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Poll: Why do you collect RPG's?  What is your main reason for buying all these paper, cardboard and lead treasures?

As an investment 1%       1%  [ 1 ]
As a re-seller 4%       4%  [ 4 ]
As an active gamer 19%       19%  [ 17 ]
For nostalgic and sentimental reasons 54%       54%  [ 49 ]
For historical and preservation purposes 9%       9%  [ 8 ]
For the pure joy of collecting something 11%       11%  [ 10 ]
For another reason not listed here 2%       2%  [ 2 ]
Total votes : 91

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Post Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 5:15 pm 
 

Nostalgia all the way!

Whenever I spend time (usually reading or cataloging) with my collection, it always brings back a flood of fond memories.  Good, carefree times when you could play D&D for hours/days/weeks on end and not have to worry about things like family obligations or going to work...

  


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Post Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 9:50 pm 
 

my brother-in-law Ken had been going to gencon since gc2, had played d&d with gary at his kitchen table, and had one of the best wargame collections in the country. my mom wouldn`t let me go to gencon 10 (at the playboy club-gamers and bunnies what a sight that would have been) since i was 11, so he bought me my first d&d set instead. i loved tolkien (the silmarillion came out that year) so frp was perfect for me. i was already a baseball card collector, i thought i could never catch up to Ken`s wargame collection, so i started collecting frp items. i had a very large collection, but when i started working for a distributor (and could buy at big discounts), i decided to try and get one of everything ever printed in the history of frp. crazy idea but here i am 20 years later and there are about 200 old (i.e. pre 1998) things i need. i still game (played last sunday), but i think of myself as a curator of a museum mostly, saving the relics of the hobby we love.

  

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Post Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 10:12 pm 
 

Uh, yup wat he sed, da last part

  

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Post Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 10:33 am 
 

Why do I Collect RPGs?

So I can get "the REAL power!"

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Post Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2007 4:41 pm 
 

I didnt get to vote, but ida voted other..

just to piss off the other bidders......
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But seriously, I would have voted for either Collector or Nostalgia.

Wierd, after posting this I was allowed to vote. Before it only showed me the results.....


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Post Posted: Fri Jun 29, 2007 3:23 pm 
 

Obviously, my own motives are nostalgic and sentimental, although I am an active gamer and do use the ideas in my games.

Has anyone noticed that the poll results appear to be flipping us the bird?


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Post Posted: Fri Jun 29, 2007 3:37 pm 
 

Mainly for the rush of memories and nostalgia.  I love the game, and those long nights with my buddies in middle- and high school were some of the most intense and thrilling times of my early life.


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Post Posted: Fri Jun 29, 2007 3:41 pm 
 

Well, although I chose "active gamer', which is quite true, it's really for quite an amalgam of reasons: the nostalgia,  the joy of collecting something I love, and to a certain extent (albeit very low on the totem pole so to speak) the value of these thing as collectibles. I'm not super hardcore, but I do have few decent things in my collection, although I would never dream of selling the stuff, because in most cases I went through too much to get it! Anyway, I'm just glad there is a community of people out there who have a similar mind set towards gaming.


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Post Posted: Sat Jun 30, 2007 1:57 am 
 

FormCritic wrote:
Has anyone noticed that the poll results appear to be flipping us the bird?


Tell me, do you have a history of feeling persecuted by people with seven fingers on each hand? :)

  


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Post Posted: Sat Jun 30, 2007 9:18 am 
 

FormCritic wrote:What kind of RPG collector are you?  What is your main reason for collecting in the role-playing genre?

Do you collect because you are an active gamer?

Do you collect for historical and preservation purposes?

Do you collect for the pure joy of collecting something?

Do you have other reasons not listed here?


I voted for historical and preservation purposes, but I actively play AD&D (although I certainly own more books that I could ever need for gaming actively), I certainly enjoy collecting (finding good deals, finding rare items, the fun of the community here, etc.), and I also listed other for my interest in Greyhawk :D


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Post Posted: Sat Jun 30, 2007 12:50 pm 
 

Profit. One day my collection will be worth a fortune, like for example, Andy Warhol's collection of old cookie jars.   :D


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Post Posted: Sun Jul 01, 2007 8:04 pm 
 

back up fuel for when global warming turns the british isles into a frozen waste land....

I mean 54N and no snow. what is hat about?

at a pinch ...  the sound basis for a new home make over show : wall-paper the rooms of houses in pages form your favourite module. Rule books are kept for the bog


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Post Posted: Mon Jul 02, 2007 2:08 pm 
 

By and large I'm still an active gamer, which pretty much explains my choice in deciding 'to collect something'.  The nostalgia aspect is also in there somewhere.

I think that a another major component in my collecting D&D gear is the social aspect.  I've really come enjoy talking with folks who have similar back stories, and speak the same 'language'.

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Post Posted: Thu Aug 16, 2007 12:42 am 
 

Hi:

I am bumping this strand from last month.  

Anyone else want to weigh in?   :)


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Post Posted: Thu Aug 16, 2007 2:42 am 
 

"Nostalgia" would be my first three choices. And I'd make about 30 other choices (mutual funds, T-bills, property, equity, IRA, etc., etc.) before ever considering RPG items to be an "investment."

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Wow, go nostalgia! Kick some *ss! Nostalgia pwns this poll.

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Post Posted: Thu Aug 16, 2007 12:28 pm 
 

Finding an early blue book with Hobbits for $1.48 at Half-Price made me wonder what else was out there. I snapped up every copy of OD&D  remaining on the shelves of 1987 Houston retailers.

Most other gamers thought I was completely crazy to want the poorly-designed old books with goofy amateur illustrations, so I ended up inheriting their unwanted collections. The end of college was a goldmine: two copies of Deities with Cthulhu, monochrome modules..

But it was slow going after that. The selection at bookstores was tiny, & for some reason Half-Price Central Austin kept RPGs in a box behind the counter next to pornography.

The internet changed everything, allowing me to obtain what I only had seen before in old Zocci catalogs. Still wish I had found the Wee Warriors books before everyone realized they were collectible.

  


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Post Posted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 5:05 pm 
 

FormCritic wrote:Hi:

I am bumping this strand from last month.  

Anyone else want to weigh in?   :)


Re-bump!

I'm an active gamer (have been since I got back into it around 2002), but I'm also looking into an era I just missed when I first got into gaming - I got into it right on the cusp of 2nd edition, so all the classic modules are pretty much fresh, to me - and liking what I see.  Therefore, all in all, it's a mix of stuff I actively want to use, reliving my childhood a bit, and going back even further to explore the history of the hobby.

Plus I'm just an incurable packrat.  ;)

  

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Post Posted: Thu Oct 04, 2007 5:24 pm 
 

i picked the reason other than the above, cos its a mixture of all of them.

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Post Posted: Fri Oct 05, 2007 2:00 am 
 

Oh to have been savvy about collecting during those golden years at the end of the 80's and the start of the 90's.  A lot of the old stuff was just lying around waiting to be picked up for 99 cents!  8O


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Post Posted: Fri Oct 05, 2007 8:38 am 
 

FormCritic wrote:Oh to have been savvy about collecting during those golden years at the end of the 80's and the start of the 90's.  A lot of the old stuff was just lying around waiting to be picked up for 99 cents!  8O

No kidding.  I picked up most of it at around that price, but unfortunately, I then proceeded to destroy it through gameplay, and sell the rest for rent in the mid-90s.   :evil:

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