TSR What is your physical old school module/adventure filing system?

MNblockhead

A Title Much Cooler Than Anything on the Old Site
I'm going to give every OCD person here fits. I just group them by editions in no particular order. And heck, they're mixed in with all the books which are also in no particular order.
There is something about an unorganized collection that makes it more fun to browse. I love digging through a stack of books or looking over books I've put on shelves in a "eh, it fits" (or because of the various sizes of the books, just looks better) order and re-discovery things. Most of the things I need for quick reference are digital. Physical materials are not sort for convenience on my selves.
 

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MNblockhead

A Title Much Cooler Than Anything on the Old Site
I never had a crazy amount of 1e/2e stuff, but it didn't follow me around the world, hence rebuilding now.

I think I miss the solid lead miniatures the most.
I've thought of buying some of the old 1e books, but I don't want to play 1e and having someone elses used book isn't the same thing. I'm at the age where indulging in nolstalgia is a pastetime and I really enjoy the small number of things I did keep. I only have one dog-chewn d10 from my first D&D boxed set (light blue one, where you had to fill in the numbers with the provided white crayon). I treasure it. It would be nice to have some of the old, falling apart modules (because staples were removed to take the cover off for more convenient referencing of the maps).

I've moved so many times in my life that I keep things simple and try to avoid hoarding stuff. No real regrets about getting rid of stuff, but I treasure the few things I have held on to.
 

MNblockhead

A Title Much Cooler Than Anything on the Old Site
My brother once traded his entire 40K Harlequin army for a single Sisters of Mercy t-shirt.

Ouch! I played a lot of Warhammer 40,000 when I was in high school (all Orks). That's a lot of cash sunk into those minis for a shirt. Did he paint them all? I gave all mine to a friend when I went on to college. So I didn't even get a shirt. But at least someone got to enjoy them rather than them sitting in a box for years.
 

MNblockhead

A Title Much Cooler Than Anything on the Old Site
Depending on brand and year...may be a decent trade if you weren't using it (the D&D stuff)...

Could also be worst trade ever...
Pouring salt on the wounds.

:)

But at least the folks I traded them to sold them the same year at Gen Con, so I'm sure they have their own regrets. I had a copy of Deities and Demigods with the IP-infringing material (Cthulu, etc.)
 


teitan

Legend
I just buy OAR now. MY wife got me the TOEE reprint and it is a thing of beauty. All that Kovacs art in the 5e update and the new maps. So beautiful, so lovely. Now I want the rest. Just wish the maps for the 5e revision were in pdf.
 

el-remmen

Moderator Emeritus
All my modules are together, regardless of edition (ha! let's be serious, I hardly have any past 2E) and organized by code, so A1, A2, A4, B1, B2, B3, C1, C2, etc. . . I like this system EXCEPT that it means that D1-3 comes before G1-3 (when narratively it goes after).

Some in the pic below are POD versions of old modules from Drive Thru RPG

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It's been ages, but I want to say they were 75-100% painted, yeah. All I can say in his defense is that at that age, our brains are still developing and our decision-making skills aren't done cooking, no matter how grown-up we think we are at the time.

I am very glad I was content to let my gaming stuff just sit at our parents' house until undergrad was over, I came out of my mostly deep-freeze, and I had a place to put it.

Ouch! I played a lot of Warhammer 40,000 when I was in high school (all Orks). That's a lot of cash sunk into those minis for a shirt. Did he paint them all? I gave all mine to a friend when I went on to college. So I didn't even get a shirt. But at least someone got to enjoy them rather than them sitting in a box for years.
 

steeldragons

Steeliest of the dragons
Epic
I actually organize by character/adventure levels. Then by "Basic"/D&D ones before AD&D ones. Then alpha-numerically ("module code") within that level grouping.

So the 1-3rd level modules together. Then, 2-4, 3-5, 4-7, etc... up to "Demonweb Pits" and "Tomb of Horrors"... actually I guess the Bloodstone Pass ones are last...that final, mass combat, one with the "up to level 100" mythic pregen characters in the back.

So, yeah. That's how I do.
 

Lanefan

Victoria Rules
Strictly sorted by letter-code for all the Basic/1e ones plus any 2e ones that have anything resembling a letter code.

Then all the 3e/d20 modules together, the 4e ones together, the Judges Guild ones together, and a group of miscellaneous none-of-the-above types incuding a couple of recent hardcover-book APs.

In total I've got way over 200 modules* on the shelves, with almost no duplication (I gave away some duplicates a while back; I swear X1 Isle of Dread modules self-replicate when left alone in the dark!) among which are almost a complete collection of the lettered modules (1e and BECMI) along with some WGx Greyhawk stuff; and those I'm still missing are hard targets: tough to find and-or bloody costly.

* - I had to count them a few months back as the answer to "What adventure are we playing next" turned out to be "Let's roll at random, then make up characters to suit if we have to". I was rather surprised at how high the count got. :)
 


nevin

Hero
Assuming you have built a collection over time. The older modules aren't books of course, they are super thin and so you need some system to be able to find the ones you are looking for.

Some options perhaps you could do them all by published year.

Another option by name (ignoring the word The I suppose?)

What is your filing system?
what is this filing thing you talk of
 

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