If I have Game X, do I need Game Y?
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As I look at my gameshelf, I see many games that are either similar to each other, or similiar to something upcoming that I want. So the question is do I *need* both? This is a list of games with either similar themes or similar mechanics or both. Please help me decide if I need both of these games or not... Space isn't truly at a breaking point yet, but I'm trying to be forward thinking. I'm also considering how much playing time respective games will receive if two similar titles are competing for the same table time.

You may feel that I need to keep both games; that's fine, but please provide compelling reasons why. I'm trying to shake free of the bonds of "collectorism" and pare down my assortment to those games which I'll receive the most pleasure from and will see the most table time.
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1. Board Game: Wizard Kings [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:1749]
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Let's start with Columbia Block Games:

I have this and a few expansions. It hasn't yet made it to the table yet. Considering I have other fantasy war games, should I keep this, when what I really want is...
 
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2. Board Game: Hammer of the Scots [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:299]
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...the darling of the Columbia system. Consensus seems to put this one at the top of middle weight Columbia games, and I think I could probably find more interested opponents for this one.
 
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3. Board Game: Scotland Yard [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1061]
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Should I keep this knowing that soon I'll be able to get...
 
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4. Board Game: The Fury of Dracula [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:1558]
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...this? I'm getting this, and that's all there is to it. The theme in this one is just so much more appealing to me. Is it different enough to justify keeping both?
 
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5. Board Game: War of the Ring (First Edition) [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:82]
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I have this beauty...
 
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6. Board Game: Risk: The Lord of the Rings [Average Rating:5.89 Overall Rank:3575]
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...along with this one. Considering the fact that not only do I have WotR, but also have classic Risk and Clone Wars Risk, do I need to keep this?
 
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7. Board Game: Blue Moon [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:877]
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I've got this one, and love, Love, LOVE it. So do I need...
 
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8. Board Game: Scarab Lords [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:3052] [Average Rating:6.05 Unranked]
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...its inferior little brother? I know that, with the addition of Minatour Lords, this is semi-expandable. Its even a decent game in its own right; but already having Blue Moon, do I need this?
 
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9. Board Game: Axis & Allies [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1184]
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I've got this, and with all the memories associated, I don't think I can bring myself to get rid of it (except of course to upgrade to the 2004 model). So do I need...
 
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...this, which I also have? I know that this isn't exactly the same. No static openings, no pre-defined alliances, etc. But in the final analysis, do I need both?
 
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11. Board Game: Tigris & Euphrates [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:70]
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I recently got this, so do I need to hang on to...
 
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...this, which seems like the simpler predacessor? On the plus side, it takes up very little space (respectively) and it plays much quicker. It seems very similar though.
 
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13. Board Game: Hera and Zeus [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1407]
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I have this and love it, and its often described as Stratego-like. Then again, so is...
 
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14. Board Game: Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:414]
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...this, which I also own. I haven't been able to play this one yet, but I'm looking forward to it. Do I need both?
 
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15. Board Game: El Grande [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:54]
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I have this (unplayed) and won't likely be getting rid of it. I also have my eye on...
 
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16. Board Game: Wallenstein (first edition) [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:342]
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...this, which should be affordable with the upcoming reprint. I've seen comparisons of the two, though. Should I buy this one?
 
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I have and love this one. It seems inconceivable that I'd ever get rid of it. But I also have...
 
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18. Board Game: Memoir '44 [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:117] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
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...this one. I like them both, but do I need them both?
 
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