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mdiscala
23-01-2011, 16:15
I hope this is the right place to put this... Do people out there collect these things even though they can't be used anymore? I've got a few from a smattering of editions. Should I chuck em or do you think I could get a few bucks?

Ishivia
23-01-2011, 16:23
You can get a few bucks for them - Some people (myself included) likes having them around, for pictures, fluff or the likes

the_slosh
23-01-2011, 16:24
^ this, it's memorabilia more then anything else

Torpedo Vegas
23-01-2011, 16:47
Probably, but it may vary. I bet the old Realm of Chaos book might fetch a pretty penny, same with the ravening hordes booklet, if you have these. I'd toss em up on ebay anyway, nothing to lose.

cool-kid-on-the-block
23-01-2011, 21:48
ive got a whole range of books that are useless now. they fill a whole layer of my bookcase and are starting to spill on to others. i cant bring myself to get rid of them. they are like a link to a much simpler/cheaper time:)

Frep
23-01-2011, 22:10
Who knows you might even find yourself using those old rulebooks someday, lots of people will go back and play 2nd edition 40k for nostalgia, maybe in ten years 7th ot 8th edition fantasy might be played the same way

TheYoungin
23-01-2011, 22:34
Keep em, tons of great pictures of old minis that might eventually dissapear forever. And succccccch good fluff in most of them.

mdiscala
23-01-2011, 23:35
Is the ravening hordes from 6th edition worth money? Or are you talking about an older one.

I wouldn't mind saving them, its just my parents are cleaning their house to put it on the market and I live in a small apartment; plus I'm kind of going through anti-packrat phase. "Clean out the junk in your house clean out the junk in your brain."

Ill put them on my for sale list here and bartertown, and if I get no bites I'll donate to my game store.

AFnord
24-01-2011, 19:34
There does not seem to be a large demand for 6th-7th edition books (yet), but older books can go for at least a bit of money. 4th-5th edition books seem to go for roughly the price of a new army book, while older books are more valuable. The realms of chaos ones seem to be in high demand.

Croaker2
24-01-2011, 19:42
I'm looking for the 3rd edition rulebook and Armies book, having gotten rid of mine years ago.

Sleazy
24-01-2011, 19:45
The 4th/5th ed Chaos Dwarf and Dogs of War can fetch a decent price. I've seen the 6th ed paper supplement Ravening Hordes fetch a good price one day and nothing the next.

Realm of Chaos depends which version. 3rd ed "Lost & the Damned" and "Slaves to Darkness" are very sought after. The later versions arent.

dragonet111
24-01-2011, 19:58
I keep my 5ed Chaos and Bretonnia. I like to read them from time to time, sweet sweet memories:).

I recently purchased 2ed codexes Angels of Death and Eldar, I play BA and wanted the Angels of Death and I gave the Eldar codex as a present to a friend. It was pretty cheap on Amazon US.

shelfunit.
24-01-2011, 20:00
I am very lucky to posess 3rd ed fantasy battle, warhammer armies, both realms of chaos books and warhammer seige. I feel all the rules anf fluff are so much better and well thought out.

Evil Hypnotist
24-01-2011, 20:05
Always worth keeping for the fluff IMO, when they re-write codexes(codi?)/army books the new background stuff always pushes some of the old stuff out. Useful to dive into them for a name for a character or an idea for a scenario perhaps.

Necromancer2
24-01-2011, 23:07
I buy more army books then I have armies. There are certain races I'll buy everybook on.. mainly for fluff. I have yet to get rid of any of them.. even if I sold the army .

Dark Aly
25-01-2011, 07:33
I moved house back in august and binned all my old books :( it was very hard but I never used them

sigur
25-01-2011, 12:45
I don't get how people can throw these books just away. Everything 5th edition and before is proper popular and 6th edition and later can be interesting for reference or something.

@Evil Hypnotist: Codices.

Lordsaradain
25-01-2011, 16:52
The old books are still fun to read and flip through every once in a while, even though they aren't oficially "playable".

ColShaw
25-01-2011, 18:57
I keep all of mine, and occasionally snap up other old ones. I always browse at Half Price Books's gaming shelf, just in case.

Malorian
25-01-2011, 19:12
I keep them, but would have no issue if one of my kids used them for arts and crafts.

TsukeFox
25-01-2011, 19:21
Keep them! Good for laughs when you look at the old rules comparing them to the new. And if you ever eBay some old models, the old pics help one figure out what they were suppose to be. Albeit I have a elf guy with hawk wings as a cape, a hawk hat, and a three piece whip that I have no idea what he was suppose to be.

Leggo1927
25-01-2011, 19:30
Thats Skaw the Falconer

MalusCalibur
25-01-2011, 19:31
Do people out there collect these things even though they can't be used anymore?

Just because they're not 'current' doesn't mean you can't still use them. Fortunately, GW have not yet perfected the ability to come to your house and burn all your old books.

I say keep them. You never know when you might want to use them, and they can always be a good read.

Little Joe
25-01-2011, 19:55
I have the full complement 3rd edition upwards and paid for it all with my own blood. No way I am getting rid of it all, for background, reference and for the good old days games.

timmo_0
25-01-2011, 19:57
I have a few of these of things lying about as well, have been wondering for a while whether to stick them on ebay.

Okuto
25-01-2011, 21:53
I like to grab the older stuff mainly for fluff

R-Love
26-01-2011, 00:39
Just because they're not 'current' doesn't mean you can't still use them. Fortunately, GW have not yet perfected the ability to come to your house and burn all your old books.

Are you sure? If they'd really perfected it, how would we know it was them? :shifty: Has anyone suffered any mysterious property damage to their old books yet?

EDIT: I just realized I read this wrong, I thought it said "come burn down your house and all your old books." Changes the meaning a wee bit. I'm leaving it as is though, because my point still stands :D

scarletsquig
26-01-2011, 00:49
I binned 'em all, including all my 2nd edition 40k stuff.

feeder
26-01-2011, 04:15
Past editions make EXCELLENT bathroom readers. Some ol' skool goodness to help the, ahem, time pass by.

Sgt John Keel
26-01-2011, 04:21
Books are never garbage, and it should pain everyone greatly to throw them in the trash. They deserve better! I honestly didn't feel entirely comfortable with binning the Windows 95 manual, but I managed eventually (just last year!).

ftayl5
26-01-2011, 07:40
NEVER!!
Seriously, some of the old books are pretty awesome. Keep 'em long enough and they become 'antiques' and then some people will pay ridiculous amounts of money for them.

AFnord
26-01-2011, 09:49
Books are never garbage, and it should pain everyone greatly to throw them in the trash. They deserve better! I honestly didn't feel entirely comfortable with binning the Windows 95 manual, but I managed eventually (just last year!).
I totally agree. Books deserves our respect. If you don't want them, give them to someone else or ebay them. The only time I would ever throw away a book is if it would be in such a dire state that it is next to unreadable.

Captain Semper
26-01-2011, 12:41
Got everything since 2nd edition 40k - and the equivalent edition WHFB... When I say everything I mean all rule books, army books, expansions, ALL White Dwarfs (since '93), Inferno magazines, Specialist games magazines, all satelite games rule books and expansions (necromunda, BFG, Mordheim, Bloodbowl, etc), the Index Astertes collection, all Forge World books and other stuff like graphic novels from Black Library... My wife has set a number of ultimatums to get rid of this stuff, but I just can't bring myself to throw any of these away! Sad really...

Rhamag
26-01-2011, 13:04
Just did a little research on Ebay. Seems that old army books go for around 10-15.

scarletsquig
26-01-2011, 19:01
I totally agree. Books deserves our respect. If you don't want them, give them to someone else or ebay them. The only time I would ever throw away a book is if it would be in such a dire state that it is next to unreadable.

You'd be amazed at the large amount of books that public libraries destroy each day.

I used to work for one, and often had to shred several hundred of them in one go, often a lot of them were 20+ years old and out of print too, so I was probably destroying one of the few hundred remaining copies.

A lot of stuff now only exists in microfilm or digital format. Actually preserving physical paper books takes a lot of effort, temperature and humidity controlled rooms etc. and is reserved only for genuinely ancient texts from pre-1900.

Colonel_kex
28-01-2011, 10:01
I'd never get rid of them! I browse ebay and buy old white dwarfs and armybooks and i find them delightfull reading

Ronin[XiC]
28-01-2011, 10:20
5th Edition Warhammer Fantasy Ruleboook is one of the most adorable creations of mankind. It has lots of overly cute comic pictures that you must just love.
For example there is a "fight" scene of wolfriders and skeletons. One of the skeletons is halfway burried by one of the wolfs and others have lost a leg or two while the wolfs have those in their mouth and looking happy.

Or a bretonian man-of-arms trying to protect himself with a shield against a 50ton dragon. It's soooo great!

Dark Aly
28-01-2011, 11:47
I remember those pictures (whistful smiley) I still have 4th and 5th in the loft at my parents house. it was just the 6th, 7th ed WHFB and 4th ed 40k I disposed of while moving.

red_zebra_ve
28-01-2011, 13:16
I love the one where some goblins are running away with a felled tree while some wood elves shake their fist!
Or the Knights waiting for their Cool Ones to behave. :)

Haravikk
28-01-2011, 15:05
Fortunately one of my parents worked at a library, and managed to get some cancelled Warhammer books. Got me a first edition Warhammer Roleplaying Game book (bit damaged), Runequest, a 1st edition 40k rules supplement (introduced rules for "programming" robots), and a World of Warhammer book.

The World of Warhammer book is especially good, as it essentially summarises the major fluff of all army books at the time, as well as briefly covering specific things like primary beliefs etc. Has tons of old artwork and is great for going over the maps as it covers most of the Warhammer world through various maps.


I still have all my 2nd edition 40k rulebooks, 6th edition Warhammer rulebook and at least 60 issues of White Dwarf (I only subscribed for a couple of years so my collecting of them was sporadic most of the time).

AFnord
28-01-2011, 18:05
You'd be amazed at the large amount of books that public libraries destroy each day.
I sadly do know how many books gets destroyed (well, roughly), and it pains me every time I see a container filled with books outside a library. I've also found out that if you ask kindly, they will let you pick a few books out of their "to be destroyed" pile. I don't think it strictly speaking allowed, but I don't think anyone would care if I picked up a few old books. Many books are in a horrible shape after 20 or so years of use, but there are also some that are worth picking up.

LordZombie
29-01-2011, 01:48
I don't think I have ever thrown away an old rulebook. As the host of my gaming group, I find them full of good ideas and rules that are just begging to be dusted off and updated. Once held a league with 5th ed scenarios as the theme. It went really well. Can't think of any reason, outside of space limits, to throw away old books.

Ronin[XiC]
29-01-2011, 17:29
I love the one where some goblins are running away with a felled tree while some wood elves shake their fist!
Or the Knights waiting for their Cool Ones to behave. :)

Yeah, the one with the goblins and wood elves is awesome. So much character!

One of the cold ones was sniffing on some poo while his rider does not really like that ^^