Just Another Soulless Euro (JASE)
What makes a JASE? Well, theme should be repeated. Mechanics, ditto. Timing matters. Many classic Euro games would be JASE if they appeared today, but that's kind of the point. They appeared a decade ago. A JASE can be a good game or bad game (although I'll naturally think of a game I dislike as soulless, and a game I like as Soulful), but they tend towards mediocrity. No horribly unbalanced game would ever qualify as a JASE. They'd develop it to bland paste. No, the JASE is a solid performer, punching the clock and doing it's job. I imagine JASE as a civil engineer (from the old Yellow Pages Listing "Boring, see Civil Engineers.")
I've started tagging games with JustAnotherSoullessEuro. For now this is my personal take on the debate, but if everyone uses the same tag I'll revist other titles that pop up.
Based on cymric's comment below, I created a companion, trying to define soulful games.
- [+] Dice rolls