TO SING THE SAME TUNE IS IN EVERYTHING CLOYING AND OFFENSIVE; BUT MEN ARE GENERALLY PLEASED WITH VARIETY

There are a couple of games that my group plays a lot. Chief among these is Liar's Dice but we've also been playing Trans America a tremendous number of times lately. I really enjoy both but I must admit that sometimes it can be too much. In the past, I've had to officially embargo certain games and refuse to play them for a month or so. (Sort of the opposite to what Mark Johnson proposes in this month's article.) I find that the break can do quite a bit of good it forces us to choose other, overlooked titles that are deserving of play as well as making us appreciate those set aside (absence making the heart grow fonder and all). What I've found is that this is not at all hard to accomplish as there are so many worthy titles to play instead.

There were only a very few responses to my query last month. This wasn't surprising as I meant it more as a question to ponder than a scientific survey. What was a little surprising was that those who did respond were unanimous in choosing option A. I would have thought that there'd be at least one or two individuals who could not bear to part with Puerto Rico but apparently variety is the spice of life!

-Greg Aleknevicus

I've mentioned in the past that I'm a huge fan of the Kosmos two-player line of games. This extends beyond that company though as I find that there are a great many two-player games that I really enjoy. In fact, one of the problems I face with my group is that there are so few opportunities to play these games. Most often we have four or five people at our sessions which means that any two-player games are put away. Xavier Van Aubel has the exact opposite problem and has a few ideas about where to begin.

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