I have a climate-controlled basement, and yet I’m still able to walk through it comfortably without stumbling over stacks of games. Please, don’t tell the police; I promise to get more games eventually!
The “correct” size of a game collection has never been a number or boxes or a number of shelves in my mind; it’s always been, “Do I have the right game for the right occasion?”
Unfortunately, the number of “occasions” a clever mind can come up with, especially when trying to figure out whether you need a shiny, new box on your shelves, is quite staggering. And, even in my case, sans the clever mind bit, it hasn’t been too difficult.
“Deception: Murder in Hong Kong, huh? Is there an occasion for that where nothing else would fit?”
Obviously! What else would we play if 7 shifty people came over after watching some police-procedure TV drama!? Do I know 7 shifty people who watch police-procedure TV dramas? Not yet!
Okay, so… that’s a dangerous game to play. And, seeing how my household’s disposable income has been obliterated by inflation of the last couple of years, I have all but stopped buying new games. Mostly at this point, new things entering my collection are by one of 2 mechanisms: no-ship math trades and birthday/Christmas gifts.
BGG/GeekGroup claims I have 770 games (not including expansions). I went through the list and brought it down to ~670 by filtering out things that are squarely in the for-trade pile, duplicates database entries (I have both Petrichor and Petrichor: Collectors Edition marked as Owned in my collection, for example), and things that I consider to be one thing split between many boxes (Unmatched, for example).
Honestly, that’s pretty good. I could certainly trim the fat a bit – something I’ve been trying to do for a while, but have been unable to adequately gather people around my table to hold auditions for permanent cast members in my collection.
I have ~160 solo-able games shelved in my home office that I am working through to hold the solo-auditions, at least. I’m hoping to clear out at least half of those.