I am moving into a one-bedroom apartment with my girlfriend, which means I need to own less stuff. Which means that the three sizable boxes of old-school gaming books and magazines have to go.
So these books are all lying in piles in my living room, awaiting triage, and I cannot help but pick them up. There's so much cool stuff in them! It makes me not want to get rid of anything.
For example, I am planning a Storming the Wizard's Tower game for next week, and I didn't have any real ideas, but now I have a super awesome Chinese adventure ready to go, complete with neat monsters, evocative gear lists and inspiring character types:
* From GURPS China I got a bunch of interesting NPC occupations for the "People" list (charcoal maker, Minister of Waterways, etc.) and all kinds of stuff for the "Gear" list that sets up the setting without needing descriptions (signal kites, firecrackers, yarrow sticks, eight diagram divining coins, etc).
* From Palladium's Mystic China RPG, I got character types (Geomancers and Demon Hunters), weapons (war fans! fire arrows! powdered jade! Lion Head swords!), cool Chinese names for existing spells, and so many martial arts ideas that I added a "Kung-Fu" section as a new list. Plus tons of great art and some cool Chinese monsters.
* From Oriental Adventures (1st edition and 3rd edition) I got more weapons and gear, Chinese names for standard adventuring tools and occupations, and a whole pile of magic items to use as minor treasures.
So, no real point to make here, I guess, other than how much weird, cool, interesting source material is there in all sorts of games one might not actually play anymore.
Although I still need to get rid of most of these books...