I’m re-posting this here; I first posted it on RPG.net but didn’t get many responses; however, it might still be useful to somebody else.
In the spirit of giving and the Holidays, I thought I’d share my RPG-related Christmas list ideas. I figure there are several flavours of gifts and giving for the players or GMs in your life:
Most obvious is that brand new or more expensive game that your gamer has not yet treated her/himself to. I’m thinking of such games as:
- The Zorcerer of Zo (Atomic Sock Monkey Press)
- Hollow Earth Expedition (Exile Game Studio)
- Mythic Russia (Firebird Productions)
- Faery’s Tale (Firefly Games)
- Weapons of the Gods (Eos Press)
At the other end of the monetary spectrum are some very affordable,very neat standalone games you can buy as PDF or print for under $20,and very often even free. I think compiling and nicely packaging a CD of free or affordable downloads makes a nice present. Some personal favourites:
- Truth & Justice (Atomic Sock Monkey Press)
- Cat (Wicked Dead Brewing Company)
- octaNe and InSpectres (Memento Mori Theatricks)
- Pokéthulhu (Cumberland Games)
- FATE (Evil Hat Productions)
- Wushu (Daniel Bayn)
Then there’s the books that are out of print, hard to find, etc. A trip to eBay, Half Price Books or the used section of your FLGS can get you inexpensive and really neat presents. Good games to get that way:
- As a shameful example, since I actually purchased it for myself, I just got Prince Valiant for $8 (Chaosium)
- Everway (WotC/Rubicon Games/Gaslight Press)
- Star Wars d6 (West End Games) and assorted sourcebooks (get the 2nd edition revised if you can)
- Greg Stolze’s Usagi Yojimbo, and the one sourcebook for it, Monsters (Gold Rush Games)
- Toon (Steve Jackson Games)
- Marvel Super Heroes (TSR)
Then there are gaming accessories such as dice, erasable maps,miniatures, etc. I also like sound effect or soundtrack CDs — perhaps even a home compilation of such, including downloaded or ripped soundtracks from some computer games that have particularly good music.
And even better, consider offering a game for your loved ones and friends! Run a holiday game for them, introduce their/your children or teens to role-playing, organize a Christmas-themed LARP or a murder mystery so everyone can dress up, etc.
How about you? Any RPG gift suggestions for the holidays?