Hehe, no, nor do I ever aspire to own one. I am a gamer, not a collector. I own the anniversary edition by WotC, but that's how far my passion goes. I own... five?... Rules Cyclopedias at this point, though. - And I am not ashamed of it!
"Surtr moves from the south - with the scathe of branches: There shines from his sword - the sun of Gods of the Slain."
One is my original set from the 1970's, which is still in good shape and I'd like to keep it that way. It's stashed in a closet where it doesn't get used much any more.
The other is a "reader" copy that I bought off of e-bay years ago. The previous owner wrote in it and I had to tape up parts which had gotten all beaten up. I use this copy regularly, keep it on my desk, and it's the one my friends can paw over if they need to consult a rule.
Marv / Finarvyn DCC playtester (2011) S&W WhiteBox author (2009) C&C playtester (2003) Builder of the TrollBridge for T&T; Amber Diceless player since 1993 OD&D Player since 1975; Metamorphosis Alpha since 1976
"Don't ask me what you need to hit. Just roll the die and I will let you know!" - Dave Arneson
Yes. But, like others above, I don't use it at the table so much. A friend made a custom hardcover bound copy from PDFs of Chainmail, Vol 1-3, and Sup-I -- which I use all the time, carry to games elsewhere, write margin notes in, paste modified tables in, etc. One of the best gifts I ever got.
One set is a table copy, one is a keeper, and the third given to one of my children who is now a gamer.
Hehe, no offense, please. Nothing about a little bit of tradition. - My point here is more about keeping things real: I was born in '82. Many of the older gamers here were, well, already gaming back then. For those, to own founder-era games is quite normal; for a guy like me, it's "spending a lot of time and money on ebay". So, I'd rather not pretend that I have this super-duper access to oldschool stuff - and while this is the business of irrational spending, I don't see myself crank out more than, what, a hundred bucks, for any sort of gaming supplement, like, ever. Like, "not", on principle. The price of a mint-condition White Box is, what, 2.000 $ at this point. I am not spending that, even for my dearest hobby. ...Not that I mind if others do, of course, but 2.000 bucks, that's ten stocks from Berkshire Hathaway for my retirement fund. - I'd rather do the latter. Like, seriously.
Hehe, no offense, please. Nothing about a little bit of tradition.
I just thought I'd clarify why I have 3 sets, because I never thought I'd need any more than my original one. My original "keeper" is very old and the box in pretty good shape, so I don't like to take it out too often. My table copy is the recent reprint in a wood box. I just found a reasonably priced OD&D boxed set and my son expressed interest in the original rules; so I bought him that set.
Scored my 5th print white box a decade and a half ago, back before Gary died. Along with 15 AD&D 1e hardbacks (inc. DDG with Cthulhu), a Holmes box and a Moldvay box, M&TA 1, Geomorphs 1, mono B1, and probably a few other things I don’t remember. All in one eBay auction for $103.50. Which was rather a chunk of change for me in those days, but not for THAT haul!
Just curious how many people on here actually currently own an Od&d box set. Things like S&W or pdfs don't count, Thanks
I own OCE White Box that I bought in 1981 along with Chainmail 3rd edition, Supplement II Blackmoor and Supplement IV Gods, Demi-Gods, and Heroes. It wasn't until a couple of years ago I was able to get Greyhawk, and Eldritch Wizardry. Then a year later Swords and Spells.
Then I shelved the booklets from the Premium OD&D boxed set, and put the original books in the box in their place. That where they remained since.
Interestingly my version is missing the line about rolling a d6 for damage.
I have an OCE set with Supplements I-IV (plus an extra copy of GD&H that was in a Greyhawk boxed set I bought used). My copy is used some for play, but mostly I use the PDFs. Amazingly, though I used the books in play until the DMG came out, they are in nearly pristine condition though the box is beat up. There are two possibilities for why this was the case:
1. I didn't really start seriously running D&D (well, AD&D) until the combat tables were published in The Dragon/White Dwarf (the WD version were a bit more compact, so those are what I photocopied and taped to the back of an Avalon Hill Midway game board to make my GM screen. I know I had a photocopy of the treasure tables from Greyhawk.
2. The other possibility is that prior to the AD&D combat tables being printed, I simply used photocopies. I think I may not have actually purchased the boxed set and supplements until AFTER the DMG came out.
Prior to starting to run AD&D, I mostly ran Chivalry and Sorcery and weekly gaming didn't start until summer of '79 (a couple months before the DMG came out).
In any case, I have really nice copies of the books, and while I will reference them occasionally they are likely to stay in pretty good condition. They have been moved to a box that is slightly larger than the original box that maybe was a computer software box or something (it's totally un-printed - I think it had a printed sleeve over it). They sit beside my pristine condition Arduin Grimoire I-III books... (which were NOT my first copy, or at least Arduin Grimoire I is a copy I purchased while in grad school in the late 80s, I did have a copy earlier but I think I sold it.
I scored an OCE set 7-8 years ago on Amazon marketplace (for less than $20!), and also have print copies of Supp. I-II. The box is pretty beaten-up, but the books look brand new. I've pretty much tried to keep them that way -- I mostly use ref sheets, PDF printouts, and my own typed-up notes at the table.
Post by strangebrew on Sept 7, 2018 18:05:45 GMT -6
Nope. I have a bootleg printed set, brown covers and all, and a shady Lulu one-volume book. I would like to have a set one day, with all the supplements stuffed in there all cozy, but I don't think I'd really enjoy it. I own a HeroQuest box set that's worth about $400-500 and maybe $500 in old Magic cards they just stress me out. Plus I'm like Rafael, born in '83, so I echo his sentiments.
I thought I answered this once, but it seems to have gone astray.
Anyway, as an old gamer, I still have my originals, still with the much battered and taped box. That was based around a 4th printing set in a white box, and I've got a staple silver Chainmail from before D&D, and all the supplements down to Swords and Spells. However, as tattered and fragile as they are, I picked up a reprint as a table copy the other year, and I also have the pdfs of the reprints, and a carefully produced scan of my originals with my annotations. It's still easier for me to access rules in paper when playing, though...
For that matter, btw, I still have the reference sheets that went with the originals; back in the day, I used to use a copy of the Judge's Guild Ready Ref sheets for a lot of daily use. (I still have that, too, although some removable pages from the middle have been removed and lost. I picked up a clean copy at an HMGS flea market within the past couple of years...)
Post by dragondaddy on Sept 8, 2018 18:23:36 GMT -6
one 4th edition 74 0D&D Whitebox (OCE) including Hobbits and Balrogs and such... (the second set I owned, briefly I once owned a brownbox 3rd print set with the mounted fighter on the cover.) one 6th edition 74 0D&D Whitebox (OCE) without the box including Halflings and Type VI Demons. Various printings of all four supplements. Holmes edition Bluebook BXD&D boxed set. The entire Judges Guild Wilderlands Setting, including the large City-State of the Imperial Overlord supplement and the Wraith Overlord dungeons beneath the City-State, as well as all the maps, guides, and supplements.
I can't imagine ever selling it. If I do I'll tell Pauy Stormberg. He estimates it would go for about $10,000.
I don't have the right collector genes for this topic; books (and by extension game books) have always felt like something to be used rather than collected, but that does lead me to ask whether you still use this copy at the table or whether it's stowed in safety?
Not I. I never happened upon the game growing up, and it's much too pricey to get one these days. Even when the premium box came out, I couldn't really justify getting it. I did buy the PDFs though (books I-III and the first three supplements) and printed out my own booklets.
Thanks to eBay, I do have the Moldvay Basic box (no dice or brochures), 1E Forgotten Realms Campaign (just the maps, hex overlays, and books), and Karameikos: Kingdom of Adventure (complete except for the map!!! >_<)
I also found Gamma World 7th edition at a thrift a while back (no cards, but included the two expansions). It's interesting, but it mostly collects dust.
If you mean the board game, I have that too. Found it for $7 at a Goodwill a few years back. A couple pieces of furniture and figurines are missing (and the Gargoyle wings, of course).
My friend has TWO copies of it, and both expansions @_@
It's a fun little game for what it is, but it starts to wear thin after about an hour or two. What really impresses me are the creative folks who print out the booklets and craft the whole game from scratch.