The Move part 7 the final tour!

If you visited yesterday you might already have seen the new page/tab
called The big collection move, if you want to see every picture and the long
road that lead up to the final tour feel free to scroll the day away, haha
(I already sorted out hundreds of pictures from there…)

Anyway, Thanks to everyone who have followed me through this rather
exhausting move, bought items from me or helped in any way!

Let’s enjoy the final results!

The entrance:




I decided to remove the door to the kitchen and put a shelf in the corner
instead, it holds things like box protectors, my tool box and things I
use to clean or package games, nice to have it all easy accessible

Bathroom:




This is the one biggest upgrade of all I would say, all I had hoped
and expected of a new bathroom, so happy to be rid of the old bathtub!

Kitchen:





Shring! I didn’t mind my old kitchen at all aside from the floor
but look at it shine! I miss my old spice rack and
pots and pans carousel but love that they put in even bigger sinks,
soft closing closets and a less noisy fridge.
Also, the LEGO more or less took over… building those castles
with my brother is the most fun I have had in a while!

PLAYroom:





These shelves are much more effective than before, I decided not to
put up any knick-knacks and also used double/quadruple cases for the
games, I still need to print out a few new labels (when I get a printer)


I haven’t decide how to sort/ store the cartridges yet, it’s not a problem finding
a game at the moment but I would like something nicer.


The modern corner (the Switch is above)



I managed to fit them all up there but there is double layers and some can’t
be seen at all like the original SFC box or standard 64 boxes.


I won’t call it a collection but these are my PS4, Switch and PC games



This has been my big plan for years! Sorting out every non-RPG from the
main collection and putting them here. It turned out great!


Better look at my work/play space, it’s “only” a 32 inch screen but since I more or less sit in it when I play I have no intention on getting a bigger.
I will upgrade to 4K some day though.



And this is my new retro setup! I have wanted this for a while now,
a CRT on a lower moveable bench so that you can lie down and play or
move it around and sit in the couch. Everything is connected and also
hooked up to the big speakers of course!


Middle closet has all extra consoles, controllers and accessories, right one has
technology of all kinds, left is a total mess and mix of things for sale
and things to keep at the moment…



I think it turned out amazing, love the green wall color and new floor!
Sadly the Xenoblade paintings didn’t make it and like I said, less knick-knacks.

Bonus LEGO pictures (it’s everywhere):


This shelf might get moved all together later, but for now it holds everything that got left over and didn’t have room anywhere else.


M-tron!



Durandal!


…this isn’t even the only stash, I forgot to take pictures of the last one.

Room of 1000:


The curtains rise! I mean, slide sideways


“it looks like it always have” -my siblings…







Yes, I still kept this retro setup even though I have one in the other room too…





This used to be the Nintendo shelf but after removing every non-RPG not much was left and the Playstation collections will keep growing after all.
the bottom shelves are all SFC Strategy/RPG siblings and will also grow a bit.


The technology and new soundtrack shelf! I have wanted one for years.



This corner shelf is new, a modified ikea shelf to hold bigger limited editions





More or less the same as before, The FF shelf with Squareenix in general below


This was promised, a dedicated Xenogears shelf!
The keychains/pins are just duplicates but I might put the full set on display there soon



The hardest shelf to photograph, the Playstation shelf, at the moment
it only holds PS1 and PS2 games since there is sooo many,
I left space for the missing games since english PS1 games is
what I will keep focusing on next year.
The Nier soundtrack will of course move



A better look at the SFC shelves! The upper layers are mostly the same
as before but the lower are in no particular order at the moment.
Should I sort by color? Title? Quality of the game?



It deserves a much bigger shelf but I am glad Chrono at least got some
space (and time).
I always get a bit emotional seeing that super rare green box and it
has been hidden in a box for years because of that…


Dotu Hacku! There is still space to hide something behind them,
at the moment all Xbox360 games do.







The full set of english PS2 RPGs



This has to be my favorite part of the new setup,
ALL my Tales of games in one place!


Left


Right


Probably the best overview!
If you compare to the old setup, the shelves are about 10 inches lower and
the rightmost shelf is missing about 16 inches in width. BUT I did manage
to cramp it all together a bit and even add some more items,
this time it’s more split into a GEARS, Episode I, Episode II and
Episode III section. That, new paint, and LED lights for the lower
shelves make it a big upgrade rather than a downgrade for me!






Xenogears


Episode I


Episode II


Episode III





I did not plan a Growlanser corner…


Same as before, but with lighting


Same same, still missing YS5 on PS2





Shion as bright as ever!



Suikoden and a total mix


This will be the first shelf to change when I get more items
but for now Valkyrie get to shine a bit


Thank you again, feel free to ask or comment anything, or just
point out the few black sheep that was not in fact RPGs, haha!

The Move part 6 (and a “mini christmas”)

Hello everyone!

I thought that I would give a quick update if anyone is wondering how
things are going over here.

The move itself is finally over (hurray), the last few things finally got
moved back here from my mother’s place this weekend. Overall it went
better than expected. Thanks to some more effective moving methods and my
brother helping out most working days got cut by 5 hours from what I feared.

It was still a pain of course but nothing at all like the last move out luckily.

This will only be the short version, I have however taken a lot of
“behind the scenes” pictures this time, so many I don’t know what to show,
in fact I will probably make an entire section where you can just
view them all later! lots of close-up pictures in strange angles of cords,
corners, half-built shelves etc. all the good stuff, haha.

Anyway, the apartment itself looks quite nice and it is finally starting to look
like a home again, I thought I would go crazy in the beginning when there was
stuff everywhere and you had to move 40 items just to get one in place,
constantly. PHEW.

Thankfully all the worst parts are over and yesterday I even started to put up
some of the games! Big progress!

Before putting up the games I had to take care of this pile however:


All the unopened packages from the last couple of weeks, haha.


I can’t wait to play Trails of Cold Steel III,
that’s my reward once everything is in order…


SFC! I was surprised to see those strategy games sold here in Sweden so I just
had to get them, quite rare both of them. I also can’t believe I didn’t have
a japanese Vagrant Story until now!


XENO! …almost only duplicates but some fantastic ones that should find a
new home soon. That bubble wrap KOS-MOS is however new to the collection,
it’s a re-release of the “extra coating” edition of a version 4 model kit.


Lastly a bunch of double and quadruple CD-cases to make my
“games-I-replay-often-or-plan-to-replay-someday” shelf
more effective, haha

But don’t worry you will get pictures of that
and everything else soon.


Soooon…

The move part 5 (and some actual games)

This will most likely be my last post in a while, the last one in this temporary
apartment at least!

Time really went by fast and next week will be the big one,
I’m quite nervous/anxious about it all, hopefully it goes well but I have had
quite some recurring dreams lately, haha! For some reason I only have half the
time to make the return move, about 50 effective hours instead of the 100+
it took last time… I have however spent the weekend storing a few (lots of)
things at my mothers place who Luckily lives very close, I really don’t like my
items to be spread out across three different apartments but it can’t be helped.

Oh well, most preparations should be complete by now,
including another trip to the garage and more sawing:

Another day spent painting on the balcony, this time much colder:

And finally a kitchen turned into a… paint-drying-contraption,
can’t wait to put them all into place soon:

Ready to roll, 12 moving boxes under there:

Lastly I wanted to show some actual games!
The yearly “Retrogathering” gave some nice additions:

(The magazine has a Xenogears article/miniguide)

Sure, half the items were pre-made deals with friends and a few cheap
duplicates but I was still surprised to find Castlevania at a reasonable
price and a Jade Cocoon for the collection! Overall I am surprised how much
the collection has managed to grow during the last weeks despite all the
moving costs, I keep promising Xeno items but there is still a few posts
left of chaos ahead, hehe.

The move part 3 and 4

—PART 3—

I’m alive! Barely.

Me and the collection are safely in place in the temporary apartment,
I would say it all went well but it has been some really intense weeks
since I last wrote. Firstly the move, I had an entire week to get it done
and I needed every hour of that week, a lot of 15 hour work days of me
walking back and forward, moving the collection slowly and safely over
the block/neighbourhood. Most people would probably find the method
ridiculous but I absolutely wanted to do it myself.
My brother helped me move the game shelves one or two at a time almost
as carefully on a transport wagon and the “normal” shelves and “normal”
moving boxes got transported by car.
Either way, I would call it my second worst week in life when it comes
to physical labor. At least I ate and drank correctly, something I did
not do that worst of weeks…

Nothing special about this apartment, I would never like to live on the bottom
floor but it really helped not having to use elevator, only a short staircase.
Also, missing a wall and having lots of windows would be a nightmare for the
collection.

This is how it looks at the moment, what a nice collection,
of not so rare boxes:

Not sure what else to say, all in all, no major problems, just a lot of work.
About 180 boxes in total, over 300m2 bubble wrap to protect everything,
that’s enough to cover the entire apartment in at least 5 layers, haha!

—PART 4—

As for part 4, I barely used a week to rest before starting my next project,
grind/sand, clean and paint the shelves!
Apparently I didn’t learn anything from that moving week and tried to work
myself to death with another 15 hour day…
After that I really tried to slow down but once I start something I just
can’t help it and a lot of 10 hour work days followed.
There was more work than expected and in the end I got close to 100 hours
before everything was done, PHEW.

My work space for 10 days, like I said a really large balcony,
bigger than my ordinary so I’m glad I did this now and not earlier.

As you can see, some parts really needed a repaint.
This is also one of the shelves that got cut shorter recently,
some of the bigger ones are terrible to move around yourself,
next to impossible without damaging the shelves or yourself.

I haven’t taken any good before and after pictures yet and mostly
the difference won’t even show on overview pictures but for me and
visitors it will probably be worth all this effort…
I was a bit worried about the paint at first but once it dried you
can barely tell it apart from the original color.

That’s that, the worst part is over but I do have a few more
smaller things I want to get done, planned and bought before
the return move.

Sorry that this turned into another building blog but such
is the fate of all collectors sooner or later it seems, haha!

The Move Part 2

The upcoming Monday will be the start of the actual MOVING part
of the… move so I wanted to give an update before that!

Most of my home is in boxes by now, the computer is obviously still
up and with sound and PS4 as well, also cleaning/building tools and half
the kitchen are left, things you need all the way until the end!

Since last time most of my time has actually gone into rebuilding some of the
shelves and selling duplicates and unwanted items.

A poor Xeno shelf turned into a tool shelf! Four of them needed to get shorter
in height and two… less wide, it took some work but I’m glad it’s done now.
Having to shrink the shelves is probably the worst part about the
move for me, hopefully I will be able to display most of the items as
before and hopefully it won’t look too bad.

While I had the chance I also made sure to do something I should have done a
long time ago, reinforce the larger/deeper shelves, they were never meant
to hold much weight but they almost bend under their own weight so I’m
happy to get this done at least.

There is one final and massive thing left, repaint ALL the shelves…
I really don’t look forward to that but as you might see in the picture it
is quite needed. It will be done during my time in the temporary apartment,
it does have a large and glassed-in balcony where I can paint.
I’m not too good with brushes so it will be a real challenge to reach
the corners on all these without messing up the back part.

Next up the sales, they have taken a lot of my time but it has been worth it,
thanks to all of you who have bought from me lately, the entire move should
be covered financially!!
That includes boxes, bubble wrap, tools, new upcoming shelves, paint etc.
There is just a lot of expenses so many, many thanks to you all!

Actually I even felt I could afford another really boring thing, protector boxes
for SFC games and a few other protectors I was running low or out of.
SFC was the highest priority since I have been getting so many of the
“strategy games” this year including a large lot a few weeks ago:

Just what I needed in the middle of the move, more things to clean and
repackage, haha. Oh well, they look nice now and will look even better
with protection and later in the shelves.

Wish me luck, next post will be from the temporary apartment!

My worst nightmare

Well maybe not THE worst but one of the things I have been dreading for years
is now taking place, it’s called…moving!

I have known about this move for a while but done my best to forget and
ignore it but now there is no way to do that anymore.

My entire neighbourhood is getting renovated and soon it will be my turn
for a temporary move while they upgrade everything from bathroom and
kitchen to paint and the electricity/outlets.

As you might guess this means the entire collection needs to move as
well and since they will need access to the walls/outlets
that includes the shelves as well…

Luckily I have/had a lot of time to prepare, step one was going through
all the SFC games, I test played, cleaned some and documented the
condition of over 200 RPGs in one week, what a week!
I can say that all of them work and as far as I could tell all still
had their battery memory intact. A few were to hard/slow to confirm tho.


A more effective but less pretty way to store them!


I just like this picture, pick a game, any game


A very light but delicate moving box of empty SFC boxes


Emptiness

The rest of the games were more straight forward to package,
I sorted out quite a few that doesn’t fit the collection and will be
sold (hopefully) to finance the move. There is quite some expenses,
aside from many many moving boxes and a ridiculous amount of bubble wrap
I will sadly have to rebuild the Xeno shelves to fit a new
ventilation system… I will also need to repaint and make some
adjustment to all shelves, buy some new ones in my other rooms etc.
there are just a lot of expenses adding up!

Once all the games, soundtracks, guides and other parts of the collection
were finally in boxes I saved the Xeno collection for last, I thought that
now would be my chance to finally display it all since
all the shelves were free!

…Sadly I will have to accept that I will never be able to display it all
at once, even with 150 foot of shelf space a lot of items are stacked or
hidden, not to mention all the cards and posters or the standees…
oh well it was a good attempt.

It has been quite exhausting packaging all these delicate items,
where there once was Xeno there now stands a wall of boxes:

Actually, by now there stands double layers of boxes, I finally managed to
take down the shelves yesterday with the help of my brother and sort out
the final cables into the last moving box, almost 100 of them… in that room.
We’ll see if I have the time to rebuild and paint the shelves before moving
but otherwise there is nothing left to to in this room.

There is literally nowhere to stand in there, a table and
couch filled with items are hiding somewhere in there too.

I really wanted to update and tell you all about what is going on
before I move on to deconstruct the rest of my home.
A true pain and I have already started to dream about
boxes and moving during night, haha!

Oh well, let’s see the positive sides, I will get a much nicer home
in the end and I also got to look through the ENTIRE collection,
sort some things out and clean places that you normally can’t reach.

I do have some new interesting Xeno items to show but they will
have to wait, expect more moving chaos for now!

Beaten game number… 1000!! -Chaos Seed-

Yes! With this simple image my long journey to a thousand BEATEN games
finally came to a close:

I actually beat it about one month ago but I have been too busy enjoying my
“freedom” to write about it, sorry!

Let’s talk about the 1000th game first, Chaos Seed, a very worthy game
of the title 1000th I should say. A SNES/SFC had to be the final one
of course and I wanted it to be a long/massive game and this surely
fit that demand too!

I actually didn’t include this in my SFC RPG collection until recently
because I thought it was more of a strategy game but in the end it really
is a mix of all kinds of genres including both strategy/RTS and Action RPG.

The main focus however is to BUILD caves (and crawl in them), you have
resources that you use to expand the cave, upgrade production, buy monsters
that fight for you etc. I am very impressed with how advanced the building
is and how well it works once you get the hang of it, it is a very complex
game and it has one of the longest tutorials I have ever seen but
especially on the SNES, luckily it is very well done and modern games
could learn a thing or two from it.

A big part of the game is also Feng Shui and how energies flow
between rooms, you have to think about what kind of room you put where
and how you connect them with corridors.


(notice the map in the lower left corner, you have very free control
over the size and formation of the cave)

Once you build your cave monsters will start to invade and destroy
your rooms, you can either set up monsters that guard your rooms at a
set path or run over and defeat them yourself, like I said the combat is
Action RPG with a pretty advanced moveset, the biggest downside in this
game is however the slowdowns, the SNES has a hard time dealing with big
dungeons, a main party of four characters and up to four more parties of
four members each, not to mention the enemies that can crowd the rooms fast
as well! Fighting the bosses are luckily a bit more pleasant and there are
some cool and good ones!

Most of the time is spent in the dungeons you build, the game is split into
chapters and it’s usually only one cave per chapter but sometimes you get to
visit a beautiful town like this:

I really like the town parts, really pretty and it’s crowded with NPCs and
animated animals in some areas which makes it feel very alive!

Overall there are some amazing pixels in the game and once again it’s really
“pushing” the SNES, as expected from such a late game, created by Neverland,
the team behind Lufia II after all! Same music composer too, what can go wrong!

Just look at these:

Anyway, this game has it all, I haven’t even mentioned the 26 different
endings or the part where the game turns into a classic murder mystery
when you get locked into an INN and have to figure out
who the murderer is, haha!

I really enjoyed the game but it would still be hard to recommend to
just anyone, it is long and it can be quite hard at times even if you don’t
go for all endings etc.

Here we have them, the whole family together:

Sooo, now that I finally beat 1000 games I can finally work on my top list and
return to all the favorites, what a dream. You can see all 1000 games in
the “Beaten Games” section. I probably don’t dare to post a top 1000 games
since I can already see it is going to be a very provoking list, hehe.
But I should be able to show you my top 100 and some more specific ones soon!

Elly, Weltall, Concert blu-ray

The title gave it away but this is just a short update to let you know that
I finally got all the latest Xenogears items!


I can’t wait to watch this Blu-ray, like said before, I have seen the concert
but this time will be in much higher quality. I’m also happy that I got the
extra postcard, my order was unclear if it was included or not, only the
first copies should have that one.


Elly arrived a while ago around her release but I didn’t post a picture then.


Last but surely not least, Weltall! It is finally here after all the delays and it
looks fantastic! I don’t have any exciting pictures of the figures but I do plan
a new dedicated Xenogears shelf later, you will just have to wait.
Let us also wait and hope for more GEARS being made into figures like this!

PS1 collection update

Hello everyone!

I hope everyone is well and looking forward to getting the Weltall figure soon,
I can’t wait to get it!

In the meantime I thought that I would share some updates on the
PS1 collection, maybe it has been a bit unclear but my main goal at the
moment is to complete my English PS1 RPG collection! It’s not as big of a
task as the PS2 collection was but most games have a higher average price
and considering the high import taxes from the US, it’s not an easy task
to get some of the titles.

I know most collectors and especially players prefer NTSC versions of
PS1 games but this is already a mixed collection so both regions are fine
as long as it’s English versions, just as with the PS2 collection.

Here are some newly added games:


I’m happy to have Parasite Eve II again, sold it years ago. Vandal Hearts II includes a Suikoden II demo, lots of II’s, hehe.


RPG Maker, Infinite potential RPGs, I never have to buy another one!


I haven’t played any of these, only seen a friend play some Dragon Valor and that seemed quite fun… back then.

This is a list of what I am missing, I will add the list to the Buying/selling list as well:

Beyond the Beyond
Blaze & Blade: Eternal Quest
Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain
Chocobo’s Dungeon 2
Crusaders of Might and Magic
Diablo
Digimon World ?
Digimon World 2
Digimon World 3
Jade Cocoon: Story of the Tamamayu
King’s Field
King’s Field II
Mega Man Legends
Mega Man Legends 2
Parasite Eve
Persona
Persona 2: Eternal Punishment
Shadow Madness
Shadow Tower
Tecmo’s Deception: Invitation to Darkness
Thousand Arms
Torneko: The Last Hope
Brigandine
Gauntlet Legends
Kartia: The Word of Fate
Vanguard Bandits
Monsterseed
Ogre battle
Ogre tactics
Final Fantasy Tactics
Grandia

What happens when a friend visits Japan, again

Some of you might remember an old post like this, this time is not half
as crazy (phew) but I’m still very happy with this lot of games.
Since importing, especially cheap games is impossible at the moment
I asked my friend to get as many as possible from my wanted list,
I’m surprised myself I was missing some of these:


All THREE Full Metal Alchemist games, silly that we only got 2/3.


I really like the cover/art for the Juuni Kokuki game!
(Metal Saga and Okage are not too bad either)


Like I said, a mystery that I was missing all of the games
in the top row. The only non-PS2 game this time is the
Suikoden 1+2 port for PSP, a must in the collection!

That’s all for this time, I’m still missing a lot of
titles, (maybe 1/3?) but I’m very happy so far and I
will post my wanted list later!