One of the things going on on the site is the 'Chain of Generosity'. There's two of them: one for the US and one for Europe, for reasons of postage. It works as follows:
- Someone offers something from their collection. Perhaps something they don't need or play anymore.
- Others can express their interest in the offer.
- After a set period, a 'winner' is chosen (using the RPGGeek dice roller, of course).
- The person offering sends the item to the winner -- without any cost to the winner!
- The winner then becomes the next 'link' in the chain, by posting up an offer themselves.
It's fun, and sometimes there's something in there that's really interesting. I've gotten a nice hardcover with short side-quests from a Frenchman earlier, and sent the full Fireborn set in hardcover to Germany. I had gotten those books as part of a lot in the auction of RPG books from rupertdaily's estate. It was fun to send those books off to a place where they might get used.
A few weeks ago, an offer came by that I was interested in: the Star Wars: Age of Rebellion Beta rules. Those came out at Gencon, a year before the final version came out. It's kinda light in art, and it might not have the exact same rules as the final game (it's a beta, after all), but for something I was interested in and for free? Hell yeah, I got in on that and yesterday the book came in the mail!
In return, I reprised my set of offers from the previous time. I also added some Rolemaster rulebooks and a classic module that I had in surplus. However, after one week, I didn't have any takers! That's a bit of a problem, of course, but it's to be expected: the pool of participants is not very large, and most of the 'movable' inventory has found a new home already.
This put me in a bit of a bind (that some of the current 'links' of the other chains are already in): what if nobody wants what you are offering? Surely you do not want to be the one that makes the chain break! And so I decided to throw in another offer: I would print and bind a RPG-related PDF for the winner. Lots of people buy their roleplaying books in PDF format: lots of stuff can be found over at DriveThruRPG, and it's a cheap way to expand your collection. I've once bound a roleplaying game into a hardcover, and it's a fun thing to do.
Within a few days, I had eight people who wanted in. Apparently, there's a market for this... And the cool thing is that I can repeat the offer again and again, because it's not something that dissapears from my collection!