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Post Posted: Mon Jul 03, 2006 8:07 pm 
 

sorry to dias apoint you but ive payed D&D 1st and 2nd and have come to like 3.- it gives a chacter definition that we didn't have in the old days. we usually ended up using the other tables to round out chacters the skill point system is a way to make chacters unique although there are some who as always just look for the best skills not trying to develop a personality for there chacter. my dwarf that i run dosen't always do the best thing for himself but her stays in chacter.

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Post Posted: Tue Jul 04, 2006 1:57 am 
 

Welcome Fred!

   Might as well not try arguing the virtues of 3.0 or 3.5 with these guys.  Minds are pretty well made up.  Just smile and nod.

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Post Posted: Tue Jul 04, 2006 11:50 am 
 

Some of us publish 3.x, so we're not all 100% against it :D  (That said, yes, I still prefere AD&D too...).


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Post Posted: Wed Jul 05, 2006 2:22 pm 
 

MShipley88 wrote:Welcome Fred!

   Might as well not try arguing the virtues of 3.0 or 3.5 with these guys.  Minds are pretty well made up.  Just smile and nod.

Mark   8)


Makes em sound like all those bankers in the Washinton Mutual Bank commercials for free checking.. :P


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Post Posted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 11:09 pm 
 

I have been a loooong time lurker of the Acaeum indexes and forums but have been a fraidy cat about posting.  For me, this site has been a combination of the Seven Heavens (look at all this cool stuff I didn't know about...) and the Nine Hells (...and look what it has been selling for).  

I cut my teeth on an Erol Otus Basic Set.  Looking at my original set again recently, it appears I discovered highlighters at about the same time.  Many pages literally have more items highlighted than not.  I never had a large enough group to really role play during that first decade and a half or so, but we had tons of fun "roll playing" (and in my opinion, having fun really is the point).  The closest we came to role playing was outside.  Instead of cowboys & indians or war, we played D&D.  We had wooden swords and daggers, a morning star (a stick with a tennis ball attached by string), a crossbow with elastic draw string, bows with twine draw strings and imaginary magic spells (augmented with fire crackers around Independence Day).  We used colored glass as treasure.  This attracted a few more neighborhood kids but I still couldn't get them hooked on the pencil and paper aspect of the game.  Unfortunately, I haven't played for years and I sorely miss it.  

I received my first collecting Purple Heart (and realized I might have a collecting obsession) seven or eight years ago.  I placed an order with a Canadian RPG seller (can't remember which one).  Several hours after I placed my online order, the owner called me to verify I wasn't some punk kid who stole his parent's credit card.  He said I placed the largest order he'd ever processed.  I managed to pull this feat off again at my FLSG after going most of the summer without purchasing a single RPG item.  Apparently I tried to make up for it in one trip.  The shop owner said he sold me more that day (a Saturday) than he usually sells on any given weekday (M-F).  Ouch!  

During this dark period where I was collecting at all costs, I ran up quite a credit card balance.  In early 2001, I took a self imposed exile from collecting to get my debt in order; hence the gap from March 2001 to July 2004 with only 1 purchase on my Ebay feedback profile.  I have had an on again off again relationship collecting RPGs on Ebay since that time but now I don't allow myself any long term Ebay debt (i.e. typically no more than can be paid when my credit card bill arrives every month; though I have been pushing the limits pretty hard the last couple of months).  

I really want to be a high end collector.  The only thing two things standing in my way are money and money.  I thought I was going to dive into the deep end of the pool this past winter by bidding on a PotVQ (5th I think) around Christmas.  Using the Acaeum values as a loose guideline, I bid about $425 (almost $100 more than the NM "value" and far more than I had ever bid on any other auction before).  The item ended up in the $625-$630 range. I knew then I was going to be in the shallow end of the pool for the foreseeable future.  But hey, it beats the suspiciously warm kiddy pool.

To me, collecting is more about ownership than an investment.  I love having a physical copy of an item.  It is nice to just flip through the stuff.  Heck, just holding some of the items I originally owned as a pre-teen and some of the (relatively) rare items in my collection give me goose bumps. Today, I enjoy rifling through old items and seeing the evolution of the game (fighting men to fighters to rangers to paladins to cavaliers & barbarians).  Plus, unlike a novel that needs to be read from beginning to end, I can read something that piques my interest at a given moment (say the entry on Demogorgon from the original AD&D monster manual).

As for what I collect, I love most things TSR.  ODD, DD, ADD1, ADD2 and even the dreaded D&D 3.x.  I am not a print run junky (yet!) but I would like to have a copy of every item where notable changes occurred (like one "idol" player's handbook and one "magic user" player's handbook, for example).  My collection also includes several other TSR non-D&D RPGs I played as a kid (Gamma World, Top Secret and Star Frontiers).  Recently, I picked up most of the Boot Hill and Amazing Engine product lines.  Gangbusters will probably be my next TSR non-D&D obsession since there were not many products released for it.  Strangely enough, comic books were never part of my youth so TSR's Marvel Super Heroes line was never appealing (and still is not).

There are fewer and fewer "common" D&D items I am still looking for (i.e. 1's, 2's and some 3's).  Since I am priced out of most of the rares (5's), I have been making the occasional attempt to snag an "upper mid level" item (4's and some 3's).  There are still a few 2nd edition items I am missing that don't seem to come up very often.  Plus a couple of items in my collection are thrashed and I am looking for a copy in better condition (it's funny that "thrashed" was never used in any of the item's descriptions).  I also occasionally pick up items that are usually prefaced by "for the completest…" on this site.

There are a few (about 50?) non-TSR D&D items in my collection but I haven't done any research to see how "collectible" they are.  I picked most of them up used before Al Gore invented the internet.  I keep meaning to hop over to the non-TSR D&D part of the site to see exactly what I have.  

Unfortunately for my checkbook, fantasy games are not the only RPGs I collect.  I collect Deadlands (though I haven't picked up Deadlands Reloaded yet), Star Wars (d6 & d20), Babylon 5 (Agents of Gaming, Chameleon Eclectic and Mongoose), Gamma World (Sword & Sorcery), Stargate, Serenity and James Bond among others.  

Well, I have made my first Acaeum post (and first internet message board post of any kind) a long one.  Sorry about that.  I did want to sneak in a quick couple of questions (hopefully without hijacking this thread).

1.  Do "WANTED" items in the classifieds yield results?  And depends are adult diapers, not an answer to the question   :)  
2.  I used the TSR Stock list on this site to help me create some of my collecting wish lists plus straightened out several incorrect entries I had in my inventory collection spreadsheet.  However, I found one or two items on this list that seem to have incorrect stock numbers or descriptions.  It doesn't look like the TSR Stock list is still being maintained (last updated 2/8/05).  Is there anyone who could update this wonderful list?  It is a superb resource.

  

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Post Posted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 11:29 pm 
 

Welcome Avurax :D

It seems you will fit right in with this group. Most of us have larger "wants" than checkbooks. 8O

To answer your questions:

1  Yes, the wanted classified will work. If you don't get the response you are looking for, just repost after a month or two for new looks.

2.  I think most of us have our own lists that we have generated over time. Not sure if anyone is working on an update.


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Post Posted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 11:31 pm 
 

Welcome, Avurax   :)

You made your first post a good one.  

For those of us in the suspiciously warm kiddy pool, it's fun to watch the big dogs bid and snipe.

"Wanted" posts do work...just about any item you want is sitting in someone's trove.  Sellers here are ultra-reliable, and you get what you pay for.

It's a great time to collect Judges Guild, by the way....you ought to add that to your list of obsessions.   :lol:

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Post Posted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 11:41 pm 
 

Hello All...I too, have been a long time lurker of the Acaeum and forums but decided to finally post.

Some background on me...my name is Lance Ofenloch (my eBay handle is lofenloc) and I started playing SPI games waaaaayyyy back when I was in college in the 70's. I started playing Sorceror, collecting SPI and AH games, and then went on to playing D&D after college at a friends house I met while at college.

Its been madness ever since..... :lol:

I am new to forums such as this and hope I do not upset anyone ( I have a silly sense of humor that sometimes may not work so I need to think before I post).

I know I have purchased items from some of you on eBay so some of you will be familiar with me.

Anyway, enought of my ramblings...

Two things that I want to get cleared up are:

Ian said that Grodog has some questions about the Armaron maps that I purchsed from him (Ian) so, Grodog, ask away....

Also, I have been following the discussion on the Kalifax supplement so I decided to go and dig out (almost literally) my copy of it.

How does one post pictures of an item on the forum (or show me where the 'rules of the road' are so I can figure it out).

Oh, another item...Ian, did you ever get in contact with W. John Wheeler? I may have a way (albeit, indirect) of getting in touch with him.

Well, here goes my first post...I guess I am not a virgin anymore....

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Post Posted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 11:45 pm 
 

Welcome Itty Bitty!

Not much to be stuffy about here.  Don't worry about being foolish.   :)

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Post Posted: Wed Jul 12, 2006 2:04 am 
 

hello lance! nice of you to join the forum! i think we've dealt a few times, so, pleased to meet you!

you prb just talked yourself into taking your spending bracket up a notch, so take a deep breath :)

and also welcome Avurax!

have fun

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Post Posted: Wed Jul 12, 2006 2:21 am 
 

Avurax wrote:
I received my first collecting Purple Heart (and realized I might have a collecting obsession) seven or eight years ago.  I placed an order with a Canadian RPG seller (can't remember which one).  Several hours after I placed my online order, the owner called me to verify I wasn't some punk kid who stole his parent's credit card.  He said I placed the largest order he'd ever processed.  I managed to pull this feat off again at my FLSG after going most of the summer without purchasing a single RPG item.  Apparently I tried to make up for it in one trip.  The shop owner said he sold me more that day (a Saturday) than he usually sells on any given weekday (M-F).  Ouch!  

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Welcome!  Post more often, I love to hear stories like this. Several years ago I happened upon a Half Price Books store in Dallas right when they put out a huge wargame collection.  I ended up buying about $700 worth of games that day, the manager was ecstatic. I came back the next day and bought another $800 worth (after checking prices on Ebay).  He was beside himself. He confided to me that he had gone out on a limb and paid a couple hundred dollars for the wargame collection (there must have been about a 100 games in all) and almost regretted paying that much but that I had made everything right...seems it was his first week as manager and he was really scared he'd gone over his budget buying the games.  I didnt' know whether to be happy getting some nice games at a good price or sad because of the ridiculous markup I had to pay (most of the games had been priced at $20-$30 each).  Oh well.
  At least we won't feel responsible for sending you hopelessly into debt since you've already been there!

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Post Posted: Sat Jul 15, 2006 7:49 am 
 

Hi,
This is my first posting to this forum.  My name is John, I originally grew up in Pasadena, CA where I first gaming AD&D in 1979 when I was 12.  As the years went by I kept hauling around all my original books from CA to New Orleans to 7 years military to now where I live, Austin TX!  All that time I occasionally gamed 1st and 2nd edition but it was passing.  Now I am a father of 2 (1 boy, 1 girl) and I am rediscovering my inner kid in me.  I started recollecting modules, books etc, completely blind on what is fair price etc.  Now comes this site, and WOW! Talk about kid in the candy store!
BTW, professionally I work for IBM, on the design team that designs the PowerPC architecture. I have been on the Power4, Power5, appleG5, Xbox360, Cell, and the future Power6 among others.  I always told my wife that I needed a hobby; I think I finally found 1!  BTW, on EBay I go by my wife's username of memosparty, so be kind!:D
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Post Posted: Sat Jul 15, 2006 8:40 am 
 

Welcome aboard John:  you're not the only tech geek here, by any means :D  (I work for Juniper Networks, and several others have commented that they're in high tech too).  How old are your kids?  

The gaming group I play in (to which I'll be heading off to around 9:30 this morning for a 12-ish hour head-to-head two-team tourney-format playtest of an AD&D adventure for GenCon) regularly has 10-20 people show up to play, and several of the guys' kids play---ranging in age from 6 to 18 or so.  It's fun to see the kids playing too, they really have a blast :D


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Post Posted: Sat Jul 15, 2006 12:41 pm 
 

Welcome, Brogleo!

    High tech jobs are fairly standard for a lot of old gamer guys...many of them were into high tech before there was a single computer class at their high school or even a computer in the attendance office.

    I too was sucked into the collecting hobby just over a year ago.  One thing to watch out for is the "I Must Have It NOW or Never" syndrome.

   By and large, things do come back up onto EBay and other sources.  Sometimes, the prices even fluctuate back down as market forces take hold.  (There will never be a better time to buy large lots of Mayfair's Role Aids items, for instance.  Judges Guild items are also at what will likely be the all-time low due to a market glut of the more common publications.)

   The old game stores are now closing down and going to EBay...sometimes with comical pricing.  The old stores are now either hard into miniatures wargaming and collectable card games, or they are out of business....seems role-playing really is an entertainment bargain.

    Anyway, welcome here...and jump right in.

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Post Posted: Sat Jul 15, 2006 3:29 pm 
 

grodog wrote:Welcome aboard John:  you're not the only tech geek here, by any means :D  (I work for Juniper Networks, and several others have commented that they're in high tech too).  How old are your kids?  

The gaming group I play in (to which I'll be heading off to around 9:30 this morning for a 12-ish hour head-to-head two-team tourney-format playtest of an AD&D adventure for GenCon) regularly has 10-20 people show up to play, and several of the guys' kids play---ranging in age from 6 to 18 or so.  It's fun to see the kids playing too, they really have a blast :D


My son is 3 and my daughter is 1.  My wife is expressing interest in doing a family adventure when the kids get older, so I am right now spending my free time developing a 1st Edition campaign for them. :D
I know they are too young, but when the time comes I think it would be a great family activity.

  


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Post Posted: Sat Jul 15, 2006 10:22 pm 
 

MShipley88 wrote:Welcome, Brogleo!

    High tech jobs are fairly standard for a lot of old gamer guys...many of them were into high tech before there was a single computer class at their high school or even a computer in the attendance office.

    I too was sucked into the collecting hobby just over a year ago.  One thing to watch out for is the "I Must Have It NOW or Never" syndrome.

   By and large, things do come back up onto EBay and other sources.  Sometimes, the prices even fluctuate back down as market forces take hold.  (There will never be a better time to buy large lots of Mayfair's Role Aids items, for instance.  Judges Guild items are also at what will likely be the all-time low due to a market glut of the more common publications.)

   The old game stores are now closing down and going to EBay...sometimes with comical pricing.  The old stores are now either hard into miniatures wargaming and collectable card games, or they are out of business....seems role-playing really is an entertainment bargain.

    Anyway, welcome here...and jump right in.

Mark   8)


Boy is it true about the 'must have it NOW or never', I am currently tracking about 12 items on EBay right now (quite a bit for me...).  The Tractics that is for auction right now I am keenly interested in becuase I own it as well.

  

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Post Posted: Sun Jul 16, 2006 2:18 pm 
 

A copy of Dark Tower sold in ebay last week for $54.  

When I first went after Dark Tower I was shocked by other peoples' winning bids of $20+ and then $30+.  I figured I'd never win one, and I seriously considered buying a copy with a detached cover that I found online.

Then, I bought a copy on Amazon for $9.95.

Then I won another Dark Tower with a $5 EBay bid....no one else even bothered to bid.  Go figure. 8O   It happens.

I have been in bidding wars for other stuff that, presently, no one is bidding on or seems to care about.

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Post Posted: Sat Jul 29, 2006 12:15 am 
 

Hi all,

Been looking at the forum for a while and finally decided to join the fun.  My name is Stephen Byrd, I'm 32, and I live in very rural South Carolina where I sell junk on the internet.  I just moved to the sticks from beautiful Charleston, where I managed a record store for a few years.  

I started role-playing years ago with some friends, playing ICE games and Marvel Superheroes because their parents wouldn't allow D&D.  Then I started playing D&D with some other friends and we formed a cult and killed some people (the last two parts are not true).  

I played a lot of other games as a teen (personal faves include James Bond and Talislanta) and developed a lifelong "warm fuzzy" towards gaming and the fantasy milieu even though I stopped playing after high school.  I did have a brief, torrid affair with Magic the Gathering, though looking back it feels more like a brief, torrid mental illness or demonic possession.  I hadn't  been into contact with the gaming world much until I found a big, old D&D collection at a rummage sale.  It was a beautiful moment for me as an old-school gamer and a treasure-seeker.  I was looking in a section of toys and board games when i found a nondescript cardboard box sitting under a table.  Inside were tons of old gamebooks and modules, 90+ miniatures, dice and loads of old papers chronicling the adventures of an old gaming group from the early 1980s.  The price for all the stuff: $15.  Plug: It's all up for sale on eBay now.  

So anyways, I found this forum and all kinds of other stuff researching my big find and I've gotten really nostalgic for the old days and learned a lot as well.  I look forward to keeping up with the Acaeum.


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