Happiness is thinking about whether you will survive till the end of the game (The Pursuit of Happiness).
I rediscovered board games when I literally stumbled upon a copy of Catan during my shift at the workplace. From then on I started drooling over theme and chrome, going over anything Fantasy Flight was releasing. I gradually transitioned to a more calculated Euro style of games and I can safely say I now taste both ends of the spectrum equally.
From loving long wrought out games, I now appreciate compact designs and compressed time spans. Maybe it's the years, who knows...
After a fair share of phantom hobbies it appears that board gaming is special for some reason, because it is the only one that has remained constant with me throughout the years.
I lived a wonderful dream of sharing life with a gamer partner for a while. Unfortunately my marriage dissolved after two years.
Either way, here's to new beginnings!
After careful considerations, I have decided to compose my own rating scale, since I feel that the BGG suggestions are not applicable in many cases. Hence, I have decided to go with a more objective rating system.
Rating is done after at least three play sessions
and ranges from 3
for gameplay quality while 1
are reserved for exceptional achievements.
Here it goes:
Denotes a total lack of respect for the buyer:1
Awful component quality2
There are an abundance of incomprehensible or ambiguous rules.
I personally think that it should not have been released this way:3
The game has big balancing issues. It is clearly broken.4
The game is either tediously long or has highly frustrating aspects like rules or gameplay fiddliness.
It is best to try before you buy:5
A mixed bag. It could be enjoyable but there are detracting aspects.6
Good idea and decent execution but there is room for improvement (enrichment or streamlining).
A good game that is worth playing and collecting:7
A well rounded game. A good choice for a sizeable collection.8
Succeeds in being one of the best games from its category or family.9
An epitome of replay-ability. Engaging in every way. Has no real shortcomings.
Excellent production quality (components & storage)
My TOP TEN for 1/2 of 2015
The world is flat, by the way...