When people ask me if I have any hobbies I usually respond with “board games.” This sometimes surprises people when they come to my home and see the walls of my inner sanctum full of records and movies. Yeah, in some respects those are hobbies too, but to me records (music) and movies are more life survival aids than a hobby. But the board games? Those are definitely the actual hobby in my life. Sometimes, painfully apparent.
When I say “painfully apparent” what I am referring to is the struggle known all too well to anyone who collects things and has a sizable collection of the stuff they are passionate about. The constant war between curating stuff you love, with finding places to store it in your home. I knew I was about to have another reckoning with my board game closet when over the course of last week I bought three more games for the collection.
Let me break things down as yes, you did read the phrase “board game closet” correctly. My game collection is a mix of games. There’s the new crop of games that have become standards and very popular. Games like Ticket to Ride, Pandemic, and Catan. Then there’s the old standbys of Clue (my favorite), Monopoly, Sorry, and the rest. I still love a simple Parker Brothers game as much as a complex game like Mysterium. The rest of the collection are delightful pop culture oddities that I just can’t say no to. Tie-ins made for movies, TV shows, and a lot of Game Show Home Games.
I needed the closet to become more functional. It was housing more of the fun, weird “museum pieces” than the actual games that get played on a regular basis by my friends and I. Why is this a thing I need to focus on? Because within a 30 foot radius of my desk where I am writing this, there are currently six games in sight. Now I don’t mind having games out in sight, I do like showing off some of the weird ones, but it’s a slippery slope that leads to me questioning if A&E wants to have me on a reality show. The struggle is real.
I’ve thinned out the collection once, and I’ve thought about doing so again. Sure, there are a few games I could send to new homes with ease, but the problem is that I’ll go through my closet and storage tubs and finds games I can’t bring myself to part with. “Oh, that was a gift from my grandmother. Oh, that has Vincent Price on the box. Oh, I haven’t actually played that yet.” That last one is a biggie as I feel if you’re gonna collect vintage board games you should actually play them.
So as I came home with yet more to add to the collection, two of which were games that had been on my want list for years. The much fabled 1985 Clue VCR game, and the ‘80s edition of The $25,000 Pyramid home game with Dick Clark’s face on the box (Yeah, I’m a dork. But also I’m really good at Pyramid and my friends say I should try out for the new one on ABC hosted by Michael Strahan but I keep chickening out. Yeah, I know. Maybe I’ll do it this year. Wait, why I am telling you all this? Eh, the cold meds have kicked in.).
Under the influence of heaven knows what, I took time this last Saturday morning and tackled the game closet. I managed to get about 15% into storage tubs, which means there is indeed more room and easier manageability now. Plus you won’t have to spend five minutes digging for a game from the back of it. I am now eager for the next game night, as we are gonna party like it’s 1985. Clue on VCR, and me eagerly showing off another pop culture oddity. It’s the little things in life y’all. Unless I actually do get on Pyramid and win money, the you all can say you knew me when, as I plan on getting real jaded real quick! See you next week.