Longtime readers of this blog know that I am an avid recorder of my boardgame play stats, using the wonderful Boardgame Stats app.
I also love playing boardgame apps or boardgames online asynchronously.
A few months ago, I got into a little discussion with Sarah Reed on Twitter. Sarah’s a boardgame designer but in this case she was talking about keeping stats for her online games played.
I mentioned that I don’t record my stats for games that I play asynchronously.
She was curious why and I told her.
In thinking about things, I thought I would expand on what I told her and actually do my first opinion post in a while on here.
Basically what I said was that I don’t record my stats for them because it’s way too easy to lose track of what you’re trying to do in a game when you play asynchronously. Especially when it can be days until your next turn (for whatever reason).
I can’t count the number of times in Ascension when I (to name one example) took a card from my Dreamscape before realizing that I had the construct that lets you replace a card taken from there waiting in my deck. If I had the construct out, the Dreamscape card I took would have been replaced.
Since I didn’t, it wasn’t.
I realize that description may very well mean nothing to you, but what it says should be understandable.
I didn’t remember that I had something which would help me, and thus did a poor play.
(Being in 17 different Ascension games at the same time may add to that problem).
Ascension is an easy and fast game, so it’s not usually that big of a deal.
Root is a complex game with many layers and it also takes a lot more time than Ascension.
I’m in three games right now, all of them as different factions
I’m not very good at the game anyway, but obviously when it’s a couple of days between your turns it could be very easy to lose sight of what I wanted to do.
Then I make a move and I’m like “shit, I forgot that I can’t build a Roost in a rabbit clearing so I’m going into Turmoil”.
I play as optimally as I can, of course.
But mistakes happen.
I don’t want those recorded on my stats.
That’s one reason I don’t record asynchronous plays.
The other reason, and I think it’s just as important (and this isn’t in what I told Sarah but I just thought of it).
I keep track of my stats as a social thing, too. I want to keep track of games that I’ve played “live” and with people. Able to talk to them, socialize, sit across the table (or now play online but we can Zoom or find some other way to talk).
Sadly, there are only two expansions on the app. I bought all of the expansions for the tabletop game from Alderac Entertainment Group a couple of months before the pandemic hit.
We got through two of them before we had to stop. The rest are sitting in my office waiting for us to come back.
But we’ve restarted the games, been able to socialize while playing (and unfortunately not be able to fix mistakes that we make like we could in the lunch room!) and thus I’ve been counting these as a play on BG Stats.
It may be a small difference. I have played all of these asynchronous games so why shouldn’t they count?
But it is a big difference to me, and why I do keep track of stats.
This post probably means nothing to those of you who don’t keep track of your games played.
To each their own.
Are you a boardgame app player? Do you record your boardgame stats? If so, do you record your app plays?
Let me know down below.