Thousands of Dave Arneson’s personal effects and those relating to the secrets behind the construction of the most well-known fantasy role-playing game every created were found in an abandoned storage locker and will hit EBAY on May 6, 2012 in a series of online auctions. According to Ethan Gilsdorf (of GeekDad)’s interview with Paul J. Stormberg, founder of The Collector’s Trove, an Omaha-based online auction agent, the collection of items and papers range from the banal to the astounding. Some of the items highlighted include:
- “Unpublished manuscripts that did not make it into the final draft of Dungeons & Dragons that date as far back as 1973,” which may reveal unknown secrets as to the game’s origins
- “Runs of Gygax’s Castle & Crusade Society and Domesday Book newsletters, and Arneson’s Corner of the Table newsletter”
- “Several rare wargames and role-playing games owned by Arneson, as well as inscribed and autographed copies, editorial and review copies of products, items from Arneson’s library, and his personal play copies.
- “A series of Empire of the Petal Throne books and journals autographed by the late game designer M.A.R. Barker
The first 200 items go up for sale Sunday evening, May 6, and the auction closes a week later, May 13. The Collector’s Trove will begin listing items at 7:30 PM CST. The eBay link is here. For more information, visit The Collector’s Trove.