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Sebastian Portillo
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Hi everyone,

I was following a couple of review channels like Rhado, Undead Viking and blogs like Analog Games but I was wondering if there is something particularly interesting that you rely on when you make your choices.

The reason for this is that I'm thinking of the Christmas List and the right source could come in handy laugh

Take care everybody and thanks for engaging the conversation!
- Sebastian meeple
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- Youtube of course. I like Rahdo and The Dice Tower.
- BGG's gone cardboard list for new releases.
- BGG's hotness list.
- BGG's top 86849.
- BGG in general.
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My preferred source? Waiting.

I find that the games still highly regarded 5, 10, or even 20 years after release are generally pretty good.
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BGG forums, Reddit, Game Reviewers (SU&SD and All the Games You Like Are Bad are my favourites currently).

Then the games go under a scrupulous analysis process wherein I check out review after review to ascertain an idea of how much I'll like the game. After which, they go on my Wishlist under "Thinking about it", then I wait six months and see if I still feel the same - as long as the game is still in stock (and if it isn't, no biggie, there's plenty of games for the meanwhile...).

Kickstarters go more on gut feeling, but I also plan them out months in advance. If a Kickstarter pops up out of nowhere... 90% chance I'm not going to back it. (That rare 10% chance is currently reserved for Santorini. I wasn't expecting TMNT and Giga-Robo! to hit KS when they did; but I knew they were in development.)
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For me it is youtube browsing and maybe some magazines about the gaming industry. Like PC Gamer, you know. And, of course, my firends' recommendations.
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Wait for them to come to my attention and then research them.

There's also a few companies I at least keep an eye on.

The main one I can think of is Gale Force Nine, LLC. (Which isn't something I'd ever expected to say about a company that specialises in licensed games).
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JasonJ0 wrote:
I find that the games still highly regarded 5, 10, or even 20 years after release are generally pretty good.

So for you the "hot new game" of 2015 was Settlers of Catan?

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I am a huge podcast guy. The Secret Cabal Gaming Podcast is one I LOVE. They mention multiple games they've played over the weeks between episodes, they have a featured game with rules overview and table discussion, and they do a news bit where they talk about upcoming games and kickstarter items. My want list grew 100x listening to that. I don't know if that's good or bad.
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Almost exclusively BGG and Dice Tower. I enjoy other reviewers, but the sheer number of reviews DT puts out is so massive it gives a solid glimpse of current games. BGG is the ultimate search and explore site.
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Trevor Sinnott
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Dice Tower is use almost exclusively. I have very different tastes in games than the Dice Tower guys, but the videos are great for showing how the game plays, so I can decide for myself if the game is good or not. I don't like Rahdo, as he tends to ramble on too long and I find that a bit annoying.
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First, friends and acquaintances with games. Also, check stores for games. Then google them. Then find multiple reviews.

DO NOT RELY on reviewers. They're biased. Some games will get unwarranted hype and will be GONE from the media space after sales. Some others will get ignored (while being good). You'd hate to learn which 'hand' washes 'the other hand'.
BGG is nice if you don't only dig in the top hot lists, but actually put effort in finding unknown gems. Even then, BGG has many games NOT LISTED AT ALL. Especially if you live in a wrong (non anglosphere) country with language or other barriers.
 
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I don't rely on reviewers. They are biased and all bought out by Big Cardboard and Big Plastic.

I don't rely on game ratings. They are simply herds of sheeple following the false siren call of the Cult of The New.

I don't rely on advertising or Kickstarter.
You might as well just slam that corporate siphon into your bank account and say goodbye to any college plans for the kiddies.

I don't rely on people I know.
I've told them the above three things over and over and they never seem to listen. Clearly my "friends" (and yours won't be any different) have swallowed the Big Lies. Anyway, other people don't matter, only the game matters.

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Instead, I sit alone in my room, surrounded by broken promises and empty dreams, and wait for that ideal game to seep into my awareness. Then I read the rules online, create a PnP copy for myself that I play solitaire for 6 months straight, and only then do I consider bringing the blessed angel into my sacred gaming space.
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skutsch wrote:
Instead, I sit alone in my room, surrounded by broken promises and empty dreams, and wait for that ideal game to seep into my awareness. Then I read the rules online, create a PnP copy for myself that I play solitaire for 6 months straight, and only then do I consider bringing the blessed angel into my sacred gaming space.

Huh. So that's how you ended up with Munchkin?
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skutsch wrote:
Instead, I sit alone in my room, surrounded by broken promises and empty dreams, and wait for that ideal game to seep into my awareness. Then I read the rules online, create a PnP copy for myself that I play solitaire for 6 months straight, and only then do I consider bringing the blessed angel into my sacred gaming space.

Huh. So that's how you ended up with Munchkin?

Oh the shame. Look, we got that for the kid. He still has it buried in his room somewhere so it's on my game list but with like 3 or 4 asterisks.
 
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JasonJ0 wrote:
I find that the games still highly regarded 5, 10, or even 20 years after release are generally pretty good.

So for you the "hot new game" of 2015 was Settlers of Catan?



Very nearly, yes. Damned solid game.
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conventions and game groups. And even then, I'm not actively looking for them either. When I look for games to get into and somebody happens to have a game I've never played/heard of... well, there ya go!

Years ago, I could probably could've added BGG.com as a source, but I can't play much these days, so it's a cruel feeling to discover game that you'd likely never get to play. To that end, I give a cursory glance at the BGG News, iOS Games blogs, as well as other posts here on BGG.com, but that's it. I don't hunt for new games here either.
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1) I buy the annual Winsome Games' collection.

2) I read the 18xx mailing list.

3) I keep a weather eye out for games associated with words like: dry, calculating, painful, AP prone, opaque, unrelenting, too aggressive, learning curve, mean, manipulative, incentive, abstract, obtuse, counter-intuitive, punishing, skill gap, etc.
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I listen to The Dice Tower and buy everything Tom Vassel doesn't enjoy.
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1. Playing them. Nothing quite like playing a game before deciding to buy it. As I have many other friends in the hobby I have the luxary to being exposed to a lot of board games every year and therefore have the luxuary of being able to play them before buying them if there is any doubts on my side.

2. Kickstarter. Yes, it is difficult to know the quality of a game before it is released, but the advantage is that you can more often than not resell it at a profit if the game does not end up being your cup of tea. Otherwise, many kickstarters include things like limited edition playmats and pillows and stuff (esp kickstarters for anime themed games, which is a guilty pleasure of mine). This means that the KS is never a total waste of cash.

3. Asking at the FLGS. This only works if the person working there is a honest person and you know each other well, or at least you being a regular. Sure, they are interested in selling games to you, but if you are a regular and ask for an opinion, you can be certain that they want you to be pleased so that you return. This means they do often care a bit about what you like so that they can recommend stuff to you that you are likely to like, as they want to sell you stuff.

4. The most important one: Know your preferences well. This comes with experience. But I know that I enjoy Deck Builders very much, almost no matter how bad they are. This means that I can be pretty certain that if I buy a deckbuilder I am going to enjoy it, same with anime themed games (with some exceptions *cough*Barbarossa*cough*). To keep most of your purchases inside these safety zones you can safely expand your board game collection, and if you have a circle of friends as mentioned above with different tastes who can do the same thing you've hit the jackpot as it is then possible to get games outside of your comfortable zone safely.

5. (very minor) Reviews. Not for the opinion, but to search for games when I have nothing new to get on my radar. Many board game reviews show how the game is played and if I like what I see I use the previous source to determine if it is worth to get or not.


This is how I do, and I do not recommend it for everyone, but it works for me. Everyone has different ways of finding things that they like.
 
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Unconventional but -

I have a lot of games on my Amazon wish list and Amazon likes to give me recommendations. Sometimes they are bad but a lot of times they are great. Commerce sites put a lot of $$$ into their algorithms, might as well put them to good use even if you don't buy from them.
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Podcasts. Listen to many different board game podcasts. They all have many different types of game groups, demographics, and locations which equates to many different types of games getting played. Most episodes begin with a "what have you been playing segment" and also have a news segment. If I hear something interesting then I can research it further.

My main ones I listen to are: Shut Up & Sit Down, The Secret Cabal, The Dice Tower, Ding & Dent, and The D6 Generation.
 
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e.e.goings wrote:
I listen to The Dice Tower and buy everything Tom Vassel doesn't enjoy.


I think I know where your hate comes from. shake

Keep up the good reviews TV.
 
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