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If you are a collector I think 150 is the right size before you start to overlap with common mechanics and themes. For non-collectors that want to play the same games and really dig deep into the inner mechanics 50 might be the right number.

Just my 2 cents.

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0, since most everything is available on the app store now, rendering board games (and the hobby) virtually obsolete. yuk
 
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Wulf Corbett wrote:
According to BGG, I currently have 911 games. I try to keep it up to date, so that's probably about right.
It's 912 already... shake
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Optimal number of games = N+1
where N is the current number of games owned.

or...
Optimal number of games = S-1
where S is the number of games that would cause your partner to leave you.
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Garry wrote:
Optimal number of games = N+1
where N is the current number of games owned.

or...
Optimal number of games = S-1
where S is the number of games that would cause your partner to leave you.


Perfect Equation.

My issue is finding time to play them all. I get stuck trying to figure out which game to play next and end up going back to the same two or three titles.
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I've only been back in to the hobby for 3-4 years... I'm around 35-40 games currently. I can see my self stopping and managing a collection of about 50 games, not including expansions or self designed projects. I believe after that I will have too many games that won't reach the table in any regularity. I do like that my collection is very wide spread in mechanics, themes, play times, group sizes.
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jforbes wrote:
How many games are in your collection?


Making a list from memory, I think our household has about 24 games, many of those of the Candyland/Mousetrap/Chutes & Ladders variety, which count, I guess, but barely. I also included a couple of smaller card games and Bananagrams/Apple Letters, which can all be stuffed in between other games for storage.

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Do you feel like you have an adequate number of games?


Not at all. I'm trying to move my family forward from Monopoly/Sorry into the 21st century, but it's slow going. I've purchased about eight titles in the past five months, but I have a difficult time getting them enthused enough where I don't have to force a game time on them. It's a busy house, though, and the kids have many interests.

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Do you want to increase or decrease the size of your collection?


Increase, for sure. There are still a lot of games out there I want to try. I need to space them out to justify spending the money on them, though. I might turn into more of a collector than gamer, but as it turns out, I am enjoying seeing the new boxes on the shelf and even if I'm going solo, trying out new adventures in games.

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What, for you, is an ideal game collection size?


Personally, I probably could just keep buying games. With a family to keep me in reality, I think somewhere around 40 would be ideal (left to my own devices I'd probably have 100). If I got rid of the kiddie games and replaced them with lighter but decent family fare (like Ticket to Ride, Quarriors, Forbidden Island level games), then we would have a set of games, given how much we play, that would keep us entertained for a long time. I could also have a couple of heavier-weight games for soloing or some future gaming event, should I eventually run into others who would like to gather (or if either of my daughters gets the gaming bug--my younger one is a potential candidate).

I don't think I know anyone who has more than a few games on their shelves, and most of those stereotypical (Mousetrap and Monopoly). If I do know someone who is a gamer, they are hiding that hobby. I also am a collector of books and CDs. I have more of those than I'll ever consistently read or listen to, but they represent some personal history, so I keep them for the most part, and I like perusing and pulling off the shelf in short bursts of nostalgic consumption. I'd probably do the same with games were I ever to have way more on my shelf than I'd ever consistently play.


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lordrahvin wrote:
I start trimming down once I hit 50.
30 is my ideal number, if I can just find the PERFECT combination of games... of course, then newer games come out and i start purchasing, then I start trimming... etc...


I agree with the Bonsai approach, as I do not have room in my apartment for an arboretum.

My personal upper limit is 100. Like you, I have a buffer zone -- when the collection gets up above 75, I start thinking about trimming and pruning.
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Myoman wrote:
0, since most everything is available on the app store now, rendering board games (and the hobby) virtually obsolete. :yuk:


By that logic, wasn't iOS preempted by significantly more engrossing games already available for the PC? If I'm at home and want to play a game on a screen, my computer has a lot of games that I play on occasion.

The interest of most board games is because it is with another person, away from a screen, and you interact with the person to play the game.


If you were to ask me to play a game of Caylus with you on your iPad, I'd be in roll-eyes land. :whistle:
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lordrahvin wrote:
I start trimming down once I hit 50.
30 is my ideal number, if I can just find the PERFECT combination of games... of course, then newer games come out and i start purchasing, then I start trimming... etc...


This is me in a nutshell. I want s reasonably slim collection, but made of games that a) Hit the table regularly and b) Offer a wide variety of Mechanics and themes.
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I have like 150 distinct games. It's a rarity that I get rid of games, but I buy maybe 10 a year now.

Honestly, I could cull plenty from my collection. The "ideal size" is one which is efficient, which covers all the bases you want without unnecessary duplication. This can probably be achieved with 25-50 games, for most people.

However, "variety is the spice of life". Sure, you don't need 2 CCGs or abstract games or thematic trash-fests, but life (my life, at least) is driven very much by "mood". I also have specific genres that I'm a sucker for, or other people in my family enjoy.

There are 3 main concerns when dealing with collection by amount of games: physical space required to house them, the cost of acquiring them, and feasibility of play.

These can be things you can look at when considering whether to buy a new game, or cull a game from your collection.
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redstarnyc wrote:
Garry wrote:
Optimal number of games = N+1
where N is the current number of games owned.

or...
Optimal number of games = S-1
where S is the number of games that would cause your partner to leave you.


Perfect Equation.

My issue is finding time to play them all. I get stuck trying to figure out which game to play next and end up going back to the same two or three titles.


Perfecting this equation requires changing "or" to "and".
 
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I have about 100 and I think that's about the right size. I just don't have quite the right set of games. I think some of the "right set" haven't been invented yet.
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keep collecting as long as you have space!
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AlexFab4 wrote:
keep collecting as long as you have space!
I've never let that stop me... cool
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jforbes wrote:
How many games are in your collection?

I have 167 games (not counting expansions.)

jforbes wrote:
Do you feel like you have an adequate number of games?

I think 200 is a number I'd like as a "center" point in my collecting. I see my collection as somewhat fluid. The keepers stay forever, and the fringers go every now and again to trades or what have you.

jforbes wrote:
Do you want to increase or decrease the size of your collection?

I know for a fact that I will increase my game collection size. (And this is as I want it.)

jforbes wrote:
What, for you, is an ideal game collection size?

For me personally, I like 200 as a number. Though I think a 300 collection would most likely include every game I could ever possibly want to play. (That last comment is largely subject to change......)
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Re: Optimal Game Collection Size?
As a guy just recently discovering board games over the last couple years I only have a dozen games or so including expansions.

My goal is to have 25-30 games in my inventory. I think if I had that many I would be proud of my collection. At this time I have no aspirations of owning hundreds of games. I just want a real solid selection of stuff to pick from.
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it's what you do with it...

We are talking about board game collections right ?
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Sentieiro wrote:


it's what you do with it...

We are talking about board game collections right ?

These statements always come from guys with a small ... erm ... collection, wouldn't you say?
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PzVIE wrote:
Sentieiro wrote:


it's what you do with it...

We are talking about board game collections right ?

These statements always come from guys with a small ... erm ... collection, wouldn't you say?


Only 238 centimeters games...
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One more than I have now, then one more than I will have then, repeat.
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Aging One wrote:
One more than I have now, then one more than I will have then, repeat.


Limiting yourself to only wanting one more, even a perpetual one more, shows amazing restraint. I want them all and I want them now.
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I find my hard limit of 100 is practical, and can still be honestly regarded as a playing collection. Keep in mind that I play wargames, euros, and thematic games, multi-player and two-player, light through to heavy/monster games.

Every year I pick up 10-12 games and sell/trade away the same number. I have a pretty good collection now, so I have to think twice about whether a new game is worthy of displacing an existing game. With the 10 per cent annual turnover rate, the collection stays fresh, but I can hang on to genuine classics.
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Rob Doupe wrote:
I find my hard limit of 100 is practical...


Funny you mention that...the introduction of the "board game collector" microbadges prompted a purge for me. I had over 100 at that point, and having an official recognition made me uncomfortable when I realized it was more than I could reasonably play given my current schedule.
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Some people will say that collection size is independent of time available for playing.

I find that in my current gaming schedule (about six 3 hour and one 6 hour session per month), I have way too many games. There are people who have a lot more table time, and for them my collection would be way too few.

I do a lot of trading to keep my collection down, but there are always more games to play and more games to get.
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