Many people who start the venture into tabletop gaming don’t even fathom how large their game collection can become over time. Through the years we have needed to find a place to keep all of our games and we even have a room dedicated to gaming. But when is it too much? When do you feel you have too many games and not enough time to play them? Some people have a hard set limit that they will only own up to a certain number of games and if they get more then they must get rid of an older game. Then there are people like us who don’t have a cap but we are rapidly running out of space to put our games. The solution that helps us maintain a good collection of games without having too many is culling.
Culling games is not an easy task as we usually have fond memories of playing certain games and sometimes we think “one day we’ll play that game again” and we have some games that we have never played but always intended to. We have a few methods that we use to determine what games deserve to stay on our shelves and what doesn’t.
Frequency of play
This is a big one. How often do we actually pull out a specific game and play it? Within the last few months we started using Board Game Geek’s website to keep track of our game collection and how many times we play those games. This is an excellent tool that can help a gamer decide whether a game is seeing enough table time or if it is time to cull the game.
There are some games out there that are similar to other games and then there are games that are unlike any other game. A big help in deciding whether we should keep a game depends on whether we already have a game that is similar. It seems pointless to own several games that are very similar to one another when you have a large game collection. So we pick our favorite and get rid of the ones that are similar.
This one seems contradictory when I mentioned frequency of play earlier. However, there are some games that we have played so many times that the game is no longer as fun or is no longer challenging. Then there are some games that we have played so much that we simply don’t want to play it anymore.
There are some games that come in awkward or big boxes and that can be hard to find a place for it on the shelf. While this doesn’t weigh heavily on our decision to get rid of a game it has helped aid us when we are on the fence about getting rid of it.
Now that we have decided what games to cull, what do we do with all of the old games? Stay tuned and I’ll cover that in “The Great Culling Part 2.”