July 26, 2012

Only Ten, my take

I just stumbled in this post by Untimately, and despite the fact I'm in the middle of re-organizing my DM's binder (more on this topic soon), working on Castle Vorndrang and, y'know, incidentally having a life, I thought it deserved some thinking. A couple of years ago I decided to let the Zen enter my life as a role player, and I gave away most of my RPG collection trying to keep only the books I was ever going to use. (It ended up keeping only the books I was ever going to use and some books I was really attached and some unsalable titles, for a total of two dozen books or such.) Today, had I ever need to decide only on ten titles this is what I'd keep:
  • OD&D Single Volume with compiled Philotomy's Musings
  • AD&D Monster Manual
  • Supplement V: Carcosa
  • Ready Ref Sheets Vol I
  • Chaosium's Call Of Cthulhu
  • Gamma World, 1st Edition
  • Labyrinth Lord
  • D&D 3.0 Player's Handbook
  • D&D 3.0 Dungeon Master's Guide
  • D&D 3.0 Monster Manual
Note that this is the bare minimum I require to play. Some of you may be shocked by the fact this list doesn't include the AD&D Dungeon Masters Guide, but honestly I've mostly used it in past for dungeon dressing/design purposes, and its 3.0 nephew has quite as awesome tables - thus having to keep one edition for Advanced play I'd rather choose third edition. (The reason why 3.0 vs 3.5 or Pathfinder is the fact it has less options, and I enjoy the unbalance between the various classes.) Also, what no 3LBBs? Of course it would be a pain to depart from my beloved white box, but playing-wise OD&D Single Volume is one hell of a reference, a plus for being something I would actually use at the table.

3 comments:

  1. I don't think I've ever heard of OD&D being published in a single volume. Did you print that out yourself from PDFs, or is that something you could buy at one point?

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    1. Someone printed out the PDFs and had them bound in a quality hardcover. Here's the link.

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  2. I don't know if I could trim my collection down that much.
    My selections would be very similar to yours.
    D&D Rules
    DMG
    Fiend Folio
    Gamma World 1st or 2nd
    Ready Ref Sheets
    Warhammer FRP 1st

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