|Going to a good home!|
I've done it. I've sold off a large chunk of my gaming materials: books, supplements, miniatures (both painted and unpainted) etc, and it feels real good.
Even before we moved to our 'forever home', I'd wanted to trim the fat of my gaming collection. The older I get the more I realise I'm never going to get round to reading all this crap, so someone else might as well get some pleasure out of it.
Inspired in part by Ivy Shorts's The Happy Whisk podcast and Marie Kondo, I wanted to streamline my collection to items I was actually likely to either read or find some other use for.
I came across an online trader, Haversham Books, from a flier in a nice, second hand Villains & Vigilantes module I'd snagged on eBay, so dropped them a line to see if they would be interested in buying a large part of my personal collection.
Over the following weeks, emails bounced between us as I sent them high-res photos of what I was offering, and - using my best haggling skills learned from American Pickers - we dickered over a price.
I accepted that I could expect only a fraction of the collection's value, as the trader had overheads etc to deal with when he came to sell the items on.
But, to be honest, I settled for the lower payment to avoid the hassle of having to sell everything off individually through eBay (which continues to decline in my opinion), and then needing Rachel to schlep it all sporadically to the Post Office in town, piece by piece.
This way, it's all done and dusted in one go.
As agreed Rick, from Haversham Books, and his wife drove over earlier in the week. I'd already boxed everything up and moved it into the hallway by the time they arrived, then they loaded it into the back of their car, paid me for the stuff, and the job was done.
There were some beautiful books in there, whole runs of some titles, and maybe even some rare bits, as well as quite a few impulsive Kickstarter 'purchases'.
I hope, once they get it all sorted out and up online, it makes Haversham Books a lot of money.
If you happen to come across something online that you think was once mine, and especially if it has a large price tag, please don't let me know (don't "@ me", as I believe 'the kids' say). I don't want to know.
I was very happy with what I sold it for, and that's the main thing.
I was particularly delighted to be shot of the bulk of my 'lead mountain' of unpainted figures, as these had been hanging over me like an expensive sword of Damocles for years.
As someone totally inept with a paint brush, if I'd wanted to get any proper use out of them I had to farm them out to be professionally painted.
And while I'd found affordable, reliable, and talented people to do this for me, it was a cost I could no longer justify to myself as, the way things have panned out with the Tuesday Knights, we very rarely actually use miniatures in our roleplaying games.
I've held on to a ton of painted miniatures anyway (see below), and still have a select few plastic containers of unpainted miniatures remaining that I will, eventually, get around to having painted.
The idea, miniature-wise, is to focus on Mantic's Walking Dead: All Out War, for some small-scale zombie skirmish action, and hopefully build up my confidence to tackle the Star Wars: Legion box set that Rachel got me last Christmas.
Both these games make use for a small surface area and are thus ideally-suited to my bespoke gaming table in the gamesroom.
Bookwise, my collection is now down to a core of old school Dungeons & Dragons-style fantasy bits and bobs, several shelves of superhero games, and some bits of horror/sci-fi (such as Hollow Earth Expedition, Traveller, Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Red Dwarf, Deadlands etc).
Still plenty to keep me busy (and inspired)!
|Survivors of The Purge!|