Some months ago, it might be a year or more by now, I asked y'all how many games you idealize in your collection. I have been thinking more about this, and all at once I realized that I think I approach my collection differently than some people.
I think some people "just collect." They accumulate games and that is a avenue through which they find joy. I think that the Dice Tower's Jason Levine is the beu ideal for this sort of collector. BTW, if you haven't yet watched the tour of Jason's collection you should check it out here. For these people, owning these phyical objects brings a certain amount of joy. And, honestly, I feel this. Before I had to put most of my books into storage I loved just gazing at my multiple bookcases full of books. It made me feel good. And, while I don't have *that* many games, I love looking at what I have.
Others curate a collection. These are people who function more as the curator of a art gallery or museum. They have some sort of goal in mind. They acquire games, and sometimes a *lot* of games. But, they are, generally speaking, striving for some sort of goal. They might want a collection that is representative of something: genres, player types, play lengths, publishers.... They may try to have a complete collection of a certain publisher and/or designer. These collections, while not necessarily readily apparent, generally have a sort of goal.
I identify some with both of these, but, mostly I see myself as a curator.
I am striving to build a collection that is representatives of different "types" of games. I don't need to have every type of game around. But, I do have "holes" in my collection that I want to fill. I have games I should probably get rid of. There are games that I really honestly want, but, I don't want to get them because it will repeat something that I already have in my collection. That being said, I am partly "just a collector." I have no real desire for #Pax Transhumanity, but it is the Pax game that I don't already have or have coming my way..... SO, I am tempted to buy it, just so that I have them all, in one form or other. There are some games I would like to have, just to have them. Of course, I want to play them too, but just having it would be a great pleasure, #1817 is one such game. It is super expensive, not soloable, and I would be lucky to play it once, but I really want it.
So, are you a collector, a curator, or a hybrid? If you are a curator, what is your goal? How jelous are you of Jason Levin's collection?
P.S. You should also check out Jeroen Doumen's collection on BGG. You can see that here.