I don’t think of myself as a collector of board games but, I do have a collection. A collection that keeps expanding. Here, though, I’m half tempted to write a list of what I own. I must own around 100 games (including expansions, that is). Since Christmas 2017 the following games have come into our collection:

  • Herbaceous
  • Lords of Waterdeep: Scoundrels of Skullport
  • Sushi Go
  • Where There’s A Will
  • Chaterstone
  • Pandemic Legacy: Season 2
  • First Martians: Adventures on the Red Planet
  • The Networks
  • Parfum

I’ve started thinking about our collection recently since the bookcase in which we store our games is well and truly full and games are beginning to be piled on top of it. Tessellation can’t save me now. The question is, though, how do we as gamers decide what comes into our collection, what stays and eventually, what leaves. I tend to sell-on my used games but I haven’t done this in a while. My partner and I though draw different things from games and I’m pretty sure that we might not agree on what should leave. Some of these games might include shifting on our ‘well-loved’ copy of Arkham Horror and the Arkham Horror: LCG. For me, there is only so much Cuthulu I can take and we also have Eldritch Horror, Pandemic: Rise of Cuthulu, Mansions of Madness 2nd Edition and the Lovecraftian expansion for Multiuniversum.

It’s not like I would never not play these games, I’m just not that fond of them. Take Arkham Horror for example, Eldritch Horror is just a more refined version. The stories, expansions, and mechanics are very similar. I’m hoping to look into some of the ways in which we collect and play during this project. So, if you have any thoughts on reasons why, please drop me an email (matt.coward@york.ac.uk). I’d love to chat.

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