Submitted for your perusal, I give you my entry for Day 2 of Speak Out With Your Geek Out.
A big part of what defines my Geek is my love of RPGs. You might expect this from a blog called Elf Steaks & Halfling Bacon. But, to me at least, Geek is more than just collection – it is obsession. It is not enough to have the most common books, you must have all. It is not enough to have what you need, you must have what you might need. No, scratch that – if you see an RPG book that you know you will never, ever play, but you like the artwork, or you heard a friend talk about it once, or maybe you like the designer or the dice mechanics, then you must have it. And, come hell or high water, you must never, under any circumstances, rid yourself of any book, ever!!!
The picture you see is not my entire collection. What you see is only the top half of those two bookcases. And not all of my RPGs are in these two bookcases, either. (N.B. I admit, there are some non-RPG books here. Sue me.) Now, I know that my collection is not the largest by any means. But I do know that my non-geek friends don’t understand my need to buy, read and keep all of these books. Other than obsession, I can’t really explain it.
So, to me, part of Geek is the need to collect, and never lose.
Tuesday, 13 September 2011 at 3:27 PM
Ha! But the books that aren’t RPG books include a C++ book (which looks just like the one I have at home as well!), a Linux book and at least two or three O’Reilly titles! I think you are still safe!
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 at 10:44 AM
IronWolf, I think you’re correct. It’s amazing how good the resolution on my phone’s camera is – I can zoom in and read the publishers’ names on the spines of some of the books. And the programming, Unix, etc. books demonstrate another side of my Geek, don’t they? 😀
Carl Bussler (@carlbussler)
Tuesday, 13 September 2011 at 4:09 PM
Thanks for sharing the photo and posting this. I agree with everything you’ve said. When you come by the house for the Flagons and Dragons playtest we can share stories on the books we’ve bought and never played. I think my game room is done enough for now. I have the shelves up and loaded with the collection… er.. obsession…
Wednesday, 14 September 2011 at 10:47 AM
Carl, that sounds great. Of course, talking about those never-played games could easily take the better part of an hour – and that’s not including those from your shelf. Also, I am really looking forward to the playtest.