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Mark B
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In light of the FF/GWS split, I think of my copy of Fury of Dracula differently, and it bugs me. I was thinking about bringing it to game night, but now feel more reluctant. I wonder who I among my fiends I should not invite over when we play this one because they are rougher on components.

In reality, the game will only hit the table once or twice a year and I never have problems with people ruining my games, so it should last a very long time. However, the fact that I would not be able to replace Fury of Dracula easily makes me more cautious than usual, to the extent that I fear it could curtail my fun.

Do you feel differently about your games when they go out of print? Does this take some of the fun out of playing them?
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Robb Melenyk
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I think I brag about them more. That's about it. As if bragging to my wife really has any meaning behind it anyways.

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Check out Clockwork Wars. It's a pretty darn good dudes on a hex map Euro'ish steampunk game. Quick and fun.
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I will treat Forbidden Stars no differently than before. It's a game meant to be played and I will play it. I am pretty careful with my games and I'll certainly growl if someone brings food or drink too close, but that was always the case.

It does make me feel an urge to buy Chaos in the Old World as I've always wanted to try that game out. However, I just don't have the gaming group for it so I'll still probably not buy the darn thing.
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Tomello Visello
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Maybe I watch for a bargain 2nd copy to keep as backup.

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Dave Lartigue
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Nope, I play 'em.
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It depends. I have a lot of games that I love. I have enough games to explore. That being said if a game were to jump from 100 to 200 dollars or more and I'm not playing it I would sell it.
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William Chew
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I will probably sleeve them. That is about the only change. I already sleeved Forbidden Stars because the 40k sleeves were perfect for it. Just need to do Fury of Dracula now.

I won't sleeve Talisman though.
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Kevin Keefe
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Not really. It's still a game, and if it's one that gets played regularly, it will still hit the table. I might ask people to be a bit more careful, since it's not easily replaceable.
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Not really.

By the time they are OOP if I play them a lot they are well used anyway.
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Once it creeps into the $400 - $600 range, then yes. I will typically exchange it with a willing buyer, so I would treat it like it is no longer mine.

Tidy return, indeed.
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nope, I treat them all pretty much the same. I "get" the coolness of owning OOPs but I don't get geeked up about it myself.

I think I have currently; Ra: The Dice Game
 
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I have about a dozen games in my collection that are 'drinks off the table games' (After Pablo, Antiquity, Puerto Rico: Limited Anniversary Edition, etc), but otherwise, I treat them all the same.
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A lot of it depends on how much I like them. For instance, I have Ave Caesar, which is evidently very difficult to get one's hands on, but I'm pretty meh about it, so it wouldn't get any special treatment (beyond the usual encouraging people to place their drinks on side tables and stick to non-messy snacks like pretzels). On the other hand, I also have an obscure little game called Supernova that's neither particularly highly-rated nor abysmally low-rated, but was designed and produced locally by people I sort of actually know, and I really like playing it. It's sleeved, I rotate components in and out so as not to have heavy wear on some and no wear on others (I lucked into a bunch of spare boards and tiles), the inside box lid is autographed by the designer, and if I'm feeling REALLY anal-retentive I will point out to the players precisely how out-of-print this is and that I would really like them to be careful.

I would say it doesn't take any fun out of playing - if anything, it's more fun to me to be able to play something that's not around anymore - but it does make me slightly nervous. The only thing that's strongly affected is my choice of who to play the game with.
 
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Chris Berry
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I don't store them differently or play them differently. Of course my wife has still not punched her copy of Tokaido Collector's Edition and will never play it with children.
 
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Nope, not really. I take care of my games so they last a long time & many are indeed long OOP. I still play them. A couple I've sleeved the cards as they are getting worn & there are no replacements.
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Mark B wrote:
In light of the FF/GWS split, I think of my copy of Fury of Dracula differently, and it bugs me. I was thinking about bringing it to game night, but now feel more reluctant. I wonder who I among my fiends I should not invite over when we play this one because they are rougher on components.

In reality, the game will only hit the table once or twice a year and I never have problems with people ruining my games, so it should last a very long time. However, the fact that I would not be able to replace Fury of Dracula easily makes me more cautious than usual, to the extent that I fear it could curtail my fun.


Yea, I think I'm gonna laminate those flimsy player sheets and the map. I don't think I'll bother sleeving though.
 
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No, I am careful (wife says OCD) with them all and expect others to treat my stuff the same.
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They sit on the shelf just the same as all the others.

Pete (knows there's safety in numbers)
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It depends. A have a friend who brings his wife along to our game group and she has damaged two of my games. If she is around, I only bring out games that can't be damaged. Everything else stays packed.
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Jason King
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I don't normally sleeve games, but I recently sleeved my Black Box edition of Glory to Rome after I looked up the replacement cost.
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I only ever treat my games differently if the cards are damaged from overuse/someone bridging 'em or if they're going into storage to protect them from the weather.

I'm quite gentle with my games so I rarely ever find them wearing out unless they've been played a hundred times, and even then it's only ever specific oft-used items/cards/models so I have no real fear.

Though if I was bringing out a rare game to a group with people who may not know the value of my game/hobby, I'm more likely to consider sleeving and maybe even laminating of older rule books. But that's rare in all honesty. If I had my collection around kids/pets and I'd not childproofed my home I'd probably be willing to put in a lot of effort to keep the rarer games safe.

Thinking on it, I really should laminate most rulebooks to stop 'em from folding or tearing in group sessions anyway.
 
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I yell at the other players, "Be careful! This game is selling for $200 now!" They mock me for it. shake
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Carl Frodge
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I throw them in the trash, and then burn the trash, they're worthless now.

Pete (wait, what? I'm not Pete, what's going on here?)
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pilotneko wrote:
I don't normally sleeve games, but I recently sleeved my Black Box edition of Glory to Rome after I looked up the replacement cost.


Me as well, just about my only sleeved game...
 
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Jan Probst
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I'll cut you if you so much as discard in wrong orientation regardless of game value/rarity.
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