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My 5th Edition D&D Books Stolen

by Hawke published Aug 16, 2015 04:33 AM, last modified Aug 31, 2015 06:04 PM
Most of my 5th edition books were stolen last night. 3x player handbooks, 1-2x DMGs, 1x Monster Manual.

Most of my 5th edition books were stolen last night. 3x player handbooks, 1-2x DMGs, 1x Monster Manual.

My son borrowed them. Set the pack down in front of Merlyn's store (17 W. Main St. Spokane), and forgot. 

That was around 9:00 pm Saturday night.

I filed a report with the police at 10:04 pm. In the backpack was his higher-end iPad, headphones, books, and the pack itself (Swiss Army), all together about $1,300 to replace.

I drove around town in a circling grid pattern.

Saw scores of backpacks, but none of them Swiss Army.

At approximately 11:00 pm I saw a male and female on 2nd Avenue and Pine, walking south on Pine, the male had the backpack.

When asked he said someone at Chili's gave it to him. He handed it back to me and left.

The female gave a supposed phone number of the person that gave them the pack (may or may not be true, I called it but no one answered (though it did keep ringing).

At Chili's, the waiter said someone had been sitting at the bar with the pack, ordered a burrito, went to the bathroom and left without paying, shortly before I arrived (maybe the other guy called to warn him I was coming?).

Unfortunately the restaurant has not yet installed video cameras. At this point I am assuming he threw out the books. I began driving, walking, searching every bush, nook, cranny, alley way, garbage can/dumpster, spiraling out from the Merlyns toward where I found the pack.

I spoke with a few dozen homeless people and let them know I'll pay a reward of $50 for the books.

I covered about 20 or so square blocks thoroughly.

Finally at 4:00 am I gave up.

The books all have my name and phone number on the edge of them (pretty much every page looking at the book sideways).

I am assuming they are lost in a dumpster somewhere, but in case someone tries to sell them at a local game store, I will be spreading the word to gamers and game stores around.

This is lousy timing with WorldCon starting Wednesday, and my running tables.

My son feels terrible about it. I won't hold my breath on the books turning up, but maybe some luck could still happen if someone sees them in the daylight Sunday, and turns them in.

The books will have "Hawke Robinson" and phone number on them (and some even have email). Sigh.

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Hawke
Hawke says:
Aug 16, 2015 02:26 PM
My youngest son has sold his ipad to his older brother (middle son) to get the money to replace the books (his idea not mine.his brother's Ipad was broken and needs it for school, while the youngest doesn't need it since he switched from Gprep to Mead HS). He should have the money tomorrow, so that I have the replacement books in time for WorldCon (Wednesday). Additionally, John Waite, owner of Merlyn's is kindly offering to sell me the replacement books at a significant discount/at-cost to help with replacing them in time.
Michael Finch
Michael Finch says:
Aug 31, 2015 04:00 PM
Man, i am so sorry to hear about that, but damn, you are so blessed to have those connections to help you replace your books. 80's & 90's i used to play 1st edition (still my fav) but literally, it took ten years to make my collection of books & modules, and i still didn't have them all. Back then there were not even a quarter of the books that the game has now. But the worst part is that you were violated like that within your own playing community. BTW, I haven't played much beyond 2nd edition, but i'm in my 40's and would love to get back into some over the table playing again. Ask for Michael at 509 279 0954 if you would be interested in letting me and perhaps my brother sit in on a game. Best to you Hawke.
Michael Finch
Michael Finch says:
Aug 31, 2015 05:53 PM
Hawke, since this event, have you continued checking the pawn shops, used book stores etc in case they opted to sell your books? It may take a while for them to surface.
Hawke
Hawke says:
Aug 31, 2015 06:04 PM
Michael, I was tied up with WorldCon 73 / Sasquan, and now am fighting an illness. I had contacted the local game stores the night it happened, and my name, phone number, and email address are written on all the books (they would have to white-out or tear-out all the pages to remove it where I placed it). Odds are they ended up in the dumpster/trash unfortunately.
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