Sunday, April 3, 2011
Reader Jason Kielbasa pointed me toward a really fascinating website: the National Museum of Play Online Collections, which includes a sub-section devoted to RPGs, consisting of nearly 1100 roleplaying products, from the dawn of the hobby to the present day. While the collection seems to consist largely of mass market products from publishers like TSR, there are nevertheless quite a few more obscure ones as well. I think it's great that there's a collection like this somewhere and it gives me hope that, one day, we might see more collections like this, perhaps including the papers of the hobby's luminaries, much in the same way that pulp writers like H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard have had their materials of this sort preserved for future study and research.