Session Idea - Gaming through the Alphabet
- As the new year approaches and we all excitedly pull out our latest
acquisitions to play, it is also time to look back on our old games
that sit on the shelf waiting to be played. In this vein, I would
like to propose for the group's consideration an idea that has been
suggested on the Speilfrieks/Nigglybits mailing lists:
A year has 52 weeks. The (English) alphabet has 26 letters.
Therefore in an effort to help bring out games from the collection,
every two weeks should be assigned to a letter of the alphabet. The
games played during those 2 weeks must start with the letter of the
week. In this way, hopefully we can think about our collections and
bring out games to play that might not make the table otherwise. I
would like to hear comments from others about this idea, but let me
explain some of my thoughts also.
One thing I would like to do is play already owned games. Certainly
is an economic use for our collections. Another advantage that I hope
this brings is a small sense of anticipation each week. I know I am a
bit overwhelmed trying to narrow down to a few games each week and
with the alphabet system, I have a smaller selection to choose from,
so perhaps more games get considered for play.
One downside to such a program is that it is likely to mean a new or
different game each week. I know that I myself like repeated playings
of a game as I get a better feel for the inter-relationships of a
game. If we blindly go through the alphabet, we might not have an
opportunity to repeat a game and miss out on this ability to learn
from repeated playings.
Therefore, if we limit this to the "main" game of the evening and let
the opener (if any) and closer (if any) remain "free choice" perhaps
that is one way to proceed. Of course, this might eliminate some
smaller games from consideration. A compromise might be to consider
if the game makes a second appearance the following week. After all,
each letter will have 2 weeks assigned to it. Also, some initial
letters (Q, X, Y are my "no game" letters) are rather deficient - so
perhaps we can utilize those weeks as "free choice" weeks also.
Of course, we need to decide how liberal we are with our assignments.
I believe a game should count under all versions of it's name.
Therefore, Abenteuer Menschheit counts both under A and S (Settlers of
the Stone Age). But expansions should only count when it is their
turn. Therefore, it is OK to play the Black Rose expansion during the
B weeks, but only the base game (Mississippi Queen) during the M
weeks. And there are a few games that start with numerals (10
Days..., 6 Nimmt!, 18xx), we need to decide if we use the "spelling"
of the numbers or do we add them as a "27th" letter or do we use them
as wild cards when the actual letter is deficient.
So with my (rambling?) thoughts placed down....anyone else willing to
give this a try? Or do others strongly prefer the current
Thoughts and discussion greatly appreciated.