I stimulated the economy

October 13, 2008 at 9:30 am
filed under Roleplaying

Some years ago (!), as the new World of Darkness was coming to the fore, used book stores were a great place to find old World of Darkness books. In fact, I acquired most of them thus. I had just graduated from college, and thus couldn’t afford most of these books. Especially as the new World of Darkness came out, people started to offload their collections, meaning the selection was even better.

And boy were there were some amazing deals to be had that year. I acquired all but a few of the Vampire Clanbooks for between $1 and $2 each. I saw copies of Vampire for $5. At one point, someone must’ve offloaded a bunch of Planescape stuff, because I acquired a bunch of those, too. (And now I’m kicking myself for not having bought those boxed sets…)

After a while the deals petered out, and so did my visits. But on Saturday I was in search of a non-RPG book, and had occasion to visit the RPG sections. Though there wasn’t anything rare or particularly striking, I did find some goodies!

The regular, non-clearance section was a bit disappointing. I saw lots of 3rd Edition Forgotten Realms books that I might’ve acquired, except that they were in fine condition and fairly new, and therefore too expensive.

I was kind of surprised by how little White Wolf stuff there was. Typically there’re a lot of leavings from 1st Edition or 2nd Edition World of Darkness, but this time, it was mostly Exalted 1st Edition.

The clearance section was another story. There was a lot of junk, but clearly someone offloaded a bunch of old D&D stuff. Among many other things, I acquired for about $1 each:

There’re some other adventures that I acquired, and some 2nd Edition complete guides, like psionics and elves.

Judging from Amazon, a lot of this stuff isn’t rare, and shipping would make it quite a bit more expensive in the aggregate. But price or rarity isn’t really why I like these books. I think it’s just neat to rifle through them, either for inspiration or merely to see how the hobby has changed over time. It’s sad, in a way, because it was clearly a different time, and it is well and truly past.

Anyway, D&D stuff aside, I also got my hands on a copy of Kindred of the East for $2. I’ve never read it, and I’ll probably never make it the whole way through; they’re still kind of weird and mysterious for me, in the sense that I don’t know how most of their shit works. I kinda like that.

I also picked up a copy of the Lawnmower Man RPG, also for $2. I didn’t know there was a Lawnmower Man RPG, either. It looks kind of terrible, with pages and pages and pages of tables in the back. Apparently they were also selling miniatures just for the game. Weird!

Of course, I couldn’t resist going to the FLGS to see what I’d missed over the last few weeks, and thus acquired Night Horrors: Grim Fears, Witch Finders, and Savage and Macabre: Gangrel. Dammit, I’ve already got a huge backlog of stuff to read!

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