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Dimthar
12-05-2008, 09:45 PM
Since we've been in recession for a year, How does that affected your spending in RPG?

My spending on RPG was reduced mostly when my first daughter was born. It is been the same for the last 4 years (Now is part of the Family Budget), around $150 USD a year.

Also RPG competes for funding with the Board Games (e.g. Puerto Rico, Settlers of Catan, etc.) and Movies.

TAROT
12-05-2008, 10:53 PM
My spending is down this year in comparison to the previous two, but mostly due to not being interested by as many things. But it's still in the $80-100/month range.

But I don't smoke, hardly ever drink, find restaurant food too salty to be palatable, my graphics card is now too old to run recent software releases, and haven't seen an ad for a movie that I wanted to see on the big screen in about two years.

Etarnon
12-05-2008, 11:10 PM
Since I have an Ebay RPG reseller store, more than 1000.00

cplmac
12-05-2008, 11:29 PM
I would say about $20 to $25. More so for supplies (pencils, pens, graph paper, etc.) than actual RPGs.

Bearfoot_Adam
12-06-2008, 02:43 AM
This was a big year for me. I decided to look into GURPS and a couple Changeling books came out. I can normally go a couple years without buying anything but this year I passed the $100 mark.

drewshi
12-06-2008, 06:40 AM
Spending has been way down for me, moreso because I've only gotten back into gaming this year after a few years away. Since I play old school first edition and have most of the material in hand, I don't really have much to purchase, but I have done some eBay surfing...

Mead
12-06-2008, 06:56 AM
I bought most of the line of Castles & Crusades, also Aces & Eights, 1st Ed Manual of the Planes, and the two core Deadlands Hell on Earth books.

Initially bought D&D4, sent it back for printing defects.

GoddessGood
12-06-2008, 10:24 AM
I set down over $200 for the books I'd been dying to buy for over a year. I didn't have the cash because it was my last year in college. Now that I have a "real" job, I could plunk down a lot to support my FLGS. I also bought a couple of things online in PDF form. I give myself $200 a week for eating out and entertainment.

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
12-06-2008, 10:35 AM
I spent less than $100.00 on DnD, more than $100.00 on WFRP, and about $100.00 on Traveller.

Freejack
12-06-2008, 12:17 PM
I just spent $200 on 17 German language Shadowrun books. I've purchased a good $200 in the 16mm Chessex 6 siders for my Shadowrun games (I have a bit over 400 now). I bought all the releases this year of Shadowrun both in PDF and in dead tree and purchased the 5th printing of the Shadowrun core rules by Catalyst Games.

I also purchased a couple hundred in old Paranoia modules. I bought all the All Flesh Must Be Eaten books this year including a couple of PDFs. I've picked up a couple of Call of Cthulhu books and my wife bought me the Malleus Monstrorum for my birthday (along with several Zombie books).

I've also spent $1500 or so on my recent computer gaming rig. My wife has a new Dell laptop since hers crapped out. I've also purchased a good $250 in computer games for the new rig.

I went to Alaska this year on the motorcycle and spent a good $1500 on a flat tire (towing, new tire, new tire and chain two days later, motel rooms for 5 days).

The kids are gone so we don't have that as a bill any more (not to say they won't move in if it gets bad of course). The only "bill" we have is the house. All the motorcycles and the car is paid off and we pay off the credit card each month.

I have a pretty recession proof job (Sr Unix Admin for a company that supports the 911 Emergency Infrastructure) unless I really screw something up.

We don't celebrate the holidays other than minimally. A personality gift sort of thing so we don't spent a craptastic load of money during the holidays.

Carl

tesral
12-06-2008, 12:51 PM
Does one could gas used getting to and from games, or just RPG gear?

mrken
12-06-2008, 12:55 PM
Do minis count? I dropped a small fortune there, not so much on the game books as my son has been buying his own books. And the online games, my wife takes care of that. So, I guess all the money I spent has been on minis and terrain stuff. Maybe $300 to $400. Now, gaming conventions, those don't count either, right? lol

Freejack
12-06-2008, 12:56 PM
Does one could gas used getting to and from games, or just RPG gear?

I didn't count gas or snacks. Heck, just that would kick me over the $1,000 mark as I ride to Boulder every other Sunday, Denver every other Wednesday, and over to Thorton (short but still) on the other Wednesdays.

I also didn't count convention costs.

But I figured it'd be easiest to just count gear.

Carl

Skunkape
12-06-2008, 04:44 PM
My spending has been reduced from usual, not so much due to the overall economy, more because my wife lost her job and was slow in getting a new one. This happened before most of the current economic issues.

Sure the economy has an impact on my spending, but there have been times in the past where the economy has been slow, but I've still purchased RPG items, books, figures, terrain, etc, and the opposite can be said as well, there have been times when the economy was doing great but I wasn't spending as much on RPGs.

Just depends on how much disposable income I have during the year.

Aidan
12-06-2008, 04:51 PM
With 4e out, I've spent over $100 on the PHB, Adventurer's Vault, Forgotten Realms Player's Guide and Martial Power, and I still have more I want.

1958Fury
12-07-2008, 12:52 PM
Hmmm... I bought the 4e PHB, and SW Saga Core Rulebook, and some minis... probably less than $100. Unless you count attending DragonCon, which was probably a $200 trip altogether.

Grimwell
12-07-2008, 01:35 PM
I was above average this year.

I picked up the 4E core books, and two of the supplimental ones. New modules, new miniatures, and a few ancillary supplies to make things go. I also grabbed a few boards games, MtG cards, and whatnot. I selected 200 - 500, but might have broken that number the more I think of it.

The D&D books were definitely not in my normal rotation, but I tend to spend $50 every other month on gaming in any given year, so I like to shop for me from time to time it would seem. :)

Freejack
12-07-2008, 04:09 PM
Just spent another $50. Two more boxes of dice and Secrets of Morocco. Waiting on Cthulhutech core to show up at Black and Read (down on 80th for local folks :) )

Carl

fmitchell
12-07-2008, 05:23 PM
I just downloaded my PayPal history and ... yikes! Too many PDFs ...

And that doesn't even count the dead trees I've bought on my credit card.

Talmek
12-07-2008, 07:27 PM
I purchased between 100 and 250 dollars this year, but the amount of money is disproportionate to the number of books I purchased. I don't really mind used books as long as they are readable, so I saved a ton of money while completing my Eberron collection (Thank you, eBay). I also was able to purchase the 4e core rulebooks through the interWebZ and saved even more on a new set!

I only have one local gaming store, and they really don't have anything to do with DnD (think more Warhammer 40k). Anyways, I have been extremely lucky to find an excellent job in January that has so far not been affected with the economy's self-defecation.

All in all, it's been a great year for me. It makes me almost feel guilty for being so lucky falling into my job.

boulet
12-08-2008, 08:56 AM
I just spent $200 on 17 German language Shadowrun books.
Hmmm I hope you don't mind my curiosity but why the German version of Shadowrun ? Plan on running a game for some rebel Amish players or sth ?

GoddessGood
12-08-2008, 11:12 AM
Hmmm I hope you don't mind my curiosity but why the German version of Shadowrun ? Plan on running a game for some rebel Amish players or sth ?
Man, sign me up for that game :lol:

MortonStromgal
12-08-2008, 11:15 AM
Alot... I'm not sure if I am over the 1k mark but this year I have started recollecting old games I used to own as I find them at Half Priced books. So much so I asked for a book shelf for my birthday and it is now almost over flowing. Typically I spend about $50-200 at the FLGS per month, this year 50%+ the money has gone to HPB rather than the FLGS but with sooo many FLGS in the seattle area I'm not sure they even miss my money.

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
12-08-2008, 11:55 AM
Alot... I'm not sure if I am over the 1k mark but this year I have started recollecting old games I used to own as I find them at Half Priced books. So much so I asked for a book shelf for my birthday and it is now almost over flowing. Typically I spend about $50-200 at the FLGS per month, this year 50%+ the money has gone to HPB rather than the FLGS but with sooo many FLGS in the seattle area I'm not sure they even miss my money.
I dont have the fundage at this time to make any big purchases, but i will in time. So until that time comes, if you dont mind, i'll just live vicariously through you, MortonStromgal.

I'm going through a job/location change so i will miss my consistent purchases, but i will admit, my ever growing wish list motivates me to continue being successful in whatever i do. Until this happens, and it will in time, i will remain that kid looking through the window in the candy store.

Skunkape
12-08-2008, 12:51 PM
Good thing we're talking this year and RPGs, if we were talking about 5 years ago and were including wargames, I spent a big chunk of money on my Warhammer 40k army!:D

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
12-08-2008, 01:04 PM
Good thing we're talking this year and RPGs, if we were talking about 5 years ago and were including wargames, I spent a big chunk of money on my Warhammer 40k army!:D
Wow, no doubt. Great stuff, but it can get expensive.

This is something i'de like to get into in 2009, so ive warned my wallet to be prepared.

MortonStromgal
12-08-2008, 01:25 PM
I remember when I first got into Warhammer Fantasy a friend's dad (we were not that close but we had mutual friends and saw each other from time to time) opened a gaming store to compete with the crappy one that had been in town for years. I learned a lot about what NOT to do when running a gaming store from that experience. Anyway he pitched warhammer as a game for kids, "its cheap" his words... well $200 of mowing lawns later and still not having a tournament army I gave up. If I had the space I would get back into Warhammer Fantasy but alas my wife already groans when I bring home a book. :D shes nice enough to just groan and try to miracle a place for it on the already stuffed book shelves.

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
12-08-2008, 01:41 PM
I remember when I first got into Warhammer Fantasy a friend's dad (we were not that close but we had mutual friends and saw each other from time to time) opened a gaming store to compete with the crappy one that had been in town for years. I learned a lot about what NOT to do when running a gaming store from that experience. Anyway he pitched warhammer as a game for kids, "its cheap" his words... well $200 of mowing lawns later and still not having a tournament army I gave up. If I had the space I would get back into Warhammer Fantasy but alas my wife already groans when I bring home a book. :D shes nice enough to just groan and try to miracle a place for it on the already stuffed book shelves.
WFRP is great and i own everything from both editions(that got expensive). I cant wait to get into Warhammer Fantasy Battle, and their Warhammer LOTR Battle. Both look great, and i am hoping to purchase my first miniature set in 2009.

tesral
12-08-2008, 03:45 PM
I buy too much stuff, even if I am cheap. This year mostly minis. A couple of used 3.5 books. One First, a POD buy of a normally only PDF book. I've hit a sale or two at Plazio and so forth.

kirksmithicus
12-08-2008, 04:46 PM
I bought the three 4E core books, DM screen and some D&D miniatures. The books cost around $90.00 plus $10.00 for the screen and the miniatures I've probably spent $40.00 total. I've got over a hundred miniatures for $40.00 which I think is pretty good. I only buy singles from a couple of local game stores. The most expensive one I've bought was $2.00 (Shadow Hulk). Though my tastes are getting more expensive. A few weeks ago I saw the LOTR miniatures game sets for the first time. I now own a set of goblins and a set of orcs, and plan to get the rest of the bad guys. After all, you can never have enough orcs or goblins. Both sets together cost slightly less than $50.00. Add on to that the money for paint, brushes, modeling clay and other material for creating custom dungeon and wilderness accessories I would guess just under 250.00 total. Oh I almost forgot, the $8.00 I spent on the LOTR RPG game and Moria boxed set.

Freejack
12-08-2008, 05:47 PM
Hmmm I hope you don't mind my curiosity but why the German version of Shadowrun ? Plan on running a game for some rebel Amish players or sth ?

I learned German when I was a kid and was stationed in Germany for a couple of years back in the 70's. Since there is more published in Germany for Shadowrun than here in the US, I figured I could use the existence of the books (SOX and Deutschland in Den Schatten II off the top of my head) to brush up on my German and be able to use the extra material for my folks' runs. Heck, even some of the US books have extra bits in them in the German edition books. Rigger Handbuch has several extra vehicles that aren't in the Rigger Blackbook (yea, 1st Edition but it's true for even newer books).

Carl

Webhead
12-08-2008, 06:04 PM
This year ended up being a pretty spendy year on RPGs for me. My quick calculations put me right around $300-350. Here's what I can recall purchasing:

Star Wars Saga Corebook
Star Wars KotOR Sourcebook
Star Wars Force Unleashed Sourcebook
Star Wars Starships of the Galaxy
Star Wars Threats of the Galaxy
Star Wars Map Tiles
Rocketship Empires 1936
Wushu: Pulp Fu
Spirit of the Century
Monsters and Other Childish Things
Savage Worlds: Explorer's Edition
Sundered Skies
2 sets of un-inked GameScience Dice
1 stick of casino dice
1 dice tray

There were several unusual items this year, like the dice and tray. I haven't bought dice since 1999. Plus, Star Wars Saga was a rather spendy investment, even though I got the books at discount.

Edit: Oh, forgot the following:

Mage 2nd Ed. Revised
Mutants & Masterminds 2nd Ed. (4th Printing)

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
12-08-2008, 08:24 PM
I learned German when I was a kid and was stationed in Germany for a couple of years back in the 70's. Since there is more published in Germany for Shadowrun than here in the US, I figured I could use the existence of the books (SOX and Deutschland in Den Schatten II off the top of my head) to brush up on my German and be able to use the extra material for my folks' runs. Heck, even some of the US books have extra bits in them in the German edition books. Rigger Handbuch has several extra vehicles that aren't in the Rigger Blackbook (yea, 1st Edition but it's true for even newer books).

Carl

Must be nice. I always wanted to learn another language but never had the chance really, to do so. After my impending move, i will be around family that are all fluent in Chinese. Believe me when i say that i will be taking full advantage of the situation, the classes, and my relatives. I'd be a fool not too, after all.

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
12-08-2008, 08:26 PM
This year ended up being a pretty spendy year on RPGs for me. My quick calculations put me right around $300-350. Here's what I can recall purchasing:

Star Wars Saga Corebook
Star Wars KotOR Sourcebook
Star Wars Force Unleashed Sourcebook
Star Wars Starships of the Galaxy
Star Wars Threats of the Galaxy
Star Wars Map Tiles
Rocketship Empires 1936
Pulp Fu
Spirit of the Century
Monsters and Other Childish Things
Savage Worlds: Explorer's Edition
Sundered Skies
2 sets of un-inked GameScience Dice
1 stick of casino dice
1 dice tray

There were several unusual items this year, like the dice and tray. I haven't bought dice since 1999. Plus, Star Wars Saga was a rather spendy investment, even though I got the books at discount.
Cant fault you with your choices. Now if only i lived closer, i'd have you pull out those tombs from your shelves and get the gaming started.

Freejack
12-08-2008, 08:57 PM
Must be nice. I always wanted to learn another language but never had the chance really, to do so. After my impending move, i will be around family that are all fluent in Chinese. Believe me when i say that i will be taking full advantage of the situation, the classes, and my relatives. I'd be a fool not too, after all.

Well it's not quite that easy :) Both of those times are many years ago so it's probably more like, strip the paint off the sides and paint again than "brush up". Still, with some learning already, it should be easier than starting from scratch.

I have the same thing with Spanish. I took two years of Spanish in Jr High so my attempts at learning it are a bit easier. I remember many of the underlying rules so it seems to come a bit easier.

This is reading German vs speaking Spanish though. We'll see how it goes :)

Carl

Webhead
12-08-2008, 11:34 PM
Can fault you with your choices. Now if only i lived closer, i'd have you pull out those tombs from your shelves and get the gaming started.

Yes, not really a stinker in the bunch. That's what made them such tempting purchases. I must say, I'm really grooving on Savage Worlds as of late. That was my most recent gaming purchase.

Oh yeah...and bring it, Thoth! Come on down here and I'll see to it that you're plenty busy! ;)

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
12-09-2008, 09:17 AM
Yes, not really a stinker in the bunch. That's what made them such tempting purchases. I must say, I'm really grooving on Savage Worlds as of late. That was my most recent gaming purchase.

Oh yeah...and bring it, Thoth! Come on down here and I'll see to it that you're plenty busy! ;)
I fly down to Texas and visit family every year. If i ever find myself in your neck of the woods, i'll be sure to make contact to get a game going.

GoddessGood
12-09-2008, 10:41 AM
Lol, I lived my whole life on the border of Texas and Mexico where the population is 95% spanish speakers with much of that being of the spanish only variety. I took three years of spanish in highschool and a semester in college and I still can't speak spanish worth a d***. I figured out that my problem was not having anyone to speak spanish with since most people only spoke spanish around me when they didn't want me to understand what was going on or they didn't know I was listening. I can translate billboards, correct the TV subtitles occasionally and ask where the bathroom is, but that's about it :o

Mebbe I ought to get some RPG books in spanish :lol:

Etarnon
12-09-2008, 05:32 PM
half price books has language tapes and books for a few bucks, good luck.

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
12-10-2008, 02:48 AM
Spanish would be my first choice, but seeing as how i'll be around family fluent in chinese, chinese seems to be the prudent choice. I'm pretty excited about the whole thing.

Anvalin
12-10-2008, 03:02 AM
I've mainly just bought some books off of eBay, mainly since my PHB for 3.0 got swiped a while. And RPG books are just like lays Chips, you can't buy just one. So $100 later I had the books I wanted with a few backups in bundles. Other than that I've grabbed a couple of dice sets and some mini's on clearance. Maybe a total of $200 this year.

gdmcbride
12-10-2008, 04:11 AM
I spend about $400 a month on RPGs, games, minis and such.

I have been doing this for ... well, years.

I have met a handful of people with a larger collection of RPGs than me, but I could count them on one hand.

I could stop if I wanted to.

:)

Gary

Webhead
12-10-2008, 09:47 AM
...I could stop if I wanted to...

It's not a habit...it's a lifestyle choice! ;)

GoddessGood
12-10-2008, 10:02 AM
No judging here! ;)

I'd use the language learning software but, at this point, I figure it won't do me any more good than the classes did since I won't be able to use it outside of actually studying it. I moved away from the border and only rarely encounter people that speak Spanish. I'm trying to get my beau to teach me German since his family will occasionally speak it and my dad and brother know some, but it's slow going. So far, I can say "I have a headache" and I can sing a song about beautiful carving benchs :laugh:

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
12-10-2008, 10:16 AM
It's not a habit...it's a lifestyle choice! ;)
You got that right, Webhead. At least i'v narrowed my 'lifestyle' choices down to a few rpgs. :cool:

Webhead
12-10-2008, 10:17 AM
...So far, I can say "I have a headache"...

Uh oh! :(

;)

mrken
12-10-2008, 10:19 AM
You got that right, Webhead. At least i'v narrowed my 'lifestyle' choices down to a few rpgs. :cool:


Yeah, me too. I play Axis and Allies Minis and my home brewed fantasy game. I only buy to support those two addictions, err, hobbies.

Webhead
12-10-2008, 10:21 AM
You got that right, Webhead. At least i'v narrowed my 'lifestyle' choices down to a few rpgs. :cool:

Yep. I was doing pretty good at whittling down as well, then Saga blindsided me this year. What a wallet-chap that was! I think I'm done buying for it though.

Still, some of my favorite games are free (and most of the others are cheap or I already own them). That doesn't mean there's not other games begging for my cash though (I can think of a half dozen off the top of my head). I probably spend to much and yet not enough at the same time. *sigh*

tesral
12-10-2008, 11:58 AM
http://phoenixinn.iwarp.com/SS_Modeler/Priorities.jpg

GoddessGood
12-10-2008, 01:10 PM
/me does a happy dance

Exalted 1e Players Guide was in that pic! :cool:

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
12-10-2008, 01:31 PM
Ah, they have my WFRP in that pic too! Thanks for posting that pic, tesral. I'd hang it in the garage if i had a large poster version of it. :D

Webhead
12-10-2008, 01:40 PM
I did a little jig when I saw the DC Heroes supplement and the Golden Heroes box set right next to it at the very back. :D

GoddessGood
12-10-2008, 02:06 PM
Oh man, all the AD&D covers that look familiar. Nostalgia!

Bearfoot_Adam
12-11-2008, 01:00 AM
The anasazi source book? fantastic!

gdmcbride
12-11-2008, 02:16 AM
The picture is a wonderful hybrid of some of the best and worst of RPGs.

Cyborg Commando is right there in the front of the picture -- a stinker by no less a luminary than the late great E. Gary Gygax himself.

First and second editions of Blue Planet -- a great thought provoking sci-fi RPG that received way too little press.

I thought those two sci-fi RPGs would explode if they got that close.

Gary

Skunkape
12-11-2008, 11:13 AM
LOL tesral! Great picture!

tesral
12-11-2008, 02:01 PM
You guys are looking a lot closer than I even did. Not my collection, it could be, but it's not.

I';m sitting here looking at the picture. "Oh heck, I couldn't put a pile that big...(Looks at bookcase that holds maybe a third of the stuff I have) yea, I could, easy.

Freejack
12-11-2008, 03:36 PM
You guys are looking a lot closer than I even did. Not my collection, it could be, but it's not.

I';m sitting here looking at the picture. "Oh heck, I couldn't put a pile that big...(Looks at bookcase that holds maybe a third of the stuff I have) yea, I could, easy.

I have some time tonight. I might just do the same with my collection. And then see if I can find my old 1979 pictures of my collection back when I was in The Army in Germany. It might bring back a few memories to folks :)

Carl

h3athrow
12-12-2008, 07:23 AM
I'm just getting back into gaming after 15-plus years away, and I've been rolling around -- rolling! -- in sites like DriveThruRPG, where it seems that everything, past and present, is available in PDF. Time was, you had to get an old game on eBay, but now for less than $10, you can get Metamorphosis Alpha in PDF, and you're good to go.

So I've been pretty active in the spending department in the last few weeks.

GoddessGood
12-12-2008, 10:20 AM
At one point in time, I stacked every Exalted book I have. It was too tall for me to pick up :o People have commented since that it's easy to see what's important to me. I have one shelf for RPGs, one shelf for my engineering school books and half a shelf full of crochet and craft books :). The rest is novels of course, but I've started to overflow onto a second bookshelf

Mead
12-13-2008, 08:08 PM
Lots of Deadlands underneath everything =)

And there's an old-school Basic? Expert? book out of focus, top left.

Webhead
12-13-2008, 11:10 PM
Lots of Deadlands underneath everything =)

Yep. :)


...And there's an old-school Basic? Expert? book out of focus, top left.

Basic Set. 2nd revision. 8th thru 11th printing. Erol Otus cover. :D

Freejack
12-13-2008, 11:15 PM
Kind of large but here's just the boxed stuff:

http://www.shadowrun.us/games/DSCN0951.JPG

Webhead
12-13-2008, 11:20 PM
Kind of large but here's just the boxed stuff:

Ooh! Dark Sun, Boot Hill, Dragon Quest, Snit's Revenge and even a Marvel Super Heroes Basic and 1e Gamma World in there! Nice collection! I really ought to do mine as well...

1958Fury
12-13-2008, 11:23 PM
Y'all are making me feel kind of pathetic here...

Freejack
12-13-2008, 11:34 PM
Y'all are making me feel kind of pathetic here...

Are you my age (51 or close)? Been playing since I was a kid and really didn't get rid of much of anything. I've also been picking some stuff up lately :)

I have two more sets of pictures to take (or more; I have a lot :D ).

Carl

Freejack
12-13-2008, 11:36 PM
Ooh! Dark Sun, Boot Hill, Dragon Quest, Snit's Revenge and even a Marvel Super Heroes Basic and 1e Gamma World in there! Nice collection! I really ought to do mine as well...

About 3/4er's of it is stuff I've bought. The rest were inherited when a friend gave them to me before he went off to prison.

I really liked Spelljammer and wanted to run my players through it but it seems they were more into beating each other up than discovering the way into the sky.

Carl

Etarnon
12-14-2008, 12:02 AM
Thumbs up on Ultimatum by Yaquinto. My cat ate my last set.

Of course we rewrote the rules for more realism, more accurate weapons, better modeling of populations, and airbase locations.

That's a rare game, right there.

Definitely a hit aboard USS Gridley (CG-21).

I'm gonna have to post my own collection.

tesral
12-14-2008, 12:43 AM
Nice collection! I really ought to do mine as well...

I'm not even going to try. I don't have a wide angle lens and there are over 200 books just in the case in the office, about a third of what I have.

Freejack
12-14-2008, 09:54 AM
I'm not even going to try. I don't have a wide angle lens and there are over 200 books just in the case in the office, about a third of what I have.

According to the RPG.Net Game Index (http://index.rpg.net/display-user.phtml?user=Freejack&site=RPGnet&my=1), I have 580 RPG related books. Since they don't accept foreign language books, it doesn't keep track of the 17 German Shadowrun books. It also doesn't track duplicates so it isn't aware of the multiple copies of the players handbook or the extra copies of Shadowrun books.

I was going to just put out what I can each time and take several pictures :)

Carl

nijineko
12-15-2008, 03:52 PM
i never buy full price, so i seldom top out over a hundred spent in any given year. by the original tag on the books, i'm usually over that number, however.

GoddessGood
12-15-2008, 04:55 PM
Heh, does that say "Mandatory Bonus Fun"?

Webhead
12-15-2008, 05:41 PM
Heh, does that say "Mandatory Bonus Fun"?

Yes, the Bonus Fun is Mandatory for all personnel. The Bonus Fun is perfectly safe and will not harm you in any way. Failure to participate in the Mandatory Bonus Fun will result in suspicion of treasonous intent. Thank you for your compliance. Trust the computer. The computer is your friend...

tesral
12-15-2008, 06:17 PM
Yes, the Bonus Fun is Mandatory for all personnel. The Bonus Fun is perfectly safe and will not harm you in any way. Failure to participate in the Mandatory Bonus Fun will result in suspicion of treasonous intent. Thank you for your compliance. Trust the computer. The computer is your friend...

Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball.

hyperionjr
12-16-2008, 12:07 AM
Limewire fees is all I paid.

GoddessGood
12-16-2008, 10:22 AM
Yes, the Bonus Fun is Mandatory for all personnel. The Bonus Fun is perfectly safe and will not harm you in any way. Failure to participate in the Mandatory Bonus Fun will result in suspicion of treasonous intent. Thank you for your compliance. Trust the computer. The computer is your friend...


Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball.
Sounds like highschool all over again. We had "mandatory electives". For our language class we had a choice of Spanish or Spanish ... the French teacher failed her qualification exam and was fired. Then there were loads of technical "electives" that we had to take because it was in the school charter (or whatever) that every student had to take one math course and one technical course every year, regardless of what else they were taking.

Webhead
12-16-2008, 11:29 AM
Sounds like highschool all over again. We had "mandatory electives". For our language class we had a choice of Spanish or Spanish ... the French teacher failed her qualification exam and was fired. Then there were loads of technical "electives" that we had to take because it was in the school charter (or whatever) that every student had to take one math course and one technical course every year, regardless of what else they were taking.

Any apparent resemblance to your high school charter is purely coincidental. The Mandatory Bonus Fun was designed with the explicit purpose of creating a happy, stress-free environment. Stress is the leading cause of treasonous behavior. All attempts to avoid stress-relieving activities such as the Mandatory Bonus Fun will result in suspicion of treason and will be immediately addressed by authorized security personnel via thorough psychological evaluation and/or disintegration. Please proceed immediately to the Mandatory Bonus Fun Room in an orderly fashion. Thank you for your compliance.

cplmac
12-16-2008, 01:22 PM
Did somebody need security personnel?

Freejack
12-17-2008, 11:37 AM
Just picked up Shadowrun Feral Cities (new PDF) and CthulhuTech PDF. Will be stopping by Karlaquin's on the way home tonight to get Ghost Cartels in dead tree.

Carl

fmitchell
12-17-2008, 02:52 PM
With the holidays coming up, I decided to stop buying stuff for myself during the month of December.

Then I bought myself:

- 10 Gamescience d10 (and a bag to put them in)
- the Terra Primate and Angel RPGs ultra-cheap on eBay
- the complete collection of A Bit of Fry and Laurie (not game-related, but still)
- yet more PDFs

(Peter Lorre voice) Ich kann es nicht hilfen!

Webhead
12-17-2008, 04:54 PM
- the Terra Primate and Angel RPGs ultra-cheap on eBay...

Nicely done. I don't have enough Unisystem games! I'm still lacking Terra Primate, Armageddon, Conspiracy X and a dead tree version of Witchcraft not to mention a handful of AFMBE supplements that I want (like All Tomorrow's Zombies)...

Angel is a really good one. Probably the most broadly useful of the Cinematic Uni games, though each brings its own good stuff.

Freejack
12-21-2008, 07:27 PM
Got Ghost Cartels in dead tree and just picked up Corporate Enclaves, Vade Mecum, and Dark Passions all on PDF.

Carl

hueloovoo
12-21-2008, 09:41 PM
I haven't bought a single book this year, but I have bought video games, soes that count? I only ever play RPGs in video games, though I miss the good old days of NES and SNES.

Final Fantasy 2 (4) will forever be the best game in existence.
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Oh, and Webhead, you do a *really* good Computer. Do you run Paranoia?

Freejack
12-22-2008, 10:02 AM
I haven't bought a single book this year, but I have bought video games, soes that count? I only ever play RPGs in video games, though I miss the good old days of NES and SNES.

Final Fantasy 2 (4) will forever be the best game in existence.
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Oh, and Webhead, you do a *really* good Computer. Do you run Paranoia?

Oh, Video Games. Let's see (not sure if I mentioned them). I bought Fallout 3, Dead Space (meh), Red Alert 3, and Bioshock with the new game system I put together back in October. http://www.schelin.org/20081004

http://schelin.org/20081004/day01/HPIM0207.jpg

Carl

Grimwell
12-22-2008, 10:19 AM
If we are going to count video game $$ I need to change my vote!

Freejack
12-22-2008, 10:37 AM
If we are going to count video game $$ I need to change my vote!

Hey, hueloovoo (http://penandpapergames.com/forums/member.php?u=5826) brought it up :)

Carl

tesral
12-22-2008, 11:56 AM
Video games are not RPG. The site is Pen and Paper Games, not electron and raster games. Manly games for the MEN! Where even the women are men! RARR!!

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
12-22-2008, 12:11 PM
Video games are not RPG. The site is Pen and Paper Games, not electron and raster games. Manly games for the MEN! Where even the women are men! RARR!!
tesral is right, video games are NOT rpgs. Well, maybe they will be once holodecks are invented. Cant wait.

1958Fury
12-22-2008, 12:18 PM
Well, I wouldn't completely dismiss video games as an RPG tool. I did far more dramatic roleplaying in NeverWinter Nights than I've seen anyone do in PnP. However (and only Dimthar can answer this), I would imagine that the spirit of this thread was related to PnP.

That said, I did subscribe to D&D Insider, I wonder if that counts. Answering a vague thread is like trying to find deductions when doing your taxes. "Well, I did spend $100 in gas to go to my job, where I only work so I can make money to buy RPG stuff, so does the gas count?" :lol: I dunno, I'm thinking the OP was mostly referring to books, dice, and miniatures.

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
12-22-2008, 12:22 PM
Well, I wouldn't completely dismiss video games as an RPG tool. I did far more dramatic roleplaying in NeverWinter Nights than I've seen anyone do in PnP. However (and only Dimthar can answer this), I would imagine that the spirit of this thread was related to PnP.

That said, I did subscribe to D&D Insider, I wonder if that counts. Answering a vague thread is like trying to find deductions when doing your taxes. "Well, I did spend $100 in gas to go to my job, where I only work so I can make money to buy RPG stuff, so does the gas count?" :lol: I dunno, I'm thinking the OP was mostly referring to books, dice, and miniatures.
Hey, 1958Fury, got a question for you regarding NeverWinter Nights. I'ver heard that die-hard dnd fans design and submit classic dnd modules into the game. Have you ever played them, and if so, what are your thoughts?

fmitchell
12-22-2008, 12:27 PM
Where even the women are men!

That's no fun. Not for me, anyway.

1958Fury
12-22-2008, 12:29 PM
Hey, 1958Fury, got a question for you regarding NeverWinter Nights. I'ver heard that die-hard dnd fans design and submit classic dnd modules into the game. Have you ever played them, and if so, what are your thoughts?

I have seen a lot of them (heck, I've seen about 10 people's interpretations of Temple of Elemental Evil), but I've never actually played any of them.

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
12-22-2008, 12:31 PM
That's no fun. Not for me, anyway.
No fun for me either.
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I have seen a lot of them (heck, I've seen about 10 people's interpretations of Temple of Elemental Evil), but I've never actually played any of them.
Have you ever designed and submitted a scenario yourself, and if so, which, and how difficult was it to design?

hueloovoo
12-22-2008, 01:40 PM
*sigh* Will the plight of the transgendered person ever be anyting but a joke to the rest of the world?

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
12-22-2008, 01:51 PM
*sigh* Will the plight of the transgendered person ever be anyting but a joke to the rest of the world?
I admit it. I failed my intelligence check. I dont get the joke, or response? :confused:

fmitchell
12-22-2008, 02:15 PM
*sigh* Will the plight of the transgendered person ever be anyting but a joke to the rest of the world?


I admit it. I failed my intelligence check. I dont get the joke, or response? :confused:

Presumably a response to my lament that in tesral's games, apparently even the women are men.

If that was a serious comment and not just a joke, let me say I was thinking more of WoW or Elizabethan theatre where men actually masquerade as women ... or the tragic case where women feel like they have to act "less feminine" or "like one of the boys" to find acceptance in a traditionally male field.

1958Fury
12-22-2008, 02:25 PM
Have you ever designed and submitted a scenario yourself, and if so, which, and how difficult was it to design?

I built and hosted two persistent worlds for several years, but neither was based on any actual modules. (Well, as a joke, I did have "The Temple of Elemental Weevils" as an easter egg in one of them.)

Assuming we're talking about NWN1 (not NWN2), it's really easy to design. NWN1 has one of the easiest toolsets I've encountered for any game. The only hard part is scripting, but in most cases, other builders have already done the work for you. Converting an existing module into the toolset shouldn't be too difficult at all.

hueloovoo
12-22-2008, 03:22 PM
Hehehe, no it wasn't serious. Mostly. ^.^

Etarnon
12-23-2008, 05:37 AM
Have you ever designed and submitted a scenario yourself, and if so, which, and how difficult was it to design?

I never designed the classic ones, I designed my own Campaign of 2e, converted to 3.5, converted to NWN1.

The Land of Etarnon server ended up with 300 encounter areas, that represented all of the cities and towns and wilderness of my Big Green Campaign map (Huge gif to follow):

http://www.adrive.com/public/744d2a7d88726e07d5400d71592b8dd5816a8a2f4fa56093f2 0ca441f847421e.html (http://www.adrive.com/public/744d2a7d88726e07d5400d71592b8dd5816a8a2f4fa56093f2 0ca441f847421e.html)

I did annually Co-DM I6 Ravenloft at the NWCon online conventions, a large group of servers which ran games for people.

I ran it as co-DM with a copy of module I6 open on my lap, and had pre-typed the flavor text, saved into wordpad to cut and paste for each area. Really cool module.

Building in NWN1 is a process of: Select an encounter area, such as a woods, hills, village, city street, cavern, ruins, etc. Then within the (*relatively*) Easy to use toolset, use a series of large tiles to represent whatever you need as the floor / surroundings. Connect that area with "Doors" which could be a door, an old gate, a path through arched trees, a city gate, whatever. That's a little bit of a hassle.

Once connected the player in game can travel around in it, using the in game 3/4 view icon, which you have 360 degree camera spin control of, plus zoom in / zoom out.

Then it's a case of using pre-built 3.5 flavor creatures, or build your own. You can somewhat customize the look of armor, swrods, weapons, with a variety of colors.

Really, when it was developed it was a breakthrough in online D&D gaming.

With a good DM, it's just as good as tabletop, with the exception that it used typed text.

Nice thing is that the computer handles combat calculations in realtime, so if you want to do a battle of 5 or 6 heroes against 20 orcs, it runs in about a minute, rahter than 4 hours.

The toughest thing to do is to rewrite the code, if you want the AI to behave differently, or create new spells or powers, or feats.

But if you want to run a 3.5 scenario, you could build something close / passable in a week or two of solid work. You would not be able to run one module a week, really, because the front end work is too much.

We took a year to build, and alpha and beta test the 300 areas server, then ran it three years after that.

It still runs with a slightly different storyline under one of my former DMs who took over the project when i retired from server admin duties to write science fiction.

If anyone has any specific questions about NWN, feel free to PM me.

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
12-23-2008, 11:50 AM
I have the first NWNI. Why do i get the impression that NWNII is to be avoided?

1958Fury
12-23-2008, 12:27 PM
I have the first NWNI. Why do i get the impression that NWNII is to be avoided?

It's not so bad, but it disappointed a lot of people. The graphics are much better than NWN1, but it's also a resource hog... you better have a fast computer. NWN2's toolset is powerful, but extremely complicated for those of us used to NWN1's "Toolset For Dummies".

I don't remember everything people disliked about it, but I've heard that NWN2's expansion packs alleviated some people's complaints.

Addendum: When NWN2 first came out, I wrote a blog about it here (http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=76248548&blogID=194159456). Keep in mind, however, those were just my first impressions at the time.

Webhead
12-23-2008, 02:07 PM
...Oh, and Webhead, you do a *really* good Computer. Do you run Paranoia?

Not currently. Give me an excuse and I will. I have 2nd Edition. Paranoia is fun! The computer says so.
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...I miss the good old days of NES and SNES.

Final Fantasy 2 (4) will forever be the best game in existence...

Agreed. Final Fantasy 4 and 6, Secret of Mana, Chrono Trigger and Super Mario RPG. Video game RPGs don't get much better than those.

My favorite video game villain ever? Kefka (FF6). ...A villain who was actually competent. :D

1958Fury
12-23-2008, 02:34 PM
My favorite video game villain ever? Kefka (FF6). ...A villain who was actually competent. :D

Definitely. Some would probably vote for Sephiroth, but give me Kefka any day. http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j68/1958_Fury/Misc/40.gif

Webhead
12-23-2008, 02:43 PM
Definitely. Some would probably vote for Sephiroth, but give me Kefka any day. http://i77.photobucket.com/albums/j68/1958_Fury/Misc/40.gif

Whoa! Kefka smilie! Where did you get that? :D

Now I've got Kefka's theme playing in my head...
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Second favorite video game villain? Probably Karras (Thief 2).

Not sure why, but he was a villain you loved to hate!

Karras: "Praise to Karras...and The Builder..."

hueloovoo
12-23-2008, 05:28 PM
Favorite angsty hero? Kain. Sure, Rydia watched her mother die, but poor Kain was continually turned against everything he believed in, made to fight his best friend, and even had to deal with the fact that his own desire for Rosa was the reason he could be turned.

1958Fury
12-23-2008, 09:36 PM
Whoa! Kefka smilie! Where did you get that? :D


From here (http://www.squareapex.com/ff6/kefka.php). :)

Grimwell
12-24-2008, 11:37 AM
NWNII was made by a different company who chose to focus on different things as value centers for the game. Some of the things that made NWN great and easy to work with were not continued in similar form in NWNII.

I think most of the 'problems' with NWNII center around the fact that the company who made it was thinking "we are making a game" instead of "we are making a tool set and then designing a sample game with it" and you can feel the difference in philosophy.

1958Fury
12-24-2008, 11:49 AM
NWNII was made by a different company who chose to focus on different things as value centers for the game. Some of the things that made NWN great and easy to work with were not continued in similar form in NWNII.

I think most of the 'problems' with NWNII center around the fact that the company who made it was thinking "we are making a game" instead of "we are making a tool set and then designing a sample game with it" and you can feel the difference in philosophy.

Well put.

Personally, I'd be perfectly happy if they put all their time into the engine and toolset, and didn't even ship it with a story module. Between user modules and persistent worlds, I never even beat NWN1's main quest module.

akela122301
12-24-2008, 12:52 PM
Well put.

Personally, I'd be perfectly happy if they put all their time into the engine and toolset, and didn't even ship it with a story module. Between user modules and persistent worlds, I never even beat NWN1's main quest module.

Well, I did beat the main quest, but only because I didn't have access to Internet most times. I played in the barracks, and the way internet was setup was screwy. Plus, they charged a ridiculous fee to have a barracks room hooked up with internet. But yeah, I did spend a lot of time creating my own modules.