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Post Posted: Thu Sep 08, 2011 10:51 am 
 

Started playing D&D back in highschool in around 1979, graduating from historcial wargames and Avalon Hill which I started playing in about 5th grade.  Living in the suburbs of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis / St Paul, our group had early access to the now vintage material. The "Little Tin Soldier" shop on Lake Street was a real gem of a place, haunted by both fanatsy and old school wargaming geeks alike.

At one time we were pretty active in the D&D community, helping run events at GenCon, and even contributing to a few published works.

Sometime just before 2nd Edition, gaming focus shifted towards GW miniatures games, and when GenCon moved to Indianapolis, our 20+ year string of unbroken attendance was broken. Computer games filled the hole with my friends and I now scattered across the country.

All my old wargaming stuff is long gone, but my D&D stash has recently been dug out of the garage after starting a new 4E campaign with a new group of freinds. Thankfully, now working in Salt Lake City, the humidty is low and the tempertures are mild, and mircale of miracles the old stuff is in really good shape!

Currently working on valueing the collection, and deciding whether to join the ranks of collectors, or remodel the house!

I am Chuck, 46. And I am a geek. Just ask my wife (the kids are still young enough to think it's cool).

  

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Post Posted: Thu Sep 08, 2011 10:57 am 
 

Join us....

... the lure of the Dark Side is too powerful not to have a taste of....  :shaking2:


RPG’s, D&D in particular has had a major influence in my life. It’s bonded me together with life long friends...it’s that bond in life not just as friends, but in our jokes, our mannerisms, and what we find funny. Invincible Overlord

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Post Posted: Thu Sep 08, 2011 12:37 pm 
 

You feel your need growing.  It makes you powerful.

*holds up a copy of White Plume Mountain*

You want this...don't you?

Collect this module, put it on your shelf and your journey toward the Dark Side will be complete.


"But I have watched the dragons come, fire-eyed, across the world."

  


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Post Posted: Thu Sep 08, 2011 12:57 pm 
 

I've been posting here for more than four years, and lurking for at least  as long before I registered, and yet I have shamefully never gotten around to introducing myself.

So here goes…

I have been collecting D&D stuff since the 1980s, but only really seriously since the mid-1990s. I started collecting because I was attempting to create an index of all "official" D&D monsters ever published. (A task I eventually "finished" in 2008.) But by the time I'd done that, I had a significant collection, and it seemed a shame not to continue on to fill in some more of the gaps.

My collecting habits can best be summed up as "any official D&D game products". I'm edition agnostic, so everything from the original boxed set right up to the latest 4e products are fair game. I don't (generally) collect toys or licensed merchandise, something has to have some in-game application to interest me.

While my collection is a bit lacking when it comes to many of the rarer items, it is quite broad. I have very nearly every game product released for 2nd, 3rd and 4th edition, and about 98% of stuff sold for original D&D, BECMI and 1st edition AD&D. I have complete runs of Dungeon, Polyhedron, Polyhedron UK, Imagine and White Dwarf up to #93 (except #1, which I am missing). A notable gap is my collection of Dragon Magazines. I'm still missing about 40 of the earlier issues, something I'm gradually working on.

I live in rural South Africa, in a place called Madibeng in North West province. We named our home "East", just to be able to say that we live in East, North West, South Africa. Yes, I know that's ever so geeky! This places me at a significant geographic disadvantage when it comes to collecting. But on the other hand, I suspect that I can claim to have the largest D&D collection on at least one continent, so there is that. As an aside, I'd like to thank anyone who has ever put a D&D item up for auction on ebay and not excluded my continent from shipping. I appreciate that most sincerely.

I am still an active gamer, hosting D&D sessions once or twice each month. But I spend a lot more time on the collecting side of the hobby than I do just playing. Over the last year I've been working on a series of "Collector's Guides" over on ENWorld. These don't contain even remotely the depth and level of detail available here on the Acaeum, but are (I hope) a nifty short list of products for each D&D campaign setting and edition. (Example: Ravenloft Collector's Guide)

To wrap up, since I first found this site, it has taught me a vast amount about the history of D&D. I've been lucky enough to buy choice items from some of the esteemed members of this community. And once or twice I've even been able to help someone fill a gap in their collection. These forums are on a very short list of places I visit every day. My thanks to everyone who makes the Acaeum tick!

  

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Post Posted: Thu Sep 08, 2011 2:40 pm 
 

Echohawk,

Congrats on the collection.  Seems to me you would be a very knowledgeable person to have around these forums.  Don't be shy about posting.  

WELCOME!!!

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Post Posted: Mon Oct 10, 2011 11:11 am 
 

hey guys,
now that i think of it, I've never had the politeness to introduce myself either...

My name's Luca, 39 yo from the fog ridden city of Bologna, Italy...
As for Echohawk, I've joined the forum years ago, albeit not posting too much (i.e. almost never), and i have had the pleasure of doing business with a few of you guys - heck, I even met Doug in person when he came to Italy in 2008 and brought me the scandalously over-priced copy of the Ghost Tower of Inverness i had bought from him.. ;-)

I started to play D&D when I was 15, and I never stopped since, going from D&D to AD&D, to 3rd ed, 3.5 and recently going back to the retro clones.
I started owning my first modules and rulebooks soon after i begun DMing for my fiends, and the urge to own all the material i wanted to use never left me. In the end, I realized i unknowingly transformed myself into a... COLLECTOR!

Over the years I decided to set my goal as possessing all the published items for D&D, preferrably SW. (don't ask me why, some dayy I just woke up and decided that shiny Shrinkwraps were better than open modules...)
So far, I probably have 80-90% of the publications, and many of them SW.
I also have complete collections of 3 and 3.5 items, most of them 1st prints, but I drove the line at that. No 4th ed. heresy for me.
I just finished to catalog them, I'll make a point to find some time to snap some pictures and post them, if I'll ever understend how to do this

I'm still well behind when it comes to the rares, but I'm trying to catch up... Last year I brought to Italy my copy of the 1st printing woodgrain, Huzzah! :-))

Thanks for having me in the community, and thank you guys for the never ending well of knowledge I can tap on in these boards
I know that Italy is already represented here by such important figures as Alexander, but if I can be of any help for something just let me know.

game on and ciao!

  

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Post Posted: Mon Oct 10, 2011 11:25 am 
 

superkella wrote:My name's Luca, 39 yo from the fog ridden city of Bologna, Italy...


Sounds like a bunch of baloney to me.... :wink:  Welcome!   :)


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Post Posted: Mon Oct 10, 2011 11:49 am 
 

Hi superkella,

Always nice to have more folks from countries other than Canada and America.  Good Luck with the SW - that's too expensive and fustrating for me to try.

Martin

  

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Post Posted: Mon Oct 10, 2011 8:39 pm 
 

Echohawk wrote: This places me at a significant geographic disadvantage when it comes to collecting. But on the other hand, I suspect that I can claim to have the largest D&D collection on at least one continent


I can relate. I must be an important collector in the continent of Puerto Rico!

:D

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Post Posted: Thu Oct 13, 2011 7:21 pm 
 

I need to move to Greenland. It's the only way I'll ever possibly distinguish myself as a collector :).


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Post Posted: Fri Oct 14, 2011 11:47 am 
 

MetamorphosisSigma wrote:I need to move to Greenland. It's the only way I'll ever possibly distinguish myself as a collector :).

Or Antarctica; the competition for D&D collections can't be huge there  :D

  


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Post Posted: Fri Oct 14, 2011 11:56 am 
 

Echohawk wrote:Or Antarctica; the competition for D&D collections can't be huge there  :D


Except that what you think is a shrinkwrapped copy of Tegel Manor lying in the snow is actually.. the Thing.

  

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Post Posted: Fri Oct 14, 2011 1:02 pm 
 

sauromatian wrote:
Except that what you think is a shrinkwrapped copy of Tegel Manor lying in the snow is actually.. the Thing.


Right at this moment Smarmy1 is buying a plane ticket to antartica.  The thougth of shring in subzero temps becoming hard and rigid and possibly breaking is more than that man can take.

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Post Posted: Fri Oct 14, 2011 1:33 pm 
 

Echohawk wrote:Or Antarctica; the competition for D&D collections can't be huge there  :D


Beyond the Mountains of Mad Collecting


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Post Posted: Mon Nov 28, 2011 9:12 am 
 

Hi, this account is between myself and my son, mainly because we used his email. He and I have been playing dnd for years, myself since the 70s and him since 3.5 came out.

I had stopped in the 90s but with my sons interest we have run campaigns together and it has really been a bonding experience.

  

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Post Posted: Mon Nov 28, 2011 10:23 am 
 

dryan wrote:Hi, this account is between myself and my son, mainly because we used his email. He and I have been playing dnd for years, myself since the 70s and him since 3.5 came out.

I had stopped in the 90s but with my sons interest we have run campaigns together and it has really been a bonding experience.


welcome to the forum!

  

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Post Posted: Mon Nov 28, 2011 10:49 am 
 

dryan,

Welcome to you and your son.  Where do your interests lie in collecting (D&D, AD&D, 3.5, other)?

Martin

  

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Post Posted: Mon Nov 28, 2011 11:36 am 
 

dryan wrote:Hi, this account is between myself and my son, mainly because we used his email. He and I have been playing dnd for years, myself since the 70s and him since 3.5 came out.

I had stopped in the 90s but with my sons interest we have run campaigns together and it has really been a bonding experience.


Another 3.5 player!!!!   :D


Welcome.


RPG’s, D&D in particular has had a major influence in my life. It’s bonded me together with life long friends...it’s that bond in life not just as friends, but in our jokes, our mannerisms, and what we find funny. Invincible Overlord

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Post Posted: Mon Nov 28, 2011 1:11 pm 
 

Right now collecting has taken a back seat to bills, we live in the area hit by the storms this past summer and more recently in October. However, for myself it would have to be in the remembering aspect often game. Thinking back to when I first played and the stories that unfolded.

One thing about collecting I have always enjoyed is the stories, hearing where things came from and the memories attached.
Thanks for the warm welcome.

  

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Post Posted: Mon Nov 28, 2011 8:21 pm 
 

Welcome! I am introducing my two sons (13 and 11) to D&D. Hoping it will help us bond even more and teach them as much as it taught me.

Sorry to hear about your recent troubles. The sun shines bright every day, my friend. Hang in there!   8)

Hector.

  
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