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Friday, 29th March, 2013


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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