My blog has been a bit silent, but it’s been a slow start for this game year. First game sessions are coming next week: I’m planning a Tichu session next Tuesday, Friday I’m going to a meeting of the Finnish Diplomacy Association board, there’ll be fun and games, then the Sunday is board game club day and finally, I will go to Helsinki to participate in the Guillotine tv-show in Monday. So lots of games coming in a very short period of time!
And speaking of Go, it’s curious that so few games have any handicap systems. Go has the best — players with even quite large difference in skill can play a fairly even match. Of course, there’s some limits to the difference the system can handle, but it’s totally something else than Chess which has no (at least no official) handicapping.
It’s frustrating to play Chess against someone clearly better than you. Go game, in the other hand, can be a tough match and a much better learning experience.
Of course, many boardgames don’t really have any need for handicapping, because there isn’t that many skill levels. There’s newbie, then someone with few games, then perhaps someone with 20 games. After that you just don’t get any better. It’s a shame, because there’s only so much a game can give to you, but in the other hand, beginners can stand a chance against an experienced player.
But I wish more German games had that sort of depth that Go has. Meanwhile, fortunately, I can play Go to fulfill that need.