Go listen to the story here at the D6 Generation site. I believe the story is about the 1 hour and 35 minute mark. (BTW, a very long and detailed podcast on gaming and geek life - been going a long time and they have nice production value.)
He said in relation to the game Infinity, by Corvus Belli. (I've never played.) He thought it may be a better game for a monogamer, one who focuses on one game/game system, as opposed to a polygamer, or one that tends to dabble or play several different games with regularity. These are my definitions of what he was saying, not necessarily his definition.
He said this because of the depth of the game, the special rules, the variety of factions and their attendant rules, the exceptions, etc that make it a challenge to pick up and play well just a couple times a year. Understand he wasn't saying this was a bad thing. And also, not that you can't play it every few months. You just won't play it as well and possibly not have as much fun because you're not going to remember all the nuance that makes (insert game here) a fun game for it's biggest fans.
Games that appear to me to favor the monogamer:
|I'm using this without permission|
Flames of War to a point
Advanced Squad Leader
Operational Combat Series or Tactical Combat Series games
(Golf to me would be a sport that is monogamer favoring. You really need to focus on it and play it quite regularly to have any chance.)
Whereas games like Kings of War, Combat Commander, and many others can be picked up every once in awhile and you can do relatively well in them.
I would like to be a monogamer. This is what partially led me to ASL. I like the idea of learning a game (especially one that covers the entire war) and really getting to know it. I like the idea of listening to podcasts about the game, reading forums, etc.
However, there's too much Gamer Butterfly in me. I get too distracted by the new and shiny. And by "new" I don't necessarily mean "hot off the press", just new to me.
So in belief I'm a monogamer.
In practice I'm a polygamer.
What are you? What do you think of this concept?