Games are my life!
That being said, I wish to talk more about my gaming philosophy and specific gaming tastes; and also how I rank board games on my own personal scale.
My gaming philosophy is this: Life is a game. We are all pieces on the game board of existence. We all have our ultimate goal to win, crush our opponents, help other players, or some times just survive as long as we can. Sometimes we look at the game and decide it is not for us so we restart and play a new game.
Games are a great way into learning about people. Since the gambit of what games cover is so broad, you can learn a lot about someone by what games they like. Does someone like intellectual mind games? Does someone favor party games that show off their individual talents? Is someone cutthroat competitive, or do they want everyone to just play and be happy?
My personal gaming style is definitely competitive. I want to win. However I do not like to crush my opponents at all. I prefer a evenly matched game with a back and forth shift of power. I tend to get really excited when I win, or when anyone wins for that matter. I think the winner of the game should deserve a brief accolade from the defeated opponents, a respectful handshake, and then we move on. I do not like a sore winner, or a sore looser.
In games, priority 1 is to have fun whether you win or lose and I try to remind people of that. However, there is one line that I despise, and that is “Hey, it’s only a game…” That bugs me to no end! To me a game is a social coming together of friends and strangers. It is a way to show us who you are and what makes you tick. So to say it is only a game is like saying to me that the people and their feelings don’t matter.
My gaming tastes cover a wide variety. I prefer fantasy themed games over more realistic ones. I like competitive army games where you can customize what you bring to the table and not play with what everyone else is playing.
I am a big fan of party games and anything that a crowd of people can play together and have some laughs with. I love “get to know you” type games, and games that test your knowledge of how well you know your friends.