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Well, there is a thread of exactly the same name over at eurogamer.net a great video game site that I frequent, so I thought I would bring it on over to the geek and let us all support each other in our efforts not too buy any/so many new games in 2012.

Hands up if the majority of your collection is actually unplayed or you just can't stop yourself from buying more and more and more. whistle

That's me. So, this year I'm pledging not to buy so many or possibly even any new board games. There are maybe 3 or 4 titles that I'd like to get but I really have to question whether I actually need them. My collection is pretty well rounded now and what I have isn't hitting the table enough. A backlog is a backlog and it'll stay like that until the stem of unplayed games is tackled. And never mind the cost...game prices in the UK have risen dramatically in the past couple of years.

So, if you're in the same boat as me, jump in. Let us know what your board game buying resolutions are for 2012 and how you're planning to tackle your collection.
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Already made a list---and it doesn't include trading games that I know won't get played.

http://www.bgg.cc/geeklist/85992/punchlist-before-buying-ano...

EDIT: The list is comprised of games that I should reasonably be able to get to the table.
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I've been in collection-rationalization mode for a couple of months now. I've sold a number of games that don't/won't get played, with some more to go.

My wishlist has been holding steady at 85 games - about 10 of which I really really want to buy, but so far I've managed to hold fim.

I may not ever go back to my old ways of buying multiple games every other month, unless I win the lottery of course
 
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I think you've got it all wrong... your resolution should be to play more board games this year! If you were to play 3 days per week you could easily get through 100+ games this year...
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Yes, of course, it's implied that playing more board games is exactly the way to go. I just don't need to buy any more games that will sit there unplayed and gather dust. Rules learning and finding time for gaming really cut down on what's possible. Still, I am going to try to game more this year. Just need to balance it with my other hobbies and interests.
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If you need room in order to purchase more games, feel free to send any unplayed/played/abused games directly to me.

I will pay shipping and take them off your hands for absolutely nothing!

I will provide this service in any geek's time of need... this you can be sure of.
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I'm excellent at this ban. I start it every few weeks.
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I buy games that I know I will play, so I don't have a backlog of unplayed games. That said, I bought way too many games last year. I need to slow down this year if I don't want a divorce (however, a friend of mine said that a divorce fixed his problem with a complaining spouse, to each his own).

Since my collection is bigger than my gaming bookcase, I've been forced to rotate games every month. This seems to be a good solution that lets neglected games get out more often and makes old standbys seem fresh after a month's break.

You could try something like this with only unplayed games being available for play.
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I purchased a bunch of games late last year and then with Christmas and some pre-orders coming in soon. I have a lot of unplayed games that I need to work through. So I'll be reducing number I buy till I get more plays in.
 
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I've had some success in curbing my buying of new games with a little mental redirection. I'm at my weakest when I see a shiny, awesome looking, seemingly universally lauded board game and I then imagine my game group playing it, having the wonderful time described in the reviews, high-fiving me for my excellent choice.

If I catch myself imagining this, I then make myself imagine me e-mailing the group explaining that there is yet another new game, with another rule set to learn. I imagine the sales campaign I'll have to make and the arm twisting to get it (finally) to the table and the ever-present possibility of a first play not clicking for one of the group, them declaring it a bad game, and the group not playing it ever again.

A reality check of how likely it is that the new game - awesome though it may be - eventually getting to the table and producing an awesome playing experience in my group - makes me think twice before I pull the trigger.



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Yeah...I have tried it...doesn`t work...think I just broke my own self-imposed ban. Though, with some help from some friends, seeing they gave me three games for Christmas!! Now my big plan is trying to play as many games as possible this year. Hopefully I get to play at least half of those I already have set on "want to play". Hopefully...
 
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My ban is actually fiancee-imposed; but she's right: I have about a dozen games that haven't been played yet (never mind another 3-4 expansions).
 
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Yeah I'm always ordering something, I'm weak willed and easily distracted. I end up with a lot game that at the time I had grand plans of playing but something happened on the way to the gaming table.I have a ton of games that are either too complicated for the family or just not their thing.
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The good news is that there aren't supposed to by any more good games coming out. Ever. Love the ones you're with.
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I think I enjoy opening up UPS/Fedex packages from OLGS just as much as playing games!
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Out of the 74 games I own, I have 11 unplayed. If I buy the 4 more that I really really want right now, that will make 15. So I was telling myself I don't need to increase the number of games that I haven't played yet and should wait until I get some of these to the table.

However, I pause here for dramatic effect. Right now my percentage of unplayed games is 6.72 but if I add 4 more games to my collection my percentage of unplayed games will DECREASE to 5.6!

Math is not my strong suit. So if I have made a dunderhead error here, please point it out to me. Otherwise, I'm afraid that order will be going in today!

My whole point in starting this reply was to vow not to buy more games. Where did I go wrong? Hopefully, it's in my math!
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I think the main problem for me, especially in 2 player games with my wife, is the rules learning. It really can be a huge hurdle to overcome. Learning new game after new game is pretty tiring. After we played Agricola for the first time she said 'We should have just played a game that we knew the rules too already'. It was not a resounding success but neither was it a disaster. We will likely play it again soon but it is hard to get new games on the table. I think a kind of 'rules fatigue' sets in after a while.

However, I'm aware that one bad thing I do is convince myself that a game is what I want it to be, rather than what it might actually be. It's too easy to overlook flaws in good games and to realise that even if a game is good and universally lauded, that doesn't mean that it should be in my collection and is necessarily a good game for me.
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Mamadallama wrote:
Out of the 74 games I own, I have 11 unplayed. If I buy the 4 more that I really really want right now, that will make 15. So I was telling myself I don't need to increase the number of games that I haven't played yet and should wait until I get some of these to the table.

However, I pause here for dramatic effect. Right now my percentage of unplayed games is 6.72 but if I add 4 more games to my collection my percentage of unplayed games will DECREASE to 5.6!

Math is not my strong suit. So if I have made a dunderhead error here, please point it out to me. Otherwise, I'm afraid that order will be going in today!

My whole point in starting this reply was to vow not to buy more games. Where did I go wrong? Hopefully, it's in my math!


11 games unplayed of a 74 game collection is 11 / 74 x 100 = 14.86%
15 games unplayed of a 78 game collection is 15 / 78 x 100 = 19.23%

Adding unplayed games increases the percentage of unplayed... But I suspect you will still place that order... I would devil
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I recently pulled the 30 games that were least likely to be played again from my collection and put them up for trade. I've packaged them separate from my general collection and hope to get them all traded soon (ideally I could trade multiple games for a single game that I really want).
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Mease19 wrote:
I recently pulled the 30 games that were least likely to be played again from my collection and put them up for trade. I've packaged them separate from my general collection and hope to get them all traded soon (ideally I could trade multiple games for a single game that I really want).


That's a good move. It's a difficult psychological step to get rid of stuff, especially fun things like boardgames. I moved into a new house last year and gave away about 25 games to my local charity shop. They weren't bad games but I just couldn't see them getting played often enough to justify the shelf space. I thought "what's the point of having stuff that doesn't get used, someone else might as well enjoy it." It was a bit of a wrench at the time but I don't regret it now. Downsizing the collection is the way to go, to get more enjoyment out of the stuff that you do value, if you can get over the psychological part.
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I think the main problem for me, especially in 2 player games with my wife, is the rules learning. It really can be a huge hurdle to overcome. Learning new game after new game is pretty tiring. After we played Agricola for the first time she said 'We should have just played a game that we knew the rules too already'. It was not a resounding success but neither was it a disaster. We will likely play it again soon but it is hard to get new games on the table. I think a kind of 'rules fatigue' sets in after a while.

However, I'm aware that one bad thing I do is convince myself that a game is what I want it to be, rather than what it might actually be. It's too easy to overlook flaws in good games and to realise that even if a game is good and universally lauded, that doesn't mean that it should be in my collection and is necessarily a good game for me.


Getting past the learning curve can be a deal-breaker for me. I have a couple games in which I've read through the rulebook, packed it up, and on the shelf it stayed. I know it may not work for everyone, but here's how I usually learn a game. I set the game up as if I would for 2 players, and I just play both players myself. That way if I'm stumped I can refer to the rulebook without making someone sit and wait. It seems to be easier to get past the learning curve when someone (usually me) has taken the time to meticulously learn the game, rather than two dimwits starting from scratch.
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Mamadallama wrote:
Out of the 74 games I own, I have 11 unplayed. If I buy the 4 more that I really really want right now, that will make 15. So I was telling myself I don't need to increase the number of games that I haven't played yet and should wait until I get some of these to the table.

However, I pause here for dramatic effect. Right now my percentage of unplayed games is 6.72 but if I add 4 more games to my collection my percentage of unplayed games will DECREASE to 5.6!

Math is not my strong suit. So if I have made a dunderhead error here, please point it out to me. Otherwise, I'm afraid that order will be going in today!

My whole point in starting this reply was to vow not to buy more games. Where did I go wrong? Hopefully, it's in my math!


11 games unplayed of a 74 game collection is 11 / 74 x 100 = 14.86%
15 games unplayed of a 78 game collection is 15 / 78 x 100 = 19.23%

Adding unplayed games increases the percentage of unplayed... But I suspect you will still place that order... I would devil


Ha ha ha! I did it backwards but I knew something was wrong when it didn't make sense! And you're right, I probably will place that order--maybe not today...but it won't be long!
 
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andyerca25 wrote:
mjrobertson wrote:
I think the main problem for me, especially in 2 player games with my wife, is the rules learning. It really can be a huge hurdle to overcome. Learning new game after new game is pretty tiring. After we played Agricola for the first time she said 'We should have just played a game that we knew the rules too already'. It was not a resounding success but neither was it a disaster. We will likely play it again soon but it is hard to get new games on the table. I think a kind of 'rules fatigue' sets in after a while.

However, I'm aware that one bad thing I do is convince myself that a game is what I want it to be, rather than what it might actually be. It's too easy to overlook flaws in good games and to realise that even if a game is good and universally lauded, that doesn't mean that it should be in my collection and is necessarily a good game for me.


Getting past the learning curve can be a deal-breaker for me. I have a couple games in which I've read through the rulebook, packed it up, and on the shelf it stayed. I know it may not work for everyone, but here's how I usually learn a game. I set the game up as if I would for 2 players, and I just play both players myself. That way if I'm stumped I can refer to the rulebook without making someone sit and wait. It seems to be easier to get past the learning curve when someone (usually me) has taken the time to meticulously learn the game, rather than two dimwits starting from scratch.


Oh, absolutely. I'd never get a new game to the table again with my group if we all struggled through the rules together the first time. It's critical, often unappreciated work, furrowing your brow and checking the rulebook again turn after turn, moving pieces around attempting to forget the strategy of each side in an alternating fashion so as to simulate a real game. I'm with you, bro.
 
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andyerca25 wrote:
mjrobertson wrote:
I think the main problem for me, especially in 2 player games with my wife, is the rules learning. It really can be a huge hurdle to overcome. Learning new game after new game is pretty tiring. After we played Agricola for the first time she said 'We should have just played a game that we knew the rules too already'. It was not a resounding success but neither was it a disaster. We will likely play it again soon but it is hard to get new games on the table. I think a kind of 'rules fatigue' sets in after a while.

However, I'm aware that one bad thing I do is convince myself that a game is what I want it to be, rather than what it might actually be. It's too easy to overlook flaws in good games and to realise that even if a game is good and universally lauded, that doesn't mean that it should be in my collection and is necessarily a good game for me.


Getting past the learning curve can be a deal-breaker for me. I have a couple games in which I've read through the rulebook, packed it up, and on the shelf it stayed. I know it may not work for everyone, but here's how I usually learn a game. I set the game up as if I would for 2 players, and I just play both players myself. That way if I'm stumped I can refer to the rulebook without making someone sit and wait. It seems to be easier to get past the learning curve when someone (usually me) has taken the time to meticulously learn the game, rather than two dimwits starting from scratch.


I always do that too, but you have the problem of actually verbally explaining the game to the other player. This isn't always easy even if you yourself are 100% clear about things. Just like when we played Agricola, after about 20 minutes it was quite clear how to play the game in a technical sense but that didn't help at all with the strategising and building plans etc. So we bumbled around collecting resources and converting them very poorly and ignored almost all of the cards. Perhaps this isn't a really good example as it is a more complex game than average, but if you want to play complex games then it's something that needs to work.

I think that learning games takes time and a bit of goodwill on the part of all involved. I always try to emphasise that the first game of anything is merely for learning and that we shouldn't get too hung up about doing everything correctly and that we won't necessarily enjoy it as much as we will future games. I really want to quit buying games and get at least a few more of my unplayed games on the table this year.

I guess, in part, some of my previous buying splurges have been caused by failing to get (what I think) are good games on to the table. I always think that whatever new purchase I get will be the one to wash away the previous failures and get us into gaming more widely with more titles.
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I think part of the common habits of most gamers here is that they constantly buy more games because they it's fun for them to try something new. Ticket to Ride Mars comes out? Better pre-order it!

I don't have as many games as you do, but you are far from the most game-loaded. I do have to say though that sometimes people need to analyze what games they need in terms of the function that they are looking for. Buying then becomes only necessary when the new game surpasses one you have.

So for instance, I tend to hang around lots of people, many of which aren't gamers. That's why I always keep The Resistance ready. It fits a large amount of players, it's portable and it doesn't have the fiddly bits and rules that makes some people roll their eyes. Of course when playing this game, it also makes me NOT play my other large people games like Shadow Hunters.

I think what you need to do is of the games you own, find a few that you wouldn't mind playing many, many times. That's the idea behind not buying games... repetition.
 
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