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Boardgaming Thought for Friday - Episode 8: Thin Line Between Love & Hate

Stuart Burnham
United Kingdom
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It's back! Having let this one slide for a bit (since May actually) I had something of a semi-original thought that perhaps warrants being dropped into the blog under this banner.

I don't know about you but I've found in my time in this hobby that my mood has risen and fallen around gaming. I'm not talking about low mood / the blues / depression in general, I mean specifically my attitude towards games and gaming. I also don't mean anything about how having had a rough time at work / home etc has influenced my mood toward gaming (although I imagine that undoubtedly how I'm feeling about life influences how I feel about gaming and indeed anything else). I just mean that my tolerance for games, especially "new" games has waxed and waned over the last few years.

There have been times when I've felt pretty pissed off about playing games. Sometimes it's been the lack of opportunity, sometimes it's been the stress brought on by having purchased so many games in a short time that they're not getting played, sometimes it's been because the people I've been playing with haven't wanted to play what I have wanted, and sometimes it's been because I've felt a little burnt out or over indulged on games.
I've been playing games for long enough to have recognised this in other people too.

On the flip side there have been many, many times when I've felt excited to play new things, ecstatic because I've been gaming 3 or 4 nights in a week, thrilled to be playing at home with all the family, glad to be able to teach games to newcomers and happy to be taught a game by someone who loves it and knows it inside out. And I've seen all this in other people too.



Like many hobbies or interests your level of enthusiasm will have peaks and troughs. What I've recognised is that I need to adapt what I play and where I play to compliment my gaming state of mind or mood.
At the moment I'm feeling very happy with games and gaming in general and so it's perhaps it's no surprise that I've recently enjoyed games that I would've never considered playing previously. I'm more open minded and more receptive to new and different experiences at the moment. And when my gaming mood inevitably dips again in the future it might be a good idea to go back to playing those old favourites, and games that are more dependable and consistent in the level of experience that they produce.

Right now has proven to be a good time to try out Exit and Kemet and Robinson Crusoe and perhaps Time Stories should hit the table soon, it's also a good time for me to teach and to be taught; when I'm more of a grumpy gamer again I will probably feel better playing games I know well like Saint Petersburg and Agricola (tbh anytime is a good time to play 'Gric) and Ticket to Ride and for me to play them with others who also know them well.
Playing games at the "wrong" time can cloud your judgement as well as the at table experience and something that you might've loved could easily be something detested if you weren't in an open frame of mind.


Not sure if this is a one off return for Thought for Friday or the start of a new stream of them. We shall see. Hope it gives you some food for thought, let me know what you think in the comments.

Have a great Friday.
(And as someone who is on the cusp of 2 weeks holiday I have quite the Friday feeling myself I can tell you!)

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