There comes a time in every gamers life when a friend tests the bonds that bind us together as brothers in gaming. That friendship, that bond is placed in extreme duress when one friend utters to another...
Hey man, can I borrow one of your books?
Palms go cold, sweat beads on the brow...D I trust you enough with my precious game books? Do i dare release that which is so hard to come by, so expensive into your casual care? What happens to our friendship if I saw no? Will they be offended?
Okay, perhaps not everyone suffers from maternal feelings to their game books like I do. Eventually the book is exchanged, and then the problems start.
Hey man, are you done with my book yet? Are you using my book as a coaster for your drinks?
So what do you think of the book so far? GIVE IT BACK GIVE IT BACK!!!
Finally, the book comes back. The following inspection would make a NASCAR official look like an ameature with a tape measure. I exaggerate, most all of the books I have loaned out have always come back in immaculate shape...but not all of them.
I let a friend borrow Battletech Technical Readout 3058. It came back with a huge coffee ring in the cover, coke spilled into the pages. It had dried, and the pages gained a lovely brown tone, and were curled like waves through the spill area. And the icing on the cake, the out cover was broken off of the pages, which were still bound together with glue.
This friend was shocked when I wouldnt let him borrow another book.
Does anyone else have any horror stories?