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Those Old Games Books in the Attic. Why Do You Keep Them?

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Godfather Punk:
Throwing them away would be like ditching a vintage car that still runs a-ok.
Except the old-timer would probably have cost less than my gaming hoard.

On the one side I always hope one day I'll be able to play these games.
On the other side I wouldn't mind giving the away if there was somebody who would make good use of them.
On the third side nostalgia and what Svenhelgrim said.

Most likely scenario is that after my death the housecleaners will throw everything in a dumpster and burn or pulp the lot.

Steven Mitchell:
Well, I stopped doing that with my last move, about 12 years ago.  I had a lot of things I picked up off the bargain rack.  Most of it was trash.  Of the things I've lost or sold or given away, the only ones I partially regret are mostly things that someone else got good use out of, and that I could replace now if I really wanted to.  The one big exception was a board game that I loaned out and never got back.   

I have kept a few games that I'll probably never play again because I enjoy looking at them occasionally--and you never know.  But if I needed the shelf space for something that I was playing, they'd go in a heart beat.

Chris24601:
For the same reason I still have my high school yearbooks even though I never look at them. I might… some day… want to.

hedgehobbit:

--- Quote from: Greentongue on October 18, 2021, 07:08:43 AM ---I was just thinking about the books I have stored in the attic and wondering why I keep them and if I'm the only one that thinks I might get them back out "some day"?
--- End quote ---

You are looking at this all wrong. The secret to using old games is to stop buying new games. So the question should be, "Why do you keep buying games when you already have enough?"

Chris24601:

--- Quote from: hedgehobbit on October 18, 2021, 08:34:29 AM ---
--- Quote from: Greentongue on October 18, 2021, 07:08:43 AM ---I was just thinking about the books I have stored in the attic and wondering why I keep them and if I'm the only one that thinks I might get them back out "some day"?
--- End quote ---

You are looking at this all wrong. The secret to using old games is to stop buying new games. So the question should be, "Why do you keep buying games when you already have enough?"

--- End quote ---
I’ve written every game I’ve run for the past two decades; do a search on my post history and you’ll see “White Book Mage”, d6 Star Trek, Rebuild of Robotech and, of course, Ruins & Realms.

But when I play, it’s up to the GM what system we use and because I like to know the rules I pick up the necessary books and that’s where the majority of my collection comes from.

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