Do you suffer from FOMO?
Do you suffer from board game “Fear of missing out”? I know I definitely do. I suffer from two types - cult of the new and expansion content.
Cult of the new FOMO is pretty straightforward- you hear everyone talking about a new game and suddenly you find yourself contemplating acquiring said game. You fear missing out on the new experience and find yourself looking to buy the game at your earliest convenience. I find that Kickstarter plays into this fear quite a bit - back now! Kickstarter exclusive! Will never hit retail! This acknowledges that people fear missing out on the next cool game and are willing to pay handsomely to join the club. This is actually one of my biggest complaints about Kickstarter - but that’s a discussion for a different thread.
The other type of fear I suffer from is expansion FOMO. This is extremely evident in #A Feast For Odin. I love the base game but every time I play it I know there is an incredible expansion out there and my brain tells me that I need to get #A Feast For Odin: The Norwegians Expansion in order to enjoy the game fully. Which then starts to sour my enjoyment of the base game.
It’s also a problem for me with #Star Wars Imperial Assault. Early on I acquired all the boxed expansions and that satisfied my fear for a while, but now I’m on a quest to get all the small expansions and it’s incredible how expensive all those bubble packed expansions are. But my brain keeps telling me that in order to enjoy the game more fully I need to keep going until I have everything! It doesn’t help that the app version has a collection manager that shows you how much of the game you’ve collected...
I do find that acknowledgment of these fears helps me manage them better. The cult of the new FOMO doesn’t bother me as much now as it once did. I am definitely suffering from the expansion content fear right now though...
What about you? Does anyone else share these same fears? Or do you have different ones?