Problems that come with a large game collection!
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It is a great thing to own so many board games or even more, but with such a huge number of games, you will get problems as well.

So i though I make a short list about problems I have had so far with the game collecting when the game number has grown bigger and bigger.

Feel free to add problems I haven't had yet.
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1. Board Game: Space Dealer [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1136]
Raiko Puust
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SPACE

It always begins I think by placing games on top of the cup boards and closets, but when time moves on and on, the games keep piling up until you have the ceiling and no more closet tops to place the games.
So what I did, I started to place game on the floor, on top of each other. Not so smart thing to do. I didn't want to place games inside the cupboards, harder to find and such. Besides I like to see my games as well...
So when I reached about 300 games, I needed a whole room and it was the last time to stat placing games sideways.
Now when I'm closing in 800, I need bigger room.
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2. Board Game: Tumbling Tower [Average Rating:4.79 Overall Rank:10720]
Raiko Puust
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"TOWER" (WEIGHT)

This is one of those thing you should never do with your games: play Jenga. It is OK, with 3-4 games, but when you already have like 10 games on top of each other it is starting to crush the games underneath. I made so big piled at the beginning and although I placed the bigger and stronger games to the bottom, they still soon started to show signs of squishing.
The second problem was with a low cupboard I used for the game holding. It started to bend under the weight of the games and make little noises as well. If the game average weight is about 1.2 kg, then 30 games on top of the cupboard is 36 kilos. 700 boardgames in 840 kilos if not even more.
Then, when you try to take the game from the pile, that has 20 games on top of it, then as soon as you pull it little out, the corner of the lower box will penetrate the bottom of the game above because of the weight. This one was a sad day for me...
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3. Board Game: Dust [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1405]
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DUST

The larger the game collection grows, the more you have games that will stand on one place a very long time, so they collect a serious amount of dust if not taken care of. They collect even more dust when you store them sideways and unless you don't dust the game few times in a period of time, it will ruin your beautiful boxes.
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4. Board Game: Empire of the Sun [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:634]
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SUN

When choosing a place where to store your huge number of games, you should consider the sun shine direction. We all know what long time sun exposure will make with your colorful game boxes. Soon they all look lifeless and colorless.
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5. Board Game: Water Lily [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:2535]
Raiko Puust
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HUMIDITY

Since board games are mostly from carton and paper, then strong humidity will damage your games for sure. Since I live in a place with an electricity as main source for heat, I didn't heat the room with games and some games got small wrinkles on them... This you should never do, if you care about your games.
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6. Board Game: Shelf [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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SHELVES

At some point you will need new shelves and usually specially made for board games. Best way is to build themselves, so you could store all your games sideways, with minimal loss of space.
When building a shelves you will need not to forget wood pitch, because that can damage games beyond imagination...and self built shelves will make even more dust than usual.
And when built very accurate, like I did, you have no room to dust the games...
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7. Board Game: Playing Politics [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
Raiko Puust
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PLAYING

The hardest problem is that since you have just too many games, you just will not be able to play them all and when you try, then you will have no time to play games more than few times until they will be left again for unknown time...
The faster you get games, the more unplayed games you will have. I have a huge number of games not played...
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8. Board Game: The Loan Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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BORROWING

Frinds and family members assume, that since you have a ton of board games, they can take some of them from you as a loan, even without asking, since you probably won't notice it anyways. This is something that should not happen, especially when people have no idea, how to take care of board games when playing with them...
Later you get back wrinkled game rules, greasy fingerprints on every component and maybe even some drinking spots and everything is not bagged like it was before....
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9. Board Game: New World [Average Rating:6.03 Overall Rank:4091]
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NEW GAMES

This is probably a problem for someone in a small country like Estonia. At one moment I had no games to buy, because I had every game already. So I started to order from outside Estonia and since them are now paying shipping as an extra to most of my games.
But now we have lauamangud.ee online store, that is making my life little easier again. Also Ludo store is getting going as well...
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10. Board Game: Monster Day [Average Rating:6.75 Unranked]
Raiko Puust
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MOVING

I once saw Vasel's list of moving his games across the world. I now have to only move 15 miles, but I cannot transport them with shelves and have to take down the shelves, so right now I have no ideas how to do it fast, not by driving 30-40 games with one trip, because that might take some time...
Any suggestions here?
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11. Board Game: Master of Rules [Average Rating:5.96 Overall Rank:4121]
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The more games you own, the more rules there are to remember. And the less likely it is you can just dive into a game and recall them. Especially those funny little circumstantial rules.
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12. Board Game: Landlord [Average Rating:5.20 Unranked]
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Getting an eviction notice from the apartment complex, because maintenance considers stacks of games to be "clutter," and "clutter" is a violation of the lease (a fire hazard, you know).
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13. Board Game: Free Choice [Average Rating:6.20 Unranked]
Željko Kumer
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so far my main problem

HEY...

what game would you like to play today?

let's talk about it for some time and discuss all possible options and why we don't like each one of them............
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14. Board Game: Spouse-ology [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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The Spouse or Significant Other

You know that look when you bring home a bag or armful of great games? I've seen that look many times. Eventually your guilt kicks in and you start feeling bad for all of the games you've picked up. Then you start sneaking them into the home and hiding them wherever you can find the space.

I haven't gotten to the sneaking and hiding phase yet. But it might happen soon.
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15. Board Game: Lost: The Game [Average Rating:3.86 Overall Rank:11121]
Richard Rutten
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If you have a big collection stored all over the house, games get lost. At the moment I have two games that I've been searching for for over a year. I just cannot find them. Maybe they were put in another box for ease of transport to a game night. Maybe they fell behind the cupboard. Maybe they were loaned as Raiko puts it very nicely in number 8. Where are they? It's driving me mad! cryyuk
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16. Board Game: Sub Search [Average Rating:5.63 Overall Rank:8059]
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Finding games:

Oh yeah, it is nice having a lot of games and a massive archive where you can pull out any game at a moment's notice. Once you get over about 1000, there is a problem of locating the game you want to play.

We use Bookpedia, with the database file on a fileserver (which stores our documents and laptop backups as well as important information.) The database has game name, purchase price, and the shelf location (as well as some other bits. It can sync the db to an iphone.

BGG's game collection interface has never been useful to me. The lag is too slow while entering games, and dealing with locating a game in your collection gets to be a problem. (I think I was at 2400 when BGG added the feature. )
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