I've been working on cleaning up my RPG collection, and it's not always easy. Our games usually end at midnight, which mean I have the terrible habit of stuffing papers away into whatever books or folders are handy as I try to get ready to head home from the local gaming store.
So, once or twice a year, I like to clean out my bookshelves, which become a sort of placeholder area for all the half-finished maps and campaign notes I have during the year. Books get out of order, and at times I need to scour other bookshelves in the house to see precisely where my copy of Keep on the Borderlands or Lacuna ended up.
The reason I like to clean up my RPG bookshelves are that I like to make sure I haven't lost anything, like to rediscover session notes I thought were lost, and I like to have a clean reference space for my game and campaign writing. Here's a few of the bullet points I have this year as I clean things up:
-Pack away stuff I'm not using. A rule I started this year is that if I haven't cracked open the book in the past year, it's probably just taking up room right now. I have a nice, secure plastic tub to store these books away in.
-Use some folders. I have long had an accordion file for character sheets for the various systems I use. I've begun doing the same by game/system for my notes as well, and am making a conscious effort to file things away as soon as I get home from gaming
-Space for miniatures. I'm working on clearing an entire shelf where I can organize my paper minis and terrain. Right now, I have this all sort of bunched together in a bag, and I'd like to change that.
-Off To Half-Price Books With Ye. A number of games haven't been touched in the better part of a decade, and I doubt they ever will. I have some old Heroes Unlimited titles that fit this bill perfectly. I guess I'll see what I can get for them at the nearest discount bookstore chain.
-A spot for future expansion. As my RPG core rules purchasing slow down and turns to picking up accessories for the games I want to run/play, I need a spot for the Hirst molds, larger minis terrain, and plastic minis I'd like to pick up sometime in the future.
One thing that strikes me as I do this is how much smaller my physical RPG collection is from 3-4 years ago. A number of RPGs I own only via pdf now, and the number of games actually on my shelf is much smaller as I've come to the realization I have more games than I'll ever be able to play. My RPG collecting has become more deliberate, more measured, as reality and three kids dictate, and I've been left with a smaller, meaner, collection. But that collection has been refined through the fire, so to speak, and what's left is Grade-A gamer goodness.
I'm curious, do you ever do any "spring" or "fall" cleaning to your RPG collection?