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  1. #201
    Hey, Gary,

    Good to see you on the boards these days. Hope everything is well in your corner. Anyway, I've got a burning question for you:

    Should I play a thief or a ranger?


    Best Wishes,

    Jokamachi


    P.S. Have you seen Chimes at Midnight yet?

 

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    Quote Originally Posted by Col_Pladoh
    I read quite eclectically--mainly history, historical fiction, mystery, fantasy, and science fiction. Jack Vance is my favorite author, but I can happily read the stories of Robert E. Howard's "Conan," Robert van Gulik's "Judge Dee", Rex Stout's "Nero Wolfe," C.S. Forrester's "Hornblower", Bernard Cornwell's "Sharpe", and so on.
    Those are all fantastic books, btw. Haven't read Vance yetr, but ordered a couple from Amazon. Hey, Gary, have you ever read Ian Flemming's James Bond books? If you have, I'd be interested to hear your opinion on 'em. Also, if you like 24, you've gotta check out the 1st two seasons, truly masterpieces. While I'm on the topic of TV shows, um...you ever watch The Prisoner? I rather like it. Be curious as to your opinion. Thanks Gary & Be Seeing You!
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  • #203
    Quote Originally Posted by Col_Pladoh

    As a matter of fact I have no solid idea as to why Rary was even mentioned by TSR. That PC was one that Brian Blume created early in the D&D cycle, a magic-user that Brian wanted to work up to 3rd level so as to introduce him as "Medium Rary."
    "Medium Rary"? It's amusing to see that bad pun names go all the way back to the earliest days of the game. I wonder if maybe he was in the Rogue's Gallery or something, and as such the character became part of the published material?

    Perhaps having Rary betray the Circle of Eight was a sort of ironic reflection of reality. Though that doesn't explain why they decided to make Robliar his underling (or whatever).

    For those who aren't familiar with the early Greyhawk material, well, this is how I sort of view the matter as a more or less neutral bystander looking at it from the outside:

    First, there is the original campaign as run by Gary, Rob and others. This is where the world itself was first developed, and some of the material found its way into the game in the days of 1e.

    Then there's the official setting as published. The official setting isn't really the same thing as Gary's setting, the way I understand, the published setting started off when he presented elements of his own campaign for DMs to use as their own, though there was also stuff like the Rogue's Gallery that did not accurately reflect the original Greyhawk, but still became the basis for official material. After Gary left TSR, other people wrote material for the setting of varying quality.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jokamachi
    Hey, Gary,

    Good to see you on the boards these days. Hope everything is well in your corner. Anyway, I've got a burning question for you:

    Should I play a thief or a ranger?


    Best Wishes,

    Jokamachi


    P.S. Have you seen Chimes at Midnight yet?


    Which PC you plat depends on what you want to have your character do in the adventures, scout and fight mainly outdoors or skulk mainly indors and perform what it rakes to purloin valuables.

    As for Chimes at Midnight, which I assume is a film, no. What genre is it?

    Cheers,
    Gary

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Drake
    Those are all fantastic books, btw. Haven't read Vance yetr, but ordered a couple from Amazon. Hey, Gary, have you ever read Ian Flemming's James Bond books? If you have, I'd be interested to hear your opinion on 'em. Also, if you like 24, you've gotta check out the 1st two seasons, truly masterpieces. While I'm on the topic of TV shows, um...you ever watch The Prisoner? I rather like it. Be curious as to your opinion. Thanks Gary & Be Seeing You!
    Bur of course I rad all the "Bond" novels written by Ian FLeming, enjoyed them a good deal. If I had mentioned that I read both Doyle's "Sherlock Holmes" and Rhomer's "Fu MAnchu" tales you would likely have assumed I'd read Gleming's books.

    As for The Prisoner, indeed I watched it back when my telly;s screen was black & white. I also was a fan of The Avengers.

    I seldom watch video tapes or CDs as there is usually something on being broadcast that I want to see.

    Cheers,
    Gary

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orius
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    For those who aren't familiar with the early Greyhawk material, well, this is how I sort of view the matter as a more or less neutral bystander looking at it from the outside:

    First, there is the original campaign as run by Gary, Rob and others. This is where the world itself was first developed, and some of the material found its way into the game in the days of 1e.
    I began the campaign world, had Rob join as co-Dm when the adventuring group size was generally over 12 and rather overwhealming. Thus the dungeons were an an amalgamation of his and mine, but all the rest of Greyhawk was my sole creaation...with inspirational input from many players, of course

    Then there's the official setting as published. The official setting isn't really the same thing as Gary's setting, the way I understand, the published setting started off when he presented elements of his own campaign for DMs to use as their own, though there was also stuff like the Rogue's Gallery that did not accurately reflect the original Greyhawk, but still became the basis for official material. After Gary left TSR, other people wrote material for the setting of varying quality.
    As I have related elsewhere, my original setting for Greyhawk was basicaly the earth, and the City of Greyhawk was about where Chicago is, Dyvers on the shore northwards where Milwaukee stands. Of course as my campaign world was active, had many players, I did not wish to detail it, so I created Aerth, the continent of Oerick, and all that went with it for general use by other DMs. I found I liked it so well that I switched my group's play to the World of Greyhawk soon after I had finished the maps and manuscript.

    Cheers,
    Gary

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    Quote Originally Posted by Col_Pladoh
    As I have related elsewhere, my original setting for Greyhawk was basicaly the earth, and the City of Greyhawk was about where Chicago is, Dyvers on the shore northwards where Milwaukee stands.
    Cheers,
    Gary
    Hi there, Gary
    I have a question: I've never been sure as to how to pronounce the word bolded above, is the 'y' pronounced as an 'i' like 'diver' or as a soft sound as in 'sieve' ?
    And just one other query, which as per my usual most likely you've been asked before but I've never been fortunate enough to hear you view/answer/opinion. The great module "Tomb of Horrors": how did it originate, and was it really used by you to teach arrogant player's with "powerful" characters, (who would show up a various cons), a lesson in humility, and to prove skill in play over that of "big" stats? As I've said, I've heard this before, but only as heresay. I would appreciate hearing the truth in this matter, from the master himself! Thanks Gary, as always, your time is greatly appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Drake
    Hi there, Gary
    ...
    Okay, the city's name is pronounced DYE-vers.

    The Tomb of Horrors was inspired by material sent to me by Alan Lucien, and I believe I have credited him in this regard, but it has been so many years I can not recall where and how. Anyway...

    The place was designed to test the mettle of the best players, stretch their ability to the maximum. That it did, while nor a few PCs belonging to very capable players bit the proverbial dust. Those players with real cran came back and kept trying until their PCs suceeded or else the DM grew weary of running the module. As I have mentioned, in my group only Rob Kuntz managed to get to the end of the advbenture, Robilar losing all of his orc flunkies at the onset, in the initial passage. When he found the tomb of the demi-lich Robilar scooped all the magical treasures he could into his bag of holding and ran off leaving the demi-lich hanginf, as it were. Tenser retreated from the perilous place, as did Terik.

    Of course Mordenkainen never entered the place, but had he, the wily wizard would surely have come with his most potent associates, and brought plenty of powerful magic along. As with most other dedicated players, I too am averse to losing my favirite and long-luved PC.

    Cheers,
    Gary

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    Seen over at RPG.net:

    Someone posts a thread entitled "Burning Gygax."

    It turns out to be about how to use your old A/D&D Modules in a game of The Burning Wheel (From what I can tell, this is actually a good idea and works very well.) One of the Mods expresses relief that the content of the post doesn't include the words 'in effigy.'

    Someone else decides that 'Burning Gygax' will be his next PC's super move.

    I laughed so hard it woke up the guest sleeping on my couch, and decided I should share.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WyzardWhately
    ...

    I laughed so hard it woke up the guest sleeping on my couch, and decided I should share.
    Oh, I see...

    I am now the butt of unseemly humor, eh?

    I have seldom been so offended!


    Cheers,
    Gary

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