Gary Gygax Q&A: Part XI - Page 23


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    Quote Originally Posted by seskis281
    Cheers Gary!

    On the sci-fi side were you into reading Heinlein or Asimov?

    John Maddog Wright
    Yes indeed! I rad and enjoyed much of Bob Heinlein's work up to Glory Road, a novel I found rather a bore. I began reading Isaac Asimov's writing with Foundation when i was around 13 years old, and read much of what he wrote through 1956, and all of his essays in the Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. He and I were engaged on the same film project back in the early 1980s, and we chatter a bit on the phone. I was looking forward to meeting him in New York, working with him, but the project fell through...

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    Gary

 

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    Quote Originally Posted by haakon1
    Ack! It might be an evil artifact, showing up like that unannounced. If it came wrapped in plain brown paper, it's definitely some sort of McGuffin!

    Metagame thinking about real life amuses me sometimes. I'm weird.


    As a matter of fact I know the chap that owns the Grand Midway hotel, sponserd the Kerouac Fest. He worked for Stan Lee, and I met him first out LA. Needless to say, he was a D&D game fan, as were the bio0logists that named a new strain of bacteria after me, arthronema gygaxiana

    Cheers,
    Gary

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    Quote Originally Posted by riprock

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    Colonel, your responses generally focus on entertainment, imaginative fun, and so on. Do you have any advice for folks using make-believe for business simulations, military training, etc.?
    A most intersting application of an interest in the RPG, amigo!

    While games can educate and instruct, they must be first and foremnost fun and entertaining, or else the audience will not participate in the play for any meaningful period.

    What you are speaking of are simulatioons. I well recall the internation simulations that were vogue in the late 1960. They were interesting, challenging, and entertaining if one had the proper mindset.

    Those participating in a simulation must be engaged in the subject, motivated by a desire to further their knowledge and understanding of what is being simulated, and the "play" is more similar to competitive sports/games than that of the RPG. The rewards for excellence in a simulation must be set forth clearly, as they are not likely to be obvious and immediate.

    That's about all I have to offer off the top of my head...short of a real study on my part and a scholarly essay thereafter based on that research

    Cheers,
    Gary

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    Quote Originally Posted by vaguy010
    Hi Gary,

    I know this Q&A is over with, I did not know about it until now.

    I do not have a question just a comment.

    I am glad you did what you did, you are one of my heros # 2 on my list my dad is first sorry!

    Anyways just thought I would say hi and I will try to come up with some good questions for you the next time you do a Q&A.
    Hi Vaguy010,

    No way this Q&A thread is over yet... Ask away if you like.

    Rest assured I am really honored to be #2 on your heroes list. I should come after your father, and maybe then some

    Cheers,
    Gary

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    Quote Originally Posted by dcas
    Wylfs?
    Heh...

    Always good to have an LA game fan posting

    Indeed the personality of the Grotto and Thicket Wylf is based loosely on that of the Picts of folklore, not the usual elves. Of course elves are also based in part on the Picts. The culture and physical appearance of the Wylfs is something I made up to suit the game.

    Cheers,
    Gary

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    Quote Originally Posted by Henry


    Did Gary say something I missed about not doing these anymore?


    I don't think so... Likely the assumption came from the number of unanswered posts, the reason for which I have already explained :\

    Cheers,
    Gary

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    Quote Originally Posted by Treebore
    Not according to anything here. did he say something on the Dragonsfoot Q&A?
    Noppers!

    I am still going along there too

    Cheers,
    Gary

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    Quote Originally Posted by Treebore
    Yes. He answered stuff on Dragonsfoot today. Maybe he is just too busy with real life today. His B-day is coming up too.
    Hesh yo mouff up!

    At my age things like that are best forgotten...


    Gary

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    Quote Originally Posted by Llaurenela
    Hi Ya Gary!
    Just stopping in to say greetings to you and yours!
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    Ciao Llaurenela

    Thanks. You have been absent from the Talk List, and I was windering what was happening.

    Cheers,
    Gary

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steverooo
    So, Garymeister, can you give us any word on what you're working on with TRS (no, not T$R! Total Reality Studios!)?


    I don't believe I am working on anything with TRS at this time.

    What prompted the inquiry?

    Cheers,
    Gary

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