Budgeting for Games

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I can't say I start that year generally knowing how much I'll spend on games.  I don't have a clear cut "budget".  I can't buy everything I want and started saving to send my wife to get her Masters and save for some trips we have planned this year.  Most of that is coming from my "fun" money doing overtime and jobs on the side.  

That being said, I will have to think a little more carefully this year about what games I'll be investing in.  So far my game list for 2020 looks like...

1. Rococo Deluxe (If it's under $100 or very close)

2. Hopefully Tuscany expansion for Viticulture... $25ish

3. Gloomhaven: Jaws of the Lion...(depends on cost around June or July)

4. Frosthaven (Again depends on cost but I'd guess around $100)

I might even have to bail on a couple of these which means I'd hold off on Frosthaven because I have a friend who will probably buy it and maybe Jaws of the Lion to allow for the price to drop a little and see if any corrections come out.  

The main struggle is knowing a lot of new games will come out throughout the year that I will what.  I've already added Maracaibo to my list of potential games and Marvel Champions seems to be a game worth looking into.  And if there's another Wingspan expansion...

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10 months ago

My wishlist never seems to get shorter so there will always be games to spend money on. I don't budget how much I'm going to spend in a year, but I also buy very few games. Most of my games have come via gifts and trades. Occasionally, a game will be a great price (more than half off) and it's then that I treat myself.

For 2020, I don't have many definite purchases as of yet, but I do know that I'll be getting Targi and the expansion when the English printing is released.

I'm also watching for Miyabi, Res Arcana, and Murano to go on sale.

Supporter10 months ago

My wishlist only gets longer too. Funny how that works. 

Supporter10 months ago

My budget for games for 2020 has been reduced to $0.00 by my wife. Previously I had been allocated $60 a month for “fun” money but my wife has a different idea of fun than me. So I won’t be buying too many new games this year and will need to rely on birthday and other presents throughout the year. 

Premium User10 months ago

That does not sound like fun and games at all

Supporter10 months ago

Well I do have a lot of games I have not experienced fully. So she’s right about that. I do need to focus on playing what I’ve already got.  

10 months ago

I’ve resolved to buy at most 4 new games this year, and a few expansions for games I really enjoy. 

I’ve got a collection of around 40 games, and most of them are quite heavy and don’t get played nearly enough. 

So far, my list looks like this:

Games

  1. On Mars
  2. Kanban EV
  3. 1862
  4. Oath
Expansions
  1. Conflict of Heroes: Eastern Front
  2. Conflict of Heroes: Firefight Generator
  3. Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle: Monster Box
  4. Root Underworld


Supporter10 months ago

Some great games in here indeed. 

10 months ago

It looks like this year will be a solid gaming year! Maracaibo looks interesting, Frosthaven, Oath, Ride the Rails. Pretty sweet stuff but also hurts the wallet and the shelf space. I have been trying to sell off games that dont get any love anymore or trade them!

Supporter10 months ago

I need to do this too. Look at games in my collection and wonder if I still need to have them. Perhaps if I do this I can convince my wife to let me acquire a different game or an expansion or something. 

Supporter10 months ago

So my wife and I have a shared Entertainment Account and our own personal Spending Accounts.  When I buy a game I get it with my own personal account.  We have that budgeted out for the year so basically if I have a game in my sights I don't spend money on anything else and when I have enough for said game I'll pick it up.  If something I really want is randomly on sale I might pick it up before filling my account since I know what's going to go into that budget anyway.

Having said all that, I'm allowing myself one Kickstarter Back and the Possibility of One Game/Expansion this year and that's all.  While I want all the things it doesn't make sense to grow my collection when I have a ton of games I love and want to play over and over and the more I add the more I'll feel like I have to play what is new.  I'm not into buying games that are going to stay in the shrink wrap for longer than 3 months.  If it is then I just wait on it.

This also means I'm going to go to great lengths to ensure I don't add anything to my wish list this year.  Every year there will be new games that look awesome, I don't need all of the game.

Supporter10 months ago

This is the theory I need to get behind. Play what I already have and enjoy it. 

Owner10 months ago

The majority of the games I play are either owned by @trentellingsen or co-owned for BGA. That's probably going to change starting this year though, because I've added lots of games to my wishlist after getting recommendations for good games for me and my wife to play. The ones I'm thinking about currently are:

  • Champions of Midgard
  • Everdell
  • Great Western Trail
  • Five Tribes
  • PARKS
  • Terra Mystica
  • Orleans
  • I'm also looking out for the next availability for Wingspan and Camel Up 2nd Edition
  • Will be buying Tuscany EE since we've been enjoying Viticulture so much

I think these total up to around $400-500? My guess is that I'll probably buy a third of these this year at most and play them a lot. Probably will buy 1 game every three months.

10 months ago

Have you played Gaia Project? If not, what draws you to Terra Mystica over that?

Owner10 months ago

Funny you ask that, I was just looking at Gaia Project today thinking the same question (I didn't realize it's from the same line). It'd be great if you had insight on either of them. 

I'm actually hesitant on both because of the weight. I haven't played either of them but I feel like it might be too much for us. I haven't checked out the rules or gameplay videos or anything like that yet but was attracted by good ratings, recommendations from others, and a lot of the mechanics seemed like it would work well for us. Assuming there aren't major differences between the two, I'm drawn more towards Terra Mystica for these reasons:

  • Lower complexity rating
  • I find its theme and presentation more attractive (I prefer wood vs. plastic components in general and it's more reminiscent of Catan which my wife enjoyed a while back, and I'm not a fan of Gaia Project's illustrations, etc.)

10 months ago

So, I’ve not played Terra Mystica, but freaking love Gaia Project. 

In general Gaia Project seems to be heralded as the better game. E.g. Tom from the Game Brain podcast said “it’s not even version 2.0 of the system; it’s more like 3.0”. But, I know there are some players that don’t enjoy the changes Gaia Project brought.

Another point for Gaia is it has a modular board and scales much better, especially at 2. 

I am also a fan of wood and cardboard and put off purchasing Gaia for quite a while because of the art and components, and man was that a mistake. And, in all honesty, I actually really dig the components in person - the plastic fits the theme well, and the art is sort of charming. 

As far as complexity goes though, it’s quite heavy and the teach is extensive, but I think it’s worth it!

Owner10 months ago

Hmmmmm well that certainly is convincing haha. I'll put this in my wishlist and maybe even check out what are some other games out there that might be a little less of a step up in complexity for us. Or just stick with the games I've mentioned for the year and get to Gaia Project as the "final boss" some day lol

Supporter10 months ago

Go for Gaia Project all the way. It’s a better, more streamlined version and also has a solo mode.  Plus it has modular setup and is a waaaaay cooler theme. 

10 months ago

If I may make a suggestion - if you're looking for that next step up in complexity, I think The Gallerist might fit what you're looking for. It's a work of art (sorry, couldn't resist).

Supporter10 months ago

I have yet to play a lacerda. I here so many good things about him. 

10 months ago

He's my favorite designer by far. He's pretty much the only designer who's games I'll buy sight unseen. 

All his games are on Tabletopia, so you can try them out for free. Highly recommend it.

Supporter10 months ago

I just need to set time out of my schedule to try them. How hard are they to learn in digital? 

10 months ago

Eh, it depends on how comfortable you are with heavy rule sets, but overall, I think his games are not too difficult to learn.

As far as digital goes, I'm not terribly certain - I have not learned them in that format (have played though).

Supporter10 months ago

I really do need to try them. 

10 months ago

They play great solo if you’re into solo games, but also, I’d be more than willing to teach one and play with you at some point. 

Though, I’m not entirely sure when that would be - I’m starting a new job with more hours and responsibilities and imagine the next few months are going to be tight on time. Maybe we could make something work though!

10 months ago

Yeah those are some pricey ones! I actually don’t buy very many during the year. I usually wait for Christmas and birthday for games. #goals

Supporter10 months ago

I don't buy that many games. The games I do buy are usually on sale. The money I spend on games is usually money I receive from gifts or from random or jobs. I think it is important to realize that what is appropriate to spend on games does vary from person to person. Also we need to recognize that acquiring games is a hobby in and of itself. Sometimes we need to ask ourselves if we are more interested in acquiring or playing. 

10 months ago

Dude I’m pretty similar. It’s really hard for me to spend more than $30 on a game unless it’s for Christmas or my birthday haha