"Winning isn't everything, but it still beats the alternative."
I play games for the competition and intellectual challenge, more than for the camaraderie (so, basically, I'm your typical INTJ). Most of my favorites are 2P games, or will play very well with 2P. There are exceptions (Power Grid, Brass, and Maria), but they are few and VERY far between.
Top 10 is personal top 10. Hot 10 are the top 10 games I want to play. Both only sporadically updated.
Collection rating system is quite haphazard but rating is my personal rating for how much I like it, not if it's a good game. I generally don't like deckbuilders/card games, negotiation, or most co-ops, so you'll see that reflected in my game ratings.
Also, I stole cmdroverbite's
ratings-by-player-count system, but made up my own tweaks:
- Unplayable at player count
- Playable at player count, but questionable as to why you would
- I will refuse to play with this many players in the game
- Very pleasant, not my favorite count but still enjoyable
- Sweet spot... best count for the game in my opinion
- Game was dull and I didn't enjoy it at this count or wouldn't imagine I would
Other tidbits: Drazen's Laws
Board Game >> Dice Game >> Card Game.
If a game lasts longer than, say, 10 minutes, don't be a kingmaker
. In short: if you're in last place, don't just go after the guy in first for the sake of going after him, if it doesn't have any benefit to you, and isn't going to improve your position/chances. Don't just play randomly because you're bored; other people are playing the game too, and that decrease the skill element. Play fair, play hard, and play to win, but don't play for someone else to lose, or just to see what happens. I despise playing multi-player strategy games (especially 2+ hour ones) just for them to come down to personality and/or luck. And I don't want to waste time on someone sucking the enjoyment I get out of gaming, which for me is primarily the mental challenge. Kingmakers kill this part of gaming, and I have no desire to play long games just to have them come down to an "Eff You."