Do any of you see a reason to cull your collection? How do you go about it?

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Culling a game collection can be difficult. This is is our guide - the top ten reasons we have for getting rid of a game from a library....

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14 months ago

I'll admit, I have way more games than I need. As a reviewer, games tend to pile up haha And I have some games I really won't play, but I keep them around because I may play them with friends and family that aren't into gaming as much as me. I am starting to go through my games and get rid of some, especially ones that simply don't excite me anymore. 

But I do like to hold on to games so I can give them away. For example, we host a board game night every International Tabletop Day, and always give away a few games via raffle. It's fun for us, because these events generally see people new to the hobby, and having them walk away with a game of their own is always fun for both parties.

Supporter14 months ago

That's a great idea! Very generous of you guys too. My friend gave me his Forbidden Island and Century: Golem Edition. As someone looking for lots of different gateways to get onto the table for my wife and my parents, it's great that I didn't have to buy them :)

14 months ago

Honestly, I know what it's like to not be able to buy games (they're expensive!), and since I get a fair amount of games for free (review copies), I figure I might as well give them away since I didn't pay for them. That way everyone can benefit.

Forbidden Island is a great game, and I really want to play Century: Golem. I've read the rule book for it, but have yet to have a chance to play. I also don't own it, so that makes it difficult, too :) 

Supporter14 months ago

It really is nice to at least have someone in your group with lots of games, saves a lot of money haha.

Ok, I keep forgetting to ask. What's the name of your blog? :)

14 months ago

While I say I get in a lot of games, I don't actually have a massive library of games haha Fortunately, there is one guy in my game group that has wall-to-wall games, so we're never without options. It is nice :) 

I review with Everything Board Games (.com). We're a team of reviewers, so it's not just me. We've got some quality reviewers on our team, too, and I love working with them. It's nice working in a team as well, because we can all more-or-less review games that fit our preferences. I may not be big into party games, but we have a few that are.

14 months ago

I am CONSTANTLY scrutinizing my collection. 

I don't have loads of money to invest in games as I also play video games regularly. This means that selling games I'm not playing to invest in games I will play is very important to me. I want to have those one or two games that really nail a mechanic in the way that I like. Once I have more than that, I think...what's the point? 

Being able to game with more people than just my wife and I is something that happens less than I'd like, so a games ability to get to the table is vital. I've started player quicker, lighter games that both of us find fun but that don't always scratch my itch for deeper games. Sure, I could buy TI4 and I'd love to own it, but if I'm not playing it...what's the point?

I also never buy games that a friend already owns. This just seem wasteful. My only exception is Scythe and the Fenris expansion. Scythe because my wife and I play together, and Fenris because I got it for $15 and couldn't pass it up.

I don't find having a huge collection as a badge of honor or proving my gamer-cred. I like having a small, tight collection of games I love. But hey, that's just me.

Supporter14 months ago

Same here, I allocate maybe around $100-200 for the entire year (would be higher but big budget constraints/busters in my life at the moment haha). It sure helps with restraining myself though.

One interesting thing though, is that after getting into the hobby, I realized that there's the collector's side of me where I find myself picturing how some games would look greater together on the shelf (e.g. Raiders and Architects side by side) lol

Supporter14 months ago

I've never considered culling my collection. I went down to my board game storage area and counted the number of games that I own. I own 29, which is more than I expected. But there are still so many games that I feel like I want to add to my collection. I understand the reasons behind culling games, but at this point I am in the growing my collection stage, not the have too many games stage.

Supporter14 months ago

I'm in the same position, definitely not yet at a point that I need to cut down haha

Edit: I wonder how many board games out there were victims of the Marie Kondo method xD

14 months ago

I may have unintentionally Marie Kondo'd some games recently...I definitely see value in passing on a game that you purchased that does not fit your play preference! I had Blood Rage, played a couple of times and it was fun, but it did not leave me longing to play more, I sold it and used the funds to buy a game I thought I would like more (Gaia Project, it is dope). 

14 months ago

I totally agree with this. If you you don't have a drive to play it, why take up the space? Especially when it's a game you know you could make most of your money back on.