I’m always trying to come up with new ideas to develop our gaming group. To help newcomers find their future favourite games, I’ve come up with this idea (actually, it’s stolen from someone on the Spielfrieks list) of gamer profiles and matching games to gamers.
I’ve graded all the games on five categories: luck element, fun element, strategical depth, length and player interaction. Each category is graded from 1 to 5, with long, verbal descriptions. So, you choose your profile and then you’re provided with the ten best matches for you.
At least for me, it works out fine. My profile is 2-2-4-3-3 (luck element is weak, the game should be pretty serious, I like games that require some learning effort, I prefer my games to be under 1½ hours and I like moderate player interaction). There’s one exact match, El Grande. Web of Power is one off. Other close matches include Puerto Rico, Mahjong, Princes of Florence, Tigris & Euphrates, Samurai, Tikal and Mexica — all games I really like. Only mismatch is Medici.
Currently I’m testing the system with some more experienced players, if it matches them to their favourite games as well. I’ll have to try it with some newbies as well. Hopefully, the system will give new players some idea on what kind of games would be good for them. Knowing a few names could make your first club meeting better — “Hey, I’d like to try Web of Power, it was recommended to me”.
Or, they won’t even understand the questions as they won’t have enough experience with board games. We’ll see.
If you want to, you can try the matching system. Unfortunately, it’s in Finnish. To help you out a bit, the questions are in order: luck element (1 = no luck, 5 = all luck), fun element (1 = very serious/dry, 5 = a joke, very light), strategic depth (1 = very simple/totally chaotic, 5 = a lot of learning and study is required), game length (1 = 15 minutes, 2 = 30 minutes, 3 = 1½ hours, 4 = 2 hours, 5 = more) and interaction (1 = multiplayer solitaire, 5 = all trading/negotiation).
If you try it, please tell me how closely the suggestions match your profile (tell me your profile, if you send feedback), did the system recommend your favourite games to you. All feedback is welcome and appreciated!