A PORTRAIT OF THE GAMER AS A YOUNG n00b
During a slow period of my life in January 2007, I decided to pick up a couple of those fancy German board games at a FLGS in Kingston, Ontario (Minotaur Games and Gifts) - those first two purchases were Carcassonne and Blokus. We were impressed by the simple yet strategic gameplay and attractive components of both, especially Carcassonne. In that first week, we played those two games virtually non-stop and very competitively. The week after, we decided it was time to kick it up a notch, so I went back and bought San Juan for $30. I know, I know - a total fucking rip-off, but I was a n00b and the great Canadian online retailers were still unknown to me! Anyway, San Juan tipped me over the edge. We played it almost 30 times in the first week after we bought it. I started researching other Euros online, which led me to BoardGameGeek. Most of my leisure time has been devoted to gaming (or reading about games) ever since, with my girlfriend as my reluctant, but skillful, arch-nemesis. LATEST & GREATEST
I started logging my plays on December 29, 2011 ... and I stopped in mid-August 2012. Just too busy at this point to care - I would rather play games with what little free time I have!
My favourites:RATING SYSTEM1. Base Games
Here is an overview of how I arrive at an initial rating for a base game: Component Quality
Are the components attractive and durable?
1: excellent Rules
Are the rules unambiguous, thorough, concise, and organized for easy reference?
0: poorly written / poorly organized / confusing
1: clear, concise, organized Setup/Cleanup
How long does setup/cleanup take in relation to playing time?
0: highly involved / overly time-consuming
1: minimal Gameplay
First and foremost, is the game fun? Are the mechanics implemented well and do turns flow smoothly? Keeping in mind its target audience, how much strategic and/or tactical depth does the game offer in comparison to similar games? Is there a variety of meaningful decisions to be made each turn? Are players captivated until the very end? Does the game distinguish itself from others within the same genre?
0 - 1: a total waste of time
1 - 2: would play if "forced" to
2 - 3: average
3 - 4: good
4 - 5: excellent Replayability
Does the game maintain its intellectual appeal after multiple plays? How often do I want to play the game now?
0: once is enough / never want to play
0.5: quickly becomes tiresome / rarely want to play
1: average / occasionally want to play
1.5: stands up to regular play (i.e. at least monthly) / often want to play
2: sustains interest even when played frequently (i.e. at least weekly) / always want to play
After I come up with an initial rating, I adjust that rating over time based on my evolving feelings about the gameplay and replayability of a particular game.2. Expansions
Ratings for expansions are tied to the ratings for their respective base games. The rating for a specific expansion reflects whether or not (and to what degree) the overall game experience is improved upon when the base game is played with only that expansion added. If including the expansion improves upon the experience provided by the base game, it receives a higher rating than the base game; if it makes the game less enjoyable, it receives a lower rating than the base game. WHO AM I REALLY???ISTJ
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