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  • Knightfall's Avatar
    Saturday, 26th May, 2018, 07:23 AM
    Also, Scotley, neither Caerth or Phar is with Quinn in Pendour Manor. They are both still back at the wererat's hut. Quinn rode ahead to get Raius to Aeron as quickly as possible.
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    Saturday, 26th May, 2018, 07:19 AM
    It's really up for you guys to decide what you want to do next. While transporting the wounded to the fort is a vital event, it isn't necessarily vital that the PCs be involved with the process of taking Lorien and Raius there. Aeron can do it with soldiers as escorts. The identity of the blackmailers are still a mystery; Lord Ebal's death seems to be related or it's just a crazy coincidence....
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    Wednesday, 23rd May, 2018, 05:20 PM
    THAT is a deep cut! Kudos.
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    Wednesday, 23rd May, 2018, 05:19 PM
    Monsters and NPCs can do a lot of things no appropriate for PC's to do.
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    Wednesday, 23rd May, 2018, 02:52 PM
    This is the hill you choose to die on?
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    Wednesday, 23rd May, 2018, 02:35 PM
    A lot of social gatherings can be called parties without being officially parties; bridge night, multiplayer games, even sitting by a campfire with some brews. They don't necessarily need invites and decorations. If you said "I was partying with my friends last night." And you were playing d&d, no one but a pedant will correct you. Besides, they're called "a party of adventures" for a reason....
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    Wednesday, 23rd May, 2018, 05:41 AM
    One of my major regrets from the time I spent compiling the Collector's Guides is that I didn't document the sources of all of the release dates better. In general the priority order for setting those was: 1. TSR catalogs. 2. Dragon Magazine previews/adverts/mentions. 3. Any online sources including the US copyright office records of publication date. 4. My own notes and records of when I added...
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    Tuesday, 22nd May, 2018, 07:06 PM
    Are you playing in Adventurer's League? If not, its a nonissue. If so, I'm sorry you can't play a Triton Storm sorcerer with lightning lure. But the alternative is a ever-growing list of allowed and banned options, so pick your poison.
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  • Knightfall's Avatar
    Monday, 21st May, 2018, 09:53 PM
    Quinn spurs on the horse with the two soldiers riding beside him. The distance to Carnell goes considerably faster than it had on foot and soon the village comes into view. One of the soldiers that rode ahead to tell Aeron about Raius's plight meets them on the road. "Sir Quinn, Aeron is waiting at Gurnard's Arms," he says as he reins in his horse as the trio approaches. Quinn and the others...
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    Monday, 21st May, 2018, 09:04 PM
    New post is up. I'll be adding a second one for Quinn since he's on his own right now. Size comparison for a Teleos: https://prehistoric-fauna.com/image/cache/data/size/Teleoceras-738x591.jpg
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    Monday, 21st May, 2018, 08:59 PM
    "It's a sturdy animal," Sir Ghal says. "Let's hope so." "That is a bit disturbing," Sir Ghal muses. "As far a know, the Strandlands has never had a significant problem with werebeasts. Yes, an occasional werewolf roams into the land and causes problems for a while, but the senate is very vigilant when it comes to eradicating those with such curses. More often, they've had to purge vampires...
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    Sunday, 20th May, 2018, 03:21 AM
    I should be able to get you guys another reply by Monday.
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    Sunday, 20th May, 2018, 03:14 AM
    New post is up.
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    Sunday, 20th May, 2018, 03:02 AM
    Belgeon acknowledges Silhouette assent with his own nod and smile. "I thought going to Anauroch had more to do with finding this Rebel Two person," Loranys says. "That's such an odd name." "It's the agent's call sign. Not his real name. Emiko and her contact in Shadowdale were speaking in code," Rodan notes. "Oh, I see," Loranys replies. "But my understanding was that we were planning...
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  • Remathilis's Avatar
    Saturday, 19th May, 2018, 10:42 PM
    It also has the unintentional-but-welcomed side-effect of keeping characters relatively normal; as it stands right now you can an oddball race OR subclass, but not both (unless its the very small subset of options that both fall under SCAG). Which forces a sort of compromise; do I want to be a shadar-kai and pick a normal subclass, or be a normal race and pick shadow sorcerer, because I cannot do...
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  • Remathilis's Avatar
    Saturday, 19th May, 2018, 01:54 PM
    Afaikt, the dozen subraces, the deep gnome feat, and two gith magic items is it for PC stuff. I don't see it a popular +1 choice unless you're adamant about one of those elves or gith.
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  • Knightfall's Avatar
    Friday, 18th May, 2018, 06:59 PM
    Thanks, I'm a bit better after physio. Yesterday was a really good day. today, I'm a bit sore but not overly so. (Must do more stretching.) You guys are next for an update, but I probably won't start writing it until late tonight or tomorrow.
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  • Remathilis's Avatar
    Wednesday, 16th May, 2018, 06:16 PM
    Do said evil characters also cut the hands off monks or the tongues out of spellcasters? How about ripping the teeth out of lizardfolk or clipping the wings of aarakroca? Or blinding eladrin and shadar-kai or other "teleport line of sight" races?
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  • Remathilis's Avatar
    Wednesday, 16th May, 2018, 02:59 PM
    Do you propose that aarakroca talons, tabaxi and tortle claws, and lizardfolk bites also do d8/d10 damage?
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  • Remathilis's Avatar
    Tuesday, 15th May, 2018, 03:23 AM
    Have you seen firbolg or goliath from Volo's yet?
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  • Remathilis's Avatar
    Tuesday, 15th May, 2018, 03:21 AM
    Consider this: you have a human, a gnome and an ogre all on a team. They make it to a hole in the wall. If the hole is sized for a large creature, all can pass. If the hole is sized for a medium creature, the human and gnome are fine, the ogre squeezes. If the hole is sized for a small race, the gnome if fine, the human squeezes, and the ogre can't go. If the hole is sized for a tiny...
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  • Knightfall's Avatar
    Friday, 11th May, 2018, 06:41 PM
    Dealing with some really bad hip and lower back pain. My next reply likely won't be until Saturday at the earliest. Worst case scenario is that it will have to wait until after my next physio appointment, which is next Wednesday. I might try to get my appointment moved to Monday, however.
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  • Knightfall's Avatar
    Friday, 11th May, 2018, 06:31 PM
    Dealing with some really bad hip and lower back pain. My next reply likely won't be until Saturday at the earliest. Worst case scenario is that it will have to wait until after my next physio appointment, which is next Wednesday. I might try to get my appointment moved to Monday, however.
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    Thursday, 10th May, 2018, 02:56 AM
    There may be some out there but item farming is frowned upon.
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    Wednesday, 9th May, 2018, 01:55 PM
    No, I meant that I wished that the mech games of the past had moved towards turn-based instead of away from it. :)
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  • darjr's Avatar
    Wednesday, 9th May, 2018, 01:12 AM
    Several stores in my area are running this. Iím running the weekend after motherís day weekend. Itís a ton of combat but with such cool adversaries.
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Tuesday, 8th May, 2018, 02:23 PM
    You guys are making it sound like exactly the kind of Battletech/mech game that I've always hoped for. Mech Commander was ok, I just wish it would have had a turn-based option. The second game went in the wrong direction, and Mech Assault was bland arcade. Of the really old games that I remember MechForce(MechFight) had potential, but I don't recall it ever getting a campaign of any kind. ...
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Monday, 7th May, 2018, 02:16 PM
    Honestly I completely forgot about the whole game coming out. How long was the campaign in hours played, and how would you rate it?
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  • Yaztromo's Avatar
    Sunday, 6th May, 2018, 11:58 PM
    Sounds like a nice campaign!
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  • Knightfall's Avatar
    Sunday, 6th May, 2018, 03:27 AM
    Caerth is stymied by the poison in the spear wound. Nothing about it seems familiar to him. Likely, it isn't the venom of an animal but a manufactured toxin that combines the worst elements of a poisonous plant with some sort of reagent. It seems fast acting. OOC: Heal check > 1d20+3=5+3=8 Sir Ghal rushes down to your location to help with Raius. He is joined by four of the soldiers....
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  • Yaztromo's Avatar
    Saturday, 5th May, 2018, 03:00 AM
    Today is the Force Day, MAY THE 4TH (BE WITH YOU), the perfect time of the year to launch this game! This game is made of multiple short adventures (typically for 4-6 characters, each of them designed to take approx 3-4 hours in real time play). Rather than a classic, linear campaign, it is a living world, where multiple adventures can be happening at the same time in different places of the...
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  • Knightfall's Avatar
    Friday, 4th May, 2018, 03:40 AM
    Thanks. Ice pack on the lower back right now. Hopefully tomorrow will be a better day.
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    Thursday, 3rd May, 2018, 08:17 PM
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  • darjr's Avatar
    Wednesday, 2nd May, 2018, 05:32 PM
    Convention Created Content (CCC) for the Adventurers League is a fantastic way to be a part of the living campaign in Faerun. Connect with a local convention and see if they are running AL and if so would they like to host CCC content and if you can write one or more. Then contact the AL to get the go ahead with a proposal, at least nine months out from your event. Finally follow the CCC...
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  • Knightfall's Avatar
    Wednesday, 2nd May, 2018, 02:27 PM
    Bel Izeard: Writing to Rule my Life Anyway, I'm going to start working on my next reply sometime today. If I tackle it quickly, then it will go up by the end of the day. But I need to let the Tylenol kick in first. :erm: EDIT: Still too much discomfort. I had to book a physio appointment for later today. The update likely won't get posted until late, or tomorrow.
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  • Knightfall's Avatar
    Wednesday, 2nd May, 2018, 02:24 PM
    Yep. Well, it's a poetry class, so like being a poet.
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    Wednesday, 2nd May, 2018, 02:03 PM
    Have they? I'm not so sure. Look at Thanos' reaction to the very last line in his introduction way back at the end of the first Avengers movie: ;)
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Tuesday, 1st May, 2018, 06:56 AM
    Well, Thanos is in an actual love triangle with Deadpool and Death, so Thanos showing up in a future Deadpool movie (or Deadpool and Cable showing up in an Avengers movie) does make perfect sense from a story point of view. :p
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  • Knightfall's Avatar
    Tuesday, 1st May, 2018, 03:33 AM
    Okay, so I just added a major post for my Realmsian Dragonstar game. That means you guys are up next. It won't be tonight and probably won't tomorrow. (I having my writing class on Tuesdays.) It's looking more like it's going to be Wednesday.
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  • Knightfall's Avatar
    Tuesday, 1st May, 2018, 03:28 AM
    Aaand, it's finally finished. :D
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    Tuesday, 1st May, 2018, 03:26 AM
    "We should probably take a ship up the coast and avoid Waterdeep, if it's under seige," Belgeon suggests. "We'd have to put in somewhere to resupply at some point, so the more supplies we can take, the better." "I doubt it will be any safer traveling be sea," Loranys notes. "If we get stuck on a ship while under attack from one of those flying machines, we're as good as dead." "If we travel...
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    Monday, 30th April, 2018, 08:24 PM
    Who could they be?
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    Monday, 30th April, 2018, 05:53 PM
    I donít know whatís in the cert. hopefully itís cool.
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    Monday, 30th April, 2018, 04:16 PM
    And you play one, I think.
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    Monday, 30th April, 2018, 03:59 PM
    The Adventure supporting the release of MToF is at WPN stores now! Iíll just leave this here.
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  • Knightfall's Avatar
    Monday, 30th April, 2018, 10:12 AM
    So, the next post is roughly 90% done, but I ended up working on my post-apoc. Mystara homebrew. It's now 3 a.m. and I need to go to bed. I'll try for tomorrow, but I'll likely be burnt out all day. G'night. :yawn:
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  • Knightfall's Avatar
    Sunday, 29th April, 2018, 11:48 PM
    So, I'm about to start working on my next post. It might go up tonight, but it going up tomorrow is looking more likely, right now.
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  • Knightfall's Avatar
    Saturday, 28th April, 2018, 03:33 PM
    FYI, I was up until 3 am last night writing other stuff. So, I'm a bit tanked right now. I'll try to get you guys a reply before the end of the day, but it's more likely to slide to Sunday or Monday. I think I need to go back to sleep. :yawn:
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    Friday, 27th April, 2018, 06:40 PM
    Cool Easter egg; eight of the pregens are the NPC henchmen from Return to the Keep on the Borderlands from 2e (Third, Cob, Opal, Martin, Jess, Mouse, Aseneth and Dubricus 'd Amberville). Third and Dubricus are references to B4 and X2, respectively.
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  • darjr's Avatar
    Friday, 27th April, 2018, 05:21 PM
    Iíve got it for PC but really play most games on my iPad, so this is perfect. Anybody else play this for the first time only recently? I didnít play it when it first came out. https://twitter.com/beamdoginc/status/989600584478015488?s=21
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Thursday, 20th December, 2012

  • 02:31 AM - Knightfall mentioned havard in post Which of my continents do you want more information about?
    Trying to get some votes: calling Arkhandus, Big Mac, Blackrat, CleverNickName, Dog Moon, El Mahdi, freyar Hand of Evil, havard, Hobo, jaerdaph, the Jester, Piratecat, Psion, Relique du Madde, renau1g, Scott DeWar, and steeldragons. I'm not sure if this will work...

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Tuesday, 3rd April, 2018

  • 01:51 AM - Remathilis quoted havard in post Mike Mearls tweet: Is the Known World of Mystara coming to 5e? (What's Cool About Mystara?)
    AD&D2nd Ed Mystara made two important mistakes: a) TSR decided that Mystara should be presented as a kind friendly setting. (Not even kids want a kiddie setting). b) TSR decided that in order to make Mystara as compatible with 2nd Ed as possible, they would tone down all the features that set the world apart from the other AD&D worlds. Both of these mistakes came from a notion that since Mystara was the Basic D&D world, it had to be newbie-friendly to the point of making it First Quest compatible. It wasn't the 2nd edition compatibility that ruined those elements (as Red Steel/Savage Baronies were both 2e, as was the superb Mystara Monster Compendium) but that editorial mandate that the setting shouldn't deviate from the PHB in order to be "newb-friendly". So we lost the ability to have unique subraces, meaningful kits, specialty priests, new races and spells, and other elements converted/reimagined from Basic to 2e. I'm pretty sure that if Mystara gets an official update again, they wil...

Tuesday, 17th October, 2017


Tuesday, 24th November, 2015

  • 05:06 PM - Mistwell quoted havard in post WotC's Chris Perkins Talks About... Everything! Upcoming Storylines, Products, Staffing, Other Worlds, & More!
    Interesting article. Not buying the percentages at all. Sales of PDFs or books during the 4E era are definitely poor indicators of what people out there are *playing*. Is the FR the most popular setting? Without a doubt. Are alot of people playing Homebrew? For sure. But only 10% divived between Greyhawk, Mystara and other WotC owned settings? I would question that. On the other hand, it is interesting to hear what they are thinking. I will try to get around to listening to the whole thing when I find the time. -Havard It's based on the surveys not sales. And Mike Mearls' favorite setting is Greyhawk. He's said his personal preference would be to support Greyhawk but so far the numbers have not justified it. I think if he had a way to spin the numbers to support Greyhawk at this point he would.
  • 04:29 PM - TwoSix quoted havard in post WotC's Chris Perkins Talks About... Everything! Upcoming Storylines, Products, Staffing, Other Worlds, & More!
    Interesting article. Not buying the percentages at all. Sales of PDFs or books during the 4E era are definitely poor indicators of what people out there are *playing*. Is the FR the most popular setting? Without a doubt. Are alot of people playing Homebrew? For sure. But only 10% divived between Greyhawk, Mystara and other WotC owned settings? I would question that. On the other hand, it is interesting to hear what they are thinking. I will try to get around to listening to the whole thing when I find the time. I'm reasonably sure they're basing the numbers off of customer surveys, not off of any particular sales numbers. I think there's a reasonable amount of inertia that drives the setting numbers. FR has had by far the most products over the past 20 years, so people who don't want to homebrew are naturally going to gravitate towards the setting that has product available, which then reinforces the focus on Forgotten Realms.

Wednesday, 18th November, 2015

  • 07:19 PM - Bruce Heard quoted havard in post Go Beyond The Skies Again With Bruce "Voyage of the Princess Ark" Heard
    This is going to be great! I was very happy with the first Kickstarter. A rich fantasy setting with magical flying ships at its core. It really evoces the atmosphere of the Voyage of the Princess Ark from Dragon Magazine. The maps are amazing. Expanding the gods and planes seem like the next logical step. :) -Havard Fingers crossed... everything should work as well as the first project. After this, it's much easier for me as I go back to writing Gazetteers, focusing on each setting with all the gods in the background already well established and quietly pulling the strings. :cool:

Wednesday, 11th February, 2015


Monday, 29th September, 2014

  • 12:16 AM - Grainger quoted havard in post Advanced Dungeons & Dragons and the original Basic D&D - your experiences?
    One strength Classic D&D had in being seen as the "red headed step child" of TSR was that this was a line where designers could explore areas which were considered no-nos for the AD&D Flagship. Consider the detailed exploration of playing godlike beings in the Immortals Set. Yeah, BECMI (or Classic, if you prefer), had Humanoids (Orcs, etc.) as player classes years before 2e - I wonder if the Book of Humanoids took the Orcs of Thar as inspiration. It also had the cool fey races in Tall Tales of the Wee Folk, and interesting twists on familiar ones in the Gazetteers and Hollow World (albeit some of this putting in options that AD&D already had - Dwarven Clerics, Drow (Shadow Elves), Elven Fighters, etc.). Not to mention, the excellent Dominion and castle building rules, and the great mass combat system. I don't think many AD&D fans realised what a sophisticated and rich system BECMI became over time, even if it was poorly supported in Dragon and product releases (although with the great Gaz...
  • 12:11 AM - MerricB quoted havard in post Advanced Dungeons & Dragons and the original Basic D&D - your experiences?
    Thanks for starting this thread. As you mentioned originally, it was the out of court settlements with Arneson that forced TSR to keep producing material for "Classic D&D" (A better term than "Basic" in my opinion). Although it sold surprisingly well, it was still obvious that TSR wanted their customers to start with Classic and then move on to Basic. On the other hand many of us stayed with Classic or as in my experience, we kept playing both games, realizing that both had their distinct qualities. "Classic" gets complicated as a term because the Basic D&D of Moldvay and Mentzer is a long way from what I consider the Classic D&D of the original game and Holmes. One of the big problems I have with the huge numbers of Red Box sets sold is that I really don't know how much they translated into people playing the game. A few years ago, I came across a Red Box in the house of a friend - they'd bought it 30 years ago, but never used it (the dice were still unopened). What I really would li...

Saturday, 10th May, 2014


Tuesday, 15th April, 2014

  • 01:24 PM - Yora quoted havard in post Fine-tuning custom monsters in AD&D (and retro clones)
    I generally take a look at existing monsters and base it off them. -Havard That was also my first thought and works perfectly finde from 3rd Edition onward. But in 1st edition AD&D, I don't even know what creatures to use as a comparison. A 1st edition balor has 8 HD and a single attack of 1d12+1. A glabrezu has 10 HD and five attacks that deal 1d12/1d12/1d3/1d3/1d4+1 damage. And it's supposed to be much weaker than the Balor. Also, there is a table that groups monsters into categories based on their XP value (which isn't listed in the monster and needs to be first calculated, that sounds fun), and says on what Dungeon Level these creatures are likely to be encountered. But it never says at what character level a group of PCs should be able to deal with the creatures of any given Dungeon Level. Looks like it's assumed you go down a level when you feel confident that you can handle everything on the current Dungeon Level. The most powerful demon in my campaign is supposed to be a tough fight for a group of six 12th level characters. If they attack it s...

Wednesday, 18th September, 2013

  • 10:02 PM - Bruce Heard quoted havard in post Bruce Heard + Mystara + Kickstarter [Hypothetical + Cross Post]
    Man, I would have loved to see the original Voyage of the Princess Ark series collected in an Almanac format book. Brand new episodes with Haldemar & Co by Bruce Heard would have been great too. But I am really excited about Bruce's plans for new fantasy fiction. Can't wait to find out what that will be about :) It would have been nice. Reviving the Princess Ark was the initial idea but WotC did not concur. That's fine though. At least now I can come up with something on my own that's actually better than the original. So far, all concept work and the vast majority of the supplement section have been designed. It just needs to be fleshed out as a properly written text. Of the fiction part, 20,000 words are actually written out of original 30,000. That's going to grow beyond the original outline because of the way the story is developing. Mapping is also underway. Artists have been selected. There will be more info when I post a survey on my blog. It will give a much more speci...

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