My gaming group is my family, consisting of my wife and myself plus our three kids. Because of this, our gaming is nearly always 2-player or 5-player. Therefore, any games which are 3-4 only (or 2-4, but not good for only two) are almost completely absent from my collection.
The kids have been playing long enough that they're full-fledged gamers in their own right, now... regularly winning games like Homesteaders, Phoenicia, Keyflower and Agricola. They still like the occasional short or thematic game, but they're gravitating toward games with more varied and involved decision-making mechanics.
If a game doesn't have a really good player aid, I'll often try to create one for it... and I frequently will try to "improve" a game's components--either by creating print-n-play substitutes or by stealing bits from other games. (I'll even occasionally buy upgraded bits to replace resource cubes, etc.) See: What This Game Needs Is...
- - - - -How I Rate Game Condition for Auctions and Trades:
- unpunched and unplayed (maybe shrink removed), no signs of wear Like New
- punched, maybe played gently once (twice at most), no signs of wear Excellent
- played with care a few times, minimal signs of wear Very Good
- played less than 10 times, some signs of normal wear Good
- played several times, but not abused; general signs of wear Fair
- some damage or signs of abuse, significant wear and tear Poor
- numerous damaged components, perhaps not even playable
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