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Post Posted: Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:03 pm 
 

spruce.moose wrote in Introduce Yourself, Fellow Collectors:Hi, I've known about this site for some time (well probably closer to 2 decades) and have perused it occasionally over the years.  Today I finally decided to join the forums.

Long story short, I've been working all over Canada and parts of the world since the early 2000's  I have a large collection of 1st edition D&D, AD&D and early Dragon Magazines that I stored at a family members home for well over 25 years - much of it is in near mint condition.  My family is getting up in years and  I have to decide either to start selling it or decide where to store it.  

Guess that's why I'm here.


Welcome spruce.moose!  You've come to a good place to think about what to do with your collection.  What you are talking about has been discussed before with many people taking different directions.  Figuring out what's right for you can take some time.  I sold most of my collection at one time, then bought many of the items I had sold back again plus more, and now I've unloaded a sizeable chunk again.  It helps if you have someone(s) in your family who can appreciate your collection as much as you did/have, but that appears to be rare in most cases.  I wish you the best!   8)


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Post Posted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 3:22 am 
 

Welcome aboard spruce.moose!!

  


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Post Posted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 6:27 pm 
 

Welcome, Spruce!

  

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Post Posted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 8:39 pm 
 

Thank you all for the friendly welcome. :)

  

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Post Posted: Mon Jul 22, 2019 8:08 am 
 

Welcome spruce.moose!
Great name and fun avatar. As you can see you are among kindred spirits. :D
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Post Posted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 9:53 am 
 

Greetings,

Perhaps like some others I am a long time lurker, 10+ years, who is now joining the forums. I am looking to make some contributions to the conversations as well as support the Acaeum (I owe it).

Been a serious RPG collector for over 10/15 years now, I do not have a lot of the higher ticket items but I can boast quantity. I do have some interesting one-off items as well, such as original art. Been playing RPGs since 82' and primarily am interested in D&D/TSR but also other systems such as Merp (have full set except for 4 supplements), CoCthulhu, Runequest, T&T, Battletech, Pendragon, Shadowrun, and varies magazines/portfolios/digests. Almost the entirety of my collection is pre-2000 and mostly 70s/80s. Based in the Philadelphia area.

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Post Posted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:49 pm 
 

Welcome Zhool!!
I'm sure you'll enjoy it here! :)



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Post Posted: Mon Nov 04, 2019 4:15 pm 
 

Welcome Zhool!  It's a great community.  I hope you'll consider attending the gaming convention in the Dallas/Fort Worth area this summer.  That where many of us gather for some amazing fun with gaming legends of old.   8)


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Post Posted: Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:44 pm 
 

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Post Posted: Sun Dec 29, 2019 11:48 am 
 

Hello Everyone.

I go by Novum Solis here, and I am an IT Project Manager and Agile Consultant in Northern VA. I am also A Berklee College of Music dropout and somewhat active recording artist.

Like many of you, I started playing D&D around 1980-81 and fell on love with the game. However, I didn't think about collecting until about 2013 when I was feeling nostalgic and pulled out my old AD&D books with the intent to start playing again. Unfortunately, the play sessions were short-lived because of a lack of commitment from my small group of friends, and I did not feel like investing the time and effort to meet new people at that time. But the interest in D&D was still strong, so I began directing my energy into some very novice-level acquisitions ... which eventually burned out.

Now the passion has reared up again, and for the past few months I have started collecting more "intermediate level" items, like the OD&D White Box edition (and supplements), several Holmes edition Basic sets (both dice and chits versions), Moldvay Basic/Expert sets, Deities and Demigods Cthulu, etc. My focus, at this point, is just OD&D and 1e.

I'm really enjoying it! ...and The Acaeum has been my reference portal as I continue to develop my collection. So ... I decided to join about a month ago.

I hope to meet some friends here, and maybe, at some point, join a local group of adventurers. :)

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Post Posted: Sun Dec 29, 2019 1:17 pm 
 

Welcome NS!
If you are into collecting, this is a good place to be. :)
If you wanted to play have you tried PbP gaming? Play-by-Post is slow, and the pace not liked by some, but it certainly fits everyone's schedule and a lot of folks play that way. There's also Skype/Roll20 games too. :)
Glad you are back in the game and enjoying collecting!!
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Post Posted: Sun Dec 29, 2019 4:51 pm 
 

Novum solis wrote in Introduce Yourself, Fellow Collectors:
I hope to meet some friends here, and maybe, at some point, join a local group of adventurers. :)

~ NS


Welcome Novum solis!  Get ready to want stuff you never knew you wanted!   8O

Please join us at the North Texas RPG Convention the first weekend of June.  It's a blast of old school rpg goodness!


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Post Posted: Sun Jun 07, 2020 6:08 am 
 

Hi, my name is Chris and I'm from the right side of the pond (both meanings).  Have been playing and collecting D&D since schools days in the late 70's, and although I have a sneaking preference for 1ed, I have played 2ed, 3ed and now 5ed.  Hope to see and contribute to some interesting conversations.

  

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Post Posted: Sun Jun 07, 2020 8:41 am 
 

SCORCIN wrote in Introduce Yourself, Fellow Collectors:Hi, my name is Chris and I'm from the right side of the pond (both meanings).  Have been playing and collecting D&D since schools days in the late 70's, and although I have a sneaking preference for 1ed, I have played 2ed, 3ed and now 5ed.  Hope to see and contribute to some interesting conversations.


Welcome!  Many of our folks are participating in the North Texas RPG Convention.  Some people are participating on-line through Discord and some are physically there, but today is the last day of the con.  You'll find this to be an incredibly knowledgeable group when it comes to D&D and rpg collectibles.  Most people here have a preference for Original D&D as well as 1st edition.   8)


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Post Posted: Thu Jun 11, 2020 11:32 pm 
 

Hi Chris Welcome to the group!

Great to have another long time collector on here. I (and some others on here) haven't been in the game so long. Wopuld be great to hear some of your tales of collecting D&D back in day.

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Post Posted: Tue Jun 23, 2020 10:10 pm 
 

Stories? We can do that?

Okay then, I've got one. It's a bit long, but it requires some set up.

It's 1984; Dad's in the Navy and receives his next orders after Antigua, and we fly to Orlando, arrange to drive to the Pacific coast in order to catch an international flight to Tokyo International, Japan. Our final destination: Yokota Air Force Base.

I'd yet to encounter roleplaying games of any kind, and the most sophisticated game I'd played up to then was probably Risk or Stratego.

But I'd met someone at school who would introduce me to the 1980 Basic D&D and Dungeon Module B2: The Keep on the Borderlands.

(Dennis Yates, if you're out there, drop me a line sometime. Sorry I got bored at the first session. Sometimes it takes me a few months to get into things.)

That first session didn't really take. I found myself becoming tired, and I was admittedly more fascinated by my host's Commodore 64 at the time. Later, Star Frontiers would capture more of my attention (SF, then as now, help more of my attention than fantasy, though fantasy would soon come to consume at least as much of my subsequent attention). Eventually, I started using the computer as a support device for my hobbies, which at that time including writing, fantasy roleplaying, and writing games and my own modules/adventures.

There were no game stores on base.

The closest thing we had was the Stars and Stripes Bookstore and the base exchange, which, I would later come to learn, possessed a quirk of distribution which meant then-old stock remained available through 1985/86.

This included a lot of the gamebooks and modules for AD&D, Star Frontiers, and other games (like Dawn Patrol) which remained available on the shelves. G1-2-3, the D series, A series, all of them displayed front out on the rack, still sealed, for my perusal.

I remember the prices very well. A Basic or Expert rulebook alone cost $6. A boxed set was $15. Most of the AD&D books were $15, except for the DMG, which ran $18. Modules, $5.50 each, except for G1-2-3, which was $8.00.

These were pricey for someone with my budget. I was not permitted anything like an allowance—I had to earn anything via chores, mowing others' lawns, or other duties. In 1985 I took my first ever job, screwing up paperwork in the orderly room on base. (If there's any servicemembers out there who, uh, experienced bureaucratic complications thereafter, I sincerely apologize. I was unfamiliar with the minicomputer in the office and the directory structure was labyrinthine.)

In spite of this, I would up purchasing nearly all my materials used from other folk who needed to unload possessions in order to fit within the Air Force's weight allotments. The Navy was much less restrictive, so I was happy to dumpster dive and buy for quarters or dimes on the dollar most of the materials I wound up with.

Even so, it wasn't a lot. I had also entered the hobby of home electronics, and maintaining supplies were substantially more costly—even off-base, where the exchange rate was an immensely favorable 250 yen to the American dollar.

I also bought a lot of models and toys. In my defence, these were really cool.

Anyway, I was en route to being a collector. I think my first purchase was brand new from the store: dungeon module X2, Castle Amber, a great purchase even if I didn't have anything else yet. I … did things wrong back then. Can't be helped now. But I still have that copy of X2—it's absolutely tattered, of course, but I wouldn't part with it for any money.

Rulebooks (all used) followed shortly thereafter; I acquired materials very slowly. Not all of this remains with me—I was dense person in the early months of 2004 and surrendered many modules (N1, U1-3, a first printing of S1 in cellophane) and almost all of my AD&D books (yellow spines, all), except for my 4th print of the Monster Manual, which I bought in, of all places, Edmonton, Canada during a drive en route to Adak in 1987, my FF, and my copy of Dieties and Demigods, which was even steven traded straight up for a DD I held without the Cthulhu mythos &c. (thank you Cathy Scott). Still have those, and replaced nearly everything else from used bookstores, so much so that I've somehow wound up with three copies of the DMG (all efreet covers) and the PHB (all Trampier covers).

I've recovered some of what I traded away or sold. There's still a bunch of things on my want list, but I can be patient. N1 and U1-3 in particular are hard to get because of their current value. I regret those immensely. N1 cost me a dollar. The three U-series modules were a $1.25 each at a Half Price Books in Tacoma and oh I am a stupid stupid man.

Well. Hindsight's 20-20, it's easy to be smart later and so on.

Come to think of it, this might really be my only story about collecting. Might have to expand this into a Game Restart blog entry later. If this was boring, I'm sorry. But it was absolutely gripping to me at the time.


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Post Posted: Tue Jun 23, 2020 10:25 pm 
 

Alaskanaut wrote in Introduce Yourself, Fellow Collectors:Stories? We can do that?


Thanks for sharing!

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