User Profile for BrenoK
Breno K.
Distrito Federal
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What I love most is the competition, the conflict, the dispute, and not the victory itself. I have often found some of my victories boring and some of my defeats fascinating (though I must admit that the worst combination is a boring defeat). Of course victory is the objective, but it's the "getting there" that is important, not the actual arrival.

I dislike it when I play with players that willingly won't compete (who create a private objective, such as ingame revenge, letting your girlfriend win, wants to be the player with the most houses when that does not award points or is clearly not a good path for victory, etc). I would not want watch an interesting movie with someoene who wants to chat all the way through, why am I arrogant if I don't want to play with someone who is doing something entirely different from what should be done? Would you share a 2-seat kayak with somebody who doesn't want to go to where you're going?

Games to me are logic systems for competition. A game's worth to me is how intricate and interesting the system is, how everything is tied together. I prefer heavy games, economic games, games with direct conflict. Lack of interaction or weak interaction go straight to the "won't even give it a first play" category.

Theme and good-looking art is unimportant: nice to have, but hardly necessary. The most apt comparison is with food: theme is to a game like appearance is to a plate (as in, it's not really what it is about).

Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against people that have different objectives in this hobby (unlike they seem to have with me, always complaining I should be less competitive and more casual). I don't think "I have it right and they have it wrong". And I'm not against lightheartedness in general (I'm even willing to play a party game now and then: I love Dixit). I just find that "lightheartedness" and gaming to be separate things for me. I like my strategy unmessed by other things, and like my other things (sorry, couldn't think of a better word) unmessed by my strategy.

And since gaming is by necessity a social hobby, these different objectives (wrt gaming) tend to sometimes clash when they are put together.

Regarding having a "I like a small collection" microbadge while owning 80+ games, it's just to reflect that my collection is fine-tuned to my taste in games. I will likely not keep a game that's "okay" or merely "good". For me to keep a game that's just good, it has to be pretty unique. It's not just a financial matter (getting some money back when I sell it), I actually like looking at my gaming shelf and see that I would play any of my games pretty much anytime. Example: I like agricola, I'm happy to play it now and then, if someone were to give me a copy, I would gladly sell it. If someone gave me a copy and forbid me to sell it, I would give it to a friend. If I were prohibited to sell it and give it away, I would think about refusing it. I take enjoyment out of having a fine-tuned collection.

Top 10: The 10 best games I've played.
Hot 10: Used to be the games that I would like the most to try out, but now it's just a top 10 of my favorite 18xx games.

Preordered: Use it for games that haven't arrived yet and AoS expansions, since it annoys me that BGG's system adds expansions in the "number of games owned" list.

My avatar is a cut version (oh, what heresy) of a Magritte painting called "Le Seducteur". It's a very literal sea-ship, and I really like it
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User Details for BrenoK
Registration Date: 2007-04-16
Last Profile Update: 2013-03-24
Last Login: 2016-05-01
Country: flag Brazil
State: Distrito Federal
Town/City: Brasília
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Collection Summary for BrenoK
Board Game
Owned   84
Previously Owned   115
For Trade   9
Want In Trade   0
Want To Buy   6
Want To Play   29
Preordered   6
Wishlist   3
Commented   482
Has Parts   0
Want Parts   0
All   695
Board Game Expansion
Owned   6
Previously Owned   3
For Trade   6
Want In Trade   0
Want To Buy   0
Want To Play   0
Preordered   6
Wishlist   0
Commented   50
Has Parts   0
Want Parts   0
All   70
Board Game 7
Board Game Designer 1
Board Game Artist 1
Board Game Publisher 1
Board Game Family 1
For Sale 0
Sold 2
Rating 7
Board Game Plays 1844 Total | By Month | Last 30 Days | Chronological
Board Game Expansion Plays 74 Total | By Month | Last 30 Days | Chronological
Trade Rating (14) Propose A Trade With This User
Board Game Ratings 547
Average Rating 5.84
10 21   (3.8%)
9 42   (7.7%)
8 47   (8.6%)
7 98   (17.9%)
6 124   (22.7%)
5 78   (14.3%)
4 63   (11.5%)
3 54   (9.9%)
2 18   (3.3%)
1 2   (0.4%)
Board Game Expansion Ratings 61
Average Rating 6.98
10 6   (9.8%)
9 14   (23.0%)
8 8   (13.1%)
7 14   (23.0%)
6 5   (8.2%)
5 3   (4.9%)
4 4   (6.6%)
3 6   (9.8%)
2 1   (1.6%)
1 0   (0.0%)
Top 10
#1: 18xx
#2: Age of Steam
#3: Twilight Struggle
#4: Imperial
#5: Kaivai
#6: Struggle of Empires
#8: Die Macher
#9: Stephensons Rocket
#10: Tichu
Hot 10
#1: 1844: Switzerland
#2: 1817
#3: 1860: Railways on the Isle of Wight
#4: 1849
#5: 1880: China
#6: 1830: Railways & Robber Barons
#7: 1846
#8: 1848: Australia
#9: 1889
#10: 1856
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