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Post Posted: Tue Jan 28, 2003 2:02 am 

Hello, here's my intro.....  My name is Chad, I am 27, and live in Minnesota.  I have only been playing for 5 years.  I was introduced to 1st edition right off the bat.  The only campain setting I have really played is a well designed and well thought out world my DM has created.  I have dabbled a bit in Rolemaster, and more receintly been creating and running my own campains in my world.    The most interesting item I own is a 1st print PHB with a White (instead of orange) flyleaf.


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Post Posted: Mon Feb 03, 2003 12:32 pm 

Well hello all!  Name: Rick Simmons (yep, Richard Simmons, in fact!) Age: 32 (just turned) Career: Graphic Designer  So far... another demographic! I started at the ripe old age of 7 when I lived in long beach, LosAngeles. I remember starting with the basic set and progressed towards AD&D after a short stint in D&D. Like others here, I played through high school and just a bit in college, which stopped due to scheduling conflicts.   I haven't really been collecting until the last few years though. I really started back to collecting when I worked at the eBay offices in Salt Lake City, Utah. It's VERY easy to go through your paycheck when you work graveyards there...   Soon, I was "re-hooked" and have been adding to what I started with in the late 70's. I'm around 220 items total now...My collection centers around "various and sundry" prints of all D&D and AD&D products only. I've dabbled with collecting Dragon Magazine, Dungeon Magazine, FR and light 2e and 3e D&D...extremely interested in anything early D&D/AD&D or Greyhawk (thus, the few 3e pieces).  I'd like to have something in common with my kids soon: gaming!!                                                  ***  Neatest (not necessarily unique) items I've got..... SO FAR:   •2 white boxed D&D sets, one OCE... •1st prints of the core rulebooks: PHB ($15 on ebay!), a MM1, 1st print(autographed by Tracy Lesch -1st TSR staff artist!), 1st prints of DMG •A Complete set of monochrome prints   Wants: my holy grails are the rarities:  Original rules manuscript, Orange B3, ST1, Jade, Dragon Mags 1-5, 1st or 2nd print woodgrain set... anyone got a copy or three? Soon, my precious....   [email protected]


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Post Posted: Wed Feb 05, 2003 3:46 pm 

Hello everyone,  :)   My name is mike, my last name you'll probably be able to figure out  :wink: I'm 32...been playing D&D since I was about 13. Survivor of the 80's D&D player witchhunt that spread thru the religious community in my hometown. Had my collection "given away" to a friend while I was in the army 89-92...Thanks Mom  :cry:   I'm not an advanced collector as most of you....I specialize in collecting modules, (I almost have them all) Dragon Magazines (first one I ever bought was #101....hooked since then) Dungeon magazines and The 11 series AD&D miniature line.   My favorite module is the Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh....I can never get tired of DM'ing that series. Haven't played in a long time....don't have the time, or the players anymore.....everybody ran off and got married or got a job :?  :wink:   Hope to meet some friends all seem like smart friendly people.  Cheers, Mike


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Post Posted: Sat Feb 22, 2003 10:02 am 

Just bumping this up so the new comers will see it and hopefully use it  :D



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Post Posted: Mon Feb 24, 2003 2:12 pm 

My name's Michael, I'm 30 and live in Los Angeles.  Right now I'm wearing black pant -- oh, wait a minute.  Sorry, wrong forum.  Anyhoo, I'm a casual collector.  The RPG collectibles market is intriguing, since it's not nearly as thoroughly catalogued as, say, the comics market, which leaves lots of room for surprises and new discoveries.  My interest naturally stems from gaming: like many here, I'm of the cohort that was introduced via the Sutherland Basic Set ca. 1980.  And like some of you, I appreciate the Proustian aspects of beholding, touching, smelling, etc. an old module or book.  By "casual", I mean that though I have a lot of old stuff, much of it is well-used and I have very few duplicate copies for the purposes of trading or selling.  Nonetheless, I do browse eBay regularly and sold a bunch of duplicate stuff and 2e materials I wasn't interested in (like Sargent-era Greyhawk) on r.g.f.marketplace back in 1998 -- darn it.    D&D is the focus of my collection, but RuneQuest, Stormbringer, and Call of Cthulhu materials are a second only because Chaosium has a smaller product line.  Tekumel is another area of specialty.  My prizes are not particularly rare, but include all the old Chaosium boxed sets (Spawn of Azathoth, Borderlands, etc.), the Mentzer R-series, and a complete collection of Dungeon magazine.  I also keep several copies of Dungeon #33, since a piece I wrote is featured there.  The Acaeum is a fine site, and I'm happy to have contributed the odd bit of lore on occasion.


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Post Posted: Tue Feb 25, 2003 2:07 pm 

Hello all,  Name is Hugh  I'm 32 going on mid-life gamers crisis.  I started play at the age of 10 with my guadian parents and my two older brothers. Played for about 8 years and never got a character past the 1st level. Not though any fault of my own but because my"father was one of those "egade what a cheap referree" "red dragon had 10 copper pennies" type. He didnt DM for the fun and intrigue of the game but as a rules FANATIC. Didn't bother to read the first line in the DMG  "this is a GUIDE!!" Needless to say I lost the light in my soul for D&D until I joined the Air Force to get away from the hell hole that was childhood.  It was in the military where the D&D flame was rekindled and I discovered that I was a damn good player!! I played every gambit of the D&D universe from Greyhawk to FR to Maztica to Planescape(not a big fan of). In the military you will find some of the most diehard old school DMs and players antwhere. It was nothing for our group to meet at the DM's room on a Friday afternoon and play straight on till Sunday night, non-stop with no sleep!! 8O AHH the good old days!! Now I'm married and my wife still wont play :cry: . So I look to the future when my three kids grow up and I can intro them to D&D :lol: .  But tradgidy struck when I was moving from Kadena air base to the states and 13 years worth of XD&D was stolen from my personal belongings being shipped back :cry:  :x  :evil: .  So as a 2003 resolution I decide to start collecting back my 2 decades of history with D&D, much to the dismay of my wife. She WILL get over it. Thanks to this forum and ACAEUM I have a place to start and not get hosed by greedy E-bayers. I've got about 7 good years of collecting before my kids come of age so I've got the ball rolling thanks to an E-bay purchase from Chromatik Knight and others. Alas I need to cut this short seeing as how my wife just got home. Post  you all later.

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Post Posted: Tue Feb 25, 2003 10:34 pm 

Hi,  My name is Chris.  I'm right in the ol' ballpark at 33 years old.  I started out on the whitebox set when I was 9 or so, then quickly migrated to AD&D as the books came out. My brother held on to the OD&D stuff and I haven't seen it since. I also have a ton of original materials from back then; I collected modules like they were candy (actually I would eat only half a lunch at school and save the other half to buy D&D stuff).  Since, I can't find any of my old stuff, I've started to collect those things I had as a boy and spent so many hours reading, imagining and enjoying.  Chris


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Post Posted: Tue Mar 11, 2003 8:33 pm 

howdy folks, It's me the infamous BURNTWIRE :wink:   AGE:31 Location:Near Indianapolis Ocupation:Union Electrician(Loc.481)  If I would have known how much this site had to offer I would have joined long ago. I have been playing and collecting D&D and TSR products for almost 20 years. I thought I had a decent collection until I found EBAY and THE ACAEUM and learned about the old and rare stuff. Since then my brother(he also buys and sells under my name as "burntwire" on EBAY) and I have been spending our way to poverty to fill out our collection(I WISH!!).  Coolest Items: -R1, R2, R3 Pre-Pubs -PoTVQ-1st Print -Misty Isles -2 GenCon IX Dungeons by Bob Blake -Q1 Original back cover art by Jeff Dee -TSR Employee Tiffany & Co. lead crystal paperweight w/box(Way cooler/larger than it sounds)  Peace, burntwire


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Post Posted: Wed Mar 12, 2003 1:17 am 

Howdy Folks,  I have been lurking for a while and finally, I have some time to make some posts! Lately I've been swamped getting my latest auction underway - #33!  My name is Paul Stormberg and I am 35. I started playing D&D in 1981. I still run a 1st edition AD&D campaign by the book (9 years running).  I collect TSR, Greyhawk, AD&D, and D&D. I have been an active collector, trader, and auctioneer since 1995. I have never changed my email address in 8 years, so the old salts of should know me all too well.  I sell hard so I can keep up with you guys! It is expensive, especially this last month, but as I upgrade my collection I free up items for auction. It's the only way I can keep my head above water.   Favorties from my collection:  -my own maps, notes, and character from my OD&D delve into Castle Greyhawk run by Gary Gygax -Viking Gods designer copy (was to be called Ragnarok!) -editorial ms. of '83 Greyhawk boxed set -ST1 -B3 -Jade Hare w/ cover -Tsojconth -1st print D&D woodgrain -the 1st and 1st print of PotVQ ;-) -TSR staff copies of Tamoachan and Ghost Tower (L. Schick) -Greyhawk folio ad poster ('80) -oh heck I love 'em all;-)  On to replying to more posts!  Futures Bright,  Paul

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Post Posted: Fri Mar 14, 2003 2:16 pm 

I'm 34 and started gaming in 1979.  D&D/AD&D are my predominant collecting focuses at the moment, though I'm also in the market for some Traveller Classic books.  I guess the prizes of my collection are two 1st print Monster Manuals, one I bought off a guy on Dragonsfoot for $50-ish and then two days later found another copy at my used bookstore for $8.  Urk! :-)

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Post Posted: Sat Mar 15, 2003 8:45 pm 

Alright alright,   First of all  My name is Bruce Thibodeau,  I am 33 yrs old  Live in North Central Michigan, and I can walk accross a creek less than 100 yards from my door and get lost in 26 thousand acers of uninterupted forest.  So What?  I only mention it to let everyone know that I do not have anything in common with people that  are in the city. So I may make comment once in a while that are out of political corectness.   :D   I began into D&D when I wa in 7th grade and a kid on the bus had some books. I wanted to see them and he let me. Soon he had me curious and I was interested in seeing what the heck you did with them. I soon found myself playing  one weekend. I was hooked and off and running in the Rhelm so to speak.  I suffered horrible teasing from many as I played  through High school and was considered an outcast.  Through this time my ( Collection ) Books I used in my games. had bagan to grow.  I joined the military and played while I was in with other people who were like myself. I also will Confess and toss this out not that I expect  anyone to ever know or help to get me in contact with these two.  If anyone Knows  JOEL MATSON ( whom Lived In Bay City Mi in the 80's please tell him to e-mail me and that I said Hello and thanks for getting me into AD&D)  Michael Parkhurst Whom was in the United States Marines in 1988, and graduated Crypto School in Pennsacola nad was stationed in Japan for his first duty station. ( Thanks Mike for the books still got em.)  Otherwise I came to the Acaeum to get info and try to get rid of my items I had. Now I find myself also debating of trying to regain some items I may sell. I will probably just let my stuff go and in the future attempt to step into this collecting thing.  I really enjoyed playing AD&D but now have no one to play with except the kids, and well I really dont want to let my children play AD&D with me useing my items that are worth money, and others may desire to have, so I am trying to sell useing E-bay and other means.  I thought about Amazon until I seen the prices they charge there, seems no one seels anything but the cost of the items would kill you i fyou were to bid and buy them. ( Psst seek out the used books section and search by ISBN numbers to locate some good deals in their used book sections.)[/b]

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Post Posted: Sat Mar 22, 2003 12:01 pm 

Hey Guys,  The names Jon, though I go by Sardan on most of the forums I visit (Kenzer & Co Boards and Dragonsfoot mostly).  I've been lurking for a while here after discovering The Acaeum.  What a great site.  My story seems pretty similar to alot of people on these boards.  I'm nearly thirty I strated playing D&D at about 8 with the Moldvay Basic D&D set.  Played D&D and AD&D right up until the launch of 2nd edition when I dropped out of the hobby until a couple of years ago.  I got back into D&D with 3rd edition although I have moved on to HackMaster. :twisted:   I'm trying to rebuild my collection (lots of stuff lost over the years  :( ) mostly from  Not too bothered about condition as i simply don't have the money to spend - just looking for books in a reasonable condition to read, keep and maybe play with.  Interests are BECM D&D, 1st Ed AD&D and Greyhawk.  Currently playing 1st Edition AD&D with some friends - reliving the ToEE!! :D   Nice to meet you guys. :)



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Post Posted: Thu Mar 27, 2003 3:46 am 

hi! my name is Richard  i'm french and 34 years old  well, my D&D and AD&D love story started in the beginning of the 80s, when i went to england with my school. A friend of mine, who already heard of D&D, brought back a monster manual, players handbook and dungeon masters guide. At the beginning, we (me and a bunch of friends) were making fun of him, since we didnt understood the meaning of this. When my friend Nicolas masterized his first game, we all were hooked! next year, another school trip to england is planned. My firends and I waited for the "shopping hour" in the regent street area were a few game shops stood: Game Center. When the shopping hour started, we ran like crazy to the shop to put our hands on wathever we could find: dragon mag, white dwarf mags, modules...That was real cool! That was the start of my AD&D story. From then on i tried to find other modules and magazines, but it was not easy all the time. Had to go to Paris, where two shops sold them: L'Oeuf Cube and Jeux Descartes. My collection grew, but was missing much of stuff. Then in the beginning of the 90s, I found in adverts the adress of Lou Zocchi and bought, at horrid prices, some old Dragon mag. I also managed to find second hand shops by mail in england and also U.S. My collection grew again. I'm interested in D&D and AD&D first edition stuff, but also getting some generic stuff linked to it: Judges guild ... And up to now, i'm using online shops to buy here and there, but at present not very intensively. I have a sentimental link to my collection. When i buy a module still shrinkwrapped, i open it to be able to read, watch, touch it. Plan to complete my Polyhedron and Dragon collection.  nicest item in collection? hmm no very rares and expensive just like ST1 or orange B3 but i've got a autographed Dungeon masters guide by G. gygax, a fighting wheel, R1-3, complete collection of White dwarf, imagine and pre-imagine issues...



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Post Posted: Sat Apr 12, 2003 3:16 pm 

Greetings my name is Corey and I started gaming when I was 7 to 8ish.   While I've played more than my share of alternate games and found some that I enjoy more than the current incarnation of the game, I have fond memories of the original and 1st edition games.  I've owned almost all the original products but lost a lot to attrition and moving. Now I've taken to trying to reclaiming my old collection status.


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Post Posted: Tue Apr 15, 2003 3:53 pm 

Hi All!  I'm Richard Scott, just joined up but have been lurking for a while!  I'm a little older than the average at 38, living near Cambridge, England. I've been a D&Der since 1977, when a mate of mine got hold of 3 wierd little brown books and some funny looking dice and tried to persuade me it was actually a game. I've been playing ever since, although it's more and more difficult to find the time these days.  On the collecting side, my specialist subject is miniatures, particularly old Citadel stuff from the late 70s and early 80s. My favourite range is probably the Citadel official AD&D range, released in 1985, and great fun to collect because of the hundreds of head variants made for the monsters.  I suppose I'm a semi-active collector of D&D and (1st Ed) AD&D. I have most of the standard stuff with a few goodies in there too (like a near-mint ST1!).  Feel free to contact me if you want to talk (or trade) figures.  Cheers,  Richard


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Post Posted: Thu Apr 17, 2003 9:31 pm 

My name is max and I live in seattle wa. I have played-collected AD&D for almost 25 yrs now since 1980. I have a 7th grade yearbook from from Jackson jr high in MN were I am pictured as a D&D club member. BOY we were dorks! I have what I thought was a large collection of stuff until I saw what everyone else has here.  My first module I ever played was the G series or maybe it was tomb of horrors. One of the two. I remember my character was the one who said he would jump into the smiling black mouth. I think my name was frush o suggle. We picked them out of the back of a book- module.  What I have is alot of planescape now and I try to get greyhawk stuff. Not really big into dragon mags. I have the CD ROM. I will expand when I can afford to but I am happy with what I have now. I am a building engineer by trade.  My best memories of this game were playing in the army from 90-96 particularily in FT IRWIN CA where the best dm I ever had the pleasure of playing with was stationed as well. Hats off to JASON MOLINAR!  Anyhow, thats my story.



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Post Posted: Sat Apr 19, 2003 10:38 am 

hello,  My name is Michael. I'm 32, right on par...  I started playing D&D in 1981 in a little store known as War Games West run by Wayne Godfrey. Some people might remember the store, because it was a distro for a while.

I've recently started to revamp a lot of lost or *gasp* thrown away items in my collection. I have way too many things to list. Think the most interesting is my RPGA1,2,3,4, that I picked up in a used bargain bin while working for war games west in college. My only really real rare thing off the list.....  

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Post Posted: Sun May 11, 2003 9:48 pm 

Hmm Lemme see...

I'm Andy.

I lost my D&D collection many years sometime at the end of last year I resolved to get it all back.

Started off buying on Ebay which lead to the lurking on the Acaeum.

Quickly realised that buying single items was too expensive and no guarantee of quality so started buying collections, keeping what I needed and selling the rest back on Ebay.

Don't have any of the rare items that you are keep arguing erm I mean discussing on here. I do have nearly every common module in N/M or better..pretty good for 6 months work.

Right now I'm working at complete my Greyhawk stuff!

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Post Posted: Mon Jun 23, 2003 7:43 am 

Hi everyone,

since the last couple of weeks this forum became a daily lecture to me and so I decided it's time to switch my status from "passive" to "active".

My name's Ralf Toth, I'm from Germany (please excuse my bad English) and I've been an active player and DM since 1993 or so. I'm 27 and started playing with the AD&D 2nd edition which has been my favourite system until today.

I started collecting only recently when I discovered the RPG section on ebay ...  I consider myself a rookie collector for AD&D stuff, but I hope I'm learning fast (thanks to the Acaeum mainly) ...

Too bad I'm no US resident ... the US market is sooo much BIGGER than the European market and shipping/handling just soooo expensive  :(

Happy collecting everyone!



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Post Posted: Thu Jun 26, 2003 9:29 pm 

Hi everybody.

It's funny how we all sound we belong to A.A., or some sort of counciling

"Hi.  My name is So-and-so. I am a crusty old gamer who cant quit. . . "


Well, I'm in there too. . .  :D

Hi. My name is Sean Griffin, and I usually go by Grypharius at Dragonsfoot and a few other places.

I've been a player and DM since 1982.  I'm 36.  Been in the military, married had a child and was divorced (recently).

And, yes I think 3E totally sucks ass, that caters to power players. The lowest common denoinator.

So, if any of you are near Mishawaka, Indiana please give me a shout.

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