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Raine's been gaming for as long as he can remember. It all started back with his video gaming roots, and as he got older he transitioned into tabletop. A lover of all games, some of his favorites include Pathfinder, Battlestar Galactica, Magic: the Gathering, D&D Attack Wing, Regnum Angelica, and Warmachine/Hordes. Raine's been writing for many years, and loves being a part of the gaming industry.

Guest Column: When is Enough Too Much?

This has been an off week in terms for gaming, but that’s okay. I’m not stressing out about getting every game played so that allows me (and my group) to play whatever sparks our fancy for the week. With the talk about miniatures followed by Raine’s game plays of Shadows of Brimstone, I really wanted to get that out for another go. Our posse was without our preacher, but there was talk of a stable portal to another world – an ancient frozen city. What sort of riches and cool trinkets could we find through this portal? We won without many issues – there wasn’t as much combat before we made it to the final room (granted with the Indian Scout and a forgotten map we are able to move quickly through the exploration tokens). After a brief combat with a Goliath (some dynamite makes things go boom quickly), we collected our riches and headed back to the nearest town.

After playing, I was trying to find a convenient way to store all the stuff. Our characters are from the Swamps of Death box set, but we were playing with everything from the City of the Ancients box set. It became obvious that trying to put everything back into the correct box would be futile – I need a better storage solution. Since I also purchased the Mine Cart for this game (everything in the Kickstarter), I will have a bunch of extra stuff that may or may not have good storage options. At the very least, I probably should get some foam to house all the miniatures.

Shadows of Brimstone – City of the Ancients: The posse just finished off a pair of Targa Pylons; my advice, use poker chips for experience, it speeds up the game considerably.

Shadows of Brimstone – City of the Ancients: The posse just finished off a pair of Targa Pylons; my advice, use poker chips for experience, it speeds up the game considerably.

Fast forward a couple of days to Sunday where a friend decided to back all of the Conan Kickstarter (270 dollars’ worth currently) and that got me thinking about the last couple of board games that I backed. Most of them were large campaigns with a lot of extra add-ons and I must admit that I purchased a lot of them. Compounded on the fact that I needed to go to the pledge manager for Dungeon Saga (by Mantic Games) on Monday and it got me thinking – how much is too much game?

My Descent collection – both first and second edition, pales most of my other games!

My Descent collection – both first and second edition, pales most of my other games!

I have a definite issue when it comes with expansions. For some reason I feel like I need everything to make the game better/bigger. With the switch to these hybrid games (Shadows of Brimstone, Conan, Super Dungeon Explore), there is an opening for more and more expansions – more monsters, more heroes and more scenarios. In theory, having all the stuff allows for more options when you play, but I can see that there is a limiting factor to some of the games that I own. You see, I have almost everything for first and second edition Descent which is odd considering that, most often than not, you only play with a single expansion and the base game (never do you need two expansions at the same time). I have almost everything from Zombicide and I can safely say that I have never combined the different seasons. So why do I need everything? I can’t really say why. Perhaps it is human nature to complete collections? In the end, I will continue to pick up those expansions for the games I really like, but I can say that I probably should leave them well alone.

All of my Zombicide that I currently own; I will be getting the rest of the latest Kickstarter stuff in the coming months.

All of my Zombicide that I currently own; I will be getting the rest of the latest Kickstarter stuff in the coming months.

Final Thoughts

Still, backing the Conan game on Kickstarter, though with a friend backing ‘everything’, I might save my pennies on this one. It has a bunch of stuff though (and not much in the realm of extra money add-ons) and perhaps it is worth it just for the extra stretch goals – all told about 100 or some miniatures for 135 dollars.

Until next time – Play a Game!
Brendan Mayhugh

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