The Quest Friends Board Gamer Motivation Profiles

Recently one of our favorite board game bloggers Mackenzie of The Meeple Street posted about her board game motivation profile (check out her post here), and it inspired us to take this quiz ourselves! We’ve always known we have a big variety of gaming tastes in our group, but thought it would be interesting to try and quantify those differences and see how they affect the games we choose to play together.

So we each took the quiz, and individually reviewed our results before combining to see how they fit (or didn’t fit!) together!

 

Kristen’s Gaming Profile

Low Conflict and Immersed

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I fully expected the Social Fun, Cooperation, Conflict, and Social Manipulation numbers of my profile. Where are the 14% of gamers who are worse at deception and intrigue than me?? We need to get together and play! My deception abilities would be a stone cold 1 on a d20 die every time- when the Quest Friends played the Sheriff of Nottingham a couple months ago every single time I tried to sneak in some contraband items it was obvious within 5 seconds. Just catch my eye and I’ll start smiling or turn lobster red. Oh well! Being a truthful person is good?

My love of cooperative games is interesting because my husband Pendell and I really started getting into gaming about two years before I even knew that these types of games existed. Our first games (besides ones like Scrabble and Dominoes) were Settlers of Catan, Agricola, Ascension, and Caverna. It wasn’t until we met the other half of the Quest Friends, Sam and Sul, that I even learned about cooperative games! The first time they came over to our house to play games they brought Zombicide, and I was hooked. From there we tried out Pandemic, Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective, and Dungeons and Dragons (which I consider to be the ultimate cooperative game. Our 5e starter campaign for Dungeons and Dragons firmly cemented the Quest Friends friendship to what it is today!).

I’ve always known that a lot of my love for games comes from the community part of playing- the time spent with friends and the bonds that develop while playing board games. Don’t get me wrong, if I’m in the right mood I can still get quite competitive, but overall if I had a fun night with friends I’ll never be upset that I lost at the end of the night. This is definitely a good thing, because Pendell is hands down a better strategist than I am. If I wasn’t okay with losing the majority of the time we never would have really started gaming! When we aren’t playing cooperative games, I find myself gravitating to games where you aren’t in direct “fighting” style conflict with others- mostly eurogames and deck building games. Because honestly sometimes games like the Game of Thrones board game (which I appreciate as a well-designed and interesting game) give me palpitations. The direct fighting conflict just isn’t my first choice in gaming, even though I’ll definitely play these games. Remember, I’m here for the people!

The most surprising part of my profile to me was my high score in Immersion, although on reflection it really does make sense. I really enjoy the aesthetics of a lot of the games we buy, and it’s often what catches my eye first when we’re looking for new acquisitions at the game store. And for competitive games, I tend to enjoy them more when there is a strong theme to the game that gets me invested in the outcome (like Viticulture, my new FAVORITE!).

 

Pendell’s Gaming Profile

High Conflict, Strategic, Immersed, and Independent

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I mostly agree with my profile. Strategy, immersion, and cooperation are by far the most fun elements to me in a game. I just love an in-depth game with tons of complicated rules, pieces, and strategy. Although my profile says I have a high conflict score, I don’t think this really tells the whole story. I want the entire team to be immersed in strategy, planning, and the feel or theme of the game – whether that means that we’re in conflict against each other or in conflict together against a zombie horde, for example, I want us to have fun and enjoy the game.

What is more fun: 1) using a boat bridge to sneak attack somebody halfway across Westeros and claim your 7th castle, or 2) figuring out the sequence of events needed for your team to prevent that last outbreak just in time to find the 4th cure in Pandemic? The answer is obvious: both in the same day.

I’m not really sure what “social fun” means in this survey, but I’m honestly kinda happy about my low score if it means what I feel like it means. Nothing is worse than planning a game night, then some non-gamer people show up and want to whine about their day at work and gossip. Then you have to find some lame party game where there’s no strategy, no point, and nobody can even remember what happened during the game the next day. Game time is a time for immersing yourself and your group in the world of the game and having fun, not for boring socialization with random people.

Finally, are there really people who enjoy a game because of “social manipulation”?? That sounds pretty messed up. I personally don’t like the games where the whole point is trying to lie or bluff without other strategy involved (Sheriff of Nottingham). That doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy watching how bad Kristen is at bluffing (it’s hilarious), and it also doesn’t mean that I don’t respect a strategic bluff, such as in Game of Thrones when you fake an attack to draw out your opponent’s 4 card and losing strategically with a card like Patchface, letting you discard your opponent’s next highest card as well. If the social manipulation itself is what the game is about, then I won’t enjoy playing it.

 

Sam’s Gaming Profile

Immersed and Gregarious

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I had to laugh when I saw that I scored the highest out of our group in social manipulation.  I think this is mostly reflected in the fact that all of the D&D characters that I’ve created tend to be Rogues and all of them are Chaotic Neutral.  Because who doesn’t love a little bit of chaos?

While I do enjoy games like Telestrations, I think that the high score that I received in Social Fun is mostly reflected in the fact that my favourite games are the ones where there is high cooperation.  I like games where we quest and conquest together, while getting into some harmless shenanigans on the way; chaotic neutral, remember?  My go-to games are Zombicide (which is why I made a playlist for it – check it out here), Pandemic, and Dungeons and Dragons.  While D&D isn’t a board game, I’m still counting it as a game, since it’s a way to adventure with a group through shared storytelling.  Secretly, D&D allows me to practice a slew of accents I’ve been practicing at home (alone, like a crazy person) to live out my dreams of being an actress.  Not so secretly, it allows me to live out my fantasy of being a massive Dragonborn Rogue (chaotic neutral, obvi) who carries a claymore (called the Pacifier) and rules over a pack of street urchins.

Which brings me to my high Immersion score.  I want to feel like I am there when I’m playing.  I get emotionally invested in the games I play.  I feel my heart racing when the zombie hoard is closing in on us in Zombicide.  I am plotting the demise of my husband, Sul, when his ships attack my port in Game of Thrones The Board Game.  I have an internal war with myself over whether or not to slaughter my livestock to feed my family in Agricola, because they’re part of the family too, you know?  Which is why I love D&D.

One thing I disagree with is my low discovery score.  Am I allowed to swear here?  Because I’m a f*%$ing quest friend.  I like to quest and explore.  Screw that score.

 

Sul’s Gaming Profile

Low Conflict, Strategic, Immersed, and Independent

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I think my profile is overall pretty accurate except for the low conflict score. Those questions are tricky, and while it’s true I do usually prefer cooperative games where we can work together, I also love battle games. A perfect example of a cooperative game with conflict (against the game) is Zombicide. However I think this doesn’t quite reflect that I do really enjoy conflict games such as A Game of Thrones, Axis & Allies, and our newest game Blood Rage – I just feel bad when someone has to lose. I also came up with a very high “need to win” score – another reason I sometimes find it better to play a cooperative game.

Otherwise I think this fits my style quite well. I love strategy games that involve a lot of thinking and planning, and complex games that immerse you in the world of the game. Nothing is more exciting to me than opening a game to find a huge map, detailed miniatures, and beautiful playing cards (guess that explains my high aesthetic score). I’m not that into social games just for the point of being social, there needs to be strategy involved.

I fit well into the group as the guy who is always willing to go head to head with Pendell our highest conflict scorer, but while also a proponent of those cooperative games when we all just want to have a good time and work together to accomplish something. Also I’m often the designated rulebook reader of the group, and sometimes made fun of for being a rule checker, but hey a world without rules is just chaos right?

Based on my profile scores, the website recommended Legends of Andor for me, which is perfect because our group just got it but we haven’t tried it yet. Sounds like a great fit – immersive fantasy with strategy but in a cooperative setting. Always love a good adventure with my Questies!

 

The Quest Friends Gaming Together

As you can see the four Quest Friends have different preferences in the types of games we prefer, but also some similarities. We all really enjoy cooperative games and across the board we had high immersion scores.

Overall we found our profiles to be fairly accurate, with the biggest exception being Sul’s low conflict score. If you had ever seen him drool over the Axis and Allies board, you would know that isn’t true. We feel like getting an additional insight into our gaming motivations helps us to further enhance our gaming experiences and pick games that best fit our group and playing style.

We hope you learned a little more about us and our motivations for gaming from this post! Go take the Board Game Motivation Profile quiz for yourself and share the results with us! You can find us here on the blog, over on Instagram as questfriendsgaming, or on Twitter as QFriendsGaming.

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