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Subject: Opinions wanted on whether to open a game? rss

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Bruce Gazdecki
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I have been on the fence for quite a while on whether to buy Forbidden Stars. It seemed like a cool game, but not sure if it would get played. once the announcement hit, I picked up a copy so I could get one before prices started to rise.

My concern is that there may be a piece missing or damaged that woudl need to be replaced, but if I wait too long I may not be able to get it replaced down the road. But if I decide to sell it down the road and never play it, it might be an easier sell if it's still sealed.

So I ask, what would the great minds of BGG do?

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Would you open the game to inspect everything, or leave it sealed?
Open it. It shouldn't be much harder to sell if it's in good condition.
Leave it sealed. You likely won't need to replace a piece.
Other (leave a comment, as I don't see more than 2 choices here).
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My Mr. Obvious answer was going to be: if you want to play it, open it; if you want to sell it, leave it sealed.

But it sounds like you want to play it, so open it.
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tern73 wrote:
My Mr. Obvious answer was going to be: if you want to play it, open it; if you want to sell it, leave it sealed.

But it sounds like you want to play it, so open it.
Pretty much my take, it will be worth less once opened.
 
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open....play....regret...
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Play someone elses copy first if you are that concerned with resale value
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Prices will eventually stabilize, even when it's out of print. Remember, what you see being asked for it isn't necessarily what it's being sold for.
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You could find someone with an open copy and sell him yours for a swap fee. It's not easy to do, but attending conventions may make it possible...

Pete (has done this just a few times when he couldn't bear to open a sealed rare game)
 
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I always open my games. Shrink paper looks like crap on the shelves.
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joelpetersen wrote:
Play someone elses copy first if you are that concerned with resale value


And then buy something else that you are actually gonna play, plus you save yourself from the existential horror of owning a copy of Schrödinger's Stars.
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Open it and play it! I open everything as soon as I get it, because opening/punching games is fun. I also only but stuff we're going to play though, so I can't help you with the speculator standpoint.
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I'm always an opener, however I've also never bought such an expensive game Since your main concern is that you won't have opportunity to play the game, I'd wait until the opportunity DOES arrive before you open it.
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Michael Debije
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Open the damn game or give it to someone who will.
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My general advice: Always open your games and inventory them.

If you decide to play it ten years from now and it turns out incomplete, you'll have lost the opportunity for customer support.

When I buy or trade for old OOP games, shrink wrap is definitely a negative.
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Mashpotassium wrote:
I'm always an opener, however I've also never bought such an expensive game Since your main concern is that you won't have opportunity to play the game, I'd wait until the opportunity DOES arrive before you open it.

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Don't worry about missing or damaged pieces. Leave the game sealed until it's time to play or sell. And just for reference, used copies of StarCraft: The Board Game (the OOP game of which Forbidden Stars is a spiritual successor) are still listed well above their original MSRP, so even a well-loved copy will fetch you back its price if you decide to sell it down the road.
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Leave it sealed. When you are ready to play it, then open it.

It is worth more sealed -- and it does sound as if you bought it as an investment of a sort.
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rayuffrahst wrote:
My general advice: Always open your games and inventory them.

If you decide to play it ten years from now and it turns out incomplete, you'll have lost the opportunity for customer support.

When I buy or trade for old OOP games, shrink wrap is definitely a negative.


On this topic, I just bought Grimslingers from an OLGS and it was missing at least 40 cards in the sealed box (and had too many of another type, according to the contents list). I was not the only person with this problem. So on the other hand, you do need to inventory games.
 
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It's Fantasy Flight. Heart and soul aside, there won't be anything missing.
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I recently bought a copy of Screaming Eagles that was in good shape. And it was nearly 30 years old. If you take care of the game and leave in good condition it might have a good resell value.
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Open it just to smell the inside of the box and components lol
 
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I just discovered that you can shrinkwrap items yourself so its possible you could do both, open it check it reseal who's to know. if your conscience stops you doing that then open it and play it.
 
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wamsp wrote:
And just for reference, used copies of StarCraft: The Board Game (the OOP game of which Forbidden Stars is a spiritual successor) are still listed well above their original MSRP, so even a well-loved copy will fetch you back its price if you decide to sell it down the road.


Basically this.

It's a well-regarded game, associated with a very popular IP, that is going 'out of print forever'.

Even well played, a complete used copy of it (in good condition) will at least hold the value you paid for it basically as long as you'd be interested in keeping it.

Now, of course, if you are worried you might not LIKE it, and want to sell it for 'massive profits' that you can use to buy another game you'd RATHER have...then, yeah, you need to leave it in shrink for that.
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If you open it and decide to sell later you could always say;

"Opened, inventoried and organized but unplayed"

I don't think it would decrease the value that much.
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venrondua wrote:
If you open it and decide to sell later you could always say;

"Opened, inventoried and organized but unplayed"

I don't think it would decrease the value that much.
Tearing off the shrinkwrap someone might overlook. Punch one counter and your collector value will drop precipitously.

Pete (attends many auctions and has seen this firsthand)
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I've never seen "new" make much of a difference against "unsealed" either. Played once however... Matter of fact I've boughten "new" games that were unsealed, just from bad packaging or something.
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