From: metro Chicago, Illinois, USA
Turning over a new leaf on my life, when I joined the U.S. Peace Corps (ha! the irony!) c. 1977, needing cash, I sold off most of my books, etc. And my board war gaming collection of 80+ mostly SPI games. I sold the lot of them -- early Christmas present -- to some geeky adolescent for ... $10. One of the worst moves I ever made.
OTOH, it unencumbered me for moving to the Philippines -- best move I ever made. Lived there, two stints, for 3 years apiece. Met and married my wife there. Our daughter was born there. Turned my life around, for the better. Best move I ever made.
To this day (er, night?), I still have dreams about my board war gaming collection. I started board war gaming (AH Gettysburg, Tactics II, D-Day, etc.) c. 1962, when I would have been ~10 years old. Apart from baseball, and pop music, one of my major, major youthful pastimes. I even designed crude board war games as an adolescent. Board war gaming -- it's in my blood.