What your game collection and a family dinner have in common?

Do you want to keep all your games useful? To make sure that they won’t gather dust? Do you want people to enjoy your gaming nights? It would help if you planned your collection.

Choosing the right games for your collection is like preparing yourself for dinner with your whole family. What should be on your checklist?

What should you think about while diversifying for your collection?

Game difficulty – your dinner shopping list.

Easy – sugar for afternoon tea. You always keep in your cupboard. It doesn’t matter if you use it yourself.

Have in your collection at least three games for beginners to introduce new people to the hobby or to play with people who may have trouble understanding more complex rules, such us your grandparents or kids. You can teach these in up to 5 minutes. They are short, so there is no problem if someone doesn’t get something the first time. After you finish, she can quickly have her revenge.

Medium – Ice cream for dessert. Is your mom on a diet? She will have some eventually.

The usual board game 45 min – 1.5 h

Medium games give us loads of fun within a small amount of time and rules. You should be able to teach most of these in 5 – 10 minutes. People will understand some well after 1st gameplay. You should have them handy if you organise a game night with your friends. Some experienced players only play these to save their time.

Hard – liquorice. Some people love it. The rest will spit it out in disgust.

By difficulty level, I also mean volume of rules. Leave these games for people, who want to give themselves to this hobby as dutifully as a monk. It’s a waste of time for you and others if you explain difficult rules when you are going to play a game once.

These titles will be the best for your gaming group and friends, who want board games to become a precious part of their lives. It’s better to avoid these games if you have no gaming group or you are a beginner.

Main categories – meal courses.

Game categories are important. Let’s divide board games into: light, “heavy”, gateway, and party. You will be prepared for parties, family visits, and your game group meetings. Like meal courses, they serve a different purpose, and you need them all for a family dinner.

Light games are like snacks between courses.

You want to have plenty, after you are tired with huge, thinking heavy titles. These are usually card games, which you can play in 5 – 30 minutes. They can also bring much energy into a long gaming session, where everyone is falling asleep. This is especially true if you plan to play the same game multiple times.

Heavy” game is the main course.

Every game, which is longer than 45 minutes or has rules you need to teach longer than 5 minutes is under term “heavy” in my dictionary. This would be the protein-rich, main course during a gaming session. Having good variety is important.

A gateway game is like a carrot, which you give to an infant as a tasting exercise.

Basically, a game, that you can teach to an average 7-year-old. You use it to introduce people to board games.

You should have a couple of titles to play with people like your parents or someone who didn’t play board games. Once they are hooked and liked the carrot, the chocolate, and the apple, you can try with the lemon, who knows?

Starters are optional

You can also consider the time of a game, its theme, mechanics, and player count.

Usually, the rest of the factors won’t be so crucial. Remember that before you focus on a very specific theme, which you like a lot, it may not be perfect for most people you know. Player count is individual, so you must think about your usual quantity of guests.


Dinner postponed. When shouldn’t you diversify your collection?

If you are certain, that your group loves euro games and you are big fans of Vikings, look for games meeting these criteria. It is possible that you will play only with advanced players, you’d rather watch TV with your parents, and your sister’s kids can’t sit in one place longer than 30 seconds. These are all individual factors.


As you can see, preparing dinner and diversifying a collection are difficult tasks. And they have a lot in common. You make sure that you have all needed ingredients, and you have all snacks nearby. It would help if you thought about every family member. In the end, thanks to your resourcefulness, everybody drives his car, with a full belly and happy memories looking forward to your next meeting.

Do you think, that diversifying collection is important? What you usually think of, when you do that? Do you have a certain game type, which people whom you play with like a lot? Let me know in the comments section.

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