Sunday, 24 April 2016

The Super Late Edition of Thoughts on Thursday!

Welp, it's Sunday.

I missed this week's Thoughts on Thursday as my laptop charger has pretty much broken - I've now semi-fixed it with electrical tape, but this is just a quick fix. Apparently, a new charger from Dell will set me back £112, and I am not willing (or able!) to pay that.

I managed to get a quick post in on Friday via what little battery I had left before I realised just how screwed my charger is. So for now, I'm writing with a very carefully angled charger wire, praying to the gods of Alienware that it holds out just a bit longer.

I don't really have a topic for this week, as my head has been pretty much fried from the laptop not working, and various monetary issues (why can't I be rich, goddamnit!) so I think I'll just discuss various aspects of collecting...

Collecting is a hella expensive hobby. It really is. Sure, there are methods of cost-cutting, such as only buying pre-owned, or sticking to, say one item a month, or even confining your collecting habit to a specific franchise, or console. For us here in the Asylum, we have slightly opposing collecting habits to each other. We both used to want to own everything. I still do. I hate missing out on any edition, however I have calmed down somewhat in that I now tend to only preorder the things I will definitely play. Allan would much rather stick to only buying editions for franchises he truly loves, however even at that, he usually delves into the "preorder everything" mode, when he sees awesome looking editions for games he'll play, but maaaybe wouldn't have gone all out on an edition for.

We do tend to try and get as much as is humanly possible, anyway, but it is difficult, especially as editions seem to be getting more and more expensive (look at the Dark Souls III Prestige Edition!) and also, for a large number of them, they're growing in size, and it's not like we're not already having issues with space running out already!

When we first moved into this house (almost a year ago now), our collection was already giant. But luckily, we managed to fit the majority of our things on the shelves in our room, without much on the floor. Well, since then - even though it doesn't feel like we've gotten a whole lot more, we have - the floor space has been shrinking at an incredible rate. I'm also trying to document everything (again), with an Excel Spreadsheet, and needless to say, it is taking forever. I'm approximately half way through the stuff in our room so far (there's more down in the livingroom, etc) and I'm at 1053 items on my spreadsheet. And I haven't even started adding in all the info for everything so that's gonna be a pretty daunting task!

I truly enjoy collecting, and I intend to keep doing it for many years to come. Ideally, we'll be able to move into a bigger house at some point, and can dedicate a large room to the collection, but that won't be for a long time yet. Heck, at the minute, our room houses us, Eva and the collection. Once Eva is bigger, she'll then be sharing with Allan for a few years till we can get a bigger place.

We're going to get our Youtube channel relaunched very soon, as we've finally started working on the cubby hole project that I mentioned moooonths ago. We've (when I say we, I mean Allan) gutted it out of most of the decorating stuff that was in there (leftover half-filled paint tins, etc) and now it just needs a light installed, a desk installed and then fully painted, and it'll be done. It is going to be a multi-purpose cubby-hole, for Allan to draw in, but also for me to work on cosplays and store them. (The cosplay will be a little bit in the future though, as I'm aiming to be back down to target weight this summer).

Before we get the Youtube channel relaunched, I'm gonna do a couple of pre-relaunch (haha) streams on Periscope, to show you all the mess that is the collection at the minute, as well as some Twitch streams (so comment below what games you'd like to see!). And of course, I'd love to hear what you guys would like to see unboxed and/or reviewed too, so be sure to let me know in the comments! Be sure to like us on facebook and follow us on Twitter, to make sure you're always kept up to date when these things are happening!

So what are you looking forward to being unboxed the most? Let us know in the comments below!

- V x

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