Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Look What Came In The Mail

Last week's discussion of how people imagine D&D led me to an impulsive purchase on eBay.  When I arrived home from work today, this is what I found:


And:

Along with all my original AD&D modules and Dragon magazines, these two beauties were lost sometime between high-school and college. I'm very happy to have replaced them at long last. I can't wait to read them again and imagine how it felt the first time. I'd also like to use them at some point, perhaps when I introduce my sons to D&D proper. I also love the ideas that Scott's been having over at HUGE RUINED PILE and I'm having notions of doing something similar.

15 comments:

Trey said...

That's quite a haul.

Tim Shorts said...

Excellent score.

cyclopeatron said...

Rad! That's all you need for 30 years of fun!

m.s. jackson said...

Wow!That is awesome!

Scott said...

Hell yes!

Christian said...

Nice stack of loot! There's some great times to be had!

~t~ said...

Nice, very nice...

It's too bad that WotC cannot wrap their minds around what a perfect set these treasures represent. Enough in this set of core books to provide a lifetime of adventures, world building and hack-a-bility to create just about any dream one can imagine...

If they re-released these gems I'd be the first in line to pay top dollar for reprints...

I started with the Holmes Blue Book and still pull it out from time to time and still feel the excitement that I felt in 1978...

Enjoy!!!

Narmer said...

Methinks, perhaps, you outbid me for the Basic set.

Risus Monkey said...

@~t~: Well, they'd be more likely to get my money, that's for sure. *Sigh* I got so worked up by the promise of 4e. But my disillusionment with WotC led me to the OSR, which probably wouldn't have happened if the produced something marginally more to my liking.

@Narmer: Oops, sorry about that. ;)

Cthulhu's Librarian said...

Nice! Now you need to put them to use!

What do your weekends look like over the next few weeks? I'm going to be running a one shot B/X game for Robert and his 2 boys sometime soon, maybe you'd like to drive down to join us? Plus, you'd get to meet Owen finally!

Risus Monkey said...

@Cthulhu's Librarian: Heck yes. Christy and I have been meaning to get down there. We still have the hiker for you. Anyway, I'd love to do a little B/X gaming with you guys.

rainswept said...

Congrats! That Cook boxed set is so pristine. Sinfully so.

*sigh*

You've got 5 of 7 Pillars of Gaming Wisdom right there.

Risus Monkey said...

@rainswept: Now you've got me curious... what would the remaining two pillars be...?

GeneD said...

Nicely done! I look forward to your reports of introducing your kids to old-school gaming -- get 'em started with the classics!

On a similar retro kick lately, I got hardcopies of Labyrinth Lord, Basic Fantasy Role Playing Game, and the Rules Cyclopedia (not to mention Star Frontiers). I already had the D&D boxed sets and PDFs of all of the above.

However, my current face-to-face and telecom groups prefer D&D4e, Pathfinder (sort of a retro-clone), and FATE 3e, so we'll see what we end up using whenever I get back to my "Vanished Lands" homebrew setting. I'll certainly be mining these materials -- and your blog -- for inspiration, if not rules!

Risus Monkey said...

@GeneD: You are the only person that I've ever heard describe Pathfinder as a "sort of a retro-clone". :)

But that's awesome that you've been an old-school shopping spree. I look forward to reading more about your Vanished Lands and Vortex games. I'd really like to play Fate at some point (I've played Spirit of the Century exactly once).