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UA Darth
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Since moving, I haven't found a gaming group. I still buy new games on occasion but I am not in a rush to open them. I bought a game to play with my son this week and a few pieces were missing. It was from a major publisher, so a quick email fixed the problem, but I started thinking about it.

What do you all do?
 
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Bruce Gazdecki
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I open all new games now and take inventory. I also determine if I want to sleeve it, and if so how many I need.
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Insofar as I usually only buy games to play them, yes. It's not common for me to buy a game and wait a substantial amount of time to play it.
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No. Unfortunately I have games still unplayed from many years ago. But I am not a collector preserving them in this state. just buy too many games.
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How do you manage to NOT open them? The smell of fresh cards, the feeling of punching out chits, all those colorful wooden cubes ... You must be a person of incredibly strong willpower.
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Yup, I usually do this. I opened Agricola and RC right when I got them to check, though I didn't count EVERY card, as I find that a bit much. But I at least count the wooden bits and such. I think those might affect the game when I play, whereas missing a card or two here or there isn't too big a deal.

The only time I might not do this is if everything looks fully sealed and glancing at the pieces looks like its enough.
 
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yes...then I bag and sleeve
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I buy games that are going to be played, so it is natural to open them immediately after reception, punch the boards, read the rules, possibly sleeve the cards, so that the game is ready to be played during the next session with the players the game was bought to be played with.
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I used too, but now I have so many games and many unplayed games that I've found it's best to keep them in the shrink in case they go oop and I might want to sell it for more cash. People love buying NIS oop games and will pay top dollar for one.
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yatescory wrote:
I used too, but now I have so many games and many unplayed games that I've found it's best to keep them in the shrink in case they go oop and I might want to sell it for more cash. People love buying NIS oop games and will pay top dollar for one.


I generally tend towards this as well. But after opening my copy Dominion Guilds today to find doubles of the first half of the alphabet and none of the middle ones, I may revise that idea and join the "it's verified complete and all the punching and sorting is already done so that is a value add" school of thought...
 
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There is always, and I really mean always, something missing or broken in every game I buy. Hence I always open right away. If I wait I can't make a complaint to get the game complete.
 
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I open every game and confirm all bits are there, even if it's not making it to the table right away. Since most of the games I like are so component-heavy.
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If it's a kickstarter game, then ABSOLUTELY..... Too many of those are missing all kinds of stuff...
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How do I not manage to not open them and revel in the smell of new cards, maps etc. Well.....

I am a publisher. I have game parts everywhere around the house. Thousands of them. It always smells like new game day at my place.
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Depends on the company. If its a notorious company like Queen Games then I will check but a company like GMT I will trust them.
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I buy a lot of second-hand games, and these get checked upon receipt.

Kickstarter games have to be checked, as they're often put together by friends and family, as well as well meaning six year olds in foreign climes.

And new games? Of course I do, after all, when I buy a new game I'll be playing it within days (if not that night), so I want to know it's complete.
 
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scameronde wrote:
How do you manage to NOT open them? The smell of fresh cards, the feeling of punching out chits, all those colorful wooden cubes ... You must be a person of incredibly strong willpower.


I considered mentioning this in my original post. I absolutely do not enjoy cataloging, putting into better bags, etc. I enjoy the games, but I am just not one who particularly cares about components and sorting. Maybe at one point, but not anymore : ).

I buy a lot of games to hopefully play one day with my son(who recently turned 7), so I am not in a rush to open some of the games.. but this recent experience(and ones in the past) have had me think about whether I should push myself to open the games that I haven't unpacked yet...just in case vital components are missing!

With trades or buys from the marketplace, I immediately open them and count. Too often there are pieces missing!
 
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Yes! Got burned when I didn't open a copy of Stone Age for months. The tiles were noticeably printed off the punch lines.
 
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Definitely. Doesn't happen often that there is something missing, I think maybe 4-5 times so far for me.

I work in manufacturing so I know even with the best quality assurance procedures errors can be made. Look at airlines they have an excellent record for getting luggage to destination, 99% successful. Pity 1% represents a at least 6 figure number of bags that don't get home exactly on time.
 
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I do open all new games immediately, punch everything out and go through it. I don't explicitly check for missing components in the sense of counting every card and token, but I look through it well enough that I'm sure I'd notice if something was amiss.

I'm also in the "buy games to play them" camp, though. I don't buy anything with the intention of trading or reselling. On very rare occasion it has happened, but it wasn't my intention when I bought it. =)
 
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zombie plumber wrote:
yes...then I bag and sleeve


Yes, and this. I only sleeve when I deem appropriate though and not every game.
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I don't inherently check for missing pieces, but with every new game I go through the components list and "check off" everything. This becomes difficult with rulebooks that don't have a component overview or that don't have pictures of the components *coughamongthestarscough*.
 
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I don't like to break the seal and let the new game fairy out of the package until the last possible moment.

Pete (has dozens of games still in shrink)
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plezercruz wrote:
I don't like to break the seal and let the new game fairy out of the package until the last possible moment.

Pete (has dozens of games still in shrink)


Same with me. I may decide to trade them instead of keeping them and they're obviously worth more if they're still sealed.
 
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Stewi wrote:
I do open all new games immediately, punch everything out and go through it. I don't explicitly check for missing components in the sense of counting every card and token, but I look through it well enough that I'm sure I'd notice if something was amiss.

I'm also in the "buy games to play them" camp, though. I don't buy anything with the intention of trading or reselling. On very rare occasion it has happened, but it wasn't my intention when I bought it. =)


Oh, I intend to play them. However, some are to be played in the future with my son when he gets older, if he has interest. The others are for when I find another gaming group. I used to run my own group for 5 years before moving many states away last year. It'll take a while before I am back in that setting again. The risk of not getting a game quickly is that some fall out of print and never come back. Games like relatively recently released Ginkgopolis.

I don't intend to resell unless I can't trade a game for multiple years. It really comes from laziness and the unenjoyment I personally get from unwrapping, sorting, and counting pieces.
 
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