My pal Charles Ryan is selling off his rare games collection. Charles founded Chameleon Eclectic way back when, then came to work for me at Pinnacle. After that, he moved on to Last Unicorn Games and finally to Wizards of the Coast, where he worked his way up to brand manager of Dungeons & Dragons.
Charles got let go from Wizards in a round of layoffs back in December, right before the birth of his second child. The last I heard, he’s still looking for work. In the meantime, he’s clearing out the closets, garage, and attic on eBay. I’m betting the most curious item in the lot is:
the bronze dedication plaque from Milwaukee’s MECCA center (longtime home to Gen Con)
That’s right. Charles has the plaque that used to hang on the outside of the MECCA convention center. He got his hands on it during the first Gen Con at the new convention center next door, while the MECCA was being turned into a pile of rubble. He used to keep it near his desk at Pinnacle. Not only is it real, it weighs enough that, well, let’s just say that shipping it will be a concern.
In any case, this is a great chance to pick up some truly rare and cool pieces of gaming history, starting March 7.