I love playing X-Wing. I wouldn’t say I’m an expert, but I know enough to have fun, to win enough for it not to be frustrating, and to help other people enjoy it too. It’s a great game and I’m completely satisfied with the almost unreasonable amount of money I’ve spent on it.
But what I really love about X-Wing is organizing it.
I think I’ve pulled all my ships out of their plastic homes and put them back in slightly different ways at least a dozen times now. Sometimes it’s been out of necessity, as I’ve had to buy larger boxes as my collection grew. Sometimes it’s been out of practicality, to try to get everything into as manageable an arrangement as possible. But a lot of the time, it’s been because it’s just so damn relaxing.
I just like organizing things in general. I’ve changed up the way I save quotes and invoices at work numerous times. My Outlook is groaning under the weight of the number of categories I use for email. I’ve rearranged my movies all kinds of ways, first just by title, then dividing movies and TV, then putting directors with multiple films first, then franchises in their own section. The only reason I haven’t done something similar with all my books is that I don’t have the spare week to really do it the way I want to. There’s just something I find very calming about the act of devising a way things should be, then being able to sort said things that way. It’s an act of total control in a world that rarely offers it.
Mike Judge talks about how Office Space was inspired by a job where he did nothing but alphabetize purchase requests all day. I don’t think I’d mind that all that much. You never know what you’re going to get dealing with people. But H is always going to come after G no matter what.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have things to do. They announced a new wave for X-Wing today and I have to make sure I have room for all the ships.