Saturday, May 23, 2015

Game shelf porn

I've recently engaged in moving my office into another room of the house, to allow my daughter to use the spare bedroom as a music room (drums take up a lot of space). In so doing, I had the opportunity to go through my game collection, reorganize everything, get rid of junk, and generally get everything ship-shape again. And in the process realized I needed a fourth bookcase to hold all the stuff that was piled on the floor, double-stacked on shelves, tucked away in other parts of the house, etc. Here's the result (click to embiggen):
Board games #1. Yes, those are SPI flat boxes on the bottom shelf. You can't see it in this photo, but above is Cthulhu Wars, which is huge enough that it would take up an entire shelf on its own.

Board games #2. Top shelf is books about games. And at the very top is Ogre Designer's Edition, which literally wouldn't fit anywhere else.

End cap. Those rolling carts are full of miniatures (Ogre, 15mm medieval and fantasy wargaming, 25mm RPG, 1:2400 renaissance naval). Obviously, judging by the boxes piled on top, I need another. And yes, that's a "Dogs Playing D&D" picture.

RPG #1. With some miniatures supplies on the bottom.

RPG #2. It's hard to tell, but that shelf second from the bottom is where a lot of the real treasures lie. Those are mostly RPGs from the 70's and early 80's. Lots are just loose pages printed on dot-matrix printers. :-) Unpictured: on top of the bookcase is the Metamorphosis Alpha Deluxe Hardcover Edition.

Close up of the D&D shelf. Is that the AD&D coloring book on the end? Yes. Yes it is.

Close-up of the Greyhawk shelf. There are actually the contents of two Gold Box sets in there. Just no boxes any more. *sigh*

Close-up of the miniatures shelf, with all those glorious Grenadier boxes.

Close-up of the hex-and-counter wargame shelves.

18 comments:

Fabio Milito Pagliara said...

great collection...

I still regret to have donated my war games when I moved 20 years ago.... Africa Korps :)

William Dowie said...

Nice to see SPI's China War in the mix. I was almost certain I was the only one that appreciated that game. My copy disappeared during my mom's purge of my gaming stuff when I went to college, but I have fond memories of it from back in the day.

csperkins1970 said...

Those shelves are a thing of beauty! I've been weeding my shelves of games that I own but will probably never play (Alternity... I'm looking at you) so that I can free up space for more D&D stuff.

Eventually I'll need a house big enough to hold more shelves!

quantumflux said...

Wow.

passingnpc said...

Drums? My condolences.

Seriously though, that's an awesome setup. I envy your organizational skills.

tom said...

I'm so jealous, you have space to actually display it all. mine is pretty much stuffed wherever it will fit in boxes & milk crates and on top of book shelves or mixed in with the large books & computer manuals.

I didn't see the Folio edition on your Greyhawk shelf. was it one of the bagged items to the left?

Joseph Bloch said...

If you squint, you'll see two much-loved copies of the Folio just to the left of the blue City of Greyhawk box, Tom.

tom said...

Ah, now I see the remnants of Bissel's shield peeking out from behind the map.

Christopher D. said...

Love seeing all the old Avalon Hill titles. I used to have many of them myself. Seeing your collection makes me a bit sad I sold most of them. Though I kept up with Advanced Squad Leader, which luckily enough is still going strong. Spent many a high school day playing Third Reich, Submarine, Luftwaffe, Panzer Leader, Wooden ships and Iron men, etc... etc... etc... Ah the days when we had the time to play anything, nearly anytime . . .

pure metal said...

marry me

mikemonaco said...

Five PHBs? Unopened blisters of TSR minis? This is like an episode of Hoarders. :)
That is quite a collection!

Joseph Bloch said...

There are actually seven PHB's, Mike. :-)

I keep the extras as loaners. Since my ideal party size is six, that's ideal for my needs.

Joseph Bloch said...

And unopened blisters of minis? Heh. Any miniatures wargamer who *doesn't* have a pile of unpainted lead should be looked at askance.

Matt Celis said...

Fist photo, second shelf from bottom, far right, green dude with gun: what is it? I know I used to have it maybe 25-30 years ago but have no clue what it is!

Joseph Bloch said...

That's the Avalon Hill version of "Freedom in the Galaxy", Matt. I used to have the SPI version, but picked this up as I've been slowly rebuilding my collection.

Matt Celis said...

Awesome. I can't remember anything about it except the box!

Joseph Bloch said...

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/1717/freedom-galaxy

Matt Celis said...

Guess I never actuaLly played it...not a bit of that sounds familiar! Must've been my brother's game.