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Gathering of Engineers

Ludographic considerations from the Silicon Forest

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Question of the Month: June

Each blog entry for the next week will answer the following question, provided by Tim, who gets first crack at it: "Do you prefer learning new games frequently - but only playing each game once or twice - or playing a smaller set of games several times each?"

Those of you playing from home can use this entry to post your own answers!

4 Comments:

  • At 8:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I love seeing how new games work and as a result, I tend to play a game once or twice and then move on to the next game. It's not that I'm against playing a game many times, but there are so many other on my shelf awaiting exploration...

     
  • At 11:35 AM, Blogger Wes M said…

    Let me the first to chime in with the glorious cop-out: "It depends."

    Like anonymous above, I love to learn new games. I’m relatively new (in terms of number of titles played,) to this resurgence (surgence? Are we really re-ing?) in gaming. Many titles, even “classics” are new to me. As such, I want to try new things, especially as I am always in a hunt to find games that my wife would like to play; either as two-player games, or with our friends who aren’t as “into gaming” as we are. The best times for new games tend to be conventions, or gaming sessions where I’m pretty sure I’ll get a chance to play 2-4 games. (Gamestorm, Doug & Mimi’s second Saturday, e.g.)

    But, I like to learn how to play the games I know better. So I also like to play known games against new opponents. To test my mettle, and learn new tricks. While I’ll rarely cast an “I’d rather not,” vote when titles are being thrown out, in a situation that fits (a Tuesday night game session, perhaps,) I’ll quickly say yes to a game I’d like to learn to play better. (Or a variant on a theme, say TtRM.)

    Now, with my wife or non-game-crazy friends, I really don’t have a choice. I’ve got to play a game a few times before I’m comfortable teaching it – so old friends it is.

     
  • At 12:20 PM, Blogger Rita H. said…

    I love seeing old titles hit the table. I have to be in just the right mood to learn a new game.

     
  • At 5:30 PM, Blogger Fraser said…

    I prefer not to play a game just once or twice and then move on and not play it again (unless it is a steaming pile of dragon's doo doo of course or Set).

    There are many many games that playing just once or twice doesn't give you the opportunity of discovering the full depth of the game, to try different options or strategies. Or even give you a chance at winning ;-)

    I like to replay game and explore the options and play them against different people who may force me to try new strategies.

    I also like to play and explore new games, but not at the expense of old games.

     

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