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r0t1 prata
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After looking at my list of owned games, I still think I am more interested in light games and shun from medium to heavy games. So can anyone tell me, do I own any game which is considered at least medium?

I can only think of Space Alert and Ghost Stories. And I have not even take the wrap out of Space Alert yet due to the fear of attempting to play it. However I will be trying it on this coming Saturday with some boardgaming friends.

I love Ghost Stories and have played it more than 10 times, however only until last week did I know I got a part of the setup wrong.

Should I start buying a medium or heavy game to try or should I stick to light games?

I dont own Agricola, Robinsin Crusoe and Seasons but have played and enjoyed them.
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r0t1prata wrote:
Should I start buying a medium or heavy game to try or should I stick to light games?


What do you want to play?
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r0t1prata wrote:
I dont own Agricola, Robinsin Crusoe and Seasons but have played and enjoyed them.


If you didn't find these games too complex, I see no reason why you couldn't buy heavier games. Still, if light games are what you prefer there is no "gamer cred" in buying more complex games just for complexity's sake.
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You can find the 'weight' of a game (as voted by BGG folk) by scrolling down to the statistics section of a games page on BGG (it's towards the bottom below the forum stuff).

Ghost Stories' most common rating is a Medium - so yes you do own a medium rated game.

As to whether you should start buying heavier games, there's no intrinsic benefit to playing heavier games. If you don't get the urge for something meatier then why bother? Playing games is surely only about enjoyment, and while some people only really enjoy the mental challenge of a heavy game other people only enjoy fun lighter games.

Personally my tastes continue to change. I started light, got really excited about heavier games for a while, and now have come back to favouring those on the lighter side. I'm glad to have a range of game weights in my collection so I can go wherever my mood takes me.
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What do i want to play? I am interested in trying out Twilight Imperium 3 but when I searched for Tom Vasel's review on it I was having doubts immediately because the video was so lengthy it got split into three parts.

I want to buy Robinson Crusoe once it is available though. I think I would enjoy playing meatier games.
 
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I wouldn't say TI:3 is heavy perse. Mechanistically, it's actually pretty simple. It's just epic in scope, so it takes a long time to finish.

I don't see what's wrong with liking any kind of game, be it light, medium or heavy. I for one, don't like (most) euro-games except very light ones. I do not see that as a problem. I tried Le Havre and just felt bored by it. Games like Tzolkin or Terra Mystica look so unattractive that I never want to play those!
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I think posting on BGG disqualifies you as a "casual gamer." Or at least it's a good sign that you're won't be for long.
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And I think the fact that you own 23 games qualifies you to drop "casual" from your self-description. You are a gamer.
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Play what you like, like what you play. Don't sweat the labels.
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Play what you want, not what you think you should.

The sole obligation of gamers is doing what you enjoy with games.
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Why label yourself based on what you buy or a fixed point in time. Tomorrow you could decide never to play a game again. Just go with the path that makes the most sense and is enjoyable. If that means in two months you own roads and boats, co2, or thunder alley and Robinson Crusoe so be it. Just have fun.
 
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What Paul said right above me. Labels are just labels, and I think they are just there to help guide people. There's no "required" progression, like having to go from gateway -> light -> medium -> heavy. The purpose of gaming is to enjoy time. For instance, I prefer heavier games (not super heavy), and would love to play games like Dominent Species, Robinson Crusoe, etc, but also enjoy gateway games and light games. The people I have available to play games with specifically light light games, so that's all I play.

Does that make me casual or light even though I prefer heavier games? Sure, but gaming is a hobby, and about enjoyment, so as long as we are enjoying it, that's what matters and you won't enjoy a heavy game if you never play it because you lack the group or it's too long or too intimidating to open.
 
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Geosphere wrote:
Play what you want, not what you think you should.

I'll phrase it another way:

Do you want to play what you like ? Or do you want to play what others say they like.


Hint: I purposely phrased that in a way that allows for a pretty obvious answer.

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I was a Monopoly/Risk player until a friend of mine invited me to his board game club about a year ago. My induction into heavier games was immediate with Alien Frontiers, Terra Mystica(German version), and Power Grid on my first day. I never knew these games were out there until I visited this club, now I can't get enough of them. Now, I'm finding out that some of my other friends are closet gamers, and I've enjoyed a wide range of games with those friends too. If you are a gamer, light, medium, or heavy, let people know.... you just may gain more players in your next game night.
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I think if you're posting on BGG you're beyond casual.

You might prefer light games but that doesn't make you a casual gamer. meeple
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Thanks for all the advice, I think that I may have misled some of you with the thread topic. It should be something along the lines of "Should I own heavier games with the fear that I may not take it out so often?" instead.

I was concerned because of Space Alert. I bought Space Alert thinking it would be fun to play after watching some videos, but when I started reading more reviews and more of them said it was stressful like work, I didn't dare to try it.

Then I thought I may eventually want to sell it so I let it stay in shrink instead.

But now I have a meetup group which I attend almost every weekend and I have made some friends in this group who are willing to go through Space Alert with me.

I think I will stick to owning light-medium games and play medium-heavy games if people in the meetup group take them out for play.

Thanks BGG!

 
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Space Alert requires a dedicated group to slog through the missions and ask for more. It is not a great "let's pull that off the shelf today" game. And all it takes is one player stressed out by the timed action programming to veto the game forever more (happened in my group-- sadly leading to me selling the game).

If you have a casual "pick up and play" group then you might want avoid games with high time/money/replay investment requirements to fully enjoy them. Off hand they include:

Space Alert
Twilight Imperium
Android Netrunner (or any LCG)
Twilight Struggle
Any Feld game

Of maybe not-- it might be fun to experiment!
 
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So I have finally tried Space Alert with my boardgaming friends and I can say it has become one of my top 3 favourite games thanks to them!!

(Even though I was shooting blanks for the whole time during one basic simulator round)
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LOL we were all shooting blanks at some stage or other!

But yeah, what an awesome game! Thanks to r0t1prata for introducing it to the group. Our 16-hour marathon overnight session* turned out to be awesome.



* For those curious, we played a lot of different games, not just Space Alert.
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