It was bound to happen
I think I’ve burned out on Mage Knight for a while … a quick check of my year to date games log shows 80 plays this year, which is impressive but I’m suffering diminishing hedonic returns … so away the game goes with my final two articles on ice until such a time as I’m not burned out.
I may also — to a lesser extent — be burned out on bridge after some mediocre sessions where I’m either over- or under-thinking. At least I qualified for the club level of the NAOP. Last year was embarrassing in that we had to go to an out-of-the-way club to make the final qualifier after posting a sub 50% game in a terrible field once or twice. Just one of those games where I make a ton of mistakes and some of my good/reasonable decisions fail.
Similar to yesterday: Stupid mistakes mixed with hands where we get to the correct place to no avail. A nice safe 3m when 2N is dangerous because one suit only has a half stopper (Kx in dummy) so even if it is a stopper we need to find 7 more quick tricks. Of course every card is on so 2N makes 3 to outscore us. But I sadly admit the mistakes were a bigger factor than the bad luck in the last few games.
Still — at least I won’t have to scramble to qualify. (It really annoys me that there is perhaps one qualifying game a month that is not during working hours). I’ve got no bridge (except online) scheduled for a few weeks, and that should be enough to get out of this funk. MK may be a bit longer. (If the TaoLing asks to play, then I’ll still play, but I think it may be time to pull out Sentinels…)
Also time to start perusing the store shelves and BGG and just buy a game. I haven’t actually done that in a while (apart from Food Chain Magnate). We’ll also have some extended family in town, so I will probably play the closet game to figure out what may be interesting for the seven year old niece as well as the not-quite-eye-rolling-age-teenager nephews, should they declare that they are bored. Probably stick with some classic high luck games, or the newer staples like King of New York.
Hopefully that will get the spark back.
In any case — since the store thing is an option, (and I actually swung by the store last week, but I had barely heard anything about the new games) I’m wondering what to buy. Another Dominion expansion seems safe enough… Rebellion intrigued me, but I still have War of the Ring for that itch. So — open thread on new obsessions!