Public commitment: Not buying new games in 2018
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Warsaw“It is a civilizational wake-up call. A powerful message—spoken in the language of fires, floods, droughts, and extinctions—telling us that we need an entirely new economic model and a new way of sharing this planet.” ― Naomi Klein“Climate change has never received the crisis treatment from our leaders, despite the fact that it carries the risk of destroying lives on a vastly greater scale than collapsed banks or collapsed buildings.” ― Naomi Klein
New edition is here: 2019 Mindful Spending Challenge !!!
3 years ago I caught myself that I was spending more time planning my game purchases, reading reviews, browsing for a new great game to buy than actually playing them. With two small kids, my playtime is limited, but my appetite was not. This was true for both board games and computer games. I was thinking "that's what I need, that will make my collection complete!". I was buying compulsively and trading away after 1-2 plays, as an unfulfilled promise
That's how the idea for public commitment was born. If you commit to something publicly there is a much better chance you will not weasel out of it. And so I committed to not buying games in 2015 with 50 others. Then in 2016. In 2017 there were 103 of us.
I keep committing because I see it is good for me. I regained tons of time I spent browsing through online stores, review sites (yup, also bgg) and youtube reviews looking for diamonds. I try to make good use of that time - be a better father, read more, exercise. I lost over 25kg and ran a marathon (3:48, yay!). But mostly I learned to pause and think if I really need that next game (or anything else), silencing that voice in my head whispering "buybuybuy". I'm thinking more about the planet I'm leaving to my children.
Of course, I stumble and fall, but that's where public part of commitment jumps in - I try to log my adventures with not buying - and it works. When I impulse-bought a game and was writing an excuse, I realized I can still give it back - and I did.
These are my motivations - but everyone has his own - when you look at last years commitment geeklist you will see there are people who want to save money to renovate their house, enjoy their already big collections or just travel more lightly through life.
I have made a few rules I plan to stick to - they are pretty simple:
* I will not buy or back and board, computer, mobile or roleplaying game.
* I can, but only if they wish so, give games to my wife and daughters.
* I can trade games - I participate in math trade 2 or 3 times a year trading maybe 2 games each time.
* I can get game as presents for birthday and Christmas.
If you think not buying games for a year would be something good for you, make yourself some rules and stick to them (good idea is to post them in your own geeklist entry below). No restrictions there - for example, if you plan to set yourself a limit, that's completely fine (but stick to it !!! ).
I know that jumping in is leaving your comfort zone - it is for me - but just sit with this for one minute, thinking if it would be good for you.
And we have a microbadge: !!!
And we can give it out thanks to generosity of our fellow geeks:
- [+] Dice rolls