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Spring Cleaning

It’s been quiet on the site here over the past few weeks as I scramble to catch up with deadlines. I’ve had a lot of work tossed at me this year, which I’ll be the last to complain about, but it’s meant long days juggling it all. When I’m crunching on a project, I always hate to post here, as I’m sure some of my editors check up on this site, and I never want them to feel like I’m spending time here that I should be putting toward a project.

That said, it doesn’t take that long to post something. I type fast. So I’m going to step it up a bit, as best I can.

Another thing keeping me busy is cleaning my office. More like consolidating, actually. We moved into the new house here in November, and there’s room for me here, so I’m working at home again. Then, a couple months ago, the landlord at my old office told me he’d lined up a new tenant (I’d warned him I’d be leaving in a bit) and asked if I could get out soon—like “that weekend” soon. So I did.

A few of my good, stalwart friends helped me move, and that Sunday we dumped all the stuff from the old office into the new. And there it sat—until this weekend.

We have relatives coming in this week, so I finally have a deadline on this project to motivate me. My office now looks like a game, book, and comic store exploded inside of it.

There’s no way I can keep all of these things, much as I would love to. While the new house is much larger than the old, we still have seven people in it, and I’m making a real effort to rid myself of things I don’t need. Games, books, and comics I haven’t touched in years—other than to move them from one place to another—rank high on the list of Things That Must Go. I’m keeping at least one copy of everything I’ve worked on (that I have, that is), but the rest has to find another home.

This means I’m going to do one (or perhaps a combination) of several things:

  1. Donate everything to my local library.
  2. Sell everything on eBay.
  3. Sell everything through an online consignment shop like Hobby Hearse.
  4. Sell everything to a retailer like Noble Knight Games.

Any recommendations? What would you like to see?

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  1. Thanks, Matt. I used Noble Knight the last time I purged my collection, back just before the quads were born. I may very well go that route again. I could make more money on eBay, for sure, but I don’t have the time to handle the sales. I might cherry pick the best and put those up and sell the rest to Noble Knight though.

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    Thanks, Matt. I used Noble Knight the last time I purged my collection, back just before the quads were born. I may very well go that route again. I could make more money on eBay, for sure, but I don’t have the time to handle the sales. I might cherry pick the best and put those up and sell the rest to Noble Knight though.

  3. That is pretty much how I do it. I’ve got 13 items up on eBay currently and the rest is going to NKG in the next few weeks.

    We’re moving to a new apartment in July and I’ve got to do a little Spring Cleaning myself.

  4. That is pretty much how I do it. I’ve got 13 items up on eBay currently and the rest is going to NKG in the next few weeks.

    We’re moving to a new apartment in July and I’ve got to do a little Spring Cleaning myself.

  5. I’ve been cherry picking Matt, I put some stuff on EBay that might generate money and the rest I’ve sent to NKG. It lets me pick up some new things I’ve wanted and clear the shelves of things I haven’t used. Aaron has been real nice to work with, and I don’t have time to EBay everything either with Multiple kids running around.

  6. I’ve been cherry picking Matt, I put some stuff on EBay that might generate money and the rest I’ve sent to NKG. It lets me pick up some new things I’ve wanted and clear the shelves of things I haven’t used. Aaron has been real nice to work with, and I don’t have time to EBay everything either with Multiple kids running around.

  7. Forgot to add I just dumped over 150 Books too and my book room is still full. 🙁 some things I can’t part with.

  8. Forgot to add I just dumped over 150 Books too and my book room is still full. 🙁 some things I can’t part with.

  9. I’m on my second purge, Wayne, and I’m being a lot more ruthless this time around. I have limited shelving in my office and no place to put others. I’d rather have my stuff find a good home than sit in a box until the kids go off to college.

    For me, Noble Knight is just a short drive up the road, which makes it even more attractive. Hmmm.

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    I’m on my second purge, Wayne, and I’m being a lot more ruthless this time around. I have limited shelving in my office and no place to put others. I’d rather have my stuff find a good home than sit in a box until the kids go off to college.

    For me, Noble Knight is just a short drive up the road, which makes it even more attractive. Hmmm.

  11. Not to be the only one to stick up for your library here–but if they *can* use the books, I’m sure they’d appreciate them! It’s at least worth a call to see if they’d add things to their collection. (We often turn people away if we can’t use books in our collection–but we also get a lot of great books through donations that we might not have ordered ourselves.)

    You could part with the rest through Noble Knight. 😉

  12. Not to be the only one to stick up for your library here–but if they *can* use the books, I’m sure they’d appreciate them! It’s at least worth a call to see if they’d add things to their collection. (We often turn people away if we can’t use books in our collection–but we also get a lot of great books through donations that we might not have ordered ourselves.)

    You could part with the rest through Noble Knight. 😉

  13. My local library raises funds through a regular book sale too. Even if they won’t shelve the books (which would be a pity), they can put them into the sale. It’s a question of how I want them to get my money: by donated books or cash. Hopefully not so often in the form of late fees.

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    My local library raises funds through a regular book sale too. Even if they won’t shelve the books (which would be a pity), they can put them into the sale. It’s a question of how I want them to get my money: by donated books or cash. Hopefully not so often in the form of late fees.

  15. I actually thought about doing something like that. It seems like it would be easier/fairer to put the stuff up on eBay and then post a notice about it here though. There are some things I’d sell, though, that nobody that doesn’t come by here is likely to care about!

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    I actually thought about doing something like that. It seems like it would be easier/fairer to put the stuff up on eBay and then post a notice about it here though. There are some things I’d sell, though, that nobody that doesn’t come by here is likely to care about!

  17. Would a local children’s hospital be interested in any of the stuff? I’m thinking specifically about the long-term-care facilities; cancer patients, etc. Comic books are good for those who are only in for a couple days. Books are good for those in for medium-length stays, and long-term patients could get some great campaigns going with the games.

    You’ve got enough stuff that they could probably put in a “Matt Forbeck Library” 🙂 And I think the kids might find it “extra cool” that the actual author of some of the books is the one who donated them.

  18. Would a local children’s hospital be interested in any of the stuff? I’m thinking specifically about the long-term-care facilities; cancer patients, etc. Comic books are good for those who are only in for a couple days. Books are good for those in for medium-length stays, and long-term patients could get some great campaigns going with the games.

    You’ve got enough stuff that they could probably put in a “Matt Forbeck Library” 🙂 And I think the kids might find it “extra cool” that the actual author of some of the books is the one who donated them.

  19. That’s not a bad idea, but for a couple things. The nearest children’s hospital is in Milwaukee (I think), although others certainly have children’s wards. Also, much of this material isn’t transparently for kids. Such libraries have to fit a wide variety of ages and tastes, and a large portion of the Stuff to Go only fits a small niche of that. There might be a subset of stuff though. Hmm.

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    That’s not a bad idea, but for a couple things. The nearest children’s hospital is in Milwaukee (I think), although others certainly have children’s wards. Also, much of this material isn’t transparently for kids. Such libraries have to fit a wide variety of ages and tastes, and a large portion of the Stuff to Go only fits a small niche of that. There might be a subset of stuff though. Hmm.

  21. We do the book sale thing, too–and if you think most of your stuff would end up in the book sale pile instead of the circulating pile, then it really is just a matter of weighing your donations. 😉 (And yeah, late fees are a pain. I’m lucky to be staff and therefore exempt…)

    Donating something that will actually get into the hands of a lot of readers seems somehow higher in value to me than just something that will earn a place money, though–so I like the donation to a hospital idea for similar reasons.

    Good luck deciding!

  22. We do the book sale thing, too–and if you think most of your stuff would end up in the book sale pile instead of the circulating pile, then it really is just a matter of weighing your donations. 😉 (And yeah, late fees are a pain. I’m lucky to be staff and therefore exempt…)

    Donating something that will actually get into the hands of a lot of readers seems somehow higher in value to me than just something that will earn a place money, though–so I like the donation to a hospital idea for similar reasons.

    Good luck deciding!

  23. You might want to check local hobby shops to see if anyone runs a games min istry at their church. Those games would be a welcome blessing to that type of outreach. Speaking from experience.

  24. You might want to check local hobby shops to see if anyone runs a games min istry at their church. Those games would be a welcome blessing to that type of outreach. Speaking from experience.

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  26. If it weren’t for the burden it causes, time/tracking/and shipping, I’d recommend the eBay route. I have a couple of holes in my Forbeck collection…not many…but a couple, and I’d like to try and fill them in.

    When it comes to the online secondary market retailers, I am not too big a fan. Noble Knight does seem to be the fairest in the prices they set, unlike Troll and Toad who seem to behave too much like Trolls and charge a hefty fare.

    When it comes to making space though, I completely understand. I just put a metric ton of game stuff into storage before my twins were born. What was once my awesome gaming library/lounge has now become a cute and beautiful nursery. Soon I’ll be buying bookshelves for the storage unit. I just can’t imagine keeping all those great games boxed up and lonely. I’ll just have a hidden rpg sanctum sanctorum.

    All that said, I think that I’d recommend the following…

    a) Have us crazy die hard fans send you emails with questions about specific games…like say…Brave New World or Mutant Chronicles.

    b) Look for a local charity or church who might need them.

    c) Cherry pick the fan requests, and some that you know will be eye catching, for eBay.

    d) Provide Noble Knight with the remainder.

    Too bad you put away all you Wildstorm cards…I was thinking of challenging you to a game.

  27. If it weren’t for the burden it causes, time/tracking/and shipping, I’d recommend the eBay route. I have a couple of holes in my Forbeck collection…not many…but a couple, and I’d like to try and fill them in.

    When it comes to the online secondary market retailers, I am not too big a fan. Noble Knight does seem to be the fairest in the prices they set, unlike Troll and Toad who seem to behave too much like Trolls and charge a hefty fare.

    When it comes to making space though, I completely understand. I just put a metric ton of game stuff into storage before my twins were born. What was once my awesome gaming library/lounge has now become a cute and beautiful nursery. Soon I’ll be buying bookshelves for the storage unit. I just can’t imagine keeping all those great games boxed up and lonely. I’ll just have a hidden rpg sanctum sanctorum.

    All that said, I think that I’d recommend the following…

    a) Have us crazy die hard fans send you emails with questions about specific games…like say…Brave New World or Mutant Chronicles.

    b) Look for a local charity or church who might need them.

    c) Cherry pick the fan requests, and some that you know will be eye catching, for eBay.

    d) Provide Noble Knight with the remainder.

    Too bad you put away all you Wildstorm cards…I was thinking of challenging you to a game.

  28. Oh, I still have the cards, Christian. They’re just not sitting on the shelf anymore. Displaying a complete set of cards properly can be difficult, and even uncut sheets take up a huge amount of wall space.

    As for letting fans have the first whack I like that idea. Hmmm.

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    Oh, I still have the cards, Christian. They’re just not sitting on the shelf anymore. Displaying a complete set of cards properly can be difficult, and even uncut sheets take up a huge amount of wall space.

    As for letting fans have the first whack I like that idea. Hmmm.

  30. If you come across any of your battle dice stuff I would gladly purchase it. And would love to let those that have followed the game like myself get a crack as well. I still think your concepts for the game were great. Please let me know of what goes out I am a fan of some of the other games you have worked on as well. Best wishes and good luck with all the clutter

  31. If you come across any of your battle dice stuff I would gladly purchase it. And would love to let those that have followed the game like myself get a crack as well. I still think your concepts for the game were great. Please let me know of what goes out I am a fan of some of the other games you have worked on as well. Best wishes and good luck with all the clutter

  32. Thanks, Mal! I do have a bit of Battle Dice stuff, but not a lot. A few of the larger figures (the Hulk and the Thing) and a few boosters, I think. Anything that wasn’t produced, I can’t sell off, as that all technically belongs to Playmates. I’ll be sure to dig it up, though, and see what I can part with.

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    Thanks, Mal! I do have a bit of Battle Dice stuff, but not a lot. A few of the larger figures (the Hulk and the Thing) and a few boosters, I think. Anything that wasn’t produced, I can’t sell off, as that all technically belongs to Playmates. I’ll be sure to dig it up, though, and see what I can part with.

  34. well i would first find all things that your locale library would want. Then put the rest on NKG so i could buy it for a lower price. I love you work but my allowance is low. 🙁

  35. well i would first find all things that your locale library would want. Then put the rest on NKG so i could buy it for a lower price. I love you work but my allowance is low. 🙁

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