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..
- #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.
- #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.
- #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.
- #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!
- #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.
- #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!
- #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!
- #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?