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Simple vs. Complex Games

Trying to keep up with the blog this new year and not let too much time go between posts. I was doing some work on my game for this Friday when I got this facebook update from a colleague.
Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex… It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.
–Albert Einstein
Which immediately got me thinking. I am the type of person that likes my games more complex. I am constantly thinking of ‘house rules’ than can be used in specific situations. Boil a game down to its simplest sense and your playing ‘Chutes and Ladder’ or ‘Hi Ho Cherry-O’. Those are fine games, but in the end they don’t stimulate my brain enough to keep me up until (checks the clock). Well, later than I should. So to that end I do like my games more complex, but I think I will try sit back and try to look at things from a simpler point of view.
On a scale of one to ten, where ten is very complex, how do you like your games?

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  1. Catching up on my followed blogs today; sorry to be a little late in posting. :)

    I personally like my games at about a six. I’m a lot more selective these days about supplements, in particular, because they have the potential to make the game more complex than I like.

  2. neoproxy says:

    I’ve found that D&D is one of the crunchiest games around. Their supplements also add additional crunch which makes it hard to stay up on rulings.

    Although from a player’s perspective, I like supplements that offer new stuff, even rulings. I usually police myself in games so if something is out of balance, I tend to leave it out.

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