They say the first step is to admit you have a problem…..

In Harry Pearson's excellent memoir of his wargaming life (“Achtung Schweinehund!”) he quotes a friend who's an alcoholic commenting about always thinking there’s one guy worse than you until you become “that guy.” And every alcoholic has a guy who fits that role until they realize they have become that guy. Well, this last week I had a “that guy” moment when my 30-pound OGRE deluxe game showed up on the doorstep.  (See the photos section for a size comparison with Panzerblitz.)

True, legendary game hoarder Rick Wagoner has always been everybody’s “that guy”, but since he has moved to Texas I fear I may be now be in contention for the distinction of being someone else’s “That Guy.”  I mean, what the hell was I thinking when I ordered this monstrosity? Where am I even going to find a place for this thing? (It doesn’t fit in the game closet.)

But then again, maybe it’s not that bad. I mean, I only have ~350-400 games. (I've lost count.) That’s not too excessive....? Right? Right? 

OK, OK, I can do this....

Hi, my name is Dave and I’m an obsessive accumulator of wargames....

(all together: "Hi Dave")

Dave Smith

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Comment by Roger Morley on December 6, 2013 at 3:00pm


Comment by Jim Werbaneth on December 6, 2013 at 1:40pm

I have at least two thousand games, including magazine issues, and software.  I bought my house around my game and book libraries.  I have never sold a game, except in trade or to buy another game.  I am NOT that other guy because extremism in the pursuit of wargaming is no vice, and moderation in the acquisition of games is no virtue.

Comment by Roger Morley on December 4, 2013 at 4:15am

I have probably reached about 60-70 games now in my collection, and this is after getting back into the hobby in 2009. I feel I have reached that point where I do not want too many more. I have some on pre-order, which I am happy with, but most of my game buying was in part me playing catch-up on the ones I missed out on during my 25 years of not playing.

I have a few I do wish to sell, not that they are bad games, they just do not "tick my boxes".

I just cannot imagine having 350-400 would be lost as to what to play next- I struggle with my 60 when trying to decide what to play!

Comment by Joey Sabin on December 4, 2013 at 2:11am

I feel your pain. I once had hundreds and hundreds of wargames and one day stood up and said, "No More!, if I havn't touched it in the last five years or end up touching it in the next year, it gets sold!" I'm hapily down to 50 games or so and damn glad I did it. Truth is I don't miss most of 'em.

Comment by Wayne Rotella on November 18, 2013 at 4:33pm

Hi Dave.

Now, all of that being said, what does it say if I am returning to the hobby/life's obsession after a long hiatus, I know I have games I have still not even punched, I continue to buy games, and I spend inordinate amounts of time on line looking at games and fantasizing about owning them?

At least you are admitting your addiction.

Comment by Brian Isikoff on November 17, 2013 at 9:06pm

It's ok - I got an Ogre delivered too. Never bought a wargame that had a "team lift" warning before.

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