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Confessions and a change in direction

Mike Hostetler
United States
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This past summer I had the idea of selling off large parts of my collection (in particular, games that I purchases for solo-only). And then using that money to buy a good to great tablet and getting a bunch of boardgame apps and play on there instead of my solo games.

Well this Christmas I got my wife an iPad and, based on what I had already invested in the Android world, I bought a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2. And I was shocked how many boardgame apps I already had in Android (thanks Humble Bundle!). So here I am, months later, and plenty of plays in electronic board games. I have as of yet to start the mini-purge but that it next.

I'm a little sad... I like the physicality of board games but can't get the audience to play many that I'm interested in. And I don't have the time to really dedicate to full games. Or even the space -- for example, I don't have a place where I can leave Mage Knight out for a few days and give it a turn every now and then. And then there is the actual cost -- the app is always cheaper.

Furthermore I shouldn't be complaining -- I'm now in a fairly consistent monthly game group, and I'm in the midst of a Risk Legacy campaign with co-workers (in which I'm doing poorly but is still a blast). It's Feb 21 and I have had 49 plays so far this year. Almost one play per day... not bad. I also raised my h-index score this past week from a (physical) play of Friday.

But I have more I want to play. The apps are helping scratch that annoying "play more" itch. I don't have to setup anything, just open the app and go. I can do this sitting with my wife on the couch while she has an inane show on TV. If I was in another room, I'd be in trouble with her. But sitting next to her, playing the Patchwork or Star Realms apps seems to be ok.

I don't want to leave analog gaming, particularly solo gaming, but it is seeming difficult. I have games I want to play and created the means how.
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