Book porn

There’s another meme about posting you gaming books shelves. In!

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These are the two book shelves behind my D&D table. The tall one is sort of customized from a cast-off store fixture. The short one I had in my play room as a kid.

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Top shelves of the tall one. RPG and warfare references on the very top mostly. “Halbritter’s Arms through the ages” is a very funny picture book of silly medieval weapons systems. Below that, some boxed sets (my Grindhouse boxed set, which I won!, and S&W white box, which I traded for…can’t convince my brother to try either) and lots of reference stuff.

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This shelf is my real gaming collection. AD&D, B/X, and some supplements get the most use. The big binder is my home campaign notes. The box next to it has my main wargames of choise — DBA, HoTT, and a few other WRG books. The two things on the far right are ‘pamphlet binders’ I sewed my “Best of Dragon” vols. one and two inside of.

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Next shelf down are some less-used RPG books and general references. The black box is OD&D and supplements. Printed from pdfs, not originals.  I have Barlowe’s Extraterrestrials and Fantasy, each snatched for a $1 at a book sale.  A lot of my reference books come from library book sales.

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Wargaming (mostly old Warhammer) and some other things. The blue binder is stuff from my old campaigns in college, old characters, and such.

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The top shelf of the little bookshelf is mostly occultism.

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The middle shelf is some history (mostly American/Native American). And my note cards, I always need them while DMing. The swami is an incense burner but I no longer burn incense while gaming. The bookmark is made of bark and was brought back from Russia by an inlaw.

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  1. But where’s the Tunnels and Trolls stuff, Mike? Ken

    • I have the free 5e starter pdf from the Flying Buffalo web site, but no hard copy of anything T&T. :(
      I keep thinking I’ll pick it up if I ever get to con again, or a store that carries it though.

    • Oh, and I do have a couple of Grimtooth books…does that help?

  2. Fellow librarian: What is that set that includes the Dictionary of Symbolism? All of the books in this set look really interesting; who publishes it?

    • It’s the “Wordsworth reference” series published by Wordsworth Editions — mostly reprints of reference works, usually retitled. I think mine are all from the mid-1990s. I have a few volumes in my regular book shelves, like Mackay’s “Extraordinary popular delusions and the madness of crowds.” I got mine remaindered from a book store in the late 1990s. Very handy!

      I should also point out the Penguin historical atlas series — really great maps for the ‘big picture’ as they show the same region over time, sort of like that movie “Atlas” by the Eames, but also showing resources, language families, etc. I got those for wargaming though to see which nations co-existed and were conterminous (i.e. potential enemies/allies). I just have the ancient and medieval ones.

      • That’s perfect. Thanks.

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  4. At first I thought you said the bookmark was brought back from Russia by an outlaw, and I was pretty delighted.


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