|Damn you Wheaton!!!|
|That's a LOT of shitty games.|
|My FLGS doesn't have|
this kind of room...
So, how can we try to sift through the mess to find the real gems? The first answer unfortunately throws some of us under the bus. It's to simply let some people buy the new game, give it a try, and then let the rest of us know how it was. This happens all the time, at game get-togethers, on game review sites, and in the general way gamers constantly interact with each other. The problem with this is that someone has still wasted their time and presumably hard-earned cash to find out a game is bad.
One of the areas of blame above is also one of the solutions. Crowd funding has become a mainstream thing, and it's here to stay. Using sites like Kickstarter gives us gamers a way to choose if we think a game will be great, and reach a general consensus before we've plunked down our cash. In order for a game to get funded in a situation like that, it has to pass a few hurdles that help weed out the bad ones. First the designer has to have made a clear, concise, and coherent explanation of the concept and rules. If I can't figure out how to play from their 5 minute video, I'm not going to buy in. Next, the prototype they are working off of has to look good. With only a dozen or so pictures, I have to get excited enough to want to have that game in my hands. Finally, they have to convince enough of us to want to have it that their funding goal is reached. If not enough money is raised, they don't get any of it.
In a recent @BoardGameHour twitter chat (Monday's at 2pm EST) when @the_FlyingSheep suggested there should be a stock market for gamers to choose which games and companies to invest in. I pointed out that this already happens via crowd-funding sites.
|Hopefully this one lives up to the hype when it arrives at my door.|
Out of all the games I've bought so far, both retail and crowd-funded, I'd say I'm at about 90% for picking games I like and have played more that 3 times. So far I'm ahead of the curve. How do you pick what games to buy? Pretty packaging? Good reviews? Eenie-meenie-minie?