Thursday, July 14, 2011

My collection is now complete!

So what is this I got in the mail today?  A box? Addressed to me?

What could be inside? Let's open it up!

It's an Original Edition Dungeons and Dragons!
What's inside that box?

All the LBBs and supplements.  I already had an Eldritch Wizardry, but this one is much better shape.  Actually all the books are in good shape.  Well the Blackmoor book has some black tape on it, but the LBBs are all in fantastic shape.

I even have the reference sheets.

Looks pretty good with my set of old-school Basic books.

and next to my favorite Original D&D "clone"

and on my shelf!

I am told this is the "5.5" edition.  6th Edition/Printing books in a 5th Edition box.  I am not sure about the other books, but I am not collecting this as a "purist" I have always wanted a copy of this.

I have the PDFs, one of the first set of PDFs I bought when WotC had them fore sale, but holding these books is a really a different thing all together.

Original D&D has the distinction of the only version of D&D I only played once.  Even then it was 1987 and I am sure my point of view was skewed from years of AD&D.  That all being said, OD&D is one of those games that time and experience has only improved to me.  The game is not for beginners really, which is kind of funny.  Reading it gives me better appreciation for the Basic sets of Holmes and Moldvay.

I am not sure if I'll ever play it.  Maybe one day when the kids are older I might pull it out.  I can run the old Wee Warriors Palace of the Vampire Queen "kit" with it.

I can't help but think who was the first owner of this game and where he got it.  I bought it from a private collector who was not the original owner.

So now my collection is complete.  Till I find something else I need to obsess about!


James said...

Sweet! :)

Padre said...

Nice collection!

Martin R. Thomas said...

I remember my mom buying this set for me about 15 years ago from a used bin at a game store near our house and giving it to me as a gift. I was so excited to have a copy, and probably felt similar to how you feel now, getting an actual physical copy.

I've never actually played OD&D and am not sure I'll ever get a chance, but I still love reading through the old books.

Off-topic question - what are those little "mini-boxes" of the Moldvay Basic / Cook Expert / WoG set??? I've never seen those before!

Timothy S. Brannan said...

Martin, yeah those are cool.
I am going to have to post about those one day.

The Grey Elf said...

You're welcome, Tim ;)

Aaron E. Steele said...

Welcome to the club.

Anonymous said...

I can still recall how great it felt opening up the parcel when I got this lot. Very exciting. :-)

Greyhawk Grognard said...

Where did those mini-boxes of the Basic, Expert, and WoG come from? I've never seen their like before.

Gaming Ronin said...

Some day I want to see Tim on hoarders.

Timothy S. Brannan said...


My wife makes me keep everything organized.

Billiam Babble said...

I love you.
If you die, will you give me some of these things?

Timothy Paul Schaefer said...

You lucky...
Someday I will own a copy.