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Not Your Normal Fantasy – Concept Article

Not Your Normal Fantasy – Concept Article

We all know fantasy pretty well, at least I’m assuming that we do. We’ve seen and/or read Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. We might have read the Shanara Chronicles, Wheel of Time, Mistborn, or so many other epic fantasy series or watched shows […]

Board Game Movies We Don’t Want

Board Game Movies We Don’t Want

With the talks of a Mice and Mystics board game in the news the past few days I decided to look at what board games should get movies based off of them, and now I’m going to go with ones that really shouldn’t have a […]

Concept: Culling the Nerd

Concept: Culling the Nerd

Let’s start by what I mean by the title “Culling the Nerd“. It sounds ominous, but I don’t mean actually culling nerds out of your life, I’m talking tips, tricks, strategies for decluttering your nerd life when your collections grow to a hoard, and you have things that you haven’t used for a long time. I’m going to be talking about board games a lot because that’s what I’m going through right now as I try and sort and cull.

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Why Might You Want to Cull?

This is a tough question, and for each person it’s going to be different. The common reason is that you’re running out of room. You have a collection of something, movies, board games, RPG books, manga, art supplies, etc that you have loved and collected for a long time, but now they are taking up too much room. You haven’t used them in a while or you have another nerdy hobby you’re more focused on now. That is a good time to clear out some things from that collection. It might also be that it’s just taking up space, you have the space to store it, but you never use it or look at it anymore. For that reason you might look to free up the space just so you have more space available. Or, maybe you have a collection that has some value, for example you collect Magic: The Gathering cards for a while but aren’t playing anymore, maybe you look to move them so that you can get some funds for your current collection. That’s a great reason to cull some of the nerd clutter out of your life.

How Do You Cull?

Another tough question, how can you be brutal enough to get rid of some things that have given you joy in the past? It’s tough, going through board games, I got rid of 16 different games and it’s tough to get rid of some of the games. For some of them, it was the fact that I haven’t gotten them to the table either at all or in a long time. I got rid of the game Power Grid, which is a fun game that I have good memories playing, but it hasn’t made it to the table in a long time, and looking forward, I don’t know that it ever will again. I have other games that I prefer to play now, and if I really want to play it again, I can probably find someone who has a copy or find it on a game shelf at a game shop. I will say, you have to be brutal at times when culling and sometimes you need to do a second pass. When you go through something you haven’t seen in a while, you open up a box or find something that you’ve forgotten about and the memories come flooding back. You remember the good times you had with something and all of a sudden, something you haven’t looked at in years seems to have value to you again. Ask yourself this when that happens, if you put it back into the box or onto the shelf, is it just going to sit there again for a year? If the answer is yes, you maybe should cull it. And if you can’t quite bring yourself to do it now, set it aside, and when you are done going through once, come back to the maybe pile and go through it again. Especially if this going through the maybe pile is a day or two later, you might find that you are now ready to let go of things since you have had your reminiscing and now you can now move on from it.

Where Can it Go?

This is something that can maybe help you get rid of more. Is there a spot that you can donate it to where people will enjoy it? Or a place where you can sell it and pass on what you’ve enjoyed to someone else. In my case with the board games, I’m going to see if one of the breweries that I like is interested in the games. They have a game shelf that I could help refill for them as games at breweries end up missing pieces or getting beer spilled on them. But maybe that isn’t your scene or you have comic books you want to donate. Is there a Children’s Hospital that you could give them to, or somewhere that can donate them to people who would want them. Or, you can sell yourself.

The piece of advice I have to give when selling them yourself is that the person the comic book or movie or board game is most valuable to is you. If a game cost you $100 and you’ve played it twice and enjoyed it but won’t play it anymore for whatever reason, $80 seems like a reasonable price plus shipping to someone who is out of town. It’s going to run them $100 after shipping (shipping board games is expensive). I’d love to say that you’ll be able to get that value, but you likely won’t and as much as it might hurt, you might need to sell your memory for less than it seems worth. Spend time on Amazon and eBay figuring out the actual cost of an item used and if you are just going to list it locally on Craigslist or Facebook group, go slightly cheaper, even if it seems too cheap to you. These are things you determined you don’t need anymore and getting something for them is better than nothing, especially if you’re selling something so you can get money for your next nerdy hobby. Finally, opposite of that, there can be things that have a certain value to you and anything less won’t do. It might be because they are rare and worth that much or it might be that anything less than a certain amount isn’t worth losing the memory. However, that is a special case, don’t do that all the time.

Image Credit: Poppy Jasper Games

I’ve Tried to Cull, but I Just Can’t Do It

It is tough, sometimes when looking at something you haven’t touched in years, you still can’t get rid of it. I’m not an expert on hoarding or I’m not going to tell you that you’re a hoarder. If you are, hopefully you can find someone to help you with that. But if it’s just tough to get rid of your old action figures that are sitting in a box in the basement, recruit some help. Have someone go through it with you and ask you a second time if you really need it. Or someone who can listen to your story about the game one last time and help you be tougher about getting rid of things. This part I don’t have much advice about because it’s something that is tough and personal for a lot of people. I don’t want to belittle what you’ve gone through with your hobby and the memories you have with them. It might help to also remember that those memories are yours even if you don’t have the action figure or board game or movie anymore. While they might work as a trigger for the memory, the memory itself will always be yours no matter if you have the item or not. Finally, it might help to remember you don’t need to do all of this at once. If you have six boxes of comic books that you want to go through, go through one of them and start there. You don’t have to go through all of them at once, because that loss can seem like a lot, but doing a little at a time and moving forward on it that way can help a lot to slowly clear out the parts of the collection that don’t mean as much anymore.

Hopefully these are some helpful suggestions. It’s tough, and I’m a pragmatic person so for me, culling things is easier than a lot of people, and it’s still tough for me. That’s why, with the board games, I want to give them away somewhere that I know people will enjoy them. Instead of just giving them away randomly to a Savers, I want to put them somewhere that I know where they are going, but also with the hope that they’ll be able to get people into board gaming and be there for a lot of people.


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The Mystery – An Article on a Concept

The Mystery – An Article on a Concept

I’ve been writing a lot of articles focused on products, games, shows, and things like that, and this one will mention a number of them, but I wanted to write an article more about a concept that popped into my head last night. It has […]

The Benefits of Being Late to the Party

The Benefits of Being Late to the Party

If you’ve been around the site recently, you may have seen my posts about fandom bandwagons I’ve jumped on way after everyone else (and if you’ve read any of my other stuff, you’ve almost certainly seen me allude to my tendency to do this). For […]

Movie Musings: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Movie Musings: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

It should come as no surprise that Peder and I have been waiting with bated breath for this movie to come out since…well, pretty much since we watched the final post-credits scene of the first one. We had high hopes for Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2 (I mean, how could we not?), and it didn’t disappoint.

Image Credit: Marvel

To me, the main way that GotG2 succeeded was that instead of trying to be a bigger, brighter, louder version of the original, it got up close and personal. Instead of trying to top its earlier efforts, it did its own thing while still keeping the technicolor backdrops and absurd shenanigans that made the first one so fantastic, and boy, did it work. Though there’s no shortage of over-the-top, hilarious, colorful moments, the scope of the story zeroes in on the personal histories and foibles of the characters. There’s still a galaxy to be saved, but to protect it, the Guardians will first have to confront their own demons.

My only real criticism is that the first act felt a bit chaotic with everything that goes on, and meanders a little at first. But since there are plenty of goofy jokes and adorable baby Groot moments along the way, I can easily forgive this. The characters we already know are back and just as great as ever, and the new ones are perfectly cast and totally engaging. Mantis was a particular favorite of mine — the combination of her innocent naïveté and her insight and intuition, the result of her powers as an empath, seems like it shouldn’t work but totally does, and I loved every moment she was onscreen. It didn’t hurt that every interaction she had with Drax in particular was absurd and delightful.

The true power of the film comes in the way the characters have to confront the things they’ve been running from, and in the way they find that they’re not nearly as different from each other as they’d first believed. Characters whose broken connections seemed irreparable somehow found a place of understanding, and characters who couldn’t possibly seem any less alike found that they truly understood one another, when no one else had ever even bothered to try.

Before I get too mushy about it, let me just say that there was way more depth than I expected this film to have. But don’t worry that things get too deep or serious — whenever there’s a sobering moment, you can be sure that a character will always be there to make a completely inappropriate joke to ruin it (and it’s always glorious).

When all was said and done (and shot up with lasers), I found GotG2 to be a great balance of depth, heart, hilarity, and shiny, shiny explosions. Like the original, I think I’ll only love it more with future rewatchings — I already can’t wait to see it again!

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Tips for Nerds: The Hobby Calendar

Tips for Nerds: The Hobby Calendar

As I may have mentioned on the blog a time or five, something I often struggle with is finding enough time to do the ridiculous amount of nerdy things I want to do. I have so many hobbies that I could comfortably fill about three […]

Happy Nerdy New Year!

Happy Nerdy New Year!

2016 was a big year for Nerdologists — specifically, our first full year online! We’re planning a lot for year two (which Peder has talked about recently on Facebook and Twitter), and we can’t wait to get started. But first, a little retrospective review! In […]

Book ‘Em, Nerd-o: As You Wish

Book ‘Em, Nerd-o: As You Wish

So today’s book review is a little different than my usual — that’s right, folks, we’re venturing into non-fiction land!

I’m notoriously bad about reading non-fiction. Give me a couple of YA books and I’ll happily read them within the space of a week, but hand me a non-fiction book, and you’ll see me slog through it at a glacial pace because I feel like I’m reading for a class. Somewhere along the line, my love of learning never made the leap to allowing me to find enjoyment in non-fiction, which puts me in serious danger of damaging my nerd cred. Sigh…we’ll get there someday.

Image Credit: Trifilm Society
Image Credit: Trifilm Society

And I must admit, while today’s review is indeed about a non-fiction book, it’s all about the making of a fictional story, so in a way, it barely counts (so I haven’t made that much progress, I guess??). Anyway! As I was saying…our book of the day is As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes. It tells the behind-the-scenes story of filming The Princess Bride, through the eyes of none other than the Man in Black himself.

In the book, Elwes chronicles his time with The Princess Bride from beginning to end, starting from reading for the part of Westley for director Rob Reiner and producer Andy Scheinman, all the way until the film has wrapped and Elwes finds himself on an impromptu pub crawl with Andre the Giant. Interspersed throughout the book are sidebars containing quotes from others involved with the movie — anything from tidbits from Rob Reiner about the challenges and joys of making the film, to quotes from Wallace Shawn in which he tells about his rampant fear that he would be replaced by Danny DeVito the entire time he was shooting his scenes, to Mandy Patinkin talking about his devotion to learning fencing for the film and how much it meant to him, to the sheer warmth and wonderfulness that Andre the Giant exuded at all times, to all sorts of other great little nuggets of behind-the-scenes info that you can’t get elsewhere.

To put it simply, this book is absolutely delightful. It’s both a trip down an extremely pleasant stretch of memory lane and a chance to be a part of the shenanigans that went on throughout the making of the film. To me, it felt a lot like watching the special features from the Lord of the Rings films, but in book form, and it was glorious. It was everything I ever wanted to know about what it was like to be a part of making The Princess Bride (and then some!). My one criticism is that Elwes’ quips and quotes can feel a little dad-joke-y from time to time…but really, this just adds to the overall charm.

I would recommend this book to any fan of The Princess Bride, whether you’ve just seen it once, or whether you’ve lost count of how many times you’ve rewatched it (as I have). And even if you haven’t seen the movie but have an interest in filmmaking in general, this is a great one for getting a sense of what it’s really like to be part of making a film with so much heart, humor, and unanticipated staying power.

Have you read this lovely memoir? Is it on your list? If the latter, I encourage you to get to it and have fun storming the castle!

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Summer Nerdery: Take It Outside!

Summer Nerdery: Take It Outside!

As I get ready to head out for a fun weekend of camping with some friends, I’m finding myself inspired to write about the great outdoors! We nerds are not exactly known for our love of outdoor adventuring, but with so much gorgeous, sunny weather (especially […]