Wishlists - Why waiting can be good
I have rarely if ever maintained an official wishlist of games in my life, the world is awash with excellent, or at least excellent looking, games: so many of which I wouln't say no to owning if given the opportunity.
What I do often have is a single game that I very desperately want to own for one reason or another. There are 3 specific game that come to mind:
#Eldritch Horror - This was one of the first modern board games I owned. Up until that point my experience of games had been fairly limited, but I really liked #Pandemic and this seemed like the next level in terms of complexity and scope. I had wanted it for a long long time, but I was just a poor student at that point so couldn't be splashing out even for a game I really liked. I did get to play it once at a board game cafe at university and was convinced it was the game for me. However, my older brother was going to The UK Games Expo in Birmingham one summer so I tasked him with trying to find a copy on the second hand table. He had a strict limit of thirty pounds which was a good chunk of the money I owned in the world at that time. While I didn't hold out much hope upon his return he was bearing a big old box of cthulu goodness! I have had many great times with this game over the years, it is prbably one of my most played games.
#Archipelago - This was a game I never played before I bought it. I watched a review on SUSD and just immediately knew it was a game I would love and was pretty sure it would fit with my group of friends too. You've all heard me rave about this game before, but it was the focus on deal-making and semi-coop that sold me. However, when I first heard of it it was out of print and secon-hand copies were selling for extortionate amounts. So I waited, and waited, and waited: scanning eBay and second-hand sites for probably at least two years with no luck. However, eventually the was another print run and it became one of the very few games I have ever bought new and at full price. As you can imagine I did and have loved this game endlessly, it lived up to my hopes and clicked right away with my university friends and others who I ahve played this with.
#878: Vikings - Invasions of England - This had been the game I had been craving for probably 18 months by the time I managed to find a reasonably priced copy (it too is/was out of print) and while I have yet to have the chance to play it with four players (how I think it will play best) I have really enjoyed playing it two player with my partner.
My point with all this is that by having to wait to get these games, I appreciated them that much more when they finally did arrive. Especially for Eldritch Horror and 878 Vikings as I managed to get good deals on both which meant I felt extra pleased with myself. And of course in reality, not having these games sooner didn't stop me enjoying all the board games I already own or the hobby in general so did me no harm to wait.
What have been games that you haven't been able to aquire for years but were so worht it when you did?