I'm not what I would consider a hipster. I don't dress ironically, I don't buy classic type writers and lug them to Starbucks to work on my manuscript. I do wear black framed glasses, but that's about it.
So, it surprised me when I found myself a bit of a boardgame hipster. I found that I seek out and desire those hard to get games, I reference lesser known hobby games in conversation, almost a "I'm sure you haven't heard of it" moment.
I don't ignore the more popular easy to get games, of course, but, oh, how I desire those out of print games that saw almost no distribution in the United States. And I've been acting on it.
Through auctions I picked up Hawaii and Santa Cruz. My wish list is made up of games like Helvetia, Kaispeicher and Pergamon. Are these games better than easier to find games? Probably not. But I'm drawn to them. Like that high school girl after the Bad Boy in his Camero, or Frasier Crane after a 1945 Château Pétrus (oh yeah, I'm proud of that reference).
I partially blame Richard Ham (Rahdo of Rahdo Runs Through) and his amazing run throughs. By benefit of him living in England for a number of years during his board gaming infancy, he was able to amass a large collection of games that never made it (or at least a limited number of copies) to the US. I found his videos very early in my board game career, looking for help on playing Castles of Burgundy. I soon uncovered a world of amazing games, but games that remained out of reach.
While everyone was extolling the latest and greatest, I'm trying to track down Glen More, Coney Island, First Train to Nuremburg and Peloponnes. Upon retrospect, it's silly. Here I am building up my collection, there are literally thousands of games that are highly thought of that I can get ahold of and enjoy and I'm obsessing about those hard to find ones.
Soon, I'll be wearing skinny jeans, rainbow socks and scoffing that people never heard of "Nieuw Amsterdam".