Monday, June 5, 2023

Cheapass Games as games, not artifacts

As I’ve mentioned, I’ve been purging my game as part of a big move. This is far from the first time I’ve had big purges but this will end up being a big one. 

And, originally unrelated to game purging, I was cleaning out a closet and I found a box of Cheapass games. A big chunk of their catalog from the days when the games were in envelopes.

And I had to ask myself: do I need these? Not only had I clearly not played them in over a decade, virtually all of them are available as PDFs. Seriously, not only can I make my own copies, thanks to the laminator, I can copies with better component quality. 

They don’t exist for me as games. They exist as artifacts. And I don’t need to keep them since I have almost all of them as PnP projects if I want them as games.

I did keep the absolute worst of them, Las Vegas, since Cheapass never posted that one (and I think the master copies have been lost. Probably intentionally and with a match and lighter fluid) If I ever want to play it again, I actually need to keep it.

Incidentally, none of the Hip Pocket line were in that box. Because those were the Cheapass games I played the most lol. And if I am purging with an eye for storage space, they get more forgiveness.

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