As more and more time passes and I am involved I this great hobby, my anticipation and tastes are changing.
Certainly I still get intrigued about new games. The idea that perhaps there is a game that will capture my imagination and cause me to play what feels like a completely new experience, is probably the ultimate payoff in tabletop gaming.
But it happens less and less each year. Even though I believe this is the best time ever to be a tabletop gamer, I am finding fewer games that are really unique. More times than not, the games feel like an old game with a new theme or an old theme with a new twist.
There is another element that is guiding me away from new games. It is a realization that came to my wife before it came to me. But my gaming time isn’t expanding. In fact, I have to fight to keep it at its current level through work and family commitments that includes four grandchildren.
That means each new game I add pushes an old favorite back a bit further on the shelf. If the new game is more enjoyable than the one that gets shuffled back, then the problem is lessened. But too often the game is just newer.
So I’ve written all that so I can write this: my favorite gaming purchases today are expansions of games I already own. They enhance games I already love and know how to play. I am not pushing back an old favorite, but rather bringing in another reason to play that game I already own.
That was most recently brought to my attention when the Quarriors expansion Light vs. Dark appeared in the mail. It is truly one of the best expansions I’ve encountered for a game not named Dominion.