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Recently, I noticed that when I spend money I think about how many games I could have purchased. For instance, yesterday I bought about $75 worth of comic books. When I got home, I thought, "I could have bought 2 or 3 games with that money." But I never compare my purchases to anything else, just games. I never think, "I could have bought shirts with that money," or "I could have taken my wife to a restaurant with that money." I think I've created some sort of game-based money exchange system in my mind. Please don't tell anyone.
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I used to think that way...

I guess I've fallen from that higher plain.

Now, it's about how much food I could eat with it...

...and maybe computer games...
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Yeah. I often think that way. Especially when spending money on ephermerals (restaurants, movie theaters, etc.)
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Actually, I would think crawling around looking for someone's eye would be a pretty fun game in its own right.
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I've actually thought that would be a good marketing tool for a game shop: Talk about how much it costs for a family to go to a movie -- which lasts a couple of hours -- then show that the same amount could have bought a nice game for the family to enjoy over and over again.
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I used to but not anymore.
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I went out to dinner the other day with the wife. The bill came to about $85 with tip. As we were walking out I thought to myself man I could have bought a couple of games for that, or expanded my SCS collection by one OOP title.

That $85 bought me about 1 hour of entertainment. Bastogne: Screaming Eagles under Siege cost me about $33 I've played it over sessions for about 20 hours so that's about $1.65/hour of entertainment so far. Much better value.
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I generally prefer the standard guitar unit. About 2000 USD.
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darthain wrote:
I generally prefer the standard guitar unit. About 2000 USD.
THAT'S the standard guitar unit??? That's a pretty good guitar.
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I used to, but found it better to switch the phrasing just a bit. More useful, less terrifying, allows other experiences to measure up in a way they otherwise wouldn't...

Basically, just, "how much fun could I get for this money?"

So, yeah, sometimes that IS pure boardgame count... On the other hand, I fully realize a disturbing portion of the games I own or have played, I have done so exactly *once*.

So... is spending $80 on a boardgame with one play by myself *not* worth less than spending $80 on a dinner with several friends, of equal length to the only play I'd bother to do with the game?

(It's not a big change in the same concept, but the slight tweak to it *is* kinda useful. After all, it's not the having or accumulating of STUFF that makes life worth living, it's the experiences you have. And while I absolutely believe boardgames are a FANTASTIC way to have easy, amazing, and low-cost experiences... it's not the having, but the doing, that makes them worthwhile. And looking at it that way does allow a lot of other things to compete in the same space...)
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AvidHunter wrote:
I went out to dinner the other day with the wife. The bill came to about $85 with tip. As we were walking out I thought to myself man I could have bought a couple of games for that, or expanded my SCS collection by one OOP title.

That $85 bought me about 1 hour of entertainment. Bastogne: Screaming Eagles under Siege cost me about $33 I've played it over sessions for about 20 hours so that's about $1.65/hour of entertainment so far. Much better value.
and you managed to avoid your wife for those 20 hours!
 
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Jon_1066 wrote:
AvidHunter wrote:
I went out to dinner the other day with the wife. The bill came to about $85 with tip. As we were walking out I thought to myself man I could have bought a couple of games for that, or expanded my SCS collection by one OOP title.

That $85 bought me about 1 hour of entertainment. Bastogne: Screaming Eagles under Siege cost me about $33 I've played it over sessions for about 20 hours so that's about $1.65/hour of entertainment so far. Much better value.
and you managed to avoid your wife for those 20 hours!
Huh your right I didn't even think of that. That's gotta increase the value per hour by a couple bucks at least.
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futhee wrote:
darthain wrote:
I generally prefer the standard guitar unit. About 2000 USD.
THAT'S the standard guitar unit??? That's a pretty good guitar.
It is a good guitar. I'm partial to Music Man, though most of them are a bit north of that.
 
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