What's Your Gaming Fetish?
Drew Chappell
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You know how it goes. You look at the pictures of a game on its BGG page and you see that one thing- a component, a character, an image- that rings your internal chimes. Maybe you hadn't planned on buying the game, but now you must!

Wiktionary's first and second definitions of "fetish" have to do with either an object with magical properties or something that arouses desire. For the purposes of this list, I'd like to go with their third definition: "An irrational, or abnormal fixation or preoccupation."

Whether actually "irrational" or "abnormal," what activates your gaming pleasure center, and why? Do your friends and family share your fetish? Do they understand it?

I'll start, and I'm hoping that this list will generate some interesting discussion!
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1. Board Game: Star Trek: Fleet Captains [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:401]
Drew Chappell
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PLASTIC SPACESHIPS.

Like the ones in Fleet Captains. They're visually interesting, they're tactile, and most importantly, they allow me to imagine that I'm flying through space, exploring new planets, phenomena, etc.

I think there's something about bringing an object as (theoretically) large as a spaceship down to a size we can pick up, turn over, fly around, etc. Playing with scale is very satisfying.

Also, my 8 year old daughter just this week asked me to explain what all the FC ships were (I have the Romulan and the Dominion ships as well) and picked out her favorites, which she proudly displayed. Parenting win!

So, games with plastic spaceships, you had me at hello.
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2. Board Game: RoboRally [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:338]
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For me it's robots, I just can't pass them up. Not just games either, I make robot jewelry, sculptures, & drawings. I bought a couple of robot Christmas ornaments a few years back. Even some of the music I like is robotical. robot
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3. Board Game: Spaceship [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Very similar to Drew, I think mine would be games with spaceships. This is a little funny for me as I usually like fantasy themed stuff over science fiction (although really I do like both quite a lot).

As a kid I loved Talisman and HeroQuest and the Lone Wolf gamebooks. Swords and Sorcery stuff ensnared my heart.

However as an adult who is now into boardgames I find myself drawn to every game that lets me control a ship. I've combed maybe a geeklist on the subject looking for my "perfect" spaceship game, which is made all the more difficult as I'm not entirely sure what that would be.

What's that, you have a new game where I can control a ship? And I can upgrade it? Tweak it? Go exploring? You had me at "pew pew"
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4. Board Game: Travel Time [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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"FORGOTTEN" GAMES
I love to dive into the past. To watch out for a copy of a long (almost) forgotten game I cae across on some mysterious way.
Colorito from 1892 was part of a "detective" geeklist. I tracked down the original rules in a folio in the British Library in London - and eventually a new edition of this game was published by nestorgames.
But I had not enough and found a 1930's copy. My "fetish" dream: A copy from 1892!


My several copies of Salta also belong in this part of my passion. I love to delve into playing with sticks and imagine to sit in a café in 1905. Playing games can be like travelling in time!


Or the research for the designer of Dinosaur Chess from 1993, who was not assigned to the game in the database. I was curious about this hex-dice-moving continents-game and eventually designer Richard Oldham was found, joined BGG and said, he has another 200 copies in his garage for sale!


These things make me more happy than any "hype of the new" game showing up at Essen - one from 800. Games like the above (especially when they are fun to play and not only "artifacts" to look at) give me the feeling of being part of a culture.

"Fetish" not yet solved:
The designer of Der Räuber Hotzenplotz - a kid's game from 1968 I played a lot. It has no dice, a turntable opening traps the pawns fall into and changing the number of spaces each player has to move at the same time and Victory point tokens instead of "being first". And it is a fantastic introduction for kids from 5 years up into tactical considerations!

Who came up with those ideas in 1968?

Any other "unsolved cases" or obscure games from the past - let me know!
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5. Board Game: Rise of Empires [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:876]
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Maps. I love games that involve pushing cubes or minis around on maps. Taking control of countries. Oh, yes . . . ooooh, yes . . .








EDIT: And in space, too . . .





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6. Board Game: Trax [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:3169]
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Clacky bakelite tiles = tactile pleasure.

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7. Board Game: Dice Games [Average Rating:5.55 Unranked]
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I like my dice.

I take the clunky big dice that come with a lot of games, thrift them away, and replace them with sleek little dice, the sort that Chessex makes. They take up less room, they roll quieter, they're nicely balanced, and I can get them in appropriate to game colours. Black or glitter dice for sci fi, blue for naval games, red vs. blue for Britain vs. US/France, grey for Germany, etc.

Game manufacturers! No clunky dollar store dice! This ain't the 1960s anymore!
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8. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:139] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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I'd have to say it's anything that is a "tile-laying" mechanic which may go back to days of domino playing. But if a game has tiles to lay and the board "evolves" in some way, I'm probably going to be considering it. Carc is just one obsession of sorts. Alhambra opened the door further for us which also meant even something like The Castles of Burgundy had a similar possible look/feel--that led to a different obsession (Feld games!). But it also makes even smaller things like Equinox interesting to me and probably why I'd endure the card-based Waterworks.

Maybe it's the aspect of "creating"/"growing" the game board itself?
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9. Board Game: Madame Ching [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:2156]
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I'll admit it: I bought this game almost solely because of the artwork. Though there were other reasons too, the art appealed to me in some other games:


Luna . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Familienbande

And it was the explosion of violent colors and shapes that kept me from buying Metropolys

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10. Board Game: Map Mania [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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If you look across my collection, you'll see it is utterly dominated by games with a significant "spatial reasoning" component where you "do stuff on a map."

I like a game even more when the map/result is heavily variable from game to game.

Here's just a partial list of games I enjoy where this happens:


Power Grid
Carcassonne
Twilight Struggle
Terra Mystica
Blokus
Maria
Chess
Chicago Express
Scrabble
Quoridor
1775: Rebellion
1812: The Invasion of Canada
Railways of The World



Throw in CDG mechanics and a very low luck component, and I'm usually hooked (although there have been a handful of duds).


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11. Board Game: Trains [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:370] [Average Rating:7.22 Unranked]
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I actually have two gaming fetishes. Spatial reasoning is my "mechanics" fetish. But my "stuff" fetish?

Trains.

I swear I think I'll play just about any game involving trains in some way, no matter how obtuse:

Brass (has a "rail era")
Chicago Express
Railways of the World
Ticket to Ride

I just picked up Rails of New England, having never played it and only seen it laid out once, only because it looked cool.

When I saw "Rail Trails of New England" listed on Amazon, I was disappointed it was a book of maps, not a game involving rail trails, even though I have no logical idea how or why that theme could even be made into a game.

Oddly, I've never played Trains, because I'm not into deck-builders and that's how it was described to me.

My grandpa loved his model trains. I think I would have, too, if he would have ever let ME play with them when I was little! lol.

But I think I got the "train genome," if there is such a thing.
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12. Board Game: duck! duck! Go! [Average Rating:6.02 Overall Rank:3940]
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I have a duck collection. So much so my son's first word was'duck'
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13. Board Game: Day of the Dead [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:10383]
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Minimalist design. An aesthetic that isn't afraid of simple iconic art. Liberal use of white space. Clean (uncluttered) graphic design.

Other games that gave me this feeling:

Zombies at your Heels
CO₂
Antiquity
Glory to Rome (black box edition)
Dominant Species (first or second editions, not the third edition)
Coup (original edition, not IC&G)
Hanabi & Ikebana (or the deluxe version of Hanabi)
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14. Board Game: Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords – Base Set [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:286]
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For me it is character growth. Maybe I am an RPGer in denial but I loved the fact that the more I played Pathfinder ACG the more powerful my character got and the cooler abilities I can get. I am all over the new set for Pathfinder and I am restraining myself from diving into Shadowrun Crossfire as well.

My secondary one is tile laying, games like Suburbia, Tsuro, Carcassonne: South Seas, and on and on.
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15. Board Game: Go [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:123]
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Spartan, yet beautiful aesthetics. Mostly, but not exclusively a characteristic of abstract strategy games.









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16. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:78]
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A couple things in this game really get me, but the main one is how easy it is to customize your character almost like a full RPG but it is soooo streamlined.
Also different dice to roll for different abilities and sweet miniatures to paint.
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17. Board Game: Lock 'n Load: Forgotten Heroes – Vietnam [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:2387] [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
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I am almost completely unable to pass up any game set in the Vietnam War. If there's jets and choppers, that's a bonus.
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18. Board Game: Wasabi! [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1199]
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I have a very small collection of sushi themed board games. In addition to Wasabi, I also have Sushi Go! and Sushi Roll!. As far as fetishes go, this is probably minor, but I am far more likley to buy a game if it has a sushi theme.

I'm always at a lookout for more.
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19. Board Game: The Great Persuader [Average Rating:5.82 Overall Rank:11460]
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I love games where you have to interact with other players and sway them to your reasoning. Less like diplomacy but rather like snake oil, who stole ed's pants, once upon a time, and more.

I just stumbled across a kickstarter I almost bought on site: the bucket of doom. It has 5 days left so I am going to wait a day or two to mull it over, but also hits that right note of gaming and player interaction. Was interested in reunion on kickstarter, but the price point and wait time at the time were enough to get me to not but it. Still would like to have it regardless.

Edit: ironically, the game I chose based on the word persuade to create this entry is very similar to the mechanics I talk about here. Bidding mechanic is interesting.
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20. Board Game: Hammer of the Scots [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:301]
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These wood Block games. Something about moving the little blocks around makes it almost some sort of 'primitive enlightenment'. Love it!

Also the fog of war of not knowing who is on the otherside of the blocks. There is this intensity like no other games I know of.
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