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David C
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I'm curious about how you subjectively view yourself, in terms of pace of playing games? Would you judge yourself as a fast gamer, or a "not fast" gamer?

I say "not fast" because I basically want to know how many people consider themselves fast, and save the ensuing "Well, I wouldn't say I'm slow, either." people...
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Do you consider yourself a fast gamer, or a more "not fast" gamer?
Yes, I'm a fast gamer.
No, I'm not a fast gamer.
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Mike Jones
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Sometimes.
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This reminds me of a standup comic I heard once, that said "75% of people consider themselves an above average driver".
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I'm so fast, I'm too fast for my own good. I frequently bid too much, push my stack of chits too far, roll too quickly, or otherwise shoot myself in the foot in my haste.

I blame my parents. And society.
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I frequently wish boardgames had a chess timer on them.
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We always say: "If you can't play well, play fast."

This is especially true when we're learning a game.
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It obviously depends on the how well I know the game. But in games that I'm quite familiar with I try to have my actions planned ahead, money counted out and stacked, contingencies considered (if she does that, I'll do this instead) so that when my turn comes up I'm done in under a minute.

This isn't to say that I won't pause -- sometimes considerably -- if the situation requires thought.

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If our choices are "fast" and "not fast," I suppose I'm in the latter category. My standards for "fast" are fairly rigorous, though. Fast means you're in motion the second your turn hits. I'm incensed by players who can't be bothered to start planning their next move until their turn comes along, at which point play comes to a screeching halt while they consider all of their options for the very first time.

That said, when my turn comes around during a particularly critical moment, I'm sometimes found pulling my hair and biting my lip, only to throw my hands in the air and exclaim, "I still don't know what to DO!"

I like to consider these moments rare, but I'm hardly an unbiased observer.

But seriously, people: slow players! Who needs 'em? You all know who it is in your gaming circle . . . and if you don't, you're it!
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sgilbert wrote:
I frequently wish boardgames had a chess timer on them.


See the G8 Gametimer.
http://www.amazon.com/DREAM-GREEN-THE-G8-GAMETIMER/dp/B0009J...

If you're interested, I'll sell/trade you mine.
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sgilbert wrote:
I frequently wish boardgames had a chess timer on them.
I need a programmable chess timer for 2-6 persons, and I'm forever checking iPhone apps to see if one has been written yet. It would greatly, greatly improve some of my games with some people!
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I definitely have occasions where I have to stop and think for a few minutes to figure out what's the best move. But I do try to have a good idea of what I'm doing before it gets to me..just sometimes new information comes up that changes everything

Drives me crazy when I've finished my turn, know exactly what I'll be doing on my next turn (which will take 5 seconds at most), and my opponent has to think and think before making his play - particularly something like Dominion where there's not really all that much to think about.
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I'd say anyone who does not continually procrastinate until the beginning of their next turn to reanalyze the situation could fall into the category of a fast gamer. Even if your move takes a little bit longer in the event your intended plans were foiled or a major shift in momentum has occurred, at least you were considering your options in your downtime rather than getting distracted by other trivial things. Just being intellectually invested in the game in progress is all I ask of any opponents.
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msherwoo wrote:
We always say: "If you can't play well, play fast."

This is especially true when we're learning a game.


I think this adds to it a little, I call it "the spanish inquisition", because it's so unexpected.
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This reminds me of two types of people that I frequently play Risk games with:

1. (Slow Gamer) Always takes forever to decide what to do, no matter how obvious the situation is, and frequently says "I just don't know what to do" or "I don't want to make a mistake."

2. (Fast Player) Always goes quickly, making lots of mistakes, and later during other people's turns cannot stop complaining about it. "Oh, I didn't know that this card did that" or "Man, I wish I had seen that" or "Hey, there is a connection here".

I swear, there MUST be a middle ground somewhere. You know, for people who take forever to think of stuff, get befuddled, and then quickly make a wrong decision! :p
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Well....if I don;t like the people I am gaming with and or the game...I am an extremely FAST gamer!!!laugh
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I am a fast gamer.
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Wouldn't really consider myself as fast, but compared to some of my (very good) gaming friends I'm definitely fast. Unfortunately our group has a tendency to overanalyze things now and then, so our gaming sessions tend to be quite long.

Ofcourse I find myself in AP on occasions but I mostly see myself more like a gamer that acts on instinct and experience. This definitely makes me loose more games than some friends that really 'learn how to win the game', but

a) First of all I don't bother to learn every detail and every aspect of a game. I really don't have the energy to

b) I rather play a game with friends, that has little down time due to AP and such.


My two cents....
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I put slow because it's probably true. I eat slow so I more than likely play slow (whatever that means!) as well.
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When the game gives me the opportunity to plan during other player's turns, I'm pretty fast. In games where there is a simultaneous selection (like Race for the Galaxy), I'm not quite as fast. I always think I'm holding everyone up and I end up deciding too quickly. Actually, now that I've played about 1,000 games against the RftG AI, I'm probably faster at that game than I think I am.
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slower than hell......always trying to overthink to find the best move, i can live with the results as long as i made (what i think) was THE best move
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I'm not a fast gamer.
I'm not a slow gamer.
I'm a half-fast gamer.

You may have to say that aloud to get the laugh.

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I think I have become a fast player out of neccesity. There are people that take long, and then there are people that make the game play time extend by an hour. I have to play fast, otherwise we would never play more than two games a night.
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If your games take longer than the suggested time, then *someone* in the group is slow.

I want to design a game where the amount of time spent actually influences the game. If you're going to spend a lot of time on your turn, you better be sure you're it's worth the time. I see too many people take long turns just considering the same options over and over again, or worse just spacing out.
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I like to game at a medium pace.

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4th stringer wrote:
This reminds me of a standup comic I heard once, that said "75% of people consider themselves an above average driver".


I would like to think that all the players at my table are slower players. None of us are in the Huber-speed realm. Some of us are slower than others, but we all pause now and then (and sometimes more often) and mull our decisions (and often not to good effect), and I like that just fine. If the games didn't contain decisions I wanted to ponder, I wouldn't be playing them.
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