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    Yesterday, 10:34 PM
    And I see these were in the updated CC you sent to be uploaded...
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    Yesterday, 10:33 PM
    Astral figments are semi-illusory constructs created by the combination of powerful magic and a lunatic mind. Is that enough?
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    Yesterday, 12:00 AM
    BOZ replied to Carl Sargent
    This looks like an obit made by his family. Apparently he died a couple of months ago but the family had no contact with him, and since they are just finding out the memorial service will be next month. https://www.funeralzone.co.uk/obituaries/53734?fbclid=IwAR3gRyZ0I3VfnZZvYl-TtDZEO12zznW5chOQ7Gywi4H9p0czD7W1BZYTuw4
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  • freyar's Avatar
    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 06:48 AM
    I say we should forget the table --- we don't have to follow the original too strictly in our update. I can go with partner's Con/Dex/Cha bonus plus skill success plus maybe roleplaying and HD bonus if you like.
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    Tuesday, 13th November, 2018, 02:10 AM
    Yup, fix it up!
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    Monday, 12th November, 2018, 10:35 PM
    Hrmmm, not sure what I was thinking with the suggested change for Alternate Form. Let's leave it the way you had it originally. I think most dragons with Alternate Form have Large or smaller, but I agree, Huge is better. I think I'd prefer to stick to the usual Alternate Form ability rather than converting to an SLA. (Sigh. This seems a bit cleaner in Pathfinder.) Yes, that's what I meant...
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    Monday, 12th November, 2018, 09:26 PM
    BOZ started a thread Carl Sargent
    I'm not sure what their source is, but if this is accurate then it look slike he has passed away: https://officialfightingfantasy.blogspot.com/2018/11/carl-sargent-1952-2018.html?fbclid=IwAR2LtvsUubHKGPna-Iyrt_VCdqNlFSZoYi6ELKDTzeiUyzD1hNxZUQdqB7Q
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  • freyar's Avatar
    Saturday, 3rd November, 2018, 09:40 PM
    We can do Zophiel, but let's start with the simpler one. Let's make the torag pole a masterwork exotic weapon with some kind of nested cylinders or something. Let's make the sample a fighter, I guess.
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    Saturday, 3rd November, 2018, 06:14 PM
    Let's go for a more real-world version. So Medium, with advancement and size information as you suggest. Then a 1d8+(1-1/2)Str bite and Str 15, Dex 16, Con 13, Int 1, Wis 12, Cha 2, NA +3 seems pretty decent to me. Is there any reason to change Blindsense or Keen Scent?
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    Saturday, 3rd November, 2018, 03:26 PM
    freyar replied to Kraken Variants
    Maddening Presence (Su): Khalk'ru's presence is so horrific that any creature within 120 feet who observes it are subject to madness. Failure on a DC 33 Will save indicates that the victim takes 1d4 Wis drain. Rather than entering a withdrawn nightmare state, a creature drained to zero Wisdom regains its normal Wisdom score but becomes a fanatical worshiper of Khalk'ru who returns to their home...
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    Thursday, 1st November, 2018, 12:25 AM
    On CR, it probably is reasonably compared to a bodak or mohrg (though it has way more SAs). So CR 8 is probably reasonable. For rejuvenation, he crumples into a ball of paper (maybe then decaying to dust?). Then a sword charm appears like for all the others. Whew, this is taking a long time.
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    Wednesday, 31st October, 2018, 09:41 PM
    How about 10 feet tall and 900 to 1000 pounds?
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    Wednesday, 31st October, 2018, 09:19 PM
    Let's go with full-round casting time, close range, and the 1 min/level duration as you suggest. This looks pretty good. Let's work out the rest before deciding on the spell level. For the range, we can pull the text from create guardian: During the casting process, the caster must stay within range of all the components and targets of the pilot juggernaut spell. Same for the replica...
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  • Kiraya_TiDrekan's Avatar
    Tuesday, 30th October, 2018, 04:23 PM
    We have three more Living Grehawk Journals... Living Greyhawk Journal #2 Living Greyhawk Journal #3 Living Greyhawk Journal #4 And the product that introduced me to Gamma World with the most epic cover art in existence (IMO)... Gamma World 3rd Edition
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  • Kiraya_TiDrekan's Avatar
    Thursday, 25th October, 2018, 04:32 AM
    Well, the comment section on the product indicates this has been an issue for two years. Hopefully they'll fix it when they update it for POD.
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  • Kiraya_TiDrekan's Avatar
    Thursday, 25th October, 2018, 03:19 AM
    Kind of a strange thing. I just bought the AD&D 1E Forgotten Realms Campaign Set. For some reason, one of the three PDFs in the set is GR3: Treasure Maps, an accessory for AD&D 2E.
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    Wednesday, 24th October, 2018, 11:47 PM
    Sounds reasonable!
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    Wednesday, 24th October, 2018, 11:27 PM
    I'd move the paragraph about the insanity to the end, but otherwise it looks fantastic!
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  • freyar's Avatar
    Wednesday, 24th October, 2018, 11:21 PM
    Whew, have to agree with you there. Let's allow less ..explicit.. activities as you suggest. As for charm, I'm inclined to make it that charmed, dominated, suggested, otherwise mind-influenced targets don't generate any resonance, just to take it off the table. In other words, it has to be a pure Cha or Diplomacy or whatever check. OK, for the reverse-engineering, maybe we should aim for...
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    Tuesday, 23rd October, 2018, 04:50 AM
    Answering in no particular order: :p I think version 1 is good for the breath weapon "reset" times. I can go for "epic or alignment" for the DR on these, as you suggest. How about any creature of Large size or smaller for Alternate Form? Bahamut-style immunities will work.
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    Thursday, 18th October, 2018, 12:26 AM
    Ooops, yes. Human warrior, non-elite array?
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    Wednesday, 17th October, 2018, 09:55 PM
    I can go along with Medium, though 12ft long should really be Large unless it's quite skinny. I guess it is at only a couple of hundred pounds, though! I guess sharks are a lot like dinosaurs, eh? Let's keep the bite at 2d6+Str just to make it a tad better. Then Str 15 doesn't seem so bad. Dex 16 and Swim 70 ft sound ok. Keep the rest of the ability scores the same as the SRD shark?
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    Wednesday, 17th October, 2018, 09:03 PM
    freyar replied to Kraken Variants
    Limiting to Form of Madness and cross-planar suggestion or whatever is fine. Anyway, revising form of madness to Wis drain is fine, though I guess we need a new ability name. Maybe Maddening Presence (Su): Khalk'ru's presence is so horrific that any creature within 60 feet who observes it are subject to madness. Failure on a DC 33 Will save indicates that the victim takes 1d4 Wis drain. ...
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  • Echohawk's Avatar
    Wednesday, 17th October, 2018, 07:13 AM
    Indeed. The DM's Guild keeps surprising me by releasing things I wasn't expecting to ever see in digital format. This is a good thing!
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  • Kiraya_TiDrekan's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th October, 2018, 07:32 PM
    Well these are interesting... Living Greyhawk Journal #0 Living Greyhawk Journal #1
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  • freyar's Avatar
    Tuesday, 16th October, 2018, 03:16 AM
    I'll agree to 2 origami as a swift action or 4 as a standard action with the text as you suggest. I meant to make the kiseru a monk weapon for anyone, as in your revised weapon description. If you don't mind, let's go with that. Are we done with the mechanical bits to your satisfaction?
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Tuesday, 24th July, 2018

  • 02:34 AM - freyar mentioned Echohawk in post PAC-man ghosts and pac-man himself?
    Not according to Echohawk's index, which is the best source I know, though it doesn't contain every unofficial site. We could ask the man himself if he knows, though: Echohawk, you are summoned!

Thursday, 28th June, 2018

  • 04:51 AM - grodog mentioned Echohawk in post Greyhawk Collector's Guide
    I'll be publishing some more info about the True Dungeon Greyhawk modules soon Echohawk, but while searching around for those, I found that they published a soundtrack one year too!: https://www.amazon.com/True-Dungeon-Hommlet-Thomas-Gowen/dp/B000CA4BFI/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1530157573&sr=8-2&keywords=%22true+dungeon%22 Allan.

Monday, 28th May, 2018

  • 04:42 AM - grodog mentioned Echohawk in post Greyhawk Collector's Guide
    The glass (and a beer coaster) was for Tomb of Annihilation (which features Acererak, but is not based in or using Greyhawk), given out at Origins 2017. There are other items as part of this: a green dice bag with the devil face, a devil face cloth patch, a cloth shopping bag with the devil face logo. Similarly, the latest minis set has Acererak in it and the case incentive has the green devil face. All super-cool, but only loosely associated with Greyhawk. Thanks muchly Alphastream! == Echohawk: time to add the 5e book Mordenkainen's Tome of Foes (both standard and limited editions). Also: I found a new t-shirt: an Against the Giants 25th Anniversary shirt, provided as part of the Adventurer's Guild materials. That puts it in the July-Sept 1999 timeframe. There were also some promotional posters issued for the AG at that time too; see https://www.ebay.com/itm/Poster-RPGA-Adventurers-Guild/263715618837?hash=item3d66ad0015:g:S7YAAOSwLVZVyiuC and https://www.ebay.com/itm/Poster-Adventurers-Guild-An-Eye-for-an-Eye-1998-Marvel/263715618776?hash=item3d66acffd8:g:fB0AAOSw3ydVyiw9 and https://www.ebay.com/itm/Poster-Adventurers-Guild-Got-an-Axe-to-Grind-1998-Marvel/352365090533?hash=item520a9896e5:g:SJkAAOSwMmBVyiwh Allan.

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Thursday, 20th July, 2017

  • 11:21 PM - Kiraya_TiDrekan mentioned Echohawk in post DMs Guild Classics Wishlist
    The list could include all the Buck Rogers stuff, the Gamma World, and all the Mayfair Games AD&D Role Aids material that was acquired in the lawsuit. I used Echohawk's handy dandy collector's guides as a reference for this list. All of those things you mentioned (along with Boot Hill, Indiana Jones, Top Secret, Amazing Engine and all the other old TSR stuff) are more difficult to track down as far as full lists of products go.

Wednesday, 8th March, 2017

  • 07:29 PM - Kiraya_TiDrekan mentioned Echohawk in post Wiki Spam
    This page - http://www.enworld.org/forum/showwiki.php?title=Original-D-and-D-Collectors-Guide And, it says Echohawk was the last one to update it. Did his account get hacked?

Friday, 3rd February, 2017

  • 12:32 AM - grodog mentioned Echohawk in post Greyhawk Collector's Guide
    Ant--- Echohawk: do you have the Greyhawk guide in Excel format, by chance? I was thinking that a checklist might be useful to have, at some point.... Allan

Friday, 25th November, 2016

  • 08:54 PM - Kiraya_TiDrekan mentioned Echohawk in post Collectors Guide Wiki
    Has anyone seen Echohawk recently? The Collector's Guides are starting to fall out of date. If its ok with Echohawk and the powers-that-be, I was thinking of taking over keeping them up to date.

Wednesday, 9th November, 2016

  • 11:55 PM - freyar mentioned Echohawk in post Conversion To-Do List
    We should let Echohawk; know about your speculations re: the giant whale. Hopefully he gets this. ;) I'm all for converting the Nehwon monsters, but we might need to leave them in the forum and leave them off the actual CC web page for copyright reasons, like we're doing with the goatfolk. On the other hand, I know we did some other proprietary monsters, like the gebbeth from Le Guin's books, and that's in the CC.

Monday, 16th November, 2015


Monday, 2nd November, 2015

  • 05:33 PM - Cody C. Lewis mentioned Echohawk in post D&D Does Digital Part III: PDFs
    Echohawk so you wouldn't buy it because of a personal OCD, not because the product was a failure by design? (something I might agree with you on, as things like that bother me too) Nagol if your option was pirated, self scanned, amazon kindle or no digital format you are saying you would choose to have nothing in a digital format? Also, the device sucking thing I don't get. How would you plan to use the nonexistent PDF then? darjr I agree the price would have to be no different than if it was released in a PDF. I would not pay the MSRP of a fully printed book for either.

Sunday, 18th January, 2015

  • 03:41 PM - Hussar mentioned Echohawk in post OK WotC, I've had just about enough of this...
    Summon Echohawk - I've had this conversation before. Paizo is banging out a metric crapton of product. At a pace that rivals, if not exceeds TSR's old breakneck speed. I can totally see being absolutely overwhelmed by trying to come into Pathfinder blind. There's just that much product out there.

Friday, 9th January, 2015

  • 04:03 AM - Kiraya_TiDrekan mentioned Echohawk in post Published Planescape adventures
    Not quite what you are looking for but you could at least use it as a starting point I suppose. Compliments of Echohawk. http://rpggeek.com/geeklist/160136/planescape-collectors-guide

Thursday, 24th July, 2014


Monday, 21st July, 2014

  • 05:20 PM - steeldragons mentioned Echohawk in post Monster ENCyclopedia: Drider
    My money's goin' on "Ettin" or "Ettercap" for the "E". But also wanted to post a great big "YOU'RE AWESOME" for Echohawk and all of the hard work and research these kinds of articles/threads/posts must take and how very thankful I [and obviously many others] are that you are pursuing this. The hobby really needs more "chronicler/historians" like you. Really excellent work.

Sunday, 13th July, 2014

  • 02:41 AM - mach1.9pants mentioned Echohawk in post Spreading XP around
    Do we have to? I mean when we have Echohawk putting out such awesomeness as the ENCyclopedia, I think the spreading of XP is a bit annoying. Not many posts deserve the XP like those, so I find myself giving XP for lesser posts. Can the numbers be tweaked? Or can that be turned off? How many do I need to spread before I can XP again?

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Monday, 23rd June, 2014

  • 03:29 PM - pemerton mentioned Echohawk in post Starter Set Command Spell
    the Jester, Echohawk - my apologies, you are both correct. The bit about immortals is not in the DMG at all, which conludes the relevant para by saying that "in general Supernal is a universal language." I had noticed the addition of the reference to immortals in the RC, becaues it affects my game (one of the PCs is a deva), and in the process of not adopting it for my campaign had not noticed that it was focused on universal input rather than universal output. Does either of you (or anyone else) know why the RC draws this distinction between gods and angels for output, and immortals more generally for input?

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Tuesday, 24th July, 2018

  • 05:36 PM - lowkey13 quoted Echohawk in post D&D's Best Year Ever - But Hasbro's Goal Is For D&D e-Sports
    Hmmm... I could maybe see scope for D&D groups to compete with each other on the basis of how entertaining they are for an audience to watch. The D&D World Cup would be a live streamed event with pairs of groups given the same short encounter to play through, and the audience (and maybe some judges) deciding which team is entertaining enough to go to the next round, and which team is knocked out. A bit like those pervasive TV talent shows, but limited to D&D performances. It sounds more like the worst ever "Whose Line is it Anyway?"
  • 11:27 AM - Ath-kethin quoted Echohawk in post Eberron It Is? [UPDATED & CONFIRMED!]
    I'm pretty sure I remember a Twitter conversation between Mike Mearls and Jeff Grubb on this topic, where Mike assured Jeff they'd be in touch with him when they planned to update Spelljammer. I would be very happy for Jeff Grubb to work with WotC on a Spelljammer equivalent to the Wayfinder's Guide to Eberron. And for Bruce Heard to do one for Mystara come to think of it. Not sure about Dark Sun, although Timothy Brown did an Athas-themed Kickstarter not so long ago. I wouldn't call it "Athas-themed." Brown explicitly billed Dragon Kings as a "spritual successor" to Dark Sun, but it had little in common with the old setting other than a hostile desert setting. I don't know if Brown would be interested in a 5e Dark Sun update; he wasn't involved with the 3.5 or 4e versions in any way as far as I know. Bruce Heard has also produced a "spiritual successor" to Mystara (though he doesn't use that term to describe it) and it's pretty good. I don't know if he's be interested in working onba...

Tuesday, 17th July, 2018

  • 09:15 PM - Celebrim quoted Echohawk in post Monster ENCyclopedia Index
    I'm not sure. These articles share space with my gaming time, so when I'm actually playing D&D (like now), I'm spending much less time writing. S is about 80% done, but still needs a few more hours to finish. S is for... Seriously, these articles are the best posts on EnWorld in the last 10 years. I know they must consume an enormous amount of your time, but just wanting to let you know... still looking forward to the next one.

Tuesday, 10th July, 2018

  • 08:06 PM - Tony Vargas quoted Echohawk in post How big's the RPG market?
    Some of them were organised play modules (the D&D Encounters and Lair Assault releases). But Murder in Baldur's Gate and Legacy of the Crystal Shard were commercial releases, as was Ghosts of Dragonspear Castle although that was a limited edition Gencon release, I seem to recall. I can't recall when they started charging for Encounters & Lair Assault modules - I mean, I vividly recall it, there was practically a revolt at my FLGS, I just can't recall the timing. Judging from only 3 of the things you quote having $$, though, I'm guesing it was sometime /in/ 2013. So, yeah, free publications did not bring in any revenue. That leaves some adventures, notoriously bad sellers to begin with, that were in lines that were /formerly free/, not exactly a high-volume strategy, starting to charge for something you'd been giving away. So, yeah, hardly suprising that a period when D&D as publishing no rule books (traditionally the better sellers) at all, and the future of the line was still some...
  • 06:19 PM - Tony Vargas quoted Echohawk in post The roots of 4e exposed?
    The OSR happened long before 4e became a thing, and wasn't a reaction to it. Honestly I think 'OSR' is overrated anyway as a market force. I have yet to encounter people that actually are in any sense militant about, or even prefer, to play such games. Nod. I thought the point I was making was that it would have happened in the absence of a 4e, anyway. Didn't it really take off in 2009, though? Beyond that there was ALWAYS a certain core of people who thought the 3 1974 LBBs were the last word in RPG design. The term 'Grognard' is NOT new, it was current in at least the 90's and probably the 80's. Anyway, I was playing since the mid 70's and I can tell you that the day 1e hit the shelves there were people who hated on it. So I don't think OSR actually matters. I don't think it appreciably shaped 5e as a distinct movement (maybe the structure of a few options was tweaked to make a more old school type of play a little easier, but 5e is hardly catering to OSR fans anyway). Were yo...

Monday, 9th July, 2018

  • 08:00 PM - Tony Vargas quoted Echohawk in post How big's the RPG market?
    Sure, some of those releases were for organised play, and most of the rest were reprints, but seventeen print products is not the same as "not a single RPG book"!Only the re-prints were books, and they were, well, re-prints. The rest were organized play modules, small & cheap (they hadn't formerly charged for them at all, actually).

Sunday, 8th July, 2018

  • 01:22 PM - Neonchameleon quoted Echohawk in post How big's the RPG market?
    Sure, some of those releases were for organised play, and most of the rest were reprints, but seventeen print products is not the same as "not a single RPG book"! Point.

Thursday, 28th June, 2018

  • 03:52 PM - Fauchard1520 quoted Echohawk in post Forgotten Rules Remembered Too Late
    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 remembering to award Inspiration often enough, and in our last game one of my players forgot to use his Inspiration while attempting to escape the clutches of a vampire spawn. Twice. And then died to blood drain :(. Ouch. My DM reminded me last night in our Out of the Abyss game that I had Inspiration after the roll-to-not-plummet-to-your-death save. He allowed me to use it as a reroll rather than advantage. Not its intended use, but maybe a good house rule while you guys are getting used to the new system.

Saturday, 23rd June, 2018

  • 12:51 PM - Magus Darkwind quoted Echohawk in post Beadle & Grimm's Waterdeep: Dragon Heist - Platinum Edition
    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 got no response but they subscribed me to their newletter. So the only change is that I will now get news about future products that they appear to be unwilling to sell to me. You'd think that the smaller your audience is for a premium product, the better you need to be at dealing with communications from potential customers. I'm a guaranteed customer if they are will to take my money, but just trying to get in touch with them seems to be impossible. Matthew Lillard said they had solved the International shipping issue in one of the threads on Reddit where people were talking about this. https:...

Sunday, 10th June, 2018

  • 12:35 AM - stanles quoted Echohawk in post Mystara Collector's Guide
    You're welcome to host a copy on the Vaults. I will make a mental note to let you know as and when I finally get around to updating it with late 4e/5e mentions of Mystara. thanks Echohawk

Saturday, 9th June, 2018

  • 03:13 AM - Parmandur quoted Echohawk in post What year is it?
    Sure, I get that. For me this is just a fun exercise to see if we can narrow down the date despite WotC's apparent reluctance to commit. I know we could probably quibble about what counts as FR canon in 5th Edition, but assuming we treat recent WotC-published material as any sort of authority, it does seem like 1491 DR is a strong candidate for the current year. Fair enough: WotC has nothing to gain by establishing an ongoing chronological Canon, but plenty to lose. Doubt they ever will again.

Friday, 8th June, 2018

  • 02:58 PM - Parmandur quoted Echohawk in post What year is it?
    Also, according to Princes of the Apocalypse, "The adventure is set in 1491 DR, the Year of the Scarlet Witch", so canonically we're in at least 1491. "Canonically" there is no precise year: the APs have no metaplot impact, and there is no advancing timeline at all any more. Just some suggestions that a DM can take or leave.

Sunday, 28th January, 2018

  • 03:00 AM - VikingLegion quoted Echohawk in post Monster ENCyclopedia: Peryton
    So, depending which edition and who you ask, perytons are either magically created hybrids, invaders from another plane, spirits of travellers murdered far from home, creations of a twisted deity, eagles changed by the goddess of nymphs, elves transformed by a hideous curse, or birds warped after eating the corpse of a wicked heart-eating woman. If there is a D&D creature with a less consistent origin story across editions, we have not yet covered it in the Monster ENCyclopedia series! In the Moonshae novel trilogy, Tristan and his companions fight a flock of perytons summoned by the god Bhaal. Well, you can add yet another creation mythos to the pack. In Darkwell (the 2nd installment of the Moonshae Trilogy), the creature Kazgaroth - who is alternately an aspect of Malar, an avatar of Bhaal, *AND* an independent entity of chaos and corruption that sometimes serves either of them, depending on which source you find him in - created a flock of perytons by corrupting a Moonwell and then lu...

Monday, 13th November, 2017

  • 07:21 PM - Cleon quoted Echohawk in post Monster ENCyclopedia: Remorhaz
    I thought perhaps @James Jacobs was thinking of The Valley of the Worm when he wrote that. It has something looking vaguely remorhaz-like on the cover, and is at least written by Howard. But the written description doesn't really match the cover, so it would be a case of Erol Otus inspired by the book's cover artist rather than by Howard's writing. That cover is the Panther paperback version of The Valley of the Worm (aka Skull-Face Omnibus Volume 2) which was published in July 1976. Dragon #2 was published in August 1976. A month doesn't seem long enough for Otus to do the picture, have Gygax pin it up, have Kuntz stat up a monster and then have it published in a magazine. The book cover also has little resemblance to Otus's Remorhaz picture. It's pretty much a generic giant arthropod with a pair of antennae and horizontal mandibles. Otus's original Remorhaz picture has horns, purple spots, vestigial wings and fangs in a vertically-hinged jaw. Also, I agree about it not matching ...
  • 12:09 PM - Cleon quoted Echohawk in post Monster ENCyclopedia: Remorhaz
    The Creature Features article in The Dragon wasnít attributed to anyone when published, but Otus and Rob Kuntz probably share the credit for the remorhaz. As Kuntz tells the story in his Lord of the Green Dragons blog, Gary Gygax had Otusís illustration pinned up in his office and liked it, but didnít have a name or statistics for the creature. Gygax handed Kuntz the picture, and he gave the remorhaz a name and wrote the article printed in The Dragon. Writing in Dragon #324, James Jacobs suggests that the works of Robert E. Howard may have influenced the creation of the remorhaz. The story Jacobs is referring to is The Lair of the Ice Worm and is written by Carter & de Camp not Howard. The eponymous Ice Worm of that story (also called a "Remora" or "Yakhmar") is a legless creature that radiates weapon-shattering cold rather than weapon-melting heat and has the ability to hypnotize its victims with its glowing eyes & piping voice. It doesn't resemble the AD&D Remorhaz at all, apart from also ...
  • 11:51 AM - Cleon quoted Echohawk in post Monster ENCyclopedia: Remorhaz
    Monster ENCyclopedia: Remorhaz Thanks Echohawk, I was wondering what would be the R. The only additional titbit I could think of about the Remorhaz was that it featured in an RPGA-supported adventure at a UK Games Day in London I attended (literally) decades ago where the polar worm was on the other side of an ice ravine. I don't think that was an official publication though.

Sunday, 12th November, 2017

  • 08:53 PM - DemonicMonster quoted Echohawk in post Monster ENCyclopedia Index
    Thanks for the feedback, but unfortunately the monster I've picked for S isn't the spanner. As far as I can tell, the spanner has only appeared in print twice, both for 2nd Edition, so there's not a lot of material to work with there. I could see it popping up in a "One Hit Wonders" edition of the ENCyclopedia, but probably not in an entry by itself. Sorry! Hahaha, I knew Spanner was impossible to do, but I wanted to try. XD Thank you anway.


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