When I game, I tend to play older games, and play them more often, since I don’t have the disposable income to buy new games all the time. While I’d love to be able to put in a new game order every few months, it’s just not possible. If I could would I still play so many older games? Probably not. I love a new game, love figuring out the rules, love the smell as you open the box. There’s just something overly exciting about the unknown.
Then again, there’s nothing like the comfort of an old favorite.
Recently, I’m mostly playing old games, not that old, but at least playing again games that I’ve played many times before. I still purchase new games and play them occasionally. But when I find time to play, there’s a good chance that either I don’t have time to learn something new or I’m in the mood for the comfort of an old standby.
If I have the choice between a game I’ve never played and one I have, I’ll choose the new game. I like all the things you mention. I like figuring out new strategies and nitpicking the rules. After playing Catan exclusively for years, the variety of new games is just refreshing.
But the choice between new and old is more rare than I’d like. First, my game budget accumulates at $15 a month plus birthday and Christmas. So I get a new game every 3-4 months. I just can’t afford more than that.
Second, having a 2 1/2 year old makes it hard to go to our game group too often, so we play what we and one other couple own. That creates some variety, but less than I would like and less than if we went to our game group every week or so.
I’m just happy I get to play as much as I do. Although I’d be happy to never play Catan again, there isn’t much else I’m totally burned out on.
I play with multiple game groups and at local mini-conventions and the ‘Cult of the New’ is pretty strong. I love all kinds of games including the old tried and true, so I am neutral on game age.