Gaming Themes: Wimpgames
, Dexterity Games, Feudal Japan, Grand Strategic Wargames, Historical Games, Space Exploration, Quick Card Games
My gaming evolution from childhood to present day looks something like this:Hi Ho Cherry-O Sorry Monopoly Risk Axis & Allies Talisman Cosmic Encounter
Diplomacy Twilight Struggle Empires in ArmsCosmic Encounter
, Empires in Arms
, War of the Ring Collector's Edition
and Twilight Struggle
are the only games that I currently rate a '10', and these seven games definitely represent my tastes.
I played board games all through childhood and into college, and then there was a period of time when babies were in the house and computer games displaced board games. With my kids now in their teens and tweens, board games are my primary form of entertainment. I think I have played more games in 2012 and 2013 since back in 1990, when I was in high school and had more free time on my hands.
In 2013, I played Crokinole and Empires in Arms for the first time. These are now my two of my favorite games, joining Diplomacy and Cosmic Encounter, which I first played back in the early 1990s, and War of the Ring and Twilight Struggle, which I played for the first time in 2012.
I'm not a Eurogamer, although I do love some (but not many) Eurogames. I find most Eurgames to be shallow and soulless and lacking sufficient theme. I end up getting bored with most Eurogames. There's not enough substance there for me.
I'm not an Ameritrash gamer, either. Ameritrash games are shallow in a different type of way. Theme, yes, but brute force and luck without a lot of nuance and finesse. Longer than Eurogames but not really much deeper.
I probably identify more as a Wargamer, but I get bored with the tactical, chit-moving games (or I find the rules so dense and impenetrable that I give up). I'm more of a strategic wargamer. Games classified as 'grand strategic' or political tend to be the ones that fascinate me and pull me in. I like wargames focused more on influence and power, and less on military might. Calandale
tells me that I would identify as a Wimpgamer
. A review of that game list looks about right. Avalon Hill games intimidated me when I was a teen, but now I find myself going back and buying many of those old titles on eBay, along with GMT games.
I've had a love/hate/love relationship with miniatures games over the years. I purchased a bunch of miniatures for Warhammer 40K
, but never actually played more than a few learning games with people (not my crowd). This was followed by a very short interest in Warmachine
(not my genre). I then purchased a bunch of miniatures for The Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game
, and even joined a local gaming group for this, but gave up on that, too. I then found Kensei
, a thematically-rich Japanese feudal + mythology miniatures game, but there's no players anywhere near me and the first edition rule are a mess (second edition in beta right now). I attended Enfilade! 2014, a historical miniatures convention held during Memorial Day weekend every year and really enjoyed historical miniatures. That lead to getting involved in both Saga
and Saga: The Crescent & The Cross
. The Saga ruleset for miniatures is a joy - simple, elegant, diverse. I purchased Lion Rampant
, as I can re-use my Saga miniatures to play this, but I haven't read the rules yet. I also have copies of DBA
and Warhammer Ancient Battles
sitting on a shelf for potential future use. In mid-2015, I decided to try Firestorm Armada
One of my big gaming challenges right now is to find a handful of great solo games. That's one area of my collection that is lacking. If you have any tips, please let me know. (I own Labyrinth: The War on Terror and Mage Knight, but haven't had the opportunity to play them yet. The reprint of Where There Is Discord: War in the South Atlantic is on its way and looks promising.)
Favorite Games: This changes from time to time, look at my Top 10 on the right.
Favorite 1 Player Game: (nothing yet, actively searching)
Favorite 2 Player Game: Crokinole
Favorite 3 Player Game: The Pillars of the Earth
Favorite 4 Player Game: Divided Republic
Favorite 5 Player Game: Cosmic Encounter
Favorite 6 Player Game: A Game of Thrones
Favorite 7 Player Game: Empires in Arms
Favorite 8+ Player Game: Werewolf
Favorite Miniatures Systems: Saga
, Firestorm Armada
Any game that scores lower than a 7 will end up being ejected from collection unless there is a very compelling reason to keep it.