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Because I needed a place to keep them all!
I decided one day that I wanted to learn to play chess. It had long been one of those unfulfilled childhood things and I never quite felt complete not knowing. It seemed to be "that game that smart people play" and even though I consider myself intelligent, I just needed Chess to feel whole. You understand.
At the time, I lived near a fun hippie cafe where all the beatniks would gather to drink coffee, smoke and play chess. I couldn't have the full experience if I didn't know how to play. So I set out to find my first chess set. I didn't know if I would even like chess so I didn't want to spend a lot of money. Naturally, I looked on eBay and found a very simple and inexpensive chess set. I no longer have it and I never really liked it very much but I did learn to play.
I eventually wanted a bigger, better, nicer, more asthetically pleasing chess set. But once again it was simple utilitarian necessity that helped me choose my second set: every outdoor table at the cafe wobbled terribly and just leaning your elbow on the table could upset a game beyond recovery. So I wanted my next set to be magnetic. I still have that one. So far it is the only magnetic set I have and it is a bit more comely than the first cheap one. I got the magnetic set on eBay too.
I have a genetic malfunction and I think I get it from my father. I collect things. I can't just get a new computer; I have to keep the old one stored somewhere. I can't just get a chess set and be happy; I have to find cool sets, beautiful sets, antique sets, big sets, rare sets... and I discovered a few chess variations to keep things interesting. When I find something I like, I have to have it. Maybe I get that shopping gene from my mother. Maybe it was a bad combination of a collector and a shopper that produced a child like me. Anyway, I now have enough chess sets to open a small museum, so that's what I'm going to do here.
I've also started stumbling onto various games that I could get for free or for such a small price that it seemed a waste NOT to take them. So, in addition to all my chess sets, I also have plenty of other games. The collection has filled up one of my bookcases and one day soon I'm going to want to put books back in it. *Sigh*
Anyway, I hope you enjoy looking through the collection. I tell people that none of my collection is for sale but if you see something you want it never hurts to make an offer. :)
The navigation bar on the left (if you don't see it, click HERE) is pretty direct. They're organized loosely into categories and in each category the links are listed alphabetically.
If you'd like to send me an email, my address is Michael AT Tree Monkey DOT net. Enjoy your visit!
* A note about the asterisks you see... Since I have to take pictures and write a bit about each chess set, it's going to take some time. The menu includes everything I plan to add here, but the pages themselves will appear one at a time. If you see a * on the menu, that just means I haven't gotten to that set yet.
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