The Collection™️ - 2+ years in (Weekly Challenge #1)

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.

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4 months ago

This looks like a wonderfully balanced collection! 

Wavelength is a bunch of fun, hope you get to try it out soon, we found it was best when no one was too focused on scoring or competitiveness and was just an exercise in exploring how we each thought.

I so want to play Dune, someone in my club has it so cannot wait until we can start meeting again.

4 months ago

Thanks! Yeah we hope to get an opportunity in a month or so.

And Dune is a really cool game. You have to be okay with a little bit of rules ambiguity, but if you can get past that, and if everyone is invested, it's awesome. It's especially awesome if you like the source material.

4 months ago

I read the books as a teenager, have been meaning to re-read them some time

4 months ago

I just finished book 5 recently. One more to go in the original series! I wish he'd been able to finish off the series before he passed.

Supporter4 months ago

Such a neat collection! Thanks for the share :D

4 months ago

Thank you!

Supporter4 months ago

My gosh, every time. Your shelf looks so cool. Also, I know that your wife is in an artistic field, but do you have some ties there too? At least, I feel like you do when I see even how you organize the text in your forum posts hahaha

Where did you end up placing #Concordia? It's such an awkward size. And I'm glad it's the newer edition--the old edition with that scary lady would throw off the entire look :)

4 months ago

Haha, thanks! I do not have notable artistic skills, I just like nicely formatted text, lol. I like to make things easily readable and skimmable. A fairly big part of my job is data visualization so...maybe that has something to do with it. Make sure the important things are easy to see.

And #Concordia Venus (Standalone) is in there! Just to the left of #Dune, below #Viticulture: Essential Edition and #Western Legends. I do actually like the sides of the Concordia box. The purple makes for a nice contrast. And fortunately (or unfortunately, depending on your perspective), the cubes aren't large enough to display the cover of Concordia anyway, haha.

Supporter4 months ago

Ah, now I see. And by the creepy lady, I meant her in the first edition of the original Concordia haha. I like the purple of that Venus box.

Edit: I'm still curious how that game will go for you and your wife :) (unless.... am I forgetting that you already played with her?)

4 months ago

Oh I know. The Venus cover is not exactly great, but it's miles better than the creepy lady staring into the "camera" lol

4 months ago

Also, is there anything hiding behind the upright games?

4 months ago

Not much of note. 2 more Everdell expansions, my Keyforge decks, Farkel Party, regular playing cards, supplemental materials for Dune, empty expansion box for Wingspan...I think that's it.

4 months ago

Nice, I understand why you have them upright those, the box art on some of them is absolutely gorgeous! I am especially taken with Evolution: climate

4 months ago

Man I absolutely LOVE that box cover. The art in that one (and its sequel Oceans) is so great.

Supporter4 months ago

Beautiful display. Great collection!

4 months ago

Thanks!

Supporter4 months ago

So photogenic. 

4 months ago

😁

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