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I discovered BGG last year after a roughly seven year hiatus from gaming. My "gateway" games back then were Carcassonne and the Catan games. Thanks to BGG I am more aware of the plethora of available games. My favorite game now is Power Grid with the Korea map. I am gaming with a new group of people since my break in gaming and have begun to wonder about the play style of different people.

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In which of the following is your game play style best reflected?
I play for blood and don't care who knows about it.
I play for blood, but try to do so without making it obvious.
I play to win, but it's not of primary importance.
I like to "explore" a game though my path may knowingly lead to a loss.
I play for the social aspect and don't really care about winning.
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This is my first thread so I guess I am no longer a lurker! Thanks to you all, BGG is a good time.
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p55carroll
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Depends on the game and opponent(s).

If I'm playing chess against a computer AI opponent, it's a brain-straining effort to win, pure and simple. (And if I'm not up for it, I'll dumb the game down to where I'm just trouncing a patzer.)

But if I'm playing Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers with my wife, I'll put some vague thought into how I might be able to get the most points--but if she wins, it'll make her happy, and that's good for me too. So, no big deal either way, as long as we have fun playing.

And I guess if I were playing Loopin' Louie with a child, I'd mostly just fool around and have fun and maybe let the kid win (if there's such a thing as winning in that game; I've never seen it).

 
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J C Lawrence
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Sometimes I think I play games as a form of ritualised combat.
 
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It's definitely less likely to leave scars.
 
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ideogram wrote:
I wouldn't want to play against someone who didn't play their best game against me.


How could you ever be sure they were or weren't playing their best game?

 
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Andreas Quiter
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I try to do my very best and expect a likewise behaviour from my opponents.
Only by playing against the best can I deduce my own skill.
 
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