User Profile for matthean
Matt Brown
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I run a gamer's group for my church. Holt(Lansing Area), MI Open Gaming twice monthly. We generally play the typical gateway/family games with some Euros mixed in although I don't think there's much we won't try out.

Ratings are currently influx as I'm going over all of my games again as it has been some time since I have done so and a number of games feel in need of an update.

I've come to the conclusion I prefer games in the 2.4 to 3.5 weight range if playing a non-filler game. Anything above 3.5 needs to be on the shorter side and played at least somewhat frequently.

Sixty to ninety minutes seems like a solid time frame for a game.

I prefer strategy over tactical even though some of my favorite games might be more tactical than one would assume.

Definitely prefer open systems versus ones that are restrictive.

Favorite mechanics would include worker placement, role selection(variable phase order), and action placement.

Least favorite mechanic is set collection.


Five games I like playing that are 20+ years old: El Grande, Cosmic Encounter, Survive: Escape from Atlantis, L5R, and Acquire.


Better games: (via the Dice Tower)
- Formula D over Sorry although I have a feeling Robo Rally might be the better pick if I got a play of it in.
- Frank's Zoo over Uno
- Space Cadets over Cranium. Another I need a play of, it but fits too well.
- Codenames over Scrabble
- Haggis over traditional card game although I don't think one game can really replace the depth of all traditional card games.
- Samurai(for multiplayer)/The Duke over Chess
- Wits and Wagers over Trivia Pursuit
- Deception: Murder in Tokyo(for bigger groups)/Hanabi over Clue
- Lords of Vegas of Monopoly
- 1775 over Risk
- Quartermaster General over Axis and Allies


Started to hammer out what I would use as factors for determining what game quality is. Currently, how much investment does the game offer? How consistent is it in its plays? How well does it handle its various player counts? Fun? Quality game mechanics? I might give two stars based on each of them.


Note, I added a slight touch to the rating system that has not been implemented as of yet even though the description is there.

Games are currently rated as such:


x = Game quality.

y = Order in which I would acquire the game based on a certain size of blocks if starting out. Ex, if it is one of the first 10 I would buy, then it gets a 9.

z = How often I'm okay with playing the game on a repeated basis. Once a month might be a 3.


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User Details for matthean
Registration Date: 2012-04-12
Last Profile Update: 2016-04-10
Last Login: 2016-05-01
Country: flag United States
State: Michigan
Town/City: Okemos
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