Is it just me, or has ebay been flooded with old Lone Wolf Gamebooks? It used to be that you couldn't find them for love nor money (aside from those people selling them for upwards of £100), now they are everywhere! Obviously this is a good opportunity to pick up the books that I am missing, (I'm still attempting to get a full set of old books, which has been easier since the reprinting) but all this has me wondering why fans are selling the old ones. (Aside from the obvious money troubles). I really like the new books, they are shiny, the editing that the good folks at ProjectAon did has been worked in and the bonus adventures are icing on the cake. I wouldn't get rid of my old books though, they are very special to me. Thoughts?
Could just be people are hitting the right age for clearing out / needing money, and some people might be generating money to get the new books now the printing rights have shifted to mantikore and there is a renewed vigor in getting them
I can only answer personally, but I wouldn't consider getting rid of the old books in order to replace them with the new ones. That to me would simply mean exchanging them for books with largely the same content, nice hardcovers and different pictures, but shelling out hundreds of pounds/euros/dollars in the process. So far as I've seen, the mini adventures have not generally been terribly well reviewed. The illustrations are a matter of taste, but none can beat the work of Gary Chalk for me.
I should think, however, that purchasing the new books to stand alongside the old ones is entirely valid if you have the enthusiasm and the funds. It is undoubtedly exciting that Lone Wolf has had a new lease of life in the last few years, and particularly now that a more reliable publisher seems to have been found.
So no, I wouldn't get rid of the old books myself. But then I'm a bit of a luddite in this case. I tried the new Flight From the Dark, didn't like it, never finished it, and if I play FFtD again, it'll be the old one. I'm sure many people would take entirely different views.