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    Howdy Riprock,

    If you can relate the participation to career goals, improved chance for financial rewards, and/or possession of superior knowledge/performance excellence, the major bases will be covered.

    Actually, approval/praise from you before the group is likely to be considered a reward by participants sincere in their desire.

    Anyway, good luck

    Cheers,
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    Hi Gary!

    Thanks for the response - when I was young Friday nights were reading nights, when the TV was turned off and my father would read to us - All the early works of Robert Heinlein, Asimov, even the entire "Lord of the Rings." My father got to know Virginia Heinlein a couple of years ago before her passing, and he's currently really involved with the author's foundation. It was this exposure to "listening" to a sci-fi tale or fantasy tale, in which we closed our eyes and imagined, that sparked my interest and led me to the bookstore to by my first set of Basic and Expert D&D.

    I was wondering if you also knew H. Beam Piper, specifically the book Lord Kalvan of Othewhen ? I have always thought that the idea of paratime (multiple dimensions of Earth) would make an outstanding RPG and I may try to design it someday.

    Oh, and a happy belated birth-day. Mine's tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seskis281
    Hi Gary!

    Thanks for the response - when I was young Friday nights were reading nights, when the TV was turned off and my father would read to us - All the early works of Robert Heinlein, Asimov, even the entire "Lord of the Rings." My father got to know Virginia Heinlein a couple of years ago before her passing, and he's currently really involved with the author's foundation. It was this exposure to "listening" to a sci-fi tale or fantasy tale, in which we closed our eyes and imagined, that sparked my interest and led me to the bookstore to by my first set of Basic and Expert D&D.
    I was nearly in my teens when I saw my first TV program. Growing up listening to radio dramas did encourage eye closing and imagination, as did my father's bedtime stories, my mother's reading aloud to me...as frewuently as I could wheedler into doing that

    I was wondering if you also knew H. Beam Piper, specifically the book Lord Kalvan of Othewhen ? I have always thought that the idea of paratime (multiple dimensions of Earth) would make an outstanding RPG and I may try to design it someday.
    I have met a number of SF and Fantasy authors, but not Mr. Piper. I am familiar with the novel of his that you mention, an rousing tale indeed. i have at least one old paperback copy of it in the basement library. I write the LA game system spcifically with an eye to having it accommodateother genres so as to eventually enable play in varying universes with a constant core rules set and characters that could transfer from one to another.

    Oh, and a happy belated birth-day. Mine's tomorrow.

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    Happy birthday, John

    Mine isn't until this thursday...game night

    Cheers,
    Gary

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    Actually, I made them [Valley Elves] up out of the elvish template and my vision of the Valley of the Mage. It seemed a good idea to have the elvesthere a good deal different from the rest...as were the Drow

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    I have always found the Valley of the Mage interesting, since I read about it in the WoG set. In fact, IIRC, I first came across it in a friend's copy of the old folio edition. Seeing as how you have nothing else going on and you are simplying whiling away the hours how about whipping up a quick version of the "Vale of the Arch-Mage" to be set away west from Dunfalcom and Yggsburgh for C&C?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Gray Mouser
    I have always found the Valley of the Mage interesting, since I read about it in the WoG set. In fact, IIRC, I first came across it in a friend's copy of the old folio edition. Seeing as how you have nothing else going on and you are simplying whiling away the hours how about whipping up a quick version of the "Vale of the Arch-Mage" to be set away west from Dunfalcom and Yggsburgh for C&C?



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    That'll happen about the same time WotC gives me the rights to the World of Greyhawk. I'll do something on the Sea of Dust and the Rift Canyon then too

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    Just curious with the above response - why are other Greyhawk names and concepts different from "Zagyg?"

    And sorry about the mistake in b-days... thought yours was last week. Happy b-day again!

    John Wright

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    Quote Originally Posted by seskis281
    Just curious with the above response - why are other Greyhawk names and concepts different from "Zagyg?"
    Sorry, but I dn;t understand that question.

    I can say how they are the same...I made them all up

    And sorry about the mistake in b-days... thought yours was last week. Happy b-day again!

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    Ah, think nothing of it

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    Mr. Gygax--

    long time reader, first time poster. first, praise which you have no doubt heard over the past 30 years about d&D. I was given a copy of the first ed boxed set with the three books, a set of dice, and the KOB adventure, when i hit my 13th birthday. here it is, 25 years later and i am still hooked. in that one moment i was turned into a DND geek forever. (God be praised!) i bought my son, now 14, a basic set for 3rd ed (sorry...) and he now wants to be a dungeon master like his dear old dad. so i've been teaching him every week, letting him run adventures for me and a few of his freinds, and showing him the ropes. he's catching on rather quickly. thanks for a perfect hobby that allows me to bond with my son.

    now, a few questions: i recently bought the C&C rules, and the LA rule book basic boxed set. I have a pretty firm grasp on the rules, but have yet to start a game with my regular group of players. without going into specifice details, are there any good introductory adventures you can suggest for both systems that i could use for beginning characters? i have very little prep time, and would like to send Troll lord games any business i can. i used to run a game store before the vagaries of the economy and a less than principled partner made us close down, so i understand what it is like to run a gaming business. now, i work at least 60 hours a week and have little time to design my own adventures. i am beginning to lose confidence in the 3rd ed d&d rules and wish to find something different that has the same old school feel that i fell in love with 20 years ago.

    again, thanks for many happy years in gaming. and if you are ever in the virginia beach area, let me know, you'll not need to get a hotel.

    oh by the way, happy birthday!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Col_Pladoh
    Sorry, but I dn;t understand that question.
    Sorry - to clarify, if the Wizards hold the rights to Greyhawk and so using settings and names (as you indicated in the above post about the Valley of the Mage) isn't possible, what made the name "Zagyg" (which is certainly a major part of Greyhawk) different so that you can publish this wonderful new series?

    If I'm prying I apologize, just curious because it would be cool to see some of the other Greyhawk material eek into CZ setting.

    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by Col_Pladoh
    " Is chewing gum a scievce or an art? How about picking one's nose? tell those pretentious ones to be honest. "Let's Pretend" is a game, and nothing more.
    Some of those really serious roleplayers would be truely offended by that statement, Gary. I salute you.

    Some people really do take the games far too seriously.
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