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Musings of a solitary gamer. "The advantage of conversation is such that, for want of company, a man had better talk to a post than let his thoughts lie smoking and smothering." (Jeremy Collier) Comments welcome.

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Preferences and Pet Peeves

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I've been playing games for many years, so I've nailed down some of the things I especially like or dislike. Thought I'd just muse on that for a while here.
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Ugh! Time to Sell Again

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Note to selfish, mercenary Geeks who were drawn to this blog post in hopes of getting a lead on a game sale and bargain prices: This is not about that--at least not yet. It's likely to be a year before I get around to actually selling any games. Try again in 2019. This blog post only deals with how I feel about selling games.


A GeekMail inquiry today reminds me that over the past decade or so I've once again filled my closet with games I never play. I've been in this situation two or three times before, and each time I've had to sell off all those games, just to be rid of them. Looks like the time has come again.

Each time, the experience has been very different for me. Not the transaction; that's just packing and mailing and putting a little money in the bank. But my emotional attachment to the games, and how I feel about letting them go--that's been different each time.
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Gaming-Motivation Survey: What's Your Style?

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I'm inspired by this comment in my other blog to write up a little something here. Thanks to
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So, if you take a peek at the very first post in this blog ("My Pet Gaming Theory"), you'll see that I came up with a concept of gaming motivations a long time ago. I've revisited it over the years and doubted some of it and considered changing it, but my view has stayed pretty much the same. Now Russ points out Corey's article on gaming motivations--which includes a survey you can take to get your own motivational profile--and I'm surprised to see that this new method matches up somewhat with my old ideas.
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Back to Board Gaming? Hmm, Probably Not

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I drafted the following blog post back in August, and I forgot all about it until today. It's interesting to see how enthusiastic I was, considering that I never followed through on the plan I described.

Take a look, and I'll comment further at the end.



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The Name Game

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I've loved games with a passion all my life, so when someone asks what my hobbies are, the first answer that comes to mind is, "Games!" I don't always say that; it depends on who's asking and how I feel at the moment. But there's no doubt in my mind that gaming has been my main hobby for many years.

And yet, even though I'm pretty sure you know what I mean, I feel obliged to further clarify--because game has too many meanings, even among game fans.
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To Randomize or Not to Randomize

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Ask me what the best games in the world are, and I'll probably say chess and go. If I feel like inserting something unexpected, I might add checkers.

But ask me how often I play those games, and I'll say very, very rarely.

Why would I not play the games I consider best? What games do I play instead, and why?
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Do All Games Tell Stories? Even Wargames?

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This VGG thread got me pondering the idea of narrative in games. Is there always one? Can we distinguish between story-based games and games that are not story-based?
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Playing, Gaming, and Winning

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A lifelong problem of mine when it comes to games is having to deal with a triplicity--Me, Myself, and I. Each of them is after something different.
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Board Gaming Alone and on the Phone

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In this brave new world of ours, as everyone knows, we can play board games (and card and tile games) by ourselves and even on portable devices. Wonderful, isn't it? Or is it?

In this blog post I'm talking about the games we find in BGG's database, not the ones we find in the VGG database. (The latter, of course, can also be played alone and are always played on electronic devices, but a blog post about that would be for VGG.)
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The Intricate Realm

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As noted in my last couple blog posts, I'm delving into Magic Realm. Figured that after owning the game all these years, I might as well learn to play it.

Years ago, I used to enjoy the process of learning complex games. Just learning relatively simple board wargames (e.g., Waterloo) was hard enough when I was thirteen. But within a couple of years, I had started tackling the tougher ones, like 1914 and Anzio. A decade later, I was into Squad Leader and then ASL. Along the way, I dabbled at big games like The Next War as well.

Today, I still enjoy the process. But it's different now.
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