Thursday, January 17, 2019

The Scent of 2nd Edition

You ever have a memory of a particular smell?

This morning I think I had one of those.

I seem to recall that brand-new AD&D 2nd edition books had a certain smell to them, not entirely like the generic "new book smell"  one usually experiences.

Granted, the last time I held a new AD&D 2nd edition book was probably some time in 1995-96, and memory is a pretty nebulous thing...

Anyone else remember the scent of 2nd edition?

I suppose it's also possible that I'm about to have a stroke. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯


  1. Well, sometimes I grab my 2nd ed books and that moment of yore, when I opened them for the first time, relights some spark in me.
    I've sold part of my RPG collection in the past, but I'll never sell my AD&D 2nd ed books.

  2. I lost my sense of smell around the age of 12 (this would have been 1985-86ish). Never have figured out why or how, though I've always assumed it had something to do with an adenoid removal surgery I underwent at that time.

    However (strangely) it has not affected my ability to TASTE things, and it has not stopped me from smelling "phantom smells," usually triggered by memories...these latter are smells that no one else registers (including my wife, who has so acute a sense of smell that it's often a detriment), but that pop vividly into my brain, along with all sorts of sense recollections and old, forgotten emotions.

    2nd edition D&D has no smell for me...I was smell-less by the time it was published.

    1. You're not alone in losing smell but keeping taste; my ex's dad was the same way.

      And regarding the smell of a particular set of books, I have noticed several different scents from print-on-demand books depending on the materials used (glossy vs. matte paper, those rubbery paperback covers, etc). The Pathfinder Beginner Box has a distinct sound to me - the small but distinct crack upon opening the rulebooks, due to the glue weakening. :D

    2. Weird. I thought taste and smell were linked.

      It probably was the glue...that sweet, sweet glue.