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Post Posted: Sat Feb 11, 2006 9:09 am 
 

VermilionFire wrote:I'll join the chorus on DL.

But another one I've never liked much is Ravenloft. Yes, I6 is a great module, but as a campaign setting it leaves me cold. Does anyone really play the setting itself as a continuous campaign? If I want horror, I find Call of Cthulhu much more compelling. And players get pretty peeved when the DM announces, "A mist is fast approaching, and voila, you're now in Ravenloft." Groans are then audible all around the table with the refrain of not again...

On the flip, I'd rate Dark Sun the most underrated setting with Al Qadim a close second.

But as for the original question, yeah, I'm a completist and collect them all because I'm a D&D junkie. :wink:


I can't say much about DL. I had the DL Adventures HC once but sold it. No DL in my collection.

But I beg to differ on Ravenloft though. I can see your points about the Mist captured plot device which is abundant in the earlier RL material, but for a real RL campaign you'll play natives. The awesome Domains of Dread HC first introduced native characters and since then it's been considered as the normal Ravenloft campaign. And though I like CoC it is quite different in tone from Ravenloft more gothic/classic/fantasy feel. Ravenloft is a great world esp. the material after Domains of Dread and with all the very good fan material on the web and the 3E books by White Wolf, which are very athmospheric. (Those were the first 3E products that i decided to collect, and still the only ones so far.)

I second the Al'Qadim love. It's a gorgeous setting and was the starting point of my collection, after i had bought the Complete Necromancer Guide. I especially like the hints of Lovecraftian/Horror that are buried there below the Thousand and One Nights feel which is awesome.

I never played Dark Sun but read all the novels and I think I like it very much as a setting. I'm looking forward to playing that sometime perhaps and have quite some of it in my collection.

The centerpiece and most important to me in my collection is now Greyhawk of course. I think I'm almost complete with that setting except a few items like the RPGA modules perhaps.

I also have a few Birthright things and while i like the idea and flavour of the setting I'm doubting if it lends itself that good to tabletop roleplaying. Seems better implemented as a PC game.

Finally I have very few if any at all of the real collectibles, the old stuff. My collection, started with 2E and now goes back to 1E but not much farther beyond. Also condition doesn't mater much to me since my collection is for reading/playing value alone.

  

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Post Posted: Sat Feb 11, 2006 9:57 am 
 

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Post Posted: Sat Feb 11, 2006 10:07 am 
 

faro wrote:Only the copy with the editorial changes for the 2nd print A1, sorry. :(
(5180859798; $41)




Lucky dog.  Wouldn't want to part with that would you?:wink:



It would be neat to see what changes were made during the editorial process.  Some are rather mundane (typos etc.) but other changes alter the adventures significantly.



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Post Posted: Sat Feb 11, 2006 12:06 pm 
 

Dragonlance! You guys! That was the GOOD stuff, not this overrated high priced RPGA crap, or that other junk, what the heck was it called, something to do with little booklets and cute little metal men....

Badass bodice ripping barmaids! Foxed out "dirty girl" high priestesses with ONLY hair feathers as wardrobe! Porny elves getting it on with dragons! Nuff said!

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:oops: Yeah, I own the whole series....... :oops:

But otherwise I only collect the AD&D and D&D lines, not the Dark Sun or Hollow World, not even Forgotten Realms...I ain't no slummer.... :P


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Post Posted: Sat Feb 11, 2006 12:26 pm 
 

Yeah okay I'll admit it: I have 99%+ of Dragonlance, Ravenloft, Birthright, Spelljammer, Greyhawk, Al-Qadim, Planescape, Mystara, Lankhmar, Odyssey, Monstrous Arcana, Red Steel, OD&D (dealing with the Known World), 2nd Ed mods..
I love Ravenloft (it needs more love!), never ran Dragonlance (though love the older novels, and liked the modules since I like to know what was left out from those)..Favorite though is anything Known World/Mystara (used it a lot and really enjoyed running the mods)
Printing completist only with Thieves Guild (wasn't trying to be, but then everything years ago was available), and Judges Guild* (I choose to be..but some :wink: make it difficult.)

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Post Posted: Sat Feb 11, 2006 1:52 pm 
 

VermilionFire wrote:I'll join the chorus on DL.

But another one I've never liked much is Ravenloft. Yes, I6 is a great module, but as a campaign setting it leaves me cold. Does anyone really play the setting itself as a continuous campaign? If I want horror, I find Call of Cthulhu much more compelling. And players get pretty peeved when the DM announces, "A mist is fast approaching, and voila, you're now in Ravenloft." Groans are then audible all around the table with the refrain of not again...

On the flip, I'd rate Dark Sun the most underrated setting with Al Qadim a close second.  

But as for the original question, yeah, I'm a completist and collect them all because I'm a D&D junkie.  :wink:


i've ran campaigns in the ravenloft setting quite a few times and each time the PCs have really enjoyed it. i think its like everything. if you put the effort into getting things right and running it properly, it comes off and is a great game.

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Post Posted: Sat Feb 11, 2006 6:43 pm 
 

*coughs*  "CK"  *coughs*


Who me??  :lol:

Might as well chase print runs as I look for those few items I still need. Keeps me interested and up to date on all the others  :D

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Post Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 10:45 pm 
 

That is a good idea bclarkie!  Nope nothing to see here ... move along.

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Post Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 11:07 pm 
 

edited for your protection. :)


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Post Posted: Sun Feb 12, 2006 11:30 pm 
 

When I first got online in the early 90s, I got a complete set of Judge's Guild stuff because I'd always heard about it but was only able to run across 2-3 items in the 80's due to Texas being a non-TSR backwater during that time.  Only after I got all of them did I start reading them....
  Fortunately, I started with "Wraith Overlord" and thought "Wow, some of this JG stuff is pretty decent!  I might actually use this!  I wonder if it all is this good?"
  Unfortunately I then continued with Under the Storm Giant's Castle...gulp.. :cry:
     I still have the complete set of JG items, but I've only used a handful over the years, and a few are so bad I just keep around to giggle at or show to others to laugh at.  As bad as a few of them are, I don't think I'll sell them, if nothing else they are fun to read through.

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