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Michael Dart
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Our most played game by far is Dominion (including its many expansions). I believe a major reason my wife and I have enjoyed it so much is because we began at a similar skill level, traded wins fairly evenly, and learned its nuances at a similar pace.

This was further helped by the short play time. If one of us figured out (or stumbled upon) a strong combo, the other person could fairly quickly pick up on why it worked. They could try it out in the next game there was an opportunity, and by and large we'd remain just as good as one another.

I've found we're more likely to get repeated plays of any board game if we're fairly evenly matched. We may still enjoy games where one of us routinely loses to the other, but it just doesn't hit the table as often.

1 Which games have you played a lot more of, because you were evenly matched with your regular gaming partners?

2 Which do you think you'd have got a lot more traction with if you were more evenly matched?
 
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mjdart wrote:


1 Which games have you played a lot more of, because you were evenly matched with your regular gaming partners?


Go was probably the most fitting this criteria. But, with the handicapping,
it didn't have to be all that close. It was nice to see my main opponent
make it to just about even with me though.

I think 18xx games also worked out well because we had a core group
of pretty decent players. Chances are if someone consistently won
(although we had a couple consistent non-winners) it would have been
less popular. Lighter games like Settlers got a good number of plays
too - but there seemed to be a plateau which was easy to reach and without
much room for improvement there.

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2 Which do you think you'd have got a lot more traction with if you were more evenly matched?


I'm not terribly interested in playing particular games often,
so it's not much of an issue. Honestly, the group I used to play with
generally was pretty balanced with most things.

Having people more comfortable with Pax Britannica for a couple
of playings would have avoided some hideous situations (like Italy getting
in on everything France or Britain grabbed early ).
Also had a buddy (the same one I played Go with) convinced the US
couldn't win The Korean War because of a mismatch. He simply
wouldn't let me play the US to show him though.
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A friend and I learned Chess in high school and progressed at the same rate over the years. If either of us had been better than the other it probably wouldn't have been something we stuck with.
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