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Abstract Games Are Elitist | Maven Games
We recently did our Top 5 Abstract Games on the Boardgame Opinions channel. Steve and Amy particularly like abstract games. I’m not as much of a fan, which I’ve been taking a bit of flak for recently! We joke about it because Steve keeps getting me to play abstract games and my opinion in the reviews is usually lukewarm. Why is this? Why don’t I like abstract games very much? Comments on the channel from people who have been dismayed at my lack of appreciation for these games have caused me to contemplate what my issue is. I think there are a number of reasons why, but one fundamental issue I keep coming back to is that abstract games can be quite susceptible to elitism. Let me explain… Before I jump in, let me just say that I’m not on any kind of crusade against abstract games! Plenty of people love abstract games and they can provide a great deal of enjoyment for many. That’s great. I’m not trying to persuade anyone to steer clear of abstract games. However, people struggle to understand sometimes how I can have a low opinion of well-respected abstract games. This is what I want...