What types of games do the gamers here play?


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What types of games do the gamers here play?

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Jun 11, 2012, 2:31pm

I'm sort of wondering what types of games are played by the gamers here. I'll start the ball rolling.

I started out with card games when I was still counting the number of pips on the cards. That includes solitaire -- I still travel with one or two decks of cards.

I added board games even playing some of them against myself when I couldn't find anyone to play with.

I found more strategic games (Pente and backgammon) a bit later.

RPGs happened in college and beyond.

I wandered into the larger strategic games much later (PBEM SFB Galactic Conquest).

I've dabbled in wargames, but everyone knows I need a bit of help and LOTS of luck. :)

What's your poison?

Jun 11, 2012, 2:44pm

Well I play abstracts, card, board games (mostly euros - but some ameritrash too), some wargames (those which are more game than simulation), and RPGs.

I am part of two gaming groups a board game one Posh Games (the nickname of the local football - USians should read that as soccer - team) and the other a roleplaying group called RPGS (Regional Peterborough Gaming Society).

Games like books seem to have multiplied into taking up more room than they really should, but like books I just can't get rid of them.

Jun 11, 2012, 2:52pm

I started with Milton Bradley`s Shogun/Samurai Sword/Ikusa and Axis and Allies in 1988 or so, then on to AH games like Stellar Conquest, Empires in arms and Advanced Civilization.
2 years later it was a year in the navy followed by 6 months in Lebanon so i went to game store to buy more games (i spent most of my pay on games to the great amusement of the other people on the base). I found some game magazines (Games Master International) which advertised for lots of Play By Mail games, perfect for for me with no one else to play with so I played a lot of those for the next few years, still playing in one "the Glory of Kings".
Played some RPG for a few years, Warhammer Fantasy Roleplaying version 1, Hopefully we can get it going again.
For the last few years it is mostly eurogames and anything else I find interesting, Last sunday 4 of us played Mage Knight but it could easily have been Trough the Ages, Ecclipse, Civilization the boardgame or one of the many games that I and my best friend have bought over the last few years.
We take a trip to the Spielmesse in Essen every other year if we can, great fun for any gamer in October.
OK that was my gaming career, a bit long but you did ask.

Jun 11, 2012, 3:02pm

I play HeroClix almost every Sunday.

I really like miniature gaming.
I also play Classic Battletech, War at Sea, Flames of War, Zombies, Wings of War, Battlefleet Gothic and almost anything else that someone brings and can explain the basics of in 30 minutes or less.

I also play Hearts, Spades, Canasta, Euchre, Pinochle and any form of Poker you can think up. I keep a deck of cards in my car, my wife's car and my work laptop bag.

I love board games from Blokus, Clue, Trivial Pursuit, Sorry to Settlers of Catan.

Bring over Twister and I will throw out my back.

Never been a fan of Pokemon, VS or Magic type games.

But othewise I love most all games, win or lose.

Jun 11, 2012, 4:10pm

I discovered Zombies!!! and shared it with some gaming friends over Christmas. Much fun was had by all and it has inspired them to work on a game that I hope to see on Kickstarter at some point.

I've been playing canasta since my hands were too small to hold all the cards.

I did ask and I'm so glad to see the posts. Doesn't matter how long the post is -- I love reading them all.

:) Keep the posts coming! I think I heard the topic breathe a little bit!

Jun 12, 2012, 2:20am

So on Sunday we usually play the "brainburners", long and heavy games where AP (analysis paralysis) is a strong possibility with the hard-core gamers.

On saturday I play games with family (Agricola, st-Petersburg, Carcassone and similar).

On wednesday we have a game night from about 5:30 to 10:00. 4-5 years ago we would be happy to have enough for 1 game, with just men/boys, but now we have between 8 and 23 people every time and about half is female.

Jun 12, 2012, 2:26pm

Started with card games, like Go Fish.
Progressed through Board Games.

Started playing D&D in High school.
Got caught by the CCG bug in College.

Not played much of anything recently.

Jun 12, 2012, 3:31pm

Gilroy, that's a common theme I hear when I'm at cons. "I used to play ... but I have no time because of "something." I know my own time for real gaming vanished when I found that doing a RL job plus editing/proofreading/writing/managing a forum/marketing for a gaming company (Oh! The irony!) ate the last of my free time. :(

Jun 12, 2012, 4:20pm

I generally play Euro Games.

Yesterday I played Uluru and Burgen von Burgund.

Saturday I played Last Will, Walnut Grove and Cleopatra's Caboose (I don't recommend this last one).

Ora et Labora is my favorite of the newer EuroGames. Princes of Florence and Tichu are a couple of my favorites.

If these titles aren't familiar to you, they can be found on Board Game Geek.

Jean_Sexton- Ironic, indeed. Guess they need your skills more than they need you as a tester or a customer :-).

Jun 12, 2012, 4:49pm

Well, to be fair, I do get almost everything they publish now since I need it for reference or I am a contributor. :) The only difference is I've usually already read the material prior to publication. I should be able to resume gaming after I retire next year.

Jun 13, 2012, 12:21pm


For you and others who have maybe lapsed from playing games, especially if you haven't played any modern games, then I would recommend you watch some of Will Wheaton's TableTop.

Jun 13, 2012, 5:31pm

:) We played the WizKids cooperative ST game over Christmas. It was fun, I thought.

Jun 18, 2012, 1:36am

I regularly play RPGs (currently in a campaign of Legend of the Five Rings), boardgames (mostly eurogames), and miniatures wargames (ancients and medievals).

Jul 10, 2012, 5:33am

Mostly, I like to play Racing and Action games. NFS and GTA are may most favourite games. Actually, I have great collection of various games but I can't play all because of my business. War games are also interesting gaming type.

Jul 10, 2012, 10:12am

Played Here I Stand on Sunday, game lasted about 6 hours with an early Habsburg victory, I spent most of the game bashing the English (I was France).
Excellent game, looking forward to playing again.

Aug 5, 2012, 7:23am

I also play in a few PBM (Play by Mail) games, mostly Play by E-Mail now of course and the number of games available have dropped to a fraction from when I started playing some 20 years ago. The Glory of Kings is a personal favourite where every player run a position (usually a country) and the games run for a long time.
The games run from about 1700 to no later than 1750 (one turn each month and 3-4 weeks between turns) but may stop before that due to low numbers of players. I know of at least 2 players that have played the same position since around 1989. I can only claim about 4 years running the same country, but find it very interesting.
It has also stimulated my book buying as I want books on the various countries to get deeper into the subject matter. And several players are worse, one player for France designed specific uniforms for every one of his regiments.

Aug 5, 2012, 5:58pm

In order of how often I play them:
1) Tabletop Sims. For example "Field of Glory" or "Tin Soldiers" by Matrix Games.
2) Grand Strategy games. For example, Crusader Kings 2 or Europa Universalis 3.
3) Historical or quasi-historical strategy games, mostly with miniatures/counters (De Bellis Antiquitatis, Diplomacy, Field of Glory).
4) Gonzo Strategy games. For example, "Total War" or "Mount & Blade".
5) Pen & Paper RPG games, such as GURPS or "Riddle of Steel".

I am slightly interested in starting to play PBEM or forum-based games, since my favorite computer strategy game (Field of Glory) fully supports that.

I really want to play "Here I Stand". I love historical boardies.

Aug 5, 2012, 6:38pm


Here I Stand is totally worth it. Games can last up to 9 hours or so - so book the entire day and have a meal break.

There is also a followup game called Virgin Queen which is supposed to be even better but I haven't seen it yet.

Jan 9, 2015, 5:47pm

I consume Pen and Paper games as my pleasure reading of choice. don't get to play much, maybe 3-4 times a year. I do belong to a twice monthly LARP troupe, but I do it mainly for the social aspects.