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  • freyar's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:04 PM
    That'll work --- sufficiently descriptive and just gross enough. :p I think all that's left is some background. Any thoughts on that?
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    Yesterday, 09:59 PM
    Description: A wet elf. ???? Did you ever post the original text for these? It might help for the flavor.
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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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    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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    Tuesday, 10th July, 2018, 11:14 PM
    Groovy. My evenings and weekends are usually pretty busy but my afternoons are clear.
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  • Kiraya_TiDrekan's Avatar
    Tuesday, 10th July, 2018, 09:36 PM
    I am intrigued. When would sessions take place?
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  • freyar's Avatar
    Tuesday, 10th July, 2018, 09:21 PM
    I think I'd split them up. We could have a separate "greater urchin" entry with the common flavor and links to the subentries. But it would take a little bit of reformatting and copy/paste work.
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  • freyar's Avatar
    Tuesday, 10th July, 2018, 09:00 PM
    freyar replied to Kraken Variants
    AC 42 will work for me. Maybe add Diplomacy and Use Magic Device to the skills list? Before jumping on the feats, can you think of any other SAs or SQs? It seems maybe a touch light. Any SLAs we can justify?
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  • freyar's Avatar
    Tuesday, 10th July, 2018, 08:31 PM
    Let's go with Improved Disarm. Not too many monsters with that. Oh, we can just go with Martial Resilience (Ex). There's nothing about magic for the +3 to saves, and I'm ok with switching to all good saves. But I guess Unholy Resilience works if you want to stick to a +3 bonus. We can cut Slow Fall. Prone Fighting, Ki Push, and Ki Speed seem fine. OK, he gets 3 feats and 66 skill...
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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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  • freyar's Avatar
    Monday, 9th July, 2018, 09:26 PM
    Let's just settle on CR 11; CRs are definitely a bit imprecise. I like those tactics! For background, I guess we should decide if cultists summon them, they make their way to the material plane by searching for planar rifts, or what. I guess I'd lean toward summoning, since I don't think there was anything in the original. Oooh, or Ythog-Nthlei could dream them into existence or something.
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    Monday, 9th July, 2018, 09:07 PM
    That all looks good to me! Though I do want to add something about the juggernaut constructs. I think I'd just have flavor about the wicker juggernauts being rare and/or known only to one clan. What's the next part of this spell?
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    Sunday, 8th July, 2018, 11:48 PM
    I’ve still found the details on them a bit shallow compared to metal minis or something like the GW plastic minis. I recently painted the half-elf sorcerer with the flame coming from his hands as my Wild Mage PC in our current ToA campaign. I found the eye sockets on that mini to be the smallest I’ve ever painted before (it was something of a minor miracle that I managed to not make him...
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    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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  • Kiraya_TiDrekan's Avatar
    Tuesday, 3rd July, 2018, 08:08 PM
    Today's solitary offering from the 2nd edition era is... Castles
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    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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  • freyar's Avatar
    Thursday, 28th June, 2018, 11:42 PM
    Looks good to me. Description: Black, shadow-like creatures in all types of monstrous shapes.
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  • freyar's Avatar
    Thursday, 28th June, 2018, 10:16 PM
    Imbibing looks pretty similar to to Music but with a Con check. Can you think of any skill to go along with it? Profession (cooking) or something? That doesn't seem quite right.
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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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  • freyar's Avatar
    Wednesday, 27th June, 2018, 10:07 PM
    In that case, I guess we should take a look at those Mystarans! Agreed with adding the flavor bit about Ahi to Rahab.
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  • Echohawk's Avatar
    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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    Tuesday, 26th June, 2018, 12:18 PM
    There is? The Content Guidelines seem pretty clear about the current rules:
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    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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  • freyar's Avatar
    Tuesday, 26th June, 2018, 03:09 AM
    Sure, works for me. I was trying to get at something like that, just not in so many words. Host description: A human with a lumpy pink arc of flesh across its body. ?
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  • freyar's Avatar
    Tuesday, 26th June, 2018, 02:31 AM
    I think we should add the ranged trident attack to the Attack line of the hybrid form. Here are some suggested tactics: Unless they must pass as humanoid, wereporpoises attack in hybrid form, making use of their claw and bite in addition to manufactured weapons. When outclassed in battle, they change to porpoise form to flee. Not great, but these aren't terribly inspiring.
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  • freyar's Avatar
    Tuesday, 26th June, 2018, 02:10 AM
    Yeah, that's my fault pretty much. Or my job plus stuff at home. But it looks like we have 9 if you split the greater urchins up, so we're not far! ;)
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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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  • Echohawk's Avatar
    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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  • freyar's Avatar
    Thursday, 21st June, 2018, 09:53 PM
    freyar replied to Kraken Variants
    Colossal is definitely right. I think Colossal+ is probably a bit too much. :D HD30 is ok, though you could argue me up to as much as 33 if you wanted. Yes to 12 tentacles The ability scores you list are ok, but I do agree with some of the tweaks. In particular, let's bump Str, Con, Wis, and Cha by +2 more. I know Int 15 is pretty low for an extraplanar deity-like being, but Khal'kru...
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  • freyar's Avatar
    Thursday, 21st June, 2018, 08:26 PM
    Hmmm. I think Martial Artistry seems like the best fit. And that would fix the AC. Let's make the Strong Saves (Su) and maybe call it something more magic sounding. Would that wrap up the special abilities as far as you are concerned?
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  • freyar's Avatar
    Thursday, 21st June, 2018, 04:25 PM
    I'd be ok with CR 12, too. Seems like this is one of those places where the CRs of two different SRD critters just don't quite line up. Tactics: Priests of Ythog-Nthlei always begin with a hostile attitude except toward known allies. A solitary priest typically enters combat after having used its spells to improve its own capabilities when it has a chance, attacking primarily attacking with...
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  • Kiraya_TiDrekan's Avatar
    Wednesday, 20th June, 2018, 06:44 PM
    Thank you for the offer. :D Alas, I can't take you up on it. But, you seem to have things well in hand so good luck and have fun. :D And thank you.
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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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  • freyar's Avatar
    Wednesday, 20th June, 2018, 03:06 AM
    Hmmmm. Well, I'd certainly advocate for adding an exception that the totem can be replaced by an active construct, which remains animate even after the spell expires. Like I said, range is a bit odd for this spell. I'd say short range from the caster to both the totem and pilot during casting but not during the duration of the spell. Would "juggernaut stuff" just be something like this?...
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  • freyar's Avatar
    Monday, 18th June, 2018, 11:26 PM
    I can live with that. Illusions and incorporeality are always a bit weird to me --- the illusions aren't there, so you can't really strike them, but you can sure "hit" them without a miss chance, etc. How about tactics? Astral figments choose to attack their most gullible opponents first, hoping to gain material form via their Demand Credence ability. Once they gain material form, astral...
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    Monday, 18th June, 2018, 11:03 PM
    I'm fine with Perform only, but I still don't want the implied cap. I would instead write it like Music: The caprine plays music in front of a willing audience for at least 10 minutes. At the end of their performance, the caprine attempts either a DC 10 Charisma check or a DC 15 Perform (music) check. If they succeed, a number of intelligent creatures equal to 1 plus the amount by which the...
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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.

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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

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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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Friday, 23rd May, 2014

  • 02:51 PM - DMZ2112 mentioned Echohawk in post Forgotten Realms: No Campaign Something in the Catalog?
    'Central' not 'core'. 'Central' as in 'most supported with products'. This has been the case with 2e and 3e, hasn't it? And two out of four additions warrants an 'again'. :) A quick review of @Echohawk 's checklists suggests that you are correct. That said, I am not expecting to see large-scale FR support in D&D5 beyond 2016, so it remains to be seen if the use of "again" is indeed warranted.


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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 wasn’t 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 Otus’s illustration pinned up in his office and liked it, but didn’t 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.

Sunday, 5th November, 2017

  • 01:51 PM - Morrus quoted Echohawk in post Greyhawk Collector's Guide
    The Forgotten Realms Collector's Guide ended up here (well, at least the first part did). I think all of the Collector's Guide are available again somewhere on ENWorld, but I have to search for them, and there are many broken links after all of the wiki upgrades. At some point I will work through them fixing the links. Let me know if I can help. I know the wiki change screwed a bunch of stuff up, but I can move anything we need to.

Wednesday, 25th October, 2017

  • 08:08 PM - jayoungr quoted Echohawk in post The Original End Goal of Dungeons & Dragons
    The Expert Set also uses that term in several other places, and even defines it as "name level — The 9th level of experience" in the glossary. I wonder if that's where the terrible old movie/book Mazes and Monsters got that line about "playing at the ninth level."

Thursday, 19th October, 2017


Monday, 16th October, 2017

  • 10:59 AM - Cleon quoted Echohawk in post Monster ENCyclopedia: Peryton
    I'm impressed you noticed, but I think the dates in the article are technically correct. Manual de zoología fantástica was published in 1957, but the peryton was only added when the book was revised in 1967, which is also when it was first titled El libro de los seres imaginarios, hence the first date in the article. Then, although the first English language edition was published in 1969, I used the 1974 Penguin English language version as my reference, hence the date in the list of references. I used the 1974 version because I don't have a copy of the original 1969 edition, and because my more recent illustrated 2005 Pengiun Classic version uses "Perytion" as the English language translation, so it didn't seem quite as helpful as a source to reference. So as confusing as those dates might appear, as far as I can tell they are correct :). Ah so it was technically correct. The best sort of correct, at least that's what Futurama told me. That explains it. I suppose it could be a bi...

Sunday, 15th October, 2017

  • 08:18 PM - Cleon quoted Echohawk in post Monster ENCyclopedia: Peryton
    Excellent work as always, Echohawk. I did notice an inconsistent date for the original source: Origins and development The peryton was created by the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges for The Book of Imaginary Beings (1967). This book collects descriptions of mythical beasts from folklore and literature, and its influence on the selection of monsters appearing in early Dungeons & Dragons is clear. So closely do some of the descriptions match that it seems almost certain that Gygax had a well-thumbed copy to hand when preparing the Monster Manual. References The Book of Imaginary Beings, p115-116 (1974) According to Wikipedia, those are both wrong - the Book of Imaginary Beings was originally published in Spanish in 1957, while its English edition was published in 1969.

Friday, 6th October, 2017

  • 04:26 PM - Xaelvaen quoted Echohawk in post Monster ENCyclopedia: Peryton
    I've looked but I can't figure out how to suppress the images from appearing again at the end of the article. Sorry about that! No worries at all, it was more me apologizing for Morrus having to link it to me as well when I should have seen it in the original article haha. Seriously, well-written. I'm up to Drider now in the backlog and hope you do a lot more in the future =)


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