Question to 4e buyers; sell the old stuff, or keep it?


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Heathansson wrote:
Now that 4e is here, are you planning to sell all of your 3/3.5e stuff, or are you going to keep it, or sell some of it? Just curious.

Keep it, you never know when you might need something. That is what I keep telling my wife.


I'm surprised that there are people out there who think there's even a market for used gaming books.

I guess my opinion on the matter is colored by the fact that I live in Kansas City, which is already notorious for it's lack of brick-and-mortar support of the RPG sub-culture. Heck, even Books-A-Million and Barnes & Nobles each have a cursory RPG section at best (the latter only devotes a shelf and a half on the material). There's a used book and comic book store near Independence that used to deal heavily in used gaming material, but I haven't been able to go there in years so I don't know what its status is.

Be it as it may, I have absolutely no faith in being able to get more than US$0.50 out of any single one of my used game books. So I just keep mine, not out of nostalgia, but out of the fact that it's not worth my time and effort to try to sell them.

--Dale W. Robbins

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Crimson-Hawk wrote:

I'm surprised that there are people out there who think there's even a market for used gaming books.

Almost every D&D game book of any quality put up on Ebay is bid on, assuming the prices do not start out outrageously high.


I am fine selling my 3.0 stuff. Have not touched it in years. I already sold my 3.0 PHB for 5 bucks.


SirKillian wrote:
Keep it, you never know when you might need something.

Yeah, I say keep it. I've never sold a single D&D product in twenty-five years of gaming. Most people I know that did the unthinkable and sold stuff almost always regret it. Some of these items are pieces of gaming history. They can always serve as references in the future.

Don (Greyson)
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Heathansson wrote:
Callous Jack wrote:
Heathansson wrote:
Now that 4e is here, are you planning to sell all of your 3/3.5e stuff, or are you going to keep it, or sell some of it? Just curious.
Looking for cheap books? ;)
Eternally.

Im selling all of my 3.X stuff (4 foot stack of books) except the basics (Set of 3.5 Core books, Spell compendium, magic item compendium) becuase I dont have room for all of it. I am keeping my OD&D box set, Rules Cyclopedia, and my dragon collection back to issue 76 becuase they belonged to my dad though.

My groups embraced 4e whole heartedly even the 1st edition player who swore up and down she would never play anything but Palladium and WOW.

Since, I am the dm most of the time I tend to be the purchaser of the majority of the products and they said they would double what I made from the selling of my books for the new edition. Go team!

<shivers at the thought of dwarven cheer leaders>


I'm selling my old Dragonlance stuff, but that's just because I'm bored of the setting.

I still have all my old Birthright and Dark Sun books though, love those.

Luckily I didn't buy many 3.5 books. So there isn't much to sell :)

Sovereign Court

I had to part with my 1st and 2nd edition stuff (except Planescape and Dark Sun) in the last move. I parted with my 3.0 core books because my leather-bound 3.5 books supplanted them. I'm not moving again (bury me here!), and I'm not giving up my 3.5 books, though I did pick up the 4E Gift Set.

Liberty's Edge

Crimson-Hawk wrote:

I'm surprised that there are people out there who think there's even a market for used gaming books.

I guess my opinion on the matter is colored by the fact that I live in Kansas City, which is already notorious for it's lack of brick-and-mortar support of the RPG sub-culture. Heck, even Books-A-Million and Barnes & Nobles each have a cursory RPG section at best (the latter only devotes a shelf and a half on the material). There's a used book and comic book store near Independence that used to deal heavily in used gaming material, but I haven't been able to go there in years so I don't know what its status is.

Be it as it may, I have absolutely no faith in being able to get more than US$0.50 out of any single one of my used game books. So I just keep mine, not out of nostalgia, but out of the fact that it's not worth my time and effort to try to sell them.

--Dale W. Robbins

You need to take a look at eBay. Old D&D books can go for outrageous amounts.

Liberty's Edge

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I looked over 4th edition, and was intrigued. I'll probably get it, and I found it felt like a different game from 3.X. Not necessarily better or worse, only different. I'll add it to: D&D red box, AD&D 1st, AD&D 2nd, D&D 3.0 & 3.5, Alternity, Star Wars (D6 & D20), Earthdawn, Torg, TMNT, Gamma World (original), Marvel Super Heroes and all the other assorted gaming products I've accumulated over the years. I keep them all, play them all (though less often for some, time is a precious commodity). Old games never die, and you will find my charred corpse at the entrance to my library before you reach my precious books.
All of them can be mined for ideas. That and I'm just a bibliophile.

Liberty's Edge

I'm doing this in reverse. I returned my 4e book, and am keeping my 3e stuff. I'd be trolling for 3e bargains from people, but I've got a staggeringly-large percentage of the quality 3e material out there, both WotC and third-party. Still, if any of you guys are selling Shining South, Call of Cthulhu d20, Cry Havoc, the Book of Hallowed Might, the Book of Hallowed Might II, When The Sky Falls, Hyperconscious, or Requiem for a God, and are willing to let them go cheap, maybe we can work something out. I wouldn't mind having dead-tree editions of some of those (or in the case of the first two, getting them at all).

From a general philosophical POV, I only get rid of gaming material rarely, and when I can get something else I consider superior. I have a huge d20 library, an almost-complete In Nomine Library, a huge GURPS 3rd ed library, an almost-complete Aberrant library, a collection of L5R material, Orkworld, some older Champions books on their street-level stuff, Don't Rest Your Head, and some other things I'm likely forgetting, but I'm not going to get up and check right now because there is a cat on my lap. The cover price of my RPG collection would be a good down payment on a house.


Heck yeah I'm keeping my old stuff! Why would anyone get rid of gaming material!?!! I have all of my D&D/AD&D, modules and accessories. Many of them are over 30 years old now! (God am I that old?!)

The best part is I still use this stuff all the time. Started my current campaign in B2 Keep on the Borderlands. Its now at 19th level and about to finish with a bang although they left the keep long ago.

Liberty's Edge

Timespike wrote:
...Call of Cthulhu d20 ...

Good luck finding this one cheap!

Liberty's Edge

Andrew Turner wrote:
Timespike wrote:
...Call of Cthulhu d20 ...
Good luck finding this one cheap!

I CAN dream, you know. :p

The Exchange Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 6

Andrew Turner wrote:
Timespike wrote:
...Call of Cthulhu d20 ...
Good luck finding this one cheap!

Hmm, is that worth something? I don't think I ever opened my copy :) Maybe I should visit ebay.

Edit: And it's the 5 signatures version w/ the special CD. Wohoo :)

Liberty's Edge

Russ Taylor wrote:
Andrew Turner wrote:
Timespike wrote:
...Call of Cthulhu d20 ...
Good luck finding this one cheap!

Hmm, is that worth something? I don't think I ever opened my copy :) Maybe I should visit ebay.

Edit: And it's the 5 signatures version w/ the special CD. Wohoo :)

I'm seriously interested.


you should sell it! I work at a used book store and have first crack at anything that comes in, so for both our sakes, sell it. You don't want to go back to 3.5 (and I doubt the GSL will let you)


Wow, Tales From the Infinite Staircase and Faction War are going for almost 50 bucks a pop, and I just happen to have two copies that I bought by impulse and never used! :-D


I actually sold the vast majority of my D&D3.5 stuff back in March for around half the MSRP. Made about $150. I've still got some leftovers, but after I had that much luck early on, getting rid of the rest of it became less of a priority.

I still have many AD&D1 and AD&D2 books, including a complete Planescape collection. I just never developed any kind of emotional attachment to my D&D3 collection. The only books that don't leave me kind of cold are the core three.


Keep it, definitely. I'll probably need it to GM with!

More than likely I'll stop with 4E CORE and just use it to play with.


I sold almost everything, Most of it i did not use, i kept PHB, DMG, MM, BoVd, other than that Sold...


Definitely don't sell. I kept hold of all my RPG stuff, even though it was hardly ever used in the new editions, etc... Then I found an RPG that made all of my collection relevant again. So hold onto your books. The same could happen to you. If you sell you will be very upset that you did, some day.

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DudeMonkey wrote:
Heathansson wrote:
Now that 4e is here, are you planning to sell all of your 3/3.5e stuff, or are you going to keep it, or sell some of it? Just curious.
I'll probably just toss most of my stuff, since I don't really have much room to store it (downside to NYC apartment-living). I may leave some of the main books at the apartment where we have our weekly game, but a lot of it is going to have to go.

I live in NY, so if you're throwing stuff out. Let me know ahead of time, and where your garbage is, so that I can dumpster dive for anything I don't already have.

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