I have never had too much of a storage space issue for my games, but about ten years ago or so I almost literally woke up one morning feeling like I HAD to cull my collection. I just didn’t want all these games, a whole lot of them had been nearly unplayed for years, and–I think this was the strongest impetus–I no longer felt like I could collect anything resembling The Definitive Collection of Great Board Games (which it actually felt like you could do between 1998 and 2010, before the market exploded). Put another way, I had this sudden strong unconscious desire to quit being a collector and become more of a curator.
So I cut my collection of 300-ish games down to about 160. When I had the list of what I wanted to keep, I reached out to all the semi-regular attendees of my monthly board game night and offered them 1) any single game in the To Go pile for free, as a thank you for being my board gaming pals, and 2) a super-discounted price on any other games they wanted.
After that, I put some up for sale on BGG and I think I also posted here (yep!) to see if anyone wanted to buy any of them. Can’t remember if anyone here did, but I definitely remember shipping out a dozen or so games. I took the rest to my FLGS which buys and resells board games. I think I ended up with enough credit to get maybe five brand new games.
Here’s the list of what I kept and sold, if anyone is curious.
I’m really glad I did it. I could maybe stand to do it again, but I’m not feeling whatever deep impulse suddenly made me want to purge. I certainly still have quite a few games that haven’t been played in years and are unlikely to get played in the next year. Probably a number of them are games that survived the purge! (I’ve also made a few smaller trade-ins at the FLGS since then.)
I’m guessing some games I got rid of are pretty highly sought-after these days. Certainly many, many of them are out of print.
Once or twice I’ve had a fond memory emerge of a game and I went to search my shelf for it, couldn’t find it, and had to admit I had tossed it away in the Great Culling. But I don’t think there are really any serious regrets. OH! I should say, some games I felt less bad getting rid of if they went to one of my friends. I can still play Maharaja because my friend has it; and he always liked it even more than I did anyway!
Good luck with your culling, Tom!