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Monday, 19 December 2016 at 07:10 pm

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ghoti found a cool toy that tries to make inferences about what kinds of games you like. It seems to be reasonably competent, based on meaningful questions and using statistical analysis of a few tens of thousands of people, not just a near-random internet clickbait quiz.

It classified me as High Conflict / Independent; I'm well above average for liking conflict, and hardly like what it calls "social fun" at all. Which put like that is a bit weird, obviously I play games to be social and have fun. But my feeling a bit insulted at that does actually match the detailed analysis of secondary components, which says that I'm above average in liking cooperation. Its clustering mechanism thinks that liking cooperation is usually correlated with liking social fun, but in my case I like one but not the other. I think what it's defining as "social fun" is the kind of game where the rules encourage players to be silly together. And I don't hate those, but I don't think of them as board games in the sense that I had in my head when I was answering the survey.

This profile did not throw up any very good recommendations at all. A bunch of stuff that people with similar profiles to me are about 50% more likely to like than the general population, which I suspect is not much above statistical noise with the system they're using. Even when I turned down all the filters I still didn't get much. It seemed to be going for things like Mafia and Illuminati. And various specialist Fluxx and Munchkin decks – I like those, but they are far from my favourite games, and indeed I would expect it to be more recommended for people who like "social fun" rather than strategy. I suspect that because there are so many different editions they're not well represented in the data. A game called Mr Jack which sounds quite a lot like Scotland Yard, a game I enjoyed as a kid in the pre-Eurogames area where most players cooperate as detectives to catch a criminal. But I don't think that game would be improved by a rape flavour, so I think I'll pass.

The only rec that intrigued me was Mottainai aka Glory to Rome, which I might well look out for. A game which is strategic without being too unnecessarily complex sounds about my speed.

Anyway, feel free to have a go if you like this kind of quiz. You can compare your recs to mine, if you're so inclined; I didn't find any overlap between my recommended games and ghoti's, and we certainly do have a number of games we both enjoy. I think Takenoko is probably about the exact sweet spot between her sort of game and mine, but we've also been playing quite a lot of Castles of Burgundy and recently rediscovered Targi.

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ghoti: default
Date:December 20th, 2016 09:04 am (UTC)
13 hours after journal entry, 10:04 am (ghoti's time)
I am basically happy to play any game you are.

I do wonder whether it gives you less common games as recs the more games you tell it you own. I didn't count but gave a conservative round number estimate.

I think the difference in terms of games we like is not whether we enjoy them but how much energy they take. Jack and Colin and I, for example, all enjoy Agricola but Jack and Colin have to have energy reserves to start with, and I find it a game I can play when I'm out of energy to grow my reserves. Same with Smash Up.

I also don't think it's obvious that you play games to be social and have fun. That's not why I play games at all. I play games to have a framework where life is slightly easier and to help settle my mind if I'm agitated. I guess I play more or less like some people meditate? Or maybe more like exercise. It's something I do which is primarily good for me but also I enjoy, and something which I think is in general a good habit.
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