My AD&D Collection – Restored!

I have mentioned elsewhere the Water Damage Incident that destroyed most of my original AD&D manuals and other game things. My character notes and campaign notes survived.

Below I will show pictures of what I was left with and then the now end results.

Two manuals, my dice bag, my miniatures, and one half of my Dave Trampier DM Screens survived.

 

Original Collection 1
Original Collection 1

I also had two modules, the Player Character and NPC Record Sheets, and I photocopied the Combat Calculator from Dragon Magazine, rather than cut up my magazine. (I had all the Dragon Magazines from about issue 50 to about 150 or so. I needed money and gave them to my brother. He never gave me any money, and my parents had a water leak in their basement, and all the Dragons were mush….)

Original Collection 2
Original Collection 2

I only bought one Hexagonal Mapping Booklet. I still have 6 sheets left. I could make that 7, as one has a lightly pencil drawn star chart for my footsteps into Mega Traveller. I started building a campaign about 25 years ago, and that’s all I did with it. I still have the box for that and the manuals.)

I really wish you could just go buy these like in the good old days….

Closeup Hex Sheets - 6 Left
Hexagonal Mapping Sheets – Only 6 left
Closeup PC & NPC Sheets
Player Character and NPC Record Sheets
Dragon Magazine Combat Wheel
Combat Calculator from Dragon Magazine
Inside PC & NP CSheets
Inside PC & NPC Record Sheets

I only ever bought two modules back in the day. I bought Ravenloft for the cool 3-D style maps. I bought Village Of Hommlet for a low level adventure. I have never ran either of these. If I recall correctly I have played Ravenloft. I do have several of the classic modules in PDF from DriveThruRPG, etc.

My Only Modules Ever Bought
The only modules I ever bought.

What’s not to like about these maps. I think they are cool, and like most players of RPGs, I like maps!

Ravenloft Map 1
Ravenloft Map 1

 

Ravenloft Map 2
Ravenloft Map 2

The saddest part, was that one of the books was the Dieties & Demigods with the Cthulhu and Melnibone mythos. Several years ago, when I decided to rebuild my collection, I soon found most of the other rule books at my FLGS. All except the DDG. Then a few days ago, I ordered the DDG with Cthulhu from Wayne’s Books. About two hours after that, my son got home from work, and gave me one as a belated birthday present.

Below is a picture of my rebuilt collection with the DDG from my son, including a Dave Trampier DM screen.

I also added the Wilderness Survival Guide and the Dungeoneer’s Survival Guide, which I never had.

Also this past summer, I stopped by Table Top Game and Hobby, on my way to my baby sister’s wedding, and picked up the core book re-prints. (This is the 20th year of operation, and the owner, Phil Kilgore, who was a year or two behind me in high school, but we gamed together often back then, had customers roll a d20 for a percentage off. I rolled bad, a 2, and he let me re-roll and I got 8% off, I think. Phil said back in high school that he wanted to open his own game store, and he did.) I am keeping them in their plastic wrappers, just in case.

I also have another Player’s Handbook with the Dave Trampier cover. It is in near pristine condition, but I could not find it to include here.

I also managed to get most of the PDFs before WotC halted them. I got the Player’s Handbook, which is now unavailable since they started selling them again. I didn’t get the Oriental Adventures PDF, I don’t remember if it wasn’t available, or because I kept mis-remembering and thinking I had the book. I picked up Oriental Adventures last year, and the Fiend Folio this past spring.

Rebuilt Collection Plus 2 Books
Rebuilt Collection Plus 2 Books

Here is an inside shot, of my precious…. I mean, the birthday present from my son. Now my collection is restored and expanded.

My New DDG From David
My New DDG From David

Here is the “final” stack of my AD&D Manuals, less the like new Dave Trampier cover Player’s Handbook, and the Dieties and Demigods I order from Wayne’s Books, on Wednesday, October 29th. Of course, just after I finished uploading these pictures and putting my manuals away, the mail came with my new precious. I will write up another post with the unboxing.

My Stack Of AD&D Manuals Less One PH And one DDG
My Stack Of AD&D Manuals Less One PH And one DDG

 

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6 thoughts on “My AD&D Collection – Restored!”

  1. Interesting story about losing all your AD&D manuals, etc. I started playing AD&D in 1979, I have moved 4 times since then and have lost only 1 manual, Monstruos Compendium. Many years ago, as an investment, I purchased a 4 drawer metal filing cabinet and put all my AD&D material in that. I have also started purchasing more modules and newer books as I am going to start playing AD&D again. Have you heard of Roll20? If you have time lookup on YouTube, RollPlay, D&D being played and recorded online, 4 guys, 1 girl, pretty entertaining and a good way to start to understand the new rules.

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