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I started seriously gaming about 7 years ago. The first 3 years my collection expanded quickly as I wanted to own everything under the sun. Then I scaled back quite a bit from around 60 games to 8. I'm now hovering around 25 I want to keep and consider best of the best. For me at least. But I feel I should cap around 15 great games that get alot of table time. What are your guys thoughts on collection size and what a realistic one consists of ,time wise at least?


I know many will chime in that there is never enough and more is better. But what honestly do you feel is a fair size? I do understand that the amount of free time and gaming partners will vary alot from person to person which will effect responses.

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I am back below 500 and hope to stay that way.
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I recall seeing a poll (can't find it now - by 1000rpm perhaps?) that covered what size collections gamers and their partners thought were reasonable. Hopefully someone can find it but as I remember it gamers preferences were low at 0-25, reasonable at 25-50 and large at 50-100 until it reached a peak at 100-150 games and then tapered off as collections grew. Finally it spiked at the last category which was something like 2000+.
Partners preferred the 0-25 and 25-50 categories dropping off sharply after that.

If you feel that 15 works for you then go with it.
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I admire your ability to limit your collection to less than 25.
I could probably do the same if I only kept the games that actually get played, but I just can't bring myself to part with many of my other games, some of which get played occasionally and some not at all. I guess the problem is nostalgia, many of my games are "oldies" from the 70s and 80s. My collection is currently hanging just above 100 and I really need to keep it there or below, since I really don't have any more room to store them!
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I think 30-50 is about right. My instincts would have said lower but then I thought: 10 fillers for variety, 10 light-medium for nongamers, 10 medium to heavy for gamers, 5 party games, 5 classic games(chess, scrabble). adjust up or down slightly depending on how much variety you need.
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jakece wrote:
and what a realistic one consists of ,time wise at least?

Have you read this yet? http://boardgamegeek.com/blogpost/14914/the-answer-to-life-t...

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I think having around 5ish (this allows for variables in weight, theme, type of game, etc.) for each type of group you play with (including solo) is acceptable. I have family, that I would consider non-gaming so I have games that I bring out with them, but I also have games that I know I could only play with certain other gaming types, so I keep a few games for that type as well. The problem is discovering new games and wondering how well they would mesh with certain group types. Somehow, I always end up being the one that makes the "effort" to own games within these groups shake
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I love it when this question pops up every few months (weeks, days, etc.) or so.

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But what honestly do you feel is a fair size?

So what do you mean by "fair"? In a socialist or communist vein where everyone gets an equal share of games, or fair as in "sizeable"? If it's the latter, I'll just come back with your expectation of more is better. Here's an analogy at the most simple level:

I want to collect quarters from all fifty states. What's a fair amount of them to have in my collection? I guess it might depend on whether I have the money to afford getting an entire collection of all 50. Or maybe I only need a representative amount getting only those from the states I've been to. The same might apply to my desire to collect original Van Gogh paintings. Can I afford more than one, or do I even have the wall space for more than a few anyway? Am I collecting for investment, or admiration. Substitute any item you like; stamps, books, figurines, miniatures, CCG's, etc.

At the heart of your questions is the neurosis of collecting, masked by the fact that games are social media and provide more functionality than just being show pieces. Your definition of a fair sized collection is no less valid than mine though we may be miles apart. And the amount of free time, or gaming partners, are only two factors that scratch the surface when trying to assess what a fair amount would be.

Your cap of 15 games is right on the mark... for you. Whenever you decide on a new number (higher or lower), it will also be correct. Don't let anyone convince you differently.

Cheers.
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I'm at around 320, and that's about right. I've got about another half dozen on pre-order, and there are around 3 or 4 remaining grail games I'd like to pick up before long. Definitely something less than 400 should do it for me.

I'm totally serious.
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Im at about 55 and i feel im coming close to having enough. Im now very choosy about what i buy and at the moment not alot of new games are grabbing my interest, but there is still a few old games id like to get.
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I'm not sure that any general answer will make sense. There is probably a formula for it that would factor in things like: how much time do you actually spend playing games, how much disposable income do you have, how much do you like variety and how much pleasure do you get from collecting things, etc.

Every person's answer will vary based on their answers to those questions.
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I'm at 45, with another 2 ordered, like, 5 min ago. I'm not counting expansions or addons in this number.

I'm happy with the collection I have, only a couple of misses among them. I buy on average 3-4 games a year, that includes expansions, mosgt of them being of the wargame variety and all are soloable to a point. I only have one game line that I buy everything for, Combat Commander, which as of the order mentioned above, I now have everything, minus the Pacific titles.

My gaming group has begun to fall apart over the last few months, so the titles I buy are, as mentioned, geared towards something I can solo. I see my collection growing as it has for the last few years, and I'm comfortable with that.

Whatever floats your boat.

If your happy with how your collection is going, then your doing it right.

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Yeah I suppose "collection" is the key word. I guess I feel it shouldnt be a collection as they are to be enjoyed. But in this strange hobby this isnt so. I guess in order to remember rules and have other players who remember rules you have to play the same game and consistent enough to get the most enjoyment out of it. And yet again, some will say the Ferrari should be in the garage and admired! Thats the joy! I guess im the type who likes to drive and tell of the fun I have had behind the wheel. Knowing the car inside and out by heart! Thanks for the responses.

- Jake
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Every time I place an order I tell myself, "now my collection is complete". That feeling lasts for about 15 minutes.
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I like 100. It's a nice round number .
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Now that I'm over 30 games (Not counting expansions), I believe that 1 game + 1 expansion per month is good enough
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BGG says I have close to 100, but I would say it's a bit less considering expansions and games that I would hardly consider games. (I have my kids' games listed, too.)

100 seems about right to me right now, but I would like to eventually lower that number. I do keep buying games though, probably because I really like experiencing new games. I'm thinking about 60 will be the number I would eventually like to settle on.
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While we just started to add our collection here on BGG (we have about 600 or so) my thought is I never have enough games. I want to be able to sit down at just about any table and play and not have to go through 30 minutes of rules.
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I'm at about 38 and I know I'm going to order a couple of more a the end of the school year. I'm thinking that this will probably be my cap for a long time to come, due mostly to shelf space and the amount I play with people, which is seldom. But I love having the games.

So, for my household, "enough" is balancing amount played with disposable income and being reasonable about buying expensive stuff I won't be using much. But I'm also buying with the future in mind.

But if I had a bigger house with a dedicated game space and a lot of disposable income, I probably wouldn't care about the above guides and go ahead and buy a lot more stuff.
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Numbers are irrelevant. Keep the ones you want to keep, and get rid of thoseyou ddon't like or which don't get played. If you think you have too many, sort some out. But don't constrain yourself to a fixed number.
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100 and up. The more the better. Variety is the spice of life!
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very difficult options and decisions here, as a father i must satisfy my kids and my personal taste, so i would say 100 for myself and 50 for my kids. Right now i am at 150+ boardgames and i try -hard- to keep that limit.
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I'm at 64 now (not counting expansions). Of those, 23 are up for trade, so ideally I would be at about 41. I tend to trade away almost 50% of the games that I acquire.

But I have 16 high on my wishlist ("MUST have" or "Love to have"), so it appear that my sweet spot is about 60 games. If money and space were not factors, I might end up with a couple hundred, but that would feel like a lot. There just aren't that many games I love.

What is YOUR ideal number? Only you can answer that.
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