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    Sorry, But I refuse to go into the basement and search the stacks there for old Fredic Brown paperbacks Thinking back some 35 years or so, I seem to recall a book he wrote, a compilation of short stories titled Nightmares & Geezenstacks.
    That's plenty to go on, thanks! What a great title - I can't wait to hunt it down.

    If it makes you feel better on those occasions when your basement floods and you have to go sump it out, keep it in mind that the stacks therein are a trove of wondrous treasures which will be cherished by future historians!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tav_Behemoth
    That's plenty to go on, thanks! What a great title - I can't wait to hunt it down.

    If it makes you feel better on those occasions when your basement floods and you have to go sump it out, keep it in mind that the stacks therein are a trove of wondrous treasures which will be cherished by future historians!
    Heh...

    There are books stacked in ther attic, first floor, ground floor, and the basement here. Some belonged to distant cousins, some to close relatives, but the majority are those i have acquired. My wife suggests the lot might be donated to a special library after I shuffle off this mortal coil. I think I should have a large pyramid burial with all my stuff packed inside with me

    Jesting, of course.

    Cheers,
    Gary

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    Gary, I know you are not really keen about answering rules-specific questions, but I was hoping you would honor me with your input on this matter:

    OAD&D surprise and missile weapon rate-of-fire:

    Grognard the ranger is lying in wait for a group of 6 orcs. He has his trusty longbow at the ready. When the orcs come within short range of his bow, he leaps from cover and makes a successful suprise roll of 1 on the d6, giving him 1 segment of surprise. Now for the question: How many arrows can Grognard fire at the orcs in his surprise segment? Is it the rate of fire tripled as I interpret from the DMG (giving Grognard 6 shots and the opportunity to slay the entire party of orcs)? Or is the intended interpetation something else?

    Thanks for your insight.

    Mark

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    Quote Originally Posted by Col_Pladoh
    There are books stacked in ther attic, first floor, ground floor, and the basement here. Some belonged to distant cousins, some to close relatives, but the majority are those i have acquired. My wife suggests the lot might be donated to a special library after I shuffle off this mortal coil. I think I should have a large pyramid burial with all my stuff packed inside with me
    Sounds good to me - you will, no doubt, rise as a demilich if any of these fabulous artifacts are disturbed
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    Quote Originally Posted by Col_Pladoh
    ...There are books stacked in ther attic, first floor, ground floor, and the basement here. Some belonged to distant cousins, some to close relatives, but the majority are those i have acquired. My wife suggests the lot might be donated to a special library after I shuffle off this mortal coil. I think I should have a large pyramid burial with all my stuff packed inside with me ...
    That's a better idea than the funeral pyre a la "Rocket Gibraltar", I guess. Besides, all those books would take eons to burn out!

    Of course, the crying of us gamers that lost said books would last even longer...

    So, Gary, how goes the writing of our favorite castle?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Col_Pladoh
    Heh...

    There are books stacked in ther attic, first floor, ground floor, and the basement here. Some belonged to distant cousins, some to close relatives, but the majority are those i have acquired. My wife suggests the lot might be donated to a special library after I shuffle off this mortal coil. I think I should have a large pyramid burial with all my stuff packed inside with me

    Jesting, of course.

    Cheers,
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    When the time finally comes (may it be far, far off) I think someone with loads of cash should build an E. Gary Gygax Museum designed with the Random Dungeon Generator from the 1E DMG.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mark_j
    Gary, I know you are not really keen about answering rules-specific questions, but I was hoping you would honor me with your input on this matter:

    OAD&D surprise and missile weapon rate-of-fire:

    Grognard the ranger is lying in wait for a group of 6 orcs. He has his trusty longbow at the ready. When the orcs come within short range of his bow, he leaps from cover and makes a successful suprise roll of 1 on the d6, giving him 1 segment of surprise. Now for the question: How many arrows can Grognard fire at the orcs in his surprise segment? Is it the rate of fire tripled as I interpret from the DMG (giving Grognard 6 shots and the opportunity to slay the entire party of orcs)? Or is the intended interpetation something else?

    Thanks for your insight.

    Mark
    No tripled fire. The ROF for a longbow is 2 per segment, so he looses two shafts, then might get off two more before the orcs can respond.

    Cheers,
    Gary

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tav_Behemoth
    Sounds good to me - you will, no doubt, rise as a demilich if any of these fabulous artifacts are disturbed
    Heh...

    Actually, I would be far more disturbed if the books are not used for some good purpose--information, reading enjoyment, whatever

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zudrak
    That's a better idea than the funeral pyre a la "Rocket Gibraltar", I guess. Besides, all those books would take eons to burn out!

    Of course, the crying of us gamers that lost said books would last even longer...

    So, Gary, how goes the writing of our favorite castle?
    It goeth nowhere...

    But I am doing well on a developmental edit of the third book in the Lejendary Earth world setting series, seeing to more volumes in the "Gygaxian Fantasy World" reference book line, as well as seeing to various other business concerns.

    Cheers,
    Gary

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