Personal papers of gaming legend and co-creator of D&D sent to Auction

One of Dave Arneson’s unpublished D&D manuscripts. (Photo: Paul J. Stormberg/The Collector’s Trove)

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  • “Unpublished manuscripts that did not make it into the final draft of Dungeons & Dragons that date as far back as 1973,” which may reveal unknown secrets as to the game’s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
For more information, and a more in-depth explanation of the collection, please read the original article at GeekDad.

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.

Pinterest Personal Archiving, Part 2

A quick little update on using Pinterest!

I’ve been using Pinterest for about two weeks now, and I’m finding the layout, access, and community rather intriguing. Up until this point I had been a devout Tumblr user, relishing in the ability to focus my energies on posting to, in simplistic terms, an online sticker book.

Pinterest provides me with the freedom to categorize my postings so that I can utilize the information within- something that it quite difficult in Tumblr without first providing the proper tags (and then remembering those tags later).  It makes Tumblr the prefect entertainment tool, while introducing Pinterest as a utility. Example: Book cover designer friend using Pinterest for organizing her online inspirations, images, and typographic examples for future use.

One criticism I can offer (which might just be the nature of the beast itself) is my tendency to post purely visual items. Tumblr provides an avenue for textual links and posts, which are akin to blogs. Pinterest seems to be just that, a visual pinboard of images to remember.

Recently, there’s been rumblings about Copyright issues regarding how people post to Pinterest. For one viewpoint, and a bit of background published by The Verge, head over here.

And from upon high, Apple did grace us with all that is good and awesome…


StuckUp Stickers, iPhone App for Finding & Sharing Street Art Stickers

Finally Apple has finally convinced me that there was a valid reason for buying an iPhone. Thank you mighty designer overlords, I bow onto thee and retract any statements of ill-will or snobbery.


[…Although, it does commercialize the coolness of sticker art. Well, perhaps I can look past that-or just use that 1000Memories app to create my own sticker photo album…]

Kaitlin Phillips: Intern for n+1 and Literary Matchmaker

Creative Commons Usage

In August while interning for the Literary Journal n+1, Phillips created, which caters to the Literary-minded age group not quite ready for the New York Review of Books caliber of sedentary companionship. Featured in this week’s online issue of New York Magazine, Jillian Goodman discusses Phillips’ professional motivations and hopeful futures of those participating in searching for mr./ms. readable.

If you had to define your soulmate by tastes in literature, what would you include? Any dealbreakers?



Personal Archiving 2

All personal collections tell a story. We surround ourselves with things that we find pleasing, things that commemorate personal achievements, and memories of people and experiences long ago. I’ll be moving again soon, and it’s now time to ‘archivally rehouse’ my life into boxes- some to be stored, and others to continue the story that I’d like to tell. Let’s see if  Meissner and Greene can help:

Less Process, More Product:
-Doubles are discarded
-Subject/Material (or room)-level description, not Item-level description
-If an item can be found elsewhere (replaced) without major searching or expense, then they are discarded

How do you attempt to pack up a life’s worth of collections? By material? By use? By room? By robot design?