Games susceptible to diminishing returns.
Jeff Mays
United States
Cincinnati
Ohio
flag msg tools
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
Recommend
4 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
Many years ago, when I was in the Navy, I used to play a fair amount of pool with some of the guys on base. A friend of mine from boot camp named Todd Gay would sometimes join us. Todd had grown up with a pool table in his basement and was far superior to the rest of us. He was very, very good. And that was the problem. He was good to the point that making a difficult shot meant little to him and missing any shot caused him great displeasure. In fact, he never really seemed to enjoy himself while shooting pool.

With this in mind, I wanted to start a list about games that either become less fun the more you become familiar with the intricacies of the gameplay OR games that simply have become more like filling out tax forms than havens of fun and social interactions due to number of plays.

For me, two possible examples come to mind right away. Please feel free to add games that you have encountered similar problems with and/or possible suggests to help overcome or avoid these problems in the first place.
Your Tags: Add tags
Popular Tags: [View All]
  • [+] Dice rolls
1. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:421] [Average Rating:7.09 Unranked]
 
Jeff Mays
United States
Cincinnati
Ohio
flag msg tools
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
I have long thought that chess could easily become more work than play. I really enjoy an occasional game with my oldest son, but neither of us is very good at it, and I think that’s why it is still enjoyable for us.

I guess if we wanted to, we could become a better player, read books about strategies or find some videos or internet tutorials or something. I mean, I have no illusions about becoming a great chess player, but I could spend time trying to improve.

But would it be worth it? Or is laughing at the stupid mistakes I or my son make in the course of our games more rewarding at the end of the day?

IMHO, yes.
1 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
2. Board Game: Puerto Rico [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:16]
Jeff Mays
United States
Cincinnati
Ohio
flag msg tools
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
This is the game that inspired the list. I have only recently come to own a copy (my reward for 5 years of service to my present employers) and am absolutely in love with the game (Okay, it might just be infatuation, but whatever).

The thing is, I have seen a couple different strategies suggested, and suggestions that there are only a couple of different strategies, but my wife and I are really enjoying the finding out what does and doesn’t work for us when playing (We have only played the 2 player Alea rules so far).

So, I worry a little bit about the fun aspect slipping away as we get to know the game better. In fact, I have already been thinking about what to do if it does start to happen - 2 player variants or more players to change the game, but am hoping it will fall into the chess type games with my son.

Only, I already find myself spending a good deal of time thinking about different opening moves to try and how they may affect the way my wife plays, so am a little concerned that this may be the start of a slippery slope of analyzing the fun out of the game.

(Man, I hate overthinking) shake
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
3. Board Game: Kingsburg [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:267]
Mark Wilson
United States
Sioux City
Iowa
flag msg tools
Avatar
mbmbmbmbmb
The more I play it, the more boring it gets. The expansion might be the only way to spice up this game that I loved at first.
 
 Thumb up
 tip
 Hide
  • [+] Dice rolls
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
Loading... | Locked Hide Show Unlock Lock Comment     View Previous {{limitCount(numprevitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
{{error.message}}
{{comment.error.message}}
    View More Comments {{limitCount(numnextitems_calculated,commentParams.showcount)}} / {{numnextitems_calculated}} 1 « Pg. {{commentParams.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
Front Page | Welcome | Contact | Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Advertise | Support BGG | Feeds RSS
Geekdo, BoardGameGeek, the Geekdo logo, and the BoardGameGeek logo are trademarks of BoardGameGeek, LLC.