Do you have rules that govern collection size?

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Good morning y'all.

I am just looking through the posts laying out some of the great holiday hauls, as well as the post that made in regards to collection. This got me started wondering if you have any rules governing the size of your collection. I will offer some examples of what I mean.

  • I know a number of people who have a "one in, one out" rule for their collection. Every time they buy a game they have to get rid of one.
  • I know of people who have a space limitation. They have decided that their collection must fit in a certain space, 1 5x5 kallax, one shelf, or, etc.....
  • I know of a number of people who have aquisition limits. They put limits on the number of games they can buy or a acquire in the course of a year.

There are other rules that one could use, these are just the ones on the top of my mind.

What I do is a little bit weird. Here in El Salvador, I have chosen to limit myself to one shelf. However, that is just the games that I have here. I hate hauling games back and forth to the states, they take up a lot of room. In the states, I have not yet needed to put rules in place. I do think that there is a good chance I will put some put of limitation in place, but I really don't know. If my history with books is any indication, I might never put a limit in place, LOL.

Do you have rules? If so, what are they? What are the exceptions to your rules? i.e. do expansions or gaming accessories count? 

Go ahead and spit out your answers down below.

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5 months ago

No hard and fast rules but I consider

  • Do I have people to play this with?  That 2+ hour game might look cool but I don't have the groups to play that long of game with
  • Will I instead just play another game in my collection?
  • Is this distracting me from going deep on my collection?

The sad thing is my collection atm is pretty much at my limit of being able to play but there are so many games I want to sample and/or own.

Supporter5 months ago

Would you ever consider buying a game, maybe used, playing it a few times and then flipping it? Doing something like that would allow your collection to remain the size that it is, but it would change it into more of a rotating collection.

5 months ago

Basically treating buying/selling as a form of renting?  Seems like it'd be a lot of hassle (bad traffic in my town and rather spend my time on other things).  I'd also have to get enough plays in which is hard at this point in my life.  I'd rather focus on going deep / long term ownership.

Premium User5 months ago

I have a self-imposed (and let's be real, also wife-imposed) limit of my 4x4 Kallax. I definitely have space to fill, but it's getting closer to "one in, one out" territory.

5 months ago

I am the wife haha.  My husband hasn't imposed any space limits on me yet...

Premium User5 months ago

Key word being yet

5 months ago

Shhh don't give him any ideas >.>

5 months ago

I set a limit for myself of a 4x4 and a 2x4 Kallax.  I think that will limit me to 130 - 150 games depending on their size.

Supporter5 months ago

Can you use the top for those games that are just sorta too big for the Kallax?

5 months ago

Yes, the top of the Kallax is my fallback.  For now I have the prettiest games up there so the covers are displayed.

Premium User5 months ago

What are rules? LOL

But seriously I have mentioned before I am rapidly running out of space. I mean 18 games in a month will do that to you..

Board Game Barrage had mentioned on a pod at some point last year the idea of having a contest to see who could go the longest without buying games. A few members of the Discord ran with the idea and it started up January 1st 2020. As far as I know, there are still 5 people who haven't purchased a game all year. I'm sure covid has much to do with that lol. I missed the deadline for the official contest, but at some point after March, someone else who had lost suggested running a second contest with whoever was interested. I ended up joining...it was small just 4 of us. It mostly involved sending deals to each other to entice someone else to buy a game lol. Sadly, we all have no willpower and we only had the contest 2.0 run for about a month before everyone but myself dropped out by either purchasing something themselves or their SO bought for them. After that of course I was buying stuff left and right. Once I was seriously out of space, I was trying to do a one in one out approach but it's not working clearly haha. The BoardGameCo Trades will definitely help until the GameThrone arrives.

There's talk of a 2021 version of the contest which I would love to join because, if even for a month, I had that contest hanging over me which lead me to not buy anything even when seriously tempted (curse you GameNerdz lol). However, gift card purchases do count as purchases...and I have yet to spend my money from the giveaway here...there's no way I would be able to stay in the contest for any meaningful amount of time. Maybe 2022 lol

Supporter5 months ago

How much room will your GameThrone get you?

Premium User5 months ago

Tried to look it up and found out it's actually called a BoxThrone..whoops lol. Same difference.

I only got the smallest one they have which says it can hold 60 games

5 months ago

I'm glad you made a reference to books because that is one collection that has been growing steadily my whole life.  I used to make regular trips to my library's well stocked used bookstore.  Despite swearing I would never go digital, I have been a little bit lately because its then possible to read one handed on a phone in the dark while the baby sleeps on you.  Also, I have been unable to make many trips to my library to check out physical books, so I have been using their digial collection instead.  Still, I buy books that I know I already want in physical form and then struggle to find a place for them on my shelf. 

Similarly, I have no rules for games haha.  I do try to consider before I buy if it will ever see play time, but that kind of serious consideration is mostly reserved for kickstarters.  If its cheap/on sale, usually in the $10-25 range, and I've seen it talked up recently that's when I tend to impluse buy.  Or if its a game that I've been wanting to play and its on sale.  Some of that I mitigate by giving away as gifts (I have a big family).  I've been trying to operate in the past few years on a "when in doubt, don't" rule.  Generally I do pretty ok.  I mean, the house isn't full of board games yet. 

Supporter5 months ago

Your story with books reminds me of mine. I have thought, for most of my life, that the ideal home library size would be between 5k-10k. I have not gotten close to that yet. But, I do keep on buying books,and when I need more bookcases, I just buy them.

5 months ago

Oh man I don't even know how many books I have.  Its not even close to that though.  I also do the same with bookshelves, but my standard is to double layer it and stack stuff on top before I get a new one.  It saves space, but it can be hard to find some thing sometimes.  My dream is to someday have enough space where I can organize all my books properly.  While I'm dreaming, I might as well dream for enough space to organize my games too haha. 

5 months ago

My rule is my wallet size... 

Supporter5 months ago

I can certainly sympathize with that. I know that feeling all too well.

Premium User5 months ago

I have two shelves in my office and we have a game/utility closet in the house.  I am generally limiting myself to what I can fit on my game shelves and have to get rid of other items on my shelf to justify room for additional games if they don't already fit.

That being said, one of my goals for 2021 is to not buy any games.  I have a Kickstarter coming around summer but consider that a 2020 purchase.  I feel I spend a good deal of time, or have the past few years, researching games and think it would be good to get more out of the games I have and put a hold on obtaining more.  I'd like to spend more time in 2021 hosting game nights and gathering folks together (safely) to play.

Honestly my "rules" are rather arbitrary and I would not necessarily call then "rules".  More like whims that influence me a bit.

Supporter5 months ago

Heres to 2021 making it possible for y'all to start having in presence game nights once again.

Premium User5 months ago

Cheers to that!

Premium User5 months ago

I have a closet with three shelves in it. My board games, rpg books, and miniatures need to fit in there per my own rules. I did some shelf consolidation earlier in the year but once the lates Christmas items are shelved and some kickstarters come in I will be doing one in/one out again. 

5 months ago

No official rules yet, but our storage space has gotten to the point that I'm going to have to put one in place soon.

Owner5 months ago

I essentially have 2 shelfs of space at my house and have continued to try and only keep games on it I see myself playing. I don't necessarily get rid of the games that don't fit, but I do store them away though.

5 months ago

Sort of.  I currently have one full 5x5 Kallax and intend to get a second one within the next year or so.  Based on my current wishlist and its growth rate, as well as me naturally becoming more selective in my game purchasing and the occasional purge of under-played games, I doubt I'll ever fill that second Kallax.  If I do, it'll be many years from now.  I haven't given it a lot of thought, but if I ever do find myself at that threshold, I think I'd have to implement something like a one in, one out rule.

Premium User5 months ago

I get rid of games that don't get played. Other than that, not of the rules make sense to me. If I like a game, and we are playing it often, it stay in the collection.

Supporter5 months ago

I definitely don't have any rules or limitations for myself. I do try to add games to my collection that fill different types of games so that my collection covers a broad range of mechanics and play styles.