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DJ Wilde
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Have you ever considered making the very act of choosing a game; a game in itself?

This would be huge for a lot of you, but imagine doing a dice roll chart to pick what game you're playing for the evening (or just the first one of a marathon).

Would you go for broke and do a multi level chart for everything you've got, or limit it to your top 20 faves?
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I often choose what game we will play in our weekly gameday at random.

Pete (does that more than half the time)
 
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At least one gathering a year we do totally random choices.
 
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my main group of friends we usually pick a category and roll from there.
 
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The BGG app has an option to select the number of players, the length of time, and depth of game and then randomly select a game from your collection that meets those criteria, so no chart making necessary. I haven't used it to actually decide what to play, because there is usually a game or a small set of them that I'd like to try at any given session.

As for making a game of choosing the game, I have made an attempt or two at making a game based off of the Apprentice Adept series by Piers Anthony where the inhabitants of the plant play "The Game" where the two players make selections in a grid to narrow down to a specific contest they will do between the two of them, which could be physical, mental, artistic, or a game of chance.
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GalaxyZento wrote:
Have you ever considered making the very act of choosing a game; a game in itself?

This would be huge for a lot of you, but imagine doing a dice roll chart to pick what game you're playing for the evening (or just the first one of a marathon).

Would you go for broke and do a multi level chart for everything you've got, or limit it to your top 20 faves?
whenever we decide on which game to play (tile) and which table to play it on (lot), I joke we're already playing Chinatown and don't need to bother with that
 
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We have done this in my game group. Roll a die for the shelf, roll a die for the shelf level and then roll a die for the game (or select from that shelf).
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I have all of my small games in a card catalog. From time to time, I'll ask someone to pick a letter and then someone else to pock a number and we'll see what we play.

Also there is I Don't Know, What Do You Want To Play? I printed up and used a couple times, but was way to hard to keep the deck up to date.
 
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GalaxyZento wrote:
Have you ever considered making the very act of choosing a game; a game in itself?
Tom Vasel did a short review of such a game a short while back, it seems to have been a bit so-so though.
 
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Yep. I use the BGG widget in my profile which shows three random games in my collection and I pick from one of those.
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Scottgun wrote:
Yep. I use the BGG widget in my profile which shows three random games in my collection and I pick from one of those.

I have heard talk of this. Will have to check it out.

I like the whole dice/shelf idea too.
 
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Scottgun wrote:
Yep. I use the BGG widget in my profile which shows three random games in my collection and I pick from one of those.

Hmm, How can I acquire this?

RoaringPossum wrote:
The BGG app has an option to select the number of players, the length of time, and depth of game and then randomly select a game from your collection that meets those criteria, so no chart making necessary. I haven't used it to actually decide what to play, because there is usually a game or a small set of them that I'd like to try at any given session.

Really? I didn't even know that existed! I'll have to look into it!!! Does it have an option to look through a different user's collection? I'd like my gaming group to be able to tell me what to bring.
 
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kgk4569 wrote:
Scottgun wrote:
Yep. I use the BGG widget in my profile which shows three random games in my collection and I pick from one of those.

Hmm, How can I acquire this?


https://www.boardgamegeek.com/geekwidget.php


Put it in your profile, then visit your profile when you want. It changes each time you visit.
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Since reducing my collection down from 350+ to only 80-something, I could randomly pick any game now off my shelves and love playing it. So yes, I could play a game in my collection at random ... I should try that next game.
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The Sheldon post up there is a classic.
 
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