Buying Games on Impulse


Have you ever purchased games on impulse?

I have, and my first and only time was with #Disney Villainous. Found a used copy for around $10 off the usual price so I thought it was a no-brainer since it was so popular. My wife and I love Disney films so I figured she'd like it. Little did I know, this is what "like new" condition looked like but I decided to just take it off the owner's hands.

Well, this still remains one of the only games in my collection that hasn't been played. The only other one is #Agricola (Revised Edition). I'll be getting to these games as a part of the Weekly Challenge, so I'll be trying them out however way I can--solo, playing both players' sides, etc!

With that said, here are some questions:

  • Have you ever purchased games on impulse? Which games are they?
  • What typically triggers that impulse? (Sales, your favorite publisher/designer coming out with a game, hearing certain keywords like your favorite game mechanic, theme, etc)
  • What combination of "your favorite publisher/designer" + "your favorite mechanic/theme" would immediately tempt you to make an impulse buy? (or at least, make you think about the game for weeks?)

I'll post my answers in the comments!

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Premium User16 months ago

It typically happens at board game conventions which is why I'm glad they no longer happen. Last time I did, it was #Champions of Hara and it turned out very well. 

Premium User16 months ago

Haha, I don't often impulse buy, but when I do, it's pretty much always price-related. A pre-cursor is that it's a game I already have interest in. I'll likely never impulse buy a game I don't know much about simply because it's on sale. The only way I could see myself doing this is if the sale is SO GOOD that I can't pass it up - like $5 for a $60 game, or something like that.

Anyway, the few games I've done this with:

These all share the traits of being small and not too expensive to begin with, and I've bought them all locally, not online.

As for what would make me insta-buy a game? I think a theme that I really love (Dune, Star Wars, etc) coming from a publisher who consistently puts out quality games with great components (Stonemaier comes to mind initially, but there are several) would have my money. Man, would I love to see what Stonemaier would do with the #Dune rulebook and components - there are definitely improvements to be had there. To be fair though, if any more board games come out in the Dune universe, I'll probably still buy them no matter what.

Moderator Level 116 months ago

I am afraid I have, multiple times. Some include,

The impulse is almost always price related. I don't think I ever really buy a game without pretty decent research beforehand. But, when I see a game I know a fair amount about for a good price, I have often picked it up without thinking much about it, no matter if it was on my "must buy sometime" list or not.

I think that any Cole Werhle historical game will tempt me mightily. I am eagerly awaiting to see what he does with the second edition of #John Company.

Supporter16 months ago

I don't often get to impulse buy anything. My budget is controlled by my wife, for good or for bad. (Usually for good). Typically if I want to buy something it's like requesting Congress to agree on something. 

16 months ago

I pretty always impulse buy if I find a game in a charity shop, if I don't know the game I will usually google it and if it has an average rating above a 6.5/10 and the theme/mechanics appeal I will usually take it, I always figure that if I get one game out of it, even if it is laughably bad then it is worth the £2-£5 I pay for it.

Winners from Charity shops have been: #King of Tokyo (great gateway game), #Gloom, #War on Terror (hilariously satirical, a better version of risk), #Once Upon a Time: The Storytelling Card Game (just a wonderful group activity)

Games that I have only played once or twice and then passed on: #Smash Up (liked it but realised it just wouldn't get played much), #Game of Thrones: The Card Game (again, it wasn't bad, but wasn't looking to get into a CCG) #Munchkin (similar story, not good enough to see regular play, knew a friend of mine would enjoy it a lot more)

I have occaisionally been suckered in on a great deal on Ebay, I am now much more discerning but when I first had disposable income, I was picking up any interesting looking games if I felt I was getting a good deal. I buy most of my games second hand, but the following are games I didin't search for and just came across.

Winners: #The Grizzled (so good and bought for like £2, a small co-op which I haven't found many of), #Choson (set collection with a bunch of take that, quick but wonderfully tactical, aslo bought it for £1.20 so can't complain), #Supervillain: This Galaxy Is Mine! (stayed on my shelf of shame for a long time, one I will write about this week)

Losers: #The Staufer Dynasty (I really need to give this another chance, but it was just a little dry first time around)

I think I go through phases of a particular theme/mechanic really appealing. However, Asymmetry is a massive pull for me, and any kind of deck/engine building being incorporated, or just generally upgrading your faciont/character, this doesn't have to be the core mechanic, but I like to growth in a game.

Owner16 months ago

1. Games I bought on impulse - #Disney Villainous & #Agricola (Revised Edition)

2. What typically triggers the impulse - I typically never buy things on impulse. But with the two games I mentioned, they were both at a great price :( Villainous was completely out of the blue but I had been planning to buy Agricola in the near future.

3. The perfect combination of keywords that would make my wallet tremble in fear:

  • "Leder Games" + "Screen-Printed Meeples" + "Area Control Game for 2p" - Ok, this is basically #Root but with more focus on 2p lol. Don't get me wrong, I still really enjoy it at 2p but it's too limited if you don't have the expansions. #Cry Havoc appeals to me for the same reasons after reading 's impressions of the game. Maybe I'll just get the expansions instead at some point...
  • "Leder Games" + "Root" + "Campaigns" - If #Root came with various scenarios and storylines and different bosses, that would be an amazing experience with my wife.
  • "Legacy" + "Final Fantasy 7 or 9" + "Stonemaier Games or FFG" - Perfect combination of IP I'd love to see in a board game + a publisher who could bring that IP to life with great attention to detail. This could potentially just make me want to play the video game instead, but this would honestly be a must buy for me.

Premium User16 months ago

Villainous is pretty fun! I've only played at 4 players, but my hunch is that the sweet spot is 3 players. 4 went a bit long, but I feel like it wouldn't be quite as good at 2 players.

And you need Root: Duel! That sounds cool haha. Or if they somehow came up with a Root: The Card Game or something like that.

16 months ago

I like to imagine you just impulse buying a seond copy of #Root just 'because Root!'

Also, #Cry Havoc is great! Although as I mentioned in another post, because it seems to have a lot in common with Root, I held off getting Root until I have had played Cry Havoc a bunch, although you have played a bunch of Root so I guess that isn't as applicable.

Supporter16 months ago

Lol I can totally imagine Phil getting more copies of Root, just because. 

16 months ago

Owner16 months ago

that's not too far off ;)

But yeah.. it's unfortunate but #Root doesn't see the light of day all that much since I don't have the expansions (and because I don't have a large group for it.) I'm not sure if I want to invest in them either rather than going for new games I have my eyes on. Root has definitely fallen off from the top because of this reason :(

The solo play is still very engaging and I love it though, just that the opportunity/time doesn't come up all that often. Once time opens up, I'm most itching to get in another solo game of #Pax Pamir (Second Edition)

16 months ago

Oh dear, never thought I'd see the day! How long do you think it will be before it is safe to meet up with people for games where you are?

Owner16 months ago

Sales get me all the time. The other is favorite publishers and I just buy everything from them when it hits retail. My most recent purchase based on a sale is #Flick Em Up! which I've played 8 times now however I haven't learned the rules. I just made up my own versioin to play with my 3 year old son, and it's been absolutely worth it for that alone, haha.

16 months ago

Nice, I mean, as far as I remember there aren't that many rules to #Flick Em Up! so you can't be going that wrong!

Premium User16 months ago

Hahaha, that's awesome.