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I'll start this off with the fact that I think 9th edition really bled me dry a bit. I got all the books for the armies that I have and had hoped that it was going to be my final edition. Of course 9th ended up being so convoluted for me that I have moved on to 10th. The thing is, I like my models. I like that I have options for armies. But honestly, due to gamer ADD, I rarely stick with one long enough to get more than a single game in during an edition. The solution to this seems simple....drop most of my armies. Focus on one or two and just play those from now on. Seems logical. That way in any edition, I only have one or two books to get. I can focus on that army, learn the rules, learn how to play them, and it would definitely help reduce the amount of new stuff to get each edition.

My problem is though that I like my stuff. And every time I drop an army...I eventually end up regretting it, or worse, getting it again at a higher price as is the way of the GW hobby. I probably should get rid of probably half of my armies...but it seems like a huge disservice to all the work I did getting them in the first place.

So basically I have a problem if I keep my armies, and I have a problem if I get rid of some of them. #1stWorldProblems

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someone should start a "group" for this... like (not to make lite of an addiction problem" - but AA or something ... because I am sure there are lots of folks with this... "addiction"... myself included.

-d

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the joy of de-cluttering / thinking about ways to start NEW projects / moving on (gasp) is generally followed up with despair over figuring out money invested vs money obtained from selling off / heartfelt affection for the old models / delusional "i'm sure it'll come back" in terms of game play / etc.

at least for me

denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance are the five stages

 

i sold off probably 90% of my comic collection recently.  all the "high-end" stuff that wasn't Batman related.  All the years of collecting gone, the money, the good times, just having it around, etc.    seriously took a while to just get over it and move on

 

totally get how you feel.  for 40k, i played competitively in THIRD edition.  been stockpiling since with the delusion that i'll play.  i retire next year so we'll see.  but until then it's just a massive amount of space and thoughts of time sink / money spent / what's the point / etc.     but to unload it all now would be silly were i to actually have time to play once i retire and have to replace it all... but then again, that's why i'm so butt hurt about the firstborn.  i have zero primaris.  tons of other armies, sure but scale creep, usable models, the list goes on and on...

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I think it's simple. I've played Necrons since 4th ed, I'll always play them (good or bad).

Solutions:

  • Never declutter, nerds forever!
    • Unless you don't have storage space for it (or need cash, but sell when it's hot).
  • If forced to declutter or choosing to, sell those things you have never used, or haven't used in many years. That's how I viewed it.
    • I sold an entire painted Dark Elf army and entire Space Marine army recently. I might sell off my Orks too, but we'll see.

 

However, you do you. 😁

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I believe happiness lies in hacking what kind of person you are.

I can't stand losing stuff I've painted. So I don't. I instead budget money into buying storage solutions. I plan my conversions and don't "cheat" to get to the table faster, because I'll spend the money someday anyway. 

My solution? Don't really have one, but my 5 year old loves creepy and Gothic, so someone will probably inherit my Night Lords coming up. 

But bits boxes are forever. 

 

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I view our collections as a retirement investments.  We’ll get to everything eventually 🙂

Having some of everything let’s us tinker as armies/additions evolve.  All we have to get is books.

Unless the increase to local gravity is too high, I’d say keep the stuff in your life that makes you happy.

 

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On 4/10/2024 at 12:26 PM, Torg said:

someone should start a "group" for this... like (not to make lite of an addiction problem" - but AA or something ... because I am sure there are lots of folks with this... "addiction"... myself included.

-d

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A big part of the motivation behind this post is because I'm currently depressed. My best friend of 35 years died unexpectedly at the end of February and I'm poorly processing it. I suppose I have been fairly lucky in my life not to have had to deal with this sort of loss until now. But its causing all sorts of introspection and re-evaluation. My toys and hobbies generally bring me happiness, but right now they aren't. But not much is. That doesn't really take away from this conversation at all. It is still a very valid question. However, after getting some clarity on my motivation behind this, I figured I should share in case that impacts the advice. I _do_ have too much stuff. The need to get rid of it is up for debate.

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1 hour ago, Brother Glacius said:

A big part of the motivation behind this post is because I'm currently depressed. My best friend of 35 years died unexpectedly at the end of February and I'm poorly processing it. I suppose I have been fairly lucky in my life not to have had to deal with this sort of loss until now. But its causing all sorts of introspection and re-evaluation. My toys and hobbies generally bring me happiness, but right now they aren't. But not much is. That doesn't really take away from this conversation at all. It is still a very valid question. However, after getting some clarity on my motivation behind this, I figured I should share in case that impacts the advice. I _do_ have too much stuff. The need to get rid of it is up for debate.

Sorry for your loss, and dealing with things like that is rough. That said, also not uncommon around middle age and starting to experience those things. As well as more responsibility, less time for fun, etc. There's no magic answer, but over time you will find your way to enjoy the little things again. It's what your friend would want, as well as family. 

Regarding thinning the herd, don't get rid of it unless you plan to truly never use it again.

  • I hadn't played fantasy since like 2007, and didn't intend to play again thus made sense.
  • Blood bowl is an example where i leave it, then come back to it often enough. 
  • I play my Necrons all the time, thus will keep them
  • I have an entire army of Orks acquired in trade, sometimes fun to just have silly games (Kill team or 40k)
  • I got rid of space Smurfs, because they don't make me happy at all.

 

If you have no storage problems, keeping it is fine. Don't thin the herd and regret it is what I'm hinting at.

 

 

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sorry for your loss Brother G - that sucks. I lost my sister-in-law and my mom within 2 months of each other last year... it took most of last year to grow past that depression and get on processing these challenges to our life view.  Expect a long tough trek to "a normalcy"... we are here for you if you need to talk. I found that my hobby life helped me get through the struggle.  

As far as thinning the collection ...  I would be hesitant to clear out much when feeling this way.  If it can wait a year I would do so. If anything could be trimmed I would start with newer in box items.  Things you have not started or built and that isn't so old that it would require a pile of cash to re-collect. I found it was a great time to methodically inventory your collection... evaluating and cataloging your collection is monotonous  - but with your brain numb and lacking motivations I found it a good mental space to come to grips with my junk. 

Through this process I kinda recentered and evaluated what I wanted from my hobbies - I decided what I found most interesting (which games to collect - what I should stop collecting) - and in the new year I had thought enough about the topic that I had a better idea of my hobby holistically... I feel like I may have matured into my hobby actually. 

I would suggest that you try to evaluate or inventory your stuff,  find that cause for motivation and clarity without time pressures. This process of iteration and change is something I plan to keep doing every so often without fear.  I hope you find some closure and solace Brother G

 

-d

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you know, maybe what I should do is start building some interesting lists with the models I have, see what appeals to me, and then anything else that doesn't make the cut, get rid of (minus a few sideboard units). That genestealer cult army is a great example. I have a lot of stuff for it, probably enough for two maybe three lists. Figure out what I would like to play, and then drop most of the rest. Gives me a specific target to work towards, lets me keep some stuff, and release others.

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as others have stated, sorry for your loss.  losing someone that's been such a large part of your story is a rough go, for sure.

i echo their sentiments about your collection as well.  as previously stated, I thinned my comics immensely.  and i bet 10, 15, 20 years from now i'll wish i hadn't.  storage space isn't the issue, it was just a sense of "should i move on?"  and although i can put on an outwardly brave face and deem that i've moved on, that's wishful thinking i'm sure.  why did i collect them?  so why did that change?

normally things that have utility and/or provide usefulness are what i engage with mostly, especially with "keepers."  just thinking "ooh, i might need that someday" wasn't really doing it for me.

that being said, HOBBYING shouldn't be in my view usefulness or utility.  it should be, for lack of a better thought at this moment, what brings me joy

my dork den is truly appalling when viewed in a certain lens.  a counterpoint to that is the absolute devastation it would bring my future self if i were to unload it simply because in the here and now i don't play/etc. 

stuff that sits in a pile or on a shelf or in a storage space isn't hurting anything.  and the POTENTIAL it brings for later on shouldn't be ignored.  nostalgia?  fresh ideas?  getting back with old friends/etc.? 

nothing's to say you can't simply press pause on 40k.  return when you're good and ready and maybe the rulesets/etc. are more favorable.  a buddy of mine at work plays 10th currently and thinks it's simply "too much."  things get outdated fast due to the meta.  strategims, CPs, all that... it's not very 40k-ish to him he says and he longs for 3rd again or something a wee more simplistic. 

sorry again for your loss, and i hope you really, really think before you chuck things

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