Will your collection ever be complete?

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Look at this stuff! Isn’t it neat? Wouldn’t you say my collection’s complete?

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Can you ever imagine a scenario where your collection is finished and you won’t need to purchase any new games? 

Honestly I don’t know if I trust myself enough to say that I will stop buying or asking for new games. Whether it’s replacing older games with ones I think I might like more or acquiring all the latest and greatest, I can’t imagine not getting new games. 

What about you?

Bonus points if you can tell me where I got the idea for this post from...

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7 months ago

There is the thrill of the hunt. My hobbies and passions usually run quite deep and I eventually get involved in locating some hard to find item. So between new items and stones unturned there is always something new to explore. Complete when I'm dead.

7 months ago

for me so long as i have people to play with i will always check out new games ,especially if i find good deals. Recently i even spoke to a friend who has a bigger collection than i do who was talking about slowing down buying and playing. My initial reaction was to question him but honestly theres no fun in that conversation. Boardgames have become my go to social activity, so ...

TLDR; I dont see myseld stopping any time soon.

Supporter7 months ago

Yes, good deals are the scourge of an addict attempting to slow down purchases. 

Supporter7 months ago

Not sure about complete but I'm sure there's a ceiling somewhere there where I'd feel like I don't want more games and would start culling my collection (around the 50-100 mark?). I would also hope that it's more of a decreasing exponential curve in terms of number of games purchased as the years pass, but there's also the fact that I might have a larger budget by then. Really though, with the number of games Trent and I sometimes get for review, I think we'll have a pretty good library of our own in the next couple of years.

Supporter7 months ago

I thought I’d be able to say this some day but right now I can’t ever imagine me reaching a point where I want to stop. Of course my wife may have something to say about this. 

Supporter7 months ago

not with the way Iello releases King of Toyo monsters.

But seriously, probably not, unless I just made a vow to not buy anymore games. But even then i would still rent them and gift them to friends. Game designs will keep changing and innovating and I want to keep playing and trying new things.

Supporter7 months ago

Exactly. There are so many games out there and part of growth as a gamer is learning to recognize what you like and what your group can handle. 

Supporter7 months ago

I can't really imagine that that will ever happen to me. I can imagine getting to a collection size of 50 or 100 titles and saying that I won't let it grow it more..... But even if that happened I imagine I would still acquire games while getting rid of others. 

I do think that I have started learning more about what I like and how to do research.... So hopefully that trend will continue, and I'll get even pickier as time goes on. 

Supporter7 months ago

I also agree about learning and growing as a gamer. I’ve learned a lot more about what kinds of games work for me and what will work for my game group. I’ve also grown a lot personally as a gamer. 

Supporter7 months ago

This is how I am too.  I remember trying almost anything and really enjoying it and almost being starstruck with new mechanisms.  But the more I play the more I can figure out what I do and don't like.  Which helps a lot, because I'll see a game that looks interesting to me, but then I see the mechanics or a video on it and can quickly say, next.

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Supporter7 months ago

And, with that growth often comes change. 

Supporter7 months ago

Definitely. I still can’t bring myself to part with Spirit Island. Even though I definitely should pass it along to someone else. 

Supporter7 months ago

I’m pretty close to 50 games right now and there are still many more that I’d like to pick up. 

Supporter7 months ago

One thing I find myself doing is owning games that I don't consider part of my collection. On BGG I have listed 44 games as owned, 1 expansion, and 3 as preordered/Kickstarter. 

On BGA I have 27 games in my collection, 3 preordered/Kickstarter, and 1 expansion. The difference between those two stories is that I have all or most of the games, that I own, listed on BGG. Here, on BGA I have only the games I consider part of my collection, irrespective of whether they are hobby games or not. They are simply games I am generally happy to play and display on my bookshelf. 

The games that aren't part of my collection may have been gifts, or are games my wife likes but I don't, or games that company requests, or..... 

A completely different situation is that my collection is scattered in two countries. I have games that I bought/won, and shipped to my ks house that I haven't had a chance to bring down yet. I also have games that I left there because they were too big, and, when I go back to Kansas, I will probably take games back that i don't get enough opportunities to play here. 

If I would see everything together I might feel differently about it.... 


Supporter7 months ago

That's a solid number.  If I don't count expansions then I'm at about 15, with Expansions maybe 25.  In a good year I average about 2 gaming groups a month.  That averages to less then 2 plays per game, hence my limit on myself.  Considering I could probably play Root, Scythe, Clans, Viticulture, or Imperial Assault 50+ times a year each and be happy.  I'd need a lot of game nights to hit those numbers.

Supporter7 months ago

I could see that happening as well. 

Supporter7 months ago

I want to say at some point in my life I'll have a great collection that I won't feel the need to add too.

One thing that I can say is I'm planning on moving into a buy 1 - 2 games a year as my normal.  I would consider trading or selling games if I really really thought they'd never get played again.  It would be hard with some of them.  Of course I do have some games I know would be always in my collection.

Supporter7 months ago

1-2 games per year seems so small. Except that’s what I should probably try to limit myself to... except it doesn’t ever work out that way. 

Supporter7 months ago

Yeah, I think I can make 1 - 2 games work if I give myself some leeway with expansions.

7 months ago

I'd like to get to this point, and probably will. I can see it simply becoming a financial necessity once kids start appearing in my house, haha.

Supporter7 months ago

This is a small part of it, although my wife and I have tried to keep our own personal monthly fun money the same even with adding kids.  However, there are other things that I should use my money for besides new games.  Especially if I won't play them often and I still have plenty of games I want to play more.

Supporter7 months ago

I was only allowed a fun money budget for 2 glorious months. Then it got axed because my wife didn’t like how I was spending my fun money. 

It was a sad day. We are actually doing quite well financially right now and I could definitely afford a budget of $60/month to spend on what I would like. But my “what I like” doesn’t align with what my wife would like me to like. So it went away. 

7 months ago

I know it's not my place, but doesn't that defeat the purpose of having a personal spending budget?

Supporter7 months ago

I may have tried that argument to my peril. Several several times. 

7 months ago

Welp. Sorry about that!

Supporter7 months ago

Lol. It is what it is. She does a great job managing our finances so I can’t complain too much. 

Supporter7 months ago

Wouldn't you think I'm the girl?

Ummm, haha.

Supporter7 months ago

Lol. Good job Scott. 

7 months ago

The little mermaid...

and not a chance lol. I know myself and know that I can satisfy my thirst for a little but it is never fully quenched!!