Acquisition disorder

Acquisition disorder

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Writer_smallerAcquisition disorder

“That sounds exactly like something you’d do”

Is what Aileen said when I read her the rough outline for this week’s comic and got to panel 3 where I tripped over the pile of games.

I mention this in passing.

In an effort to combat the problem of both unplayed and underplayed games, we will be undertaking Sarah Reed’s excellent 10 x 10 challenge in 2015. For those who don’t like following links, here’s how it works:  we are picking 10 games we own and will be playing each of those games 10 times in 2015. It sounds easy. From the vantage point that January provides of the year to come, I find myself looking out over the 11 remaining months and thinking how easy this challenge will be, how soon we will complete it.

But then, from over the hills of coming months the new releases begin to emerge. Imperial Assault, Alchemists, XCOM, Thunderbirds, all popping into view, closer than I thought. The list could go on, and the slope is treacherously steep.  The lure of the new is strong, and exciting. Why would I want to spend time wiping of dusty lids and opening musty boxes when everyone else is getting excited for Mysterium and talking about Cthulhu Wars? How could I consider playing Cosmic Encounter when Pandemic Legacy is on the way? All of which is to say, the challenge will no doubt be challenging. No doubt this is why it has been called such.

The point of the exercise is to focus on brilliant games we already own. To enjoy what we have, and stop looking forward to future experiences at the expense of what we already have. And put like that, it sounds almost like there is a life lesson in there somewhere…

Of course, the challenge has the bonus victory condition of also helping to solve a separate problem: I couldn’t afford all the new games I wanted even if I was as rich as an Exploding Kitten.

In order to help myself stay the course, I’m going to make the list a matter of public record, available to be freely consulted, to exhort my victory or compound my shame, as the case may be. In 11 months’ time, you may do either, as appropriate.

Tiny Wooden Pieces 10 x 10 Challenge 2015:

Marvel Dice Masters
Risk Legacy
Android Netrunner
Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures game
Cosmic Encounter
Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective
Pandemic (played with expansions)
Star Realms
Memoir 44

We will be adding this list to the official Geeklist on Board Game Geek as well. Anyone else going to join us?


Artist_smallerUnplayed challenges

January often seems to be a good time for resolutions. So while poking around the internet with this week’s comic in mind, I stumbled across this Challenge on BoardGameGeek (an alternative to the 10×10 challenge that Colin describes above). The aim is simply to play 15 of your hitherto unplayed games before the end of the year. While we don’t quite have 15 unplayed games in our collection (although when Kickstarters and P&Ps are included, there are quite a few), I do think it is an excellent idea. And even better, it makes playing games a kinda game in itself.

Of course, we are already one month into the year for this challenge, but relax, we still have 11 whole months in which to play 15 games. So it’s still easily achievable, and worthwhile. I mean, it does pain me a little to think of those poor abandoned games, once so shiny and new, sitting on the shelf sadly collecting dust. But no more, not this year! The only thing standing between me and a game of Puerto Rico is the rulebook. Which I will read soon. Although this does mean that I will be responsible for explaining the rules to the other players, a prospect that I find oddly daunting – Colin normally fulfils this role for me. So maybe that could be another resolution for the year, to take on the duty of teaching games. Or at least one or two, we’ll see how the year goes . . .

14 Comments on Acquisition disorder
  • Marissa

    I don’t believe there are only 4 games purchased and not played 🙂

    I’m also doing a #10x10in2015 ( again this year and am also doing a #2x2in15 ( which is to play 2 games 2 times each month that you haven’t played yet.

    I really like the direction these challenges provide.

    • How did you know! There may in fact be another couple of games not pictured in the comic…
      I really like the sound of the 2x2in15. I always like to play new games. Of course, balancing this with a 10×10 makes them both more tricky. We might just stick with a 10×10 for now, see how we get on.
      Good luck with it!

  • Stephanie T

    Yay! More 10×10-ers! I love the 10×10 challenge. I just barely managed to complete it in 2014 and learned a lot about my personal play style (and that of our household). We’re doing it in 2015 too ( but have changed the list up to better suit our style. Good luck with yours! If you add to the geeklist, could you post a link?

    • The last few weeks we have been talking a lot about what gets played, which types of games we both prefer, and like you, I think the challenge is going to help us with that. In turn, that should help us avoid buying games that we are not going to end up playing…
      Well done on completing it in 2014!

      Here’s a link to our list:×10-challenge

      Post a link to your own list so we can see what game you have on it.

  • Lachlan Albert

    My 10×10 has about half the same games as yours!

    I’m going for my first 10×10 and it seems like a great idea. I’m already about a third of the way through, but once a lot of the smaller games get finished by the end of February or so it looks like the real challenge will begin. Ten plays of Cosmic will take some effort long after Dominion and Dice Masters and Star Realms have had their ten.

    • I think we’re in about the same boat. Plenty of small games that we will cruise through with ease -Star Realms and Dice Masters are good examples. I have a feeling Memoir and X-Wing Miniatures will be the real challenge in our 10 x 10 challenge. But they are both games that we really want to play more of, so I guess that’s the point. Are you on the Geeklist? Good luck with it, let us know how you are getting on throughout the year, we will try and remember to post updates on our site.

  • Eddie

    As of right now I stand at 26 games that I own that I have never played before, so to remedy that I started doing a meetup once or twice a month in which the only games that are allowed are ones you have never played before. So far it has been a success and I have played down the list some, but I just keep getting more and just fill it back up. They say the first step is addiction recovery is to admit you have a problem.

    • Thanks for joining us in admitting you have a problem, Eddie. Great idea on the meetup, by the way. If things ever spiral out of control here at Tiny Wooden Towers, we will be stealing that idea to help us get through our collection.

    • Aaron Gannaway

      I am part of a small group that gets together and plays board games one night each week. One thing I did a couple of Saturdays ago was organize a “New to All But One of Us” game day. We only played games in which one person had played the game, but the others had not. We had 6 games setup and ready to play before the day started and then we played as many as we could get through before time ran out (which happened to be 3 games, btw). It was a blast. We are already thinking of other game Saturdays that we would like to do: Expansion Saturday (games we have played, but have not pulled out the expansion for yet), Spiel Des Jahres (games which have won the Spiel Des Jahres award), The One Game to Rule them All (pick a game that we would love to play 3-4 times in one game session), etc.

      I love the idea of a themed gaming session where the theme can be just about anything that the group likes. By having all of the games already setup and waiting to do the tear down of each game until downtime, it helped us fit more games into the time we had. By doing this, it allowed us to pool our resources of games to fit the theme and it mixed up who taught each game so one person doesn’t have to do all of the teaching. It was great fun which I highly recommend if you can pull it off. 🙂

  • Aaron Gannaway

    I noticed Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective on your list. I played my first game of that with a friend a a few months back. What should’ve been a 60-120 minute game took us over 6 hours and netted us a ridiculously low (in the negatives) score for the first mystery. I can’t wait to pull it out again and hopefully get the play time down after learning all of the things we did non-optimally in the first mystery. (I am being a bit vague so as to not give anything away about the game.)

    I love the 10×10 challenge idea. I am not sure if I will try it since I have other goals for the year, but I will definitely keep it in mind for future years.

    • I love Sherlock Holmes – it gives a wonderful sense of accomplishment if you do manage to crack a case. Anytime we’ve played, we all scribble down notes on bits of paper, and it can be really fun to compare what clues people have picked up on at the end of the game. But yes, it does need a bit of time – you just don’t know how long a game will take!

  • Tis the same problem I have!!! We (meaning every one of my hardcore board gaming friend) keep buying more game than we could play at least, say, five times. And I cannot get my non-hardcore friends to play with me as often as I buy new ones… This problem is not serious and can be laughed at till a certain point, but when even during/after gaming, one is only thinks about all the other games, well then it went too far! I think we’ve all been there! 😀

  • Rene

    I just discovered this webcomic and loving it. As for this strip, not long after I got married, my wife would ask about a game I had and got tired of me saying “I don’t actually know all the rules on that one.” So she introduced a rule for me in that, I cannot buy a new game until I have learned to play all that I own now.
    Seemed fair and I’ve stuck to it ever since! Maybe it’s saved us money, maybe not but I can say I know how to play every game I own.

  • John Beveridge

    puerto rico is easily one my top ten if not five board games of all time. i love games that are low on chance and high on skill.