Last year, I had to face the facts. I don’t have very much time for playing games anymore. There, I said it. Life with 4 little kids means a lot of my time and attention goes to them. By the time they are asleep I usually have very little energy left and I want to give that to my wife. And much of my hobby energy is spent creating articles, podcasts, and videos with Pub Meeple. These past months have seen me playing games once, maybe twice per month. As much as I’d like to play more games, I just can’t. Priorities win.

But while I was playing less, I wasn’t necessarily buying less. This led to a burgeoning shelf of unplayed games and growing frustration. I’m not the type that buys games to put on the shelf. I buy them to put on the table. This put me at a crossroads. Continue to buy games I know won’t get played or bring my buying down to a level closer to my playing?

I opted for the latter of the two options. I already have around 100 games in my collection and those games cover almost any situation I could think of. Why not just play the games I have for a while until my situation changes?

Matching my buying habits to my playing habits has actually increased my enjoyment of the hobby.

As of now I have only bought one game in 2017 and I’m happier for it. I still keep up with all of the board game news through blogs, podcasts and videos but I haven’t been ordering any of the games I’m excited about. I still keep track of them and someday I’m sure I’ll pull the trigger again on a Cool Stuff order.

Until then I will be content playing all the games I already own. Or the games my friends buy. Matching my buying habits to my playing habits has actually decreased my frustration whereby increasing my enjoyment of the hobby. I am content here.

Often times we see what others are doing and want to match ourselves to the standard they have set (thanks social media). And when we can’t, we feel frustrated. We want to be in their shoes – in this case, to be buying and playing more games. But I want to encourage you that where you are is ok – you don’t have to own, play or buy a certain number of games to be a gamer. You don’t have to meet any standard set by anyone else in your gaming habits. Set your own standard and be happy with it. You know your priorities. Enjoy the hobby where you are.