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I had an interesting experience yesterday. About 4:30 pm, my wife came in the house to inform me that ashes were falling on the house; there was a wildfire nearby and headed our way. It was probably time to pack up, grab the legal docs and wedding album, the laptops and iPads and maybe pack some clothes. (we had not received notice to leave, but the fire was only a 1/4 mile away at that point. After a few minutes of running around and packing, she brought in a couple of file boxes; "don't forget to grab some games."
So what do you do? I have over 350 games. Which do I take? When it came to making a decision, I chose from three categories: (1) sentimental, (2) been meaning to play and is hard to find, (3) and "cash cows". I did manage to stuff about 40 games into the boxes and my computer bag. Here's a sample:
(1) Sentimental: My first edition, purple box Squad Leader, SI College Football (my first "serious" game). SG's Cry Havoc series of games.
(2) Been meaning to play: Lots of SPI quads and flat box games from the early 70s like Musket and Pike and Normandy. The Siege quad, still UP! Discovery Games' Search for the Nile. (I had just ordered the supplement, how could I leave it behind?)
(3) Cash Cows: These are games I know I could sell or trade (if needed) to start rebuilding the collection: AH Up Front, SPI War in Europe (still unpunched, but I'll get around to playing it someday..... maybe) and the entire series of Battles Magazines.
I also grabbed about 20 S&T's front the late 40s to the early 60s.... (I probably should have left Dixie, but there wasn't time to discriminate!) They filled in the gaps.
So there it is..... Fortunately, Cal Fire's rapid response saved our entire village; they made multiple runs with their bombers and Hueys. No doubt it made the difference.
Of course this brings up the question: What would you grab if you had just five minutes and a couple of boxes to fill? Of course, let's all hope that never happens....