Buying habits.

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Reading the post and responses wondering about whether or not we consider board gaming an expensive hobby made me start wondering about our buying habits. 

I only buy games based on extensive research to determine if I/my group will enjoy it. This is partly because I enjoy the research, and partly because I have a very tight budget for this sort of thing. 

I know some buy with more of a collector mindset, "I want all the stuff for..." 

For others they enjoy buying based all the hotness. Maybe FOMO plays into their purchases. 

I don't see anything wrong with any of these models. We all enjoy things for different reasons and that's fine. I am sorta curious,however, where the majority of ya'll fall? 

Are there other types of "acquirers" that I'm missing? 



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Supporter13 months ago

I made a long wishlist for myself and I add and remove games that I figure out later that I won t like it even though I love the art (sometimes the art of the game can capture me and is really hard to let it go ).
I mostly buy games new condition only that I don t expect to come to second hand market very often (now I ll have to change some habits since ebay started to charge tax on used items...). Or it is sold cheaper new than used.
I usually don t go for the newest games (trying to avoid the hype) and wait on historic low prices, or wait for someone who is willing to trade.

I am also brave to face my mistakes and sell the games that did not reach the expectation, or just don t see a chance to play it in the future :D

Supporter13 months ago

My budget allows for $60 per month for board gaming. Currently I am on a mission to complete my Imperial Assault collection. After I complete that I will probably shift into a research extensively model and make sure a purchase is worthy before investing in the game. 

Supporter13 months ago

In hobbies like this there isn't really any wrong way to participate unless you aren't paying your bills or aren't taking care of your responsibilities.

For me I'm a combination of a few different outlooks.  Sometimes I'll research forever and pick something up. Sometimes I'll see something for cheap on craigslist and just grab it, (Got Tiny Towns and Heaven & Ale for $50 CDN for example.  I know I liked Tiny Towns, turns out Heaven & Ale is quite good too!).

Other times I'll spend more than I should just because I feel like it.  (Got big trouble in little china deluxe with shipping pre-ordered because I love the movie.  It was REALLY pricey with shipping.  Good thing the game is very fun too!)

Finally, there are certain games where for whatever reason I want to be complete with them.  Scythe and Terraforming Mars are currently in that group.

Supporter13 months ago

Another thing I ask is "how does the solo play look"?  While I have a great group of friends we often have Game Night dry spells where we can't get on the same page for a few months.  Since I am the main game buyer in my group I want to make sure a lot of games have a good solo variant.

Supporter13 months ago

I agree. I much prefer a good A. I. Rather than a "beat your own score variant. 

Supporter13 months ago

Totally.  And this doesn't mean that the AI has to always be complicated but just that it does a good job semi replicating playing with another person.

Supporter13 months ago

I try to do my best to vary mechanics.  So I have three worker placement games now that I really like and two Engine Builders I really like too.  I also love Root as my asymmetric, area control game.  What I really want is a deck builder with a lot of negative player interaction.  While I do own Imperial Assault I'd also be really interested in something that has a great story drive.

What is certain is I would like to avoid anything that is primarily worker placement at the moment.

Essentially I want to be able to scratch a different itch when I pick up a new game.  I know some people really find a sweet spot and stick to that in their top games.  I really enjoy the variety in mechanics. 

Also, I like a variety in theme.  Still looking for a space/scifi themed game too add to my collection.

13 months ago

I will buy maybe 2-4 games a year, and at least one of those is likely to be a Tiny Epic game haha I will look deeper into buying a game if it:

  • Has a theme I really like
  • Is designed by a designer I enjoy
  • Has a good chance of getting to the table more than a few times a year (meaning plays well with 2 or has a solid solo variant)
  • Has a mechanic I love, or if the mechanic plays well with the theme

I usually research long enough that my hype for it dies down, or is replaced by a new game. Rinse repeat until a game simply doesn't get lower on my hype meter. Also, if it's Star Wars, you can bet I'll end up getting it eventually (except maybe Armada because I already have X-Wing).

Cost comes into play for how soon I can make the purchase once I've decided on it. If it's a game like Tiny Epic (insert genre here), I can usually afford to get it quickly after making the decision. If it's a more expensive game ($35+), I'll generally hold off and wait until I find a good deal somewhere.

Supporter13 months ago

Ooh, yes I forgot to mention in my post.  If it's a designer I love and I really enjoy everything I've played by them that will jump it up the list.  I try to limit myself to an average of 2 - 3 games a year (mostly because with my current life situation meeting consistently to play can be hard).  There is so much I like but I also have to consider do I own a game I love that I haven't played in a long time and can I just get that back to table while saving some money for other things.

Supporter13 months ago

Star Wars all the way! If it says that, I’ll be there. 

Supporter13 months ago

Have there been times when you've purchased a game you've reviewed? 

13 months ago

Nope. However, we could flip it. For example, there are games I would have bought if I didn't get to review them. Proving Grounds is one of them. There are also games I wouldn't know I would want to buy if I hadn't reviewed them, such as Altiplano and Bushido. Fantastic games, but I would never have thought to look into them otherwise. When I review games that go straight to retail, I already get the game to review, so I don't need to buy it. Pre-Kickstarter games are always prototype, so these I could see me buying. For the most part, I haven't really had a strong urge, save but a few. And, two of these "strong urges" were sent to me again after production as a thank-you. I've been very blessed in that regard.  By the end of this year, I'll have reviewed 37 games (including a few random things like dice and other accessories). Of those, I would have probably purchased maybe two anyway. Knowing what I know now about all 37, that number would have increased to about six that I would have at least seriously considered purchasing. Not a huge amount, all things considered. I really don't know much about the games I review, so for me, there's a lot of hit and miss. Some games I agree to review because I think I'll really like it but end up not, and vice versa. Some I recognize are going to be "meh" to me going into it, yet I still make an honest effort to give it an honest review. I do give away review copies (both prototype and full-production) of games that don't speak to me, so that's how I keep my game shelf clean and give back to the community that's given me so much.

Bet you weren't expecting such a long answer for such a simple question haha

Supporter13 months ago

Yes and no xD

I asked since I thought you'd give an insightful answer on this lol (and you took the bait!). Anyway, those are interesting insights, I was curious how being a reviewer would impact purchasing at all, and that answered it for me.

13 months ago

Glad I could help and take the bait haha BUT! I did remember one game I bought that I also reviewed: Sprawlopolis. I justified it because it is pretty cheap. But I absolutely love it as a solo game, so I bit and backed the Kickstarter so I could get the extra cards from the KS. I also got Circle the Wagons along with it (I did not review that one), so they got their money’s worth from me haha

13 months ago

I do a lot of research, make sure I am sold and I have a group that is interested in playing it, then do everything I can to get the best value for that game!

Supporter13 months ago

I fall into the mid-research but also look for value. I like to not only wait for sales but also wait until the game isn’t all the rage to get it because it’s usually cheaper

13 months ago

I buy just like you do, mostly for the same reasons. If I don't think a game will get played (even if it appeals to me), I can't justify spending money on it. Not to mention valuable shelf space. I watch a lot of reviews, though, even though I have no intention of buying most of the games in the videos, just to kind of know what's out there.

Supporter13 months ago

I do a lot of my buying based on sales and gut feeling (hype related usually). It's been working well for the most part but I do end up with a lot of games that only have 1-2 plays. I feel like it's generally fine though since I wait for sales for nearly every purchase.