I never really thought I would be a collector of anything. When I was a kid, I collected enamel pins on our family vacations. That lasted a handful of years until I realized that enamel pins are boring. Today, I casually collect cool editions of the book Dune by Frank Herbert, or rather, I like to think I do. I have one cool copy and one plain copy, but I have my eye on a couple of other editions I'd like to pick up.
I guess I collect games now? It definitely didn't happen on purpose, and I still don't think of myself as a collector - I just like games and want to play cool ones. Apparently if you have a few games on your shelf that most people have never heard of, you're a "collector" and you "have a problem".
I'm kidding, of course. The only people who give me a hard time about buying games are the same ones who will happily play them with me.
Anyway, I've been "collecting" for a couple of years now. My gateway/foundation game was #7 Wonders
. I still really enjoy that game, but don't get it played too often outside of the occasional lunch hour at work. My first "cool board game" purchase was #Evolution: Climate
- and that was when I realized...oh I guess I'm into board games now.
I guess now I'll answer the rest of the prompts as Phil arranged them in the Challenge post.
- How would you describe your board game preferences?
I'm not sure I've played enough games to really be able to nail down my preferences; I'll just list a few likes and dislikes.
~Likes - nature/animal themes (especially real animals as opposed to anthropomorphized ones, but those are fun too), sci-fi themes, abstracts, cards, engine-building, super-thematic competitive games (e.g. #Dune, #Western Legends), big games in small boxes
~Dislikes - dungeon crawling, co-op games, card dueling (MtG, etc), bluffing/lying (e.g. hidden traitor games), miniature-focused games
- What are the favorites in your collection? Why?
#Evolution: Climate & #Oceans - these games are awesome, cutthroat, thematic engine/combo builders with a theme I love, and gorgeous art.
#Everdell - probably my favorite game to play with my wife. It's a really great tableau builder with tons of combo potential, a fun and cute theme, and again, fantastic art.
#Dune - Dune is my favorite book, so when I learned there was a board game about it, I had to have it. Only a few months later, they announced a reprint, and I was over the moon. This game is awesome if you have the right group of people.
#Santorini - my favorite abstract - I could play over and over.
- What is your least favorite (or least played) game in your collection? Why?
Least played are a couple of party games that we just haven't had occasion to use yet. #Wavelength and #Don't Get Got! I expect to enjoy those, though. My least favorite is #Fluxx. My wife bought this on a whim a while back without knowing much about it. So much randomness.
- What do you like about your collection? Is there anything you'd change?
I like that we have a pretty good variety, and I like (pretty much) everything in there. I like that there are games I play with my wife, games I play with my friends, and games we bring out for non-gamers. The only thing I'd change is to add maybe a couple more games that my wife really likes, but that's just an exercise of trial and error, it seems. She's cool with most of the games, but she only loves a few of them.
- Which game would you absolutely LOVE to add to your collection and why?
#Baseball Highlights: 2045. I love baseball, and I miss it. This game is apparently great, so I'd love to have it and convince my wife to play it with me, haha.
#War Chest looks like a really awesome abstract(ish) game that I'd really enjoy. I don't think my wife would be into it, but I have some friends who would be.