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Bill Cook
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I received a gift certificate for Christmas. The store has some good games at fantastic clearance prices. But I can't image a situation where I could get them to the table in the foreseeable future. There are some non-gaming items I would be happy to spend the gift certificate on, but nothing that really excites me.

Would you buy the games knowing they might never get played... at least not anytime soon?
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I would definitely buy games at a great price, even if I knew they wouldn't get played in the near future. If you don't mind me asking, why won't they get played?
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I have definitely done this in the past. I bought Lords of Vegas knowing full well I'd have difficulty finding players for it. But it looks like great fun, it was on sale (though not a steep discount) and I had a gift card. So there it sits. Maybe someday....
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ALSB wrote:
If you don't mind me asking, why won't they get played?


A combination of

- They aren't exactly the right type of game for my friends

- We have limited amount of gaming time, a massive backlog of games we want to try and yet we still tend to play the same games over rather than new stuff.
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EMBison wrote:
ALSB wrote:
If you don't mind me asking, why won't they get played?


A combination of

- They aren't exactly the right type of game for my friends

- We have limited amount of gaming time, a massive backlog of games we want to try and yet we still tend to play the same games over rather than new stuff.

Buy the other stuff. Sounds like you don't need more games, no matter how shiny and awesome they are.
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Flip a coin. Whatever answer you’re hoping for while it’s in the air is the answer you go with. Personally I’d go games but I like the shiny even if I have to arrange an event 8 months later to play it (Mega Civ caused that one).
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I would just buy card sleeves. Easy choice, for me at least.
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James C
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Ehh, maybe wait? If the gift card going to expire? Maybe later something you really want is available.

Or send the card to me.
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Buy games in all situations.

Seriously, though, I often buy games even though they may not get played by others. Desire over practicality.

As for you, you must sort through your own internal conflicts in this regard.
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If they are at clearance and they are something you would enjoy playing then get them. You never know when a friend will pop by and you can play something new and shiny directly off of your shelf.

And if nothing really interests you then just save the certificate for your next "must have" game.
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I'm a little dismayed that some suggestions here are favoring buying games that you probably might not play, instead of a more realistic and practical use of the gift certificate.

It feels like, in Monopoly, recommending buying the Community Chest "Get Out of Jail Free" card that your opponent is auctioning for $10, when you already have the Chance GOOJF, instead of getting Mediterranean or Baltic title. It's not just a good play, coming from gamers.
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+1 Sleeves

or anything else that improves your gaming experience, such as storage solutions, playmats... I was going to say snacks and beer, but then I remembered two things:

1) I don't know whether your game store serves beer

2) I don't know whether MY game store permits using gift certificates/store credit on beer

Now I've got a new mission: learn about how to improve my gaming experience with beer bought by gift certificates...

Rabbit = chased
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ppsantos wrote:
I'm a little dismayed that some suggestions here are favoring buying games that you probably might not play.

Board games don’t expire. OP doesn’t necessarily need to play them this week. I gladly own a few games that I play once a year, and look forward to playing them the next time.
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Yes.

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EMBison wrote:
I received a gift certificate for Christmas. The store has some good games at fantastic clearance prices. But I can't image a situation where I could get them to the table in the foreseeable future. There are some non-gaming items I would be happy to spend the gift certificate on, but nothing that really excites me.

Would you buy the games knowing they might never get played... at least not anytime soon?


I have done in the past. HOWEVER they are games I want to get to the table and hope that it will eventually. (Most of these have for me, it's just that we are talking in years).
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I do this all the time. There are games that I'd really love to play, but sometimes they're heavy or take a long time to play. If they go on a great sale, that's the perfect reason to pick them up. Eventually, I'll find someone interested in playing them.
 
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perhapse use it to buy games you can use to trade and get the game you want?
A lot off people have games for trade here on the geek.
I have bought games in the past to complete a trading deal.
sometimes it was because I could get a good deal or the game was becoming out of print and the other person could not secure a copy.

just something to think about...

and don't buy the game first try to figure out a trade deal then buy the game (reserve it at the store if possible). And yes you would need a good knowledge of what is available in said store
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EMBison wrote:
ALSB wrote:
If you don't mind me asking, why won't they get played?


A combination of

- They aren't exactly the right type of game for my friends

- We have limited amount of gaming time, a massive backlog of games we want to try and yet we still tend to play the same games over rather than new stuff.


If you don't think the games will make it to the table, spend your money elsewhere. I know that the upper max time of a game at my house is about two hours. So when I see a game that lasts 180 minutes, no matter how cool it is or what a great deal it is, I don't even pay attention at that point. Perhaps those parameters will change in the future, but until they do, I'd just be wasting my money.
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If possible what about getting expansions to the games you're group already enjoy and play regularly?
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Personally I wouldn't buy a game if I was fairly sure I wasn't going to play it soon (soon would probably the next year). Pretty much every game I've bought or been given I have played within a week (with one exception which was an expansion I bought as it was on special offer which I didn't play for 6 months or so because I wanted to play previous expansions for that game first).

If a game was in a clearance and I was fairly sure I would play it in future but not in the next year then I might buy it. I can't imagine that situation happening for me though because I can't think of a type of game that I wouldn't/couldn't play currently that I would play in future. Actually maybe partnership trick taking games.

Of course you can do what you like. If you like playing solo games*, like looking at new games even if you can't play them*, enjoy collecting games etc then you may come to a different conclusion to me.

* I don't dislike solo game or looking at new games, but mostly if I have some free time my wife is happy to play a game and I'd much rather do that.
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How are you going to feel in a few year’s time when you look at your game shelf and see these unplayed games? Are you a collector, who will be pleased that you own them? Are you an optimist who will still see them as the potential to play good games down the line? Or are you a pessimist who will see them as a reminder of your failure to get them played?

There’s no right answer here... but be honest about who you are and what these games will mean to you.

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I believe that I am becoming somewhat of an acquisitionist so I might buy those games in this situation.
 
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EMBison wrote:
- They aren't exactly the right type of game for my friends
What's the likelihood of finding new friends/family who would like those games?

EMBison wrote:
- We have limited amount of gaming time, a massive backlog of games we want to try and yet we still tend to play the same games over rather than new stuff.
Maybe it's time to commit to one of the challenges:
Explore Diversity 100x1
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Would you buy the games knowing they might never get played...

Not to come across as snarky, but I don't know what you expect for an answer. You're going get something like a third of us saying yes, a third saying maybe/tell me more, and a third saying no. We're all here with dramatically different reasons for gaming, interest in the hobby, and tolerance for acquiring/collecting vs playing.

Me? I've had more than 1,100 games in my collection at one point. Been gaming since the late 1960s. Seen and played several thousand more titles in my lifetime of gaming. There's a reason I reduced my collection from 1,100 to 80-something.

So to answer your question, "Would you [that is, me] buy the games..."? No. Probably never going to bother playing them, thoroughly happy with my now smaller collection of the games I really love, and therefore a waste of money. Other people though are going to be 100% yes, buy those suckers.

The better question would be for me to ask you ... "Would you buy the games knowing they might never get played..." Why would you buy new games that might not get played for a while to just sit on your shelves? I couldn't say, really.

BTW, Bryan answered the question well, with less snark.
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