I saw this video the other day on Reddit. The most impressive thing about the video is that camera work! It’s so professional, it really puts Vasel’s “10 videos in a row, one take each, all stood infront of a wall, with a different hat in each” approach to shame.
I definitely experienced the arc Rodney talks about. I used to be a collector: Gotta play them all! But then sometime last year I came to the realisation that I had way too many boardgames (500 or something in BGG stats) and had only played some of them once, years ago and some never. I was yearning for second, third, tenth plays on most of my games but never getting them. And for some games (ahem memoir 44) I was basically hoarding all I could get even though I had barely played the content I already had!
I think joining my local gaming club really helped. There’s a continuous influx of new games there, I think it helps dampen my FOMO and strong desires to play games vased solely on pictures. There are some people at the club whove been going for 10years are only own about 5 games. I’m impressed by their reservation! (Also: one of them’s an accountant, so it’s expected he’d be a tight was ;))
I’ve since stopped buying new games (mostly. I try!). I’ve even been ditching some, e.g. I took £400 ‘worth’ to UKGE “bring and buy” and sold most of it, and did similar last year.
I’m in the process of moving house right now (it sucks) and it turns out I have a lot of stuff in this house. I had much less when I moved in 3 years ago. I think my partner and I are secretly hoarders. We definitely need some kind of intervention! So I’ve already made sure she watched that video :)