I’ve got way too many games. Probably in excess of 100 systems with loads of supplemental material. I’ve been in the process of thinning down my collection for a while now, but without a clear goal in sight. Some things are clearly of no further use to me (Traveller: the New Era) whilst others will have to be pried from my cold dead hands (Moldvay edition Basic D&D). The rest exist in that grey space where they might get used or read in the future, but probably won’t. To help, I’m constructing a list of essentials that I will always have at the core of my gaming library.
D&D Basic (Labyrinth Lord, plus the Advanced Edition)
D&D 4e Essentials
Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG
Earthdawn (Redbrick compendiums)
Star Wars (FFG trilogy)
Savage Worlds, with Sci Fi and fantasy companions
Marvel Heroic Roleplaying
Fate Accelerated Edition
Over the Edge
Everything else is non-core, and therefore up for disposal! What’s missing? Loads of supplements, adventures, magazines… stuff. I want to drop all that kit because it’s become a bit of a millstone. I’d rather prep my own stuff going forward, or lean on improv to get gaming done. From a genre perspective, there is no horror in here (not my thing), and no cyberpunk, which is my thing so I need to fill that gap. Perhaps Shadowrun 2nd ed. Which will bring it to 13 games, and that’s surely enough for anyone right?