LS: Defining Competitive Games
Everything in life has both a beginning and an end, and neither beginning, nor end are guaranteed to be fun. You begin a new job, and there is training and meeting new people. Even if you leave for a better job, under the best of circumstances, it still requires that you leave something behind. The beginning of a game requires set up, learning rules, finding other players, and carving time out of your day. The end of the game typically requires that someone wins, and someone loses.
cooperative gaming. You work together towards a goal, and everyone wins or loses together. It is a great way to play a game, particularly if your party has one or more sore losers. And yeah, I am sometimes that sore loser.
Unfortunately, if you only play cooperative games, it will severely limit your gaming options. This means diving into the deep end, and selecting a competitive game. Don’t worry, there is no need to go alone. We’ll begin by defining competitive games. I typically consider there to be three major categories of competitive games; coincidentally competitive, strategically competitive, and advanced competitive.
Another example of a coincidentally competitive game is Fluxx. MK has talked about the rules before, if you need a refresher, but the basics is this; playing different cards changes the rules, and changes what is required to win. As much as you may strategize or scheme, others can easily force your hand. Someone will win, but there is no guarantee that any card I lay down will not be the card someone else needs to win. This luck component of the game makes it harder to deliberately target another player. Instead of focusing on making you lose, I need to worry about playing the winning cards before you. Coincidentally competitive games are there for the person who will sit down and not care if they win or lose.
Monopoly. I cannot even begin to guess why this game has caused so much pain. It isn’t exactly an accurate example of how business, real estate, or economics works in the real world. I’m not going to pretend to be an expert, but I am pretty sure large business deals are not decided by a roll of dice. And that roll of the dice? It has denied my ability to buy good properties much more often than it has helped. In fact, the last time I played, I did not land on a single property that I was able to buy. Seriously, not one. It wasn’t because I wasn’t trying, it was simply bad luck. So why do so many people get so competitive over this game? A more logical example; Risk. You are literally waging world war. You invade others, make alliances, and betray each other. It is a haven for the advanced competitive gamer.
Happy gaming everyone!