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Subject: What will happen with my board game collection when I bite the dust rss

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Edward Gorzek
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Kind of a morbid thought but one I think about. What is going to happen to my game collection when I bite the dust, cash in my chips, buy the farm, kick the bucket, screw the pooch! Will my kids want all my game? Should I sell them all before they are donated or trashed! OK some can be thrown out. My wife can care less and will sell them on Craig's list for a loss. Am I the only one who thinks about this? Another one bites the dust!
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I've already told my wife to email all my local gaming friends to come and pick through my collection.
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Kind of a morbid thought but one I think about. What is going to happen to my game collection when I bite the dust, cash in my chips, buy the farm, kick the bucket, screw the pooch! Will my kids want all my game? Should I sell them all before they are donated or trashed! OK some can be thrown out. My wife can care less and will sell them on Craig's list for a loss. Am I they only one who thinks about this? Another one bites the dust!


It won't matter to you either way.
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You'll have an addendum in your will that it travels my way.
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Hook one of your kids or relatives on board games. Your wife should have no problem of them having them if she remembers you playing games with them.
 
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it's like an accident that we keep on knitting and knitting and knitting and knitting and knitting and knitting and knitting and knitting and knitting and knitting and knitting and knitting and knitting...
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I told my wife that I want my friends to hold a giant game fest where they play through all my games. Winner of each game gets to keep them. Coop games will come up with a vote MVP system-- MVP gets the game.
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My father died with an extensive collection of opera recordings that he was quite proud of. My sister and I have zero interest in opera and had to find a place that was interested in them.

I imagine a similar thing will happen with my junk when I go.
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Kind of a morbid thought but one I think about. What is going to happen to my game collection when I bite the dust, cash in my chips, buy the farm, kick the bucket, screw the pooch! Will my kids want all my game? Should I sell them all before they are donated or trashed! OK some can be thrown out. My wife can care less and will sell them on Craig's list for a loss. Am I they only one who thinks about this? Another one bites the dust!


It won't matter to you either way.


Pretty much... I mean if it really is of that much concern to you make sure it is specified in your [living] will.
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Guurn wrote:
SavageSpawn wrote:
Kind of a morbid thought but one I think about. What is going to happen to my game collection when I bite the dust, cash in my chips, buy the farm, kick the bucket, screw the pooch! Will my kids want all my game? Should I sell them all before they are donated or trashed! OK some can be thrown out. My wife can care less and will sell them on Craig's list for a loss. Am I they only one who thinks about this? Another one bites the dust!


It won't matter to you either way.


Just another reminder that you can't take it with you. It may be fun to collect something, but remember why we play.
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I have often thought about this. Being divorced, it will be a family member who will be responsible for dealing with my estate.

What will happen to my Star Wars Imperial Assault collection - will the force be with them?

Will Sam, Frodo, Merry and Pippin find a good home along with all the others in War of the Ring?

Will the Enterprise boldly go where she has never been before along with the Birds of Prey and Warbirds from Star Trek Fleet Captains?

Will the Cylons reveal themselves before the Battlestar Galactica can reach refuge?

Will the Old/Ancient Ones awake before they are moved on?

I suspect they will all be sold at prices below their worth by people who have no appreciation of what they are.

Unless ... I make up a PDF showing their worth, keep it updated on a regular basis and leave instructions on how to sell them on once I have gone.

Hmmm ... that is morbid, but practical.

PS I really wish I could live forever, then I could game into infinity and I would love that, never being bored
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SavageSpawn wrote:
Kind of a morbid thought but one I think about. What is going to happen to my game collection when I bite the dust, cash in my chips, buy the farm, kick the bucket, screw the pooch! Will my kids want all my game? Should I sell them all before they are donated or trashed! OK some can be thrown out. My wife can care less and will sell them on Craig's list for a loss. Am I they only one who thinks about this? Another one bites the dust!


Wow, I thought I was the only one who considered such things.

Before I got into board games, I spent MANY years playing D&D/Pathfinder. Before the pre-painted plastic miniatures, I would paint up figs. I'm no expert, but there's a lot of time & effort in my humble collection. I'd hate to know they'd end up in the trash. My wife said she'd keep a couple that she likes the best and give away the rest, along with all the books & dice. Neither my wife nor my daughter are into RPG's.

As for board games, I imagine that she's also keep a couple titles she likes. I figure the rest would end up at Goodwill or something. It's kind of depressing to think about the effort we go through to build our collections, but outside our small world it doesn't amount to much.

Hey, I think the lesson here is to gather with your gaming circle and enjoy the games and company while we're able to!
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I'd like to imagine my sons will each pick out their favorites, and stash them away to play with their own children some day. And my wife will take several important bits, gold-plate them, and wear them as jewelry.

In reality, they'll probably hold a bonfire.
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I am taking it with me. Have already made the arrangements. Nothing will separate me from my collection. NOTHING
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My games will be dug up by archaeologists from my extensive tomb, the cards still pristine in their protective sleeves.

Pete (is planning on going out in style)
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This will happen:

NEWS FLASH

"Astute Collector pays $5 at Salvation Army for 8 CMON Games - all Kickstarter editions with complete addons!"
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How about contacting local games clubs and give your collection to the first cbub at your place with a van.....?

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On a serious note, a regular at ConsimWorld died suddenly a few years back. He had friends in his gaming group who were able to offer help to his widow in auctioning/selling his collection for reasonable amounts. It would also be of some comfort to have your sites and passwords (sealed in an envelope if you must) available to notify those who would wonder why [anonymousname] has gone missing.
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A second serious note - if you have a last will, it should allow you to have a separate written document that directs who receives personal items ("tangible personal property"), which could include board games. You don't have to change your will to change or update this second document.
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If I were to die now, my wife would likely sell them to try and have a little more money for her needs. If it were to be a few years down the road or much later, then I would hope my family would keep the ones that hold happy experiences for them before selling off the others they have no interest in. My uncle would probably enjoy to take on some of my collection to accompany his.
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A good friend has asked me to make sure his or her fairly extensive games collection go to a place they will be used after my friend can no longer enjoy them. My acceptance of this responsibility was very much appreciated as there was no one in his or her family who would have any idea what to do.

I was given no other parameters and did not provide any.

I expect I will keep a few, give a few to game groups which have libraries or particular friends who might enjoy a specific title. And then some kind of auction with the proceeds going to, well, that I haven't decided yet. Probably either some charities which seem appropriate or back to members of my friend's family.
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When I die hopefully my wife's next husband will be a gamer (though I doubt she'll make that mistake again) and he'll get some use out of them.
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Reminds me of my buddy that used to work at a gun shop. Said he was shocked how many widows would bring in their late husbands collections with no idea what it was worth. Husband either lied about what he paid or they just never discussed it. Part of the reason he quit and I no longer shop there is the store policy was to not tell them and buy as cheap as possible.

If I feel like I'd have to lie to spend money I either don't or talk to her first. I'd rather my wife know what my stuff is worth than her to get ripped off if the worst happens.
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My daughter has instructions on how and where to sell/donate my games. Also the china she doesn't want and an extensive library of books!
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Hah! Good topic.

If I die early, i'm sure one of my doofus friends will bring it up right after the funeral.

"So, did Robb say anything about who gets the board games?"

If I make it for the long haul, I assume one of my kids will have destroyed all my games anyways.
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