In my book you can roughly divide board game players into two different types.
I like to compare us to runners, where you have the typical sprinter type, and the hardy long-distance specialists.
In board game terminology, the sprinters (like myself) enjoy shorter games (1-2h) with fast and furious game mechanics – where mistakes are instantly penalized by defeat.
There is a lot of boardgames out there, that suit this specific type of player – but for some reason we are often argued by the “other side” as being less skilled board gamers…
“It´s just plain luck, half the time”, is the typical statement.
The “other side” is the long-distance players, who enjoy the slowly developing marathon games (3-4h+) where you will need to plan seriously ahead and then roll out your strategy through hours of play – before ultimately claiming your victory. For these guys a board game, with less than 3 hours of play-time is considered a kids game.
This kind of game allows so much more detailed and varied gameplay, with loads more options; allowing the game to have incredible depth and complexity.
Even if I understand the argument that one 8h game win is much more valuable than 8 x 1h wins – I dont think one type of player is superior to the other.
You have to grasp a much bigger picture, yes, and understand much deeper mechanics – but it´s more a question of taste than skills, in my oppinion.
The reason why I am not a very good “long-distance” player, is that I hate the mere risk of sitting 3-4 hours in a game you know you have already lost.
I mean honestly; that´s a bit of a drag.
Also, these guys are somewhat connected to the reason board games has a bit of a geeky reputation in the public eye (no offense intended).
For me, a true board game champion can really enjoy and master both types; and I have yet to meet such a player.
– A long-distance sprinter? Now that would be board gaming like a boss.