My not-so-complete list of site changes. Hardly a day goes by that I'm not tinkering with the site in some fashion. The vast majority of the changes don't get recorded here.
4/18/2013 Moved the Non-TSR D&D accessories onto their own page. Added my thoughts about Endless Quest books to the D&D page.
4/11/2013 Worked on the Game of Thrones page. Reviewed the 2005 D20 rules bible by Guardians of Order.
4/9/2013 TEN YEARS!! Holy cow, has it really been that long?
3/20/2013 Detailed the Official Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Coloring Album, including a link to a YouTube video as well.
1/3/2013 JAMES BOND AND THE MYSTERY OF THE LIDLESS BOXES
10/30/2012 Revamped the Star Wars Adventure Journals page: Better pics, more info.
9/16/2012 Rebuilt the header that appears at the top of every page, new logo (my metal d20 logo), added links the the WB pages on Facebook and Google+. Also redesigned our Contact Us page, which I haven't touched in probably several years.
8/30/2012 Today was Flying Buffalo day! Started the company page, started the Sorcerer's Apprentice Magazine page, and worked on the Tunnels & Trolls RPG page. Lots of work remains on them, but that will happen bit-by-bit over time as I get new stock in.
8/17/2012 Added several items to the Chill RPG page. I think that's all of them (by Pacesetter anyway. Yes, I'm aware Mayfair released its own version of Chill.)
7/3/2012 As players of 2300AD know, the game universe is the same as that of Twilight: 2000, only 300 years in the future.
The intervening 300 years was developed by the staff of GDW in 1985-86 through a macro-political game ("The Game") where players each took the role of several countries, playing them in decade-long turns.
The rules to The Game can be found on the web, but whatever happened to the map in the years since then?
I created The Game page to answer that question with exclusive recollections and photos from GDW alumnus Dave Nilsen.
6/11/2012 Recently, I have enjoyed back-and-forth emails with GDW alumnus (1991-5) David Nilsen (Traveller Line Manager, and later GDW Chief of Design). He has kindly allowed me to publish many insights into the genesis of publications for Traveller: The New Era. Also Dark Conspiracy, MegaTraveller, and the never-published Armor 21 follow-on to Twilight 2000.
4/29/2012 Added Jack Vance's Dying Earth RPG.
12/26/2011 I think I did a better job of distinguishing Runequest's early editions, namely 1st edition Runequest, and the various printings of the 2nd edition.
11/14/2011 Grouped the handful of releases by North Pole Publications, a small-press RPG publisher of the early 80s.
11/2/2011 Reworked the Dragonlance, 5th Age - SAGA System page. Better pics, more details.
9/5/2011 Reorganized the GURPS Traveller page. I think it flows better now.
5/13/11 Split Tales of the Reaching Moon onto its own page, and added quite a few issues of the Runequest/Glorantha magazine that began as a humble fanzine.
3/18/2011 GURPS Wild Cards: Sourcebooks for the wonderful series edited by George R.R. Martin.
3/9/2011 Just started What Caught My Eye, a new column on the Wayne's Books sales site, where I'll examine specific RPG-related items in greater depth than I would here on the reference site. Enjoy!
12/9/2010 Created the Digest Group Publications page. A company devoted entirely to publishing high-quality accessories for the Traveller game in the late '80s to early '90s. Because they released books for both Traveller and MegaTraveller, I had their items scattered between the two pages, not to mention their magazine Travellers' Digest, which already had its own page. They were a substantial enough company that I increasingly felt that they deserved their own page. Today I made it so. Cleaned up the Traveller linking at the same time as well. Whew.
10/12/2010 Recently found a bunch of Command Post Quarterly magazines, so it was a good opportunity to bulk up that section. Still not complete, but closer.
9/27/2010 Split off Avalon Hill's Wargames from the main Avalon Hill page. The page was becoming unwieldy with so many entries; this seemed the most sensible response.
8/20/2010 Built the BattleTechnology Magazine page for Battletech.
7/19/2010 Planted the seed for my Ysgarth page.
6/21/2010 Finally got the earliest Dungeon Magazine issues in and documented. The Dungeon page was missing the first 6 issues, but now that hole is plugged. That was bugging me.
5/24/2010 Started the Tunnels & Trolls page.
4/12/2010 Split Wyrms Footnotes from the Runequest page.
3/30/2010 Split Harnmaster from the Harn page.
11/9/2009 Added Riddle of Steel
9/15/09 Added the beginnings of a White Dwarf magazine page.
8/22/09 Split the Command Decision game line from the GDW company page.
7/8/09 Created a new RPG magazine page: Different Worlds, published by Chaosium back in the day.
6/4/09 Split off the City State Campaign from the Judges Guild page. It is the City State of the Invincible Overlord -- and its campaign world -- for which Judges Guild is rightly famous, so these items deserved their own page.
5/12/09 Created the Gear Krieg page, as well as the Dream Pod 9 company page to tie Gear Krieg with Tribe 8
4/25/09 Split off non-TFT items from the bottom of The Fantasy Trip page into a proper Metagaming page.
1/7/09 Created the Gamescience company product page.
1/6/09 Created the High Fantasy page, devoted to this gem of classic roleplaying.
11/20/08 Split Encyclopedia Harnica from the Harn page. It was just getting to be too big.
10/5/08 Added Hess Games, Quicksilver Fantasies, and Role Aids pages, full of non-TSR accessories for AD&D.
9/23/08 Added the Chill game page and the Pacesetter company page.
7/17/08 Just completed our business move, not that it had a real effect on the reference site here.
I split off Travellers' Digest from the MegaTraveller page. Travellers' Digest supported both Classic Traveller and MegaTraveller in their day, so it seemed appropriate to liberate them from the MegaTraveller page... and shorten the page a bit.
6/10/08 Finally finished the Challenge Magazine page. A great example of how this site gets built, the Challenge page is at least a couple years old, slowly adding magazines as I came across them. Made a last push recently with the addition of a collection of magazines, so the page is now "done." Not really, of course, as I'll be constantly adding corrections and new info as I work on my inventory, as 99% of my work here goes undocumented.
5/31/08 Added the '80s company, Gamelords.
5/17/08 Re-built my Space 1889 page.
4/8/08 Reorganized the Call of Cthulhu pages. Now Pagan Publishing and Unspeakable Oath have their own pages.
2/23/08 Holy Cow! Spent about 7 hours today working on a major facelift to the site, something I've wanted to do for a long time. By way of reference, here's an obsolete page to compare the style before today.
a) Clean up the "look." Remove all the WWB logos cluttering the background. Organize the site-wide links, move them up into the mast-head. Move the Google site search box to the masthead.
b) Introduce the new WAYNE'S BOOKS logo with the subtitle "& Old School Games" which is about 80% of my business nowdays. Logo has a notation "RPG Reference" for the benefit of those visitors that seem to think I stock every single game shown on this site. Also added a prominent link in the masthead to my online store.
2/1/08 Created the Game of Thrones page, in support of D20 gaming in Westeros.
1/10/08 On a roll here. Created the Leading Edge Games root page. Aliens now has its own page.
1/8/08 Created the West End Games root page and split Chivalry & Sorcery from its former spot on the FGU page.
1/5/08 Created the Steve Jackson Games root page and split Car Wars from its former spot on the GURPS page.
Split Tri Tac Games from it's former spot at the bottom of the Morrow Project page. It was time.
1/3/08 Split Powers & Perils and Dune from their former spot on the Avalon Hill page.
11/12/07 Chaosium gets its own page now.
11/6/07 Split off Harpoon game from the GDW page. Between the GDW and Clash of Arms releases, Harpoon deserved a page of its own.
Ironic, actually, since the GDW page began its life as a Harpoon webpage. Harpoon was first, later joined by many other GDW products. I eventually renamed the page as GDW. Now Harpoon has come full circle.
10/26/07 Split the Babylon 5 page. Babylon 5 Wars is an enormous game line, and was consuming the B5 page... and I haven't even started on the minis!
10/18/07 Finally started a reorganization I've been eyeing for quite some time: Moving RPG companies to the end of the site map. I've had a couple of RPG companies mixed in with the game line links for a while, but now I'm adding, moving, and repurposing the company pages.
The RPG company pages will be of course a central point for links to that company's games. The company pages will also be the "dustpan" for one-shot games that don't deserve their own web page.
The Fantasy Games Unlimited (FGU) page is a good example. It was my first company page I believe, been around quite a while. But even then, I used it as a "catch-all" FGU page, adding any game which didn't have more than a few accessory books. (And FGU realeased a torrent of games in the '80s!) So I'm just expanding on that idea. Big time.
My plan is to establish pages dedicated to each 1st and 2nd tier RPG company of the past in the next few weeks. This will clean out the Boardgames / Wargames dumping page, as well as Miscellanea page to a lesser extent. I've never liked those pages, and this will cut them back some.
I split up the TSR/SPI page. I realized it was rude to pair SPI with the company that bought, then absorbed the gaming legend in the mid-'80s.
The FASA page is brand new.
Much more to come!
10/14/07 Added the Tribe 8 role playing game.
9/29/07 Added the Nightlife roleplaying game series.
Been reorganizing pages, renamed a few. Trying to get the organization to make sense.
7/26/07 Added the 7th Sea page.
7/22/07 Been adding a lot of content spread out over many pages. Added a LOT of content to Spanish-language White Wolf page. Check it out!
I added an embryonic Tekumel page; I'll add more items as I come across them.
12/11/03 The business is requiring more of my time during the holiday season, which is the primary reason for the lack of major updates. However, I'm constantly making minor changes that don't really require a note, and I always answer my email! I added a new game for Doctor Who fans: The way-out-of-print Doctor Who RPG by FASA.
11/10/03 Still re-doing the formatting of the pages, which doesn't really merit a "What's New" entry. I also added a game supplement series: Midkemia Press
10/23/03 I've been slowly re-doing the formatting of the pages into a cleaner, quicker-loading style. I also added a game I found, "Freedom Fighters," to the Delta Force page.
10/10/03 Larry Elmore fans -- Check out: Sovereign Stone.
10/09/03 Introducing my first "Super Hero" RPG: Marvel Super Heroes.
10/07/03 A new game possibility: Willow. Make a game using background from the fantasy movie by George Lucas.
09/25/03 For quite some time, I've had a stack of random RPG accessories. I finally listed them on Amazon, and dedicated a page to them here: Miscellanea - Oddball & Curious RPGs. I've also conducted various site tweaks, too numerous to mention here.
09/06/03 The layout of my home page has been bothering me for months. I kept playing with the elements, but was never quite satisfied. This morning, I had an eureka! moment, and everything fell into place.
I created a new RPG page, Robotech. It's a game based on the popular Japanese animated series. Out-of-print, but easily available at modest prices.
09/03/03 I added much new material to the Morrow Project page.
08/21/03 I added a science fiction RPG: Space Master.
08/14/03 I added a fine para-military RPG: Millennium's End. Also cleaned-up the look of my home page.
08/09/03 Here's a fantasy RPG that had pretty much escaped my notice until recently: Earthdawn.
08/06/03 Ready to do some terrorist-busting? Check out my latest RPG addition: Delta Force.
07/31/03 Added the classic Dungeons & Dragons game line. Whew!
07/17/03 Added a game line to the "World of Darkness" setting: Hunter: The Reckoning.
07/13/03 Introducing a whole new department: Wayne's Other Worlds. I envision it as a place to devote space to some of my favorite interests. Right now, that involves Babylon 5, the epic science fiction series. In the future, many more subjects will make their appearance here, so keep checking back!
07/05/03 Added the Talislanta game. "NO ELVES!!"
07/03/03 Did some minor tinkering around with the site, including a face-lift to the Forgotten Realms page. Check out Druwēzza!
06/27/03 For Horror fans I added another RPG, Bram Stoker's Dracula.
06/17/03 Added another classic RPG, Lords of Creation.
06/10/03 Added Middle Earth Role Playing, an out-of-print product line by Iron Crown Enterprises (ICE). They had the Tolkien license during the Eighties and Nineties... some very impressive work.
05/14/03 Redesigned the Krakow RPG's main page. The selection of games is only getting larger, making a general list at left unwieldly. So I indexed the titles by genre. Some games will be in more than one genre.
05/01/03 Added Ars Magica Mythic Europe Role Playing in Krakow RPG's.
04/26/03 Added the Dark Sun Campaign Setting for AD&D.
04/19/03 Added a new department, Wayne's eTower of Babel, a Foreign Language information source, as well as connections to my foreign language editions for sale at Amazon.
04/09/03 Site Roll-Out -- Finally!!
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