Lars Porsenna Posted February 1, 2021 Author Share Posted February 1, 2021 (edited) One thing about emigrating is trying to decide what to keep & what to leave behind. Like a lot of people, I have built up quite the collection of things, & one of the things I sort of knew, but was still surprised about, is how much stuff we can have here in the first world, that they just don't have in a 3rd world country. First up is going through my gaming collection. Ecuador does not have a large gaming community (though it does exist). Things like RPGs are portable, & easily played on line. But what about miniature games? That is less easily played on line & sort of defeats the purpose of a miniature game. To that end, I am liquidating most of my miniature collection. I have several armies in both Warhammer 40K & Warhammer Fantasy Battle. Those are going, since the closest store that sells Warhammer in Ecuador is in Guayaquil, a 3.5hr drive. Manta has a single game store (that I know of) that sells ONLY CCGs. The crowd seems to be a much younger one too. In terms of my Reaper collection, I may gift that to my local gaming community, to be used in RPGs, & keep my favorite models (mostly dragons). The only minis games I plan to play down there (solo) are DBA/DBMM & Oathmark. Both lend themselves to solo play, & if I can find opponents (like my wife, possibly) then I can easily transition to that. There is a large expat community in Ecuador, as well as in Manta. I don't have any expectations, but the possibility is there. The only other minis game I am taking is Battletech, because I love battletech. The second issue is my model collection. For those that do not know, I am a life-long model builder, & it was through this hobby that I became interested in using minis in RPGs. But being a life long modeler also means I have a large collection to figure out what to do with. I have a large plastic bin that just so happens to fit in my suitcase, so I am starting to go through my collection to decide what to bring & what to gift to others (if some people here would be interested in completed 1/35 scale armor models, maybe I'll gift them to you all). I already have several uncompleted kits in my carry-on bag (1/72 Airfix aircraft kits, as well as a Special Hobby Mirage F.1 with decals to make an Ecuadorian machine from the Paquisha/Cenepa War eras), & will need to be ruthless in what 1/35 armor kits I bring down. Plan right now is to finish as much as I can in the next 6 months, not buy anything new, & what I have not completed, ruthlessly select 3 or 4 remaining kits to take down with me. It will be hard, but necessary... Finally, comes my book collection. As an avid SF fan, I have a LARGE library of hardbacks. Again, I'm only keeping my favorite books (like Dune & the LotR), & selling or gifting the rest. Several of my history books will probably come with me too, but I am undecided on which to bring & which to let go. By the way, I have been talking to my wife about this. She fully supports my hobbies & occasionally send photos of my models to her (which she describes as "bonito" or "muy lindo" haha). So I don't expect much arguing about this. She has even said that once we buy our house, one room will be solely for my models! Edit: I have no idea what I am going to do about my electric guitar yet. But I definitely know I want to continue to shred down there! Damon. Edited February 1, 2021 by Lars Porsenna 11 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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