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Confessions and a change in direction

Mike Hostetler
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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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Apr/May 2016 update

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Yeah I know I said I was going to blog more often and then April and May got away from me. Non-game life was busy. But hey I'm keeping on and will update both April and May...

April

One of my most pathetic play months in a long time. I tried to get my daughter into Star Realms and she beat me a couple of times, but was not interested in playing more. I also played San Juan for the first time in a while and still really enjoy that game.

My highlight is probably a few solo scenarios of Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Wrath of the Righteous – Base Set. I do enjoy it but it would be hard to get it out with the kids around(esp my 6 yr old).

Only 11 total plays in April. Pathetic.

May

May wasn't a ton better than April. But I did take my daughter to the local game cafe named Spielbound. Highlight were

Patchwork -- we played this twice in a row, and then we got the app when we got home (we like the cardboard version a lot better)

Jenga -- I didn't know my daughter was a fan of Jenga but she is. I don't mind it...better than most dexterity games.


On another trip Spielbound with some friends we played Stone Age. I hadn't played it before but once I got the flow, I really liked it.

Only 20 total plays in May.

Number of plays for 2016 as of the end of May: 113
Plays per Day: 0.74 (oy)

10x10 as of the end of May:

Splendor 8
DC Comics Deck-Building Game 7
Hive 7
Ticket to Ride 7
Zulus on the Ramparts! 5


This is not good... but June is already looking up! But you have to wait for that update.
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February 2016 Review

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Overall more games and more games/day, but my average for 2016 so far is 0.81 games/day... I have a long way to go to get to 1.1

Played some games of Splendor at the beginning of the month. I've learned that I'm not very good... my daughter has won most of them.

I also finally got in some games of Zulus on the Ramparts! which I have enjoyed immensely. To me, it seems like it would be long and drawn-out game but that is certainly not true. It's tense and it feels like you are getting nowhere... and then the Night Fall event hits and you are halfway through.

I also played Hive with a friend of mine and I like it so much I got it for myself. I figured could teach the kids easier than Chess or Go (though I do want to teach them Go).

And thanks to the Solo Guild I've been playing a few games of Utopia Engine: Beast Hunter. It's insanely hard for me, but it's quick (especially how I play) and fun. I recently laminated a it and hope that and a dice app on my phone will help play on the run or "in emergencies". The same goes for Austerity which I've played a bit too, and haven't done well.

I also found a good deal at a big box store for DC Comics Deck-Building Game. The reviews are mixed but the 2 simple games with my son reveal is a lighter deck builder but it has some depth. I want to get a good solo game s or three in it before I really make up my mind.

2016 goals?

1 10/10 Challenge: Splendor at 8, Hive at 5, Austerity at 3. I think I'm in good shape

2 Increase h-index: still at 15, but I think it may switch this month.

3 I need to get my old games out that I play. It means I need to stop buying to so many.,....
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