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Jeff Hinrickson
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Awhile back I played a game of Cash and Guns and when it came to point the gun at one of your opponents it seem that most of the time (not all) the guns were pointed at me.

This is not the only game where I seem to be the target, it is typically in any game where there is some sort of conflict. This really doesn't bother me all that much, but has recently made me just inquire why this may be the case.

I usually have an over reactive response when someone plays in a way to disrupt my progress. This may include some swearing and occasionally some name calling, none of which is serious on my part and if people play with me they know that I am not being serious. Also, I act in a way that is well over the top so it would be hard to take me serious even with people who have never played with me before.

So it seems that people mainly do this to get me wound up thus giving themselves a laugh. Which is really what I am doing in the first place. I like to have fun playing games even with the heaviest thinker euros, which are the games that I like the best.

Luckily nobody has ever taken me seriously (I think) otherwise I would probably end up having someone kick my ass for me.

Do you have gamers like me in your group, are you that person? How is it accepted by others in your group?

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I think I am that person. With one group of guys I play games with, the motto seems to be "Screw Talbot!" ... usually yelled by one individual in particular. Jackasses.

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ctalbot wrote:
I think I am that person. With one group of guys I play games with, the motto seems to be "Screw Talbot!" ... usually yelled by one individual in particular. Jackasses.

Chris


I know exactly how you feel. The bastards in my group always say, "Well atleast I beat Jeff."
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i think i am that guy in my group... but i think the situation is worst than that. it is not just in my gaming circle... but i think overall, i am an ass in general.
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Well, I get ganged up on a lot, but it is due to the group dynamic. My weekly gaming group consists of four people: myself, a married couple, and then a female friend of ours.

So, invariably, when alliances form, they happen like this, and usually in this order:

1. Mallory and Robyn will form up, as they are women.
2. Don will join with me, until he would have to cross Robyn (the wife).
3. Which leads to him joining with them.
4. Which leaves me as the odd man out.

I only get angry at certain times, and I don't really take it that badly. I just like to be blustery.
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People all attack me in games generally but then I choose relationships based on the ability for us to make fun of eachother so gleefully screwing me over is part of that. So no biggie.

Even with my mother-in-law I have that kind of relationship. We'll just slag eachother off all the time. I have trouble befriending people who won't go into that kind of thing with me. Relatively early on in getting to know someone I'll launch an inoffensive(ish) insult at the person and see how they respond. If they don't respond too well then they wouldn't like me anyway so I've saved them time and effort.

If I game with strangers then I'm not normally the target until they get to know me better. I tend to react in a way that isn't too moody or aggressive or get upset so I'm a safe target. That's what I'm there for....Making gaming fun.
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jjloc wrote:

I know exactly how you feel. The bastards in my group always say, "Well atleast I beat Jeff."


Hold on, everyone says that in my group too...

An anti-Jeff conspiracy may have been revealed!!
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Whatever move is made, it is always going to help Brian.
 
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In my personal group of friends, I am the explainer, the game pusher, and the main target whenever possible. I revel in it since in my group, it's a sign of the respect and love since we all do our best to destroy each other and laugh as much as possible (even in otherwise painfully dry games).
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Do you tend to win a greater percentage of games than others in your group?

Our game group tends to gang up on whoever seems to be having the best (winning) night. Sometimes that mentality might carry over into subsequent game nights too, if someone is on a roll (and especially if they tend to gloat).

The individual personalities of my gaming group are pretty mellow though. You seem to invite and enjoy conflict -- your avatar sums that up well. Maybe that's all it is!
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This situation of getting ganged up on only happens to me when I play Diplomacy. And NO, it is NOT because I have a great winning record, or because I always randomly draw Austria/Hungary...
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d bro wrote:
Do you tend to win a greater percentage of games than others in your group?



Nope I lose 95% of the time, so my guess is that nobody wants to take my crown as the biggest loser.
 
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jjloc wrote:
d bro wrote:
Do you tend to win a greater percentage of games than others in your group?



Nope I lose 95% of the time, so my guess is that nobody wants to take my crown as the biggest loser.

Ditto. I lose much more often than I win. I guess I just have the kind of personality that invites screwage in games.

Chris
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jjloc wrote:
Awhile back I played a game of Cash and Guns and when it came to point the gun at one of your opponents it seem that most of the time (not all) the guns were pointed at me.

I feel your pain.

I've never actually survived a game of Ca$h 'n Gun$
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My wife says, "Justin always win get him".

They typically do...

And I lose.

Oh well
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I teach a lot of new games, so invariably, when all else is equal I get targeted. I suppose it's a natural assumption of the players that because I am teaching the game, I know it best and have an advantage.

That really isn't true, because often, it's my first time playing too, and I'm busy reviewing rules and explaining things, which leaves limited time to focus on tactics and strategy. Oh well, comes with the territory and I try to rise to the challenge.
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Same here!







Unless there's a Jeff in the group of course.
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There is an offical rule at my house.

"When in doubt, attack Jerry."
 
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I feel your pain.

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Quote:
jjloc wrote:

I know exactly how you feel. The bastards in my group always say, "Well atleast I beat Jeff."


Hold on, everyone says that in my group too...

An anti-Jeff conspiracy may have been revealed!!


I hate to feed the conspiracy, but....

In my case it's because I buy all the games, I learn them, and I teach them. I'm perceived as the one to beat, and I don't win that often, because everyone enjoys beating Jeff.
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The two times I've played I won both games..because for some reason nobody ever shot at me. A few rounds I'd get all the cash because everyone else died.
 
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Once, when I was about 17 years old, my two younger sisters and two female friends of one of them ganged up on me in Risk. I got so mad at the unfairness of it (I was close to winning) that I tipped the board over.

Almost 30 years later I still regularly hear about that incident, and they still gang up on me. I don't get mad - I just beat them anyway
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In my usual gaming group there are two of us (if no outside force can be brought in) that usually win. So at times when we can be screwed we usually are. I find being that player that gets screwed is very freeing. It means when I play Ticket to Ride my first play can be one card to take Nashville to Atlanta just to stop people, and not feel bad at all. I think part of becoming the heel in the gaming group is enjoying the part. It only gets to me when I play a game like Bohnanza and the other players make it a game of solitare for me, then its a bit painful.

So I say to other targets...learn to love it, start attacking for fun, block paths just to block them, if you are going to be picked on, become a loose cannon. The other players no longer feel any remorse for attacking you, and you are free to try things in games, you never would have because they seem too odd, or risky.
 
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is our target. Rule #1 is "Attack him." ninja

Not that it seems to help my win percentage out that often... shake
 
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Whenever we play Werewolf with the family, I'm usually either (a) eaten by the werewolves the first night, or (b) lynched later that morning by the people.

Apparently they don't like it when the lawyer tries to use logic and analytical reasoning to find the werewolves. ninja
 
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