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Nick
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How do you organize your collection - if at all?

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1. How do you, in general, organize your games on your game shelf?
By designer
By publisher
By category/mechanic/type
By size
By published date
Randomly
Other (please explain)
Game shelf? My games are scattered throughout my house.
2. Are your games, in general, side-by-side (like books) or stacked on top of one another on your shelf?
Side-by-side ala books
Stacked on top of one another
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Benjamin Maggi
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I am the person who clicked "other (please explain)."

My WIFE sorts them based on her own system of size, color, shape, and what looks best together. If I rearrance MY games, she will nicely put them back into order when I leave for work or whatever.

So, I just let it go. It isn't a big deal to me, anyways.
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wife surprised me one day and set them up alphabetical side by side a few months ago, it's pretty cool ... there are a few adjustments like grouping similiar games (munchkin and supermunchkin) and keeping cities & knights with base game ...
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i cannot understand a preference for stacking games (although i see the occasional need based on shelving, space, and box size), and am surprised that it leads the poll.
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Pretty much by game weight. The light gamers that visit know they look on the left end of the shelf, the more veteran members look to the right.
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lonnie913 wrote:
i cannot understand a preference for stacking games (although i see the occasional need based on shelving, space, and box size), and am surprised that it leads the poll.


it's sometimes messy side-by-side ... contents spilling out or becoming unsettled in box ...
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Ours go on the shelf to make the most efficient use of the space.

As for flat or vertical... see above.
 
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I voted "Other" and "Side-by-side"

My game collection is actually split between my apartment and my girlfriend's apartment {where our group game nights happen}. In my apartment there were built in shelves and it was easier to stack side-by-side. At my GF's apartment, she has a small shelving unit where it is easier to stack on top of each other.

Either way, I sort the games according to popularity. The games we are most likely to play are easiest to get to. All of the card games in tuck-boxes are in one area and the boxed games take over the rest of the shelving.
 
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Bruce Padget
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Wow...you can organize a game shelf? I'll have to try that sometime...
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I separate first by size to get the most out of shelf space. Then I try hard to separate by theme when and where I can. This shelf I keep games that see a lot of game play and that we take out with us a lot.
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leeds55 wrote:
Pretty much by game weight.


I do it by game weight too, but in a literal sense. Some of my game boxes would be suitable for heavy machinery, and others are so flimsy they'll barely support their own weight. In my earlier days of gaming I lost a couple of good games by not taking the disparity into account.
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bapadget wrote:

I do it by game weight too, but in a literal sense. Some of my game boxes would be suitable for heavy machinery, and others are so flimsy they'll barely support their own weight. In my earlier days of gaming I lost a couple of good games by not taking the disparity into account.



I account for this now as well. I have a Warhammer Quest box that has the edges taped back together because of an unfortunate stacking accident.
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I believe I have them in an order, but I don't know if it actually ended up the way I planned.

In general I put heavier (mass) games on the bottom shelves (so they won't tip over), and party/word games on the right, with more strategic games to the left. Within this, I try to group games with similar themes, mechanics, creators, boxes, etc., together, but I'm sure oddities abound based on how they physically fit, not wanting to crush a small box under a bigger one, etc.

Oh, and I put all the empty expansion boxes on the top-left shelf where I don't need to access them:

(Nov-2009)
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lonnie913 wrote:
i cannot understand a preference for stacking games (although i see the occasional need based on shelving, space, and box size), and am surprised that it leads the poll.


Wargames and other games with trayed components cannot be stored ala books. I have never in all my years stored them any other way but stacked. Also, large games do not fit on their sides on shelves well unless the shelves are significantly larger than bookshelf size. Imagine Descent on a shelf like a book.
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Voted other. Due to space reasons I have three different places I store my games. One is for regular games - those I play often. Quick to reach. The second is for the long complex ones AND for party games. These are the games I don't play that often. Finally there is my shelf for stuff I'd be glad to trade away.
There is no order at all inside each of the places. Its more a game of Tetris. A puzzle how to get them in and out of their respective slots not wasting any space. I am pretty sure noone would be able to fit my games back in but me.

As for stacking - mostly on top of each other as most games do not have inserts that allow vor vertical positioning.
 
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