Archive for December 4th, 2008

Gamer’s Lament

Long, long ago, in a living room far, far away…

I was a gamer… more hobbyist than die-hard-know-the-books-backwards-and-forwards-and-every-monster-stat-that-could-be-encountered. However, there was the story-teller part of me (or the writer’s part), that liked getting the “extra stuff”. This was back in the day when there were only two editions of AD&D to think about, and there were new boxed sets coming out every five minutes, and a half-dozen gaming worlds that could be chosen from. The market was pumped full of gaming goodies, and the wallet of a barely employed mid-teen could barely keep up.

Flash forward a dozen or so years, and the last time I actually sat in on a game was… at least five years ago.

Now, as I try to consolidate my horde of “stuff”, which includes a large stash of assorted gaming books and boxed sets, many of which are now out of print, I face the dilema, “To have, or let go”. I have already jettisoned most of the collection of Dungeon and Dragon Magazines, since they had just been sitting in storage (and, years ago I got the CD set for most of the Dragon issues). I have already decided to let go of the non-D&D materials (not that there were all that many, but still)… I had gotten them for ideas, anyway, back when I was actually gaming. Many of the other things, though… the modules and boxed sets, are now conveniently available online (with a little looking)…

I am leaning towards letting things go, just because they aren’t being used… but maybe I can hold on just long enough to pass the torch to another generation… or to find someone that may be interested in some of the stash…

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