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I introduced Colt Express to 2 new players on Monday and despite not winning, I thoroughly enjoyed the game.

Even during, I didn't care that I was doing poorly at times and never had a real chance of first place. And thinking back, every play of this game has been the same for me.

Now I enjoy playing good games and still enjoy them even if I don't win, but for most games I'm actively trying for first place and even if that's not an option, I try do the best I can. If I'm not doing well, I get annoyed, but that doesn't stop me enjoying the overall experience of the game play.

But for Colt Express, I've found it to be an enjoyable enough game that I don't mind doing badly. Do you guys have any games you enjoy so much you don't care if you win or lose, or even do well?
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All of them.
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that was a deathstroke for this conversation

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but I agree. I'm mostly in it for the game, winning is fun but if I've got a good feeling about my game it isn't really important.
I've never left gamenight grumpy because I lost.
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HerrJork wrote:
that was a deathstroke for this conversation


I see what you did there...

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I have a win percentage that sits just above 30%. Although I do try hard to win, if losing bothered me then I'd probably never play anything!

It's actually rare for me to get annoyed when I'm not doing well. A couple of memorable occasions do spring to mind, though:
1. When playing Ticket to Ride, I started with two routes right across America (a bit silly, but still). No matter where I laid trains people blocked me. I started to get irritated but after a bit saw the funny side. I finished the game with 2 points!

2. I find Catan can be a very irksome game, though. Normally two players seem to do well. If you're not one of those two then the game can drag as you are constantly behind on resources.

Still, I play to win but enjoy myself regardless!
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I always care whether I win, but for any game worth playing I still want to play the game, and will still enjoy the game regardless of whether I win. The only games where I've truly not cared if I win have been games I've really disliked. In one case I had fun not winning a game I disliked - in We Didn't Playtest This At All I couldn't win so I took out as many people as possible with me.
 
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Any game where scoring is effected by many variables and is hidden to the end. I apparently don't mind losing, but am more bothered when I see my devastating loss taunting me the entire game.

So, for example: Concordia is always welcome at my table.
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I really don't mind losing, as long as I enjoyed playing it and were aiming for winning.

I hate losing whenever the winning player has to rub it in everybody's faces and be like "HAHA, EAT THAT!" etc. But that's mostly the person I hate, not really the losing.
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cafin8d wrote:
Any game where scoring is effected by many variables and is hidden to the end. I apparently don't mind losing, but am more bothered when I see my devastating loss taunting me the entire game.

So, for example: Concordia is always welcome at my table.


This. I don't like player elimination, especially in longer games, and games that have open scoring and runaway leaders result in de facto player elimination. One culprit that comes to mind is Village (even though I think the gameplay is interesting, it's not fun enough to keep me engaged when I know I'm out of the game). Some games are fun enough that I don't care.
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cafin8d wrote:
Any game where scoring is effected by many variables and is hidden to the end. I apparently don't mind losing, but am more bothered when I see my devastating loss taunting me the entire game.

So, for example: Concordia is always welcome at my table.


I like games with hidden scoring, but mostly because is stops some players pointing out who is leading in an attempt to get others to target them, thus clearing their way to push ahead.

I'm of the opinion that it's up to each player to keep an eye on the state of play and not for anybody to broadcast who is doing well.
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The Great War, Memoir, and CC Ancients with my son. If I am losing, and i usually am, i try different strategies or look for a Hail Mary type attack. Its fun no matter what.

 
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DarthMonkey wrote:
cafin8d wrote:
Any game where scoring is effected by many variables and is hidden to the end. I apparently don't mind losing, but am more bothered when I see my devastating loss taunting me the entire game.

So, for example: Concordia is always welcome at my table.


I like games with hidden scoring, but mostly because is stops some players pointing out who is leading in an attempt to get others to target them, thus clearing their way to push ahead.

I'm of the opinion that it's up to each player to keep an eye on the state of play and not for anybody to broadcast who is doing well.


You would hate gaming with my stepson, probably almost as much as i do.

He has to blather on, broadcast his cards, try to get other people to target each other, etc. Regardless of how many times hes been corrected, he just cant grasp it. I am ashamed to say i shy away from gaming with him for that reason.
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You would hate gaming with my stepson, probably almost as much as i do.

He has to blather on, broadcast his cards, try to get other people to target each other, etc. Regardless of how many times hes been corrected, he just cant grasp it. I am ashamed to say i shy away from gaming with him for that reason.


Ouch. Yes, I can safely say I would not enjoy that experience a whole lot.
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Deathstroke wrote:
All of them.


I don't enjoy all games, but I also don't ever care if I win. I mean, I'd like to win, but it ain't no big deal if I don't.
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All of them.


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If you do not like the game, why would it be more important to win? I am just sitting there thinking I want it to be over, so God, please let someone win!
 
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I actually think that this is an important part of a game. If I can enjoy a game only if I'm winning, the game is bad because you are then only playing it solo as the other players (or yourself) won't play that game again.

 
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battler44 wrote:
DarthMonkey wrote:
cafin8d wrote:
Any game where scoring is effected by many variables and is hidden to the end. I apparently don't mind losing, but am more bothered when I see my devastating loss taunting me the entire game.

So, for example: Concordia is always welcome at my table.


I like games with hidden scoring, but mostly because is stops some players pointing out who is leading in an attempt to get others to target them, thus clearing their way to push ahead.

I'm of the opinion that it's up to each player to keep an eye on the state of play and not for anybody to broadcast who is doing well.


You would hate gaming with my stepson, probably almost as much as i do.

He has to blather on, broadcast his cards, try to get other people to target each other, etc. Regardless of how many times hes been corrected, he just cant grasp it. I am ashamed to say i shy away from gaming with him for that reason.


Sounds terrible. We had a quite similar girl in our gaming group - no card could be played without a comment...

I think my gaming experience changed and developed over the years. First, I played mostly to win and was quite disappointed when I lost. Now it's much more important to have a good time with the people I like. Now, winning is a nice bonus. If its not a party game or really a "take that"- game, I'm interested in optimizing my own game play after several plays and when I realy understood, what combos are powerful etc.
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As "cheesy" as this may sound, I enjoy playing board games regardless of outcome.

I think it's because of my time playing Magic: The Gathering and it was ALWAYS about winning that I had had my fill. Now? eh, if I win a board game great, if not, I still had a lot more fun playing it than any MTG game I played save one time.
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Deathstroke wrote:
All of them.

Pretty much... my enjoyment of games is not predicated on me winning.
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Let's not talk crazy.

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plezercruz wrote:
Let's not talk crazy.

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I care if I win, but my enjoyment of a game is not significantly affected by whether I win or lose. I know some people where it seems to be a big part of their impression of a game and I don't particularly like that.
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