Aside from copying disks and selling from my personal collection, the most frequent Shoppe request I get is from people wondering, "When is the EXAMINE THE SHOPPEKEEPER page going to be updated?" Well, I'm pleased to say the long wait is over, and I can now share a little information about myself.
I'm a graduate of Illinois State University, where I first got started collecting back in late 1994. I'd just discovered how you could buy stuff from people over the Internet, and was trying to accumulate a complete set of Infocom grey boxes, many of which I had yet to actually play. Along the way, I bought up a large box of what I assumed would be all greys, but which turned out to be my first encounter with the strange folio packages. (I played my first Infocom game -- Enchanter, bought off a classmate -- in the 7th grade, about 1986, so I completely missed the folio era.)
Of course, now that I'd seen these big, extravagant packages, I just had to have them all. One thing led to another, and before long I had enough duplicates to start trading with other collectors. Eventually I started posting lists and self-managed auctions, which gradually evolved into the Shoppe you now know and love. Jay Goemmer was kind enough to host the original list -- column, sale list, and wanted list all on a single page -- at his Downbelow Station for a couple of years, and finally Stefan Meier and Manuel Schulz offerred YOIS a home at IF-Legends.
My Interests, Besides Collecting:
Okay, enough yack. How about some pictures? (Real ones this time, not a rehash of last year's shameful April Fool's Day joke.)
Shoppe Central. Where the magic happens. Someday I'll edit the picture and add numbers and explain what everything is.
The "Shoppe" itself. Or two-thirds of it, rather: The rest is now filling up a hallway closet. This is what it looks like when everything is organized. Trust me, you don't want to see it when it's not.
Typical outgoing mail at my place, on a busy week.
Meet my li'l Bujja-Bujja, the official mascot and ever-vigilant Guardian of Ye Olde Infocomme Shoppe. She enjoys Friskies®, lap-time, tummy-wubs, and sniffing curiously at all the crap I drag into my place. (Don't worry, she's not allowed to actually touch anything.)
They say people and their pets resemble each other, so this should give you a good idea of my appearance.
All right, you've all been very patient waiting for me to get
a picture of myself up. Here we go. This is me:
Okay, for real this time. Here, at long last, is an actual, honest-to-God photograph of me.
I took it myself!
Okay, really truly seriously now. Here is a genuine, unobstructed photograph of my actual face, showing the world exactly what I look like:
There. Everybody happy now?