Collectible games – Pt.2 – Things to think about when starting

Hello Nurlings!

Something I need to start with: it can be expensive! It all depends on what you’re going to play, how much money you WANT to put into it and what the reason you have to play it. If you’re playing for fun with friends, the cost shouldn’t get out of hand, but if you wish to go to tournaments and do well at them, the cost may go up.

So a few things to remember are listed below, most of them are written with Trading Card gamers in mind, but I bet you can still find some useful tips.

It takes time.
Trust me this may not sound like a problem. Obviously you want your hobby or game to last for a long time and collectible games do that. You usually stick with them for a long time if you actually like them; the problem is not the time it takes to play, but the time it takes you to get where you want to be. For example, if you want to make one big awesome Warhammer army, it will take time to assemble that army, paint it and for some of us: just getting all those miniatures. If you’re prepared to be invested, you should do fine.

YOU must enjoy it.
This is not only about the game itself. When playing a game where you can go many different paths with your collection, you should ALWAYS stay true to yourself. If you like something within a game that people don’t consider fun or cool but you do, then stick with it. You should always do what you consider fun and never feel bad/weird about changing opinion on that.

You may start out thinking that a certain type of a deck in a card game or an army in a miniature game is awesome. And then through testing and experience find out that it wasn’t for you, then switch it up! Sell your older things and get new stuff that you enjoy instead, there is nothing wrong with that.

Where and when do you want to play?
This may not seem important, but where and when can change how you work out your hobby. Do you only play once every month with a few friends? Do you go to a gaming store and play tournaments and meet new people? If you do indeed play at home with buddies, you may not always need to get the best stuff for your Magic The Gathering deck or Warhammer army. As long as you and the people you play with have equally much fun, you should get along with playing what you want and how you want.

If you instead tend to go out and play with new people and play at tournaments and other events. You may want to learn how that feels first, make a small inexpensive start with the game. Try it out with new people; see if you actually enjoy the game mixed with that crowd. Some hobbies like Trading Card Gaming can be somewhat hard to get into at first, but once you get to know the people you will see that they’re mostly awesome.

It may end up… costing you.
Yup, as I said earlier, these kind of hobbies CAN be very expensive. But it’s an expense that you may not actually see. When you buy products you may think that it’s not a big deal, but much like smoking and other unhealthy habits you may find that all these small costs become a huge sum in the end.

Be smart with your buying, get things you KNOW you need instead of buying things that you THINK you need. When getting new things for your game, plan the buying before you actually do it. This way you will see ahead of time how much it will cost you and lets you think about, instead of impulse buying new things all the time.

Trade
This is true for the Trading Card Game player, even if your collection starts small you will surely have a few cards that other people are interested in. Keep a track of card values through websites and Ebay and do smart trading where you get the most value. This way you can trade yourself up and get better and better cards. This may take some time if you only have a small gaming group in your area, but I promise you that it’s worth it.

This was just a short list of… tips and thoughts, I hope you guys enjoyed it.
Until next time Nurglings, take care.
Cya soon!

Posted on 9 July, 2012, in Card Games, Collecting, Deckbuilding, Digital Games, Living Card Game, Miniature Games, Roleplaying Games, Video/Youtube and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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