This is, however, a gaming blog, and while I feel more comfortable nowadays writing a little bit more naturally and personally, I still don't want to lose sight of why The Hopeless Gamer exists, and that's tabletop games (and the occasional video game, of course). So, bringing it back to the actual topic of the HG, I'm finding myself doing some cleaning out of the old game collection. Generally speaking, I pick up a lot of stuff over the passage of time. I'll pick up a game book here or there with occasional big purchase times around Gencon every year, and it all adds up.
I need to make something clear right now - the Gamer Wife isn't asking me to get rid of anything. She's always been cool with my games collection and often participates in the enjoyment of said collection. But moving is always a hard thing, and I desperately don't want to move anything out of this apartment to another state to be unpacked in a new apartment just to sit on a shelf. I don't have anyone to impress with my game collection, and outside of a few mementos and cool books to keep, I only want to hang on to things I'll read or really intend to read at some point.
This means I've got to take a fine-toothed comb to my collection and peel away as much as possible for 1/2 priced books and the Gencon auction. What I find myself doing is keeping books with higher production values for the most part. I'm keeping most of my World of Darkness books, which is probably the single biggest collection from one game line that I have. They also have the benefit of being just full to the brim with fun little things to read. I'm also keeping Mouse Guard, as another example of great production value that won me over altogether as a product.
Obviously there's other stuff I'm hanging on to (things like The One Ring and Empire of Dust box sets are both prized possessions), but really this just leaves me with what I'm getting rid of. A big part was beginning the pruning of my World of Darkness collection. There were some books that I've read, enjoyed, but am ready to let go. The other selection is pretty much all of my D&D 4th Edition stuff. Not to go all hipster on you, dear reader, but I've actually had my 4th edition stuff in the "to go" box for over a year now - well before the announcement of 5th edition. I don't own a whole lot of 4th edition, but what I do own, well it has a high production value, just doesn't really stimulate me either mechanically or story-wise, and so it has to go. I'm still going back and forth on my Essentials Heroes of the Fallen Lands simply because if I decide I want to play in a local game (which I don't know if I'll be able to find one honestly), I'll at least be able to play a basic version of a character. Still, D&D pretty much has to go!
Since this stuff is kind of dominating my life and thoughts right now, I'll likely be posting more about it, but I'm very interested in talking about duet games with the Gamer Wife, finding two-player games, making time to get back to my group to play games occasionally, and solo games. I've already been doing a lot of research of alternatives, so that's just a little preview of what may be coming up in the next couple of weeks (and probably months) while I learn about where I am as a gamer in a new state.