Unforgiving games: newbies beware!
- John ClarkAustralia
BGG folks like to categorize themselves: Ameritrash and Eurotrash; Heavy and Light etc etc.Recommend
Another important distinction is Unforgiving vs Forgiving games.
Some people like games where early mistakes can be made up for later. These people like to be able to play a game for the first time and have a decent chance of winning, even if they are playing against more people who have played before. They claim that certain games have a 'runaway leader' problem or no 'catch-up mechanism'.
Others like games which greatly reward previous plays, and where an early mistake might be crucial to the final outcome. These people view a 'runaway leader' as a product of poor play from the others, and not a fault in game design.
I am strongly in the second category, but there are many people who are not. This is a list of 'unforgiving games'.
Add your own!
[note I am not including the really obvious total skill games like Chess]
- [+] Dice rolls