Here at Krrb Classifieds we love a good collection, especially one that’s unique. From where the collection began to the most significant item, we want to know the story behind it all. So we’re reaching out to collectors everywhere to find out what they collect and why!
Today, Kristopher Knight joins us to discuss his collection of Board Games, how his love evolved and his criteria for buying a good game.
Hey Kristopher! First off, why did you start collecting Board Games?
I’ve always been into gaming since I was a kid. If I hadn’t gone into filmmaking, I wanted to be a video game designer, because to me, there was no better way to create an experience for people to enjoy. About four years ago, as a grown adult well out of college, I realized that video games weren’t social for me anymore, just sitting on a couch by myself. And that was not fun. The fun part is hanging out with friends, trash talking and being competitive with each other. So I dipped my toes into board gaming with Settlers of Catan, which is pretty much the go-to entry game for designer board games anymore. I played that game once and immediately wanted to know what else was out there.
Fast forward to today, and I have over 110 board games in total, in varying sizes and styles.
What’s the rarest Board Game from your collection?
Most of my collection are games that are still on sale right now. I have a few that are out of print, which they’ll be rare later in life, but right now, are just oddities.
For a little while, I was obsessed with terrible board games; ones that were just complete garbage. One of those is Tiger Game’s Full House Board Game, which is based on Full House the sitcom. It’s just a boring junk game of “roll a die, move a number of spaces” and I can’t make it through a game. They also have “Joey’s Joke Corner”, which is a card you read aloud whenever you move across an intersection. Most of them aren’t even jokes, they’re just stupid statements. It’s painful.
The weirdest bad-game I have is Who’s Your Daddy?, which is a game where you’re all playing dead beat dads, trying to pin the maternity of various children on other players, which would force them to pay child support. That game is super awkward to play.
Which Board Game has the most significance to you and why?
My first copy of The Resistance (I now have 3) has been through the damn ringer. This is a very simple game of a large group of people trying to complete 3 tasks, but among the group are secret spies trying to ruin our game without revealing themselves. This game plays up to 10 people, and after 2 rounds, it’s almost always a screaming shouting match of “You’re a spy you bastard!” and “Seriously guys, I am not a spy and you are not going to win without me!” It’s insane. As a result of rowdy usage, the cards are all bent, faded and there has been more beer spilled on this game than I can count. But it’s staying in the collection forever because every time I play this beaten up copy, I remember all the fun I had.
That’s the best part about a collection like this. They are more valuable to me when they’re being played constantly. There’s no concern over pristine conditions. The game with the ratty corners on the box or the slightly warped board means it’s been getting a ton of use, and is usually the best game on that shelf.
What do you look for when adding Board Games to your collection?
Three major criteria:
1. Do I have a game like it?
There are many genres of board games in the designer world. Worker Placement games, Area Control games, simulation, war/combat games, etc. So once you get past 40-50 games, you start finding out what genre of game you like, and you’ve already bought a bunch of games in that one genre to prove it. Which is awesome, but also presents a problem. I have 8 games that are the same mechanics with subtle differences. But I only end up playing one of them all the time, because I like how it handles that mechanic the best. So the other 7 sit and collect dust. Not good. So I look to make sure it’s not too similar to what I already have
2. Is the theme unique or interesting?
Easily the best part about modern board gaming is how specific the themes can be. Just this week, I bought a game called Aquasphere, which is about players doing scientific research in an underwater facility with robots you have to program, and hope your opponents don’t get in your way. That’s not even the first underwater research game I own! But that’s the fun of collecting games; having a new experience. There are far too many zombie games right now, so I’m probably not buying one for awhile. But a game about me trying to escape a temple before it seals shut forever, or a game about me trying to woo a princess by sending her love letters…consider me sold.
3. Will my friends play it.
I have a game in my collection called Formula D, which is an F1 Racing Simulator. I love this damn game so much (how could I resist these kick ass dice). But no one in my gaming group likes playing this game. At all. So it sits around; forever unloved. On the flip side, I HATE trivia games. I find them incredibly boring. But my friends like them. So I bite the bullet, and find a few trivia games to have around.
Where do you go to find Board Games and what’s the most unique way you’ve obtained one?
There are a few NYC stores I go to. Most often is The Compleat Strategist, who have a dizzying collection but a slightly off-putting interior that will scare the hell out of a newbie. Twenty Sided Store in Williamsburg is much more newbie friendly. And, in a surprise move no other game store can promise, they know what “girls” are and are not afraid of them!
Once a year, I go to Gencon, which is a board game convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. Something like fifty-five thousand people go every year, and I tend to buy a lot of games while I’m there.
Where do you store or display your collection?
All my games currently live on 2 80″ tall Ikea Billy Bookcases, sitting right next to the dining table. They easily take up an entire wall. Being that they are all in big boxes, they are quite obvious the moment you walk into my apartment.
Kristopher Knight lives in Astoria, Queens and works full-time as a Producer/Director at theflama.com. He’s also a Director on Pocketwatch, a sketch team on UCB Comedy and creates web series on his own time. Besides board games, Kris is currently forcing himself to like hockey, in order to have an activity that involves yelling in public.