From another thread, @Belisarius118 was kind enough to ask about my ongoing boardgaming cull, in which I’ve shuffled off literally hundreds of boardgames.
Ah, where to begin? I’m actually planning/hoping/intending to write up a bunch of this stuff, since it’s mostly what I’ve been doing with my time over the last year or so. Hopefully I’ll be hopefully throwing out some interesting observations shortly. :)
But for now, since I’m quite proud of having reduced the collection to these four shelves, let me show you what has survived the cull of my solitaire boardgames:
Sorry for the big-ass hi-res picture, but it should let you zoom in to see individual games if you’re curious. Most of them I’ve had for a long time, and everything up there has been recently re-vetted to determine if it should go into the “get rid of” pile.
But even then, some of them are still “on probation”. For instance, in the lower right corner, I’m only keeping Mansions of Madness because I really like what Nikki Valens did with Arkham Horror Third Edition so I want to check out her app-driven design to give it a chance (I have a perhaps unfair aversion to using apps). Similarly, there’s a Euro down there called Petrichor that hurts my head in multiplayer and that I have no desire to play with other people, but I want to try the solo mode before I give up on it. There’s also a game down there called Dawn of the Peacemakers which I know I’m not keeping, but I wanted to check out its design for a couple of reasons before unloading it. So at some point, there will be more room on those shelves for the bigger boxes that currently live in a closet: Kingdom Death Monster, Marvel United, Too Many Bones, Cloudspire, Gloomhaven, Arkham Horror, Marvel Champions, and Shadows over Brimstone. My goal is that they’ll all fit up there one day!
I’ve got another two shelves for multiplayer games, and naturally there’s some crossover. But that pic should give you a broad sense for the things I intend to write about here, to share with y’all. It’s certainly indicative of how I’ve been spending my time.
And, of course, if any of you have experience with culls, I’d love to hear them. How did you know you had reached the point for a cull? How did you decide which games to keep? Have you ever regretted the ones you got rid of? How did you get rid of them?