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Post Posted: Sun Mar 14, 2010 5:47 am 
 

Welcome Tom, you sound very much along the lines of me, and just recently (after a couple of years trying not to) I've started to increase what I own and pick up interesting items highlighted by the guys here!  :)


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Post Posted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 11:06 am 
 

formcritic wrote:Leaves from the Inn of the Last Home


ashmire13 wrote:
Now that's something I'm still looking to pick up and keep missing on ebay, so you can wait your turn on that one...  :wink:  :P


Fill your boots on that one now Phi, I just picked a copy up for 99p!  :lol:  :wink:


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Post Posted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 9:48 pm 
 

Hello everyone.

My name is Eric. Finally registered for the forums after visiting and contributing to this site since 2000-ish. I'm even thanked in the credits :)

Have been collecting games since the early 1980s and playing since the 1970s. Got into wargaming in 1976 and AD&D in 1979. Have a fairly extensive AD&D 1st ed collection, amongst many things. When magazines are included, I have over 3000 separate publications (excluding individual packs of cards and individual miniatures), but that includes rpgs, board games, miniatures and even a few collectable games.

Yes, I'm addicted.

My latest project has been helping wavemotion and several others with rpg.geekdo.com. It's been a lot of fun.

I'm pleased to see this site still going strong after all these years. Though I probably will only post occasionally, I'll be reading frequently.

Thanks all,

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Post Posted: Mon Mar 22, 2010 9:59 pm 
 

Welcome/welcome back, Eric.

  


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Post Posted: Tue Mar 23, 2010 2:08 am 
 

Hi Eric! Great collection size.

Please tell me you are the original Cleric!  :wink:


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Post Posted: Tue Mar 23, 2010 7:46 pm 
 

Hi everyone, I wanted to introduce myself.  I'm George and I live in California.  I'm a 41-year old man that still wants to feverishly capture my youth!

I got introduced to RPG's in the late '70's with the 1977 boxed set, followed by AD&D 1e, followed by "other RPGS," such as Arduin and Gamma World.

I really enjoy collecting things, although my wife's impassioned disinterest in my collection keeps it somewhat in check.  :)

Over the past couple years, I developed a pretty decent collection of Micronauts, remember the interchangeable robotic toys from the '70's and '80's?  They were my favorite toy as a child.  Baron Karza and Force Commander bring back fond memories!

I would now love to embark upon a D&D collection.  I have such fond memories of my playing days, and it just makes my heart feel good (no other way to put it) to hold a vintage Monster Manual in my hands..

My other hobby that I've devoted extensive time to the past couple years is collecting and painting minis (exclusively Lord of the Rings).

Only other interesting "factoid" is that my middle name is Aragorn.  So, yes, my parents were Tolkien fanatics.  (Although I recognize that the creators of D&D say they weren't particularly influenced by Tolkien).

Now I have two questions:
1) Why does it seem like every EBAY posting either (a) goes for about twice the price that is listed in the Acaeum site, OR (b) is very beaten up?

2) The only way I could register for this site is through my work email - which isn't ideal.  But my only other sites are gmail, hotmail, and yahoo mail.  And Acaeum wouldn't let me register with these web-based mail.  The instructions say to use a "personal" email.  Does anyone have an example of what is meant by a "personal" email?

Thanks!
George
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Post Posted: Tue Mar 23, 2010 8:35 pm 
 

WELCOME to the Acaeum George!

Second question first:
I am registered here using my Yahoo E-Mail address.
When I registered it was the free version, though now I have the pay version of Yahoo Mail.
I have no clue why hotmail, g-mail or Yahoo would not work for you.

And as to your previous question?
They use a very complex coin flipping method I think...  8O

NO NOT REALLY!   :lol:
I have only a little idea but here you go...
I think the sites valuation board takes great pains to wait for short term swings and trends to level out to a more steady-long term value for sales.
That I think gives the board a more realistic valuation for TSR Items and it aint all based on E-Bay sales either.
Private sales and sales from other auction sites than E-Bay and even other RPG sales sites (Like http://rpgmarketplace.com/) also play a hand (I think).

OK...
Now a few questions for you.
Have any advice for a rookie miniature painter?
What paint type to use?
How to prep raw metal minis for painting?
How to get into those TINY places that all the small minis have and my brush wont reach?
How to make the paint STAY on them after your done?
Some sort of clear spray on coating I assume?


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Post Posted: Tue Mar 23, 2010 9:13 pm 
 

Thanks for the info - and nice to virtually meet you!

As for your questions (and someone let me know if I'm straying from the topic at hand):
1) Advice for rookie painter: use the web, you can get a lot of excellent tips & techniques!  Also, use good paints and water them down a bit so they will run into the cracks/creases better.  Make sure you use a good primer.  I personally use black primer because I can let the primer act as borderlines and shading in certain cases.

2) I personally like to use Vallejo paints.  I like the dropper bottles and the color choices.  (I find GW paints to be a bit "garish")

3) To prep raw metals, clip off any extra bits, then file down any rough edges, then wash them in mild, sudsy, warm water, and then prime them.

4) To get into TINY places, either use a TINY brush  :D  or use slightly watered down paint and let it "flow" into the nooks.  This takes practice.

5)  To make the paint stay, I use a Matte spray primer.  Just make sure you spray completely out of the wind, otherwise the wind will clump up your spray and get clumpy bits on your mini.  I use GW matte spray, but I'm sure any brand would work fine.

I don't want to engender ill will by getting too far off topic, so let me know if I should be messaging you instead - since this isn't a collectorish topic.

Geo

  

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Post Posted: Tue Mar 23, 2010 10:20 pm 
 

Welcome to the Acaeum, George.

My two-cents' worth of answers:

eBay Price Variation:  Generally speaking, eBay prices are highly variable. The prices of rare (i.e., expensive) items tend to be more stable and trend upward or downward.  The Acaeum price guide is updated, but it is not updated with great frequency.  And funky equations are used to weight prices, so the Acaeum price guide is not a straight average of sale prices.

eBay Quality: Some eBay sellers actually used their RPG books!  Other sellers buy from thrift stores, used bookstores, estate sales, etc.

E-mail Address: I registered here with a Yahoo! e-mail address, but that was a while ago.   You can change your e-mail address by clicking on the "Profile" link in the menu at the top of each web page.

  

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Post Posted: Tue Mar 23, 2010 11:05 pm 
 

Hi, I saw your post in the classifieds, but I was wondering whether you're looking for the manuals as actual first prints, or 1st editions.

From time to time we post items we see on Ebay in the "Interesting Items Currently on Ebay" thread. For instance, there is a 1st print of the Monster Manual that we've seen on Ebay currently, but there's a general consensus it's overpriced right now, especially in its condition.

Where are you located in California btw? There's a couple of gaming stores I could point you to in southern California (Los Angeles and Ventura) and another one towards San Jose.

  


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Post Posted: Tue Mar 23, 2010 11:42 pm 
 

Greetings Mister Spock - I'm referring to 1st prints.  But since I have hardly collected anything, I'm flexible to whatever people might have!

Are you referring to the $100 Monster Manual on EBAY?  Yeah, I thought that seemed overpriced.

I live in Sacramento, so I'm occasionally in the San Jose area for work or to visit a friend.  But there's always time to hit a good gaming store!

By the way, any good tips on collecting?

I.e.:
-Quantity vs. Quality - which is more important?  If you had $500, would you rather get one awesome product or 10-15 lesser products?  I supposed it varies.
-Completeness - do you prefer collecting complete sets of certain product lines, or just collect the items that most appeal to you?
-Usability.. do you like to actively read and use your collected items, or do you store them away in mylar to be untouched?

George

  

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Post Posted: Wed Mar 24, 2010 12:23 am 
 

Thanks for the painting tips.
I will surf the web for more stuff.
In this thread it is OK to stray for a few posts on other topics.
In fact, on this forum we tend to stray often and if it gets out of hand someone will say so.

gvaughn1 wrote: By the way, any good tips on collecting?

I.e.:
-Quantity vs. Quality - which is more important?  If you had $500, would you rather get one awesome product or 10-15 lesser products?  I supposed it varies.
-Completeness - do you prefer collecting complete sets of certain product lines, or just collect the items that most appeal to you?
-Usability.. do you like to actively read and use your collected items, or do you store them away in mylar to be untouched?

George
As for collecting advice.
As for each question you asked at the end?
There is no standard answer...

But it is easy enough in general.
Collect whatever YOU want to collect.
Whatever interests you at that time?
No other advice that I can give you will help you more than that.

What comes next?
If all I had was $500 and I wanted some items I could go through, read for a while and maybe even use in a game.
I would likely start with trying to obtain some mid-condition Adventure Modules.
Perhaps a single listing with several TSR Modules all in very good or better condition.
Something like that might run from $65 to $125 (possibly less or more), depending on conditions, which modules were in the lot, and how many.
If you can obtain a couple of those types of larger lots, you would have a decent start to your collection with just a few purchases.
BUT do not do that with overseas lots.
You will spend more on shipping than it would be worth in many cases and ask the US sellers of largeer lots to ship by Media Mail...
(I would of course never suggest doing that for expensive items though)

Another good thing about larger lots is that if anything in that lot does not interest you, you can re-list it and get some of the money back to use for buying something else later on.
MANY of us supplement our collecting habit (addiction) by enticing others to join us in the collecting habit (addiction) ...  :lol:  :twisted:

I like your classified ad with a wanted list.
That was an excellent idea for a start and you should get some responses soon from that post too.
I will look in my shelf for anything I might have that I can offer up for your collection.
Some of the items on that list will make your $500 leave your wallet very fast though.


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Post Posted: Wed Mar 24, 2010 12:42 am 
 

Welcome George and good luck in your collecting!

As a quick OT for painting, I used 00 or finer sable brushes when I used to paint or you can pluck the hairs from the brush until you have just 1, if you wish.
I used to find GW acrylics were superb for everything, just watered a white down for undercoat and used an enamel lacquer/varnish (Airfix) to finish.
WD mags 78-90 (from memory) had excellent painting articles inc John Blanche :)


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Post Posted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 5:06 pm 
 

Hello all.

The infamous Thork N Hammer, Esquire, has finally managed to scale the walls of The Acaeum. I am here.

I'm an old fart, with very little hair left on my head, but lots of adventures under my belt (both as player and DM) and many more rioting to escape from my pen(I like to write adventures...go figure!)

So, I hope I don't incite any riots while I'm here.

See ya all 'round the boards.


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Post Posted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 10:25 pm 
 

Thork N Hammer, Esquire wrote:The infamous Thork N Hammer, Esquire, has finally managed to scale the walls of The Acaeum. I am here.

Welcome, Thorkhammer!

  

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Post Posted: Fri Mar 26, 2010 11:11 pm 
 

George and Robert, welcome to the sanctum!


And I could've bought these damn modules off the 1$ rack!!!

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Post Posted: Sat Mar 27, 2010 12:43 am 
 

hehe, thanks bbarsh, and JG.

I hope I don't step all over my tongue/er, keypad, here.
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Post Posted: Sat Mar 27, 2010 2:00 am 
 

ashmire, bbarsh, and everyone else - thanks for the warm welcome!

George

  


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Post Posted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 7:33 am 
 

Hello everyone,
Some of you already know me, from ebay or private deals, as I've been quite an active collector for the past 10 years or so, especially in the nonTSR field.
For the others, I'm french, 40, I've started to play in the early 80s when AD&D was becoming popular in France, and stopped after the high school. Years later, in 2000 or 2001, I started collecting by coming across a D&D related auction on ebay. You've probably heard the same story a hundred times...

For various reasons, I've decided to part with my collection, and started to sell stuff since a few months. This may seems a strange time to choose to register on Acaeum, when I leave the hobby, but I've been contacted privately by collectors who were not aware of my sales until Mark recently posted a picture including some books purchased from me.

So you'll mostly see my posts in the 'Classifieds' section, but I thought an introduction was needed.

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Post Posted: Thu Apr 01, 2010 7:49 am 
 

theshield2000 wrote:Hello everyone,
Some of you already know me, from ebay or private deals, as I've been quite an active collector for the past 10 years or so, especially in the nonTSR field.
For the others, I'm french, 40, I've started to play in the early 80s when AD&D was becoming popular in France, and stopped after the high school. Years later, in 2000 or 2001, I started collecting by coming across a D&D related auction on ebay. You've probably heard the same story a hundred times...

For various reasons, I've decided to part with my collection, and started to sell stuff since a few months. This may seems a strange time to choose to register on Acaeum, when I leave the hobby, but I've been contacted privately by collectors who were not aware of my sales until Mark recently posted a picture including some books purchased from me.

So you'll mostly see my posts in the 'Classifieds' section, but I thought an introduction was needed.

Christophe


Je m'appelle Christophe (dans le vrais monde) aussi, mais vous parlez Anglais beaucoup plus mieux que je parles Francais.  Bienvenue a la Acaeum!   :)


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