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Eric Burden
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How many copies of a war game do you get of a game if you really like it? Do you do that with the goal of selling it later, if not, than why do you get more than one copy of a war game.?


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I fume when I see photos of people's games collection and there are multiple copies of games and some are kept in their shrink. There are wargamers out there who want to play these things.
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Um, one?
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I suspect that some buy a second copy if they think that this game they love will go out of print and want to have a backup copy in case something happens to their "play copy".

But I already have problem storing single copies of the games I like so I will definitely not buy a second copy of a game (neither as a backup nor for speculation).
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One, but I have occasionally acquired a second copy of a game, sometimes because I forgot I already had one at the moment of the purchase. Sometimes by gift or exchange. There are maybe 6 titles that I have 2 copies of, and never more than that.

And it isn't games I like more that this happens with, it is much more random than that. I will generally look for an opportunity later to trade one of them away, but it still happens occasionally and therefore the stock of "two-fers" never quite gets to 0.

I would never accumulate numerous copies of any game just "on spec" or to sell later. I am not a game store, but a gamer.
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I'll get extras if I think they'll sell/trade/secret-santa later. Especially on sale.
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I have multiple copies of a few games. For some, it is to have spare parts when things get lost or wear out. For others, I can have one copy set up in the middle of the game and still have one to bring somewhere else to play.
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I think I have three copies of Burma. I had four but gave one away. I have two copies of Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage, one of which is unpunched. I have the Phalanx edition on KS but nothing would get me to part with my AH version. Too many happy memories.

I also have two copies of The Supreme Commander, because it was going very cheap.

I want another copy of Unhappy King Charles!. I would be gutted to lose any of the pieces of this game.
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For me the only reason, I have bought multiple copies of a game was for parts if I am missing bits or if something is worn out I will look to buy a players copy to make my copy complete again. I don't throw out those incomplete games, I hang on to them just in case I have another counter that goes missing(hopefully not the replaced counter again ) or part that needs replaced.
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turks1966 wrote:
How many copies of a war game do you get of a game if you really like it? Do you do that with the goal of selling it later, if not, than why do you get more than one copy of a war game.?


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One.

If I know its rare, it will get the high-res scan treatment before anything is touched. Therefore, I only buy unpunched and take some time before it ever hits the table.

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The only game I have in duplicate is Panzer Leader, one is a beatup player's copy, the other a nicer unpunched one. Although now I have printed & mounted nearly all of the available counters and mapboards from Imaginative Strategist I rarely need to use the actual game except the scenario cards.
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I have four games in duplicate: Invasion America by SPI, one tray version and the other the designer Ed with the mounted map, one of my all time favorite games. Tank! by SPI because we wore out the original; Panzer Blitz because the original copy I have was my 2nd war game and was given to me by my mom for Xmas 44 years ago so I have a copy for play; and finally Leviathan by FASA simply because the first copy I bought on Ebay was missing the two smallest ships (the box versions) so I bought a second because I couldn't find the missing ships.
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Kaermo wrote:

But I already have problem storing single copies of the games I like so I will definitely not buy a second copy of a game (neither as a backup nor for speculation).


What do you mean? Just add on another wing to the house. (See top right)
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The only games I own multiple copies of are the ones that I use for instructional purposes at the games club that I run for the local high school (specifically Strike Force One, Waterloo 20, and Oil War).
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I buy multiple copies if I want more pieces for bigger battles. For example, I have 2 copies of the Memoir '44 theater packs for playing Memoir '44: Operation Overlord and have 2 copies of most Commands & Colors: Napoleonics games for playing Commands & Colors: Napoleonics Expansion #6 – EPIC Napoleonics. I also have 2 sets of Hold the Line.
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I'm a player, not a collector, not a speculator, and I really don't have the space to store multiple copies of single titles, so I only have 1 copy of each game.

The lone exception is Band of Brothers: Ghost Panzer-- have the 1st and Remastered editions, but the 1st edition is on the trade block.
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Sometimes I'm tempted to buy a back-up, if it's a really good price.
I did this only with Europa Universalis, and have never cracked the
spare though.

I wouldn't buy for resale though - there are better ways to make money.
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For a time, twenty or more years ago, I usually got two copies of new games I really wanted. I did it because I wanted an unpunched copy of the counters. But I stopped doing that a long time ago, after I started just printing a copy of the countersheets before I punched them. And since my massive downsizing (from over 500 games down to 57), I only have one copy of the games I still own.

The one exception to the old rule of one copy was Panzerblitz/Panzer Leader. I had about ten copies of each of them, with loads of additional counters from the web. I made huge battles involving several divisions worth of units just for fun. But I sold off these with the downsizing.
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moujamou wrote:
I fume when I see photos of people's games collection and there are multiple copies of games and some are kept in their shrink. There are wargamers out there who want to play these things.


Yep. I can't really understand it.
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I have two copies of Starship Troopers. One is the copy I originally purchased in 1978. It has sentimental value to me since it is the game that got me in to boardgaming. The other copy is a player's copy that I use frequently.
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I haven't pulled the trigger on any second copy yet, but I can see myself doing it sometime. For example, I found it very difficult to acquire my copy of EotS: there were no copies to be sold on the geek market in Europe, or anyone from the US willing to ship there. I ended up paying way too much on eBay, and I play it enough that I might get the third printing and store that somewhere, "in case of".

However, I have to point out I live in countries with high heat, lots of humidity, and I move every two years or so. So I think I can be forgiven for being a tad paranoid about the lifespan of my favorite games.
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One copy will do.

Buying wargames is pretty expensive so I don't feel the need to but the same game multiple times. The only expections are Stonewall Jackson's Way and Tunisia because I bought the 2nd edition as well. The plan is to trade these first editions.



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turks1966 wrote:
How many copies of a war game do you get of a game if you really like it? Do you do that with the goal of selling it later, if not, than why do you get more than one copy of a war game.?


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I don't buy multiple copies of wargames, (unless I ruin or lose one).

However, I do have multiple copies of Diplomacy, (which is kind of an abstract wargame, I supppose).

 


To answer the question "why?" that you posed, is that my first copy was an AH version with the plastic pieces.
(It works fine, but it is not the most elegant of games, aesthetically speaking.)

I also found that it was nice to have a second copy of the game set up in another room, so we can separate out a bit to have semi-private discussions. So, found a cheap AH version with the wooden pieces.
(which is much better looking, IMHO.)


Then, several years ago, I happened to be up in San Francisco at a game store up there, (Gamescape, I think?), and they had a vintage 1961 version of the game for a decent price, so I picked that up, (which I now use as my primary game, and I now have two backup boards, so we can really split up into smaller groups for our discussions. (Makes backstabbing a fellow player just that much easier!)



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moujamou wrote:
I fume when I see photos of people's games collection and there are multiple copies of games

Why pass up a bargain price on a classic???



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I typically get 1 copy and then scan it (so I can make replacement parts). I don't have a budget to buy 2 copies, and since I don't sell/trade games away it makes me sad that I can't ever swap away something hot for something I really would like to own.
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