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Sam Lawton
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Hi all,

As a matter of curiosity I am trying to find out what is the most popular genre for board/tile/card games.

Sorry if I missed off anyone's favourite genre but that is what the other section is for.

Personally, I find it very hard to choose one as I play great games from every genre but since my youth I have always had a special place in my heart for fantasy based games. I guess that's what happens when you are brought up on Heroquest....

I've separated off Zombies from Horror as there is an entire sub-genre of Zombie games which is probably bigger than other the Horror games combined. (This is an opinion based on no research whatsoever).

Historical will cover anything set in the past which isn't covered by one of the other genres. (Such as Through the Ages).


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What is your favourite genre?
Zombies
Horror
Fantasy
Sci-Fi
Western
Historical
Other - Please specify
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Actually, my favourite theme is 'abstract'.

When it comes to the genre, I have two favourites:

(1) Two-player full-information no-randomness board games.

(2) Card games between two two-man teams.

In the former ones, I like strategizing, and in the latter ones I like players adjusting their playing styles according to the partner's situation. Also, randomness works in these games, since you must communicate your random situation to the partner using game moves only (and not by gestures etc...)

For both types it is commonn that there are two teams/players playing against each other, so there are no problems such as kingmaking or revenge.
 
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Military / War
 
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Bhobs wrote:
Military / War


Would that fall under historical then or is that war in general, covering history and sci-fi etc?
 
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Pretty sure 'war' is a bigger subcategory than 'zombie'
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The Cthulhu Mythos and other Lovecraftian themes, which is probably distinct enough that I figured it fell under "other." Fantasy is probably a close second, and call me crazy but I actually really like the dry "you're a trader and you're trading stuff to impress some dude, also help build this wall" style themes many euros get lambasted for.
 
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scifiantihero wrote:
Pretty sure 'war' is a bigger subcategory than 'zombie'


Good point well made.

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The Cthulhu Mythos and other Lovecraftian themes, which is probably distinct enough that I figured it fell under "other." Fantasy is probably a close second, and call me crazy but I actually really like the dry "you're a trader and you're trading stuff to impress some dude, also help build this wall" style themes many euros get lambasted for.


I was thinking about the Lovecraft mythos which is why I included horror. Lovercraft is, after all, the forefather of all modern day horror.

There is obviously going to be a lot of cross over between genres but I think the fact that I am more of an Ameritrash fan than a Euros fan is quite evident by the options specified. I do still enjoy Euros but just not as much.
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Mmzomba wrote:
scifiantihero wrote:
Pretty sure 'war' is a bigger subcategory than 'zombie'


Good point well made.

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The Cthulhu Mythos and other Lovecraftian themes, which is probably distinct enough that I figured it fell under "other." Fantasy is probably a close second, and call me crazy but I actually really like the dry "you're a trader and you're trading stuff to impress some dude, also help build this wall" style themes many euros get lambasted for.


I was thinking about the Lovecraft mythos which is why I included horror. Lovercraft is, after all, the forefather of all modern day horror.

There is obviously going to be a lot of cross over between genres but I think the fact that I am more of an Ameritrash fan than a Euros fan is quite evident by the options specified. I do still enjoy Euros but just not as much.


I accidentally left out some words, meant to say "distinct enough from horror that yadda yadda." It's horror but it's such a specific formula that it probably deserves it's own category. Besides, it often gravitates pretty far from the horror roots without losing itself, you can adapt it to hack n slash fantasy or pulpy noir action easily enough. Potato potahto, I suppose.
 
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I finally voted Sci-fi since at least half of my top ten have sci-fi themes, but, honestly, my favorite genres/settings have always been a pretty equal mix of science fiction and fantasy - so much so that I usually label them together as "the fantastical" when I'm describing it to others.
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Fantasy for me, obvs! Though I'd play pretty much any board game once.
 
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Relatively there aren't that many games directly tied to Lovecraft (although you could argue that any game with a monster/alien has links), compared to Zombie games themselves.

However, I am now feeling a pang of guilt for not making a specific option for it.

I also wanted to only allow one answer as otherwise a lot of people (me included) would just be ticking everything, and I wanted to get the top votes.
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I want multiple choices in that poll!!!
 
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That's for version2.0 zombie
 
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historical Military / War
 
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Cube pushing euro's.
 
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Fantasy's a winner for me. Lovecraftian horror comes a very, very close second. Tentacles - what's not to love?







Lastly, ancient history (particularly the Peloponnesian War) to complete the holy trinity.
 
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Very thorough answer. Love it
 
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