I'm a game collector. I'm sure you are all aware of that by now. Most of what I have is pretty easy to find, but I've got some games that are a bit pricier.
I was given a gift, today.
A good friend of mine who is getting married the weekend after GenCon gave me this game, which I've been looking for for a while.
The amazing part is that he gave me this and this, as well. One of them is even unpunched.
I almost turned him down - the last time I looked, the expansions were in the $75 each range - even as a collector, I have no desire to rip off my friends or accept extravagant gifts.
"It's okay," he said, "I know you've wanted these for a while, and they're just gathering dust on my shelf. And I know you aren't going to sell them."
Later that afternoon, I did some reasearch and learned that the expansions had more than doubled in price since last I'd checked.
"Again, Eric, I know you aren't in it to sell them. I know that you believe that games were meant to be played."
And it's true.
Games Were Meant To Be Played.
I own a fair number of games - My collection on the 'Geek is woefully behind on the updating - I've got a bunch of games which I haven't rated or registered as being owned, yet.
I try to keep every game which is rated over a 5 in regular rotation, and I like to drag out the 5's from time to time, as well. Because games - even mediocre ones - were meant to be played.
Sometimes, I guess, that philosophy pays off.