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Tony Go
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I was going through my collection during my occasional purges when I came across Leaving Earth. What a game. First of all, it took forever to find the right group to play with. Then when we finally played it 1 of the 3 of us got burned out. Meanwhile myself and the other were totally absorbed and focused on doing our best.

When ended with an average score and spent the next hour just talking about the game's mechanics and our choices. All things evident of an excellent game.

But that was many months ago and none of us have ever been compelled to play again. We talk about it fondly but perhaps the brain burning elements aren't suiting our current desires. I love the game conceptually, in practice, and mostly visually- I just don't think I'll ever play it again; and not for lack of time, as we've played many more absorbing games since.

I think it was just a fantastic experience that is better remembered as a one-time thing. To play again would just not have the same effect.

Is this the guiding premise behind legacy games and stuff like TIME stories?

What games do you love but just won't play?
 
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I can certainly understand that. I don't think I've quite played a game like that, but there are games in my collection that don't get played often simply because of play time or game weight or brain burning in general.
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This has happened to me from tastes changing.

In high school I loved Conquest of the Empire and have good memories, but no interest in picking it up or replaying.
 
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Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 certainly falls into this category, but that is pretty much by design, so it does not really count.

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This is how I am with Arkham HorrorI played it constantly when I first got into the hobby.

But now a days I just never want to play it again. Probably got burned out on it.
 
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I've certainly played games that I love because they have lots of really interesting mechanics that I never want to play again because they have too many unrelated mechanics that don't fit together and become tedious, so I'd say yes, a game like that can exist.
 
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This is exactly how I feel about Forbidden Stars

Such a fun game but I won't ever play it again...
 
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slylysylar wrote:
This is exactly how I feel about Forbidden Stars

Such a fun game but I won't ever play it again...


Could it be argued that the fact you don't want to play it again implies that you don't love it any more?
 
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A few epic wargames I really enjoyed, but the amount of effort required to set-up and play them means I doubt I will ever again (any time soon at least).
 
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Video games? Yes. There are several narrative driven games which I've played once or twice that I have no desire to play again but love anyways.


Board games? Probably not. I used to rate The Resistance a 10 and would have said I loved it at the time. Nowadays, while I still appreciate the game's design as much as I used to and still think it's a fantastic game, since I no longer desire to play it I would not say that I love it.

Edit: I guess this really comes down to the style of game and what I look for in board vs video games. I'm sure it's possible that a board game offers a similar experience to one of those narrative video games (ie Pandemic Legacy), however I have not personally played one.
 
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TIME Stories and Leaving Earth are both in my collection. It's not that I won't play them again, just super challenging to assemble the right group of players, so these are RARELY played but still loved.
 
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Kuolema wrote:
VI used to rate The Resistance a 10 and would have said I loved it at the time. Nowadays, while I still appreciate the game's design as much as I used to and still think it's a fantastic game, since I no longer desire to play it I would not say that I love it.


I'm with you on that one. Resistance was such a revelation to me in terms of the experience a social board games could create. I've had a lot of fun with it but I'm beyond burned out of it. I don't ever want to play again. It simply ran it's course for me. Great game.
 
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