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Tony Ackroyd
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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.

As a background there is an ongoing minor drama in my house, as reported on this geeklist: Tell us about the Last Time your Wife/Husband/Partner Discovered the True Horror/Magnificence of your Boardgame Hoard.

If you can suppress the gibbering addict within you and resist the urge to say/think "as many as they can get" that would be good. Also what I’d rather not do in this thread is think about the maximum number they can afford/have space for. Perhaps the number of games that are likely to be played (or at least considered being playing) over a reasonable period of time.
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.

So, using the same poll options as in the Annual user poll (and excluding expansions and print & plays):
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1. What do you think is a Sensible & Reasonable number of games to own?
Ten or less
11-20
21-50
51-100
101-200
201-300
301-500
501-1000
1001-2000
2000+
2. What would your partner (or ex-partner/future partner) think is a Sensible & Reasonable number of games to own?
Ten or less
11-20
21-50
51-100
101-200
201-300
301-500
501-1000
1001-2000
2000+
3. What are your main personal constraints on the number of games you own:
Budget
Space
Available time to play games
Restrictions imposed by partner
Other (please specify as a comment)
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Steve Kearon
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My understanding is that 739 has been scientifically proven as the optimum number of games to own, although it will shortly be revised to 745 - as soon as a couple of orders arrive.
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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.
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I think doing a survey is great and interesting!

But the purpose of finding out a reasonable number of games to own is sort of the opposite of what you can find out from such a survey.

Since everyone will have different reasons, different sorts of games, and different sorts of interests! (And different sort of lots of things . . . )
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You are askin' the wrong crowd.







EDIT: I do like that 301-500 is this weird window of neither sensible nor reasonable!
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I think you're touching on an issue called "Secret Spending".

If you're sneaking around behind your wife's back spending thousands of dollars on boardgames and hiding them all over the place... than you have a secret spending problem, not a boardgame problem.

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Mike Jones
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My wife told me that she wouldn't give me any grieve until I hit 1,000 games. (she did say expansions count and didn't appreciate when I shed some games to my son)

But, ultimately she doesn't give me any grieve unless I have too many games sprawled out in the living room. It's been almost 4 fours since it created enough grieve for me to write a geeklist - http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/31170/too-many-games-p...

Really the space is the big issue. There's only some many rooms I can take over (until I get rid of the kids).

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For me, it's all about quality vs quantity. I have more than my voted optimum (21-50) but some of them are waiting until my son gets old enough to play them.

But on the whole, I try to trade away the games I don't ever expect to play again and only hold on to those that I really enjoy or that friends really enjoy.
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What is this "sensible" and "reasonable" you speak of? I have never even heard of those words.
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I might be the only person to answer this survey who put his spouse down as having a higher number of reasonable games.
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What is sensible and reasonable and what I own are two different things.

I put that 51-100 and my SO would put 21-50, though she might surprise me and say 51-100.
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I think what I noticed first was that not everyone voted on each poll..
 
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As someone who just just moved their 100-200 collection downstairs into a new apartment and who will be shipping them back to the UK at the end of the year.....

Four is a sensible number of games to own.
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I'm trying to slow down. While my count is at 130, it DOES include a lot of small expansions and promos. That being said, my wife would probably kill me if I go above 200.

What needs to happen is for us to play the games we own a lot more, learn some that have been purchased and just bagged and punched, and fully explore our collection before rushing out and buying more new games. It's just hard without a regular gaming group and having the normal work and family scheduling issues.
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1) Acquire a dozen of the most replayable games, as you judge it.
2) Play them to DEATH (theirs, not yours) if you can.
3) Keep the games you can't play to death.
4) Give all the rest away.
5) Repeat steps 1-4 until the end of your life.

WARNING: It's possible that you may not make it through the first cycle.
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First, I own more games than is Sensible or Reasonable. When I look at my collection, there are about 50 games that I play frequently and that I have played enough that I know that I want to continue to play them frequently. In addition there are about a dozen games that I only play occasionally, but like enough that they belong in my collection. Both these numbers are growing, but slowly. So my answer to the first question in the poll was 51-100.
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Specification to question 4:
Neither budget and space nor time is the issue, and I don't have a partner. My constraint is mostly "I want my stuff to be reasonably used and not just sit and collect dust. It sounds like the constraint is play time but it's not – it's the other games I have. My constraint when I want to buy a game is "does this really scratch a different itch or present something reasonably different than the games I already have?"
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I'd say if you have alot of games that have never been played (or played more than once?) then you have too many games....
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LSMB wrote:
I'd say if you have alot of games that have never been played (or played more than once?) then you have too many games....


Unless making a collection is your hobby. Then go for it.
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I would think the logical answer is the number to own is the number that you will actually PLAY (unless you're into collecting shrinkwrapped games you'll never open). Intentions to play "someday" don't count. For me that would be somewhere south of fifty. Of course I have much closer to 500--many more than I bother to count.
 
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The proper number is one more. Always.
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Quote:
what is a sensible and reasonable number of games to own


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LSMB wrote:
I'd say if you have alot of games that have never been played (or played more than once?) then you have too many games....

I have to disagree; many of my games which have never been played (or played only once) are in that state for a number of valid reasons. These reasons range from the game simply being a recent acquisition to the right conditions for play never arising (the key condition being others' willingness to play at any moment).
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I like how (as of this posting) there is a large wasteland in the 1001-2000 range but 7-8 people in the 501-1000 and the 2000-3000. I find that amusing...
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