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#31 jkam

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 06:32 PM

I currently equate my backlog with physical titles as opposed to digital. It's just I have some games digitally (PS +, Steam) that I got for free and I'll probably never play anyway so why count them? I guess Live Arcade, PSN etc. should count but I guess I'm equating backlog with "stuff" right now.

As it sits I'm at about 55 but I've dwindled that down from over 100 so I feel as if I'm making progress. I have about 5 games currently that I'm keeping (my gems) but I am not a collector. I might do another small purge soon as well.

I'm actually thinking about going one console next gen as I'm kind of tired of the backlog as we all know with CAG is easy to obtain. I'm almost wondering too if I should force myself to go digital only; mainly so I buy only what I really want to play (but I do like re-selling my games). It just seems like overall there is too much to play and not enough time to play it. My goal is to have 2 to 3 games waiting to be played at a time in the future. One can dream :)

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 07:44 PM

I don't have much of a backlog. Definitely under 100. However, joining CAG has easily tripled, maybe even quadrupled, what I would normally be buying.
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#33 ZombieToast

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 10:59 PM

Well good luck to you then:) 800 games just seems crazy, but maybe thats because I'm not thinking PC and retro. I just want to get through mine because I like playing games and want to play them all lol who did you review for?

Oh, 800 is definitely crazy. Ha ha. If it helps, I have over 1200 unique titles in my collection, so that means I have actually made quite a dent, especially considering that most of those were played in the last 5 years. I don't do nearly as much gaming lately, though; I'm focusing more on educating my son and keeping the house in order. The majority of my review-writing was done through a site called Go!GamingGiant. It's pretty barren right now, unfortunately, but we used to be relatively popular. I still keep in touch with some of my PR contacts at Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft, Atlus, Square Enix, and a few other companies and they occasionally send me free stuff when they have extras.


The question I have now Zombie, is how big is your board game collection, and how many of those are in your backlog? :D

Although pretty big, the board game collection isn't quite as bad as my video game collection. If you want, you can check out the third spoiler tag in this post to take a look at our collection (I'm still working on cataloging everything in a convenient list, but BoardGameGeek leaves a lot to be desired). I'm no longer sure what the exact number is, but we have about 120+ board games. I have no idea what our backlog is...I know it's not very big, though, because we've played almost every game at least once or twice. I'd say there are maybe 20-25 games that we haven't played yet because they require a group of nerds and our nerd friends are only able to come over once a month at most. But we are working on nerdifying my wife's brother and his wife; we recently introduced them to Settlers of Catan, which was met with a good amount of success.

#34 MrNinjaSquirrel

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Posted 07 March 2013 - 11:14 PM

Oh, 800 is definitely crazy. Ha ha. If it helps, I have over 1200 unique titles in my collection, so that means I have actually made quite a dent, especially considering that most of those were played in the last 5 years. I don't do nearly as much gaming lately, though; I'm focusing more on educating my son and keeping the house in order. The majority of my review-writing was done through a site called Go!GamingGiant. It's pretty barren right now, unfortunately, but we used to be relatively popular. I still keep in touch with some of my PR contacts at Nintendo, Sony, Microsoft, Atlus, Square Enix, and a few other companies and they occasionally send me free stuff when they have extras.


Well I'd say being a dad comes before gaming, so good on you:applause:a third is pretty good, thats more than I even own! Gotta get my act together and start building my collection better, you guys are so far ahead:bouncy:
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#35 Billytwoshoes

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 01:20 AM

Although pretty big, the board game collection isn't quite as bad as my video game collection. If you want, you can check out the third spoiler tag in this post to take a look at our collection (I'm still working on cataloging everything in a convenient list, but BoardGameGeek leaves a lot to be desired). I'm no longer sure what the exact number is, but we have about 120+ board games. I have no idea what our backlog is...I know it's not very big, though, because we've played almost every game at least once or twice. I'd say there are maybe 20-25 games that we haven't played yet because they require a group of nerds and our nerd friends are only able to come over once a month at most. But we are working on nerdifying my wife's brother and his wife; we recently introduced them to Settlers of Catan, which was met with a good amount of success.


Thanks for the link, its always nice to see someone interested in the old table top gaming. Though I am a BGG newb, I really enjoy the gateway Euro games (Catan, Carcassone, Pandemic, Ticket to Ride), and I make sure I bring those out with friends and family when I can. Innovation was the last unique game I've played recently, I gotta get that one for myself.

#36 Seelyon

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 09:51 AM

I actually polished off my entire list in the past few months, all I am left with is Heart of the Swarm now.

To give you an idea of what was on my list: Orcs Must Die 2, Torchlight and Path of Exile (still playing).

#37 ZombieToast

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 01:48 PM

Well I'd say being a dad comes before gaming, so good on you:applause:a third is pretty good, thats more than I even own! Gotta get my act together and start building my collection better, you guys are so far ahead:bouncy:

You're off to a good start. Your collection is probably about as big as mine was when I first started coming here. I've been gaming for over 20 years, but at least 80% of my games were only acquired in the last 4 or 5. It's what CAG does to you!


Thanks for the link, its always nice to see someone interested in the old table top gaming. Though I am a BGG newb, I really enjoy the gateway Euro games (Catan, Carcassone, Pandemic, Ticket to Ride), and I make sure I bring those out with friends and family when I can. Innovation was the last unique game I've played recently, I gotta get that one for myself.

I still need to get Carcassonne and Pandemic. Haven't even played Innovation yet. I know it doesn't have nearly as much love these days, but my go-to for group games is usually Zombies!!! And my second choice is probably Facts In Five, which is an incredibly simple game. You just draw some letters, pick a few categories, and spend five minutes trying to come up with things starting with those letters. So, if you draw A, G, L, W, and Y you might have to list Jackie Chan movies or sex positions or cereal brands that start with those letters. It's a wholesome vintage game, but the ability to make your own categories makes it a lot of fun. Family Business is another good one that I like to make everyone play.

#38 MrNinjaSquirrel

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 03:56 PM

You're off to a good start. Your collection is probably about as big as mine was when I first started coming here. I've been gaming for over 20 years, but at least 80% of my games were only acquired in the last 4 or 5. It's what CAG does to you!



I still need to get Carcassonne and Pandemic. Haven't even played Innovation yet. I know it doesn't have nearly as much love these days, but my go-to for group games is usually Zombies!!! And my second choice is probably Facts In Five, which is an incredibly simple game. You just draw some letters, pick a few categories, and spend five minutes trying to come up with things starting with those letters. So, if you draw A, G, L, W, and Y you might have to list Jackie Chan movies or sex positions or cereal brands that start with those letters. It's a wholesome vintage game, but the ability to make your own categories makes it a lot of fun. Family Business is another good one that I like to make everyone play.


Have you played Arkham Horror? I've heard it's fun, but haven't got it since it's hard for me to get enough people to play a board game for that long
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#39 Billytwoshoes

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 05:40 PM

I still need to get Carcassonne and Pandemic. Haven't even played Innovation yet. I know it doesn't have nearly as much love these days, but my go-to for group games is usually Zombies!!! And my second choice is probably Facts In Five, which is an incredibly simple game. You just draw some letters, pick a few categories, and spend five minutes trying to come up with things starting with those letters. So, if you draw A, G, L, W, and Y you might have to list Jackie Chan movies or sex positions or cereal brands that start with those letters. It's a wholesome vintage game, but the ability to make your own categories makes it a lot of fun. Family Business is another good one that I like to make everyone play.

Thanks for the suggestions, I actually saw the vintage CIB Facts in Five at a local Goodwill about a month ago. I was tempted to pick it up, but I didn't think it would see any play time, now I wish I would have.

Innovation is a good game I would recommend if you like chaotic and very dynamic rules (read: prevents a runaway leader scenario). It's also cheap, takes up very little room on the shelf (since it is a card game), and scales well from 2 to 4 players. It takes alot of reading and can suffer from "Analysis Paralysis", but once you get the hang of it, it can be very engaging. Your kids may be able to get into it too, but again it does require a fair amount of reading comprehension, and every card has its own unique action (sometimes two).

Have you played Arkham Horror? I've heard it's fun, but haven't got it since it's hard for me to get enough people to play a board game for that long

In my college days, I could find people to sit for a 4-5 hour long game (one of our favorites was Risk 2210 A.D.), but I certainly couldn't find people do do that now. Arkham Horror seems fun with a good theme, but I need games that can end in 2 hours or less nowadays.

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 07:25 PM

Red Faction Guerilla
Just Cause 2
Dead Space 3
Trials Evolution dlcs
Mark of the Ninja
Dust An Elysian Tale
Rocektbirds
The Walking Dead (episode 4)
Dishonored
Xcom Enemy Unknown
Sound Shapes
Urban Trial FreeStyle
Hotline Miami
Ninja Five O
Dead Island GOTY
Day Z
Unepic
Hard Reset

I have most of the games above but my general rule for backlog is to not buy your backlog.That way it'll get cheaper.

#41 MrNinjaSquirrel

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 08:50 PM

Red Faction Guerilla
Just Cause 2
Dead Space 3
Trials Evolution dlcs
Mark of the Ninja
Dust An Elysian Tale
Rocektbirds
The Walking Dead (episode 4)
Dishonored
Xcom Enemy Unknown
Sound Shapes
Urban Trial FreeStyle
Hotline Miami
Ninja Five O
Dead Island GOTY
Day Z
Unepic
Hard Reset

I have most of the games above but my general rule for backlog is to not buy your backlog.That way it'll get cheaper.


I assume by not buying you aren't referring to piracy, but that you have a list of games you one day hope to play. Typically backlog are the games you've already purchased and but haven't got around to, but I guess we all have are own ideas. You should really start Sound Shapes, I just beat most of it and it IS AWESOME! Will have a review up, but you should definitely play that one soon:applause:
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#42 ZombieToast

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 10:17 PM

Have you played Arkham Horror? I've heard it's fun, but haven't got it since it's hard for me to get enough people to play a board game for that long

I haven't played that one. To be honest, I don't really like the Lovecraft/Cthulhu theme (the one game I have was a gift...and it didn't even come with the cards) and I don't know if I'd be willing to play a 4-hour game. I mean, I don't mind playing a game for four hours because we all get sucked into it, but the thought of playing a game that is expected to take that long is a huge turn-off. It's one of the main reasons why I refuse to play Risk (aside from it just not being all that fun). But if I knew someone who had the game, I guess I would give it a try at least once just to give it a fair shot.


Thanks for the suggestions, I actually saw the vintage CIB Facts in Five at a local Goodwill about a month ago. I was tempted to pick it up, but I didn't think it would see any play time, now I wish I would have.

Innovation is a good game I would recommend if you like chaotic and very dynamic rules (read: prevents a runaway leader scenario). It's also cheap, takes up very little room on the shelf (since it is a card game), and scales well from 2 to 4 players. It takes alot of reading and can suffer from "Analysis Paralysis", but once you get the hang of it, it can be very engaging. Your kids may be able to get into it too, but again it does require a fair amount of reading comprehension, and every card has its own unique action (sometimes two).

Yeah, I definitely want to give Innovation a try sometime. I know a lot of people are starting to get tired of the fad, but I'm rather fond of card-based games like Zombies!!!, Munchkin, and especially Rivals For Catan. In a way, I like Rivals more than Settlers just because it's compact nature and much easier to learn; it's also the perfect introduction for anyone who hasn't played Settlers yet. But yeah, Innovation seems like it would be right up my alley.

As for Facts In Five...it's too bad you passed it up, but the concept is so simple, you could easily make the game yourself. It's a bit like Yahtzee in that respect. You can get the rules (more info) and the score cards online. Then just cut out some squares for letters (and one * for a wildcard)...this page has a table showing how many tiles there are of each letter (plus 3 wildcards), but I prefer to only have one of each letter. For Class/Category cards, you can just make up your own stuff since it's more fun that way anyway. Of course, it would be easier to just buy a copy of the game, I suppose.

#43 MrNinjaSquirrel

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Posted 08 March 2013 - 10:36 PM

I haven't played that one. To be honest, I don't really like the Lovecraft/Cthulhu theme (the one game I have was a gift...and it didn't even come with the cards) and I don't know if I'd be willing to play a 4-hour game. I mean, I don't mind playing a game for four hours because we all get sucked into it, but the thought of playing a game that is expected to take that long is a huge turn-off. It's one of the main reasons why I refuse to play Risk (aside from it just not being all that fun). But if I knew someone who had the game, I guess I would give it a try at least once just to give it a fair shot.



Yeah, I definitely want to give Innovation a try sometime. I know a lot of people are starting to get tired of the fad, but I'm rather fond of card-based games like Zombies!!!, Munchkin, and especially Rivals For Catan. In a way, I like Rivals more than Settlers just because it's compact nature and much easier to learn; it's also the perfect introduction for anyone who hasn't played Settlers yet. But yeah, Innovation seems like it would be right up my alley.

As for Facts In Five...it's too bad you passed it up, but the concept is so simple, you could easily make the game yourself. It's a bit like Yahtzee in that respect. You can get the rules (more info) and the score cards online. Then just cut out some squares for letters (and one * for a wildcard)...this page has a table showing how many tiles there are of each letter (plus 3 wildcards), but I prefer to only have one of each letter. For Class/Category cards, you can just make up your own stuff since it's more fun that way anyway. Of course, it would be easier to just buy a copy of the game, I suppose.


I'm definitely going to make a copy of that:bouncy:always looking for new board games, thanks for all the recommendations, as I know next to nothing about which are good and not (monopoly has long been are main game). I'm not really into super long games either, but I heard about it on a podcast and thought I'd ask CAGs resident board game nerd what he thought:D
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#44 shadowkast

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 07:56 AM

My backlog is.. 311 games. I own about a fraction of them and the rest are just wishlisted and intend to play someday. I have an appreciation I never used to have for short games, as long as they're good.


not sure wish list games count as backlog. surprised no one has mentioned backloggery.com yet? mine is there if anyone is interested. only ps3 games listed but it's a couple hundred

#45 MrNinjaSquirrel

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 04:24 PM

not sure wish list games count as backlog. surprised no one has mentioned backloggery.com yet? mine is there if anyone is interested. only ps3 games listed but it's a couple hundred


Cool, will definitely check this site out more! I've been using howlongtobeat.com, but this seems better for backlogging. Will have to go in and add the games I've beaten:bouncy:and that's a crazy amount of PS3 games!:applause: Are there any you don't own?
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#46 shinn

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 04:37 PM

my backlog only includes games i have not beaten :
dragons dogma
gears 3
demons souls
crysis 2
resident evil 6
fallout nv
lost planet 2
xcom enemy unknown
batman AC
civ revolution
resident evil CVX HD
modern combat domination
dungeon alliance

#47 VANDALHEART

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 05:22 PM

I won't even try to make a list. It spans back to the 80s with PC adventure games and the NES.


Sheesh, that's a crazy long list.

#48 tuffguycore

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 05:27 PM

It's pretty long. Though since joining cag, I know I buy more than I should. I don't really count the casual games or fighting games since there's usually no end game. That aside my resolution this year was to take my list in half, though it is impossible to catch up when I'm buying other stuff so often. I've already beaten 20 which is just 15 less than I did last year. I'm guessing my backlog in a number is around 50 or so.

#49 MrNinjaSquirrel

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Posted 10 March 2013 - 05:58 PM

It's pretty long. Though since joining cag, I know I buy more than I should. I don't really count the casual games or fighting games since there's usually no end game. That aside my resolution this year was to take my list in half, though it is impossible to catch up when I'm buying other stuff so often. I've already beaten 20 which is just 15 less than I did last year. I'm guessing my backlog in a number is around 50 or so.


Mine is mostly do to a 2 month blockbuster free trial, and PS+. Blockbuster ends on the 25th, so that will help. Everything has basically been taking a back seat until then. PS+ is another story...You and me have a similar size (your's is probably a bit bigger) backlogs. I only count Fighting games if I haven't played them much (haven't even finished the arcade mode in SSFIVAE), and casual games are on there until I'm bored of them. I've been doing pretty good with my backlog up till now, so I'm thinking I can get through much of it by the end of this year:D
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