It’s Friday, a week before Christmas, and the whiskey is flowing while I read blog posts.
Or write them!
I just got three new games this week from 401 Games (my Canadian retailer of choice for boardgames) and as I was eagerly ripping the shrinkwrap off of them, opening them and looking at the counters and boards and stuff, something occurred to me.
So many times, either in a Math Trade or some kind of boardgame sale from one person to another, you see “New in Shrink” in a game’s listing.
And I just can’t fathom that.
I know that most of the time, when I get a game, either from Kickstarter delivery or because I ordered it from a game store (or maybe even bought it from a local one), I will most likely not get to play it for a while.
Either it’s an investment for the future (like most wargames since I don’t really have an opponent for them at all) or it’s something I’m going to have to try and learn the rules for so I can teach it someday, or whatever.
It’s probably going to be at least a month or so, if not longer, before they are getting played. Sometimes it might be a year or two!
Yet I still open and punch them as soon as I can. Those counters are going into baggies. Those boards are getting looked at. I may even check out how it might look on the table.
I can’t imagine buying a game and then leaving it in its original wrapping.
I just don’t even understand the mindset.
Ok, sure. Maybe some people buy games for the express purpose of selling or trading them at some point.
I don’t get that either, but ok. If that’s what you’re doing, there’s no way you’re going to unwrap the game at that point, because part of its value is that nothing has been touched in it.
And yes, there have been games where I’ve done all of this and then realized that it’s never going to get played, and maybe I should trade it for something that I really do want to play.
But for the most part, if I buy a game, I want to own it.
I want to play it.
And I want to sniff that fresh new cardboard smell as I see racks and racks of unpunched counters and I want to revel in it like a kid in a pile of legos as I punch and bag all of the counters.
So those of you who buy games and leave them in shrink, I would like to ask you (unless you are buying them just to sell/trade later, of course).
Why do you do that?
Why leave a perfectly good game in shrink, unpunched, just because you might not play it for a little bit?
I really don’t get it.
Not that I don’t appreciate it when I get one of those in trade.
Not even opened? Cool, I’m all over that!
But as a game consumer, I don’t get it at all.
Anybody want to explain it to me?