As a collector of RPG books (and now PDFs,) I’ve realized that I tend to be a Broad-type collector, one who tends to prefer getting more books across a spectrum of different genres and interests. Unlike Deep-type collectors, who focus on a single game line and buy every single supplement to come out for it.
While there are variations of this that exist since certain game lines interest to varying extents, I realized that the only games that I was perfectly willing to collect everything of fell under a very small list:
- Legend of the Five Rings
- Mage: the Ascension
- Mage: the Awakening
- HERO System
- Changeling: the Lost
- Metabarons (of which I am doomed to never complete as the supplements are in French.)
Each of these games that a little something that pushed me to get all the books, to get the big picture of the setting. It’s an interesting (if odd) observation, but it does display just where my interests lie.
In my gaming group, two GMs obsessively collect Exalted, while I know others who have every single book ever produced by Wizards of the Coast for D&D 3.x I also know of one person who has a near-complete collection of Fading Suns (Another game that I wouldn’t mind getting into.)
I’ve more or less diagnosed myself as a dabbler in all sorts of genres, which might explain why I have a Broad collection. But every now and then I find something that really wins my loyalty, and that converts me right away into a Deep-type, as I try to scrounge every little supplement to get the big picture.