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User Profile for kataclysm
kat costa
United States
Santa Rosa
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I'm a fan of abstracts and Eurogames. I like being able to pack games into a small amount of space and time. I won't play anything that takes longer than 90 120 minutes. If I happen to have 4 hours to devote to gaming, I'd rather play half a dozen short games than one long one.

I enjoy reboxing games into those little Gamewright boxes and Altoids tins; sometimes I will buy one game over another based on its ability to be compacted into this form factor. Here's my geeklist of games that can be stored in Gamewright boxes. I'm fond of card games that play like board games, like San Juan or Witch's Brew. Bright colors and beautiful artwork enhance my enjoyment of the game, but if the gameplay itself isn't up to snuff, I'll trade it away.

Games where you can use creative thinking and implement your own ideas for how to succeed are my favorites kinds, like Stone Age or 7 Wonders. Games where there is one "right" way to play annoy me. I also dislike games that arbitrarily penalize you for your lack of something (like at the end of Agricola), but I'm okay with games whose strategies encourage variety by their nature (like Tigris & Euphrates).

If I read about a game that sounds intriguing, I'll try to make a homemade copy so that I can try it out before buying. I'll also make homemade copies of games I own to make them small enough to take camping/to restaurants/to parties.

When a game seems to need something extra, I'm not afraid to come up with house rules to liven it up, or even create a whole new theme for it, as I did with the cooperative Icehouse game 3-High — Variant: Space Theme with Chance Encounters and Simultaneous Action Selection. Recently, I found out that you can play Jaipur with three players.

People who come up with good co-op variants or 2-player variants of games that wouldn't otherwise support these configurations have my everlasting respect.

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User Details for kataclysm
Registration Date: 2008-06-28
Last Profile Update: 2015-01-21
Last Login: 2015-07-06
Country: flag United States
State: California
Town/City: Santa Rosa
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Collection Summary for kataclysm
Board Game
Owned   191
Previously Owned   61
For Trade   0
Want In Trade   54
Want To Buy   1
Want To Play   126
Preordered   24
Wishlist   66
Commented   195
Has Parts   1
Want Parts   2
All   521
Board Game Expansion
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Want To Buy   0
Want To Play   1
Preordered   0
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All   19
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Fandom
Board Game 5
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Average Rating 5.51
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Top 10
#1: Trajan
#2: Stone Age
#3: San Juan
#4: Carolus Magnus
#5: Targi
#6: Jaipur
#7: Santiago de Cuba
#8: ZÈRTZ
#9: Tobago
#10: Witch's Brew
Hot 10
#1: Tichu
#2: Kamisado
#3: Trajan
#4: Morels
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