Will your wishlist ever be empty?

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Do you ever imagine a scenario where your wishlist will be empty? Where your collection is complete and there aren't any more games you wish to buy?

Personally I have a hard time thinking that this will ever be the case for me. There are just so many games out there and new ones are coming all the time. New games with interesting themes and new ideas! Things to keep getting excited about!

But I've only been seriously in the hobby for 2 years and I've already amassed 43 games. I don't know how sustainable it will be to continue at this current pace. 

What do you think? Will your wishlist ever be empty?

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Supporter2 months ago

Supporter2 months ago

Lol

2 months ago

When one one of you buys mine out for me it will be ;)

2 months ago

But for how long?

2 months ago

2-3 minutes, tops.

2 months ago

I admire your restraint XD

Supporter2 months ago

Hah!

Supporter2 months ago

I might not buy something from the list, but I'm sure I'll always have something in mind. Then again, I can imagine that my buying will get less frequent as Trent and I get more and more review copies of games sent to us as BGA grows.

Supporter2 months ago

Show off! (Just kidding ) Lol. 

Supporter2 months ago

In seriousness to your question though.  No I don't think it'll ever be empty, but I do anticipate it staying very small.  I am really going to try my best to stick to 1 - 2 gams purchases a year right now.  I do think I will need to get to the point that I stop buying games because I just don't have the time for all of them... or I will need to start finding a way to unload unplayed games.

Supporter2 months ago

I admire your dedication to that rule Scott. Good for you. 

Supporter2 months ago

Thanks.  There are times when it's hard, but other times it works just the way I want (playing the games I already own more).

Supporter2 months ago

I doubt my wish list will ever be empty.  In fact now that I know what I like and don't like it has probably grown.  But there isn't as much urgency behind it.  I have a game for most situations.  Now it's more a matter of what new gaming experience might be interesting.  

Supporter2 months ago

That's a good point. Less urgency. I've noticed that for myself already. 

Supporter2 months ago

Yup.  I wasn't super susceptible to FOMO before and it very rarely rears its ugly head at all for me now.  And I've noticed that missing a "great game" isn't a big deal because another one will come out soon that is similar or if there is an older game that is out of print there is highly likely a very similar newer game with a different theme out there somewhere.  

No rush, no worries.  Just enjoyment! :)

2 months ago

A "complete collection" and an "empty wishlist" are two different things.  As long as new games are being released, I'll never consider my collection complete.  I can, however, see my wishlist some day being empty for periods of time.

Supporter2 months ago

That is interesting. I can see a time that I consider my collection "complete" quicker than I can see my wishlist being empty.

I think of my collection as a currated group of games that can be completed. I feel like my collection will be "complete" when I have representatives of all the types of games that I want represented. That doesn't mean that I don't want more games, but, other games would be amplifying the collection rather than bringing it closer to completion.

I will use the examples of books. I think that I could have a complete home library in 300-500 volumes. I currently have around 1500 volumes. There are no more books that I feel like I need to complete my collection. But, there are thousands of books that I want. I want books in other languages that I speak or am learning to continue practicing. Do these bring my collection closer to completion. No, I believe it was complete years ago. But, do new additions enrich my life? of course they do.

2 months ago

That makes sense.  I think we're just working from two different definitions of a complete collection, and both are valid.

If I'm reading you correctly, your definition of a complete boardgame collection is one that's fully representative of the hobby within the context of your preferences.

My definition was of a collection that I would never again need or want to modify.

I agree that working from your definition, one could have a complete collection, and more easily than an empty wishlist..

Supporter2 months ago

Thanks. I do believe you defined my definition of a collection better than I could have. 

Supporter2 months ago

Would you definitely say that he definitively defined your definition?

Supporter2 months ago

Ha!

Supporter2 months ago

Definitely 

Supporter2 months ago

Fair enough!

Supporter3 months ago

I don't think it will ever be empty. I do think that I can see a situation in which my aquistions and additons to the wish list show way down... But, I dont' see them stopping changing.

2 months ago

I kind of think I am approaching that point in my collection. I have spent the last couple of years filling in a lot of the wholes and am now at a point where I feel like I have a game for most occaisions/groups. So while I think it unlikely I will stop wanting games it may be more the case that I will only get a game if I feel it can replace another game in my collection. I reckon this will significantly slow down my purchases. I think in some ways this is why I have had trouble choosing GWA wins as (other than 878 Vikings) there haven't been any games recently that I feel like I reallg have to get to round out my collection.

2 months ago

My wishlist will never be empty but I keep it relatively short.

but...once they're on it; they seldom leave.
With the plethora of choices today, you get picky :)

but #2 there is sooooo much to choice from! dayum!

I will never be done. I don't buy much but I never sell either ;)

In my number of games on my wishlist, I'm being held back by the notion of realism;
"when and in what company will this game get to the table?"
I made my post on this "whishlist" topic about this; games I want more chances to fit them on everybody's shedule :)

2 months ago

Never going to happen...I've been in the hobby around 4 years now and have over 350 games...and my wishlist grows continuosly.  There are just far too many new games coming out and old games yet to discover.  Think about it this way...each year around 4000 or so board games are released and that number is growing.  If no more games ever came out and you just went through the last 20 years of games, you would have more than you could ever play and more styles and mechanisms, and themes and everything than you could ever imagine.   I'm really in to this hobby, and I see, maybe I'd guess, 15 to 20% of what come out in a year.  That is a lot of time.  So no...Wishlist is never going to be empty.

Supporter2 months ago

Good points! Also - that's a lot of games!

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