Personal gaming profile:
Why do I game? To have fun.
How do I play? Earnestly.
When my husband and I bought our house, we both said the same thing when we saw that the hall closet had shelves: "A games closet!" Good thing the bathroom had a linen closet, or we would have had to stack the towels on the counter -- seriously.
(Of course, the closet is no longer remotely sufficient to store all of our games, but the point remains: We have our priorities well defined.)Ratings:
BGG attaches a verbal description to the numbers used for rating games. For a long time (from 2003 to 2009) I tried to rate games according to those descriptions. Problem is, the BGG descriptions use absolute terms too freely. Words like "always" and "never" should be reserved for the very ends of the scale. Instead, I've let those descriptions prevent me from giving high ratings to deserving games, simply because I can't honestly say that I always
want to play them. So I've recently decided to go through my rated games and re-rate them — disregarding the associated descriptions. And so begins a mighty task...
Furthermore, the ratings I've assigned are not
self-consistent. Most are based simply on how much fun I have playing. After all, I play games to have fun -- if I enjoy a game, I don't concern myself with how it compares with others. That said, sometimes I find myself stepping back and rating games from a more objective and evaluative perspective. Rather than question why, I trust that instinct. Emerson was right about foolish consistencies.Comments:
In case you're wondering why I begin my comments with each game's name, it's to differentiate game editions/versions which are consolidated under one entry in the BGG database (e.g. At the time I wrote this, Thor, Loco!, and Quandary were all under the Flinke Pinke entry.).Games played most recently: