I mainly enjoy games that require risk management, and investment into prospects whose value changes throughout the game.
In the main, all that matters to me in a game is "does it have tough decisions"? On every one of my turns I want to be faced with a tough decision. I don't want to be overwhelmed by possibilities, but I do want to have to choose between two or three distinct options, each of which is attractive in its own right. I prefer games that boil this decision space to its purest essence, such as Acquire
and Modern Art
I also enjoy 20-minute abstracts. Long ago I decided I wasn't going to put the time into studying and getting good at such overexplored games as Chess and Go, but I am happy to play newer, fast-playing abstracts, each match a new opportunity for me to try out new strategies, unafraid if I blunder and lose because it's just a 20-minute investment. Favorites in this class would include DVONN
, Blokus 3D
, Blokus Duo
, and Twixt
Such seriousness aside, I also enjoy a simple, goofy game of Wise and Otherwise
, or Celebrities
among friends where laughter is the order of the day.
Dislikes: low-conflict optimization races (The Princes of Florence
, Race for the Galaxy
, or Agricola
). Tried 'em, can't stand 'em, won't play 'em.
I've lately come around to train games. I like the kinds of games that the train themes lend themselves to, and I'm currently trying to play as many of them as I can. Age of Steam
is a recent favorite.
My Top 10 are the games I would save from a fire. My Hot 10 are the games I have not played yet, but that I most want to play.