Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Hindsight Is Best With a Time Machine

Its funny. When I first started branching out beyond my core AD&D books, I didn't want to buy anything that looked old and cheap. So, in the early to mid 80's, TSR modules were in, Judges Guild and the like were out.

My God but I want to kick myself these days! I'm not saying most of the old non-TSR stuff was good, but I truly can't say most of the TSR stuff was all that good either.

I missed out on the Judges Guild stuff back then, although I did grab some Mayfair and Chaosium pieces that have stood the test of time.

Ygrs? Yggrsss? Some such nonsense with a yellow cover printed 4x6 laid out by typewriter is what killed me to the smaller publishers back then. I haven't stumbled across it during my renovations yet... I probably dumped it a while back.

If I only had a time machine. I'd be buying a ton of stuff that I passed on the first time around.


  1. Yea, verily! I've been on a JG buying spree, the past several weeks. It would have been a lot cheaper, 30 years ago. :)

  2. http://tomeoftreasures.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=936 ring a bell?

  3. Ysgarth, David Nalle, I think he still has a web presence. I had a seven-volume set with xeroxed covers, saddle-stapled, packaged in a zip-lock.

    He was a contributor to Alarums & Excursions magazine. I'm surprised nobody mentions that one -- my old school was Holmes blue book, The Arduin Grimoire, and Alarums & Excursions. I think back issues dating back to the eighties are still available at cover price...

  4. Here's back issues of Alarums & Excursions -- an APA dating back to the start of the hobby.


    And here's a surprisingly positive review of Ysgarth.


  5. Ysgarth is it. Wow. At the time it was a very painful experience, as my limited cash could have been spent elsewhere ;)


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