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Slowing down, backing out, and yet...

I became a member of BGG in January 2017 and have been both growing and culling my games collection ever since.

It now sits at 65 titles -expansions included- with 40 more having been sold or gifted. I am also waiting for 4 games I backed on Kickstarter to be delivered. At this point, I feel like the chap in the 9 of Cups card (I couldn't help the tarot association): satiated, full, having everything I wanted, and yet a bit concerned. Something is eating me from the inside.


This worm is difficult to explain: I absolutely don't need any more games. My cup is filled to the brim. I have managed to purchase every game I wanted to experience, and my collection mostly consists of good quality games that can be played over and over. In the past year I refrained from backing Kickstarter projects unless I saw something I deemed very worthy. The fact that shipping costs to Greece have recently skyrocketed was definitely a factor, but it wasn't what caused my fatigue.


Our website gives me the chance to closely study most of the games that launch on Kickstarter and Gamefound. I read rulebooks and watch videos to write posts on a regular basis. Solo modes are now everywhere, even the most interaction-heavy multiplayer game is forced into submission (Turczification), we are literally spoiled for choice. I am, however, not easily tempted and quite difficult to impress.


I roll my eyes when I see big boxes full of plastic: how many armies of zombies is a person happy to paint? How many expansions do they want that they will never play? Same with all these euros that are slight variations of each other: "send meeples to do tedious tasks and gain the favour of the king/emperor/high rank jerk!" Not to mention the worst offender: storybook games. Gameplay becoming the supplement of a cliché-ridden and pointless narrative. "You see an old man beckoning you from the side of the road, do you approach him or ignore him?" Random choices are so thrilling!

My personal preferences play a role here, of course, and by now I can usually tell if I will enjoy a game or not before I invest in it. So, the obvious conclusion would be: stop buying new games altogether, play the ones you have (and give us a break). Eh. If only it was that simple. We come back to the aforementioned worm. I have lately spent many evenings looking at my collection and not being motivated enough to grab a box and set up the contents. Then I feel guilty for not taking advantage of my spare time.

When Crazy Taco arrived last week, and because it was shiny new, I immediately learned it and played it. So it appears that I still need the excitement of a new package, I'm still dependent on the adrenaline kick of the new arrival. I have cut down on purchasing, as I'm also running out of space, but it seems that I can't (yet?) reach that Zen moment in life where I'm content with what I have and I want nothing more. Is that even possible?


...and do I even want to be a Zen nun? First of all, a shaved head wouldn't suit me, and second, as JW says, f**k Zen. I'm all for mindful spending etc. etc., but I'm also a curious cat, I like new experiences, I enjoy unboxing a new acquisition, I look forward to playing something I haven't played before. The problem is I have all the good games in the world already.





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My philosophy is buy ‘em while I can afford em, play em when I retire. And I’ll get some plays in between now and then…


appreciate the article!

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Gloomknight
Gloomknight
Apr 21, 2021

I feel much the same way, Athena. I have only been in the hobby for a year and I already feel the burn. I still enjoy reading up on games and following their evolution, but I rarely have the drive to set them up and get a good session going. Perhaps like everything else in life it is ok to step away from one’s passions and find some greener pastures elsewhere. Life is fleeting but also full of possibilities. We can always return to the things we love when our new ventures decline to excite us.

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Athena
Athena
Apr 21, 2021
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Hobbies have their ebbs and flows indeed. I usually start out burning with enthusiasm, then at some point I burn out, then I reignite. It happens to most of us, I guess, and we should never turn gaming into a chore.

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Derek
Derek
Apr 21, 2021

Athena, you said so much there that I can relate too. I really enjoyed that post (never a doubt).


I am thankful everyday that our small home (by choice) does not allow a stupidely-massive game collection. Although, there's still some room to grow... 😉

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Cadet Stimpy
Cadet Stimpy
Apr 21, 2021
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Lemme know!


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Zerbique
Zerbique
Apr 20, 2021

I'm so far from the frugality of your collection!!! Yet I bet you have played more board games than me.


The thing is, I like to "explore the parameter space". So I tend to focus on a niche, and aim to try most of the games within that niche (most often there are too many). A few niches:

- light or card-based dungeon crawler (how do you implement fights? character progression? lose condition? the feeling of exploration? enemy variety? etc.)

- Knizia (how a same mechanics can be transposed to different games, different constraints? I find fascinating to appraise the differences between Keltis Das Kartenspiel, Lost Cities, Keltis Das Travelspiel, Keltis Das Dicespiel).

- lately, I want to focus on…


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Might want to check out The Battle at Kemble’s Cascade, coin op space shoot em up in a box : )

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Gloomknight
Gloomknight
Apr 20, 2021

Well said!

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