What hobbyists love about collecting board games is that you can use and enjoy your collectibles beyond just looking at them. Check out some of the information below to help you get started.
Try Out Games Before Buying
Many local retail locations that specialize in board games offer patrons the opportunity to play games in the store before buying. Take advantage of this when collecting board games or when just buying for a gift or personal use. There are no online services I know of that allow you to play before purchasing, so use some of the following tips to ensure you get a game you like.
Aside from the major online retailers, there are a few fantastic board game review sites you should check out before buying. If you are collecting board games then I highly recommend www.boardgamegeek.com. The site offers user reviews accompanied by photos and detailed information about each game. This is my first resource when I need information on an unfamiliar game.
You can find a great example of a large collection of vintage board games at the Cool and Collected website. Peruse different board game forums for personal advice and reccommendations on different games.
Another great option is to have a group of friends purchase different games and get together to play them. This way, everyone gets a shot at some great gaming and trying to play new games.
Identify Game Condition
It’s impossible to know if a game has all it’s pieces when buying online and that is typically the biggest concern when collecting board games. This is where collecting board games can be frustrating. The condition of the box is always known and if it looks nice then chances are, the pieces are there. It is common, however, for game pieces to go missing and this can keep play from happening and lower overall value. Do your best to check the contents before buying or at least purchase from a reputable seller that you know.
Find Your Favorite Genre
When collecting board games, try to focus on one specific genre. There are so many different games to choose from it would be too much to focus on all of them. Find what type of games you like best and focus on those only.
Collecting board games is also a great way to get together with friends and try something new.