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.


  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?

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

  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
    Fiend Folio
    Gamma World 1st or 2nd
    Ready Ref Sheets
    Warhammer FRP 1st

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