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INTPs and Strategy Games


Devil's Advocate
Aug 2, 2016
Somewhere in the Milky Way
Hey, guys! So I was wondering for some time what the general opinion is on strategy games here. I've been told before that I would be good at chess, and according to what I've read INTPs should be fairly good at strategy games if they dedicate some time to it. But here's the thing; I find strategy games waaaaay too boring for me. I wonder how many of you guys share this opinion with me.

For some odd reason, I always lose interest with strategy games. It might be slower pace, though I'm not too sure. I find that I enjoy faster paced, action-oriented games. Games like rogue-likes/lites, fighting games, or even first/third-person shooters. Perhaps this is because rather than doing the majority of my thinking during gameplay, I do a lot of my thinking off gameplay. What I mean by this is that I like to come up with schemes and do intense research after and before I start a match, and then implement what I learned when I start playing. Then again, this also probably applies to people who play strategy games, but I digress.

With that said, what's your opinion on strategy games? I'm curious to see your guys' responses.


Condescending Bastard
Dec 12, 2009
I play Rimworld mostly and although it can be very slow paced I quite often find myself interrupted from scheming as some event forces me to change my plans/priorities, I like that it's not only a game that's all about scheming but also reacting to circumstances that influence my schemes.


Well-Known Member
Jun 7, 2017
Yea I dunno. I play poker in casinos. Most of it revolves around real-time decisions based on gut-feeling. One can do some calculations off the table but it's of quite limited use. I don't really get chess as it's pure strategy and thus quite one-dimensional. I definitely need the component of real-time dynamics in order to find something truly engaging.


Jan 24, 2013
A hut in the woods
XCOM, great strategy game. Really like it. Started a Let's play on youtube but only did one episode.

I typically do high risk high reward strategy in board games. Sometimes I win because of it, but I more often don't.

I feel I am probably good enough at poker to be able to make money playing in online tournaments, but I have a lot of practice doing those. I have found that poker is just too stressful for me and I can't take bad beats.

When I even play a game like Skyrim, I am always trying to figure out how to do things an optimal way without cheating. I want to know how I can break the game within the confines of the game itself.

FF series is also a pretty cool franchise - though that kind of game is more about conventionality (Holland code) rather than strategy.


analyse, manipulate
Sep 11, 2013
my head is my home
I like them, but they drains so much energy from me, I mean, I'm devastated after 1 hour play. The fun becomes after a game, when I can think about new strategy, what can I do better or different - I remember those long hours when I was contemplating about Warcraft 3, which units are counters to each other, which mix up best, what my mate should be doing (I played 2vs2 a lot), do I need another mine, and when to make it, how many towers to protect it, what upgrades are worth (because each next one are more expansive and gave same amount of stats) and stuff...

but RTS are actually made for ST types, because they require some or huge amount of micro-managing, and I'm good, but not the best at it

TBS are nice, but I don't actually need that much time to think and I'm frustrated, when I can make my turn in 2 minuts (like in HoMM), and my friends (INTJ and INFJ) are thinking for 10-15 minuts [and still, it's not the best game for INTPs, I lost many times vs ESFP - they have so good tactical thinking and their aggressive and quick play style often won vs mine too long range;

chess is great, but I agree what Bobby Fisher (ISTP) said:

[ISTPs are also the best players in chess in general - fisher, carlsen] (imo)
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The choicest fuckboi
Mar 17, 2011
I don't really think type claims can be made about such general skill sets, not well evidenced claims anyway. The starcraft pro scene is home to all sorts of people for example.

I play a lot of strategy games. I tend to have decent macro, and excel when reflexes and raw mechanical skill aren't emphasised. I enjoy the thinking part too. Not many games offer such a deep and evolving problem set. I'm not very gifted tactically: other similarly skilled players tend to make it to the highlight reel more often.