The Great (Game) Purge
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This is a list of the reviews I've done as a part of my Great Game Purge.

Why am I doing a game purge?

I have too many games. Not in some objective sense, but in a real, practical, concrete sense - they don't fit in my house. At last count I had about 160 games + 50 expansions; my storage solution at home is a large wire shelf and some space in a closet.

So why write reviews of these games?

Two reasons:

1: I want to learn what it is that I like and don't like about games, and make my collection suit my tastes better. I have lots of games that I thought I 'might' like... if I like them, I should play them. If I don't like them, someone else might and I want to pass them on.

2: I want to remind myself why I got into gaming in the first place. Reviewing games makes me excited about them again, and that makes me play them more, which makes me more excited, and so on. This is a great thing - I bought these games to be played.

I'm hoping that these reviews are helpful to others (so far, so good), but also that they help me learn what this hobby is all about and what I enjoy most about it.

What are my reviews like? - As of Review #4, I've adopted this format:

1: Overview
2: Gameplay
3: Components
4: Theme
5: What do I think about it?
6: Am I keeping it, and why?
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Reviewed 2/9/13

Games in my collection: 158
Expansions in my collection: 53

Kept: 1
Purged: 0

Notes: My wife and I are doing some deckbuilding today so it was a no brainer to start with this one. I will eventually post scenario reviews of the expansions we have too.
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Reviewed 2/12/13.

Games in my collection: 158
Expansions in my collection: 53

Kept: 2
Purged: 0

Notes: Hm, two deckbuilding games in a row. That's 2/3 of the deckbuilders I own. This one was bought for $12 at a FLGS that was clearing out Second Edition. I didn't know what the differences were, so this review is specifically calling out whether I'd buy it again.

Kept, pending a longer term decision on Third Edition.
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Reviewed on 2/14/13.

Games in my collection: 158
Expansions in my collection: 53

Kept: 3
Purged: 0

Expansions Kept: 3
Expansions Purged: 0

Notes:

Still knocking off the easy ones here. No doubt this was a keeper. I'm including the expansions too, and I give some justification as to why in the review (although maybe not enough).
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Reviewed on 2/17/13.

Games in my collection: 158
Expansions in my collection: 54 (+1 (Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game – Pegasus Expansion))

Kept: 4
Purged: 0

Expansions Kept: 3
Expansions Purged: 0

Notes:

This was the first game that there was any doubt whether I would keep, and not a lot of doubt. I haven't played it a lot, but it's very small and out of print, so it would have taken quite a bit to get me to purge it.

I was QUITE surprised by this game. It is much deeper than I expected and I really enjoyed it, so it's a keeper.

The addition to my collection was not something I bought but a gift. I expect that some small things will be added here and there.
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Reviewed on 2/18/13.

Games in my collection: 158
Expansions in my collection: 54

Kept: 5
Purged: 0

Expansions Kept: 3
Expansions Purged: 0

Notes:

Another obvious decision. This game gets played a lot, often as the 'I don't know what to play but not something too heavy' game. So when it hit the table, I felt like it was a good chance to review it.
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Reviewed on 2/24/13.

Games in my collection: 157 (-1, Twilight Struggle)
Expansions in my collection: 54

Kept: 5
Purged: 1

Expansions Kept: 3
Expansions Purged: 0

Notes:

While Twilight Struggle was an incredible game, I decided to purge it, and upgrade to the deluxe edition. I already sold the game to a friend, but I'm waiting for a bit to order the Deluxe Edition, so technically this counts as having been purged.

But in all seriousness, this is my favorite review I've done so far. And possibly my favorite game, period. Excited to get the Deluxe Edition.
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Reviewed on 3/3/13.

Games in my collection: 158 (+1 Master Labyrinth, Thrifted)
Expansions in my collection: 54

Kept: 6
Purged: 1

Expansions Kept: 4
Expansions Purged: 0

Notes:

If Carcassonne weren't such a nostalgia trip for me, it might get purged, just because I would rather play The Castle instead. As is, I am putting a prediction that we keep only Base Carcassonne, Inns and Cathedrals, and Traders and Builders. So far we've used all those (review forthcoming for T&B), but we haven't tried any other expansions lately, so we'll see how it goes.
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Reviewed on 3/4/13.

Games in my collection: 157 (-1 Abalone)
Expansions in my collection: 54

Kept: 6
Purged: 2

Expansions Kept: 4
Expansions Purged: 0

Notes:

Amid all the jokes that this was 'The Great Game Hoard' I decided to intentionally play a bunch of the games I knew were getting purged. This was first. Wife and I didn't hate it, just don't see a reason to keep it around.
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Reviewed on 3/4/13.

Games in my collection: 156 (-1 Five Crowns)
Expansions in my collection: 54

Kept: 6
Purged: 3

Expansions Kept: 4
Expansions Purged: 0

Notes:

So begins the purging of the rummy games. Many more to come. Five Crowns' chief sin was it's gigantic box (4x the size it needed to be, I swear).
 
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Reviewed on 3/5/13.

Games in my collection: 156
Expansions in my collection: 54

Kept: 7
Purged: 3

Expansions Kept: 4
Expansions Purged: 0

Notes:

Kept. Easy choice.

Through 10 games, I'm running about a 21% purge rate. My hope is to keep that up through the whole series of reviews, but that would mean purging roughly 33 games and 11 expansions. I don't see that as terribly likely. My goal is to purge 25 games, which will come in at around a 20% burn rate, or 2 in 10 reviews.

So yes, the purged game reviews are definitely coming, but they'll be more of a trickle than a torrent. In the meantime, I'm preparing a blog post outlining the other steps I'm taking to prune the collection, specifically the combining of boxes into each other to save space.
 
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Reviewed on 3/30/13.

Games in my collection: 156 -
-Battleball (Purged),
-Trivial Pursuit DVD: Star Wars Saga Edition/+Carcassonne: The City (Traded),
-Basari,Light Speed/+2 de Mayo (Traded),
+Small World (Gift),
+The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game – The Hobbit: Over Hill and Under Hill (Gift)).
Expansions in my collection: 54

Kept: 7
Purged: 4

Expansions Kept: 4
Expansions Purged: 0

Notes:

Been a while since I updated to the adds and subtracts are getting out of control. Hope to put up a few more next week; I have been keeping notes and still planning out purges as I go; the purge number is actually much higher than 4 now, even if it's not showing up on this list yet.

Battleball is the first of the 'nobody to play this with' purges. Expect more of those .
 
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