Essen - what's your budget?
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WARNING: this list might be confronting to some off you !!!

Being an Essen newbie, you hear a lot of rumours about the money being spend @ Essen. That's why I launch this geeklist to get a better idea. So hear we go:

To enter the geeklist, add the most expensieve game you bought last time (or plan on buying this year).


How Much money did you spend last time (on games)?

How many games did you buy?

How Much did you overspend? (I'll skip luch, those cashmachines, ...)

What's your budget for this year? (after Essen, you can come and edit )


You can see my Essenlist at Essen 2013 (Spiel): vdbmalmsteen's first time

And my budget? Somewhere between 200-250€, depending on how many europieces I put aside
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How Much money did you spend last time (on games)?

About 500€ I think. I did not really sum it up.

How many games did you buy?


14 titles.

How much did you overspend?

Nothing as I did not make up a budget. Essen is one event in the year where I spend my money. I go there with ~400€ cash in my pockets on the first day and if there is so much interesting stuff that this amount of money is not sufficient, I'm going to the ATM for the next day in the evening.

What's your budget for this year?

As I have written before, I don't make up a budget. The limiting factor is rather space in my shelves as I don't want to go messy with boardgames. My collection size is about 100-110 titles and should not grow beyond this. I think I would reconsider my buying spree if I spend more than 700€ - but not because of the money.
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How Much money did you spend last time (on games)?
About € 80. In previous years, I have sometimes spent a lot more, up to € 250.

How many games did you buy?
Four. Again, it was much higher in some previous years.
I had a number of trades in the math trade, so I already had new games coming in without spending money. That helps to keep spending under control.

How Much did you overspend?
I spent less than expected. (Woohoo. Go me!) But in hindsight, I spent € 8 too much, because the discounted Industry turned out to be a game I didn't like.

What's your budget for this year?
I don't have an actual budget, I'll just buy whatever I feel will _really_ enrich my "gaming life" as long as I can afford it. And maybe one or two discounted games that I just can't resist. I expect to spend somewhere between 50 and 150 euros.
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I picked Takenoko, but it may also have been Gembloor Tokaido - I can't exactly remember the price of each single buy. It would have been The Road to Canterbury, but I found that slightly too pricey.

How Much money did you spend last time (on games)?
About 150 €.

How many games did you buy?
Seven in all, plus some dice because you can never have enough of those!

How Much did you overspend? (I'll skip luch, those cashmachines, ...)
My budget was 200 max, but I managed to find everything on the top of my wishlist at very good prices and decided to leave it at that.

What's your budget for this year? (after Essen, you can come and edit ).
About the same (200 €), although I've probably already spent most of it on pre-orders! Luckily, a couple of members of my game group are coming along, so that will (hopefully) add to the budget .
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How Much money did you spend last time (on games)?
586,1 euro

How many games did you buy?
27 (only one expansion):

- 11 games were pre-ordered,
- 4 were kickstarters to pick up
- 3 childrens games that are hard to find in Belgium
- the rest were games that were very cheap (tinners trail 10€, Nuns on the run 10€) or games that I had'nt found in Belgium yet (1812, Great Fire of London, ...)

More than half of them were pre-paid (included in the 447,5 euro)

Strange fact: I didn't buy any of the games I played at Essen...

How Much did you overspend? (I'll skip luch, those cashmachines, ...)
I spent less than my budget allowed, because 1) I couldn't carry any more and 2) I felt I had enough new games

What's your budget for this year? (after Essen, you can come and edit )
The past year I've already spent 309 euro on 9 kickstarters that I will pick up at Essen. I hope to spend less than 400 at the fair, which won't be easy because I'll be there for 3 days.blush

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How Much money did you spend last time (on games)?
About €350,- Other years I spent more - this time I went more with preorders and actually new games.

How many games did you buy?
About 20.

How Much did you overspend?
I don't set a budget because it really does depend so much on what you find. If you find a game you want, dead-cheap, you just have to get it.

What's your budget for this year?
No actual budget. I'll be happy to be able to get the games I want as I will be spending most of my time at the Portal site demoing my own game. I will, however, be getting Roads and Boats with the expansion, so that should set me back 100 euro right there!
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How Much money did you spend last time (on games)?
€143 exactly

How many games did you buy?
Eight

How Much did you overspend?
I was quite happy with what I bought.
I try to spend somewhere between €100 and max. €200.

What's your budget for this year?
I'm unemployed right now so I'll have to cut back my spending a bit. However, it is Essen (!), so I'm aiming to buy somewhere between €100 and €150 (probably closer to €100)
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This will be my first Spiel, so I can't say anything about last year. I can answer the last question in the list.

What's your budget for this year?
I'm living together with my girlfriend, but I'm more of a board gamer than she is. I will bring €200,- cash for games an she will add €50,- to that for games we both like. This means we will have the grand total of €250,- to spend. This is the maximum, but I'm planning to spend only €200,- or so.

I will also pick up two pre-ordered games (not included in the budget) and hope the trade my new Drum Roll with Drum Roll: Kickstarter Promos for a new game through the Essen math trade. We will see
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3rd Spiel in a row for me this year

How Much money did you spend last time (on games)?
+- €220

How many games did you buy?
7 games (2 for my son) + 3 expansions
4 out of 7 pre-ordered

How Much did you overspend? (I'll skip luch, those cashmachines, ...)
I guess +- €50, budget was supposed to be €200, 4-day ticket included

What's your budget for this year? (after Essen, you can come and edit )
Well, since I didn't stop (to put it mildly ) buying games between Essen 2012 and 2013, I'd love to say I'll fix my limit at €200, but something's telling me I'd be lying to myself
Amerigo (with bonus game It Happens..) and Among the Stars: The Ambassadors have been Kickstarted with Essen pickup, Tokaido: Crossroads is pre-ordered, for a grand total of €90.
Pretty sure one or two more will be pre-ordered in the meantime so...

Update : Legacy: The Testament of Duke de Crecy and Bruxelles 1893 pre-ordered, will probably do the same with Lewis & Clark
With that last one, it will amount to €207, hmmm

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How Much money did you spend last time (on games)?

Actually I don't really know - somewhat between 600€ and 1000€


How many games did you buy?

App. 25 to 30 games inkluding some expansions


How much did you overspend?N

I think I overspent app. 250€ because I preordered way too much games which I haven't played yet and proably won't play because of bad rules etc.

What's your budget for this year?

Actually I don't have much money at this time so I should pnly spend around 200€ But I already preordered games for app. 250€ which I don't count in the budget. But I'm afraid I will overspent again - the fair is like a rush where I loose control ;-) But it's okay


Edit: I changed the picture into what I got in Essen
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How Much money did you spend last time (on games)?
First time but last year my compagnion brought some games for us from Essen. I think he had 50€ to spend.

How many games did you buy?
2 games: Catan the seefahrer (wood edition) and another game which I don't remember.

How Much did you overspend? (I'll skip luch, those cashmachines, ...)
Noting then but this year ...

What's your budget for this year? (after Essen, you can come and edit )
Like mentioned above around 200-250€ (collecting 1-2 euro pieces). Looking at my Essen list I don't have a lot of things that make me go wild. Going on Sunday will also be good for budget since some things it will either be gone or cheaper. So I hope to pick up some older games at a good price.

Why Heroes of Normandie? I kickstarted this but it won't make Essen. Otherwhise my budget would have been 120€ bigger. My most expensive game ever and also the 1st wargame I will own.
 
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> How Much money did you spend last time (on games)?

238 euro

> How many games did you buy?

8 games and 4 expansions

> How Much did you overspend? (I'll skip luch, those cashmachines, ...)

Nothing as we don't have a budget - we buy what we like and think is going to get played in our group.

> What's your budget for this year? (after Essen, you can come and edit )

No budget - see above - we'll probably end up spending about the same or a bit more because there are a couple more games on our "must see" list than last year. As hobbies go, boardgaming is a cheap one - ad a couple of hundred more for purchases throughout the year and you've got a hobby for a euro and change a day. You can't get a cup of coffee for that price.

 
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Ok, enough with these tiny budgets!

How Much money did you spend last time (on games)?
I have blocked that from my memory

How many games did you buy?
About 40

How much did you overspend? (I'll skip luch, those cashmachines, ...)
Well, I ate mostly toast and jam for the rest of the year...

What's your budget for this year? (after Essen, you can come and edit )
About 1000€, whatever my end of year bonus from work turns out to be.
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2013 was my first Essen. I spend 170 euros on three games and 4 expansions (and got one promo for free). If you add in the cost of a 4-day ticket that is about 200 euros. The cost of the whole trip to Germany was about 500 euros (although that doesn't take into account money that would have been spent anyway).
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