Salt Lake City
I'm a 25-year-old guy who loves gaming with a passion. A smoldering one. I dig complex & strategically deep games, but don't have enough übergeek friends to play them with very often, so a good chunk of my favorite games right now are on the lighter side. But if a game is great, and you have fun with it, then its lightness or heaviness isn't all-important.
The most fascinating type of game to me is the 2-player, little-to-no-luck competitive game. These games are the most "pure," because they are just one mind pitted against another, with no third party to appeal to.
It shocked me when I realized that Chess has become my favorite game. A couple of years ago, that seemed impossible. But this game has unlocked the universe for me, made me a more aware and contextual person, and given me insight into the inner workings of reality itself. I know, that probably sounds completely crazy and unjustifiable. But take my word for it: the game is a madhouse of mental potential, in a way that can largely only be experienced, not articulated. It has also made me a far more formidable gamer, regardless of the game being played. Looking at almost any game, I see it through the various filters of Chess-like thought, and suddenly the game and its secret pathways are naked and obvious before me. Thinking outside the box becomes not only easier, but the norm; and that is singularly fascinating and enlightening to me. Thanks, Chess.
My Hot 10 games are the unplayed games I'd most like to try.
Note to Fellow Geeks: Abstract games are incredibly epic, deep, satisfying, intriguing, brilliant, misunderstood . . . and fun! They should be played WAY more often, by WAY more people. That's about all there is to it. So broaden your mind, call your senator, and make a plan to play an abstract game today!