Board Game Upgrades vs. New Games

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Upgrade(4 votes) 50%
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Ok, so I'm curious where everyone stands on this. If you had enough money to either fully upgrade your favorite game or to buy a new game(s) at an equivalent cost, which would you choose?

By "upgrades" I'm including:

  • Bling - better components, painted minis, etc.
  • Custom insert - faster setup/cleanup, gets game to the table more often
  • Expansions - access to all content
  • Other - neoprene mat and other enhancements for the experience

So is this a no-brainer question? Which is it? And for those who'd rather upgrade, which game would you choose?

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Premium User9 months ago

Generally, I'd say new game. But when I buy that game, it will likely be the deluxe edition so it is already upgraded. :)

Owner9 months ago

O_ O my goodness..... that's so true. I've never gotten a deluxe anything so I'm curious what sort of state it comes in. That new Rococo looked fantastic--I'll never be able to afford/justify that kind of spending though but it's a fun thought for this post! :)

Premium User9 months ago

I'm in on the new Rococo. That is a game that gets regular play.

Owner9 months ago

I feel like my wife would love that game just because of the theme, but maybe not. I believe it's about preparing for a ball? How well is the theme integrated? 

Premium User9 months ago

You are using seamstress (cards) and cloth (tiles) to sew outfits for a ball. It is a solid euro with worker placement mechanics, board control and resource management, all driven by a light deck builder.

9 months ago

My brain is a traitor, and equates new games w/ more time to PLAY games. I'm always going to pick up something new, even with 3 things on the shelf I haven't played yet.

Supporter9 months ago

That is a good way to put it. 

Partner9 months ago

I think once I decide that I love a game, I start to look for ways to make it better, especially the expansions... but sometimes just nicer pieces. I don't think I would ever buy another copy of a game I already love unless I wear out the first one.... and then yes I would, just to keep playing it. 

9 months ago

I think the question is upgrade a game you have, or spend that money to get another game, not get another copy of the same game.

Premium User9 months ago

Depends, if the upgrade is just for show I would probably skip it. But if the upgrade made the game quicker to set up, easier to play, or replaces cardboard chits, I'm in. 

Supporter9 months ago

Both?

Supporter9 months ago

My collection isn't completed yet.... So, I'll say more games. 

9 months ago

Well it of course depends on the game I'd be upgrading. I'm happy to spend money upgrading a game I love and know will get the playing time to justify it. I'm always looking at custom inserts to make setup/teardown easier and replacement components that I think are subpar. It's not a no-brainer for me, so voting is tough. I guess at the end of the day, if it's a game I love, I'd probably go for an expansion for that game over a new game. If expansions are out of the picture, I'd probably go for a new game over an upgrade.

Here are some of the upgrades I have, though.

  • For #7 Wonders Duel I have the Pantheon expansion, plus the Broken Token insert so it all fits in the same box.
  • I have a custom insert for #Century: Golem Edition to accommodate sleeved cards. My brother in law actually bought us the neoprene mat for the game, which is awesome, but I probably wouldn't have sprung for that one myself. I would love to get a general purpose neoprene mat for our table, though.
  • I haven't actually upgraded #Dune outside printing up some player aids and replacing the insert with little containers and sleeving the cards, but I am definitely looking at ways to make that game a more streamlined experience.

Owner9 months ago

I can see myself easily becoming a sucker for neoprene mats in the future. It just makes card handling so much more satisfying! I'd get it for #Architects of the West Kingdom if they offer it in the future.

9 months ago

It is suuuper nice but they're pretty pricey usually.