My girlfriend and I are getting married (woot!), and we have agreed to divest ourselves of all unncessary possessions. Which for her is one hundred million things, because she is a pack rat. I, however, in classical nerd form, am a collector. Which means I have large numbers of specific kinds of things, like books, records, comics and role-playing games. So I am getting rid of the comics and games.
I found an online seller to give me a couple hundred bucks for about 50-75 gamebooks. There was some nostalgia when I piled them all up (Fading Suns! Mutants Down Under! Unearthed Arcana!), but I don't play them, so I am mostly happy to pass them on to someone else.
Clearly, however, I have to keep one edition of Dungeons & Dragons, for purposes of both play and nostalgia. But which?
D&D Basic/Expert (Moldvay/Cook edition)
D&D Basic/Expert (Mentzer edition)
AD&D, 2nd edition
D&D, 3rd / 3.5 edition
D&D, 4th edition
So many kinds of D&D! Each one with its own charms, flaws, idiosyncracies and styles of artwork.
But I can't have all those books in our little apartment.
There can be only one.
Note: This is NOT an invitation to edition wars. It is intended only to share the love of each. So, while critical reflection for purposes of comparison is okay, no hatin', please.