Coming Around Again
There are many reasons why some games are played a couple of times and then put to one side. Often the game just doesn't suit you or your games group or it doesn't meet the expectations you had. However, there are also games that are put to one side, but then get brought back to the table again after some time - and I want to look at what these games are for me and why I put them away for a while before getting them out again.
I think one of the things you're bringing up here is learning mode vs. playing mode. Some games survive this switch and others don't, and I have no clear idea why. Some games are only good for a few games where you're discovering the game, but it feels discovered after a while. Other games enter a completely new game mode where it's about competing and gaining mastery once you learn...
A lot of times my first few plays before a break are the learning part... and I'm not sure if the game is going to come back up again and have a new life in the head to head mode.