A New York building has been infected with something evil and it’s killing New York. You’re up against the clock to find the source of the evil and eliminate it. Every game was different. I’ve only ever won once. And you’ve got to love a game that gives you a nuclear powered chainsaw as a weapon :) I’m pretty sure the developers who made Doom were fans.
Chainsaw Warrior was also novel in as much as the ‘board’ was a place to keep cards and track progress rather than show movement. That had a big impact on my own thoughts on game design and started to make me think of games that you could play with minimal rules and the game mechanism/cards telling you what to do as you go along.
I moved towards more casual games after that. “Quirks” was a clever little game in which your creature evolved & dominated or died. “DungeonQuest” remains my first choice to pass some gaming time with “non-gaming” friends. You can pick it up almost without reading any rules at all!
And then “Wolfenstein 3D” came along, followed by “Doom” and I found a whole new genre to explore. I don’t buy board games nowadays. I no longer have a board gaming circle of friends. Much as I’d like to play “Carcasonne” or “Settlers of Catan”, I no longer have the wherewithal. Sadly, solo board games have been completely killed off by the PC and games console. That’s as much my fault as anyone else’s.
But I still pull out a game from time to time, set up the board, shuffle the cards, roll some dice - just for old time’s sake :)