For those that know me, I have an affinity for board games. It seems some are constructed like a Mercedes and some seem constructed more like a Go Go Mobile. Some games respond actively to every touch of the pedal and hug the road on every twist of the wheel, while some have trouble shifting and then bang around noisily from all the loose connections.
In game terms I mean that some games have all of their mechanisms tightly tuned, where every rule presents an agonizing decision, and every decision affects your game, while some games are thrown together, with rules that hardly matter and frequent decisions that are barely relevant.
Even if the latter game “basically works” it lacks the thrill of the feeling you get when a game has been trimmed and tuned. An awesome game is one which is not only fun, but which has all of its mechanisms tied together, effective, and purposeful. In this sense, it must have an aesthetic thrill that goes beyond its basic function of entertainment and competition.
I feel a well constructed board game needs to be efficient but it need not be simple. It is not important that there are very few rules – only that every rule contributes significantly to the game play. Anyone else like board games?