Board game shelves around the world #37

Hello! I’m Sander from the Netherlands and I just started working at a local printing company as an office manager. I’m very excited about it because I’ve been a long time without permanent work. In my spare time I love to play board games with my friends. It is also a way to keep in touch with them, because we all have such a busy life.

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How did you get into this world of non-digital games?
It all started when a friend of mine introduced me to Citadels when I was in college. We played this game with his roommates at his student house and it was exciting to experience the interaction between all players. I didn’t know the roommates very well, but it was exciting to see how everyone was involved in the game. When I came back home in the evening I immediately ordered a copy of this game to have for myself. And so the addiction began…

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Can you tell us something about your shelves?
Well, I don’t have a typical game shelf. I just stack all of the bigger games on top of my closet. As you can see the roof of my closet is bending under the weight of my collection… 🙂 The smaller games, like card games, I store in my bookcase. I have a special corner for them. I think it’s about time to think of a better way to shelve my games though, because there’s not really any room left for any new ones haha. Plus I don’t know for how much longer my closet will be able to handle the weight. Perhaps some of the readers can advise me on shelving solutions?

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What is your favorite game at the moment?
That’s a very tough question! At the moment I really enjoy playing Tikal by Michael Kiesling and Wolfgang Kramer. It’s quite an old game, from the late 90s. I bought it at a local flea market for cheap. It is still today a very good exploration game. It combines my two favorite game mechanisms: Area control and action points!

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Tikal, photo by @thebeardgamer

What is your most special or obscure game?
I think my original first edition of Trains by Hisashi Hayashi is quite rare. I’ve heard it has been produced in a very limited edition because of the number of components and it is assembled by hand. I bought it spontaneously when I heard the great stories about this game. It was very quickly sold out at the Spiel game fair in Essen. I looked online for a webshop in Japan and bought it right away. The first edition looks more special than later versions in my opinion.

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Thank you so much for sharing your story! Something you would like to add?
Great site! I really like to read all the different stories of gamers around the world!

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