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Games That Have Left My Collection

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I cannot ever seem to just stop purchasing board games LOL. This has put shelf space at an all time premium. With some new games coming in from the various Secret Santa exchanges I'm in along with random trades I've made, I'm starting to worry how I'm going to get rid of games from my collection. Not to mention which games I'd get rid of. That got me thinking of the games I have previously gotten rid of, either through selling, trading, or donating. According to BGG I have 26 games marked as previously owned. While I won't bore you all with the details of all 26...I kinda wanted to bore you with say... 8 hahaha. To make it more interesting than this will likely be, I at least tried to pick games I was most disappointed in. Anyways, here goes nothing..

  1. #Burgle Bros. - I was really excited to try this game out. Like REALLY excited. When some people in my board game group started to get more organized and had a spreadsheet of the games they owned, I sought out the people who had Burgle Bros and more or less begged them to bring it to game night lol. That first play was actually a lot of fun which had me want my own copy even more. I wound up getting it used for what I felt was a decent price in a BGG auction. I introduced it to my fiancée who didn't seem to understand my hype as well as my parents who straight up didn't understand it. After that, I lost all desire to live a life of robbery and traded it away. Super disappointing. I think ultimately it was the quarterbacking that killed it for us.
  2. #Hardback - Another Tim Fowers design we just bounced hard off of. Similar situation as Burgle Bros in that I picked it up in an auction simply because it looked fun. I had showed a video to the fiancée and she agreed that deck building plus scrabble sounded really cool. Long story short it wasn't. Maybe we're just terrible spellers or we secretly hate Tim Fowers. Again, I think I traded it in a math trade.
  3. #The Estates - Quite possibly the most disappointing game I've owned. I heard so many good things from the Board Game Barrage podcast that I couldn't resist picking this up on sale. I had thought at the time that because my brother and sister in law had enjoyed #Chinatown that they would get similar enjoyment from an equally cutthroat auction game. For whatever reason, the one time we played with them they just didn't have a good time at all. I tried to hold out hope that I didn't need to get rid of it for as long as I could before ultimately selling it. 
  4. #Evolution - Pretty sure this was the first game I ever sold from my collection. I picked it up used after watching a few videos and thinking it was right up our alley. Turns out we don't like mean games when it's just the two of us playing them. I brought it once to my groups game night and they seemed to enjoy it, but I by that time I had just lost interest. There weren't enough cards to make unique combos and the meanness was still there, it could just be spread out to other players. It seems like #Oceans has corrected both of those problems, so it has been added to my wishlist!
  5. #Imperial Settlers - Another one we should have enjoyed a bit more as it's a solid engine builder which is definitely a mechanic we enjoy in board games. I think this is just a case of having better games at our disposal so it kind of fell by the wayside. Out in a math trade it went.
  6. #San Juan - Oddly enough, this is what I ulimately traded Imperial Settlers for. Again, I should have liked this way more than I did. After one play I felt I had seen all that I could see from it. We gave it another go because she really liked it. The second time around, she too was bored. Math trade yet again!
  7. #Space Base - We really liked this game quite a bit. In fact I think it's the first on this list that we had no problem with whatsoever. Picking up better games got this to the table less and less. We couldn't see a reason to have it in our collection. I recently gave it to my brother because he and his wife really enjoyed playing it with us. Plus that keeps it around in case I ever want to play again. Win win!
  8. #The Mind - Really cool concept for a game. My fiancée had already expressed extreme dislike for #Hanabi so I think this was destined for failure from the start. We found we'd more often than not just get upset with each other for not playing a card fast enough or too fast...silly stuff really lol. As we weren't finding ourselves having fun with it, I traded it away. Didn't save too much shelf space unfortunately lol.

That's it - the torture is over. I hope you at least partially were entertained by my post. And of course, because I like the conversations with you all, what games have left your collections and why?

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2 months ago

I got rid of my first games this summer. I threw them in the garbage, actually. It was because I didn't want anyone to waste their time on them. It was a Lord of the Rings trilogy published by RoseArt around the time the movies came out.  I had all three, but had only played the first two shortly after they had been released.  This summer my wife and teenage son played them with me. The third game was useless. The rules didn't make sense and the game ended without being able to move half the players 2+hours into playing all three together. I trashed them so no one else would have to suffer the way we did.

Now, I'm considering getting rid of #Friday. I thought I'd enjoy it, but it hasn't caught on for me.

I'm also considering getting rid of #Forbidden Sky: Height of Danger. I like the game, a lot, and love the concept of the rocket. But the last several times I've played it, the games are over in less than 10 minutes and we all lose, so we play it twice, losing each time, before putting it away.  I'm not sure that my family would sit through it again.  We'll play #Pandemic instead-lasts longer and we get a lot closer to winning.  

Premium User2 months ago

Trashing them completely could be an option if the games terrible I suppose haha. 

2 months ago

I loved the games up until The Return of the King game fell apart half-way through. I swear it was never play tested because most of your players were trapped without ever being able to fight the final battle.  My wife suggested I take it to Goodwill, but I'd feel horrible having someone else play it and experience the heavy disappointment after playing through all three games to find it doesn't actually work at the end. I'd feel like I'd wasted their time as well as my own.

Those are the only games I've ever trashed. (And I still have a copy of Scotland Yard from 1985 which I really like!)

Premium User2 months ago

Yeah that does sound pretty terrible and I can understand why you'd feel that way. I'd probably only trash one time play games like an Exit or escape room type game. Even the games I really want to just toss out I'd still bring to Goodwill..

2 months ago

Give it a few years... I'm currently at 371 previously owned games.  :)

Premium User2 months ago

Whoa! That's so many! How many do you still own?

2 months ago

214, however there are 50+ of those that I would move out if someone wanted to buy or trade them. They aren't all bad games, I've just put them through their paces and I do not need to own them.

I used to want to have every game for every occassion and I found myself needing the new hotness.  Over time, I've decided that I don't need to own everything and I don't want to be a collector.  I'd rather have games that get played.

I'm at 14+ years in the hobby, so I've certainly gone through a few phases.  My latest phase is painting miniatures, so I seem to be seeking out games that have them.  Enjoy the ride!

Supporter2 months ago

That's a good point... getting rid of a game doesn't mean we're saying its bad or even that we don't like it. Its ok to pass on good games whether trading, selling or gifting to someone else who will play them

Premium User2 months ago

I'm on the fast track for hitting 100 in my collection pretty soon haha. I think realistically I'd like to stay either at 100 or less because like you said having games vs playing games..playing wins out for me too. My main issue now isn't so much getting rid of more as much as how to go about getting rid of them and getting enough back to where I am satisfied. I obviously don't expect MSRP I'm not a psychopath lol but shipping can be mighty costly.

2 months ago

I've gotten rid of a few, some because my wife didn't care for them and therefore they wouldn't get played, and some because, while we liked them, they never got picked over any other games in the collection.

Premium User2 months ago

Sounds just like us for the most part. I've got my copy of Lost Cities listed for trade and sale too

2 months ago

I gave #Munchkin away.  I bought it when i was new into the hobby and it sounded good.  By the time I actually played it 2 years later, I knew it wasn't for me.  One of the guys in my group wanted to play, so I gave it to him. 

Giving my BIL #Stuffed Fables so he can play with his kids (6 and 5).  My boys have outgrown the theme.  I may try #Mice and Mystics or even #Gloomhaven with them now that they are a little older.

I haven't gotten rid of anything else, mostly because I've been too lazy to sign up for math trades or go to conventions to dump the few I want to get rid of. 

Premium User2 months ago

Math trades are so addicting though! 

2 months ago

Man I have looked into doing these, but it seems overhwhelming...any tips?

Partner2 months ago

There are practice trades, and your first trade, only do one game so you know exactly what you're trading, and what you're willing to accept for it.

2 months ago

Oh that is good to know! Do you put together a list of games you are looking for? 

2 months ago

Thank you for the resources! Very helpful as always!

Premium User2 months ago

I've never done a practice one so I can't speak to those, but there's generally a master list of what everyone is putting into the trade. For the one's I've participated in, once the submission window for adding games is over, they move into a window where you can basically review what everyone is trading and there's a matrix where you'll check boxes off to indicate what you're willing to accept for your games. My only tips would be don't use it to accept cash offers because you have to pay for shipping (learned that the hard way lol) and expect to get the game you're the least excited about receiving.

2 months ago

Interesting, Thanks for the advice!

Supporter2 months ago

I have gotten rid of several games over the years. But, generally speaking they were games that I had picked up just because they were so cheap....LOL. Spoiler alert, this usually doesn't end all that well.

The only game though that I really think of when this sort of question comes up is #The Castles of Burgundy. This was the first hobby game I ever bought for myself. Now, it wasn't my first hobby game, I had played a pretty good number of hobby games before I bought COB. I played it a number of times, maybe 8-12. I tried so hard to like it. I tried it at every player count. And, in the end, I had to admit that I never had found any fun in that box. This was a hard realization to come to. I had done a lot of research, and I thought this game was perfect for me. It is always hard to admit that you were wrong. However when I was able to admit that it wasn't right for me, it was easy to get rid of. I actually ended up trading it with for a copy of #Deep Space D-6. This wasn't the first game I had gotten rid of. And, it certainly isn't the last. But, it is the only game I have gotten rid of that I was actually invested in.

An interesting footnote to that whole experience, I keep on thinking about reaquiring COB. I keep on wondering how the solo mode is, it seems like it would at least cut down on the time, which was one of my complaints of the game. I did see that there was actually good bones to the game. Fortunately, I have enough other games that I want, that I don't think I will be reaquiring it anytime soon.

Premium User2 months ago

I was actually going to mention this in my post but after looking at it more closely it didn't exactly pan out how it has in my head. You see I thought that games that I received used or didn't purchase myself were more likely to get traded. Interestingly it was about 50/50 there but I still think games I buy without really doing proper research because they are on sale or it's something I perceive as a good deal are most likely to get traded or resold.

Supporter2 months ago

I do think I have become a lot better with my research.

2 months ago

I was going to make this post today! I'm glad you read my mind. 

I came to the realisation that I need to sell Irish Gauge. Its a beautiful production but I just don't enjoy the game at all. I'm glad I tried it though. I think I had the same experience as you did with The Estates (which I made a pnp version of and enjoyed BTW), it's a cutthroat auction game that fell absolutely flat in the groups I tried it with. 

I can't believe you sold The Mind! For me it's the perfect intro game. The reason I say that is I once played this in a hostel with a table of people who didn't speak English... they just figured out the rules through gestures and guesswork, and we had an absolute blast. How cool is that?

Anyway, I've sold lots of games, the best was probably Great Western Trail. I also sold 7 Wonders Duel after two plays, which is easily the most overrated game of all time in my opinion. The game I most regret selling is Barenpark. I didn't realise how much my other half liked it, and she was really upset when she went to grab it and it wasn't there - lesson learned!

(BTW

2 months ago

Re: #7 Wonders Duel: them's fightin words! Lol, but I think it's really great, especially if you add in the Pantheon expansion!

2 months ago

Maybe that's dramatic. I think maybe it's because people rave about it SO much that I felt underwhelmed playing it was enough to call it "the most overrated game". I guess card drafting just isn't for me or something.

2 months ago

Haha not everything works for everyone. I personally have zero interest in current #1 BGG and #2 BGA game, #Gloomhaven, and I'm sure a lot of people would think I'm crazy for that, haha.

Premium User2 months ago

Yeah I can't say I think that's overrated either! I don't have the expansion though, what's it add?

2 months ago

It adds these god powers (I don't remember the in-game name) that grant I think one-time use abilities or extra scoring opportunities that can make a big difference in the game. Why that changes the game so much is that you don't have to take a card from the display in order to take one of those cards. They are not in the main layout, they are off to the side. So, where every single action in the base game requires you to take a card from the display, this allows you to disrupt that flow strategically. You can get around being forced to take a card you don't want and revealing cards that your opponent really wants, for example.

Premium User2 months ago

Oh that sounds cool. Revealing a card even by accident sometimes can be the worst

Owner2 months ago

I let know about the issue! Thanks for the reminder

I liked The Estates because of the pure ridiculousness in how much you can troll the other players. Others in my group didn't seem to appreciate it as much and hasn't come out since lol. Then again, if I had been in the lead, that might have changed up my attitude

Premium User2 months ago

Exactly! I thought they would LOVE that and they just didn't get it. At all. Maybe if we tried to play again it would have gone over better but I couldn't really give up the shelf space to find out.