Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Grognardia's Bookshelf Meme Thing

Yesterday James of Grognardia posted a picture of his bookshelves on his blog along with his desire to start a meme or others sharing pictures of their bookshelves.

So, here goes...

Main Bookshelf - Top Shelves
I couldn't get a picture of the entire bookshelf in one shot, so I did three different ones - Top, Middle, and Bottom. This particular bookshelf is to the left of my writing and work desk (where I work at home for my advertising consulting business). This bookshelf goes floor to ceiling and covers the entire wall - you can see the top of the door just in the left of the picture.

The very top shelf has a bunch of old cigar boxes that have old keepsakes in them (medals/ribbons from awards, etc.), along with a totem pole from Alaska that my mom gave me, Flash and Joker action figures (gifts from my friend Jeff), an articulated drawing model, a "Darth Tater" potato head (gift from my friend Malinda), and a bunch of photo albums.

The next shelf down has general reading books - mostly fiction, but some business books, and also a bunch of snowglobes that friends have given me from trips, and some antique postcards.

The next shelf on the left holds all of my DC Graphic Novels and Trade Paperbacks. The upper half-shelf on the right has drawing and graphic design books on the left and comic "coffee table" books on the left, both on their sides.  The lower half-shelf on the right has an antique typewriter that my wife bought for me as a decoration, and a bunch of books on writing (character name books, publishing your book, writing the novel, etc.), plus A Canticle for Liebowitz, an anthology of H.P. Lovecraft, and the first two books in the Skystone series.

The next shelf on the left has dictionaries, thesauruses, miscellaneous miniature books in basket, and some other graphic novels that didn't fit on any of the other shelves.

The Middle Part of the Shelf
Here we see a bunch of boxes over on the left-hand side, in which I store my paperback novels. To the right of those, toward the bottom, are all of my Marvel and Independent Publisher Graphic Novels, along with a a bunch of Kobold Quarterly magazines, some issues of Fight On!, and a few miscellaneous back-issues of Dragon that I've been picking up to fill gaps in my collection.

On the right is, of course, a small TV, and then a stack of Star Wars and Star Trek books.

The bottom of the shelf

And here's the bottom of the shelf, along with the space underneath on the floor. The upper shelf is my hardback RPG books, starting with 1st Edition AD&D on the left, then 2E, 3.5 (I packed my 3E in the garage because they seemed redundant), then a bunch of WOTC campaign settings for 3E/3.5, then Pathfinder, then 3rd Party 3E/3.5 stuff, then OSRIC, Gygax's Living Fantasy, a 1st edition Vampire: The Masquerade, Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, Buffy the Vampire Slayer RPG (my wife's game, never played), and at the very far right, an old edition of a Magic: The Gathering encyclopedia.

On the floor in the magazine holders, from left to right are my old B/X and 1E modules, the 2E "Complete Books Of...", some other 2E era stuff along with GURPS Russia and Ars Magic: Nobilis (research for when I wrote The Quintessential Aristocrat). The next four magazine holders are all 3E/3.5 era stuff. The white boxes hold a smattering of Dragon and Dungeon magazines (the majority of my collection is packed up in the garage. Also to the far left on the floor, you'll see a stack of books on their side, which is the old Time Life The Enchanted World series.

Behind my desk, I have this weird little "nook" built into the wall. We have no idea why it's there - it's about 2 1/2 ' wide and about the same deep, and it goes floor to ceiling as well. It's very odd. We put shelves into it and turned it into our game nook:

The Game Nook Behind My Desk
So, up at the top are mostly party games, although you can see my white box Original D&D there next to some Marvel Heroclix, and my box of cardboard counters is actually shoved in the back there.  The next shelf down is obviously my boxed games - mostly old stuff, with two copies of Gamma World and Boot Hill (after I replaced the older versions that were beat up or missing pages or whatever), and the old Starship Troopers strategy game on the left. There's also some new stuff there like a boxed Star Wars RPG beginner set and the 3rd Edition D&D Beginner Box that my old WOTC Advertising client gave me, and also Green Ronin's "Hamunaptra" Egyptian Adventures boxed set right there next to the Moldvay Basic D&D Boxed Set.

Below that is most party and strategic board games. There are actually three more shelves below that which didn't fit in the picture. One shelf holds more board/strategy games (Settlers of Catan, Citadels, Ticket to Ride, Shadows Over Camelot, Wits and Wagers, etc.), the shelf below that holds 8 boxes full of paperback books, and the shelf below that is actually a huge wire-mesh drawer that's full of small games like card games and stuff like that.

So, there's my contribution to the meme. Cheers!

Hanging: Home Office (laptop)
Drinking: tap water
Listening: "White Christmas" by Charlie Parker

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

We Interrupt This Blog for an Important Notice: Men's Health

Movember mustache as of 11/5 (Guy Fawkes' Day)
My lack of posting lately has been due to a number of factors, including work being extraordinarily busy, having had the world's longest and most severe sinus infection ever (my doctor yesterday put a tube up my nose to look and actually said, "Wow, that's impressive"), and actually trying to, you know, fit in some actual geek stuff like gaming and reading comic books.

Before more regular posting resumes, I wanted to stop for a second to point out that I am participating in this year's Movember event, which is an international cause devoted to "changing the face of men's health." If you're not familiar with Movember, in a nutshell, what you do is completely shave on November 1st, and then for the rest of the month of November, you grow a mustache. No beards or goatees are allowed - mustaches only. And, while you're growing out your 'stache, you solicit charitable donations from your friends and family, all of which goes toward organizations that specialize in men's health issues, particularly focusing on prostrate and testicular cancer. You can read more about Movember here.

Movember mustache: 11/12/2012 (notice how little it's changed)
I am notoriously known among my friends for being completely unable to grow decent facial hair, as the accompanying pictures will attest. I fully believe that the ability to grow facial hair is inversely proportional to how much hair you have on top of your head. Since I am bless with a thick head of dark, wavy locks, I guess I'm okay with being unable to grow a mustache that doesn't look like what your average 12 year-old would have right after they hit puberty.

Movember mustache: 11/17/2012 (my 11 year anniversary!)
I should also point out that my wife absolutely detests facial hair on me. On our honeymoon about 11 years ago, which lasted about two weeks, I didn't shave the entire time, and when we returned home I decided to give the old facial hair thing a try. I spent the next year walking around with an odd, patchy mustache and goatee, and a very bad, untrimmed neck beard, before getting wise and shaving most of it off. Now that I work from home, I actually usually go about a week between shaving, and even that is something my wife can't stand.

Movember mustache: 11/26/2012
But, she is fully supportive of my involvement in Movember, and it's for a great cause. I know dozens of friends who have been affected by prostrate cancer in their lives, and it's an important issue for men to deal with. Given that most of my posts are about OSR gaming, and knowing the average age of most OSR gaming types, I would think this issue would be of primary importance to almost all of you, even if it's for your spouse or partner.

That said, if you'd like to donate to the cause, you can head over to my personal Movember page here and easily make a tax deductible donation. If you're strapped for cash, at least just pass the word on and maybe think about scheduling a physical with your doctor in the new year. :)

Thanks for listening, all!

Coming Up... posts about my first time playing the WH40k RPG at our Friday night gaming session a few weeks ago, my thoughts on DC's New 52 now that we're a year in, more thoughts on the current state of comics, more postings about old game shops, and more.

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