How do you decide which games to add to your collection?

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What criteria do you have for adding new games into your collection or limiting games that come into your collection?

Do you make sure to have games that fit a certain theme? I.e. I need a good Viking game

Games with certain kinds of mechanics? I.e. I already have 5 deckbuilders so I can't get another one 

Games for certain kinds of gamers? I.e. I really could use a good follow up gateway game

Just ones that grab your attention? 

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19 months ago

I tend to “pitch” games that I have been considering to the people that I would most likely get to play them with. This starts wth me doing my own research, like does this fit the type of game I like, or can I get a lot of plays out of this? Or do I have a game like this already? If the pitch succeeds then I go into search and destroy mode until I find the game at the price I am hoping for!

Supporter19 months ago

That’s a good plan too. I tend to be the one to acquire games for my group also. 

19 months ago

Luckily I am not the only one purchasing games, we all just have slightly different preferences so we all buy games in our own wheelhouse that also interest the group. 

Supporter19 months ago

I’m not the only one, but I do tend to be the primary one. 

19 months ago

For me, it's a mix of everything, although I'm a sucker for theme, so that plays a big role. Like Skurvy mentioned, I need to make sure it can hit the table more than just a few times. Preferably many times, beyond my counting abilities, even. But there are exceptions...like Mistborn: House War. The minimum player count is three, and since I mainly play just me and my wife, I knew I wouldn't get to play it a lot. But I'm a massive Brandon Sanderson fan and love his novels, so I had to get it. And I did. And that brings us back to theme--if it's a theme I love, you can count me in (as long as I have the "fun money" to spend haha). Also, a solo variant is a huuuuge plus for me.

Supporter19 months ago

The bestest best budget category - Fun Money! Theme can and does trump almost everything else. But lately I’ve been trying to respect my “Will it hit the table” rule. 

19 months ago

+1 for the solo variant!

Supporter19 months ago

I consider all of the above factors you mentioned when looking to add another game to my collection. My first rule is to answer the question “Will this game hit the table?”  If I cant affirmatively answer this question then I really shouldn’t be purchasing the game, despite how interesting, or new, or exciting the game might be. 


19 months ago

This is why I pitch my games to my group once I have done my research!! Two step process!

18 months ago

Price point is a huge factor, I’ve been buying a lot of 2nd hand games. Some games just either never hit the 2nd hand market or retain value if they do, I buy them new. A few exceptions are Games we (Royal we slips in, nah just me and my hubby are both avid gamers and buy together) try and just want immediately want. Pipeline & point salad are our recent must buys.

That said our habits are going to have to change now we just hit 500 and are out of storage space......we are moving in a year though 🤣

18 months ago

Oh and for games we haven’t played at Cons, our selection criteria is based on BGG ranking, visuals, designer, mechanics, reviews on YouTube: Shut up & sit down, 3minboardgames, Dice Tower, Cardboard Rhino etc. At this point I know what I like light-mid weight euros, party games, dexterity.

Supporter19 months ago

I consider all of the criteria that you mentioned. But one thing I have been looking for and using more and more is a good ai solo mode. 

19 months ago

Cannot be emphasized enough how important a good solo variant is!