But still a valid thread.
I believe I have complained elsewhere on these forums about my lack of time to play games. I am a parent of two young children who have similar diagnoses of ASD and ADHD, so taking care of them is a full-time job in and of itself. My regular gaming group is very small, really only consisting of myself, my wife, another couple, and sometimes my brother-in-law. We also now have another group my wife and I meet up with once a month for a few hours, without our kids, but the hosting couple ALSO has two kids on the spectrum, but ones that are a lot less…active than ours from what we’ve seen. In any case, our group gaming time is very limited.
Due to the needs of my kids and their attention seeking behavior, it is very hard for us to sit down and play a game without numerous interruptions. My first time playing Inis with them just last month, for instance, easily took an extra hour due to our need to care for our kids and at times to clean up after them. So any long game is even longer than it otherwise would be, meaning they are less likely to be played. We’re near the end of an Imperial Assault campaign that hasn’t been played in close to three years, I believe, maybe even four. The game is just too long with too many little pieces that quick little hands can grab, that it’s easier to bring out something smaller. When we do go for something more involved, like Dead of Winter, it easily takes 3-4 hours and we all feel pretty burned out by the end of it.
Still, I can’t help but purchase the games that I like and am interested in, assuming I can afford it. The ones I can’t get put on Christmas lists and with luck I’ll get them, but they may go unplayed for a long time. A Game of Thrones the board game is one such game and I have no idea when I’ll ever get it to the table. I love X-Wing (and Star Wars in general), but it mostly shines as a 1 v 1 game from what I’ve seen, and it does not interest my wife or brother-in-law, and therefore won’t work in a group setting with them either. Fury of Dracula is wonderful, but terribly long even without our hindrances.
Also, there are plenty of times where people just don’t feel like learning a new game. I try my best to learn any game I’m going to present inside and out before teaching it, but without a receptive audience, a new game is just going to flop and I don’t want that to happen with any of my games. The games are good (as far as I can tell) and deserve a chance to shine.
So my collection continues to grow, slower than it once did as I do try to justify any purchases I make, but more and more games sit on the shelf simply due to time constraints. When I do manage to get a new game to the table and manage to present it well, then it goes over wonderfully for the most part. My newer additions of Concordia and Isle of Skye can attest to that.