"Abandon all burden, ye who enter here"
...reads the sign over my game table. For me board games are a great way to experience what the Germans call Gemütlichkeit
. It's the feeling I get when I play board games, and the aspect of board gaming that I enjoy the most.
In pursuit of this, I do my best to help organize a public group of board gamers in Berkeley, CA and surrounding region. We have a group site you can visit at http://www.berkeleyboardgamers.org/
. Check it out and drop in for a game some time or as often as you like. We're always looking to spread some board gaming love and get more people to play.On Ratings
I only rate what I play. I only play what interests me. What interests me, currently, are games that others have enjoyed that have a theme, mechanics or a quality of player interaction that I find intriguing. So naturally, I'm not going to spend my opportunity cost playing something that has a widely-held bad reputation. Maybe I will after I have played everything
there is to play, but that day is a long time from now. There are simply too many good games yet for me to discover!
The BGG "definitions" next to each rating number always struck me as if they had been written up in two minutes by someone giving it a first go and not really thinking about what was going to follow way down the line when ratings and their meaning would garner so much attention. Given that I have never known the author who wrote them or heard their defense, I therefore eschew a textualist approach to the ratings definitions and laugh at people who slavishly use them and the very idea that we should.
Until I hear from the author (whom I presume is still living) with a defense of those definitions, I will continue to consider a rating to simply mean "On a scale from 1 to 10, how much do I like and desire to play this game?"Gabe's own revelational quotes for board gaming."The instigator always cries first."
- Gabe Alvaro"It's business, not malice."
- Gabe Alvaro"Never try to convince a simulationist of anything. Their grip on reality is obviously far stronger than yours."
- Gabe AlvaroQuotes by othersOn luck
Seneca (Roman philosopher, mid-1st century CE) wrote:
"Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity."On malice
Napoleon Bonaparte (general, ruler, and emperor of France, 18th century CE) wrote:
"Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence."On Communication
Richard Milhouse Nixon (US President 20th century CE) wrote:
"I know you think you understand what you thought I said, but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant."On others who only complain and criticize
Madonna (American pop star 20th century CE) wrote:
"I'm not your bitch, don't hang your shit on me."The Sovereignty of My Move"I hold these truths to be self-evident, that all players are created equal, that they are endowed by a game's designer with certain unalienable rights, that among these are a turn, a score and the pursuit of victory."My Recently Played Games