So this post continues and checks in with my previous post on Project Focus or An Approach to the Hobby, found here: Project Focus 25.08.13 wherein I ruminated on my attempts to approach the hobby in a mature, responsible way. Anyway, in the same order, here's my experience and thoughts two years later:
- Payback. Putting money back into life expenses from gaming projects, i.e. paying back my expense account from gaming items. I did get caught up and even paid some surplus in 2013 and 2014 with probably over $2,000 from gaming sales going into my life expenses. However, I think I've gotten behind again in 2015. Still, definite progress in how much is spent on gaming overall, with significant reduction in annual dollar amount.
- New Rule. No spending money on gaming stuff unless I already have the money on hand via selling off gaming items. This went OK for 2014, but in 2015 it was hard to organize and keep track of. The big culprit here is books via Amazon.
- Amazon books are so cheap it's hard to resist. I did make some progress with using the library anytime they have the book or a likely substitute - and also made progress with giving away a lot of books to the library, an ongoing project. I haven't found selling books to be worth it, except occasionally Ospreys.
- My rule is that if I can get the book easily in print or through the library, then it has to go! So I gave away a lot of literature unless the book itself had significant sentimental value [dedication, etc].
- I was also pleasantly surprised to discover that our library system has access to many useful gaming books - but I wouldn't know if I hadn't started to make a point in trying. Also, popular novels that are "gaming inspiration" are easily available, which saves me a lot of money, and I don't feel bad if they stink and I don't like them!
- Is the figure easily replaced or OOP?
- If OOP are there other figures just as appealing?
- Have I forgotten or moved on from the project?
- Are there playable rules for the period / project that others will play, or does it play solo well?
- Do I have both sides of the project or am I depending on someone else to show up with their stuff and stay interested in the project?
Recently, was facilitating a discipleship bible study and we read Luke 9:27-10:12. Verse 9.62 struck me..."62 Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”" and I wondered what gaming projects did I still have that were distracting to my service rather than purposeful and fun? Which were getting in the way of following Jesus and which actually help by getting me involved with the community and outside of the church building? So I've begun a renewed commitment to getting rid of some projects that are clearly not getting anywhere, and hopefully will sell well.
Projects that are on Bartertown can be found in these locations, and feature premium sculpts by the likes of Tom Meier, Wargames Foundry, and Essex:
Bartertown Historical post
Bartertown Sci-Fi post
So get them while the deals are hot!
I hope that this post is encouraging to all who struggle with being responsible for their gaming hobby. For me, following Jesus is a big help in this as in everything. If you aren't into Jesus, then I hope that you are able to find your own way to be a good steward of your resources and act like a mature adult, setting a good example for others. But I can't resist saying this...it's easier with Jesus at your side.