About two years ago, I got back into tabletop RPGs after a hiatus that was far too long. My resurgent interest in gaming also coincided with my wife and I realizing that we loved garage sales, antique stores and flea markets. Because I game a lot, I always look for things I can use in a game when we’re at these types of sales. Usually, I find things I think I could use as props, and mostly for games that are genres other than fantasy. Of course, I always looked for RPG books, but I rarely, if ever, found anything.
When poking around a flea market recently, my wife spotted the D&D 4e Martial Power book. I bought it because, why not? I got to talking with one of the owners, and it turns out the book had been hers. She also told me that they both had a request list and that she was trying to get her husband to get rid of some old D&D books that were in their basement. So, I put down my info and, a few days later, she called me to say they were on the shelves. I drove up and took a look at them. Whooo buddy! Let me show you what I brought home, all for $60.
As an aside: As I’m writing this article, I’m looking some of these up because my old-school module/book knowledge is woefully thin. So, you can thank this Wikipedia page for any info I drop on you in this post.
This one starts everything off. In fact, it was originally included with the D&D Basic Set as an aide to help new DMs design dungeons.
This one is apparently on of the Top 30 D&D Adventures of All Time. Neat!
I’ve got an updated printing of it as well.
This one also features in the Top 30… all three copies!
The first of the Drow Series. This series was preceded by the G series (Against the Giants, etc) and concludes with Q1: Queen of the Demonweb Pits. You’ll see some of those in a bit.
Case in point.
And, finishing up the D series. We’ll see more from this overall arc later.
Part of the Extension set. You can actually download this one from WotC.
The first of the Against the Giants series. Sadly, I only have this first one, not G2 and G3.
The first of the Desert of Desolation series. The three adventure combined make the Top 30 list as well.
The second of the Desert of Desolation series.
And this wraps up the adventure series ranked 6th greatest of all time.
Another adventure for Greyhawk. Apparently this was supposed to be the first of a set of five, but only the first three were published.
Another Greyhawk entry. Also, ranked in the Top 30.
A fantastic adventure. The setting for this adventure was revisited in Expedition to the Demonweb Pits for D&D 3.5.
The first of a linked set. This first one is also in the Top 30.
The second in the series. Also, has nothing to do with the band of the same name.
U3 caps off the underwater series.
This one is for OD&D, and I actually owned a copy of this adventure before I bought this lot. However, my Blue Box Expert Set has been lost to time. But now, I have two new (old) copies! Another Top 30 entrant.
Not only another OD&D adventure, but also a solo adventure and one that uses invisible ink(!).
The first adventure for the Dragonlance setting, which I fell in love with thanks to the novels, which I read when I was in 5th grade. Yet another Top 30 adventure. (This guy had good taste!)
This one actually has three adventures inside, the first of which introduces characters to the setting, and the last two of which are designed for OA characters.
We move away from the adventures (almost) and to the books. This one provides a bunch of pre-generated NPCs for your DMing needs.
An awesome AD&D supplement. And I got two of them. One of them also has the binder pages for the Monstrous Compendium, Vol 2.
A bit water-damaged, but still very useable.
Sadly, not a first printing, so there’s no Cthulhu Mythos inside. Given all that I did get, I can’t complain, though.
More monster goodness. I love these hardback books.
The original. I think that’s a Gith of some kind on the front. Can anyone confirm that?
I wish this were the real deal. Still, it’s a testament to the spirit of old-school gaming. Also, WotC, please don’t sue me.
This one about made my jaw drop when I saw it in the stack. I did, however, keep a straight face. I saved the dancing for when I got home, as well.
And, the map folio that comes with Temple of Elemental Evil. It’s easy to lose this things, so I’m glad it was included.
Lastly, we’ve got some miscellaneous third party books, plus a Dragon Magazine that includes collectible AD&D trading cards (all intact).
As the caption says, that is everything, pretty much how I saw it in the flea market.
I am unbelievably lucky to have found all of those items, especially for the price I paid. Unfortunately, I haven’t had the time to look closely at most of them, so if any readers have information to share about these books, including anecdotes of adventures, etc, please, please do so in the comments. Now, if you’ll pardon me, I have some books to read.