Do you have a shelf of shame?

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Do you have a shelf of shame? If you do, what factors contribute to your shelf of shame? If you don’t, what are some reasons why you don’t?

Right now I do not have a shelf of shame. All of my games that I own have been played at least once. Maybe not more than once. But at least they’ve been played! I’ve been much more disciplined lately when adding to my collection, making sure that I anticipate when and where I’d play a game before I buy a new game. 

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13 months ago

My shelf of shame consists of all my unplayed games. So far I have Rurik: Dawn of Kiev, Oregon Trail card game, and Charterstone as my unplayed games (I have 150-200 games...not sure how many at this point). Pretty good ratio. And, Rurik recently arrived from Kickstarter (and I DID play it pre-Kickstarter to review, so is it really unplayed?). Oregon Trail we picked up for a few bucks at a yard sale a few months back. Charterstone is missing a group that will play it. I have some other games lying around, but those I have to review, so I don't count those.

Supporter13 months ago

Wow for a collection that large that’s not a bad shelf of shame! I have 31 games. 

13 months ago

I like to play what I have before getting more. It doesn't always work out that way, of course, but I like to have things "complete." I'm the same way with books, but now I have about eight books I've picked up over the last couple of years that I am still trying to get to. It's a blessing and a curse, I suppose haha

Supporter13 months ago

Yes I do. Its finding time and players. My wife is the most consistent player but she 1. does not like to learn new games 2. doesn't like some of the styles that I do. 
To remedy this I'm starting to have more game nights to invite people over. Wish me luck!

13 months ago

Yes I do... it’s a little different though because my friend lent me Dead of Winter while he was out of the country...and I strongly dislike that game. So it’s stashed in my closet...

Supporter13 months ago

I would guess that doesn’t really count. Nice work!

13 months ago

Haha yea I guess you’re right. I do have a couple games that I am looking to sell so I guess they’re on the shelf of shame!

Supporter13 months ago

I have many unopened games too, because I tend to buy the ones I like when they are in their historic lows and I have the money. I do not wanna risk them to be out of print by the time I m ready to play :D
I have also a few that I bought used but havent played though :)
But I do not consider it a shelf of shame, maybe a shelf for not enough time.
Trading did not really work for me, but I might not have tried in the right channels.
Even on ebay I m usually able to sell to people who live on the other side of this big country...

Supporter13 months ago

This is what I started out doing until my budget was reduced for acquisitions. Now I need to be much more selective. I’ve never tried to sell any games, only buy more. 

Supporter13 months ago

The good thing is that the more games you buy the less is out there :D Even though many games are coming out every year not all of them are must haves. There are a bunch of games still on mywishlists, but I feel it is more easy to manage the urge to buy now =)
I usually sell when I find a game cheaper, or I find a cheap special edition or different edition. Or I don t like it / got tired of it but that is rare.
Or there is a very similar game that I like more and I don t wanna keep both :)

Supporter13 months ago

I do not have a shelf of shame. However I do have impulse by Carl Chudyk that I have not played yet. 

Supporter13 months ago

I definitely have games I haven’t played yet. The reasons are pretty straightforward. I am lucky enough to have a game group where a lot of people buy games. So I play a lot of different games often. There just isn’t time to get everything to the table. 

Also, I trade for games a lot so I end up having a fair number go on and off my shelf. Sometimes I end up realizing that a game I picked up might not work for the group so it hangs around a bit before I trade it out again. :)

13 months ago

I tend to trade or sell a game that I have lost interest in...

Supporter13 months ago

Fair enough! Where do you trade for games? I’ve often wondered about that. How do you decide what a fair trade is?

Supporter13 months ago

Where I live craigslist or Facebook marketplace works well. 

With regards to a fair trade I’ll typically look at prices on boardgame prices,com to see what the new value is.  If I’m selling I’ll cut it by 1/3 or 1/2 even depending on whether I think it will sell and how patient I want to be. 

For trades it will depend. I’ll try to get even value but sometimes I give more and sometimes I get more.  If I really think I’ll enjoy something they have I don’t mind giving up more value.  

Supporter13 months ago

There are so many games that I see on facebook for more than current selling price of the game. No one will go to pickup something that can be delivered free to your door.
When I sell I usually price around lowest ever price if the game is new (without tax) and I still get 50% below that offers... :)

Supporter13 months ago

You're not wrong.  Pretty much any platform I've looked at has people that will expect the world.

However, I've found that if you keep an eye on things you can get great deals.  I'll often ask for trades as well which can go better.  

This probably varies from region to region of course.  

Supporter13 months ago

How do you determine value in trades? I feel like I would tend to overestimate the value of my games. 

13 months ago

Oh I am totally in that same boat. “I spent x amount of money on this, I should get at least y amount back”!

Supporter13 months ago

I look up the prices on boardgameprices.com and then take off a certain amount.  If I think it's popular or impossible to find I might go for full price (but usually I won't get it.). 

Typically I take 1/4 to 1/3 off the current lowest online price.  If it's not selling I'll go to 1/2 off and I'll usually sell it that way.

At one point I had a bunch of games more or less gifted to me which I just couldn't get rid of no matter how low I priced them.  I actually bundled a bunch of so-so games with one decent game and sold them all that way no problem.  

With regards to trades, I'll just look up both games on boardgameprices.com (no, I'm not a shill, I've been doing it this way for  years.) to get the relative value of the games.  But from there it really depends on feel.  If I feel I'm getting a game I'll play and getting rid of one or two I won't I'm generally happy even if the "value" is not equal.