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A boy named Sioux
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Does anyone ask this about other collections like music or dvds?
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M T
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I feel my collection is complete, there is really not much I would want to add.
 
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I have a new and upcoming collection of games and I've thought about when it would be necessary to cut back. When will I be satisfied? Then I looked at my rated games in descending order. I want to own every game that I love (every 9 and 10), most of the games I really like (the majority of my 8's), and finally some of the games I enjoyed and would make a good addition to tend to the interests of certain groups (some 7's).

Seeing that I'm always playing new games, the list of games to be in my "complete" collection will grow.
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For me a collection is a little like the concept of learning. It is forever ongoing, updating and evolving.

And for each person the answer is likely to be different. For me owning multiple copies of dice driven Euros is a must as I love that genre, whereas one great auction based game is enough. For someone else it may well be the reverse. It would also be much the same on a theme level, "How many zombie/sci-fi/Egyptian games do I need?"

For me, my collection now is working on two levels. Trying to keep the best examples of genres and getting rid of second tier titles that can't compete for my desire to play another similar game and...

Getting games in simply for the joy of learning what they have to offer, writing about them and then moving them on again. This is something akin to an ongoing education of the hobby.
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I own every game that I want to play frequently. When I stop playing a game frequently, I stop owning it.

My collection is "complete" each and every day, even as it changes. This isn't very complicated.
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xethair wrote:
To answer the OP's question: Don't collect and don't wonder about being complete. Build your own ideal gaming library, whatever that is, and let others worry about the games you don't have.

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You'd rather have 1 of each categories in the grocery: 1 bread, 1 meat, 1 milk, 1 fruit, etc.

So, no bananas if you like oranges slightly more. No chicken if you ever want a hamburger... Is this a joke argument? It doesn't seem like it holds enough water to even finish typing it.

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When you have two similar games, one will always be played and the other... not at all, gathering dust.

Is this honestly how your group plays? Never more than one preferred game for a given mechanism? I've never seen anyone play like this and find it bizarre to the point of absurdity, even assuming everyone at the table prefers the same representative game.



I've seen threads detailing this system. Someone even gave it a formal name a couple of years ago. As you say, one of each type, and only one. If something better of that type comes along, you supplant the existing game. Allegedly it means you have the best of the best, and need never require any other games (except if something better comes along).

Absurd, yes.

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For Me my policy has been to limit my collection to 200 games. I still allow myself to purchase or trade for new games provided I sell/trade enough to keep at 200 games or less.

Then this holiday season two things happened to change this:

1 I realized I had not entered most of my kid/family games into my collection database, the correction to this bumped me up to about 240 games.

2 I decided it was time to start trading away my massive Heroscape collection and ended up with 45 more games and no visible dent in my HS pile.

So! I'm at 285 games of my 200 game limit right now and decided to just stop worrying about it. thumbsup
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I have been thinking about this, because I've only recently gotten into board games as a hobby. I only have 35 games, if you count expansions separately (20, if not.) My collection is "complete" right now, in that after one last delivery gets here, I'll have most of the games that interested me in my initial love affair with the hobby.

I've learned a lot about what I thought I would like and what I actually liked. I plan to keep looking for new games and expansions, but I certainly don't feel like my collection is "incomplete." They aren't pokemon, after all. I can't possibly collect them all.

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When my wife says it is.
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depends on what you are collecting for?

Are you collecting games that you want to play?

Or do you just collect all things related to the board game hobby, games, posters, swag, etc and just collect stuff you like?

Or are you collecting Mint, unopened or rare games because you think they will increase in value and can sell them at a later date?

For many people their collection will never be complete and for most it is when they run out of storage space and or money to buy new games.

I don't really "collect" anything anymore because it tends to be a never ending cycle, but I do buy games that look interesting and that I want to play and when a game doesn't get played for a while its gets traded, donated or sold
 
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When my wife says it is.


Walk with me, my friend, and I shall teach you the ancient art of "Sneak-it-in."

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The great part of having so many games is that she won't ever notice 1 or 2 more.
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