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290T: Avalon

First day of classes are always interesting, but you never really meet anyone. Being able to play a game was a very new feel for meeting strangers, but I enjoyed it.

This class we played Avalon, a hidden role game which I have never played. However, My friends and I have been really into Secret Hitler recently because its a quick and very social game. It was interesting to play a similar style game with people I did not know, I personally think it is more fun with those you know.

As a very observant person at first, I was quick to pick up on the leadership and gameplay styles of those around me, which varied immensely. The easiest personality to find was the emerging leader, who was fantastic at getting the ball rolling with strangers and often helped others strategize, but instantly had a target on their back for the game. I found it very interesting to see this target taken on so quickly when I had not seen the same in my group of friends who know each other. I guess the game truly depends on judgements of others actions and when there is no baseline, it makes the game that much more difficult.

Overall I enjoyed the game, although I did get lost quickly in the technicalities of who had seen who. Personally I really enjoy social games as a whole because it keeps everyones attention for the time and is the only topic people are discussing. It shows the investment people are willing to make for a well-designed game.