Monday, September 27, 2010

Those Mysterious Holes

When I opened my recent purchase of the Moldvay Basic Set and Cook Expert Set, I was amused to discover that I didn't remember my original books as having been hole-punched. It must of have been the case, however, because the rules themselves refer to this:

Each rule booklet is drilled with holes, so that if desired, the pages may be cut out and rearranged in a ring binder.
- Dungeons & Dragons Fantasy Adventure Game Basic Set

Cut out the pages! Horrors! I can't imagine anyone doing that to these precious books. Did anybody out there ever cut out their B/X pages to assemble them into a binder? If so, did they survive the years? Did you combine and intermingle the two rule booklets as the text suggests? I'm generally curious.

Note the holes in the left margin.

9 comments:

Tim Brannan said...

I have some old beat up copies of these. Maybe I should give it a try!
I was always curious about doing it.

Trey said...

I put the whole book in a binder, but I've never tore one up!

Tim Brannan said...

I have one Basic book in mint condition and a Basic and Expert book that look like I ran over them with the car. I could do those I guess. But somehow I don't think I will.

Scott said...

There was a period when B/X was so cheap on eBay, even with shipping, that I picked up extra copies every so often just because. I hacked apart one of each, put them in page protectors, and organized them by section (so all the Basic character stuff was together with the Expert character stuff, all the combat, all the monsters, and so on).

Worked out fine, but I think I stopped using it because I knew the books well enough to find things more easily in the separate books, and the binder was a pain to pass around. Not sure where that binder is now.

Christian said...

I shudder at the thought of tearing one of those gems up! Aieeee!!!!

Matt said...

I bound mine, but I don't think I tore any apart. Still have them in the same binder with the same fantasy stickers I got for Christmas one year (many years ago).

Risus Monkey said...

@Scott: It hadn't occurred to me that someone might have extra copies to hack apart. Makes sense, though even if I could get a hold of extra copies these days I'd be loathe to destroy them. I guess it's because the older these books get, the more precious they become.

Cthulhu's Librarian said...

Yes, I did this to my B/X books. Actually, I should be more specific and say that I did this with one set of my books.

My brother and I each had a copy of the basic set, I had a copy of the Expert set, and the kid across the street from us gave us his copies of both books at some point. So of course the first thing I wanted to do was cut them apart and put them into a binder like the book said to do!

It didn't turn out so well, as the only thing I had to cut them apart was scissors, so the cut edge was a little ragged. I put them all into a binder and then found that I, like Scott above, found it more difficult to find stuff in the combined book, so it didn't see much use after that. Plus, pages kept tearing out if you flipped through them too fast. :-(

I still have all of the pages in an old, beat up folder, along with notes and character sheets from one of my first attempts at a campaign.

These days, there is no way I'd do this, regardless of how many copies of the books I had.

GeneD said...

While I've hole-punched many of my gaming materials to put into three-ring binders, I never tore up my old Dungeons & Dragons rulebooks. Magazines, however, are a different story, with useful articles getting clipped, ads or photos torn out for other reference, and a general mess made...