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Guantanamo wrote:
I agree with the use of 'overwhelmed after conventions' don't really see taking it 'easy' for a week or two after a week of straight gaming as being 'burnt out'.

Which was pretty-much the point I was trying to make I can't imagine getting so tired of gaming that I could not stand the sight of a game-box.
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I'm at the point in my Board Gaming experience where I want to get everything for one game, then move on to another. I'm working on my Catan completion right now, and I'm going to move to Munchkin next.
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There are stages to your board gaming life? Perhaps I'm just stuck in "Must own them all!"


Nah, I do know while I continue to buy a lot of games, it's not quite as nutty as I have been, and there have been stretches where I've been out of it almost totally.

Currently, I feel like I'm in my mid-life gaming crisis / lonely old man stage. Despite having one weekly and one bi-weekly gaming groups, and a few other occasional gaming get-togethers, I still feel like I'm not getting enough gaming in my life. Also, there are specific areas - mostly two player wargaming - where I only rarely get to fulfill my gaming desires.

I've been a bit set in my circle of friends, and it's slowly suffering attrition - folks move away, life takes up their time, etc. Also, I ended up moving about 40 min away from the center of things, which doesn't help either. My forays into other gaming groups have generally pleasant, but no long-lasting gaming buddies have resulted. It's a bit depressing.


Really, I just need to get out and try some more gaming meet ups.
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ClineCon wrote:
One point of frustration over the years has been the "cult of the new" at gaming clubs where I played. It has seemed sometimes like we never play any game twice, every week, there was a new (complex) game to learn. When I learn a game, and especially if I like the game or if I think I get it and I can go better on the second play, I want to play the game again next week. And then the game never hits the table again for the next six months or a year.


Fortunately, while I tend to be a cult of the new member, discussions like this have encouraged me to be mindful of what my gaming group as a whole might like to do. Just last night, our group decided to play De Vulgari Eloquentia at our next session. We had played it two weeks ago - not being able to finish our long-playing learning game. I got the feeling after that session that folks were a bit frustrated, and wanted to play something we had played before, and that was short, so we did this week. Then, they let me know they wanted to give De Vulgari a try again, now that we know how to play.
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Well, I have moved past the "have-em-all" stage. But, I am a collector too. I'm working on refining my collection trading away stuff I'm not going to play for stuff that has a chance to be played. That has been an interesting process. I realized once I left the previous phase I had a lot of games that wouldn't see playing time. Now, I'm in the turnover and play phase. I'm fortunate I have a great game group and know a lot of other gamers in the area which allow me to try new to me games on a regular basis (and I can then decide with certanity what can leave the collection).

I just have to say, I always look forward to the TGIF question. Thank you, Ben!
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I'm past "have them all" also, but I love to find games in thrift stores.

On burnout, I've been through it a few times. Sometimes you need a good break from anything that you love or enjoy. I know that when you play games when you're not really feeling it can make the experience even worse.

Like last night, I wasn't really in a gaming mood, but I went to play anyways. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't as good as it usually is.
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1 - Well, if anyone was worried that this poll topic came from my personal experience, I can assure you it did not. I actually answered Never to this question. As others have mentioned I have burned out on certain specific games, but I can't remember feeling like I was unhappy with gaming as a whole.

2 - While I did answer Never to the first question I have had those moments where I was fed up with too many new games, and trying to get them to the table. But this is an easily remedied situation.

3 - Obviously it will depend on the reason for the burn out, but I think stopping for awhile is the best and most efficient solution. I also have seen people get back into games by trying to delve into another genre.

4 - The discerning palate stage. I have focused my purchases/wishlist. I have learned the length/weight of games that will hit the table with my family and friends. So I have stopped buying and dreaming of heavier strategy games that I'll never play enough to make them worthwhile.
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I think I'm in the "old and crotchety" stage of my gaming life. I'll buy a new game from time to time, but I'd rather play the tried and true. Everything is starting to taste like chicken.
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Right now I'm at the "I'll play just about anything" stage. Provided I have fun people to play anything with.
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1. I play a wide variety of games, so I rarely get burned out on boardgaming, but I do get burned out on a particular game or genre sometimes. So I can go on gaming while just avoiding a particular subset of games for a while.
2/3. The same old games is the most likely cause. The solution isn't really listed, although it's close to "try a new genre." I just play a different genre. The words "try" and "new" imply I don't usually play that genre, which isn't the case. I just play it more and play the tired one less.
4. There are some games that I would like to play more that I don't. I think I need to find people willing to play them. But that doesn't mean I want to totally give up the games I am playing or the people with whom I'm playing.
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I think I just switched off of "Must Own Every Game" into "Want to hone the collection into a number of games that I know I love."


Feels pretty good, actually.
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d10-1 I have suffered gaming burnout seriously once I think so rarely.

d10-2 The reason was that it started to feel like work. But it wasn't the games itself...it was the life that I had built around them. I ran a gaming club and that meant getting up at 9am every Saturday and transporting, teaching new games and generally being responsible (having people rely on me) every weekend). There was nothing hard about it but it was the years of 'duty' that made it start to feel like I was working 6 days a week.

d10-3 The best remedy I think is to stop playing and walk away for a period of time. If you are a true game lover you will begin to pine for them again. It took me about 6 weeks to really start missing them. Taking a break from BGG can also be helpdul if you catch yourself on here straight after work and only turning off before going to bed.

d10-4 Love this question - What stage am I at? I'm well past must own them all and close to a discerning palate. I know my sweet spot is Ameritrash style games and quality dice based euros like Macao but I am still curious about some titles so I will buy if the price is right or a game is of a certain genre that I still wish to explore (dexterity, racing etc).
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1. Not burned out on games in general... but 2) I don't always want to learn a new game. Especially if we already tried one or two new ones that evening. So 3) regulating the number of old/new games works in part... but there are other things that matter too. I'm just not sure what they are.

4) Definitely not 'must own them all'... We're getting better at picking games that we're really interested in. Though sometimes I'll still go for 'ooooh shiny'... or 'ooooh bargain'...
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1. I answered rarely. So far in my life I have never been burnt out on playing most board games. However I have been burnt out on playing certain board games.

2. I can get tired of playing the same old games. Right now I am burnt out on Luck of the Draw. It's my daughter's favorite game of all time, and it was fun for around 15 plays, but I have 100+ other games that I would like to play once in a while.

3. Regulate the number of new/old games. Not too hard for me as I am not in the cult of the new.

4. I have developed a discerning palate.
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I'm honestly a bit tired of rarely winning a game from my wife.
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1 Over the course of 40+ years of gaming, I've been burnt out many times.
2 Tiring of a certain type of game is usually what led to a burn out period.
3 I never really got totally burnt out, just burnt on a given type. I almost always moved on to something else, or just did something else entirely for a while.
4 I've reached the stage in my life where gaming isn't my whole life anymore. I could give it all up if I had to but I wouldn't be happier. I don't waste my time trying to play everything, I play what I like and I'm more selective in my gaming choices.

Keep in mind that in my case I'm looking over a long stretch of gaming of all sorts. I started with crude miniatures, went into a board game phase (Monopoly, Risk, etc.), got into Chess and then sports games then wargames, followed by miniatures, RPGs, more wargames, back to RPGs, video (computer) games, wargames, then Euros, and now I don't feel a need to choose. I play board games, Euros, video games, wargames and sports games at present, and I'd love to get back into RPGs and miniatures - there just aren't enough hours in the day.

Games are a part of my life; I've never not been playing something. cool
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Blott wrote:
4. What stage of your gaming life do you think you're at right now? (e.g. "Must own them all!" Or "Developed a discerning palate" etc.)


Give or take, the same stage I've been in for 30+ years now - a fan of boardgames. I suppose if I had to call this a particular stage, it might be the "experimenting with Japanese and Jean du Poel games" stage.
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d10-4 I'm only about a year into the hobby, so I'm still in the "Must own them all!" phase.
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1. Never been burned out on boardgames. My husband does have periods when he is, but it's usually a particular game, or type of board game experience that he's burned out on, rather than gaming in general.

4. I'm just at the stage of enjoying it and having fun. We have a large enough collection that we don't "need" more games, but it's nice to try the hot new releases. I know enough gamers who buy new games to not have to buy them all ourselves though, and we MathTrade a lot. I still enjoy trying new games, and try over 100 a year as a rule, but am definitely not as keen to try new games as I used to be.
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I've been burned out on BGG before. I had to take a few months off. I am feeling burnt out on Magic right now-- like it's just futile and I should sell my (very sizable and valuable) collection. I go through phases of Axis and Allies too. I am wanting to play again right now, but I'm not sure my computer will run it.

I just have to find something else to do. Luckily I own hundreds of Lego sets, piles of books I haven't read yet, and have the internet to download whatever old TV show I want!

I'm in a 'buying only games I know I'll really like, in the hopes that I'll meet people to play them with someday' phase of my life.
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wifwendell wrote:
After WIFCon (World in Flames Con) - seven days of solid WIF - I was definitely burnt out!


But that isn't even one single full game devil


- Pauli
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1 I answered "sometimes", but this is only because we've been learning a lot of new games in recent months. Otherwise, I rarely get burned-out playing games.

2 I'm learning or teaching a new game almost every session and occasionally I get tired of reading rules and going through the rules forums in preparation for a new game. Rarely, this can feel like work, but I still do it because I spend hours playing games and I want to play them correctly. Once we learn how to play a new game correctly, I prefer to play it multiple times, not necessarily during the same session, so that I can get better at it. Unfortunately, most of the time we only get around to playing a new game once.

3 My top two remedies for board game burnout are going back to the familiar "classics" that everyone enjoys and taking a break from board games entirely (for a week or so).

4 Given enough time and friendly opponents, I can't think of a game that I would refuse to play. Having said that, as far as adding to my own collection is concerned, I'm trying to be as selective as possible; I never had a "must-own-them-all" stage. In fact, I think I have an insanely large collection at 134 games, including expansions. I realize that's a pitifully small number among users of this site, but I would rather have a smaller collection composed entirely of games that I love playing over and over than a bloated collection with a lot of mediocre games mixed in. Of course, I'm not entirely resistant to the lure of new games, but many of the ones I've tried or purchased recently ended up being mediocre or derivative.
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paulidale wrote:
wifwendell wrote:
After WIFCon (World in Flames Con) - seven days of solid WIF - I was definitely burnt out!


But that isn't even one single full game devil


- Pauli


Hey, we finished!
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Re: The 181st Edition of the TGIF Poll
It's been over 7 years, 3200+ plays of about 700 unique games, and I'm not burned out yet - not even slightly.

I'm thinking that this is partly due to:
- Not playing one single game enough to get tired of it. I enjoy variety and try to keep all of my games in a semi-regular rotation.
- Trying new stuff enough to see the ongoing innovation in board game design; in other words: knowing that this hobby is getting more interesting and not less.
- Staying in touch with like-minded gamers on this site and in my circle of friends who are still excited about the hobby.
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