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Angry Augury
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Today, a friend gifted me both Table Top Simulator and a digital copy of Scythe to go with it. I was really surprised as I've been wanting to try it and now I have the chance. Immediately the impulse kicked in, as it does every time I get a new board game acquisition, to head to BGG and add the game to my collection.


But it occurred to me: is this really part of my collection now? It's never going to be on display on my shelf and there are obviously no physical components to it. I realized that up until this point, I've never considered digital games to actually be part of my game collection. Why was it so different with Scythe now? Is it because I consider it a "serious" game whereas my other digital games are more casual fare?

So I decided to check out the versions for Scythe on the game listing and didn't notice a "digital version" as part of it. That made me think that the Geek itself does not feel that digital copies are on par with physical but I thought it might be interesting to see what my fellow BGGers think of this in our increasingly digital age.

Do you consider a digital copy of a game to be part of your "official" board game collection or must it be a physical game on the shelf?
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Per Glöde
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No, I don't. I register them in VideoGameGeek.
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I don't, but most of the digital-copy of games that I own are of games that I already own. I enjoy playing SotM online, because it handles the bookkeeping for me and I don't need to worry about getting the boxes out, asking the wife to play with me, and the clean up. Also, makes playing Talisman a lot easier due to the sheer volume of cards the physical version has and I can play it with friends overseas or across the country.

Only reason I've debated about getting Table Top Simulator is to pretty much play with friends that don't live nearby, or to play something that I don't feel like pulling out of the closet and playing.
 
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No, I don't.

Also I like Tabletop Simulator and Tabletopia because I can either play a game without dragging it out(though lately I've been preferring to play my hard copies), or I can try a game I'm thinking of getting to see if I like it or not.
 
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ha this time it doesn't depend on the game!....it depends on the user.
I see and understand plenty here that have the physical only attitude and it makes sense. For some its about physically having it, other times the digital implementation is lacking in the eyes of the user.

For me I ask myself can I give my copy of the game to someone to borrow as easily as a typical game? In my case that means if I have the game on my PC, no it is not in my bgg collection; if a game is on my tablet, yes.
 
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I don't, but I don't see an issue with it if someone wants to. Personal decision.
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I don't count the digital games that I have as part of my collection and I don't count those plays either.
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I put them as games I've played so I have a record of unique games I've tried, but do not mark them as owned.

But for me and anyone else, it's your collection tool to use however works best for you.
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I will occasionally rate and comment on a digital port of a board game if I feel playing the digital game has given me a good approximation of what it would be like to play the tabletop version.

But no, I would not put it in my collection.

Edit: I don't log plays of digital boardgames even against human opponents. Nor do I do that for browser ports (brettspielwely, yucata, etc.). In theory, I think that's a fair thing to do. The problem is I've seen some games (short ones especially) get outsized "games played" statistics on here due to digital ports.
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Not part of my collection, but I consider the game played and understood.
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It's funny, as I was thinking about my response I realized that I don't count digital copies of games in my collection, but I do count them as plays when I finish a game against a human opponent. My reasoning is that I am playing the game against someone so it doesn't matter if it's a physical or digital version of the game. I don't register plays against AI though.

I guess the logic I used for recording plays could work for putting digital versions of games in the collection too...hmmmm...
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Not part of my collection, and I also don't track them in BG Stats. But I would agree that I'd consider them as "games I have played". I think I would still read the rulebook if I bought a game I'd only played digitally though. Sometimes digital versions gloss over specifics that are required on a table.
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I would probably consider them part of my video game collection. However . . .
n107 wrote:
Do you consider a digital copy of a game to be part of your "official" board game collection or must it be a physical game on the shelf?

I have several PnP games I've downloaded but never got around to printing. Do these count as part of my collection?
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I primarily use the "owned" tag so that I can tell at a glance if I have a game that I can bring to game night or put up for trade. Marking digital games would break that system.
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No. In the past, I used to indicate in the comments section of a game in my Collection page if I owned a digital version of that title, but stopped doing that a while ago and removed all those notes.
 
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I do not unless I also own a physical copy of the game.

I DO count plays of them, though. If there is a direct physical-to-app version, I'll count the play.
 
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I don't consider them part of my collection, and I don't log plays for them.

Which is weird because if I paid for a game like Zelda for the Switch and only had the digital download, I would log that as owned in VGG.
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PDF's yes computerised versions no.
 
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What about solo only games, like Onirim? Functionally, playing the digital is the same as the physical.
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gaaloechild wrote:
No, I don't. I register them in VideoGameGeek.

Ditto. BGG for the physical games, VGG for a video game implementation.
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No, no . . . a thousand times, no!
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As a rule I refuse to play digital versions of any game available in an original physical format, but I would not consider digital games part of your collection. I also don't count digital plays as plays of the actual game.
 
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mike6423 wrote:
I don't consider them part of my collection, and I don't log plays for them.

Which is weird because if I paid for a game like Zelda for the Switch and only had the digital download, I would log that as owned in VGG.


That's not weird at all. Zelda is a video game regardless if you're playing a physical copy or a download. A digital version of a board game is not a board game.
 
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I count plays of digital games if they are analogous to the real game, but not ownership if I do not have a physical copy.
 
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No.
 
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