One of the funny things about designing games is that the more I get to work on cool projects like DreadBall, the less I get to play all the many games I have piled up in my study. Perhaps I should have listened to the warnings about making my hobby into my job. These days, almost all of my gaming time is spent playtesting one of my own.
Now before you think that I’m off wallowing in self pity here, let me say that I’m not complaining. Sure, it’s a bit frustrating and I’ve got a huge list of stuff I want to find time to play, but it’s a long way from being bad and I’m not feeling self pitying at all. Quite the opposite.
However, as I’m up to my ears writing cool new games for you guys to play I thought that maybe you guys could help me out too. Vicarious thrills is the name of the game. What have I been missing in the last year with my nose buried in DreadBall? What new (to you) game have you played that has really made you sit up and take notice? So that I can focus on the cool stuff when I do get a minute, what would you recommend?
If you have a moment, let me know. Also, let everyone else know (it’s OK, I let other people read this too).
To maximise the usefulness of the comments, and because that’s what I do, let’s have a rule or two for comments
1) Tell me the new gaming experience that meant the most to you this year. Yes, just one. Think carefully. It can be any kind of game and, importantly, does not have to be a new game, just new to you. Way too many hidden gems from years gone by for that restriction to be sane.
2) Tell me why it is the best gaming experience you’ve had this year. Could be a really cool rule set, jaw-droppingly beautiful figures, delightfully brain burning strategies or just a wonderful social lubricant. You tell me.
3) No repeating an already posted game. So if you really wanted to say Warmachine or 40K you’ll have to get in quick. This is partly because I already know about the obvious and am more interested in finding out about the surprise delights that don’t normally get the coverage. I will be deleting duplicates.
So, don’t be shy. What have I been missing?