So, WizBro's announcement of "One Game To Bind Them All" got me nostalgic for the old stuff. Which is kind of funny, because I really didn't play D&D all that much until third edition came out. Seriously, I played it in high school, then graduated to "bigger and better things" (mostly RuneQuest/BRP games and Champions). But even though I didn't play a lot of D&D between 1982 and 2001, I bought and read the hell out of it. And planned games that generally never saw the light of day. I read Dragon Magazine religiously and picked up Dungeon as soon as it went news-stand.
The reason for this was simple: I worked in a bookstore and my employee discount was 40%. And even if I didn't actually play the game, I enjoyed reading about it and thinking about it.
(Oddly enough, my mother does something similar with cookbooks. She's a rather unambitious cook, but she collects and reads cookbooks the way plenty of folks devour romance novels.)
So, I've got lots of 1st and 2nd edition AD&D stuff. Well worn copies, read through many times.
Anyway, I've been nostalgic, and last night, I went out to the garage and got my 2nd Edition stuff. I opened the PHB and staring me in the face on the inside front cover was this:
One of the things I loved about the Forgotten Realms was how wizards had personal glyphs they used to mark their turf and possessions. When I picked up the 2e books, rather than write my name inside the cover, I decided to draw a glyph of my own. All in all, I think it looks pretty swanky.