What’s on my shelves

My recent interview with Matthew and Dave of the Effekt Podcast got me thinking about what’s on my shelves and why I’ve chosen certain games to form the core of my collection. Over the last six months or so I’ve been slowly whittling down my collection by selling large chunks of it on ebay. Most of what I’ve sold have been supplements for games I haven’t opened in years while others are games that no longer suit my preferred style of play. Among the casualties were a substantial number of Torg and Star Wars books (both original WEG editions), Corporation sourcebooks and a variety of individual games.

My RPG collection is easily half the size it once was and having finally invested in a new bookcase it is also now proudly on display. Given how much of an avid reader I used to be that I’m down to such a small collection of both gaming books and fiction feels a little odd but I’m also conscious of the fact that I don’t read as much as I used to. Anyway, enough rambling about the relationship with books (its complicated ok!), on to the gaming collection.

The top shelf is going to become my display shelf. Right now that includes my dice case, a birthday gift that needs filling, a selection of art books and special editions. Gaming wise that includes my leather bound copies of Demon Hunters: A Comedy of Terrors and Serenity (with a dedication to my old crew from the main designer). There’s also the D&D Art & Arcana book which is a gorgeous dig into the history the game and its art. Below are a couple of shelves of fiction, after which we get to the collection proper.

I think I’m going to focus on these two shelves over a couple of future blog posts but if you want to get a feel for my life in gaming then this picture speaks volumes. I’ve shifted towards digital releases a lot lately, especially for supplements and smaller indie games so it’s not fully representative of my tastes. There are a few games I would definitely like to add to this space, and one or two that I probably wouldn’t miss if they weren’t there. At some point I’d really like to put together a shelf of just starter sets, I don’t know why but it’s just this idea I’ve had floating around in the back of my head for long enough that I should probably start on it.

For the most part though it feels good just to have everything out where I can see it after it being in boxes for far too long.

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