"Older RPG players will remember that about 10 years ago buying a cRPG meant getting a box filled with goodies. Besides getting the game and a 10lb manual (not exaggerating by much here as some manuals had over 300 pages) the buyer often received items like cloth maps and figurines. With the years and the switch to DVD box sizes such extras became sparse and today getting anything more than a 10 page manual is rare.
For people who liked all those maps and lore books that were also a common extra item this would be a sad time if it weren’t for collector’s editions (CE) of games. These editions usually deliver similar items as the games of the past. When opening a CE box there is an added thrill of laying eyes on cool collectables that users who purchase the regular version don’t get."
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