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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolv0rine
    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.
    Now there's an idea A subterranean fun house, where the "treasures" gained from succeeding in getting past the encounters would be viewing exhibits with my stuff on display, maybe a pic of the "victor" doing so as proof of success.

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    Gary, there is an auction on eBay currently for what the purported first PHB ever sold.

    The auction claims the following...

    A unique item and a unique story! Tim Jiardini grew up in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, home to TSR and the birthplace of Dungeons and Dragons. During the summer of 1978, Tim saved and scraped money together to buy the soon to be released Advanced Dungeons and Dragons Player's handbook. Having played D&D with TSR's Dungeon Hobby Shop, employee, Ernie Gygax Tim found out that the AD&D Player's Handbook would be available for the first time and exclusively at The Dungeon Hobby Shop in early August and later that month they'd be available at GenCon XI and around the country. Having testplayed both the Paladin and Ranger classes, Tim was ecstatic for the arrival of the new book.

    The first morning the Player's Handbook went on sale, a Saturday, Tim arrived 45 minutes prior to the store opening. The door opened right on time and Ernie Gygax ushered the 14 year old Tim into the store. Ernie opened a box of the Players Handbooks and handed one to Tim. After counting out his money, Ernie handed over the book to Tim and said, "That's the first one ever sold!" Ernie then asked Tim if he wanted it autographed and that "his dad" was right upstairs! Soon Gary Gygax came down and inscribed the book, "The FIRST copy sold! To Tim Jiardini", and autographed it "Gary Gygax".
    Is there any chance that you can confirm the validity of the story & the pedigree of the book in question?

    Thanks!

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MakeTrack=true
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    Quote Originally Posted by Col_Pladoh
    It goeth nowhere...
    Aw, man. Is that because it's all done?

    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.
    I am a big fan of the GFW reference books. I have 4 so far and they are great reads -- let alone great tools for the DM/GM/CK. Anyone who wants some serious assistance in bringing their campaign to life (like I did) would find them most useful.

    My Castles & Crusades PHB should arrive tomorrow. I cannot wait. My next target purchase is the Yggsburgh resource for Castle Zagyg (*cough Greyhawk cough*).

    How often do you and Rob Kuntz communicate regarding the CZ project?
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    Gary,

    First up, I'm a big fan. I've just been reading through some of your old modules, and I'm gearing up to run my newish players through Keep on the Borderlands. It'll be interesting to see how these 3e folks handle 1e characters! So thanks for the game, and thanks for all of the inspiration!

    Secondly, you ruined my life! Everyone else talks about how D&D made them better readers, better at math, better at school, etc. But I was an A+ student before I discovered D&D. After that, my grades took a dive, and now I'm ekeing out a "living" as a freelance writer. Curse you, Gary Gygax! (No, I love you, really. Just don't let my mum catch you!)

    Anyway, because we must ask a question, and because I'm a morbid fellow:

    What's the most memorable character death you've seen in all your years of gaming?

    Also, what's up with the Thoul? It's a pretty bizarre creature, and I've always wondered what it's genesis was.

    One more: how do you pronounce Gygax?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Krieg
    Gary, there is an auction on eBay currently for what the purported first PHB ever sold.

    The auction claims the following...

    Is there any chance that you can confirm the validity of the story & the pedigree of the book in question?

    Thanks!

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...MakeTrack=true
    All I can say is that I know Tim Jardini. I'll send the URL of this thread to my son Ernie to see if he can confirm or deny the authenticity.

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zudrak
    Aw, man. Is that because it's all done?
    If I am going to be harassed, I'll just forget about the whole thing...

    Double heh (heh-heh).

    I am a big fan of the GFW reference books. I have 4 so far and they are great reads -- let alone great tools for the DM/GM/CK. Anyone who wants some serious assistance in bringing their campaign to life (like I did) would find them most useful.

    My Castles & Crusades PHB should arrive tomorrow. I cannot wait. My next target purchase is the Yggsburgh resource for Castle Zagyg (*cough Greyhawk cough*).

    How often do you and Rob Kuntz communicate regarding the CZ project?
    There will be about 12 books in the GFW series when it's completed, and all should be as useful to those creating fantasy material as as encyclopedias to students

    Rob and I have exchanged a goodly number of emails and a few phone calls regarding the CZ project. Right now, though, things are quiet, as I need to send along m,aterial and I am not sufficiently energized to spend the several weeks of intense concentration and long hours of keybpadring to prepare it.

    Cheers,
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    Gary,

    1st. I was looking through the D&D Cyclopaedia, and I noticed that gem dragons were a fixture for D&D. Did you like the "old" versions of Gem Dragons?

    2nd. I've also noticed that I can get inspiration for campaigns from anywhere. I was thinking of doing a bibical movie epic-style campaign (drawing on the worlds of Ben Hur and Ruth, with a lot of influence from Clash of the Titans [I highly recommend this movie for your five year old, everyone!]). What I'm wondering is beside literary sources, did you take any inspiration from Celluoid Films and T.V.?

    I've been taking a lot of inspiration from T.V. lately. Especially Japanese Sword, [insert your favorite anime genre here], and sorcery. Yes, Sword and Sorcery fanatics, the Japanese Animation studios are wholly naive about what you regularly want in your fantasies. Ahem . . . moving right along. I've also turned to getting my inspiration from movies, as you can probably tell.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Col_Pladoh
    If I am going to be harassed, I'll just forget about the whole thing...

    Double heh (heh-heh).
    Uh... I retract my earlier statment.

    Rob and I have exchanged a goodly number of emails and a few phone calls regarding the CZ project. Right now, though, things are quiet, as I need to send along m,aterial and I am not sufficiently energized to spend the several weeks of intense concentration and long hours of keybpadring to prepare it.
    I'm free Saturdays if you want to dictate over the phone. I type pretty fast for a guy! That could cut down your keyboarding. Then you could dictate from your porch while you sip some tea and catch some rays. Just a thought...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan P. Mahney
    Gary,

    First up, I'm a big fan. I've just been reading through some of your old modules, and I'm gearing up to run my newish players through Keep on the Borderlands. It'll be interesting to see how these 3e folks handle 1e characters! So thanks for the game, and thanks for all of the inspiration!
    Happy to have been of service.

    Secondly, you ruined my life! Everyone else talks about how D&D made them better readers, better at math, better at school, etc. But I was an A+ student before I discovered D&D. After that, my grades took a dive, and now I'm ekeing out a "living" as a freelance writer. Curse you, Gary Gygax! (No, I love you, really. Just don't let my mum catch you!)
    Indeed, my influence on you has been bad if you have ended up as a freelancer in gaming--sure starvation

    Anyway, because we must ask a question, and because I'm a morbid fellow:

    What's the most memorable character death you've seen in all your years of gaming?
    That's not something i keep track of. To me the loss of a PC is either well-deserved in the case of bad play or else very sad when the character was well-played but fate was against that one.

    The one PC death I remember vividly is whan my own, Yrag, threw himself on his sword because of wretched DMing. The direction was so terrible that I was willing to never play again in a campaign run by that individual. The two other players with PCs took Yrag's corpse with them, had him raised despite my protests.

    Also, what's up with the Thoul? It's a pretty bizarre creature, and I've always wondered what it's genesis was.
    What's so bizarre about a ghoul troll? They just are not in ther general undead pantheon, if you will, but they make great monsters that paralyize and regenerate and are much tougher to turn that are ghouls or even ghasts.

    One more: how do you pronounce Gygax?
    Asked and answered many a time, even in this chapter of the Q&A thread, but I'll do so once more. Auf Switzer Deutsch the name is pronounced as "Ghe-gox." My branch of the family has Americanized it to "Guy-gax."

    Cheers,
    Gary

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    What's so bizarre about a ghoul troll? They just are not in ther general undead pantheon, if you will, but they make great monsters that paralyize and regenerate and are much tougher to turn that are ghouls or even ghasts.
    Hey Gary, I remember reading the entry for the Thoul in the Basic D&D set and thinking, "Man, I don't want to meet any of those guys!" when I was younger. A quick perusal of the appendix of the Monster Manual II, however, indictaes that these monsters didn't make it into AD&D. Was this an over sight on your part of did you decide not to include them for some reason?

    In any event I think I will throw a few at the PC's in my online game and see how they fare

    Gray Mouser

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