Games I regretted selling ... so I bought them AGAIN!
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I must have sold hundreds of games over the years and with most of those, I don't give them a second thought after they are gone.

Sometimes, however, after a while I kind of regret having sold a game, and sometimes that regret eventually makes me get the game again. A bit pathetic, possibly, but as I see it, that's the price to pay for keeping the collection down! I also do have a couple of games that for varying reasons I have bought more than once, without having sold my first copy. They are included in this list too.

So, what are your stories of how you, er, changed your mind and bought a game you had previously sold?
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1. Board Game: Storm over Arnhem [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:1557]
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I used to play all of Avalon Hill's area/impulse games, but eventually settled on Breakout: Normandy as the pinnacle of the series. As a consequence I sold off the previous games in the series, Storm over Arnhem, Thunder over Cassino, and Turning Point: Stalingrad.

Years later, my tastes were changing, and I had begun to appreciate shorter and simpler games more. What could be more logical than getting a new copy of Storm over Arnhem?

I actually re-purchased the game twice! When I first started looking, I could only find the folio edition for sale, so I got that. Later, I stumbled over a copy of the boxed edition, so I bought that one as well.

Storm over Arnhem is one of my re-acquisitions that I have actually played since reacquiring it. I do like the simpler rules a lot, but the game is still pretty long.
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2. Board Game: Turning Point: Stalingrad [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:1791]
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I also remembered this area/impulse game fondly, so when the opportunity presented itself, I bought a copy again. I haven't played it since re-purchasing it, but now I can, because I have it!
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3. Board Game: Middle-earth [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:914]
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When my CCG period was ending late in the Nineties, I think I must have gotten rid of most of my MECCG cards. At any rate, when later on I got the urge to try it again, I had to buy new ones. I ended up with the box of challenge decks.
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4. Board Game: Civilization [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:225] [Average Rating:7.52 Unranked]
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No, I have never sold a copy of Civilization, but I have bought it twice! See, back in the Eighties when I first bought both Civilization and Advanced Civilization, I ended up playing Adv. Civ most, so I put the relevant Civ components into the Adv. Civ box - mapboard, trading cards, counters. The Civ box, including the unused components (AST, civ cards, rules) went into storage in the basement, together with a lot of other games.

Like with Storm over Arnhem, years later I got an urge to play the "simpler" game again, possibly spurred on by the Civ vs. Adv. Civ discussions going on here on BGG at the time. But ... searching the basement, the Civ box was nowhere to be found.

There was no way around it, I had to get the game again. And I did. And I have even played it, and it's still great.
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5. Board Game: Hitler's War [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:3766]
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Played many years ago, liked well enough, sold in favor of larger and more complex games.

Do you see a trend? Yes, years later it struck me that a small, fast-playing game covering all of the ETO of WW2 wasn't such a bad idea. So I bought the game again! I haven't played it this time around, but c'est la vie, eh?
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6. Board Game: The War for the Union [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:5929]
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Like Hitler's War, this is one of the "smaller" games covering its topic. I remembered it as fairly interesting and recently bought another copy to replace the old one which I had sold a long time ago. Sadly, the game didn't impress this time around, being fiddly, too complex, and too darn long! It is pretty though...
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7. Board Game: Squad Leader [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:473]
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Yes, same trend: I played SL, then switched to ASL and therefore sold my SL. After playing ASL for a number of years I then sold all of my ASL!

And, years later, searching for a tactical WW2 game, I got SL again. Not being too impressed this time around, the game has now been relegated to the basement, and I have subsequently purchased a couple of ATS games, all three ASL Starter Kits and several other tactical WW2 games. Don't laugh... blush
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8. Board Game: Napoleon: The Waterloo Campaign, 1815 [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:1015]
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Avalon Hill and Columbia (3rd?) editions.

After getting the Columbia version, I sold the AH edition. And guess what? I sort of regret that now...
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9. Board Game: Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:135]
 
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This marks the first in a series of games I haven't sold (or lost), but which I have bought more than once, most often because a new edition becomes available.

With Hannibal, I have both the Avalon Hill and the Valley Games version.
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10. Board Game: Britannia [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:541]
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Avalon Hill and FFG editions.
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11. Board Game: SPQR [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:2003]
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My favorite game in the Great Battles of History series.

1st and 2nd editions. I can't really remember why I got the 2nd edition.
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12. Board Game: Modern Art [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:226]
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Small-box edition from Mayfair (for portability) and big-box edition from Hans im Glück.
 
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13. Board Game: The Great Battles of Alexander: Deluxe Edition [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:1289]
 
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1st (pre-deluxe) edition, and 1st deluxe edition.
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14. Board Game: Rommel in the Desert [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:1035]
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Old and new edition from Columbia.
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15. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:45]
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Regular 1st edition, and 2007 deluxe edition. I even bought the deluxe edition not being particularly fond of the game!
 
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16. Board Game: Trajan: Ancient Wars Series [Average Rating:7.84 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.84 Unranked]
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I have Trajan and Gallia as S&T magazine games, and I have the later boxed game containing all games in the series.
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17. Board Game: Warhammer Quest [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:655]
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I had this in 95 , then I got me a "fine" new woman who hated games , the space they took up etc , so I basically tipped this along with Space Marine , Necromunda , Adeptus Titanicus " insert another GW game thats worth a bomb now" ..

By 2000 this "fine" woman had become crazy biatch from hell and she was dispatched.

Now to buy my games back ... how much?? Just managed to get Quest + Orc Expansion and a Witchunter for £75 off Ebay last week - this ones going nowhere!!
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18. Board Game: DungeonQuest [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:1281]
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I sold this off because I wanted an even bigger game.
I know this because as I was going through my cousin's game collection he told me that I had sold it to him...
This must have been something like 20 years ago, and I remembered nothing of it. But I bought it back, along with the Heroes and Catacombs expansions.
So not only did I buy it twice, I litterally bought the same damned box twice
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19. Board Game: Diplomacy [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:501]
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I sold my lovely Joc Internacional edition with plastic stars and anchors on a white, sturdy board, as I thought I was only going to play it by PBEM (or at playdiplomacy.com). When I heard of the 50th Anniversary edition, I had to buy it. It's so gorgeous I had to have it! zombie
 
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20. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:156] [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked]
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I was a "pro" player during my teen years, until I got sick of the tournament environment and sold or gave away most of my cards. Recently I've started to play it again, only that, this time, I play just with friends (as games are intended to be played). When a new expansion set comes out, we usually buy a booster box and play mini draft tournaments. After that, we sell the rares in order to buy the next box
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21. Board Game: BattleTech [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:849]
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I played this game a ton in middle and high school, but then got tired of it, and sold it at a garage sale for a couple of bucks. All the original box sets, everything* up until the Clans showed up.

Fast forward to after grad school, after I have a house, after I start playing Mechwarrior: Dark Age. Well, obviously I'm going to get the hankering to play all the old stuff again too. Especially since I heard that they finally figured out a way to balance the Clan tech. So I bought the consolidated rulebook, and a single Tech Manual for some sample Mechs. I decided to pick up the Tech Manual from when the Clans first showed up, since that was the last one I bought under the old system and so it seemed like a good idea.

*Of course, when I got these purchases home and prepared to put them on the shelf, I discovered something. Yes, the basic rulebook (from the first box set), and that old Tech Manual. So not only did I sell the game off and buy it again, but I sold off everything except the rulebook and a single Tech Manual and then bought the rulebook and the same Tech Manual. Let's hear it for big game collections! blush

(Well, OK, I also kept BattleForce. But I knew about that one...)
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22. Board Game: War of the Ring [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:2368]
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Believe it or not, but I actually threw this game away. It was back in the days before ebay. I'd had the game since I was a kid, but had 'grown out' of playing games. Then I re-discovered the joys of gaming and wished I hadn't thrown it out, especially when I saw the prices on ebay. One day, while browsing through the second-hand games in my local store I spotted a copy for 25 quid. I snapped it up!

Well, after playing a couple of games I remembered how I didn't really like the game. So I traded it for Breakout Normandy here on BGG. Read the rules for that, realized I'd never get my wife to play it and sold that for 30 quid.
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23. Board Game: Magic Realm [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:930]
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Bought it, went to college, traded it away, regretted, found it again, then found it AGAIN. So I've bought this game THREE times, and I still have 2 of them.
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24. Board Game: Star Wars Customizable Card Game [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:1533]
 
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I saw the Parker Brothers starter box for this game in a local store it 1995 and picked it up on a whim. After the first play, I was completely hooked. I spent the next two years acquiring multiple copies of every card available and greedily purchased new expansion that was released. I forgo eating most days just so I could buy an extra pack cards. I considered it a good investment as I spent countless hours playing, memorizing card text (including the flavor text), and simply admiring my little card shaped treasures. Then life threw me a curveball.

In 1997, through a series of unfortunate events, I was out of work and unable to find a new job. I got to a point where I needed to sell my belongings to keep making ends meet and guess what my most valuable possession was; my Star Wars CCG collection. Thankfully, it and my other meager possessions generated enough revenue to keep me going.

By 1999 I was fully back on track and actually had some disposable income left over each month, so I decided that I was going to start rebuilding the game I sorely regretted having to part with. Before I knew it, I had recovered all the cards I originally had (and in greater quantities of each), as well as getting myself current with the expansions I had missed out on. Life was good and was about to get better, but with a small exception.

In 2001, I proposed to my then girlfriend and she accepted. As a result, I made a regrettable decision. I would be moving into my wife’s house and there wasn’t really much room for me to bring most of my belongings. I also assumed that I wouldn’t have much time for gaming in my new married life and she couldn’t have been more disinterested in my game collection. Furthermore, Decipher had just announced that they had lost the license for the game and they would not be producing any further expansions – which left me feeling a little jilted. On top of that, I wanted to make sure I had enough money available to give her the wedding she wanted. So, making what I thought was the right decision at the time, I sold off all my personal belongings – including my much prized Start Wars CCG collection – again. shake

Our new life together was great, but I missed my game collection – especially my Star Wars cards. Then she surprised me with an unexpected gift on our first Christmas together; she had gotten me that Parker Brothers starter set that had launched me on this journey years earlier. Along with it, I got the okay to start buying more cards (within reason of course) and begin rebuilding my collection (which I have now finished doing).

I have now regretted selling and reacquired this game not once, but twice. I don’t know if I’ll ever part with this game again, but it is a sure bet that if I do, I’ll regret it and try to obtain it once again. There are other games in my collection that I have sold and replaced, but this is the only one that really mattered.

I hope my first real BGG post wasn’t too long. Happy gaming everyone!
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25. Board Game: Gettysburg (125th Anniversary edition) [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:3068]
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Lest anyone think that all this selling and re-purchasing is something that I have somehow left behind me - well, it certainly isn't!

Avalon Hill's Gettysburg '88 was mildly amusing to play years back, but of course I eventually got rid of it in one of my sales. But today I stumbled on a used copy in good shape at my FLGS - and I bought the game again, purely out of nostalgia.

As a fun anecdote, the new copy still has the original Avalon Hill 1988 Games and Parts Price List included. In it you find such gems as Dune ($16), Magic Realm ($18), Civilization ($22), 1830 ($23), Empires in Arms ($35), Titan ($16), and Up Front ($25).
 
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