Hey hey, it’s your friendly neighborhood ground mammal and I’m back with another long overdue and exceedingly brief blog post.
In my last post I mentioned that I had been on a bit of a boardgame/tabletop kick. Well, once I get an idea stuck in my head it tends to place a stranglehold on my moderation reflex and drives me to…well, a compulsion to pursue the idea. This is both good and bad. It is good in the sense that the sudden, unrelenting immersion helps me get up to speed on the general concepts (European tabletop, collectable card games, dice games, etc in the case of games) but the bad comes in with the desire to possess all the things. This of course can quickly lead to financial ruin.
Now, my compulsion might not be quite as ruinous as it might be with one who truly has no impulse control and starts to irrationally hoard things, but it does tend to lead to the purchase of items that don’t necessarily make a lot of sense given that I don’t have a wide group of friends close by to play with and I’m not independently wealthy. Tabletop gaming can get very expensive very quickly. It isn’t unusual for a popular game to go for $60-$70, and much higher if a game is out of print or has a short print run (I’m looking at you Fantasy Flight). In some cases the expansions can go for as much as the base game. But I digress.
Anyway, the interest was sparked when several weeks (months???) ago I was hanging out with a friend of mine and we were looking for something to kill some time that he, his wife, his son and myself could do. My friend pulled out a nicely worn copy of HeroQuest (I think that’s what it was called) and ran us through a quick dungeon crawl. It was fun and I dare say it rekindled memories of late nights in the student lounge playing Risk, pounding Mountain Dew and shouting “Roll again! Kamchatka is mine you sonovabitch!”. Mind you, the game at my friends house was not as intense, but I think you can see where I’m going with this.
Queue my most recent foray into the realm of tabletop gaming. Within a few weeks I amassed a small collection of games that either looked interesting or I had heard about while traipsing across the interwebs. I tried to be descerning in my purchases, checking to see that there was a single-player option so that my investments didn’t have to sit on a shelf until I could get a proper group together to play. Then restraint sort of went out the door. Wrath of Ashardalon found its way to me. Then Epic Tiny Galaxies, One Deck Dungeon, showed up. Fantasy Flight stopped licensing Warhammer so I thought I should get Forbidden Stars before they sold out (I got burned hard on that purchase). Assault of the Giants got good reviews and they had a special edition with…painted minatures! And on and on, and on. The straw that is probably going to break the camel’s back is GKR: Heavy Hitters, a Weta Workshop kickstarter that looks absolutely epic and which is probably going to cost as much to ship as it is to purchase the game itself.
And then there is X-Wing Miniatures…
So yes, I have a problem. Most of these games are most likely going to end up on shelves supporting dense carpets of dust. But on the plus side, if I ever happen to get snowed in with 2-5 friends, there will be plenty to do. And who knows, one of these days I might even work up the courage to seek out new and interesting people to game with.
My name is Stu, and I’m a compulsive game purchaser. It’s been five days since my last purchase…