I have achieved a certain level of gaming nirvana: I am satisfied with my game collection. I look at new games, even highly rated games, and think "Oh, that reminds me that I need to play X" where X is a game that either I own, or some one in the SABG owns and is anxious to play.
No doubt this state will pass soon, but for the time being I'm enjoying our collective games.
I've been wondering about what gives rise to replay value. The knee-jerk reaction is that variations in the set-up and/or pieces gives replay value. No doubt there's a lot truth, but the greatest abstract board games are go and chess, and they always start with exactly the same board position.
I guess replay value has something to do with "game space," although I am not sure how to quantify that. I conjecture that games with a small game space will grow stale no matter how much variability is available.
I'm a morning person. My normal bed time is 9:30-10, and by 11 I'm definitely degraded.
I finally put this together w/ gaming in the last week. Last Sat I played Crusader Rex w/ Rob starting at 9a on Sat, then I played PV w/ Mark Mon night starting at 7p. I was happy and sharp during the whole CR game, but by the end of the PV game (@ 11) I was sort of generally annoyed. Mark can attest to my negativity at the end of the game. By the next morning my mood was much better.
With the realities of a job, yardwork, kids (someday) etc, morning gaming will be hard. Maybe when I retire.