SALT CITY OF SALT – In the current era of self-isolation and quarantine, board games have become the entertainment needed to overcome the monotony of staring at four walls of the same house. For one Utah, a collection of around 2,000 board games comes in very handy.
David Przybyla, a marketing professor at the University of Utah Valley, has been a fan of board games for the past 12 years after a former coworker introduced him to the Carcassonne tile-making game in 2008. It was the first modern game he played. really pulled him into a strategic board game not named Monopoly or Chutes and Ladders.
“Since then, I have been hooked; I like it, “Przybyla said. “From there, I just said, ‘OK, I’ll start collecting this and playing.”
And gathering he did.
In the following year, Przybyla began collecting several games – in stores or finding them on KSL Classifieds or eBay – based on recommendations from more experienced friends. But about one year after playing Carcassonne for the first time, his friend said a salesman who used to have a board game store put away his inventory, one board game at a time, at KSL Classifieds.
Through the urging of his friend, and his desire to build his collection, Przybyla offered the seller $ 2,000 for around 400 games. The seller agrees – steals a deal with $ 5 per game – and just like that the collection grows exponentially.
The Przybyla collection is officially a complete hobby.
Now more than a decade later, Przybyla continues to explore the internet to get good deals, besides funding some board games on Kickstarter, which has a large number of designers who release new board games every day. In total, Przybyla said she funded around 150 Kickstarter games and plans to do more over the years.
Przybyla doesn’t have a set budget for buying new games, like monthly quota or whatever, she only buys what she likes.
“If someone introduces me to a new game and I like it, I usually buy it,” he said. “What I found in the board game industry is that unless it becomes very popular, like your tickets to Ride and Carcassonne or your Catans, they won’t be printed anymore. So if you find one you like, you have to take it.
“I will just search random sites like eBay and see who gets rid of some games,” added Przybyla. “And if the majority of them are not yet in my collection, I will try to get them at a pretty good price. That’s kind of two ways that I keep growing, little by little. That’s fun.”
The collection is now almost 1,500 individual games – it has several duplicate and expansion games – and each of them is categorized in a basket in the warehouse. Google spreadsheets help him find out what he has and in what tray it is located so he can easily find it when it’s time to play the game. Spreadsheets also track each game BoardGameGeek rating, what type of game, how many players can play, and other records.
For the game he plays the most, the card is in a protective sleeve and the characters are kept to prevent damage. Some games are out of print and can cost $ 500 or more to replace.
“I’m quite particular about that,” he joked.
He asked someone to make his family a board game board and not lend his game to anyone; however, he shares his spreadsheets with others to see if they are interested in playing games. The chart he made to share with friends said: “You agree not to ask to borrow board games. The collection we have is very special for us. Plus, if you borrow a game, that means you are playing with someone else and we are jealous of it. “
Another quote from the graph: “Warning! These games can be addictive. If you like strategy, after one or two games, you can stay up late thinking about what you can do differently or better, I know I do. “
Przybyla says whoever is interested in getting into a new board game should start with a game like that Ticket to ride, Carcassonne or Grandeur. If you want to take the next step, proceed to deck making games like Power.
His current favorite is 7 Wonders because “there are a lot of board games that only consist of four players, so you can’t bring two pairs – you can bring one pair. Getting six people to play a good board game is hard to find. “But Przybyla says he only plays around 2% of his collection just because of a busy life.
“So very few are actually played,” he said. “Many of them have not yet opened. Many of them just – I really want to play it someday, but I also have that kind of FOMO, I guess, if I don’t buy it now, I’ll never be able to find it again because it happens.
“We have many ways to play it all, but we do what we can.”
That Guinness world record The largest board game collection was set in 2011 by Jeff Bauspies with 1,531 different board games. The record, however, has been debated by many people on BoardGameGeek and possibly many others, who claim to have larger individual collections than Bauspies, even though nothing has been validated by the record business – Guinness asked for money to verify records.
Przybyla said he did not know the world record before, but now will look to break it with his collection.
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