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    Yesterday, 04:56 PM
    Yep, a lot of possibilities. A metaplot was already laid out in 2E Chronomancer. The "Tangents" and "Dimension X" settings also had metaplot - it could all be tied together since all three take place within the D&D Multiverse. One fitting adversary would be the Oards from the time-travel module CM6: Where Chaos Reigns. They are basically time-travelling Borgs. They even look very similar to...
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    Yesterday, 05:07 AM
    P.S. Dr. Who / Quantum Leap / Sliders already has been done by TSR/WoC. There's already a precedent. The Alternity RPG had a campaign model called "Tangents" which was basically modeled on Sliders/Quantum Leap/Dr. Who. Same for the "Dimension X" campaign model of d20 Future. And, well, 2E Chronomancer is basically Dr. Who too - the whole backstory of Time Guardians and so forth was very Dr....
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    Yesterday, 05:03 AM
    It looks like all of the settings other than Forgotten Realms might be rebooted and retconned. I've heard from Ravenloft loremasters that the Curse of Strahd timeline is actually an entirely different timeline than the Classic Ravenloft timeline. In the Curse of Strahd, iconic characters from various eras of Ravenloft are presented as living in Barovia at the same time. In the case of a reboot...
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    Yesterday, 04:59 AM
    You may be right. It would be unfortunate. Because a Chronomancer+Planescape+Spelljammer mashup meta-setting would be awesome.
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    Yesterday, 03:12 AM
    Well said. Time travel has been an especially big feature of Dragonlance. Raistlin's time travel was a key element of the Dragonlance saga. There was a whole 3.5E sourcebook about time-travel in Krynn: Legends of the Twins: http://www.dmsguild.com/product/3252/Legends-of-the-Twins-35?affiliate_id=2126 Mystara has the Comeback Inn - a time machine which takes the characters to and from the Age...
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    Saturday, 14th July, 2018, 02:47 PM
    What's wrong with a Dr. Who-inspired D&D meta-setting? That'd be awesome. The entire timeline of all the D&D worlds would be opened up for adventure. That's basically what Chronomancer was.
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    Saturday, 14th July, 2018, 05:40 AM
    You may be right. Nevertheless, there'd still be a Time Machine. :)
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    Saturday, 14th July, 2018, 04:54 AM
    The most recent teaser strongly points to an unexpected meta-setting...CHRONOMANCER. Besides the clear reference to a "Time Machine", note the partly obscured word in the upper right-hand corner of the photo: (CHRON)OMANCER Chronomancer was a one-shot book for AD&D2e which provided a time-travel meta-setting which did for the Demiplane of Time (aka the Temporal Prime) what Planescape...
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    Saturday, 14th July, 2018, 02:58 AM
    Yeah, along those lines, I'd be up for James Wyatt's various house campaigns (Aquela, Mahasarpa, Shield of Faith, Petroyeska) to be officially incorporated into the D&D Multiverse. They've already been glimpsed in several DRAGON magazine articles or web articles. Same for any other WotC designer. Not instead of the classic settings, but in addition to. The more settings the better - I'm picturing...
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    Saturday, 14th July, 2018, 02:22 AM
    Anything anyone doesn't personally like, can be labeled "niche". It's a loaded word. Many consider everything but FR to be "niche". In contrast, only a few days ago, a WotC rep posted: "People want settings!" Plural. SettingS. The desire to see the 5E Multiverse fleshed out beyond Toril and Barovia is (apparently) not a "niche" desire. Nope. I'm calling for nothing more than Burlew's...
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    Thursday, 12th July, 2018, 02:56 AM
    Thanks for the info Parmandur. Still, "a dozen or so ideas (and at least one recurring mechanic)" do not exhaust a setting. I mean, even "Burlew's World" shares those features with Eberron, it'd still have its own world map, place names, gods, species, and cultures. So what if it has some similarities with Eberron. So does Mystara (airships). That doesn't mean Mystara should be shot down. If...
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    Thursday, 12th July, 2018, 02:44 AM
    I like your list - and I'm for all of those being released too, and soon! The two Setting Search worlds would be in addition to, and perhaps after, the classic worlds are released. Yet so many people at ENWorld have called for "new worlds" - well, why not publish these two as-yet-unseen (and thus "new-to-us") WotC worlds? Just to niggle with your good list: I believe Chris Pramas now owns...
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    Wednesday, 11th July, 2018, 06:06 PM
    Yeah, it's hard to get fired up. But the 2nd and 3rd place worlds are probably pretty good - they beat out thousands of other entries. And they're owned by WotC. And apparently, WotC is planning to release a bunch of settings. So it's natural to make a call for them to be released alongside (not instead of) the Classic settings.
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    Wednesday, 11th July, 2018, 04:14 PM
    Oh, you may be right. Great, then I call for both runners-up to be released. Still, if the upcoming settings are going to be short-ish PDF releases (like the Magic: The Gathering D&D PDFs), or just chapters in a multi-setting book, then gleaning from a 100-page document is doable. Similarly, the existing settings will need only a certain amount of work to distill and convert them into 5E....
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    Wednesday, 11th July, 2018, 03:39 PM
    I'm not saying that WotC broke the rules of the contest or something. I'm simply calling for that WotC IP to finally be released, along with the classic IPs. Burlew may have "accepted" its burial, yet what creator wouldn't feel joy to see their creative work resurrected? Looks like we may be getting *all* of the worlds, instead of just one or the other. I'm calling for Aebrynis, Mystara (and...
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    Wednesday, 11th July, 2018, 03:14 PM
    AFAIK, no details have ever been released. Has anyone heard otherwise?
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    Wednesday, 11th July, 2018, 02:54 PM
    Remember the Fantasy Setting Search by WotC which resulted in Eberron? Well, AFAIR, WotC also retained the rights to the second-place setting. It has never been released. The runner-up was Rich Burlew, who went on to create the Order of the Stick comix. Now that WotC is, at long last, planning to release more settings for the D&D Multiverse, why not include Burlew's setting, instead of sitting on...
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I want to learn how to play whatever TRPGs are being played in the Colombia County, N.Y. vicinity.
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Whatever TRPGs are being played in the Columbia County (Hudson, N.Y.) area...I want to learn how to play those. Even if it just be a single session. Initially, I just want to see what is going on in the area, by playing a session at your table. Great Barrington, Mass. is also within reach.

In years past, I have DMed or played BECMI D&D, 2E, and 3E. I recently DMed a one-player campaign using the Pathfinder Beginner Box. But my player moved downstate for his work. :(

I own True20 RPG, Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG, Dragon Age RPG, Ryuutama RPG (a Japanese game), and The One Ring RPG, but haven't gotten to see them in action yet.

I'm interested in all TRPGs...D&D/PF...Savage Worlds...Fantasy AGE...anything.

I also aspire to cultivate connections between our local TRPG tables. Some kind of Columbia County Tabletop RPG Club?
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I currently don't have a game going. The suite where I live is so tiny it doesn't even have room for a kitchen table! Yet I think there are a couple options for gaming space in the nearby village of Philmont. (Either the Cultural Center which is attached to the Philmont Library, or another cultural space in Philmont which some friends of mine have access to.)

So, at first, I wish to play at other tables. Specifically, I'd be glad to play a session or two with any and all groups who are based in Columbia County (or Great Barrington). When I say "group", it could just be you and me. Even if it just be a one-on-one session - that's fine. I'd be glad if you could teach me how to play whatever TRPG you have. If you haven't gotten around to playing the games you own, then maybe we could sit down and figure out how to play them.

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So, at first, I wish to play at other tables. Specifically, I'd be glad to play a session or two with any and all groups who are based in Columbia County (or Great Barrington). When I say "group", it could just be you and me. Even if it just be a one-on-one session - that's fine. I'd be glad if you could teach me how to play whatever TRPG you have. If you haven't gotten around to playing the games you own, then maybe we could sit down and figure out how to play them.

My work schedule is a bit difficult, in that I work every evening of the week, and I don't get out of work till 730pm or so. Which, if you count driving time, m
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Tuesday, 12th June, 2018

  • 11:45 AM - Coroc mentioned Polyhedral Columbia in post To WotC: Don't forget any of the worlds! A list of nearly 100 Official WotC Worlds, Settings, or Timelines - did I miss any?
    Polyhedral Columbia well you brought something up here, with your mentioning of the Curse of Strahd one shot. There are some roleplayers who do rather Horror stuff than D&D. But Ravenloft is a thing for some of these. I cannot say how many Players are out there, that got this preference, but it could be that there is enough (combined with the regular D&D folk) to make it a financial success. This is a thing which other settings do not offer in this way.
  • 08:46 AM - Coroc mentioned Polyhedral Columbia in post Planejammer / Spellscape
    Polyhedral Columbia I want to Play Gi Joe in FR :P (NOT of course) but imagine the outcry of hardcore FR fans who are totally happy with 5e FR drawing in all Kind of stuff from other setttings. Action Man? Was that that 70s bearded Guy in an orange Overall? The competor for Big Jim who could not do a Karate strike but was much more expensive ?
  • 08:41 AM - Coroc mentioned Polyhedral Columbia in post Planejammer / Spellscape
    Polyhedral Columbia Ahm Ravenloft is not a planet as such it is a demiplane to my best knowledge, I doubt there is Ravenspace and Portals to Ravenloft are usually 1 way only and that is in. Eight main realities? Did not know about that one, what is that about?

Friday, 16th March, 2018

  • 02:25 AM - pemerton mentioned Polyhedral Columbia in post Mythological Figures: Achilles (5E)
    Like Mercurius, I was surprised to see such low physical stats. And like Polyhedral Columbia, I was surprised by the lack of allusion to Achilles's rage. But anyway, the personality traits seem to be missing. Achilles is a great warrior, but there are other great warriors in the Iliad. What distinguishes literary/mythological peronsalities tends to be their character. As a starting point for Achilles I'll suggest Ideal: Glory; Bond: Patroclus; Flaw: Pride.

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  • 02:07 PM - doctorhook mentioned Polyhedral Columbia in post What I want: 17 books or book series (and two boxes) for a Third Golden Age
    DnDPhilmont, you seem like a fascinating character, but you're gaining a reputation as "that guy who posts threads making outlandish demands for the future of 5E, as well as suggestions for products that few people seem interested in." I had to go through you post history, but I was able to confirm that you were the fellow who wanted every gaming group to write, edit, format, and publish a "nigh-professional quality" guidebook to their tabletop campaign world. Moreover, most of these threads seem to go the same way: first you post your esoteric suggestions, then the conversation turns to a philosophy lecture about the merits of Free Culture, then you speculate about the mental life of your critics (and sometimes accuse them of being corporate shills to WotC). ...Did you come here from Something Awful? :uhoh:

Wednesday, 27th August, 2014

  • 09:50 PM - Mercurius mentioned Polyhedral Columbia in post What I want: 17 books or book series (and two boxes) for a Third Golden Age
    Wow, what a list. A lot of good ideas there, DnDPhilmont, although I agree that some of it is rather specific for wider publication. I also see a "quantity over quality" approach, and is largely doing exactly what you say you don't want to see happen - reinvent the wheel. I'd rather see WotC: 1. Create a "Classic Worlds of D&D" product like you mentioned a few weeks ago, and then update a few of the more popular classic settings to their own standalone books (e.g. Realms, Greyhawk, Dark Sun, Sigil in the 5E MotP). 2. License out the settings that they don't want to do anything with to other publishers (e.g. Dragonlance, Mystara, Ravenloft, Birthright, etc). 3. Re-issue and update the classic adventures in hardcover omnibuses. 4. Take a "less is more" approach to splats ala Paizo and create fewer, but better, supplement books. 5. Focus on new world(s) and adventures. My problem with your approach is that it is largely focused on stuff that's already out there, in print or PDF. I totally understand the n...

Saturday, 16th August, 2014

  • 03:16 AM - Mercurius mentioned Polyhedral Columbia in post No Forgotten Realms Campaign Setting in development?
    O'rly... I had not heard of that rumor.... If true... that just got interesting for me.... Sorry to disappoint but it isn't a rumor, it is an idea that DnDPhilmont posted a thread about and has been bandied about by a few folks over the years as a dream book. If they are newbies, I really don't expect them to do anything BUT play published adventures - it's not like a newb is going to take a setting book and start generating whole new adventures. It's what I did, its what most of the guys in my gaming group did when they started out when they were young. The only one a setting book would benefit are existing players, and they already have enough material existing for the time being until WOTC gets past the release of the three core books this year. If the newbs are playing through the whole Dragon Queen Saga in less than six months to a year, that's some dedicated play! Yeah, I get that, but there should at least by the option for newbies to veer a bit away from the tracks, and have support to do s...

Thursday, 22nd May, 2014

  • 03:58 PM - Mercurius mentioned Polyhedral Columbia in post The Mystery of the 5E Dungeon Master's Guide
    Take the 4e DMG, add magic items, and you've got 320 pages (or pretty close). And, actually, they could do worse - the 4e DMG had quite a lot of good stuff for the new(-ish) DM. Certainly, it was better than the 3e version with those endless walls, doors, and floors! :) (And the less said about the 2nd Ed one the better.) My favorite part about the 2E DMG was the class designer. I know, it didn't work great, but it was fun and that's exactly the sort of thing I'd like to see more of (and is generally what DnDPhilmont is getting at here, I think).

Sunday, 16th June, 2013

  • 07:47 AM - Ashtagon mentioned Polyhedral Columbia in post Tracey Alley - plagiarist
    @DnDPhilmont Yes, I reported her to WotC for suspected IP infringement. Guilty as charged. As owner of The Piazza, I have a duty to protect the integrity of the forum I run. Had I not done so when I became aware, it would invite questions as to whether and to what extent my forum protects IP thieves, which in a worst-case scenario, could result in messy (time-consuming and expensive) legal action. It might also get a forum shut down. I'd also have reported her to the other copyright holders whom I believe have had their IP used without permission, except I don't have the relevant contacts there. I understand though that other people have since made them aware of the situation. You might be interested in noting too that Bruce Heard (who actually wrote a huge amount of the stuff being infringed upon) is very upset over this, as present copyright law stops him from writing with that IP. When the original, still living, author himself can't use the IP, it makes no sense to defend the "right" of third party...

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Saturday, 14th July, 2018

  • 05:26 PM - SMHWorlds quoted Polyhedral Columbia in post Journey To The Hopi
    Thanks for this. Here's a map of the entire Traditional Homeland...Hopi Tutskwa (Hopiland), prior to being shrunken into the present-day Hopi Reservation. https://duckduckgo.com/?q=hopi+tribe+flag&t=opera&iax=images&ia=images&iai=http%3A%2F%2Fupload.wikimedia.org%2Fwikipedia%2Fcommons%2Ff%2Ffc%2FFlag_of_the_Hopi_Nation.PNG 99300 https://images.duckduckgo.com/iu/?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.naturalhistorymag.com%2Fhtmlsite%2F1104%2Fimages%2F1104feature_map.jpg&f=1 Excellent. Thank you!
  • 06:04 AM - ccs quoted Polyhedral Columbia in post CHRONOMANCER: WotC's new meta-setting?
    What would you like to see in a Chronomancer (+Planescape+Spelljammer) meta-setting? Absolutely nothing.
  • 05:09 AM - Umbran quoted Polyhedral Columbia in post WotC: Stop sitting on Rich Burlew's setting (you own the rights!) - publish it for 5E too!
    Anything anyone doesn't personally like, can be labeled "niche". It's a loaded word. Many consider everything but FR to be "niche". This has nothing to do with liking or not liking. I like RPGs, in general. They are my favorite hobby. But they are a niche activity. Go look at Morrus' thread on The size of the RPG market. The RPG market overall is about $35 million/year. The Hobby game market overall is like $1.2 billion. The Black Panther movie grossed $1.3 billion. RPGs are small frye. I love 'em, but I recognize that they are not mainstream. The sales numbers of anything other than a stellar core rulebook won't be large, so you have to be wary of the opportunity cost associated with producing them.
  • 04:30 AM - ad_hoc quoted Polyhedral Columbia in post WotC: Stop sitting on Rich Burlew's setting (you own the rights!) - publish it for 5E too!
    Anything anyone doesn't personally like, can be labeled "niche". It's a loaded word. Many consider everything but FR to be "niche". 99290
  • 02:33 AM - Mouseferatu quoted Polyhedral Columbia in post WotC: Stop sitting on Rich Burlew's setting (you own the rights!) - publish it for 5E too!
    I'm calling for nothing more than Burlew's setting (and the 3rd place setting) to be officially incorporated into WotC's D&D Multiverse, perhaps in a small way. You know, I get the curiosity. I'm curious, too. But when Rich himself has said that he doesn't think there's enough left of the setting remaining untapped to make it interesting, I'm inclined to think he knows what he's talking about. Remember that only the first place setting was ever developed into anything close to a full-sized rulebook. The others had, at most, a 100-page overview. (And that's word processor pages, which are substantially shorter in word count that RPG book pages.) It's very likely that the "dozen or so" idea Rich talks about having appeared elsewhere really do constitute the majority of what he thought was interesting or unique about the setting. But even if that weren't the case, the fact that he thinks it's the case is sufficient. If the creator of the setting doesn't want to see it out there anymore, I'm inclined...

Thursday, 12th July, 2018

  • 09:31 PM - gyor quoted Polyhedral Columbia in post WotC: Stop sitting on Rich Burlew's setting (you own the rights!) - publish it for 5E too!
    Oh, you may be right. Great, then I call for both runners-up to be released. Still, if the upcoming settings are going to be short-ish PDF releases (like the Magic: The Gathering D&D PDFs), or just chapters in a multi-setting book, then gleaning from a 100-page document is doable. Similarly, the existing settings will need only a certain amount of work to distill and convert them into 5E. That is possible, but unlikely. Even if a few themes or locales from the other two winners were incorporated into Eberron, surely the original concepts had completely different themes than Eberron. It's unlikely that WotC chose *three* pulp-fantasy settings. And even if there are some shared features, it's not so different than how the Keep on the Borderland and the Tomb of Horrors officially exist in several D&D worlds (Oerth, Toril, Nerath), or how there's a vampire nation named Boldavia in Mystara, which is not so different than Barovia in Ravenloft. Jayzus! If I never heard this "truism" agai...
  • 08:13 AM - delericho quoted Polyhedral Columbia in post WotC: Stop sitting on Rich Burlew's setting (you own the rights!) - publish it for 5E too!
    Well, yeah WotC could probably make one-time agreements to do 5E conversions of Wilderlands, like they did for Kalamar, Diablo II, and Warcraft. Kalamar was published by Kenzer, not WotC. The reason it had the D&D logo on it was as part of a settlement between Kenzer and WotC that came out of the publication of the "Dragon Archive". Warcraft was published by Sword & Sorcery Studios, not WotC, and mostly under the d20 license. (I'm not sure exactly what licensing arrangement led to the D&D logo being on the cover of some of those books.) You're right about Diablo II, though. And indeed Rokugan and Wheel of Time (albeit as a standalone d20 game) that you mentioned in a previous post.
  • 04:07 AM - Jester David quoted Polyhedral Columbia in post WotC: Stop sitting on Rich Burlew's setting (you own the rights!) - publish it for 5E too!
    Jayzus! If I never heard this "truism" again in my life, I'd be happier for it. Ever since Ryan Dancey offered this nugget of wisdom back in 2000, it's been automatically repeated over and over. It was certainly true in regard to TSR's business model, but times have changed. Even Dancey and his immediate successors released (or licensed out) a ton of different settings during the post-TSR 3E era: Eberron, Diablo II, Kingdoms of Kalamar, Warcraft (D&D branded), Wheel of Time, Dragonlance, Blackmoor, Gamma World, and probably others I've forgot. And Hasbro likewise released some settings for 4E: FR (which, if you'll remember, wasn't the core setting in 4E), Eberron, and Dark Sun. All of this happened after that "truism" was well known. Presumably these settings weren't total losses from a business perspective Even recently, WotC has found a way to make Ravenloft profitable: released as a one-shot, iconic campaign sampler. Even Adventurer's League visited Ravenloft through a world-hopping adventure which ...

Wednesday, 11th July, 2018

  • 07:19 PM - lowkey13 quoted Polyhedral Columbia in post WotC: Stop sitting on Rich Burlew's setting (you own the rights!) - publish it for 5E too!
    Yeah, it's hard to get fired up. But the 2nd and 3rd place worlds are probably pretty good - they beat out thousands of other entries. And they're owned by WotC. And apparently, WotC is planning to release a bunch of settings. So it's natural to make a call for them to be released alongside (not instead of) the Classic settings. But not to put too fine a point on it, but just ... well, just look- Forgotten Realms Nentir Vale Dragon Fist Thunder Rift Ghostwalk Planescape Ravenloft Pelinore Council of Wyrms Dragonlance Birthright Mahasarpa Jakandor Dark Sun Eberron Spelljammer Greyhawk Lankhmar Mystara Those are all full campaign settings that they haven't released yet for 5e that they could*, and this is before getting into sub-settings (Al Qadim, Kara Tur, etc.). So ... it is REALLY HARD to get excited about a product no one knows about, that we can't even name, and was never developed, when there are already tons of campaign settings to use. Not to mention probably being able to eas...
  • 03:43 PM - lowkey13 quoted Polyhedral Columbia in post WotC: Stop sitting on Rich Burlew's setting (you own the rights!) - publish it for 5E too!
    Looks like we may be getting *all* of the worlds, instead of just one or the other. I'm calling for Aebrynis, Mystara (and Blackmoor), Oerth, Eberron, Athas, Nerath...and also Burlew's world. They're all WotC-stewarded D&D worlds. But one of those things is ... not like the others. Burlew's world, as far as you know, doesn't even have a name. It's just a pitch. If he cared enough, he could ask them to release the rights back so he could release the pitch idea. But whatever it is, isn't going to be all that.
  • 03:20 AM - Palladion quoted Polyhedral Columbia in post New Campaign Setting Hint Is Eberron?
    Note: In the previous "photo tease", the word (CHRON)OMANCER in tiny script in the upper right hand corner. Plus the mention of "time machine." Chronomancer was a one-shot meta-setting for AD&D2e - a sort of "time-travel" version of Planescape, with it own classes: Temporal Raider, Temporal Champion, and Chronomancer. Time travel references are specifically because Nathan Stewart wrote June 6th in his first teaser photo, instead of July 6th. People accused him of using a time machine to go back in time to make an announcement one month prior.

Tuesday, 10th July, 2018

  • 09:13 PM - gyor quoted Polyhedral Columbia in post What's This Mysterious D&D Book? [UPDATED!]
    Note the word in the upper right corner of the updated photo: (CHRON)OMANCER I've long advocated that WotC release not only a Planescape/Spelljammer meta-setting, but that Chronomancer also be included. The reason: many of the classic D&D settings exist not only on another world, but in another time: the Age of Blackmoor (in Mystara's ancient past), the Arcane Age of Forgotten Realms, the many eras of Dragonlance (reachable through the River of Time), future Greyhawk 2000, and so forth. https://sites.google.com/site/dndphilmont/timeline https://sites.google.com/site/dndphilmont/d-d-realities Nevermind Arcane Age FR, each edition of FR is in the different time period! I call the current one age of nostoligia.
  • 09:07 PM - gyor quoted Polyhedral Columbia in post New Campaign Setting Hint Is Eberron?
    Note: In the previous "photo tease", the word (CHRON)OMANCER in tiny script in the upper right hand corner. Plus the mention of "time machine." Chronomancer was a one-shot meta-setting for AD&D2e - a sort of "time-travel" version of Planescape, with it own classes: Temporal Raider, Temporal Champion, and Chronomancer. And this tease is clearly Eberron. Supposition: First, a meta-setting "D&D Multiverse" book or PDF is released, composed of Planescape+Spelljammer+Chronomancer. DM's Guild is opened for Planescape, SJ, and Chronomancer. Next, all of the major D&D worlds (the ones mentioned in the PHB and DMG) are released as one-shot books or PDFs, starting with Eberron. They are opened to DMs Guild in turn. Or maybe a single meta-setting book which includes a chapter on each of the major settings, but with Eberron as the first chapter. I think thought, that one book (or PDF) per setting is more likely, so that there can be a month or so of fanfare as each setting is sequentially released for ...
  • 08:50 PM - GarrettKP quoted Polyhedral Columbia in post New Campaign Setting Hint Is Eberron?
    Note: In the previous "photo tease", the word (CHRON)OMANCER in tiny script in the upper right hand corner. Plus the mention of "time machine." Chronomancer was a one-shot meta-setting for AD&D2e - a sort of "time-travel" version of Planescape, with it own classes: Temporal Raider, Temporal Champion, and Chronomancer. And this tease is clearly Eberron. Supposition: First, a meta-setting "D&D Multiverse" book or PDF is released, composed of Planescape+Spelljammer+Chronomancer. DM's Guild is opened for Planescape, SJ, and Chronomancer. Next, all of the major D&D worlds (the ones mentioned in the PHB and DMG) are released as one-shot books or PDFs, starting with Eberron. They are opened to DMs Guild in turn. Or maybe a single meta-setting book which includes a chapter on each of the major settings, but with Eberron as the first chapter. I think thought, that one book (or PDF) per setting is more likely, so that there can be a month or so of fanfare as each setting is sequentially released for 5E and DMs...

Thursday, 14th June, 2018

  • 03:02 AM - Zardnaar quoted Polyhedral Columbia in post Psion class (Mearls, Happy Fun Hour)
    Fair enough - it's a word that easily could be independently invented. Nevertheless, it is feasible (though far from certain) that my correspondence with Dancey at that time may've brought the word to WotC staffer's ears and consciousness. Possible yeah, even without internet access and regular Dragons a lot of stuff we did in AD&D was echoed independently by other groups. I missed the dart specialist thing though and we used more optional rules at various times than most groups probably (we actually used Skills and Powers- once).
  • 02:54 AM - Zardnaar quoted Polyhedral Columbia in post Psion class (Mearls, Happy Fun Hour)
    A bit of D&D History. I invented the word Psion. (As far as I know.) Here's the story. Back on the WotC Message Boards, in the run-up to 3E, (must've been around 1999-2000), I posted my own speculative synthesis of how I'd like to see the 2E Classes and Groups (Warrior, Rogue, Wizard, Priest, Psionicist) redone for 3E. I posted a list of classes, grouped by, well "Group", since that was the paradigm I was familiar with. The details of 3E were only beginning to leak out. In that post, I offered a completist perspective, and included basically all of the 2E classes in the list, even rare classes, hoping they'd all be included in the 3E PHB, or in a followup sourcebook. I included all of the 2E Psionicist classes from the Complete Psionics Handbook in the list. ...But I felt irked by how "Psionicist" is such an ugly, long, clunky word. And so, since this was my own personal vision of 3E, I thought to myself: The only essential bit of that word is "Psion-". Why not just call the Group "Psion"? It's fits i...

Tuesday, 12th June, 2018

  • 08:46 PM - TheCosmicKid quoted Polyhedral Columbia in post Mythological Figures: Thor Odinson (5E)
    Thanks for this. I have a contribution which has nothing to do with stats - but just to say - a little known fact is that, according to Icelandic legend, Thor was half-Black, half-White. He was the son of Memnon the Ethiopian. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memnon_(mythology)#Memnon_father_of_Thor In art (such as pictured above) he's "always" depicted with red or blond hair, and that, of course is a traditional way of depicting him. Yet really according to that legend, he could also be depicted as with brown skin, as a "Black Thor": http://pre06.deviantart.net/2d97/th/pre/i/2015/114/b/c/black_thor_by_bplus74-d5e1wme.jpg I'm not posting this to be provocative or to delve into racial questions - I'm genuinely interested in African and Norse mythology. Just something offered as along the lines of: "huh!" It's likely that Snorri didn't appreciate that Memnon would have been black, and he certainly didn't think Thor was. This is what he writes of Thor two sentences after he asserts the deity's E...
  • 06:26 PM - Jer quoted Polyhedral Columbia in post Mythological Figures: Thor Odinson (5E)
    I have a contribution which has nothing to do with stats - but just to say - a little known fact is that, according to Icelandic legend, Thor was half-Black, half-White. He was the son of Memnon the Ethiopian. It's an interesting bit of euhemerization, either by Snorri Sturluson himself or as he was taught and recorded it in the Prose Edda. Since he as a Christian he couldn't view the old gods as actual gods - his religion taught that they must have been demons or made up nonsense - so he took the old tactic of Euhemerus and said "oh, these were real people who were just so amazing that after they died people started thinking of them as gods" so he could preserve versions of the old stories without committing some kind of heresy. And he followed Virgil by making Thor a prince of Troy, just like Aeneas, the founder of Rome. (Though he has Odin as the founder of the Scandinavian kingdoms and Odin is a descendant of Thor instead of the other way round, which is weird to modern eyes). From a game p...
  • 02:58 PM - SkidAce quoted Polyhedral Columbia in post Planejammer / Spellscape
    1. An actually detailed cosmological/galactic/phlogistonic map of the D&D Multiverse, showing the location of each and every previously mentioned planet, moon, plane, demiplane, dimension, alternate timeline, and reality, from all editions of D&D, and all TSR/WotC rpg lines (Alternity, d20 Modern, etc). Something like the most detailed Star Wars Galaxy map. 2. Include a full-page planetary map of each of the major worlds (Abeir-Toril, Ravenloft, Oerth, Athas, Krynn, Eberron, Mystara, Aebrynis, "D&D Earth" (Urban Arcana/Historical Reference), Sigil, and Rock of Bral), with an icon showing where every published adventure is officially placed or suggested. (Several sites exist in more than one world - e.g. Keep on the Borderland.) 3. Include Chronomancy so that, not only all the worlds can be visited, but also, all the times (e.g. Arcane Age of FR, Age of Blackmoor of Mystara, Age of Istar in Dragonlance). Include a timeline of the D&D Multiverse, lining up all the chronologies of the various worlds (...
  • 07:52 AM - Zeromaru X quoted Polyhedral Columbia in post Two New Settings For D&D This Year
    Right, all the source said (I know Havard) is that WotC decided not to renew Zeitgeist's right to use WotC's Blackmoor IP. AFAIK, in the run-up to 5E, WotC cancelled all such licenses, and, unlike the 3E era, doesn't license out its settings. Similarly, Bruce Heard tried to purchase a license to do Mystara 5E, but WotC wouldn't do it - even though Bruce was the main designer for TSR's Mystara line back in the day. I looked in one of the Zeitgeist PDFs and it says: "Based on the original Blackmoor setting, associated character and places owned by Wizards of the Coast, Inc. Used with permission, all rights reserved [emoji767]1975 Wizards." Yeah, Zeitgeist was working on another book (Age of the Wolf) for the Blackmoor line, but it wasn't ready by the time the license expired. So that book is not coming out. That's all. That doesn't mean that Blackmoor is tangled in some complex legal limbo. It just means that WotC's policy is to not license out any settings whatsoever. (Except through DM's Guild.)Thanks...


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