User Profile for MidLifeDelta
Mark G.
United States
Holland
Michigan
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I've always enjoyed games, but until recently didn't know many people with whom to game. In 2008 the discovery of a local group of gamers has kindled my interest in this hobby.

What do I like in a game? I have logged a few plays now and have had some time to ponder this question. I tend to like games which feature some subset of the following elements:

- Difficult, not obvious decisions that make a determinable impact on the players' success.

- Shared board development such as found in 18xx, Age of Steam, Power Grid, etc.

- Auctions. I don't like all auction games, but I do like the ability for players to define the value of elements in the game based on their perception of the game situation. Examples of games I like that feature auctions include Age of Steam and Power Grid.

- Turn order manipulation. I tend to like the ability to manipulate turn order in some fashion. There are a variety of mechanisms for this. Some examples include Age of Steam, Power Grid, Age of Industry, and 18xx.

- Temporary alliances and associated incentives. Examples include most Winsome Games, 18xx, and Santiago.

- I prefer games that require both strategic planning and tactical reaction. I like to have some plan I am trying to execute, but I like to have to react to tactical opportunities and challenges.

- High player interaction. While I do enjoy some multi-player solitaire games such as RftG, I prefer games in which players can directly affect each others' plans.

- Low luck. I am okay with some luck / chaos, but prefer games that favor skill, strategy and tactics over dice rolling. The longer the game, the more I prefer low luck. I do, however, enjoy some chaotic games such as Innovation.

- OR the game is something I can play with my son and we can enjoy the experience. Such a game may, in fact, contain none of the above items that I like in a game.


Pictured are my 10 most recently played games.



My Hot 10 lists games I am most eager to play whether I own them or not. My hot 10 may include games I've yet to play.

My Top 10 is made up of my 10 favorite games from my personal collection.

My "Want to Play" list contains games that I've yet to try, but that I want to try.

I started to track plays as of 5/9/2009, though I've gone back and tried to add earlier plays that I recall.

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User Details for MidLifeDelta
Registration Date: 2008-11-17
Last Profile Update: 2012-01-17
Last Login: 2015-09-04
Country: flag United States
State: Michigan
Town/City: Holland
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Collection Summary for MidLifeDelta
Board Game
Owned   218
Previously Owned   199
For Trade   11
Want In Trade   55
Want To Buy   5
Want To Play   44
Preordered   0
Wishlist   58
Commented   399
Has Parts   1
Want Parts   2
All   782
Board Game Expansion
Owned   104
Previously Owned   37
For Trade   2
Want In Trade   19
Want To Buy   0
Want To Play   30
Preordered   0
Wishlist   19
Commented   80
Has Parts   0
Want Parts   0
All   198
Board Game Accessory
Owned   0
Previously Owned   0
For Trade   0
Want In Trade   0
Want To Buy   0
Want To Play   0
Preordered   0
Wishlist   0
Commented   0
Has Parts   0
Want Parts   0
All   1
Fandom
Board Game 6
Board Game Family 1
Board Game Implementation 1
Marketplace
For Sale 1
Sold 63
Rating 49
Plays
Board Game Plays 1698 Total | By Month | Last 30 Days | Chronological
Board Game Expansion Plays 139 Total | By Month | Last 30 Days | Chronological
Trades
Trade Rating (148) Propose A Trade With This User
Ratings
Board Game Ratings 425
Average Rating 6.80
10 3   (0.7%)
9 19   (4.5%)
8 99   (23.3%)
7 162   (38.1%)
6 95   (22.4%)
5 28   (6.6%)
4 11   (2.6%)
3 5   (1.2%)
2 1   (0.2%)
1 2   (0.5%)
Board Game Expansion Ratings 76
Average Rating 7.67
10 1   (1.3%)
9 7   (9.2%)
8 44   (57.9%)
7 19   (25.0%)
6 4   (5.3%)
5 0   (0.0%)
4 1   (1.3%)
3 0   (0.0%)
2 0   (0.0%)
1 0   (0.0%)
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Top 10
#1: 18xx
#2: Age of Steam
#3: Indonesia
#4: Tichu
#5: Mage Knight Board Game
#6: Twilight Struggle
#7: Power Grid
#8: Chicago Express
#9: Dominant Species
#10: Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization
Hot 10
#1: 18xx
#2: Age of Steam
#3: Indonesia
#4: Tichu
#5: Polis: Fight for the Hegemony
#6: Commands & Colors
#7: Circus Train (Second edition)
#8: Mage Knight Board Game
#9: Power Grid
#10: Russian Railroads
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