I typically don’t like the “you can only keep X games, what do you choose” challenges among the community. But this one got me thinking: am I savvy enough to build a “me” collection from $500?
This is quitessentially @lalunaverde’s “Reverse Kondo” – if it sparked joy before, does it still spark enough joy to buy it again?
Lenses: The American Secondary Market
I’ve been a deal-hound for a while on the BGG auction scene and, to some lesser degree, GeekMarket listings.
So if I were somehow removed from my collection and given $500 to rebuild, what would I do? Well, first off, I would disregard any tax and shipping fees, because that’s just too difficult. Secondly, I would keep an eye on GeekMarket and BGG Auctions, because I live in, near enough, the exact center of the US and it’s easy enough to ship things right to my door from a wide variety of BGG users. Here’s what I’ve come up with, mostly pandering to my solo gaming tendencies but also allowing for multiplayer opportunies.
|1862: Railway Mania in the Eastern Counties||$35.00|
|1824: Austrian-Hungarian Railway (Second Edition)||$60.00|
|Clinic: Deluxe Edition Bundle||$110.00|
So those prices are taken from the GeekMarket as of today, 2023-11-07. The Clinic Bundle, in particular, is quite nice and actually contains more content than I currently have for about as much as I’ve already spent on buyinhg Clinic stuff. And while this mostly plays towards my solo-gaming tendencies, Millennium Blades is a surefire multiplayer “win” with a couple of my friends. And, admittedly, this is accounting for one friend in particular having some games I could borrow or play with in a pinch.
And, yeah, there’s a part of me that wanted to put 1862 and 18OE as the only two entries; easily had for $500, but somewhat limiting on the scope of gaming available. I have come to appreciate that I really enjoy 18xx games with Minors that “grow up” – surely one of my favorite mechanisms I’ve experienced so far – but dual-gauge is still untested and I think I may prefer that over even Minors (18Ireland, anyone?)
Lenses: American Retail – a preferred online retailer in Wisconsin
|Cthulhu: Death May Die||$74.80|
|Concordia Venus Base Game||$54.36|
|Lords of Waterdeep||$35.07|
|Men at Work||$32.29|
|Star Wars: Outer Rim||$50.99|
|Aeon’s End: The New Age or Outcasts (Generic Stand-in)||$40.80|
|Horizons of Spirit Island||$19.52|
|(Print and Play supplies to make my own copy of 1862)||$16.28|
Certainly, forced through retail channels, I would get more game-variety, but less deep-diveable content on any specific game.
What about you? What would you do?