02CDB: Necessary Board Game Cycling

Thursday Adobo

Metro Manila Community Quarantine - Day 1223

After discussing backing another Kickstarter board game project, Tobie responded that (1) we should get the game but (2) we should also consider letting some games go to make space. This is not the first time this question has come up and he's totally right - it's just so hard to even consider this given the nature of our collection.

That's the thing, really. Like with books, enjoying board games is a completely separate hobby from collecting board games. And like many other collecting hobbies, they continually consume your living space and it's hard to see when things will end. There will always be new and interesting board games that we may want to explore one day. And we've certainly reached a point where we probably have more games than we can efficiently play. I put a lot of effort into trying to cycle the games as best as we can, but there's only so much time in the world. 

The low-hanging fruit in our collection aren't even actual games - but actually just empty board game boxes. I recently tried to give up some of the smaller expansion boxes and we managed to throw some of them away with minimal impact on my mental health. So letting go of the rest of them shouldn't be too bad, right? That'll clear a surprising amount of space given the earthquake hazard that is the teetering stack of empty expansion boxes on the top of the bedroom shelf.

However...we should still probably let go of some games and see how things go. There are really games that we haven't bothered to bring out in years and we know that they don't necessarily play all that well given the games we actually like and what our friends enjoy. And maybe, just maybe, it's time to free up some space for other games.