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Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP08 Nov 2017 5:47 a.m. PST

Corporate party breaker: Your house is on fire and you can get out with exactly 4 precious things. All people and pets are safe. What 4 things do you grab (wallet, keys and cell phone are in your pocket, no need to grab them).

Would a gaming item make your list? Not for me, I'd just start over with the insurance money.

I said my four would be fire box (contains passports, birth certificates, other critical documents etc.). One guitar. Computer. Framed print we bought in Tokyo.

Would a gaming item be on your list?

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian08 Nov 2017 5:52 a.m. PST

Probably not. Just too much stuff and it needs all the other stuff to with it

ecaminis Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2017 6:04 a.m. PST

I agree with Saber6

RudyNelson08 Nov 2017 6:16 a.m. PST

Hard to say that I would have time for more than one item. My wife is in a wheelchair and my mothers lives downstairs. So I doubt if I have time for more and my wife would kill me if she dog did not make it out.
Now if it is a clean slate with safe and not at home then yes.
My computer work room is by the garage door, so they are already close to safety. Whatever I had on the cart, for inventory so in boxes, would be shoved down the access ramp. Then whatever I could grab from the mint collectible bookcase.
Do to past experience in the army with insurance claims, I already know that insurance depreciation on "toys" is 90%. You never get anywhere near value on games. TVs computers and other household items are easier to get claim money for.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2017 6:20 a.m. PST

If my entire AWI collection can be considered an "item", there's one. grin

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2017 6:47 a.m. PST

Certainly a possibility.

Personal logo Flashman14 Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2017 7:09 a.m. PST

Does even GW stuff retain it's value?

I store most of my painted stuff in GW cases so I could grab quite a few of them.

Dynaman878908 Nov 2017 8:13 a.m. PST

My ASL collection. In reality if the house is on fire I'm getting myself and family out and NOT stopping to get anything else except perhaps wallet and passports – and if I have time for that I have time to try and put out the fire.

jefritrout Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2017 11:10 a.m. PST

1 box of photos –
2 our computers that have many non backed-up photos
3 our box of legal documents
4 what room am I in? If I am downstairs near the door it is easy to grab a stack of armies from the shelves. If I am near the front door it would be my daughter's cello (the piano is too heavy because it took two of us to lift it into the house).

I think that my wife would grab her iron as one of the items. Don't ask me why.

Ragbones Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2017 11:44 a.m. PST

Oh, my. Tough one.
If possible, I would grab as much of my 15mm Colonial collection and my Army of Darkness collection. During a whole house renovation two years ago we had a sprinkler system installed throughout the home. They're not really designed or intended to knock down a fire; just there to buy people a few precious seconds to get out to safety.

Porthos08 Nov 2017 12:19 p.m. PST

My external harddisk. There is almost 2 Tb of information (including orbats,books and uniforms and such).

roving bandit08 Nov 2017 1:35 p.m. PST

Isn't the idea of a fire box is that it will survive the fire on it's own?

1) my VHS collection, never be able to replace them these days.
2) my VCR, these are getting hard to find in good working condition.
3) my crate of unassembled Gangs of Mega City One minis. There is enough in there to build armies, gangs, whatever, for loads of gaming opportunity.
4) my 5150 (original line) printed books, need to grab these as they are no longer for sale and I don't have any of the PDFs after my last computer fried.

Syrinx008 Nov 2017 1:50 p.m. PST

This conversation reminds me I really need to work on my off site backups. My wife's jewelry box would be first (lots of family history there), the kids violin and viola probably. There are too many games and books to figure which to grab.

Interesting comment on the value of toys for insurance. Unpainted lead would not be worth much. I would think a lot of my painted figures would be easy to show as being worth more than their original cost given ebay sales. Of course the hard part would be proving they existed, were painted and I didn't already sell them.

Has anyone done a video inventory of their home & hobby collections for insurance?

platypus01au08 Nov 2017 5:14 p.m. PST

I'm with Porthos. With the family and dogs* safe, the backup disc for the photos and I really wouldn't care about anything else.

Like Syrinx, I have an off-site backup, but that is irregular. Thanks for the reminder.

JohnG
*dogs are family

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP09 Nov 2017 4:02 a.m. PST

Given the premise (assuming everyone is safe and for some reason I feel I have the time to grab exactly four things), no.

I have way too many pieces to grab a few. Plus, I can wargame with pretty much anything.

I might grab a couple of boardgames, ones that depend on custom pieces or bits.

Definitely a pack of cards or two. With the house burnt down, we're going to be playing a lot of Euchre and Whist.

The one thing I knkow I would grab is my meds. That loss would have to be replaced quickly or things would go downhill even more quickly.

The family Bible and legacy cookbook.

So … meds, Bible, cookbook, closest deck of cards/boardgame.

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