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Carl Frodge
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I just recently realized something about myself in regards to winning. Or, I've probably known it for a while, but just never thought about it.

I take pride in winning, but it has nothing to do with beating my opponents. Like I don't get any satisfaction out of beating them, I get satisfaction out of seeing my strategy, or lack thereof, of pay off. It's a sense of accomplishment for me.

I find this true, even if the game is competitive (I love Blood Rage and Kemet and Rum & Bones, and stuff like that).

What about you?
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James Arias
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I can agree with this. I'm even ok with losing as long as I didn't make any stupid blunders, and my loss was due to being outthought instead of outrolled (though I like rolling dice).

The unplugged face to face interaction with other gamers is more important to me.
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David B
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I like to win if it makes someone cry.
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Geoffrey Burrell
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I like to win against people who believe that I had no business winning. That's when it is the most satisfying.
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John Burt
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For me, winning is merely a nice bonus, giving some feedback that I played well. Most of my enjoyment from playing boardgames comes from the process of trying to solve the puzzle of the game.
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I like making goofy things happen in games. I'm more satisfied with a near-win accomplished through an absurd strategy than I am with a very deliberate min/max victory.
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pfctsqr wrote:
I like to win if it makes someone cry.


A guy at a con made someone rage quit in a GoT round recently, I told him he just fulfilled my dreams (apparently it was odd as it wasn't even that bad though).

I play opponents, not games. If I can 'see my strategy through', my opponents didn't really do their job. I prefer heavy tactical play, as it generally has greater levels of interaction.
 
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agentkuo wrote:
I just recently realized something about myself in regards to winning. Or, I've probably known it for a while, but just never thought about it.

I take pride in winning, but it has nothing to do with beating my opponents. Like I don't get any satisfaction out of beating them, I get satisfaction out of seeing my strategy, or lack thereof, of pay off. It's a sense of accomplishment for me.

I find this true, even if the game is competitive (I love Blood Rage and Kemet and Rum & Bones, and stuff like that).

What about you?


Pride in context.... as in, its just a win for a game.

Honestly, I don't really care anymore... sure it's nice, but it doesn't really mean much.

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During casual play (especially young family) I try not to win by too large a margin. Yeah, I like winning (who doesn't) but I'd rather just have the opportunity to play.
 
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Kumbaya.

To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentations of their women.
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pfctsqr wrote:
I like to win if it makes someone cry.

I think your avatar helps us take humour from your posts that I can only assume is intended!
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Chris Talmadge
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agentkuo wrote:
sense of accomplishment

It's already a thing!!!
 
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Austin Andersen
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It's nice, but not everything.
 
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Jay Jasper
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Winning's ok, but really figuring out the strategy of the game is what I enjoy. I play a lot of solo & cooperative games, & I've noticed as soon as I get good enough to win a fair percentage of the time, I lose interest in that game & move on.

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Carl Frodge
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Maybe I should have clarified, I don't care whether I win or lose. But when I do, I realized it's more of self satisfaction than satisfaction from beating other players.
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Alexandre P.
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agentkuo wrote:
It's a sense of accomplishment for me.


Same here.
This means that when I lose but with a small margin and/or with a better score, I also have this sense of accomplishment (for example when I scored 99 at a 3 player game of Terra Mystica while the 2nd best score was 100).
 
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I don't care about winning. I enjoy the social aspect and hanging out with friends. Most of the time when I play board games I am playing new games and learning them. It's too rare for my group to play a game multiple times for me to study it and learn strategies.

If I am getting competitive I will play either Settlers of Catan or Chess. I know these games and get to play them often. it just seems silly to me though to be competitive pushing pieces of card board around.
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I like doing well. If I did a good job, I'm generally happy. I do have some ego so winning also matters but not too much. I guess I'm happy as long as I win a reasonable amount of time. If I never won, that might make me grumpy.
 
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To me board games are social experiences first and foremost. I enjoy playing games regardless of my skill level, winning is cool, but pretty much everyone I play/have played with over the last few years have been better at most games due to them owning the game/playing it a lot more. I'm more used to co-op victories, losing outright, or being happy when an opponent I've supported via gameplay mechanics picked up the victory.

As long as I'm not losing ALL the time, and as long as alpha players don't constantly big up the skill gap against players who simply haven't played the game as much, it's all good by me.

As I am one of the people who plays board games cooperatively to avoid people feeling down due to losing consistently, and to neutralize alpha player concerns I've even dropped a lot of the non-coop games I'm good at. It really does help with making board games a lot more social.

Though I am glad to see when player's idea pay off, pride & gleeful grins are great in versus games when you see a long term plan or simple ultra-luck pay off.
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Chris Robbins
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With my older brother as my most common opponent, I sometimes feel bad about winning.

But more liquor seems to smooth everything out playing anyone and with any result.
 
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I agree with Carl - when I win (and its not that often), I'm happy that I managed the game well enough to win, rather than the fact that I beat other people. More so if I actually had a strategy during the game.
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Fried Egg wrote:
pfctsqr wrote:
I like to win if it makes someone cry.

I think your avatar helps us take humour from your posts that I can only assume is intended!


David should have said it as:
Me dig to win if hit makes someone cry.

And Steve's response should read as:
To crush ya emenies, chek dem drivun before yous, an' to hear da lamentations hof dare bitches.

(using the Ali G translator)
 
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My goal is to play the game well. If I feel I did that, I don't care that much if I won or lost.

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I love the come-from-behind, sucker-punch, get-them-after-they-gloat victory. I'm perfectly willing to lose while trying to set such a victory up.
 
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