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How do you design your wishlist

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Do you keep a games "wishlist"? How do you catagorize and rank them or is it just a list?

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2 months ago

I don't keep a wishlist, but it'd probably be disastrous if I had kept one. I haven't tried/played a lot of games, so I'm basically interested in and want to try everything (aka "What are standards?"). I figured if something sticks in my mind enough, then I wouldn't need a wishlist for that. Might be good that I forget about some of the games if I can haha! 

2 months ago

lol

2 months ago

I keep a list on Evernote. It's loosely divided into, categories of: 

  • High priority for next buy
  • Pick up if it shows up on a good sale
  • High priority to demo this to see if I should buy
  • Spend some more time researching this

It's a relatively loose list. I'll often write a game down on it and forget about it for 6 months to a year. Often times getting some distance between when I first add a game to the list and when I do some research on it helps me be more objective.

2 months ago

I pretty much just look around at whatever seems interesting and slap it on a wishlist. It's always growing and changing but once I look into games more in-depth, I tend to remove them from my wishlist one by one. It's more of a reminder list to see what I want to research later.

2 months ago

no order, no preference, just put things on them; raaaaah!

2 months ago

aaaah!

Supporter2 months ago

I have a very small wishlist.  In order for a game to get on there I have to really really think I'd buy it at some point.  So there are some games I like the idea of that maybe someday down the line I'd pick up, #Architects of the West Kingdom for instance... but right now there isn't a high probability I'd pick it up.

Supporter2 months ago

I very much keep a wishlist and it is much looser than some. I'm looking at you

Basically I'll see a game that looks interesting, and I'll do some research on it. If it holds up under my research, I'll put it on my wishlist. I'll continue to research it as time goes on, and more often than not, I'll take it off of my list as I research it more. But, there are also games that have been on my wishlist for literal years. They have just never been the highest on my "what I want at this moment mental list." 

Something else, it is not unusual to have several games on my wish list that fill a similar "slot" in my collection. I think I have #Lisboa, #On Mars, and #The Gallerist are all on my wishlist. These are all big box Lacerda games, and they are the three I'm most interested in. If I get one of them, I'll probably take the other two off, at least for awhile. Of course, I might decide that I need more Lacerda, and put them back on.... 

 

Also, I don't necessarily put a game on my list just because I think it looks fun. I see weird designs and I'm intrigued by the design space and I think I would have fun exploring that space. An example of this is #Cloudspire. I'm super intrigued by the idea of a MOBA board game. I'm not that big a fan of MOBA's, but I do want to explore that in a board game setting. And, honestly, being a solo gamer makes me feel much more free to explore those weird books and crannies. If I run into a "bad" game, no big deal, it's just me. And, honestly, I can have a lot of fun even with "bad" games.

I also have games on my wishlist that I honestly want, but I wouldn't be buying them for myself primarily. These are games like #Wingspan, #Jaipur, or #Rurik: Dawn of Kiev. These tend to be games I think I would enjoy, maybe even enjoy solo. But I would mostly be buying it for other people's pleasure. 

Premium User2 months ago

I've done this before with some of my wishlist games. Only difference is I throw stuff on there to research. So when it doesn't hold up to my research or if later on I decide it's not for me, off it goes

2 months ago

Solo

Coop

General 

I mostly use it to just remember games I thought looked interesting. 

Supporter2 months ago

Nice. I like it

2 months ago

interesting, simple way of doing it

Premium User2 months ago

I do that sometimes too. I'll put something on there just to check out later

2 months ago

I just keep everything in my head. What would I do with a categorized and ranked withlist? Use it to decide between two games?

Supporter2 months ago

I use it to help remember what I'm interested in

2 months ago

oh, makes sense if you have a lot then

Supporter2 months ago

What would you do with one?? 

You can give it to someone over the holidays.... LOL

 

Seriously though, you can do a wishlist so many different ways. And, maybe you don't need one, that is just fine. But I do find that it brings a little bit of stability. When I buy a new game, I'm not necessarily restricted by my wishlist. But, it does help guide me. And it really helps so I don't buy as many "good deals," if it wasn't important enough to be on my wishlist, it probably isn't important enough for me to buy just because it is on sale. 

Supporter2 months ago

Exactly... give it out far and wide!

2 months ago

Makes sense. I dunno, I think I don't like the idea because I'm just lazy lol

Premium User2 months ago

Agreed about buying games from my wishlist only when they're on sale. It's just the whole making sure it's on my wishlist before I buy that I sometimes struggle with hahaha.

But yes you could always send your wishlist to the North Pole :P

2 months ago

I guess so. When people ask for a wishlist, I just write some games down on the top of my head that I want, and when I give it to them I say I don't really care what game I get but these are some recommendations that stick out

Premium User2 months ago

You seem very nonchalant in that regard

2 months ago

I guess so

2 months ago

indeed

Premium User2 months ago

Eh sometimes it can be useful to write it down somewhere so you don't forget. Although the keeping it in your head method might be even more useful as you'd probably forget about games you thought you'd like and that alone should be enough to tell you you don't really need it haha

2 months ago

Makes sense

2 months ago

Definitely do. I have an app (my quick reference) which clearly shows lists of games categorized by my main Wishlist and my Maybe list. 

I also have my Master list which has my Wishlist and Maybe list all ranked within their category. This is also followed by a loosely ranked list of games that have missed the cut which could always make their way up to Maybe or the wishlist. 

The ranking is simply based on how I feel about the actual game and the fit for our collection and our usual group. Sometimes cost plays a factor (rank-wise) depending on the game (since I am working with a budget and even less space). Things could always fall off the list or make it on the list with time. I almost never make a purchase without researching the game and having a really positive feeling it'll check all the boxes for a game in our slowly growing collection. 

Supporter2 months ago

Which app do you use? 

2 months ago

Straight up it's called My Board Game Collection by Tuyware. Really visually clean giving you main things you wanna know about your games at a quick glance. Does a lot more than that though (multiple lists, dice, point tracker, sessions). Also it gets all it's info from BGG so you can always sync up too. It's simple, but does the job for me when I don't wanna refer to my written list.