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

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Greentongue:
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"?

Even if I could find someone interested in GURPS or RuneQuest, trying to get people to play 290 year old games can be an uphill struggle.

Besides, if they have been sitting in boxes for that many years what are the odds I'm going to suddenly get the inspiration to pull them out and do more than just remember the old times?

How do you justify keep boxes of old game stuff?  How often has it even actually been reused?

Reckall:
Well, this is a strange question: first, they are memories from my past; second, many of them still contain useful material - like the fluff in the 1E/2E FR supplements or in GURPS 3E; and, third, I never know if something will be played again: CoC supplements are timeless and should someone be interested in this "D&D thinghie" I would test if D&D is good for them with the Rules Cyclopedia before throwing them into the deep water (we still play 3/3.5E BTW).

Svenhelgrim:
I keep my old books for inspiration.  I read them and they make me feel good.  I also swipe ideas, maps, names, plaots, traps, and items from them to use in other games.

HappyDaze:
For starters,  I don't put them in an attic. All of my old game stuff that I keep fits (more or less) on three bookcases.(two large ones and a smaller one for the games I'm currently running/playing). If something doesn't for there, I sell it. I haven't had to sell anything in about 6 years though...

Greentongue:

--- Quote from: Reckall on October 18, 2021, 07:19:25 AM ---Well, this is a strange question: first, they are memories from my past; second, many of them still contain useful material - like the fluff in the 1E/2E FR supplements or in GURPS 3E; and, third, I never know if something will be played again: CoC supplements are timeless and should someone be interested in this "D&D thinghie" I would test if D&D is good for them with the Rules Cyclopedia before throwing them into the deep water (we still play 3/3.5E BTW).

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Yeah, the CoC stuff is timeless.
There seems to be limitless sources of inspiration and even memories on the internet so, if I didn't have the space, it would be hard to justify "hording" the materials that haven't been touched in years.

Like the people that pay for Self Storage but don't remember all the things they stuffed away there.
At what point does it become "trashable"?

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