With so many really intriguing new games coming out these days, along with my Twitter followers always trying and recommending new games, I’ve had to come up with some guidelines in order for me to resist becoming the newest member of the “Cult of the New”.First and foremost, it must be something that I can play with my fiancée. This means the type of game has to be one that we’ll both want to play, along with having a 2 player experience that holds up just as well as playing with 3, 4 or 5. Sure, Through the Ages, Dominant Species and Memoir ’44 might be great games, but they will all just sit on my shelf and never see the light of day, except for that rare time they might get played at game night or a convention.
Another thing I try and pay attention to is not buying a game that one of my gaming buddies already has in their collection. As far as I know, all of them wouldn’t be opposed to me temporarily borrowing or trading for a game if I wanted to try it out. Obviously if I’m confident that we will want to play it multiple times or it’s just a game that I really want in my collection, I will make an exception. But for the most part most games will only need to be played once or twice before determining if it passes all these conditions. Usually that can be accomplished at a game night by the person owning the game bringing it to the table. Lastly, say a game plays great with 2 players and none of my game groupers own a copy, there is still one more thing that will keep me from pulling the trigger: similarity to something that I already have in my collection. A great example of this is Thunderstone. Sure it works just fine as a 2 player game and none of my buddies have picked up a copy, but we really enjoy Dominion and I just don’t see the need to add another deck building type of game, especially one so similar in its approach. Stock piling games that give me an experience that is not all that different from something else, just doesn’t make sense to me. Of course if a game manages to make that experience better, then I might just keep the newer one and try to find a new home for the older one. Not really any point keeping the older game around if I have a better alternative available, in my opinion.
Of course this limits the games that make their way into my shopping cart, but I don’t necessarily see that as a bad thing. Recently I have found myself wanting to really delve into some of the games I already have rather than getting the next big thing. 7 Wonders, Mansions of Madness and Nightfall all look like really cool games and I would love to try them, but I would almost feel guilty for picking up any of those when I have more than a handful already on my shelf with less than 2 plays.
So how do you resist the “Cult of the New”? What about that top game on your wishlist, what keeps you from placing an order for it right now? Heck, maybe you don’t resist, but hopefully you have given the games in your collection a fair shot before moving to the latest and greatest.
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