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Eric: The Auctioneer's Ballad, and other songs, all on this K-Tel collection for $13.99, not sold in any store....

Day one of the eBay Extravaganza 2007 went phenomenally. There's lots of bidding, and a bunch of things were Bought Now via Buy It Now, the number one purveyor of Now-Buying on the web today.

Needless to say, all this is immeasurably helpful. As were those folks who went above and beyond the call of duty and hit the Paypal Tip Jar. You guys are amazing, and I hope each and every one of you wins a late model automobile in a radio contest.

Right now, one of the hottest bidding wars (for some value of 'hot bidding war') is on Amber Diceless Roleplaying, which is all the more remarkable given that I didn't even mention it in yesterday's post. I guess one shouldn't underestimate the sheer power of remarkably innovative out of print games with devoted fans and a lot of people talking about them.

But... I suppose we could have guessed that.

Also hot on the bidding wars are Adventure, which makes sense. It's a fantastic game, full of pulp goodness, and not nearly enough copies sold. And Cute & Fuzzy Cockfighting Seizure Monsters is doing Emily K. Dresner-Thornber proud so far!

And every item put up for auction yesterday now has at least one bid. Even Dragonstar! Which... is... quite nice! Really!

And four items (Mage, Trinity, the Aurora Australis Sourcebook, and Big Eyes, Small Mouth) were grabbed through Buy it Now, which is fantastic. Those four items are all in the hands of the United States Postal Service, and in three cases should make it to their new homes within a day or three, and in one case is going to Canada so "Hell if I know when it'll get there. It's Global Priority but hey -- customs."

We're pushing forward, as we said we would. The Extravaganza now has five new auctions. For those folks who asked if there would be any non Role Playing Game materials, we now have Wonder Woman: The Complete History -- a beautiful hardcover book that combines archival images and the most complete illustration of Wonder Woman's career and cultural influence I've seen. If you're a serious student of comics and how they've changed since 1941 -- and how Wonder Woman has changed with them -- it's a great grab.

If you're not a serious student of that stuff, at least one of the photos in the book is of Lynda Carter chained up by Nazis.

Look, you advertise your eBay auctions the way you want to, and let me advertise my eBay auctions the way I want to.

Also in the pot are a pristine copy of the d20 version of Silver Age Sentinels and a copy of the end of the Werewolf: The Apocalypse game line, Apocalypse: Time of Judgment. Which means the overall theme of "stuff from White Wolf and Guardians of Order" seems to be intact.

Possibly the most interesting of the new auctions, however, is Monte Cook's Arcana Unearthed: A Variant Player's Handbook. Cook was one of the principal designers of Third Edition Dungeons and Dragons, and is probably one of the best Wizards of the Coast Alumni developers out there. When the Open Gaming License and the Standard Reference Document were released, paving the way for independent development of D&D compatible supplements which proved to be the most significant trend in tabletop role playing for several years. Most people flocked to the d20 licensed brand for their stuff, but the d20 licensed brand wasn't open per se, and it had restrictions placed on it -- most notably, you couldn't put character creation rules or level advancement rules in your supplement, and you had to put a notice requiring a core rulebook from Wizards of the Coast on your front cover. Pretty sneaky, sis.

Well, Cook was one of the first people to publish a major, hardcover rulebook under the Open Gaming License but without the d20 brand. When he calls Arcana Unearthed a variant Player's Handbook -- he means it. You don't need squat from Wizards of the Coast to play his game. And his game is itself a really cool alternate look at fantasy gaming, sans Tolkienesque high fantasy, elves, or Fritz Leiber lurking in Lankmarhan shadows.

So, you know. Give me money for it. It's good.

A few people expressed concern that they couldn't bid. I'll state for the record what I told them -- there is no worries if you can't bid. Things are tight right now, but my house isn't on fire. If there were an emergency, I'd have called for donations and posted a youtube video of myself sobbing, mascara running down my face. (Actually, I suspect the threat of posting such a video would cause more people to donate to keep me from doing it than the converse.) What I'm doing is selling things to hopefully good homes and getting money to get out of a tight spot. And it's working very well, and I'm very happy so far. And I hope folks are excited to get their Stuff from me when they do.

I had some other folks wish I'd put Webcomics Related Swag up for auction. Which isn't likely to happen, I'm sorry to say. The vast majority of the webcomics related stuff I've got were presents from people or were personalized by those people to me, and I think my turning around and selling it would lack grace. (Which is also why my West End Games edition of The Star Wars Roleplaying Game got spared. I rifled through it to check condition and found the long forgotten note written by Matthew DeForrest, old friend and sometimes reviewer for Pyramid Magazine on the inside cover. So, that thing stays on the shelf.)

Still other folks wish I'd put something specific to me up. Which is hard for a writer to do. Especially one who does all his compositional work on a computer. I can't auction off "manuscript pages" -- they just look like laser printings, because they are. Original artwork for John Stark doesn't exist, as it's all composed on the computer. Original art for Unfettered By Talent is nowhere to be found, and probably not all that exciting to prospective buyers if it were. And Gossamer Commons ain't my artwork.

But, bouncing the idea off Wednesday, we think we have come up with... one auction we could do that's more an "Eric Burns" auction than "random stuff that's coming from Eric Burns's eBay address."

More on that tomorrow. For today, enjoy delicious auctioneering! And a real post should soon follow this one.

Posted by Eric Burns-White at March 22, 2007 2:22 PM


Comment from: Megalomaniac2 [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at March 22, 2007 2:59 PM

Request for the real post after this one: Order of the Stick is going into frakkin' super-overdrive. We're talking epic stick-figure carnage that's just begging for your attention.

Comment from: Elizabeth McCoy [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at March 22, 2007 3:50 PM

Print out a manuscript page and sign and date it? Or John Starks...

*grin* *snug*

Comment from: Plaid Phantom [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at March 22, 2007 4:20 PM

Ah! Someone beat me to Big Eyes, Small Mouth! No!

Comment from: Robotech_Master [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at March 22, 2007 4:44 PM

You could auction off another Snark. (Which reminds me, we never have seen the result of the last one you auctioned off.

Comment from: miyaa [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at March 22, 2007 5:14 PM

Monte Cook was one the first one to really exploit the use of PDF for gaming too. I have all of his Arcane Evolved books on pdf and his latest baby, Ptolus that comes with its own kitchen sink. Really, Wizards of the Coast should be taking notes from Monte. If Dungeons and Dragons was Algebra, the Arcane series is calculus. Not sure where to put GURPS...it's either at the "Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?" level or Partial Differential Equations level. (And yes, I know what I speak of in the math department.)

I do have a suggestion Eric for your next e-bay auction: the right to start your next websnark. How many of us would be willing to start up the next websnark thread with our own name instead of Eric or Wednesday on it? If people are clamoring for a Websnark analysis for Order of the Stick, maybe they could pay for it. I know it maybe against your credo, but quasi-desperate financial matters call for quasi-desperate solutions. It's just a thought.

Comment from: Polychrome [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at March 22, 2007 5:19 PM

I'm not suprosed Amber is doing so well. It's a phenomenal game with concepts years ahead of its time. It's probably tied with HERO for my favorite RPG.

Comment from: Liz Walsh [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at March 22, 2007 5:48 PM

"Ah! Someone beat me to Big Eyes, Small Mouth! No!"

And it'll taste good with ketchup, too!

Comment from: Eric Burns [TypeKey Profile Page] posted at March 22, 2007 6:04 PM

Money for Snark influence lies the direction of insanity and -- more to the point -- a loss of credibility. Best to leave that lie. I feel weird enough when I snark someone who advertises with me.

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