|Them DM dice rolls I may fudge|
But that's the breaks when you got The Judge
How I acquired it is as follows: Flashback to the early 90's. I'm back home in Long Beach, CA, living in my mom's back room, having moved from San Jose after a bad breakup. I got myself a job and was trying to make some headway in getting back on my feet. I found out about a game store called The War House (one of the Last Great Old Game Stores, which is still operating in the same location as of this writing). I go in and the place is great - musty smell, thousands of minis hanging on the walls, games stuffed on shelves, a fatbeard behind the counter - everything a roleplayer could ask for, including a back room with two tables - one with a battlemat on it and one with wargame terrain set up on it. Nirvana.
I browse the shelves for a while and I end up in the back near the bathrooms. I see a tall wooden shelf, something like an old mail shelf with large slots, in which have stacks upon stacks of gaming material I hadn't seen for at least 20 years. I walk back up front and ask the fatbeard at the counter:
Me: What's with the Judges Guild stuff in the back?
FB: Oh, those are left over from when we used to be a Grenadier store.
Me: Oh. They for sale?
FB: Yeah, sure.
Me: How much?
FB: Half the cover price.
Over the next two days I came away with about three large piles of JG stuff. Thus the collection. I've added a few things over the years (like a copy of the CSIO Revised 3rd Printing I got off eBay) but it has pretty much remained intact through a myriad of moves. It's one of my most prized gaming possessions. I'll be rooting through this box in the weeks to come and reviewing selected items here. Stay tuned.
* For those of you unfamiliar with Judges Guild, check out this history of the company here.