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Jeff's Gameblog
Thursday, 27 May 2004

Well, I decided to try to cut down on my eBay habit. I don't have the willpower to quit cold turkey, so here's my plan:

1) Get rid of most of my automatic searches. These things were killing me. Every damn day my mailbox would be crammed with little "Hey bid on this!" notes. I ditched all of them except for two searches that are longterm, like half a year with no nibbles. One is for original Erol Otus artwork, which I've only seen come up once in the 5 years I've been on eBay. Foolishly, I did not bid on it at the time. Of course, I didn't have a tricked out game room to hang it in either. The other item I want is Seren Ironhand a Tom Moldvay module that he released as a small press item. I've never seen a copy for sale. It exists to me right now only as an entries in the non-TSR xD&D item list and Heroic Worlds, Lawrence Schick's excellent rpg reference book.

2) Collect only one thing at a time. By "thing" I mean like a single game line or whatever. Collecting multiple game lines in parallel results in me placing too many bids. Sure, 5 or 6 bids of two or three bucks doesn't look too bad on paper, but win them all and add in five bucks shipping apiece and suddenly I've just spent fifty bucks without breaking a sweat. Right now, I've narrowed myself down to just Gamma World. At this point there's only a handful of modules I really want, particularly the Mind Masters and Epsilon Cyborgs. If I happened across a copy of the Albequerque Starport minimodule I might bite as well, but I already have the screen it went with. The chances of finding the module solo are pretty low.

Posted by jrients at 9:33 PM CDT

Friday, 28 May 2004 - 8:34 AM CDT

Name: Rich Sample

Good luck on reducing your ebay spending, I know it was a hard for me to do the same. Remember the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem...:)

Regarding these automatic searches you speak of, I have been cold turkey from ebay buying for at least 6 months (I still sell periodically) and if these were available when I was at the height of my buying, I'd probably be living in a cardboard box right now.

The nice thing about having a collection that spans 6-7 bookcases is that you end up having a fair amount of trade fodder...I'm not sure if I have the two Gamma World modules you mention above...but if you want to swap trade lists, let me know....

The "collecting gene" is weird. While I have the urge to collect, I eventually get to the point where I want to purge it all (as I did around 7-8 years ago), I then took a year or two off and started back up again.

I'm not really sure why I do/did collect...maybe it was nostalgia, I think part of me thought I'd actually get to use all of them in my lifetime (I think I'd need about 4-5 lifetimes)..dunno....If I actually had GM'ed in the last 5-6 years I'd feel better about having all this stuff...I'm thinking I might be due for a purge...or at least reducing to core rulebooks...or maybe those books that don't have RPG in their title...yeah...that's the ticket..:)


Friday, 28 May 2004 - 8:37 AM CDT

Name: Rich Again

Oh yeah, and tell me all the great deals your getting so I can live vicariously through you...

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