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sorting through old games

Today I took care of another minor item on The List, re-organizing the piles of gaming stuff on my shelves. Mostly it was a matter of sorting through piles of papers to see what I had and group them appropriately, shelving them with the appropriate game if possible. I also had some newer game books I'd never shelved properly, and had to fit them in where I could. 

I still have a bunch of games that I've only played once, never played, and even a few games or sourcebooks I never finished reading. I'm wondering whether I should sell or give some of them away. I like to have them because in theory they may be useful someday, for inspiration if nothing else, but in practice several of them are just taking up shelf space and I know I'll never get anything out of them. Of course, just this summer I've been using the first-edition AD&D Player's Handbook again, because of Tony's Apocalypse World hack, and I never expected to have any use for that book again, but I'd have kept that for nostalgia regardless. On the other hand, I have no reason to keep the second-edition Monstrous Compendium binder: for one thing, there's very little chance I'd ever go back to playing that particular edition, as it doesn't offer any real advantages over the later ones; and for another, I also have the Monstrous Manual hardbound book, which is much nicer and better than the binder version of the monster collections.

I also was reminded that I have the Disk Wars game, which my friends and I were interested in back when I first moved to Seattle. I bought several packs for the game when they went on clearance, and pretty much never used them since. The game is for ages 12 and up, so I feel like I should get it into the hands of a 12-year-old who might actually be interested in playing it. I could use some of the parts for other game purposes, but realistically I'm never going to play it again and it'd be better off with someone else. Likewise I have a few packs from the Pirates of the Spanish Main game, which was pretty neat, but which I don't expect to play ever again and would rather see it given to someone who will play it.

Sorting through the game piles and seeing old characters, notes from games we played, and drafts of games that haven't been completed yet, put me in a creative mood. In fact I was going to use this post to do a write-up of a character class for Tony's Apocalypse D&D hack, but I realized with only an hour to write that I wouldn't get it done in time. So instead I've got this post, and now that it's done, I'll spend a little time on that write-up.


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