We discussed it earlier—the near tragedy of the box that sits. Variety may be the spice of life, but too much variety leads to being spread too thin. And while “the cult of the new” has its draws, it sometimes pushes old favorites to the background. So today’s FDQ: Which game do you wish you played more of? And the corollary question, why don’t you?
I game most frequently over lunch hours at work, so the games that I wish I got to play more are mostly games that don’t fit within that time frame. Most notably, I wish I got to play El Grande more. This game takes a double hit: it’s too long to be played over lunch, and it takes at least four players to make gaming circumstances optimum. This is one of my favorite games, but the box sits there most of the time. Still, it’s worth keeping around for those golden moments when I get to play it. Acquire is another game I don’t get to play enough of because it’s long. It also has the added strike against it that it’s fairly mathy. I take advantage of playing this one whenever I can.
Even though I’ve actually played it fairly often recently, I just can’t get enough of Ascending Empires right now. Shadows over Camelot has been sitting on my shelf far too much since I obtained it in trade at Gencon. And darn you, Smallworld, for being just too long to fit in a lunch hour comfortably. I will always keep you around, though, because you are so fun, even though I get to play you so very little.
***Next week is our special “From Russia with Love ” week, when we will review at a gallop four new titles from Right Games out of Russia. You won’t want to miss it!***