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I own/buy the game that I think are the best and worth having. If they are not good, I sell or trade them. That is that.
 
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jfitzpatrick wrote:
I might be the only person to answer this survey who put his spouse down as having a higher number of reasonable games.


You might be the only person who voted that way based on reality. I'm single, so when I went to vote on what my hypothetical future partner would think, I said they'd approve of the next level up from how many I currently have. Sure, if my HFP were a real person I might have to compromise, but why set limits on a fantasy? Of course my future spouse wants me to have more games. devil
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All/many.

If they are on a hard drive.

Why care, it's just information and space is cheap.

Now when it comes to board games I think it depends on what you get from them. Most people obviously like to prioritize differently.
 
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I chose 101-200 (though I'm about 5 times that figure) and asked my wife, who reported 51-100. I picked "other" as my restraints as my main restraint, if you can imagine that I have such, is "reason."

It just makes no sense for me to purchase at anywhere close to the rate I used to purchase at. It's...unreasonable.
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Given that it seems that most/a lot of us think that the number of games we own is unreasonable (the answers to 'sensible & reasonable' are less than the 'owned' answers from the last BGG poll)....

...and in our assessment, our partners, who are probably making a much more sensible and reasonable decision, think we should own even less games than we do....

...to the extent that we should probably own upto 50 games, rather than upto 200, so we own perhaps four times as many games as we need as a collective group....

...is our unreasonable level of game consumerism what is keeping the boardgames industry afloat and growing?

If we were buying at a sensible & reasonable level, would the boardgames industry collapse?

Is our obsessional level of acquisition all that is keeping our hobby alive?
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1000rpm wrote:
...is our unreasonable level of PRODUCT X consumerism what is keeping the PRODUCT X industry afloat and growing?


Yes. Yes, it is.
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ok, I told my wife about this poll.

When asked about the 'what does a wife think'. Her response was as many as they want as long as it doesn't get in the way of feeding the family, there's room for them and your wife doesn't have to keep moving them out of her way (as she stared at the 3 games on the dinning room table.)
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1000rpm wrote:
So the question this thread hopes to determine is what is a sensible and reasonable number of games to own. We are talking about boxed boardgames here, not expansions and not print & plays. Arguably small boxed games and small pack card games still count. I’ve included some polls to get see if there is a rough numerical consensus, but discussion is probably more important.

So try to put yourself in the position of the ‘average’ gamer who has a full time job, average sized house, partner and possibly a family. They don’t have unlimited budget, game time or space.


I would say around 50, my wife around 20; so I checked the ranges beginning just above these numbers in order to keep the distinction. According to the BGG database I own around 150 games, but this includes expansions, micro-expansions and a fair number of children’s games which I do not count. The remaining games are quite simply not good enough. It is just too much hassle ridding myself of them (plus, I have sentimental reasons for hanging on to a couple of them).

I checked ‘other’ on the constraints question, because my main constraint is ‘the available number of really good games’.

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This geeklist may be interesting too...

Collection Metrics - Growth, Churn, Regret & Desire - Analysis
 
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shadow9d9 wrote:
I own/buy the game that I think are the best and worth having. If they are not good, I sell or trade them. That is that.

I do the same, but I still have so many ... probably we have a different definition of the words 'best' and 'worth having' meeple

Otherwise, the limit is the size of my basement (in which my games have to share space with my wife's pantry and the junk room. And there is still room for a few games more!

 
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1000rpm wrote:
Given that it seems that most/a lot of us think that the number of games we own is unreasonable (the answers to 'sensible & reasonable' are less than the 'owned' answers from the last BGG poll)....

...and in our assessment, our partners, who are probably making a much more sensible and reasonable decision, think we should own even less games than we do....

...to the extent that we should probably own upto 50 games, rather than upto 200, so we own perhaps four times as many games as we need as a collective group....

...is our unreasonable level of game consumerism what is keeping the boardgames industry afloat and growing?

If we were buying at a sensible & reasonable level, would the boardgames industry collapse?

Is our obsessional level of acquisition all that is keeping our hobby alive?


I don't think the reasonableness of one's collection can be boiled down to a number. I chose 51-100 because that is indeed a reasonable number of games to own. I have 170 listed on BGG, which doesn't count all my kid's games, of which there are quite a few. I do in fact have a bunch of games still in shrink, but there is a good reason for all of this.

Most of my games have been either been gotten via super clearances like the B&N $1/$2 deals, or for free via Small Business Saturday, or are from early in my marriage when I played a lot more party games. So while numerically I seem to be over the limit, there are a bunch of games I would still like to get, and a bunch of games I have I really don't play much. I suppose I could sell them off, but I wouldn't get much, and I have the room, so why bother.

I have gotten to the point now where I have sufficent games that I only buy at super cheap levels. But I still prefer to spend GCs, get gifts, and spend SBS money at game stores. And I still won't turn down $2 games or crazy clearance games.
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My main limitation is whether or not the games will see playtime. My gaming buddies are not exactly fully into the hobby: they love playing board games (including games that are quite rule and time extensive like Descent and Twilight Imperium) but they aren't into them enough to buy their own - so the games we play are whatever I happen to have. I don't buy many.
 
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Touching my 'other' which is willingness to buy more
due to effort in hunting 'em down.

Biggest though is shelf space - I can't easily get
more shelves since I abandoned my car.
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Let's ask some drunks how many drinks is enough.

(I'm picturing a "Leaving Las Vegas" scenario here)
 
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esuing wrote:
For me, I try to own JUST enough so that I feel that every type of mechanic, theme, weightiness, etc is covered, but not any more. Having games I look at an say, "I can't see myself ever wanting to play that game over some of the others," especially because it's very similar to other games, means it's time to get rid of it. Given how much time I devote to gaming (which is less than I'd like), I'm finding the 30-50 range to be appropriate for me.


This. Around 100 seems about right, a good number of those are small box card games.
 
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More than 10 is more than anything sensible and reasonable for any non-gamer, or even a sporadic one. I've got lots of friends who are very happy owning just their Catan, Carcassonne, Bang! and maybe a couple more.

The average geek, I think, thrives with 20-50 games. Playing one or two of them weekly, this gives them a lot of variety without having boxes collecting dust.

Most of the people who dwell here, OTOH, can't be happy with anything less than 100+ games
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Re: What is a Sensible & Reasonable number of games to own?
I completely agree with Alberto above me. meeple

I'd also say that how many games is "sensible" or "reasonable" depends a lot, IMO, on how often you play. If you have, say, 50 or so games and play on average 3 times a week, each game is getting played on average 3 times a year. You might be fine with that, but of course some will get played less than the average. And if you're only playing a game once a year or less, perhaps it's not really sensible for you to have it. Especially since, if you have a gaming group, each person could own some of the games you play together, rather than one person having to own all of them.

If you play more (or less) often, obviously that would indicate a larger (or smaller) size of "sensible" collection.

On the other hand, if you can afford to buy all the games you like and space is not an issue, how often you play the games may not really matter to you...

...but to me, a sensible number is somewhat under 50. Of course I want far more than that, but I accept I'm not all that sensible!
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i choose to own enough games that i can play them all regularly
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jfitzpatrick wrote:
I might be the only person to answer this survey who put his spouse down as having a higher number of reasonable games.


Make that 2 - she likes games just as much as I do, but beats me in liking shopping for them even more



 
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