How can I possibly respect you in the morning?
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Perhaps it's just me, but I'm noticing a peculiar phenomenon. It's happened to me in two games, and it goes like yay...

1) Gil gets taught strategy game.
2) By some freak occurence, Gil wins said strategy game against much more experienced opponents.
3) Gil refuses to ever play said strategy game again.

Why is this? Other than the fact that I'm an all-around mushbrain, of course...

Firstly, there's the karmic angle. The forces that aligned in such a way that allowed my miraculous victory will absolutely never make the same mistake. So why tempt the fates? I will probably never win these games again. Heck, I don't think I'd even sniff first place. I blame the cosmic balance of the universe.

Secondly, if I did well enough to win when I could barely grasp the game's strategies the first time around, I'd probably stink up the joint if I actually TRIED. So why bother?

Okay, the logical value of these arguments is equal to a steaming pile of poo. Obviously, I'd love to give these games another crack... but I know that I'd never approach my debut performances.

Considering that these are "strategy games," are they deserving of any less respect just because a not-frequently-swift newbie happened to win his first game?

The quick, obvious, and probably correct answer is a resounding NO. But why does a small part of me think otherwise?

Post other games that you've won on your first try, against much more experienced players, and tell us why they are or aren't worthy of your respect (the games, not the players... that's another, and probably longer, Geeklist...).
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1. Board Game: Taj Mahal [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:306]
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The first time I noticed this phenomenon was after playing Taj Majal. I liked it, but there was something strange about my victory. The fact is, I spent the last 40 minutes of the game paying more attention to a conversation I was having with a fellow gamer about my day job than the game. Halfway through the conversation, I noticed the other players shaking their heads, trying to figure out how to beat me. I effectively won this game with half a brain.

Is it because the game isn't very well-made? I've only played it once, but I just can't believe that. Is it because my opponents were lousy? No, not considering the trouncings they've bestowed upon me.

And yet, I know that the next time I play this game, I will actually have my head fully in the game, and it will be sliced off and served to me on a platter.
 
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2. Board Game: Mexica [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:513]
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Well, at least I was paying all my attention to the game this time. No, I won this game despite my constant whinging and whining about what a terrible job I was doing, and how I was just handing points to other players, blah blah blah.

Seriously, I was making tactical errors right and left. Somehow, I still won. Granted, there was one other newbie in the game, but he was to my left, in a great position to capitalize from my errors. The other two were experienced. One repeatedly benefited from my mess-ups. I still won by five points.

I'd expect that in my next game of Mexica, I'd understand scoring strategies just a little better.

Which means that in my next game, I will be able to understand exactly how my opponents are tearing out my heart and showing it to me, still beating.
 
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3. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:15]
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Happens to me fairly often, but this was the one I remember most. First game was a 5-player game, and I had no clue. I never seemed to have any money, and passed on building all the time.

But somehow I wound up with a bunch of corn, and won it on shipping. I was surprised, but the PR experts were astonished. It wasn't until I played a few games and TRIED to win that I understood why.
 
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