I've been playing on BGA for about 6-8 months consistently now and greatly enjoy the venue. I've played TTS and Tabletopia and a few Steam boardgames (Scythe + something else I can't remember) and BGA takes the cake for me.
I try to be somewhat careful with which games I play blindly (no rules, just jump in) but I like the ability to do this and learn a game. Some games I find that I really want a physical copy of to play with friends locally that aren't on BGA. Other games I am glad I tried and passed on purchasing a physical copy. Some games I love to play both as much as I can.
1. Getting better at games I enjoy is one of my favorite things about BGA. Many of the games I really love take too much setup and teardown to play many times in a row. #Viticulture: Essential Edition and #Teotihuacan: City of Gods are two games that physically hit the table only once in a while and yet they are two of my favorite games! On BGA I have had the opportunity to get much better at Teotihuacan while simultaneously never winning at Viticulture because I am still trying to figure that one out...but I love it!
2. Learning a new game with a brief or no rule reading is great. There are times I'd love to try a new game but need a friend with a new game or would have to purchase one myself because it's going to be a while before the next game night. BGA lets me stretch from game knowledge and repertoire. I generally stick to the ones I know but once in a while I really want to try something that intrigues me.
3. The platform is well designed and there seem to be very few glitches while gaming. Several times I've been able to get a game with friends over discord when there was no way we could get together. I love having a smooth and easy options that keeps us from messing up the rules.
What is your experience on the platform and how has it worked for you?
What would you change about it if you could change something?
What 5 games would you like to see on BGA that aren't there now? (I'd like to see #Heaven & Ale, #Brass: Birmingham, #Great Western Trail (Second Edition), and #Coffee Traders) I'd also love to see the solo option for a few games.
https://youtu.be/uYq-rxTkkas - link to my solo game metric update and a few BGA thoughts