My latest pick up from eBay is Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone’s Dungeoneer. I blogged before about picking up Out Of The Pit, a monster compendium from my childhood that I absolutely adored. If Out Of The Pit contained all the creatures that we fought with dice on lazy Sunday afternoons as kids, Dungeoneer was the rulebook that held it all together. Like most Jackson & Livingstone material, it cribbed generously from Tolkien in the Britishness of its fantasy world, was clearly influenced by Advanced Dungeons & Dragons for its dice rolling pen ‘n’ paper format, but achieved a simpler and more accessible final form.
Using this rule book as a template, we spent countless weekends making up quests, fighting dragons and plundering loot. I think we did this for the better part of two years until puberty kicked in, we became distracted by girls and decided to form a band instead.
But from the ages of twelve to fourteen, this book was my life.