So what makes a good gaming group?
|Yup, looks about right.|
|Even losing money can be fun with the right group.|
The next thing that helps is a shared interest in a gaming style. With one group, we often play Catan, Alhambra, Carcassonne, etc. All games with a similar mechanic style, but more importantly, all games where the game play is separate from the person. There are no characters, no role playing, no player stats to worry about. Through our first few play sessions, it quickly became obvious what these players didn't enjoy, and as the main game provider for the group, I know what to introduce them to in the future, and what they will not have a good time with.
In contrast, the group mentioned further above is full of hard-core gamers, and they will play any style. While I like playing games with anyone who will sit down and have fun with me, this group is my favourite. Every time we get together, usually about once per month, it is guaranteed there will be at least one new game we haven't played before. Exploring new games together is another fun activity, with everyone learning it at the same time, so I always look forward to these dates.
The last "who" I'll mention is the buddy system. It's a wonderful thing to have a friend or coworker you can sit down with and have a quick game whenever you feel like it. Unfortunately my gaming coworker moved on to another job a couple of years ago, so this has been missing for me for some time, and I haven't found a replacement yet. There's such a stress relief at work to be able to sit down at lunch and have a couple of rounds of Tsuro, Clashing Blades, Blokus, etc, and forget about that email you need to send, or the presentation you have to prepare, even if it's just for 15 minutes.
Who are your favourite people to play with? Do you adjust your style to different groups? Other thoughts you think I should here? Tell me in the comments!