Every board game is an investment. At the absolute very least, they are an investment in time. However, a fundamental question that just about all of us have to ask is how much money are we willing to spend on a game and how much time and enjoyment does it take to feel like we got a return on our investment?
Here’s one of my dirty little PnP secrets: at least when it comes to Roll and Write games or Micro Games, I don’t have a problem getting only a few plays out of it. If I pay sixty or a hundred bucks for a game, I want it to to be an amazing experience that will see hours of play. But a game that is two or three sheets of components and took me maybe a half hour at most to make? That doesn’t have to be the game of a lifetime.
And because of that, I have gotten to play games otherwise wouldn’t have played or possibly even known about. Sometimes, I’ve discovered genuinely good games that I have ended up playing a lot. Sometimes I have discovered games that were interesting experiments in game design. And sometimes I’ve played that games that were meh or even bad but I didn’t mind that much.
Those experiences probably make up at least a quarter of the last couple years of this blog :D