Note- I love my wife, but this one might seem a bit down on her. It’s not. She’s who I most often game with-either because she loves the games we play, or (more likely) it’s because I drag her into my insane adventures. Love you my dear.
I’ve been thinking about the games I play most often. Once a month, I get a game of Pathfinder Society in as well as some Shadowrun and DCCRGP. But weekly, I get a game of DnD in as well as the Pathfinder Adventure Card Game. Why so much love for DnD and the Card Game?
Well, I think it’s because of WHO I’m playing with as opposed to WHAT I’m playing. Most often around dinner, my wife and I will cook and then set up the Adventure Card Game. It’s fun, and it’s better than just staring at the TV while we eat. So, I play that game a ton. What I don’t play is the Shadowrun Crossfire game as much. It’s not a bad game, but my wife doesn’t like it as much. Since Jackson’s gaming scene is pretty small and I like my wife, I choose to play with her. So, no Crossfire on the weekly schedule.
This also goes out to non-cooperative games as well. My wife hates games like Agricola. It’s far too much stress as you NEVER have enough time to do all the things that you want to do. I enjoy the frustration a bit, but she’s of the opinion that gaming shouldn’t be a stressful as life. Also, she hates games like Magic: the Gathering and Sentinels of the Multiverse. Both of those are games where you have to read a ton of information on small cards. She love games like 7 Wonders as they play quick, have good strategy, and don’t make you read a novel each time you play a card.
I’m a pretty universal gamer, and I hope that the blog posts have shown you that. So, how do I do that AND play games with my wife? Well, I have to actively seek out other opportunities to game. Cons are a great way to find the random games to play. This is a great way to get new games to the table and to meet new gamers. Also, buying the equivalent of a board game a week can get expensive, so cons give me a chance to play a game and not have to buy that full thing!
I also game online. OCTGN, Board Game Arena, Board Game Geek, Roll20, and Boiteajeux also give me a chance to try new games, meet new players. I don’t have to drive cross-country to play some new awesome games, and I get to see what else is out there. Bonus-all of these are free! Check them out if you get a chance.
And, as a final way to get new games out there, I game at my local store once a week and twice a month at a local groups clubhouse. At these places I bring whatever games I want as I drag my friends into whatever strange Euro-card-dice-3D game hybrid I bought of some strange backwoods website. It’s a blast when you can meet the crazy gamers out there who will enjoy whatever is brought to the table.
How about you? Who do you game with, how do they shape the way you game, and what do you do to play different games?