The Great Conrad Clear Out!

So just read the last blog by my fellow FD dude Mike and am laughing out loud. Why you ask well I predict that the #hobbystreak will last as long as the #FDWHP! That’s not me being tres horrible, its me knowing Mike 😉

Moving swiftly on before they spank me hard over what I have posted above, I have been toying with the idea of blogging about some more general stuff fuelled by my life experience on the cusp of my 55th birthday (yes I know you all find that hard to believe – you are so kind!) This has spewed forth from my psyche based on my horrendous torture of clearing my garage and study for our youngest son’s 21st birthday party (this despite me suggesting we have it in a hall). It was not to be and after what probably worked out to be a week and half’s work on and off (more on these last few Saturday) I am in a place where by I pretty much know whats in the garage and the study (aka man cave) is tidy. This is a good thing on two fronts, one its easier to game in and two Christmas is around the corner and the study is the site for one of the 2 trees we have in our house. More importantly we’ve been here since August 1997 and some of the hobby related stuff in the garage has been there since that time.

The BIG problem that I found myself confronting when clearing was the sheer horror inside me when I opened a new box of stuff up in the garage, not knowing what I was going to find and me then just reaching a point of sheer sadness, negativity and questioning why I had ever bought what I had bought. This feeling took away any of the original positive thoughts and emotions that I had and had stored away in my brain. It also made me reinforce what I have been feeling for the last couple of years – there is only so much time we have and I am not going to be able to do it all. Some of the things I found in there that I forgot I had was a whole Strigoi army based on a gypsy theme, an 28mm Indian ancients army, a 28mm Ancient Greek army, a 15mm ancient greek army, so many figures and so much more too.

This of course has meant that I have become a lot more brutal over what to keep and what to ebay and what to chuck away. Yes I said chuck away. I found myself easily binning stuff where before, I had an emotional connection to this stuff. It was cold and unfeeling (ok there was a little tinge of sadness in some cases).

There is the whole ebay thing. I go through spurts of ebaying stuff. Then I just need a rest away from it. I must continue doing this so that I can move the stuff that I have on to hopefully allow me to fund a little more 40k stuff for my Ad Mech but probably more likely a holiday or dealing with debts I have to pay.

The other issue is that this clear out has definitely effected my urge to game. I find myself lethargic over gaming at present. I still want to game. I love gaming but I feel that the buzz and excitement that you get when you have gotten that bug for a new shiny, has gone. I find myself questioning, is there something new and exciting to play to give me that buzz any more? Take the new GDub Necromunda. Its brand new, its shiny. its had a real proper makeover. GDub are really excelling themselves in being up with the new kids on the block in terms of game mechanics and more importantly they are understanding the hook to get gamers frothing again about their games. Their release schedules and choices all just go to make players excited and want to buy and play more. I look at Necromunda myself  and I’m not feeling it. It may change ofc when the Delaques come out (my favourite gang) but I honestly don’t think so. The same has happened with Shadespire – looks interesting but no thanks.

Looking ahead at 2018 I see continued 40k and Ad Mech, continued Bolt Action and my excursion and dabbling in to LoTR with my Isengard force. I’m hoping that I can play some Relic Knights and am even going to hopefully dabble back in to Wrath of Kinds and Kings of War too. I think I am looking forward to Saga V2 and hopefully DW V? from Warcradle, but at this moment in time I have enough to keep me happy and ticking over.

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