Top Three Things That Make Or Break A Board Game, According To Howl

Everyone has their favorite style of board game. While I prefer in depth hour-long adventures other members of the crew like shorter simpliler games. At the end of the day though there is only three things that really make or break a game for me. I thought this would be a good place to start before I resume writing board game reviews. Give a tad bit of perspective to what I consider a “good game.”

  1. Replayability. Some games end up just being the same exact “win” every round. I like it when I can replay a game over and over and it almost always provides a new experience. If I am finding myself seeing the same path to victory win game after game, I really start to dislike it fairly quickly.
  2. Players Involvment: There is nothing worse then showing up at a board game meet just to be knocked out first. If a game has an elimination factor, that is fine, as long as the game can maintain player involvment through it. I tend to give lower points to games that have no opposition to “team up” tactics like Red Dragon Inn or Werewolf. Although this can boil down to the play group, it can still be unfair and should be at least something developers should be considering.
  3. Overcomplicated Rules: Although I love complicated board games, sometimes I find games that seem complicated for the entire purpose of being complicated. There is no added vaule to the extra rules, it just annoys the shit out of me and doesnt provide to the experience. This rule can go the other way as well, if a game is overly simple yet tries to present a “in-depth experience” I tend to get equally annoyed.

So those are the three main things I look for in a board game. Feel free to leave a comment below if you ahve your own criteria for board game fun. Stay tuned as the Board Game reviews should be returning within the next few weeks.

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