Consider, for a minute, the following two collections of games:
Collection 1: Brass, Steam, Commands & Colors: Ancients, Paths of Glory, Age of Steam, Dominant Species, Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage, Combat Commander: Europe, Goa, War of the Ring Collector’s Edition, Sid Meier’s Civilization: The Board Game, Runewars, Crokinole, Imperial, Here I Stand, Die Macher, Age of Empires III, Chaos in the Old World, Hansa Teutonica, Endeavor, Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear! Russia 1941-1942, Advanced Squad Leader, YINSH, Ticket to Ride: Nordic Countries, Troyes, Claustrophobia, Space Alert, Blood Bowl: Living RuleBook, Wallenstein, Imperial 2030, Navegador, Hammer of the Scots, Struggle of Empires, Napoleon’s Triumph, Dune, Lord of the Rings: The Confrontation, Railways of the World, Indonesia, The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game, In the Year of the Dragon, Amun-Re, Cosmic Encounter, Taj Mahal, Space Hulk (3rd edition), Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel! Kursk 1943, Up Front, Notre Dame, Merchants & Marauders, Cyclades, London, Automobile, 1830, Warhammer: Invasion, Antiquity, Ticket to Ride: Märklin Edition
Collection 2: Citadels, Bohnanza, Lost Cities, Risk, Scrabble, Chess, RoboRally, Munchkin, Alhambra, Bang!, Catan Card Game, Magic: The Gathering, Monopoly, Lord of the Rings, Shadows over Camelot, Thurn and Taxis, Blokus, Hive, Apples to Apples, Guillotine, Diplomacy, Through the Desert, Coloretto, Ingenious, Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers, The Pillars of the Earth, Clue, Mr. Jack, UNO, Heroscape Master Set: Rise of the Valkyrie, Scotland Yard, Stratego, Saint Petersburg, Fluxx, Axis & Allies, Zooloretto, Last Night on Earth: The Zombie Game, For Sale, Backgammon, Saboteur, Betrayal at House on the Hill, Hey, That’s My Fish!, Category 5, Forbidden Island, HeroQuest, Carcassonne: The Castle, Fury of Dracula, No Thanks!, Runebound (2nd edition), Jambo, Pirate’s Cove, Torres, Formula Dé, Nexus Ops, Dungeon Twister
So, given these differences – which collection better matches with your preferences?
Using the above lists, count how many games:
- You like enough to want to have in your collection
- You like enough to be willing to play again
- You haven’t played, but would be interested in trying
For example, for me:
From the first collection, there are 9 games I like enough to want in my collection, 8 which I would be willing to play again, and 1 which I haven’t played, but would be interested in trying. A total of 18 of 55, or 33%
From the second collection, there are 12 games I like enough to want in my collection, 23 which I would be willing to play again, and 2 which I haven’t played, but would be interested in trying. A total of 37 of 55, or 67%
From the first collection, there is only 1 game I like enough to want in my collection, 6 I’d be willing to play again & 4 that I haven’t played but would be interested in trying. A total of 11 of 55, or 20%.
From the second collection, there are 12 games I like enough to want in my collection, 20 I’d be willing to play again, and 1 which I haven’t played but would be interested in trying. A total of 33 out of 55, or 60%.
I took the simple approach due to time.
List one I would keep 24 games in my collection and probably have them (44%)
List two I would keep 47 games in my collection and probably have them (85%)
I just did the one count, of games that I either have or eventually want in my collection My count was in the low 30’s for both of them, almost identical.
I just counted the games that I like in each collection. There are 24 such games that are in Collection 1, but only 12 such games in Collection 2. So a clear win for Collection 1.
Collection 1: 11 I really, really want in my collection but I own about 24 of them.
Collection 2: About 18 or so I would definitely want in my collection, but I own about 42 of them.
Collection 1 seems to be a bit more Euro-y, and collection 2 seems to be more broad based. I own so many more of those because I try to be able to provide a game for a broad range of tastes. For games I would like to try, there are many, many more games in collection 1 that I’ve never played and would like to try (given enough time or opportunity), but many of those are simply not available to me in my local gaming group. (Or if they are, they’re of the far too long to play variety…) There are about 8 games in collection 1 that I’ve never tried and would love to give them a go, at least to see what they’re like.
Using the Collection 1 list, there are 7 games that I would own in my ideal game collection, though I actually own 30. (Generally speaking, the fact that I still own a game is a sign that I would play it again.) As far as Collection 2, there are 14 games that I would own in my ideal game collection, though I actually own 47. As far as games that I haven’t played, but want to try — Collection 1: 3 Collection 2: 0.
My totals –
Collection 1: 33
Colelction 2: 47