Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Am I a Bad Gamer?

Let's just get this out of the way right now.

I don't play Settlers of Catan. I've never played Settlers of Catan. I have absolutely zero desire to ever play Settlers of Catan.

Does that make me a bad gamer?

Settlers (and it's various offspring) is supposed to be a standard in any "true" gamers library. But, it's not in mine. And, it's apparently beloved outside of the hardcore gamer community. I've got friends who have never heard of Fantasy Flight Games, Days of Wonder or Z-Man Games and they love Settlers. The only time Settlers of Catan looked the least bit appealing to me is a few years back when Mayfair released that super-deluxe 3D version. Then I saw the $300 price tag and that appeal went away.

I guess my game tastes, especially when it comes to boardgames, is firmly entrenched in what has been dubbed "Ameri-trash" games. The theme of most Euro-games just doesn't grab me.

Does that make me a bad gamer?

I don't think so. I hope not. I love games. I really do. Obviously, or I wouldn't have this blog, or go to Origins and Gen Con every year. I wouldn't have owned a game store if I didn't love games. But, I know what I like and the type and style of game with which I am most comfortable.

Is that to say I'd refuse to play Settlers of Catan. Absolutely not! I'd certainly give it a go. Heck, I'm willing to play just about anything...once.

1 comment:

  1. You can actually try Settlers of Catan online solo (heresy I know) for free. It's interesting, but I completely see where it has mass appeal around the coffee table. The nice thing, it's finally something besides word and trivia games that your muggle friends will actually agree to play...