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


  1. Ah, I see my old copy of Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay has a nice home! ;-) It's in a much better place now...*sniff*

    1. Ha - actually, from you I got your Revised Star Wars d20 book, which is in the stack to the right of the TV.

      The Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay book I've had since about 1990 or so. I actually wrote about it in my post on my first visit to the Last Grenadier.

    2. Oh right, right, sorry about that! Someone else got the WFRP book I gave away! Mea culpa! I keep forgetting that I'm a dumba$$. So, yes, I'm glad my old Revised Star Wars d20 book got a good new home!

  2. Replies
    1. Thanks, Tim! Obviously not very much Victorian Age RPG stuff, which is odd considering it's an era that I really like and I do put a bit of that into my own homebrew campaign. I think that the old 2E A Mighty Fortress is about as close as I get with this collection, and that's a few centuries off.

  3. how much do you want for that copy of starship troopers?


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