Previously, I mentioned some games that are we excluded from our list because of their party game nature or the impossibility we were going to have in playing them. Tonight after playing Arcola: The Battle for Italy, 1796, my wife declared that she is done with hex and counter war games, and then in the moment furthered that declaration by saying she was done with war games. She then clarified that she feels the way about hex and counter war games the way that I feel about musicals. That comparison really communicated how much she dislikes them. When our current project is to play through all of our games that is problematic because we do have several war games.
Perhaps a brief explanation of how that happened is in order. When we first played Battle for Italy at the end of 2010, my wife had a more positive than negative reaction to the game. A couple of months later I expressed my interest in trying to trade for a couple of more hex and counter war games. I mentioned that I would seek out easy ones, and my wife hesitantly agreed. Well, like a fat kid with a box of Krispe Cremes I lost control. In 2011, there were three math trades I participated in all close together. One of them was a war game math trade, where I made out like a bandit. When all was said and done I traded two games and got seven war games out of the deal. On top of that, my wife helped fuel the problem by buying for me a couple of war games that were really good deals. In the course of a few months we went from having a small handful of war games to close to twenty (there is a reason why this blog is entitled Too Many Games!!!)
So we reached a compromise. We went through all of our war games, and if my wife absolutely never wanted to play the game again (or in some cases ever) then we would add it to the Exclusion list. It would not count as part of our project, and if she did not want to she would never have to play these games. While nearly all of the hex and counter games we have are on this list, she was fair and there are several war games we will still be playing. Here is what is now excluded:
War and Peace: This is a grand game of the Napoleonic Wars. It looks fantastic, and the map is actually longer than my son.
Diplomacy: This is actually a game that I think my wife might enjoy. However, I know she would only enjoy it if she did not play with me. I also know, she would never play this game without me. This paradox means she just will not ever play it.
Starship Troopers: I actually think when my wife visualizes the kind of hex and counter game she hates, it is this game that she most readily pictures.
Hundred Days Battles: This is actually a companion game to Battle For Italy and uses the same system.
A Mighty Fortress: I am holding on this game until I someday get to play it. Any game that has a table for theological debates is a game I MUST play.
Wooden Ships & Iron Men: This one kind of hurt being excluded, because I really like this game. However, the small counters, the fact that facing matters a lot, the simultaneous movement, and the plotting moves in advance is a perfect recipe for a game my wife will be miserable playing.
Gazala 1942: My wife got this game for me for Father's Day last year. She added it to a game order to get to free shipping.
Battle for Galicia, 1914: I bought this game from a local game store for $3. At that price, I could not help myself.
The Guns of August: I traded for this because I was really intrigued by the possibility of playing a game that simulated WWI.
Luftwaffe: All of the games on this list are games that I have either played or read the rules for. Except for this one. It was included in a multi-game lot in a math trade, and I think I have only opened the box like twice.
I understand and respect that my wife does not want to play these games, and I am fine with that. However, I am in a bit of a conundrum because these are (for the most part) games I enjoy or want to play. I need to decide if I should hold on to them in the hopes that I someday have someone to play them with, or if I should just free up the shelf space and jettison most of these games.