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D&D Blog Hop: Day 21

Written by Darkwarren - Published on February 21, 2014

dnd40hopbadgeDay 21: First time you sold some of your D&D books–for whatever reason.

I’ve never sold any of my D&D books (or any other roleplaying gear) and thankfully, I’ve never had to sell any of my D&D books. If anything, throughout the years, I’ve had to reign in my spending on books.

When it was time for me to get married, my wife and I were paying for most of it so we had to save all we could. That meant less money spent on gaming stuff. When we had our first child and had to save money for childcare, that meant less money for roleplaying. But I have never had to sell anything. I’ve also never chosen to sell anything. As I look on my gaming bookshelf I see AD&D, 2e AD&D, 3.0, 3.5, and Pathfinder books.  I don’t still have my red box edition of D&D – I’ll have to check my parents’ house to see if they still have it.

One of the many reasons that I’m lucky to be a member of the group that I game with is that we’ve all pooled our resources. The bookshelf has lots of Pathfinder stuff, but I’ve hardly purchased any of it. Other members of the group have purchased it and left it at my house – because I host the sessions. So our gaming library is rather large. And it is a library in every sense of the word. Anyone in our group can borrow anything during the week to help develop their character or add something to their sheet.

Our electronic library is even larger. One of our members was one of the early subscribers to Pathfinder so he has electronic copies of almost every book available for us to peruse. Another member has tons of old Dungeon and Dragon magazines (older than my 3.0 run) that he has scanned and made available to us. The math and rules may not always fit with Pathfinder but the character hooks, backstory ideas, and cultural connections are great resources.

I’m lucky that our gaming group is so generous with their books and that we’ve decided to pool our resources to enhance EVERYBODY’S gaming experience. I’m sure that if I had purchased a copy of every book in our library that I would definitely have a different answer to the original question.

How about you?

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Written by Darkwarren

Matt W., aka Darkwarren, has been roleplaying ever since his older brother introduced him to the red box set when he was 7 years old. Since then he has game-mastered SSDC’s Battleords of the Twenty-third Century, WEG’s Shadowrun and Star Wars, and of course Dungeons & Dragons in a variety of forms. At thirty-four years old he takes turns on both sides of the screen with the group that he helped found in 2000 when 3.0 hit the stands and has met every week fairly regularly ever since. Currently they have been running a variety of the Paizo Adventure Path scenarios, so that’s his wheelhouse. He was almost famous when two of his adventures were green-lighted for possible publication right before Paizo relinquished the rights to publish Dungeon magazine.

Matt also has years if experience in improvisational comedy, fiction, and non-fiction writing. He is currently working and studying to attain a master’s degree in theology, to enhance his career as a religious studies teacher. Lastly, his greatest passion is his family, especially the three sons and dog that he shares with his wife in upstate New York.

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