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Donald M.
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What type of gamer are you?

1. Easy going casual - don't care if I win or lose, plays to socialize and have a good time. Strategy and tactics are the least of my worries.
2. Eager and learning player - Fairly new, so I play to learn how to win. Expect to lose a lot, but eventually become better. A mild competitor.
3. Average gamer who likes to play a mix of games and complexity levels. If I play a heavy game, then I want to play some light to medium ones to balance out the night. I am quite competitive, and care about using the right strategy and tactics.
4. Really into games and will play almost anything as long as it is good. I like all the highly rated games, heavy or not. A complete player, who uses all the winning strategies and tactics. A real student and total enthusiast.
1. Level 1 Beginner casual.
2. Level 2 Learning and want to get better (not casual)
3. Average (Play any type of game but want a mix), I play to win.
4. Super gamer - real enthusiast. Play anything and is ultra competitive.
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Poll to find out what types of gamers are out there?
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None of the above. 4 is too specific in its definition. I doubt if many "super gamers" "like all the highly rated games" or will "play anything".

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Benkyo wrote:
None of the above. 4 is too specific in its definition. I doubt if many "super gamers" "like all the highly rated games" or will "play anything".



Exactly, I would easily consider myself a "4", but the definition of good games is highly subjective and has nothing to do with the ranking on BGG. For example, I consider Cosmic Encouter as barely better than Monopoly (the illustrations are way better, Monopoly has the better gameplay...) and would prefer to watch someone counting grass blades before playing that "game" again. On the other hand there are quite a lot of games that I like, but that have low ranking because of not enough voters or too high complexity.

Edit: On second thought, I guess I wouldn't be as much of a "4" as I first thought. While I try my best to win, I am far from ultra competitive.
I really don't find myself fitting in any of the categories.
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I'll play almost any game, just to give it a shot and see how it is. I tend to be pretty competitive, and will try to figure out the best strategies/tactics. That being said, I'm not hardcore enough to use more advanced tactics - like in Clue, keeping track of every single guess made by each player to try and figure out what was shown.
 
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I am a real enthusiast who couldn't give a toss about winning. I know what I like, I enjoy exploring strategies, but I'm not opposed to new gaming experiences. I'm not a beginner. The more experience I've had my attitude towards winning has hardly changed. If anything it's got less, but only marginally.
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Actually none of the four options fits my bill. I’m very enthusiastic about the games but nowhere close to being ultra-competitive or playing only to win. In fact I enjoy a close game that I lost way more than an undisputed win.
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This IS me: a combo of #3 and #4:

Average gamer who likes to play a mix of games . . . I am quite competitive, and care about using the right strategy and tactics. . . . Really into games and will play almost anything as long as it is good. . . A real student and total enthusiast.

But this is NOT me: also a combo of #3 and #4:

likes to play a mix of . . . complexity levels. If I play a heavy game, then I want to play some light to medium ones . . . I like all the highly rated games, heavy or not. A complete player, who uses all the winning strategies and tactics.

So I couldn't vote in the poll.
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Benkyo wrote:
None of the above. 4 is too specific in its definition. I doubt if many "super gamers" "like all the highly rated games" or will "play anything".



Yeah, I would be a 4 without the ultra competitive portion.
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I'm a casual gamer, I play to win but if I don't win no biggie because I most likely enjoyed just playing with others, I'll play just about anything though I'm not a big fan of deep strategy games.

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None of them fit. I solo and I play for fun! I do try to improve and hone stratagies... but I'm playing for the entertainment. Social doesn't even come into it.
 
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Michael Debije
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I would be your '4', save " I like all the highly rated games". I think most of the highest rated games are crappy: too shallow, derivative, themeless, or simple. Great Western Trail, Gloomhaven, Smallworld, Scythe: none are very interesting. I will play anything once, for the most part, but there is little in these games to call me back.
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None of the above:

Will play anything and play to have fun. Winning is a bonus.
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No of the above.

I am an above average gamer, love to play games and am I win quite a bit.

While I do enjoy winning (who doesn't), I am not ultra-competitive.
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I reject your premise. I don't see why familiarity with games and the ability to understand and be good at heavy games means you have to be competitive.

I have been playing board games for a while and am confident enough to take on almost any weight, but I don't care if I win or lose, I just play for fun.
On the other hand, my 7 year old brother has virtually no experience beyond the mainstream games aimed at his age group, and he is fiercely competitive and wants to win at every game

I am a casual gamer, but not a beginner by any definition. And not every game is about competition, I steer towards social, fun or creative games. games that get people talking, laughing or role playing. I leave the competitiveness to the Magic and Warhammer players.
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olsch wrote:
Actually none of the four options fits my bill. I’m very enthusiastic about the games but nowhere close to being ultra-competitive or playing only to win. In fact I enjoy a close game that I lost way more than an undisputed win.


Yeah, I would much rather lose by a few points than win by 20.
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I'll play pretty much anything and will adapt to the game if I can.

If its a co-op, i'll try to help without becoming an alpha player.

If it's a ruthless cut-throat game of back stabbing and betrayal. I'll smile and lie to your face before pushing you out the airlock.

If it's a competitive conflict game, i'll play to win. But if I lose, so be it. Will always prefer a game I come last in if everyone is within a few points, than one I dominate and win by a mile. 7 wonders has been especially good for our group in this regard.

And if it's Tokaido, i'll talk about the wonderful hot pools I visited and the lovely food at the inn. I'll also make "nom nom" noises when the Panda in Takenoko eats the bamboo.



 
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5. Super gamer - real enthusiast. Play anything and is as competitive than cooperative. Here to have a lot of fun !
 
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These are waaaay to specific to match up to most people. A casual gamer isn't necessarily a beginner. A learning and want to get better gamer applies to many types of gamers so that's not really a separate level like you implied. An average gamer isn't necessarily a 'play to win' type of personality. A super gamer isn't necessarily going to play everything and be ultra competitive.

To define myself I would have to select pieces of each of those answers and none of them fit me exactly. I cannot answer the poll as-is.
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Really enthusiastic, yes, but not very competitive.
Playing for fun is what is most important to me!
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The OP is putting two different concepts into each answer.

Dedication to the hobby and level of competitiveness. They are not correlated.

I am a super gamer by any definition of the word. Most of my free time is spent gaming, I run game clubs for kids, I have two weekly gaming groups, I own hundreds of games and have played hundreds more.

I play to win. I imagine I can give pretty much anyone a run for their money in most games. BUT I don't care that much if I lose. I would much rather play 5 games and lose all of them then not play at all. I mainly play to socialize and have a good time.
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Oh, and BTW. I have rated almost 2,000 games and love MANY MANY games of all kinds. But, I do NOT love all of the currently highly rated games. Some just don't suit me.

There are MANY games I feel are better then the 'highly rated' games.
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I play with my family. I don't care whether I win or lose, although I try to win. Even when my children were young, I never "let" them win, although I would explain if I made an unexpected move, so they could become better players.

Sometimes I want to play several short games or a long game, and other times I'm satisfied with a single short game: being able to play is the important part.

As far as I'm concerned, if a game has "right" or "winning" strategies and tactics, there's a problem, because that leaves no room for variety and imagination. I adapt to circumstances and try out different things, rather than trying to play the "right" way.

I like a lot of different types of good games, but my definition of good is different from a lot of other people's. That doesn't include most of the highly-rated games.

So where do I fit into your poll?
 
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Syvanis wrote:
The OP is putting two different concepts into each answer.

Dedication to the hobby and level of competitiveness. They are not correlated.

I am a super gamer by any definition of the word. Most of my free time is spent gaming, I run game clubs for kids, I have two weekly gaming groups, I own hundreds of games and have played hundreds more.

I play to win. I imagine I can give pretty much anyone a run for their money in most games. BUT I don't care that much if I lose. I would much rather play 5 games and lose all of them then not play at all. I mainly play to socialize and have a good time.


As your wording also suggests these are also questions of "level": How much dedication you put into the hobby and how competitive you are.

When I think about type of gamer, I usually think more about how do we approach games in general; if you take it as a purely competitive experience, if it is more thematic/immersive, if it is purely social, etc.
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I chose 4 but really none of them are a good fit. I'm enthusiastic about games and will be open to playing most things at least once (with certain juvenile themed-games being the exception).

While I always play to win, I'm really playing for the entertainment aspects rather than the competitive aspects. My main goals when playing is to a) play as well as I can and b) have a good time. If I get a win out of it - that's great, but losing won't ruin the experience for me (unless I didn't achieve a) or b)).

What can I say, my motivations for gaming are complicated. . .and defy polling responsesninja
 
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3.5

Which rounds to 4
 
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