A spin off from the "most loved of your collection"
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Post Posted: Fri Feb 10, 2006 1:27 pm 
 

What's the story of your collection?  Anyone mind if I talk about the history of some of the more notable pieces in mine?

The three "core" hardbacks I have I've mentioned elsewhere here at the Acaeum forums - my true 1st DMG and true 1st MM and 1st (not true 1st) PHB.

I got two of the three OD&D rulebooks + Supplement 1 from a friend of my wife's.  He called her over to his desk one day (they worked together) and asked if "[your] husband is in to D&D".  She told him yes, and he said that he'd thought so, and had bought four D&D books at a library sale in Gainsville.  He said he'd bring the "little books" in the next day.

Well imagine my surprise when she came home with a well-loved (beaten up, that is) Moldvay Basic book, Men & Magic, The Underworld and Wilderness Adventures and Supplement 1: Greyhawk!  Over time I've gradually acquired everything else to "complete" a set of OD&D rulebooks, and indeed got Supplement IV (and Sup. 1) autographed by Rob Kuntz and Gary Gygax.

Unfortunately the Greyhawk book of that original collection is nearly falling apart, so Harami2000 was kind enough to give me a nearly-new Sup. 1 that he'd gotten from Alex Gygax (!!!).

I still have my old (and largely valueless) Star Frontiers boxed set as well as a slightly-better-condition unpunched one from a dear friend who "knew [I] was in to that stuff" he bought at a yard sale.

Oh, and lest I forget: amongst my seven or so copies of 1st/1st Deities and Demigods I have one with a long poem written by another fellow gamer of mine who gave it to me as a Christmas gift back in '01 - many of the illos in it are very nicely colored in (and yeah I know the book is essentially valueless but so what?), and likewise is the Fiend Folio he gave me with it.

Hmm...

Most everything else I just "bought" somewhere.  No real story behind the rest of it.  

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Post Posted: Fri Feb 10, 2006 2:45 pm 
 

Aside from my own mad binge on Ebay over the past year...in which I gobbled down Judges Guild modules like pizza...most of my stuff has been gifts from friends and fellow gamers.

   I already jazzed about this before but....

   At this year's Super Bowl party one of my old gamer buddies gave me a complete OCE.  The box is wrapped with tape, but the contents are pristine.  Included in the box were Greyhawk, Blackmoor, Eldritch Wizardry, Gods Demi-Gods and Heroes and Swords and Spells, all in pristine condition.  Woot!   :twisted:

   He also gave me a like-new boxed Arduin set!  Woot!   :twisted:

    I have far more books given to me by gamers and former gamers than I have purchased...except for my Judges Guild mania of the past year.

    My Dragon magazines are a mix of purchases and gifts.

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Post Posted: Fri Feb 10, 2006 3:14 pm 
 

When you attend a game auction for long periods of time, you spot bargains pretty fast.

That's how most of mine piled up, from GenCon auctions.

  


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Post Posted: Fri Feb 10, 2006 4:16 pm 
 

Hmmm...talking about colored in books reminds me...when I was about 15 I colored in my MM, MMII & FF. I spent many hours doing that and my friends and players love(d) them. I even made a few bucks coloring in choice sections of other folks' collections. It may have diminished their monetary value but it enriched our play.

My other favorite items include original character sheets (I'd frame a few if the wife would have it) that I've expounded on in the Intro thread.

One of my best friends is from Madison (I've only visited him up there once--for a football game) and he's promised me some cool showings when I'm back up. Maybe I need to drop a hint or two before I head up...

  

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Post Posted: Fri Feb 10, 2006 6:29 pm 
 

TigerKing wrote:Hmmm...talking about colored in books reminds me...when I was about 15 I colored in my MM, MMII & FF. I spent many hours doing that and my friends and players love(d) them. I even made a few bucks coloring in choice sections of other folks' collections. It may have diminished their monetary value but it enriched our play.

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*nods in agreement* That strikes a chord, Tiger'!

When I could justify the expense (1984ish?), I eventually got around to buying a fresh MM and very slowly colored the pics: in fact, I still haven't finished!
Was great fun to do so, indeed.

I doubt that would've dimished its value: personally, I'm still looking for any well colored copies on the 'Bay. Total blank, thus far.
(Closest was a S1 (IIRC) which I regret not bidding on).
But yes, mostly as a "personal" endeavor. And can certainly appreciate better the effort involved in the original artwork from doing so!

Thanks for sharing. :)


(Heh. My brother chose the "commercial" option: painting of minis for others. Made quite a bit of spare cash from that!)

  

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Post Posted: Sat Feb 11, 2006 3:40 am 
 

My original MM has quite a few colored pencil additions.  Looks good to me.  8)


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Post Posted: Sat Feb 11, 2006 12:15 pm 
 

I'm a dummy. I built my collection up and then sold it or gave it away. Since then, I have been wandering the Prime material Plane in the faint hope of being reunited with them again.


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Post Posted: Sat Feb 11, 2006 7:12 pm 
 

faro wrote:
TigerKing wrote:Hmmm...talking about colored in books reminds me...when I was about 15 I colored in my MM, MMII & FF. I spent many hours doing that and my friends and players love(d) them. I even made a few bucks coloring in choice sections of other folks' collections. It may have diminished their monetary value but it enriched our play.

[ Image ]

*nods in agreement* That strikes a chord, Tiger'!

When I could justify the expense (1984ish?), I eventually got around to buying a fresh MM and very slowly colored the pics: in fact, I still haven't finished!
Was great fun to do so, indeed.

I doubt that would've dimished its value: personally, I'm still looking for any well colored copies on the 'Bay. Total blank, thus far.
(Closest was a S1 (IIRC) which I regret not bidding on).
But yes, mostly as a "personal" endeavor. And can certainly appreciate better the effort involved in the original artwork from doing so!

Thanks for sharing. :)


(Heh. My brother chose the "commercial" option: painting of minis for others. Made quite a bit of spare cash from that!)


Long quote, but what the hell.

Anyway, my son LOVES the MM I bought from Al some weeks ago with the colored-in dragons.  Doesn't necessarily diminish the "value" at all.

  

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Post Posted: Sat Feb 11, 2006 10:09 pm 
 

Gotta be my PHB that my Mom got me for my birthday so long ago, she even wrote a nice inscription in it...it's the only original book I have from that time as I stupidly let someone borrow all my stuff (cept the PHB and my basic/expert sets ) when I went off to art school and was to "gone" to care....his mom said she tossed it all out when she "found out" it was all Devil Worshiping stuff  :roll:

Lost a Damn good MM and FF that I spent many a nights coloring those pictures in  :evil:

  
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