I really do enjoy minis over standees or flat tokens. Maybe it's a moderate ability to paint that makes it more appealing. I just really like the aesthetic look. I agree that some games overdo it. Games like Shadows over Camelot don't really need it, especially for the bad guy stuff. Other games like Mice and Mystics, Descent, or Zombicide really benefit from the look and feel of figures marching around the board. Though I will say that unpainted Mice and Mystics is a travesty because the heroes are the same plastic color as the enemies adding some confusion that colored tokens or standees would not have had. Felt like a case of "minis because minis" without thinking of quality of experience.
Would castle panic be better with minis? Naw, I think that would be unnecessary.
Would my daughter enjoy Stuffed Fables without the cute minis? Maybe, but she really does get into the excitement of the figures.
As far as upgrading games, I think if you have a game you really enjoy then upgrading it can be beneficial to your enjoyment. For example, the upgrades of Power Grid from colored cubes to shaped resources makes the game more fun. Or Lords of Waterdeep changing the cubes to individually shaped meeples with sticker art really helps bring the game from basic resources to a deeper definition of those resources. Instead of "I'm getting 3 black cubes" it's "I'm getting 3 thieves." Not required, but gives an extra little oomph to make the game a bit more fun. I really enjoy upgrading games that hit the table a lot.
TLDR: No, you don't need them in your game, but for some it can really bring out the aesthetics.
On Thursday, April 6, 2017 at 11:16:01 PM UTC-4, TiCK wrote: