So, this past year, I did a lot of new things. Quite frankly, because of this, gaming wasn’t at the top of the list of things to keep focused on. I didn’t even go too a couple of conventions that I usually like to go to.
That partly affected my purging ability. As I tend to take a lot of stuff to those flea markets to cycle my collection properly. Because I missed out at BGG.con (And this weekends Atlanta Game Fest) I am not able to unload some of my stuff that is sitting on my shelf not getting played.
Anyway. So here I look back at the State of my Boardgame Collection.
I’ve always had an arbitrary goal of trying to one day get things down to 250 as I label them. As it stands right now. I have 287.
Yeah. I told you, gaming hasn’t really been my focus, and because I haven’t been playing games as much in the last year. I haven’t been cycling through them either. Another hindrance to my collection numbers is the fact that I instituted a family game night on Wednesday nights this year. We haven’t played every Wednesday night, but have for many. But because of that, I’ve held onto some family friendly type of things that I really probably wouldn’t have, as well as picked up a few new ones.
Now, I should get a little bit of a reprive. 17 of the above are actually just expansions to Age of Steam. Another 5 are expansions to Power Grid. That being said, those were mostly counted in the historical numbers above, although I did add a couple of Age of Steam expansions this year.
Another problem is I picked up a few solitaire games in the last year as well. Because our game group has been wishy washy lately. Partly due to me being unwilling to game past about 9PM or so. I thought that Solitaire games might be a fine pickup. But I find I just goof off and play iPad or something instead of playing these Solitaire games. But I want to try them before getting rid of them.
The real concern with the growing numbers is that I’ve split off onto an extra shelf as well as a short stack in my Bedroom, and a small table in our dining room. I really need to focus this year and get these back onto two or three shelves at most.
The new hobbies are killing my gaming life. I guarantee that no matter what other hobbies I pick up (I’ve decided to teach myself how to play guitar) and continue with this year (I’m still going to be running in the next year). Gaming will be a priority, either with friends or family. And the number of games I have on my shelves will go down in the coming year.