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    Yesterday, 06:05 PM
    Aaaaand... it's fixed.
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    Yesterday, 06:13 AM
    Except that the PDF file is currently missing. I've reported this, and it doesn't usually take them long to fix that sort of problem.
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    Tuesday, 17th July, 2018, 10:38 PM
    I never even got close to downtown yesterday, because they'd shut down or redirected all traffic away from where the two presidents were traveling through. The only thing working properly was the subway. I did see all the advertisement billboards hijacked* by Amnesty International that read something like "Dear Mr. President. Please Make Human Rights Great Again". *I say hijacked, but I'm...
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    Tuesday, 17th July, 2018, 09:33 PM
    Today I discovered that there exists this website called LibriVox which contains volunteer created free public domain audiobooks. For example, they have three versions of A Princess of Mars from the Barsoom series by Edgar Rice Burroughs.
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  • darjr's Avatar
    Tuesday, 17th July, 2018, 03:43 PM
    Later this year, you'll be able to get your hands on a alternate cover "gift set" of the Dungeons & Dragons core rulebooks from your local game store for $170. These are apparently exclusive to local game stores, so you won't find it on Amazon. Note the older cover core set gets a gift box as well!
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    Tuesday, 17th July, 2018, 02:42 AM
    I’m getting these and may give my older ones to friends that couldn’t otherwise afford the books. Or use em as loaners
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    Monday, 16th July, 2018, 08:50 PM
    Later this year, you'll be able to get your hands on a alternate cover "gift set" of the Dungeons & Dragons core rulebooks from your local game store for $170. These are apparently exclusive to local game stores, so you won't find it on Amazon. Note the older cover core set gets a gift box as well!
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  • darjr's Avatar
    Monday, 16th July, 2018, 02:49 AM
    It does use preorder numbers. However that huge drop is because WotC didn’t know how popular it was going to be and were caught by surprise and had to emergency print more. That dip is due to lack of supply.
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    Sunday, 15th July, 2018, 10:31 PM
    Here is the sales rank graph from Camel camel camel http://camelcamelcamel.com as of today. https://camelcamelcamel.com/Players-Handbook-Dungeons-Dragons-Wizards/product/0786965606?active=sales_rank
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    Saturday, 14th July, 2018, 07:21 PM
    Knowledge is knowing that Frankenstein isn't the monster. Wisdom is knowing that Frankenstein is also a monster. Intelligence is knowing that Frankenstein's monster wanted to be called Adam. Trivia is knowing that the monster that Doctor Frankenstein created was never actually given an official name.
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    Friday, 13th July, 2018, 04:30 PM
    The Lost Tales of Myth Drannor is in DMsGuild and Inthinknit has a couple updates. From Twitter https://twitter.com/dnd_advleague/status/1017789383095869440?s=21 My affiliate link http://www.dmsguild.com/product/247140/Lost-Tales-of-Myth-Drannor?affiliate_id=182934
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    Friday, 13th July, 2018, 12:28 PM
    OK, yes! I would say this image stylistically is much more similar to his D&D work, and more importantly I think his signature there resembles the one I have seen on some of his D&D illustrations!
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    Thursday, 12th July, 2018, 08:56 AM
    Thanks for the suggestions. So the consensus seems to be that the second game is the bees knees. I notice that Ubisoft is selling an Ezio trilogy with II, Brotherhood and Revelations. Might check that out next. Didn't even know that that existed. Excellent. :D
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    Wednesday, 11th July, 2018, 08:06 PM
    Here's a snippet of the map from Sea of Fallen Stars that digitalelf mentioned.
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    Wednesday, 11th July, 2018, 02:20 PM
    Kalashtar aren't hard as it appears; gith races are psionic and that was emulated with SLA and racial abilities. A pseudo-psionic kalashtar could still be done in the same vein. Likewise, the MIE could still work if you expand the common magic items idea from Xanathars. House Cannith doesn't make +1 swords or wands of fireball, but could make moontouched swords or limited use wands cheap. Good...
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    Wednesday, 11th July, 2018, 08:13 AM
    Having never played the Assassin's Creed games before, I recently purchased the Birth of a New World trilogy (with Assassin's Creed III, Black Flag, and Liberation HD). Mostly because I saw the trailer for Black Flag. A game where you play a pirate, I thought, sure why not. ACIII was kinda meh, Liberation was ok, but it was Black Flag that I really liked. However, a friend told me that in his...
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    Tuesday, 10th July, 2018, 02:46 PM
    My experience was that this got much worse for high-level play. Most of our level 25+ games consisted of just one or two set-piece battles. And, to be fair, 4e does that sort of huge battle very well, if a bit slowly. High level play in 4e felt more epic to me than it did in 1e, 2e, or 3e. But 4e doesn't work so well for quick, easy "side" encounters. I'm not complaining (much), just observing...
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    Tuesday, 10th July, 2018, 10:33 AM
    WotC's slow trickle of social media teases continues. Could one of the two campaign settings becoming "available" this year be Eberron? Check out the background of WotC's Nathan Stewart's picture. Stewart confirmed in a live stream last Friday that we'd hear more on the 23rd in his announcement of an announcement of an announcement (and today's Unearthed Arcana has been delayed until then, too)....
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    Tuesday, 10th July, 2018, 01:42 AM

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  • darjr's Avatar
    Tuesday, 10th July, 2018, 01:13 AM
    WotC's slow trickle of social media teases continues. Could one of the two campaign settings becoming "available" this year be Eberron? Check out the background of WotC's Nathan Stewart's picture. Stewart confirmed in a live stream last Friday that we'd hear more on the 23rd in his announcement of an announcement of an announcement (and today's Unearthed Arcana has been delayed until then, too)....
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  • Remathilis's Avatar
    Sunday, 8th July, 2018, 02:47 PM
    Interesting take. I like your refluffing of existing options over the need to make 100% new stuff to replace the phb. It's so easy to say "there is no paladins, druids, and bards" rather than find a way to express the concept of oathbound warriors, nature priests, and magical entertainers in an Asian setting.
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  • Remathilis's Avatar
    Friday, 6th July, 2018, 10:08 PM
    So it was an announcement of an announcement? They are learning from the Magic team apparently...
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    Thursday, 5th July, 2018, 08:53 PM
    More teasing and another look at those SE covers
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    Thursday, 5th July, 2018, 04:05 PM
    Honestly this is the first time I've paid any attention to Anthem. Went and checked some game footage because of this thread. Kinda seems like a mix of Halo, Tribes and Warframe. I don't quite understand why it has Diablo-style damage indicators that block the players view of the enemies. The ingame "story" gives me Gears of War vibes, and not in any good way. Dragon Age II was bad? No. ...
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  • darjr's Avatar
    Wednesday, 4th July, 2018, 12:34 PM
    WotC's Nathan Stewart posted an intriguing photograph. Could this be a new special cover for the Players Handbook? Or something else? Speculate away! Updated with an additional teaser picture. Looks like it's a special edition cover of the three core rulebooks.
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  • Echohawk's Avatar
    Wednesday, 4th July, 2018, 06:25 AM
    At this point, I'd settle for some way to just give them my money. But here we are a month after their "launch", and their website still only permits order to US locations (despite claims on Facebook that this was fixed), and they still don't reply to any correspondence whatsoever. I should probably be happy that this situation is saving me $500, but I'm more annoyed that WotC issued a product...
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  • darjr's Avatar
    Wednesday, 4th July, 2018, 04:56 AM
    WotC's Nathan Stewart posted an intriguing photograph. Could this be a new special cover for the Players Handbook? Or something else? Speculate away! Updated with an additional teaser picture. Looks like it's a special edition cover of the three core rulebooks.
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  • jonesy's Avatar
    Tuesday, 3rd July, 2018, 05:30 PM
    Good song, great video. Someone's been watching the night parts of Akira. ;)
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  • Remathilis's Avatar
    Monday, 2nd July, 2018, 08:20 PM
    I was talking about the setting, but if you want to discuss running D&D in 1890s Earth, I'll start a thread on it.
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  • Knightfall's Avatar
    Monday, 2nd July, 2018, 08:10 PM
    Sorry for the lack of posts, I'm not feeling well. I'm hoping this week is better, but if it isn't, it could be a while.
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    Monday, 2nd July, 2018, 08:02 PM
    While the heatwave is over, I'm now dealing with being a bit sick. Either my allergies are really out of control or I've picked a cold. (It could be a bit of both.) I'll try to get something up soon, but if I start feeling worse, it might take a while.
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  • havard's Avatar
    Monday, 2nd July, 2018, 09:49 AM
    Thanks for the plug! It has been great working with Greg on this project. We have several other projects in the works working with many of Dave Arneson's original Blackmoor players. Everything is free and non-profit of course. -Havard
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  • Yaztromo's Avatar
    Saturday, 30th June, 2018, 03:13 AM
    Here it is! :cool: http://blackmoor.mystara.net/forums/viewtopic.php?f=22&t=8824
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  • Remathilis's Avatar
    Friday, 29th June, 2018, 12:44 AM
    Well yeah, you're suggesting an xp budget over 20th level in a low magic setting! 5e breaks down at that level! Around 5th level, the complexity is high, but probably on par with all the house rules I'd need to run D&D 5e in a 1890's Victorian horror setting.
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  • Remathilis's Avatar
    Thursday, 28th June, 2018, 10:45 PM
    But is that list easier than, say, reversing 2e's AC system? The typical Dark Sun revision list like yours above could easily fill at least two books without even getting into the gazetteer-style info. I tried my own hand at converting Masque of the Red Death from 2e to 5e. In the end, it was a fools errand; the amount of things that needed removing, rewriting, and converting was...
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    Thursday, 28th June, 2018, 02:02 PM
    This does beg the question: if a setting requires major revision to the 5e game mechanics to run (so much so that whole races and classes must be rewritten) than is there any advantage to running it in 5e rather than running it in its original edition? Put another way; does the benefits of a new edition outweigh the large amount of new stuff you have to do to make it mimic the old edition's...
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  • Echohawk's Avatar
    Thursday, 28th June, 2018, 07:47 AM
    I enjoyed both of those articles -- a great summary of the design thinking leading up to and during 4th Edition with plenty of supporting quotes. I'm looking forward to the next installment. I've run long-term campaigns for most editions of D&D. My personal experience with 4th Edition was that it allowed me to introduce RPGs to a whole group of fanatical board gamers. I'm not sure a less...
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    Wednesday, 27th June, 2018, 10:12 AM
    Every time I scan the list of forum topics, I read this one as "Forgotten Realms Remembered Too Late". Every time! And just so I contribute something on topic, we've recently transitioned from a 4th Edition campaign (all the way to level 30!) and begun a 5th Edition campaign. Both the DM (me) and the players have not yet adapted to the switch between Action points and Inspiration. I'm not...
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    Tuesday, 26th June, 2018, 02:38 PM
    Ah, I understand. I think the only non-5th Edition content available is the WotC/TSR content which was originally on the D&D Classics site, and WotC aren't bound by the DM's Guilde content limitations. But in the case of the Living Greyhawk adventures, I don't think WotC could publish those adventures themselves, because of the rights issues. I'd be very much in favour of them being released,...
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  • darjr's Avatar
    Tuesday, 26th June, 2018, 01:02 PM
    Why does it have to be a contest? Yes there is non 5th edition stuff in the dmsguild. Please note I made a distinction from 3rd party publishers.
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  • Echohawk's Avatar
    Tuesday, 26th June, 2018, 12:18 PM
    There is? The Content Guidelines seem pretty clear about the current rules:
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  • darjr's Avatar
    Tuesday, 26th June, 2018, 11:20 AM
    There is non 5th content. And I remember them saying they would allow non 5th third party content. But I don’t recall any.
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  • Echohawk's Avatar
    Tuesday, 26th June, 2018, 06:53 AM
    That would be really great, but requires two different WotC policy decisions: 1. Open up the Guild to Greyhawk content (this seems inevitable in time). 2. Allow content which isn't based on the 5th Edition rules on the Guild (this seems much less likely to me).
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  • darjr's Avatar
    Monday, 25th June, 2018, 07:48 PM
    Someone should start a petition to get these on the dmsguild. And let mearls; know
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    Sunday, 24th June, 2018, 05:32 PM
    You couldn’t have posted something, anything else? Could have told us about your character.
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    Sunday, 24th June, 2018, 01:39 AM
    FYI, Edmonton has been dealing with a heat warning for over a week. (almost every day has been near or above 30° Celsius/86° Fahrenheit.) It has been so brutally hot that I've barely had my PC on let alone had any energy to write anything. Thus, no updates until, at least, Tuesday when the heat is supposed to break (hopefully). It's now time to try to get some extra sleep. :yawn:
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    Saturday, 23rd June, 2018, 08:14 PM
    Part of the Realms, and most likely NOT what was being alluded to.
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  • Echohawk's Avatar
    Saturday, 23rd June, 2018, 08:12 AM
    I read through most of this thread before realising that it was more than a decade old. (I failed my Perception check.) Then I decided to check if there is a more definitive answer to this question for 5th Edition. It turns out that googling "darkvision mirror" gives this exact thread as the first suggestion. So, for everyone else who may have ended up here hoping for 5th Edition advice, I'm...
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    Saturday, 23rd June, 2018, 07:25 AM
    This is a frustrating company. I'm definitely their target market for this product. I have enough disposal income to be able to buy this plus the low Wisdom save associated with the "D&D collector" background. But I have now twice attempted to contact these guys (via their own contact form) to enquire about international shipping. The first time, I got no response at all. The second time, I also...
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    Friday, 22nd June, 2018, 04:44 AM
    I think that, while for sure a complex issue, time travelling can be limited in scope by the technology required and by its availability. For example, Falcon gamebooks (https://gamebooks.org/Series/146) allow time travelling, but there are only a few times and places in the universe where you can go, as timetravelling needs to exploit some "singularities" in the fabric of space-time, and there...
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    Friday, 22nd June, 2018, 01:21 AM
    One of the most beautiful things I've ever seen:
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    Thursday, 21st June, 2018, 01:25 PM
    I only have one game on Steam, Flame in the Flood, which was free. But on GOG.com I have 540 games. I don't want to know how much I've spent (though most of them were discounted, lucky for my wallet). :eek:
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  • Remathilis's Avatar
    Thursday, 21st June, 2018, 02:53 AM
    I played with my friend who was using the BECMI black box and Rules Cyclopedia, but since they had DM rules we almost never saw the actual books (he would level us up). So when I decided I wanted to DM, but bought a module (The Haunted Tower box set for BECMI, still a favorite) and 2e Dungeon Master's Guide... Lets just say I was thoroughly confused...
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    Thursday, 21st June, 2018, 01:02 AM
    My takeaway is that your Eberron PC should resemble Harrison Ford, Humphrey Bogart, or Johnny Depp.
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  • Echohawk's Avatar
    Wednesday, 20th June, 2018, 06:15 AM
    Hey, I'm still here :). My monster index hasn't had any love since 2009, and unfortunately it never contained the 1st/2nd Edition XP values, just the 3rd Edition CRs. You can pick up a slightly more up-to-date version of it here though if you want.
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  • 02:31 AM - Knightfall mentioned havard in post Which of my continents do you want more information about?
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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...

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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:

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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...

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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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