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12 Feb 2016 10:58 a.m. PST
by Editor in Chief Bill

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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian12 Feb 2016 10:58 a.m. PST

Where do you put your rulebooks, and how are they organized? Alphabetically on a shelf? In boxes, by period?

Clark18212 Feb 2016 11:07 a.m. PST

4 drawer file cabinet by period then nooks and crannies in the game room and painting room. all below ground level.

-clark 182

XRaysVision Inactive Member12 Feb 2016 11:09 a.m. PST

Random piles, arranged randomly, in random rooms, covering every flat surface.

Why do I have multiple copies of several rulebooks and Ospreys you ask? Why, I have no idea…

advocate12 Feb 2016 11:11 a.m. PST


rmaker12 Feb 2016 11:15 a.m. PST

Kind of by period/genre. More or less.

David Manley12 Feb 2016 11:16 a.m. PST


21eRegt12 Feb 2016 11:28 a.m. PST

By period from earliest to latest, with naval grouped separately from land or air games of the same era.

Coyotepunc and Hatshepsuut12 Feb 2016 11:35 a.m. PST

In separate file folders in a larger file folder labelled "Gaming" on my desktop. DBA, Frostgrave, FiveCore, and Colonials all have their own file folders on the desktop.

My physical rulebooks are mostly in random book boxes in Storage, but my favorites have their own shelf on one of the bookcases in the living room.

Personal logo Doctor X Supporting Member of TMP12 Feb 2016 11:38 a.m. PST

In bookcases by period

Who asked this joker12 Feb 2016 11:38 a.m. PST

On a book shelf categorized by size or type. "History of Wargaming Project" reprints on 1 shelf for instance.

Personal logo miniMo Supporting Member of TMP12 Feb 2016 11:39 a.m. PST

Scattered archaeological piles throughout the house. Vaguely piled by historical period and/or last time period of active use.

Mister Tibbles12 Feb 2016 11:40 a.m. PST

Shelves by genre/game. All my Warhammer books are arranged by edition, then my Warmaster, and WM Ancients. Same for my 40K. Historical games tend be organized by war and year, ACW coming before WWII for example. Pretty much like how 21eRegt does it.

Board games are arranged on shelves based really on the game box's size and how often played, though wargames stay apart from the family/euro/ect games. No need to mix my expensive collector's Bonaparte at Marengo in with the kid's heavily played Ticket to Ride!

It's all nice and tidy in the family room. Not retentive, just pleasant to look at. Our family hates clutter. :-)

Terrement Inactive Member12 Feb 2016 11:50 a.m. PST


Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Feb 2016 11:53 a.m. PST

SWMBO is a librarian. I don't put them anywhere. She has them cataloged and on the regular bookshelves by Dewey.

vtsaogames12 Feb 2016 11:54 a.m. PST

All one one shelf, more or less. That's as far as organization goes.

BCantwell12 Feb 2016 11:56 a.m. PST

What is this 'organization' of which you speak? It sounds like devil-magic to me…

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP12 Feb 2016 11:59 a.m. PST

My rule books are scattered all over the house.

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP12 Feb 2016 12:00 p.m. PST

I'm with BCantwell.

Some are on a shelf. Some are on another shelf. Some are in a cabinet on a shelf. Some are in another cabinet on another shelf. Some are in a file box. Some are in another filebox. Some are scattered around the office, neither in boxes, cabinets, or shelves.

Works for me.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP12 Feb 2016 12:01 p.m. PST

Parzival and I share the same filing system.

Black Hat Miniatures12 Feb 2016 12:06 p.m. PST

By dice size and the number of different fire modifiers…


bc174512 Feb 2016 12:26 p.m. PST


(Phil Dutre) Inactive Member12 Feb 2016 12:31 p.m. PST

Frequency of use.

XRaysVision Inactive Member12 Feb 2016 12:52 p.m. PST

Vizzini, "The books must be organized!"

Inigo, "I do not think that word means what he thinks it means.."

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian12 Feb 2016 1:16 p.m. PST

XRays has the just of it

whitphoto Supporting Member of TMP12 Feb 2016 1:18 p.m. PST

In piles. Stuff I use is on top.

GildasFacit Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Feb 2016 1:18 p.m. PST

Define 'organised'.

I don't recognise the term when it comes to rules, reference materials or much else come to that.

I have drawers with labels on them – yesterday I found one whose contents matched the label. That is a rare event as I switch stuff around a lot and can't be bothered to re-write labels.

I know it would be better if I was organised but having an organised workspace and a disorganised mind wouldn't match.

I'm creative – that's my excuse, and I sticking with it !!!

steamingdave4712 Feb 2016 1:33 p.m. PST

Newest ones by period on a bookshelf. Have a lot of older ones and PDF versions in a drawer of a filing cabinet, random organisation.

Yesthatphil Inactive Member12 Feb 2016 1:33 p.m. PST

Yep … I'm also in the random 'open' organisation camp. I'm always finding amazing things as I hunt stuff down wink!


vdal181212 Feb 2016 1:41 p.m. PST

All over the bookcase in the game room and sometimes by period.

RudyNelson12 Feb 2016 1:42 p.m. PST

Assorted in boxes. The same as my magazine games, old company catalogs, and convention booklets.

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP12 Feb 2016 2:26 p.m. PST

One Shelf organized by period. If I get a new rule book one of one old one hasth go into storage for sell at a future convention.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP12 Feb 2016 2:49 p.m. PST

In the cupboard in a huge heap – except for the ones out of the cupboard mixed in with a pile of books.

Organised, moi ? evil grin

Mako11 Inactive Member12 Feb 2016 3:10 p.m. PST

Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha………..!!!

Good one, Bill.

Jamesonsafari Inactive Member12 Feb 2016 3:11 p.m. PST

In piles on one shelf, near the table.
Most recently used at the top.

Weasel12 Feb 2016 3:42 p.m. PST

Chucked on a shelf, mixed in with my RPG books, in no particular order.

Books specific to the same game are next to each other though.

evilgong12 Feb 2016 3:54 p.m. PST

More or less together in a bookcase. Except for the one I need for tomorrow's game, that will be lurking in the 8th dimension and beyond human reach.


Personal logo Stosstruppen Supporting Member of TMP12 Feb 2016 4:05 p.m. PST

pretty much what xrays said…

Cyrus the Great12 Feb 2016 4:26 p.m. PST

From prehistoric to modern for historicals and separate shelves for science fiction and fantasy in a bookcase.

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP12 Feb 2016 5:12 p.m. PST

I have two large shelving units. Each unit holds crates. Rule books are filed alphabetically, 3 to a folder.

At last count I owned over 475 rule books. Organization is a must!

Personal logo Ditto Tango 2 3 Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member12 Feb 2016 6:19 p.m. PST


Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP12 Feb 2016 7:15 p.m. PST

Organized rulebooks ?!?!?! HAHAHAHAHAHAH !!!

Charlie 12 Inactive Member12 Feb 2016 8:05 p.m. PST

Bill, you funny!

Syrinx012 Feb 2016 8:10 p.m. PST

If they are not currently in use they are on the book shelf in my office or at our gaming club. If in use they are in my bag, or on my desk or perched precariously on the painting table as a reference. The book shelf is slightly organized in that all books for each game are together.

Cmde Perry12 Feb 2016 10:24 p.m. PST

On the hard drive, by genre.
Same for the physical rules, on the shelf.
And, I've got ideas for rules forming in my head…

Martin Rapier13 Feb 2016 2:44 a.m. PST

Mostly on a shelf, some are on another shelf, some are piled on top of the boxes of toys I use with them, others are lying on the floor in the bedroom having been or about to be, read. Others are jammed in my "rules modifications" notebooks where I am writing up mods.

Ottoathome Inactive Member13 Feb 2016 5:11 a.m. PST

In file cabinet in hanging folders.

nazrat13 Feb 2016 8:49 a.m. PST

By period and genre. Mostly.

The Gray Ghost Inactive Member13 Feb 2016 9:14 a.m. PST

they are all in my house, that's as close as they get to organized

Personal logo Extra Crispy Sponsoring Member of TMP13 Feb 2016 9:54 a.m. PST

Here is a picture of the collection – 3 bookshelves, not 3 :


And a look inside one of the crates:


Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP13 Feb 2016 11:31 a.m. PST

On bookshelf in chronological order.

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