For the past few weeks, I've been working on cataloging and organizing my bookcase full of gaming books and such. Since I obviously enjoy the older game systems and their associated modules and settings books, I've got quite a lot of stuff. The difficulty has been trying to find a good way to place them in the book shelves. Especially since the shelves are antique lawyer style cabinets with glass fronts. I'll post a picture of them once I get everything in place.
Of course, as when you dig through a collection you've not looked at in a while, you find treasures you forgot about....like my old gaming stuff when I first learned to play and several of my original dungeons I put together. Ugh...they were awful Monty Haul, fill every space of the graph paper, no sense of ecology things....But I did find pocket folder filled with 1e characters I spent a couple of weeks on. I remember thinking I should have a stable of NPCs to pull out if I ever needed a party of adventurers to be encountered. Those were fun to look at. I was scrupulous about following the rules of character creation and equipping. I could probably still use them today for a 1e game....
But something else I found as well. Back when the OSR was starting up and I was beginning to give up on 3.5, 4e just looked awful and Pathfinder's bulk looked intimidating, I found the website of Jason Vey. His write-up of an OD&D Hyperboria fascinated me. I would love to run such a game at some time. Now Jason has another website and I've bought his stuff. Very nice and very useful. Then I did some more internet digging and found some other stuff that intrigued me. Like this. And this.
And then I came across a box of games from a dear friend of mine and I want to play those too. The 2nd edition of Paranioa boxed set was in there along with at least a dozen different modules. Under that was a batch of the original Traveller books (the LBBs) and a batch of 2nd & 3rd edition Call of Cthulhu modules and rulebooks. Some of these I hadn't thought about since we played way back in graduate school. Of course, we also played Star Fleet Battles but as a beer & pretzels game of "kill the ship".
Ah...the fun we used to have when life moved at a slower pace. Taking all of a Saturday to play a game was acceptable. There were no demands from work after you left at 5ish. No cell phones to interrupt anything. And the term "gamer" meant a person who played at a table with other "gamers", using funny shaped dice, pencils, and paper; not a person on a computer or console.
Guess I'm just getting old.