Confessions about Money Pits
Don Weed
United States
Clemmons
North Carolina
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It probably happens more than anyone cares to admit. You spend and spend on a game for expansions or deluxe versions and suddenly you've spent northward of $1000 on a single game.

I've done it and sheepishly, feel guilty about it.

Some games by themselves would pass this mark (War of the Rings Deluxe Set for example. Some are insidious collectables (Magic, Pokémon, etc.)

Here are mine.

Hello, my name is Donald.....

All together: "Hi, Donald".
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Don Weed
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This is probably my biggest expense over time and I gave up years ago. I remember buying over $200 worth of blisters back when they were converting from lead to pewter (they were a dollar a blister at the time). Add into that how many editions that they never quit tweaking, and terrain, and 13 armies (the Ogres being the most recent).

Sheesh, if only I'd've invested in Apple stock instead.
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Don Weed
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Many sets over the years and all four major sports to boot. Gotta exceed that limit as each year's sets will run in the $2-300 range for all of them (including historic sets and hall-of-fame sets - etc.).
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OK, finally went cold turkey with this one with the most recent Spiderman set. How many copies does one need of the same character. That and Wizkids making it nigh onto impossible to assemble complete sets anymore with the promos and such. I give up and will watch from the sidelines from here on out.
 
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Yeah, I bought this at a 10% discount in the back pages of Space Gamer #1. Little did I know what would follow. I ended up buying the adventures just to read them as I lost my group after college. Again, how many editions does one game need?
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This was my first money pit. I was so pissed that they kept redesigning the
whole damned thing, and I had to buy it again and again.
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Enrico Viglino
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This is the big one. For a lot of people.

I loved it when it came out. Kept buying for years,
and enjoying, but it was never quite what it was at
first (like heroin eh?). Tried picking some recent cards
up a year or so ago, but they did nothing for me.
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This is my current money pit. I need to break from this fast and just enjoy what I have. But can I say no to super ships? Ughhhh!
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Wendell
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Yellow Springs
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Si non potes reperire Berolini in tabula, ludens essetis non WIF.
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Hey, get your stinking cursor off my face! I got nukes, you know.
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IF you count the expense of two WIFcons, then I'm over a grand on this.
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Murray Fish
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They explained everything in detail and at great length. After they finished I sat, despondent, contemplating a bleak and empty future. "I’m glad you’re depressed" said one. "It means you’ve understood the situation.”
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This little game involves small armies of 12 bases each. That's all.

As it turns out, when armies are small it's pretty easy to get another and another and another. A lot of the competitions around the place are themed one way and another so there's always an excuse to pick up more miniatures.

"Hmmm, so Wars of the Roses was pretty fun. I wonder how the Tibetans would go. While I'm there I might as well pick up some Sumerians too."

With paint, brushes, bases and the miniatures themselves (not to mention the $10 rules booklet) I have spent over $1000 on this game (that's over many years), but I now have so many options to play...
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10. Board Game: Star Wars Customizable Card Game [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1622]
 
Drew Thomson
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This is the end; hold your breath and count to ten; feel the earth move and then; hear my heart burst again
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This was it for me. Thousands and thousands of dollars spent. No regrets.
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