Hey BGA! I got a new shelf for my board games and it's already full! I'm so excited about it that I decided to show it and my collection off to you all(small as it may be).
Here is the Imgur link: http://imgur.com/a/qw21mv2
(It looks like the pictures below the first one of my entire shelving unit got turned 90° to the left... IDK how to fix this from mobile, but it does make the games a bit easier to read I suppose).
Let's get some questions out of the way:
> how long have you been involved in the hobby?
I'm 25 and have been an avid board gamer since I was around 15, so easily 10 years if not longer. My buddy back home in Michigan had one of those collections that took up an entire basement and I never got bored of discovering new games.
> What would you change about your collection if you could?
Well obviously my collection is pretty small, so I'd like to expand on it a bit, but if I had to change anything, I probably wouldn't have gotten some of the heavier games like Power Grid and Cosmic Encounter. Although those are two of my favorite games, I really don't have anyone to play them with, which bums me out a bit. I would probably trade them out for something lighter like SmallWorld or like King of Tokyo or something, maybe even Machi Koro. The main people I enjoy playing games with just want something light, since they're not as avid fans as I am.
Another thing is that a few of my games I never play because they're a bit too... Young for me. For example, Tick Tock Boom is a fun word game, but it's really geared more towards a younger crowd, such as those who are learning how words work, etc.
That being said, I feel like I have a good mix of light/medium/heavy games, and I'll always have a game suitable for almost any crowd. I'm always looking for good deals, and am open to recommendations so I'd love to hear your favorites or recommendations for my collection!
My favorite game is Cosmic Encounter. I grew up playing that game the most with my friends and have fond memories of doing crazy things like playing with 15 powers each and seeing what happens. However, my prized possession would be Betrayal, again due to the memories, however, I didn't play this one as often, so I was always looking forward to the next time I could play it.
My family knows I love collecting games, and this past birthday of mine, I was gifted "game money" while on vacation which allowed me to buy like 4-5 games. I picked up Tokaido, Ticket to Ride, the Widows Walk Expansion for Betrayal, and Power Grid. Over Christmas, my buddy got me 7 Wonders: Duel, and I've had a bit of fun with that one!
I'm looking forward to the next game I buy, but I'm realizing that buying games is just as much for who I'll play it with than just what I enjoy.
Anyways, thanks for checking out my collection, feel free to ask any questions you might have or suggest games I might like! Thanks! :)