As an early Father’s Day present, Gwen and my girls got me another bookcase for my game room, because my game collection had thoroughly burst forth out of what I had before to accumulate in piles on the floor and table and the top of almost anything flat in the room. At this point, it looks all pretty and neat, and I’m really proud of the collection.
But at the same time, having more complete visibility of and access to all my games also calls more attention to that point of shame for almost everyone with a large collection: unplayed games.
Why do games go unplayed? There are lots of reasons. Maybe it’s an older game that I’ve traded for but which gets trumped by something newer. Maybe it’s a game that takes 3 or 4 hours and is hard to get played at game night. Maybe it’s simply a 2-player game, but I rarely ever play games with just 2 (especially if it’s not something my wife would like). Or perhaps biggest of all, maybe it’s just because there are too many games and not enough freaking time.
But whatever the reason, when I look at my collection and filter out all the expansions and children’s games that my girls aren’t old enough for yet, my unplayed list totals around 45 games. Here it is:
Ace of Spies (2012) *
Battleship Galaxies: The Saturn Offensive Game Set (2011)
Beowulf: The Legend (2005)
Beowulf: The Movie Board Game (2007)
Black Gold (2011)
The BoardGameGeek Game (2009)
City of Horror (2012) *
Conquest of Planet Earth: The Space Alien Game (2011)
A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Second Edition) (2011)
Glen More (2010)
Hex Hex XL (2010)
Launch Pad (2010)
Lightning: D-Day (2004)
Lightning: Midway: June 4th to June 6th, 1942 (2004)
Mage Knight Board Game (2011) *
Merchants & Marauders (2010)
Mousquetaires du Roy (2010)
Nemo’s War (2009)
No Retreat! (2008)
Paths of Glory (1999)
Rex: Final Days of an Empire (2012)
Scotland Yard (1983)
StarCraft: The Board Game (2007)
Startup Fever (2012)
Summoner Wars: Master Set (2011)
Terra Mystica (2012) *
De Vulgari Eloquentia (2010)
We Must Tell the Emperor (2010)
Western Town (2005)
Some of these are definite priorities for me (which I’ve marked with asterisks), but for the others, I’d like your opinion. So in response to this post, I’m looking for 2 things:
#1 – Tell me what games you’d like me to play and review. Anything interest you? Something you’ve been wondering about? Want to torture me somehow?
#2 – Share your own shame and tell me how many and/or what games sit unplayed in your collection.