Our little town has been expanding little by little. It all started when a brave group of adventurers journeyed to the Dragon’s Peak and came to find a bustling community gather in The Village Square. From there many talented citizens set up their craft in the Artist’s Valley and others went to discuss days of old in the Dusty Dragon.
We’re excited to announce our newest expansion! The Knight’s Forum is a monthly community discussion that will begin here in The Village Square and take place throughout the week. It looks like things are about to get started, come join me for our very first gathering.
Once a month we’ll be facilitating a week long discussion in an attempt get as many people engaged in the same topic as possible. The Knight’s Forum will begin here in The Village Square where we’ll introduce the topic and from there we’ll open it up to the community to discuss. You can engage in any way that you see fit: write an article, post a comment, or tweet about it. You can as brief or thorough as you’d like to be, we just want to hear what you have to say! Whatever you do, make sure to reach out to us on Twitter (@iSlayTheDragon, @UpliftAndrew) using #KnightsForum. At the end of the week we’ll be compiling links to all the articles and discussions that we find.
Each topic is specifically chosen so that it can be discussed by board gamers and designers alike. There will be questions to help get you thinking but don’t feel obligated to stick to them, explore the topic in any way that you see fit.
February’s topic will be about Board game collections and game potential
I once heard someone talk about their game collection in terms of potential and it intrigued me. Each game you own represents a potential to have and enjoy an experience. Whether you realize that potential or not is all about actually getting those games played. Large collections and aging games both compete with the latest games and often sit on the shelf unplayed. But unplayed games stay in collections in part because of this potential. You want to have that experience at some point in the future so you buy or hold on to games in hopes of attaining it. Here are some questions to explore this idea:
For Board Gamers
1. Do you have any games collecting dust that don’t seem to hit the table often but you just can’t get rid of? Why are you holding on to them? Would you sell your favorite game if you knew you would never get to play it again? Would you rather sell/trade an unplayed game and acquire it at a later point if you find a group to play it with or simply hold on to it and wait for that possibility?
2. Consider your favorite games. How old are those games and how often do they get played? Are they your favorites because you play them a lot, have previously played them a lot, or they have some unique qualities that set them apart?
3. How do your friends’ collections affect yours? Do you share games with your group or do you like having your own copy? Do you have a lot of overlap with your friends’ collections? Are you less likely to acquire a game if you know someone that owns it? Would you be willing to have a shared library if it was practical?
1. Would you rather design a game that gets played more frequently or is more highly regarded but played less? Would you be proud to know that someone is keeping your game in their collection despite not playing it often? Is how someone feels about your game regardless of how much they play it important?
2. Is it disappointing when some trades or sells your game? Should it be a goal for your game to stick in people’s collections (assuming it’s a good fit for that person)? Should designers try to create games that will “stand the test of time” or are simply enjoyable experiences?
Dragon Slayer Roundup
Games On Our Table
Fields of Arle – I tried out the solo game for Fields of Arle in order to familiarize myself with the game but quickly become addicted to the puzzly and exploratory nature of this game. I recorded two of my recent sessions in this geeklist and have been even more excited to get in additional plays since then! After more than a dozen solo games I still feel like there’s so much more for me to discover in Fields.
Seasons – In honor of my recent review for Lords of Xidit I decided to play the game that shares its stunning artwork. I had one of my friends over for the afternoon and we got in three games with both of the expansions. This was my first time playing with Enchanted Kingdom and I really enjoy the variety that including all the cards in the mix provides.