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A Pictorial Geeklist of Game Collections
Crazy Adam
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Extra, Extra: A BGG admin has been clearing out Board Game Collection images from the Miscellaneous Game Accessory entry on the Geek. As these pictures are moved into their respective owner's private galleries, there is no longer a place on the Geek to see photos of game collections.

Frankly, I love looking at game collections here. I'm a bit of an organization nut. To see how others have organized a ridiculous, overabundant mess-o'-a-hobby into straight, vertical and horizontal lines of cardboard colour pleases me immensely. It's a geek thing.

Ultimately, I was sad to see my Top 20 of all time Image relegated to my private gallery where it will virtually be seen by no one ever again. Forlorn. I've created this geeklist as well so that it sort of has a home again.

Anyway, PLEASE PLEASE post a picture of your displayed game collection. Perhaps link it to the game you think best displays in your image. I know users in the Image gallery of Misc. Game Accessory were also stating the number of games they saw in the collection photograph which they already owned (e.g., d10-4d10-2). Keep doing that if you wish.

Remember the image codes [ imageID=xxxxxx small/medium/large ]. I used medium for my images.

Thanks! Enjoy!
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1. Board Game: Fireball Island [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:1872]
Crazy Adam
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I like how Fireball Island is right beside my head, as if almost a verbal caption. Not so happy about how Bed Bugs is right beside my head as well. *itchy itchy*

Also will add this one:



Ahhh... all on shelves. Sweet relief. I find Stop Thief stands out the most here. There's something about hot text on a black background that just grabs the attention.
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2. Board Game: Merchants & Marauders [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:138]
Kyle W.
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With the exception of the few really creative shots like Adam's above, I've never seen the need to post collection pictures to the Miscellaneous Game Accessory entry. That being said, it's still always neat to see how people store and organize their collections, and I especially like being able to see those collections grow over time.

UPDATED!

We finally re-did our basement, and now the collection has finally moved out of a closet and into the open. It also expanded to a third shelf.


At the end of 2012:


Here it is in July 2012:

It's currently in our guest room, but once we finish the basement this winter the whole collection may get moved down there. It's a bit disorganized at the moment but for the most part I've tried to keep similar-sized boxes together.


Here's the same closet in September of 2010:


And again from April of 2009:

(The collection isn't the only thing that's grown. Both of those cats are significantly larger now too!)
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3. Board Game: Turn the Tide [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:666]
Jon Enns
Canada
Herbert
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The same thing happened to me with an image that had some popularity. I call it "My rising tide of games!"



Here are some more not updated pics of my collection:




This cupboard was added 3 years ago:


So was this one and it is now 3/4 full:
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4. Board Game: Florida [Average Rating:3.12 Unranked]
Darrell Hanning
United States
Jacksonville
Florida
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Here's how you fit 650 games on a total of two walls, in a small bedroom:



In short, "not well". I'd love to move to a state (like the one I came from) that has houses with basements. Until then, I have a room that's just big enough to hold my games, and a table for solitaire play, but not nearly big enough to hold games and several gamers, and a table.
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5. Board Game: Taj Mahal [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:184]
Alfred Wallace
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Champaign
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Here's what mine used to look like, anyway:



That's not quite all of it. There was another shelf unit in another room. Nowadays it's only three of those shelf units. (Gamecases?)
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6. Board Game: Magic Realm [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:637]
Rick Koeppen
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Bellevue
Nebraska
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I am getting some new flooring installed in here sometime next week. During the course of removing and replacing everything in the room, I am promising myself to organize everything better.

Edited for bigger pictures!
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7. Board Game: Pack & Stack [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:1255]
Brian Davis
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Hobbs
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Here is a shot from the far side of my game room



And some close-up shots of the shelves




(what my friends call the "forbidden shelf")



I didn't take a close-up pic of my Hilinski crokinole board (named "Mixed Blessing") hanging on the wall so here's one of it on the table!

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8. Board Game: Cell Management [Average Rating:7.83 Unranked]
Caitlin Wells
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Portland
Oregon
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(I'm on my phone, will update with a BGG gallery picture when I get back to a computer.)

I organize by category. (Just bought Netrunner, going to have to do some to re-organizing to decide where to put that. Hamsterrolle and TI3 don't fit. =)

The cells that are interesting:

1, 1 - Stack 1 is 2 player games, stack 2 is just small box games
1, 2 - Heavy games, although I recently had to put New Era up here
1, 3 - Games named after cities (and a dude)
1, 4 - FFG Social Games

2, 1 - Now a CGE shelf, plus a couple other medium weight games with colors that work well together (although I plan to move Pictomania to the unique games)
2, 2 - Space Games
2, 3 - Fantasy themed
2, 4 - Out of print games

3, 1 - Unique games
3, 3 - Ticket to Rides
3, 4 - Horror Themed

4, 1 - Half box sized (and a couple random)
4, 4 - Gateway games (Pandemic and Dominion are at the office)

I used to have a dry euro shelf, but that got dispersed among into the other shelves. I thought about making a Vlaada shelf, but I really like my Space Games shelf.
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9. Board Game: Portable Adventures: Lair of the Rat-King [Average Rating:5.86 Overall Rank:6921]
Sim Guy
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Albuquerque
New Mexico
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I am a pack rat by my own admission. It comes from being raised in a relatively poor military family, and having to sell almost everything I owned every couple of years. Now that I have settled down, the games ( and lots of over stuff seems to pile up. I have a purge from time to time, but not so much when it come to my games.

The Main Shelves

Panzer Grenadiers (book supplements not shown ~25 of those) and my extensive non-wargame collection.

This should probably be embarrassing. Who needs War in Europe to play all of WWII?

The Auxiliary Shelves

Some leakage into the paperback case & a few RPGs

The Filing Cabinet. Just under half of my collection.

Each drawer holds nearly 100 titles, magazine games and ziplocks.

5bag to the first person who correctly guesses how many games are in this one drawer.
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10. Board Game: Catacombs: Dark Passageways [Average Rating:6.82 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.82 Unranked]
john mcnamara
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grand rapids
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11. Board Game: Advanced Civilization [Average Rating:8.01 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.01 Unranked]
Tom
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I havent gotten any pics up of my new storage space, so here goes:

My corner of the basement


A closer look in


Down Aisle 1


Up Aisle 2


Mostly large games


Mostly 2P


Facing the rest of the room


Waiting to find space...


The kids games closet upstairs


If you were wondering how to store 1500 games, there it is. (Please excuse my terrible photography and camera.). Edit: made first pic medium size
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12. Board Game: Galaxy's Edge [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:4261]
Maxim Kalenkov
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Moscow
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13. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:105] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
Moe45673
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I don't actually own Small World. But to me, it's quality, not quantity



Top right are euros.

Top left are area control/war-ish games

bottom left are economic games (AoI and Power Grid should probably switch places)

Middle are light games

Bottom right are cardgames (and The Resistance).

Missing is Carc Big Box 3. My mother in law loves it so I just leave it there.

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14. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:166]
Luis Paulino Mora Lizano
Costa Rica
Asunción de Belén
Heredia
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Games on the move...
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15. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:87] [Average Rating:7.53 Unranked]
Ed R
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Huntington
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My small collection of games. If only I had discovered board games before the kids came along.

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16. Board Game: Watch Your Garden Grow [Average Rating:4.67 Unranked]
Mrs Smith
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Canberra
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My collection in February 2011:


My collection in February 2012:


I'm gonna need more shelves!
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17. Board Game: Twilight Imperium (Third Edition) [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:31]
Esteban Vasquez
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Medellin
Antioquia
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My collection is really small compared to a lot of the collections that people have here in BGG but I'll share the evolution of my collection with you.

This picture was taken in 2010-03-15 my addiction was growing slowly but in constant pace.



This picture what taken in 2010-09-13 I had like 2 years in the hobby



A year after I took another picture on 2011-05-22 my addiction was growing and so my hobby



Another year later my shelf is almost full and my addiction has reached the point where I don't desire all the games I see, I now see a new game and think something like "Is just like X game with a small theme change and I already have Y game to cover that hole"
I took this picture on 2012-05-09



In this last picture there are missing some of my games because I don't have them in my house anymore (For the moment) those games are Descent (Because we play the campaign in a friend's house), Carcassonne: The Castle, RA and some other that I bring to my work place to play at lunch.

I have gotten a couple of games more and the location of my collection has changed but I'll wait another year to take another picture... I'll continue to update this item with time.
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18. Board Game: Here I Stand [Average Rating:7.96 Overall Rank:81]
Andy Foulke
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Bethel Park
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I probably should have used
for the image, since there's an embarrasingly large portion of their games in my collection.

I just finished converting this attic above our garage into a game room, and thought it was time to take pictures.











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