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Post Posted: Mon Sep 27, 2004 6:59 pm 
 

Long time lurker, finally registered.  I love the services provided by The Acaeum.  I've been playing since 1977, and was fortunate to have a semi-voracious appetite for published items, at least before things became a little too commercialized for my taste.  Over the last few months I've parted with some treasures, and am currently debating wether to let some more go. It seems like the closer I get to letting something go, the more likely I am to collect something else...

Anyway, it's always been fun reading these boards.

  


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Post Posted: Wed Sep 29, 2004 12:09 am 
 

Quick introduction.  I'm a semi retired computer game developer, and RPGs are a side hobby of mine.  I've got a small collection (~500 items) of various types, I don't go for collectibles, mostly go for things that remind me of my youth.  For some reason I've acquired a lot of FGU stuff.

I don't have anything interesting in my collection, although while recently trying to value it I discovered much to my shock that my Dune hardcover (Last Unicorn Games) is apparently worth a lot, whereas I thought my 5th printing D&D 1e in box was going to be my set piece.

I'm not too serious about collecting, and don't anticipating spending, say, an insane amount on any single piece.  Quantity, not quality! =)

  


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Post Posted: Thu Oct 07, 2004 2:54 am 
 

New guy on board. Name is Luke, age 24, started playing at age 7 with some neighbors. I have a some cool stuff, various different modules, but do not generally collect for price, but more for what I like or remember fondly. I got a big chunk of the Lankhmar stuff, which I love, and some other neat things. Glad to find people I don't have ot explain my large collection too.

  


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Post Posted: Mon Oct 11, 2004 3:11 pm 
 

Howdy all,
My name is Jase, located in Houston, Texas for now. Moving to Florida in the not-to-distant future. This has prompted the selling off of the collection of D&D material I've collected since I was 9-ish. (around 1979 / 1980)
I am in no way a "collector" as I haven't persued gathering any more stuff since I stopped playing regularly over 10 years ago now. I've had a few great trips down memory lane while going through my collection making it ready for auction, but have come to the sad realization that I really won't be using it any time soon so I might as well part with it.
I hope I have some stuff that some of you all want as I've been reading this board for about a month now and I'd be happy seeing it go to a person who wants it for a collection or for use, rather than just to resell. (although I won't lose any sleep over it in any case ;)  )
I sold off all my Spelljammer stuff first before finding this site, as one big lot with every spelljammer piece in it save 2 all but one in near mint condition. While not terribly desireable for many collectors, I thought it was a good set for getting all that in one place.
I'm rather verbose, so I'll stop there. Thanks for the forum.

  


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Post Posted: Wed Oct 13, 2004 1:46 pm 
 

Hello I'm fairly new to this site..... Lets see I'm 28, I've been playing RPG's sence I was 8 or so, my older brother and a friend of his got me into it.(they just needed an extra to run a module they had)  I was really into it till I was about 16 but then all my books but a couple were stolen, so I got away from it for awile, then in like 97 I got hooked on UO, then AC, and many other online RPG's so there went all my time.  Back in 2000 I found a bunch of [email protected] books at a yard sale for 50 cents a peace! (good rare stuff) So I got back into it [email protected], at least as far as collecting goes.   I buy tons of stuff on ebay, and I normally keep some items for my personal collection, the rest I resell and sometimes I even break even  , Well I am not reselling anything at the moment too busy with college and remodeling my mothers new house, but one day when I have time I'll sell some the Billion or so books I have stuffed in my room.  8O  :D

  

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Post Posted: Thu Oct 14, 2004 9:16 am 
 

I am also a collector of things old and TSR, But I only collect TSR D&D items. No other RPG's seem to catch my interest, as D&D has.

I started playing D&D in the early to mid 1970's, while in the US Navy. More can be read about that on my E-Bay about me page. D&D has been very entertaining for me and many friends came from those days of playing warriors, priests, thieves, wizards, and fantastic races and creatures not normally seen in the real world.

Those days seem now to have left me as my professional life is so busy that time for D&D is almost non-existent. I often find myself longing for the days of old when I could ignore the obvious need to get up early to go to work and could therefore play D&D all night long with those old friends...

Some of you have seen me bidding on D&D Items on E-Bay and I have visited the Acaeum for several years and read this forum for some time now as well. I decided a few days ago to register and become a sometimes poster.

I think this will be my fourth post...

  


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Post Posted: Mon Oct 18, 2004 8:13 am 
 

Hi all

My name is Thorsten and I'm from Switzerland. Born in '74 (So if anyone has a D&D boxed set from 1974 for sale don't hesitate to contact me :wink: ) I started playing D&D in the mid 80's and I have been playing since then with the same friends all the time. We are a wonderfull group so I hope we'll play together until we are old farts sitting in the old people's home throwing the dice with our shakey hands :D . Now about 3 months ago I decided to finally start completing my D&D collection and to concentrate on all things Greyhawk. Perhaps one day when I can say I am near-complete I'll extend the collection to Planescape, my second favorite setting right after Greyhawk.

I tried to take a closer look the collectors market in the last two months to see what goes for how much money. I slowly come to the point where I think I really should have bought all those old modules on the second-hand bazaars some years ago :x But then ebaying looks like a fun thing so I am ok with it.

I  found this site in around 2000 and have been visiting it sporadically from then on, mainly to find information about modules that I wanted to buy as pdf later on. Now about 2 weeks ago I decided to register so I can post here from time to time.

  


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Post Posted: Mon Oct 18, 2004 12:31 pm 
 

My name's Mike Breault, and I'm a game-aholic. :)

I just discovered this site today and am following Johnhuck's suggestion to introduce myself.

I'm 46 and I live in IL, USA, with my wife, two kids, and dog. I've been employed in the games industry since 1984, so I've been around for a while.

In 1984, I started out as an editor/developer for TSR, working mostly in their AD&D titles (though "editor" is not really an adequate description of the position--we were pretty much ghost writers on TSR projects). I worked on a little over 100 products for TSR from 1984 - 1989. Lots of Dragonlance modules (starting with DL6), 6-7 of the AD&D hardback books, mass market games, wargames, and scads of miscellaneous stuff. I continued to do freelance editing for TSR for 2 years or so after I left, but I turned more and more to computer and video games.

I was a co-designer on the Pool of Radiance PC game in 1988, and I left TSR in 1989 intending to get more into computer and video games. While I had a bunch of TSR work to start out with, I starting going to computer game conferences and connected with Sega of America. I worked on 5-6 Genesis games for them, re-writing the god-awful translated lines for games like Phantasy Star III, Shining Force, Shining in the Darkness, Sword of Vermilion, Warriors of the Eternal Sun, and maybe one more I'm forgetting. Over the next 10 years, I worked on freelance writing and design projects for a bunch of companies. Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Seawolf, Top Gun, and a bunch of even lesser games took up most of my time during those years.

During my freelance design and writing phase (1989-1999), I did mostly computer and video games, but I also did some work for Milton Bradley on their HeroQuest system, editing and developing some Quest Packs for them (anyone interested in the production versions of the two unpublished character-based Quest Packs?).

Since 1999, I've been working as a writer and game designer for Volition, Inc., now owned by THQ. Games I've had major roles on in the 5 years I've been here are Red Faction, Red Faction 2, and the upcoming Punisher game (which goes much more with the comic series, not the recent movie). I've had minor roles in FreeSpace 2, Summoner, and Summoner 2.

I've been a game collector in the past, but mostly I'm winnowing my collection down now. I used to run the GenCon games auction for TSR, from about 1987-1992, and I ended up buying lots of stuff there, as I had to endure four days of glorious temptation every year.

I still play games, mostly computer and video games now. I also find time to irritate my wife and kids, read a few books a week, and to run.


Mike Breault

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Post Posted: Mon Oct 18, 2004 1:46 pm 
 

Mike: welcome aboard, nice to have another computer game developer!  Say hi to Mike Kulas for me =)

  


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Post Posted: Mon Oct 18, 2004 3:03 pm 
 

Heh, thanks. Um, who do I tell him is saying "hi"?


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Post Posted: Mon Oct 18, 2004 3:47 pm 
 

Hi, Michael Falconer here. Actually, Michael is my middle name and Falconer is a translation of my last name, which is Sokolov. Anyway, I'm more of a gamer than a collector, but running a 1st Edition campaign and being involved in online 1e fandom tends to involve a bit of collecting. I'm 24 and I run a (Gygax) Advanced D&D game every Friday in Rohnert Park, CA, and sporadically a (Holmes) Basic D&D game in San Francisco as well. Most of the modules I have run are by Gygax, and thus the world setting I use is largely based on the World of Greyhawk, though I also use Arneson's First Fantasy Campaign book and make stuff up as I go along. That's it! Regards.


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Post Posted: Mon Nov 01, 2004 12:50 pm 
 

Hey all.  My name is John and I live in the great state of Texas.  I am 33 years old and work for a hotel company as a computer/network technician.  I was introduced to D&D when I was nine years old, shortly after reading 'The Hobbit' for the first time.  The first module I played was Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh.  I remember my DM laughing as my pitiful 2nd level magic-user died from a poisonous snakebite (I really despised that guy).  I played here and there for several years until college when I became hooked after a marathon session of Queen of the Spiders.  I loved it so much I went out and bought it along with Temple of Elemental Evil and Scourge of the Slavelords.  Lucky me I bought them for retail price and didnt have to buy them years later at the prices they are going for on Ebay.  I have not played for quite a few years, as I spend my time doing other things.  I have been collecting comic books for 25 years and I love computer games (Unreal, BF 1942, Call of Duty) so that keeps me pretty busy.  I also collect vintage home video games (Atari, NES, etc.) but have only amassed a small collection so far.  As far as D&D collecting goes, I am not a serious collector.  I mainly go for 1st Edition and some second edition stuff.  It is difficult to say what my most prized item is but would probably be either my copy of Vecna Lives!, Greyhawk Ruins, or Throne of Bloodstone.  My favorite module is still Ravenloft though.  And even though I dont play anymore, I hope to someday play again.

  

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Post Posted: Mon Nov 01, 2004 3:10 pm 
 

KingofPain said "...My name is John and I live in the great state of Texas..."

So, what part of Texas do you live in?
I live in North Texas, in McKinney which is 35 minutes North of Dallas on US 75. :)

  

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Post Posted: Mon Nov 01, 2004 6:37 pm 
 

I live about 10 minutes south of you in Plano...not too far from Spring Creek and Alma.

  

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Post Posted: Mon Nov 01, 2004 7:36 pm 
 

What is it about Texas that is great, other than the cheap price of sand? My wife has relatives there, and they don't seem all that thrilled living there.


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Post Posted: Mon Nov 01, 2004 8:08 pm 
 

You can fit 34 New Hampshires into one Texas.  Not good enough for ya?

Seriously though...Texas isnt any better than any other states (except Oklahoma  :wink: ).  It is just that I was born in Texas, raised in Texas, and still live here and have a great deal of pride in everything Texas....even the Dallas Cowboys.

  

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Post Posted: Mon Nov 01, 2004 8:36 pm 
 

Housing is cheap. At least that is what I am constantly told by people transferring up here to Michigan. I am a homebuilder and the sticker shock people have who come from that region is ... well...shocking.

2,800 square foot homes up here run about $350,000. From what I hear, that is about $100,000 more than in Texas.


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Post Posted: Mon Nov 01, 2004 8:54 pm 
 

It just depends on the city or area of the state you live in.  I lived in Amarillo for ten years after college and the cost of living there is very inexpensive.  I have been living in the Dallas area for five years now and the cost of living is much higher here.  A $150,000 home in Amarillo would run about $300 to $400K in Dallas.  Austin is even higher from what I hear from friends.

  


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Post Posted: Tue Nov 16, 2004 9:14 am 
 

Hi all!

32 year old gamer/collector from Sweden. Started gaming 1981-82 with AD&D and then went on to some Swedish rpg´s. But never lost my interest in Dungeons & Dragons, so I have been collecting bits here and there. Not until very recently did I decide to seriously start collecting D&D items. I have been lurking on this forum for a couple of days now and I am happy to see so many other people with the same interest.

Cheers,

Carl

  


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Post Posted: Sat Dec 04, 2004 9:25 pm 
 

Hey everyone, a2jeff reveals both my name and location of Ann Arbor Michigan.  Amazingly like most folks here, I'm in the demographic sweet spot.  I'm 36, and started playing about 1976/77 in elementary school.  A little after that time I attended a few of the MDG cons and such (dam if only I knew to find and buy up all the Fazzles and Tsojs I could!!  :evil:), and continued playing a lot in middle and high school until I met my first serious girlfriend and went off to college.  At that time I had a pretty complete collection volume wise, though nothing really rare, that luckily was stored and carted around during my career development years.  

When my wife and I bought our house around 2 years ago I decided maybe I should get rid of some of my stuff.  I didn't need any of the dozens of mint boxes of unused Grenadier and Ral Partha figures I had acquired and started selling them off on ebay, along with my Colecovision and Commodore 64 stuff (still hangin on to my star wars toys, beer can collection and sx-64 though!  :lol:).  A funny thing happened after I did that....I just couldn't part with the rest of my D&D collection, and found myself knee deep in Nev's stage 3 collector syndrome.  Over time I started "filling in the gaps" in modules and other periodicals I was missing.  The DM in me just couldn't part with anything else.  

I've been lurking here for the past 2 years as a resource, although my collecting has picked up more recently.  I actually realized there were forums here about a month or two ago!  My collection is focused mostly on 1e, although I have some 2e and beyond.   Coincidentally helping to feed my rediscovery, my neighbor next door is an avid RPG'er, and last year we started a 3.5 campaign.

I guess that's it, nice to get reconnected to a game I love.

  
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