Though the lack of background music outside'a missions really did hurt the ambiance.
kickass 2 in Savoy Cinema
When I saw the gambling dens appear on the map, I though; Roulette! Poker! Blackjack!
-But when i stepped into the den, it was just surly blokes playing the dullest ever boardgames. Argh! WTF?!?!? Did I step in on the Oklahoma Nerd Convention?!?
Most forms of gambling wouldn't be found in Colonial America, 'cept amongst the wealthy who can afford things like game tables. You play gambling with average Joes and people who live off'a it in taverns, not those of royal blood and the rich. Furthermore, IIRC those card games were only just barely invented in the 17th-18th century in other countries. It's historically inaccurate to find 'em played in the Americas. Google tells me Roulette was invented even later. On that note, I don't actually know if Fanorona was played at all in Colonial America (perhaps slaves brought it over?), but either way it's better than seein' Poker or Blackjack again, gambling games you find in every damn M-rated sandbox vidya gaem these days. You may not enjoy a good board game, but I sure as shit do. Though, the computer is a cheatin' sunovabitch on expert.
Can ya really not appreciate if a game would include other older games like Go or Mah Jongg over forms of now-common gambling? Or at the very least, be understanding of it if the games are accurate for the video game's setting? You said ya were a fan of RDR. Didn't ya enjoy Liar's Dice because it was somethin' new to ya?