I’m currently in conversations with a large Internet board game resale site about giving up the vast majority of my board game collection.
Those of you who know me know that I have an enormous set of games. Somewhere north of 2000, if my logging on BoardGameGeek is to be believed. And while there are games in there that I would be loath to give up–my copy of Princes of Florence has genuine sentimental value, for instance–they are few and far between.
I’ve gone back and forth on this a lot over the last year or two, but the facts are:
- my house overfloweth,
- my time at the table has dropped dramatically since retiring, and never really supported the meatier games in my collection, and
- moving this collection to wherever I end up going after North Carolina would be… tricky doesn’t even begin to cover it.
The idea of paring that enormous collection down to less than a hundred or so “essentials” really appeals to me. I love my board game collection, don’t get me wrong, but in the end it’s just stuff, and worse, stuff that isn’t getting used.
I have no idea if this particular stab at reducing my collection will succeed; it requires driving halfway across the country with a truck filled with board games, not to mention getting a good enough price for said games to make the trip worthwhile. There’s an eBay consignment shop in town that I need to talk to as well, but anywhere like that is likely to have a problem with the volume… not to mention the fact that some of the games just wouldn’t sell. If I’m shedding my collection, I want to shed it pretty much stem to stern.
Fortunately, I’m not in a rush. I can look at different options and see what will work out best. And, hey: if everything else fails, there’s always bonfires.