grail games, I expect we all have at least one. I while back the question was asked here on this site, what games would you get if price, player count, time..... were no object? My question today is a little bit different. Today I ask, what is your grail game?
Maybe you don't feel the same way that I do, but there are a bunch of games I want, and can afford, but I will not buy them because I don't have the player count for them. Or maybe I don't have the room for them in the case of the recent #Frosthaven campaign. Some of these games I really want, but it is they are not unobtainable, they are just out of my reach in terms of player count or space. If I wanted to I could buy them, and have them. For me a grail game is a game that you want, and one you would play in your current situation. But, for whatever reason, price, OOP, not available in your language, not available where you are..... you can't get it.
As the gaming world is well aware, #frosthaven just finished a massively successful campaign on Kickstarter. But, to get a base copy of that game you had to pay $100 before shipping. There is also the campaign, currently running, for #Ankh: Gods of Egypt, the pledge for the base game is also right at $100. There is, of course, a glut of big, beautiful, bold games that are on Kickstarter or in the retail space. But, most of these few price tags to match.
On the other side of the market are small box games that are often $25 or less. These can be very wonderful, but with a few exceptions, you here a lot less about them. But you can find and pick up real gems in that price range.
Then if course there are some big box games with a pretty "reasonable" price point. By reasonable I mean 30-50 usd. There are a lot of really really good games in this price range.
I guess I am wondering how much would you be willing on spending on a game. I'm keeping this apart from expansions etc.... Just the base range. Is there a price limit at which you will not even consider a grand? If so, what is your price limit? Are people feeling priced out of the hobby when they see these big beautiful games they can't justify.
I think my limit is $100. I haven't broken $100 on a single base game, but I could see myself doing so at some point. What do you think when you see the price for a game?
I'm drop a poll where you can share max price you would consider spending in a perfect circumstance.
Yesterday I expressed a unpopular opinion about apps in games. @Skurvy5 asked me if I held any other unpopular opinions. I game a list. He further directed me to think about starting a new thread so that my opinions can be more easily refuted. So, @Skurvy5, here's your thread.
All of you, feel free to disagree with what I say, and feel free to comment what you unpopular opinions are.
Also, please remember, these are opinions. These are not truths that were handed down to me from God himself. I won't dislike you because you hold a different opinion. I might even like games that go against my opinion.....
So, yesterday I asked y'all to introduce yourselves. Today, I am asking you, what is your favorite game and why?
I did a post like this some months ago, but there have been a lot of new users I have been seeing since then. So, I am just dropping this post to give you the chance to introduce yourself in the comments. You can include as much or as little information as you wish.
I'll drop mine in the comments.
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