Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Cost of Waiting

There's no doubt that accruing a board game collection is costly, with some board games almost as high as $100 for just the base set, not to mention any expansions that come afterwards. But the satisfaction that comes from acquiring a game you've wanted ever since it's been announced is unparalleled; it's a rush that is both gratifying and fleeting at once. And whatever price you're willing to purchase the game, you know it's money worth spent.

Materialistically, this is sound. A proper exchange of monetary units for a desired good is straight-forward, that very moment. But what of the time before then? How long did you wait to purchase the game? Did you buy it the same day it was released, or did you wait a week? Two? Three weeks? Three months? Did you still even WANT the game still, after all that time?

Friday, July 17, 2015

A Humble Request to Board Game Kickstarters

There's a growing trend of official solo variants for board games, and as a person who often only has time to play by himself, I couldn't be happier with this. Having played my share of these, solo variants are a nice nod to those fans who sometimes can't gather enough people to enjoy the game at its peak. Whether they're official or custom-made in BoardGameGeek, solo variants increase a board game's replay value, and are as equal as any other mode of play.

Which is why I must insist - PLEASE don't feature solo variants as Kickstarter stretch goals.