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Mark Lindberg
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I realize this has probably been discussed on previous threads, but couldn't find it, so I'm asking for links to those threads. Here's my question:

It seems like the current BGG recommendations on rating games is primarily based on how much you want to play the game. That certainly makes sense, but for a number of games that causes a dilemma for me.

My current life situation is such that I pretty much play only relatively simple and quick games (especially compared to wargames, which is how I got my start in gaming many years ago). So games like Dominion, 7 Wonders, MtG, Codex, Terra Mystica, and Agricola are typical. Even though I have games like Advanced Squad Leader, World in Flames, Advanced Third Reich, i.e. really heavy wargames.

So right now I wouldn't want to play those heavy games, for a variety of reasons: they take too long, too complex, no room to leave them set up for days on end, can't find other players, etc. But if I had different life circumstances such that none of the obstacles existed, then I would want to play them and would enjoy them.

So how should I rate such a game? To give an example, if someone invited me to play World in Flames, I would decline right now. By the standard rating system I should rate it a 3 or lower. But if I could play it I would, and would most likely rate it at least a 7 or higher. Basically, it seems unfair to rate a game low just because I currently don't want to play it, even though I think it's a pretty good game if the obstacles to playing it (primarily complexity and length) are of no concern.

Thanks in advance for any advice.
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Andrew J.
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I would rate games on your willingness to play them in general. All things being equal (time, money, etc) and you had the ability to play the game, would you want to? By that measure, your heavier games would definitely be 7s and 8s.
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Do whatever you want to do. Your rating is your rating.
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mclrecon wrote:
But if I could play it I would, and would most likely rate it at least a 7 or higher. Basically, it seems unfair to rate a game low just because I currently don't want to play it, even though I think it's a pretty good game if the obstacles to playing it (primarily complexity and length) are of no concern.

Worry less about a literal "willingness to play (based on the situation at the moment)". Think of the system as a pleasure meter. How much does the game give you pleasure when you play/think about playing.

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Liam (Away/AFK)
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Tall_Walt wrote:
Do whatever you want to do. Your rating is your rating.


This

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Maarten D. de Jong
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Tall_Walt wrote:
Do whatever you want to do. Your rating is your rating.

This. In addition, don't get hung up on the system interpretation of various values. Those are suggestions, nothing more.
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