2017 update: Today John Eric Holmes would have been 87. And 40 years ago this month, in Feb 1977, he had just finished editing the manuscript for the Holmes Basic rulebook, as shown by the early Feb date on the Manuscript Copy Order Form. This summer in July we will mark 40 years since the publication of the Holmes Basic set.
As in previous years, please leave your personal Holmes Basic testimonials below in the comments. I've brought this post forward from the past so that previous comments are included. But feel free to comment again if you've commented before.
A few notable tributes from the past year:
-Chris Holmes read from his father's works on a John Eric Holmes Reading Panel and Discussion at the 2016 North Texas RPG Con. Partial audio of this panel is available on the Save or Die site as the Side Adventure 12
-In May on a Dead Games Society podcast, Jeff Talanian (author of Astonishing Swordsmen & Sorcerers of Hyperborea) spoke about the influence of Holmes Basic on his work
-In July I was on the Save or Die podcast, Episode 124: Save vs. Zenopus
2015 update: Today is the 85th anniversary of the birth of J. Eric Holmes, Feb 16th, 1930. I'm reposting this testimonial thread for anyone who wishes to express their appreciation. Feel free to comment again if you added one previously.
A few months ago I heard from Chris Holmes, who wrote: "What a bunch of touching tributes you guys wrote. I was delighted and moved to read them. I liked the mention of Dad’s enthusiasm and style. He was infectiously enthusiastic about many things, not surprisingly he was one of the most popular professor's at USC med school ... I have enjoyed the Zenopus Archives a lot and you should thank your contributors for me."
On Chris Holmes' behalf, as well as my own, I thank you all for reading and commenting on this thread and the rest of the blog.
2013 update: If you haven't contributed previously, or want to add more, please leave a comment below. I plan to bump this post annually on this date. Thanks to everyone who responded last year!
And some great news: Thanks to Dave at There's Dungeons Down Under, I was just alerted to a tweet from Steve Winter a few days ago that the original artwork by David Sutherland III for the Holmes Basic set has been found in a crate at the Wizards headquarters! I'd never heard anything about this art before and just assumed it was lost to the sands of time. Steve comments: "I'm pretty sure it's going to get a beauty treatment (new frame, protective glass, etc.) and hang in the gallery by
Original Post: Today marks the birthday of J. Eric Holmes (1930-2010). As a tribute I was hoping everyone could tell us why they like the Holmes Basic Set. To facilitate this I've added a new section titled "Holmes Basic Testimonials" to the Zenopus Archives website, which will link to threads (this post & various forums) where you can talk about the Bluebook.
Tell us how you started with Holmes Basic, or remember it fondly for other reasons, or came to appreciate it later, or are using it now, or just plain like reading through it.
I could go on and on, but I'd like to hear from everyone else.
Testimonal Thread at OD&D Discussion
Testimonial Thread at Knights & Knaves Alehouse
Testimonial Thread at Dragonsfoot
Testimonal Post & Comments at Facebook (new for 2017)