Sometimes when you are looking at a specific purchase it is hard to know whether the reviewers likes actually align with yours, so I thought here would be a good place to talk about what it is that I like and dislike so that you can make a better decision on my reviews. 

What I like

I tend to play a lot of my games as solo, two player or with family (primarily 2 kids and 2 adults). Having limited time, working full time, I tend to gravitate towards games that don’t require a massive amount of setup. I tend to not play games that are longer (3hrs plus), as time just doesn’t allow it for me. 

  • Worker placement – I love the worker placement family of games, especially games that have a hook or something different about them. Favourites in this genre include Architects of the West Kingdom and A Feast for Odin.
  • Lighter family games with plenty of room for strategy. Players can either play a simple game or strategise against other adults. Favourites here are Sheriff of Nottingham, Quacks of Quedlinburg and King of Tokyo.
  • Euro Games – I love cube pushing games and games of skill and strategy (although I am often terrible at them). Give me bland themes and low player interaction. Favourites here are Great Western Trail, Orleans and Castles of Burgundy. 
  • Thematic Games – I love a good miniature and I love theme, for the most part. Games like Star Wars: Imperial Assault and Lords of Hellas are high up on my lists. 

What I don’t like

  • Lovecraftian Mythos – it seems that this theme just hasn’t been done right. I love the idea of the Mythos, but it just seems that a lot of the games end up just making a few decisions, making a few monster moves, rinse and repeat.
  • Luck – games that rely too much on an initial drawn hand or dice rolls don’t do it for me. Games that have dice but mitigation against luck though are perfectly fine.
  • Party games and social deduction – I’m pretty quiet and reserved at the best of times, so I find that I’m not attracted to these games all that much and just don’t like the ‘lightness’ of them.
  • Trick Taking games – I don’t know what it is that I don’t like about these games, maybe that they all seem to be re-themes of one another? Regardless, I just haven’t seem to have found any trick-taking games that I have like over the years. 

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