Hey Check it out! I've reached parity between games owned and prviously owned...at last!!! Trimming an extensive game collection, when you love games, is hard. Not sure now how much further I want to go...maybe down to 300 games. Its seems like 300 games should be plenty, but we'll see.
I generally play face to face at two weekly game nights. One is a smaller 4 player closed game night where we focus on new and/or heavy games which fit in a 4 hour time-slot at my house. The other with a variable number of players which is open and generally has somewhere between 5 and 9 players.
Playing lots of different games is more important to me than playing to get really good at a handful. I love heavy games the most, but have fun with games of any weight, and certainly games which are 3 hours or less see more frequent play.
I love trick-taking card games, climbing card games, and partnership card games. All 'real' train games, particularly the 18xx are a true love of mine, as are all of the Winsome games. Although I tend to love the themes involved, I've discovered I'm just not a fan of cooperative boardgames.
I'm a professional visual effects artist, but while artwork in a game is nice, and I certainly enjoy it if it's good, it's no deal-breaker for me--I'd much rather play a well-designed Winsome game with zero art, than a hollow game like Pillars of the Earth with its gorgeous board.
My ratings tend toward the upper end of the scale since almost every game in my collection, I would be very happy to play at any time. Games that aren't up to snuff, get traded away and quickly forgotten.
I also play a significant number of mabiweb, spielbyweb games, as well as "live" VASSAL games. RECENTLY PLAYED