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Richard Minson
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I have a friend - he collects Marklin - in fact he has a vast amount of Marklin rolling stock.

I have been in a shop when he has spent £800 on a train and it's matching carriages - basically Marklin is expensive (Well after they have suckered you in with the 'cheap' starter sets) and don't even begin to talk about what some of the 2nd hand prices are!!

I reckon the most I have ever spent on a board game is around £120 (SPi's OOP Empires of the middle ages).

Now it seems to me that these Marklin train collecting enthusiasts generally seem to have more disposable income than the average boardgamer - so the question has to be asked do we want to risk encouraging them to become involved in our hobby?

For instance - Second hand game costs are likely to sky rocket - which will mean that :

- My copies of 'Hannibal: Rome vs Carthage' & 'Elfenroads' will significantly increase in value (Though this is really just imaginary money as I am very unlikely to sell them)

- I will never be able to afford certain other games that have been on my wish list for ages (ie 'Up Front' or 'Crude' - well to tell the truth Crude is probably already beyond what I am prepared to pay for a game)

I guess the question remains what can we do about it?
 
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I can't tell whether or not this was written tongue-in-cheek. I'm assuming it was, since bringing train enthusiasts into the hobby would have no effect on game prices.
 
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Adding more people to our hobby could have a positive impact on availibility of games. If more new people want older games then more reprints are likely to happen.
 
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SkiBoy wrote:

I guess the question remains what can we do about it?


Ban 'em... devil

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Unless, of course, they play 18xx
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Crabro wrote:


Ban 'em... devil

redtrainblacktrainredtrainblacktrainredtrain
Unless, of course, they play 18xx
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Banning them might be a bit extreme - after all we do live if a free society (Well most of the time)

However monetary power (and I am not joking about that £800 train) is bound to have an effect on rarer games if there is a new influx of people into our hobby.

Maybe I am being just to pessimistic - but I love my hobby and would hate to be priced out of it.

 
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I just saw a program on UK tv all about toys.

James May from Top Gear looked at the history of some famous toys (Lego, Meccano, Scalextric etc). The model railway collectors were the worst. One bloke had a large collection of model trains still sealed in thier boxes, he wouldn't take them out and he would never run them. In fact he explained how to spot if a train had been run on the track

This really annoyed James who went to a model railway auction, outbid everyone on a train that cost £200, then threw the box away whilst still at the auction house and took it home to play with it - brilliant.

These are scary people (and I thought BBGeeks could be a bit obsessive).

Garry
 
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Days of Wonder should think about a "Deluxe Edition" that would appeal to the folks iwth disposable incomes. I wonder what those are...
 
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SkiBoy wrote:
so the question has to be asked do we want to risk encouraging them to become involved in our hobby?


This is silly. Very silly.
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