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    Plus the dreadful are often good for a laugh. Or two.
    It is the spirit of the game, not the letter of the rules, which is important. NEVER hold to the letter written, nor allow some barracks room lawyer to force quotations from the rule book upon you, IF it goes against the obvious intent of the game. As you hew the line with respect to conformity to major systems and uniformity of play in general, also be certain the game is mastered by you and not by your players. Within the broad parameters give in the Advanced Dungeons and Dragons Volumes, YOU are creator and final arbiter. By ordering things as they should be, the game as a WHOLE first, your CAMPAIGN next, and your participants thereafter, you will be playing Advanced Dungeons and Dragons as it was meant to be. May you find as much pleasure in so doing as the rest of us do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Treebore
    Plus the dreadful are often good for a laugh. Or two.


    Back in the late 1970s there was a fanziine titled The Apprentice that ran a module called "The Pigeon Cliffs of Mentadora." It was hysterically funny, althogh it was meant to be serious. For example, the giant pigeons, tumbler, homing, etc. caged there each ate "an orc a day." Poor birds...there wasn't an orc to be found anywhere in the whole module.

    I panned it as being most amusing but dumb in Dragon magazine, naming the publication. I was informed that the fanzine sold about three times as many copies next issue, and the back inventory of the "pigeon" issue sold out completely immediately after my review appeared in print. The publisher and author of the module in the zine wouldn't speak to me despite the benefit I brought to his enterprise

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    Quote Originally Posted by Col_Pladoh
    I panned it as being most amusing but dumb in Dragon magazine, naming the publication. I was informed that the fanzine sold about three times as many copies next issue, and the back inventory of the "pigeon" issue sold out completely immediately after my review appeared in print. The publisher and author of the module in the zine wouldn't speak to me despite the benefit I brought to his enterprise
    Funny how these things work in the opposite way you intended them to!

    Speaking of adventures, have you used any of the free 3.x adventures available on the WotC site, and if so, what are your opinions on their quality? I'm especially interested in hearing what you think of Wreck Ashore, if you're familiar with it.
    'Genshou is the ruler of Genshouland and the creator of one thousand and one house rules; some of them good, some of them mediocre. Genshou likes cheese and root beer (but never together). Genshou is a young man who is always ridiculously cheerful. He has been described as a madman, a potato, and "cuddly".'

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    Quote Originally Posted by Col_Pladoh
    Thus begins the eleventh of this series

    Cheers,
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    Gary, it's great to see you here, as always!

    Eric Noah

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steverooo
    So, is Yggsburgh the "Be a Collaborator" deal from Lejends?
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    No sir
    Okay, so what was it? Something that never happened? Something still in the works? What?

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    Quote Originally Posted by EricNoah
    Gary, it's great to see you here, as always!

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    It really is! I never in my wildest dreams would have imagined seeing the Father of the Game so involved in an online community... and then I heard about these threads.
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    Okay, so what was it? Something that never happened? Something still in the works? What?
    Its a collaborative series work set in the city of this volume
    http://www.trolllord.com/newsite/zagyg/8050.

    For the Castles & Crusades game.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gideon_thorne
    Its a collaborative series work set in the city of this volume
    http://www.trolllord.com/newsite/zagyg/8050.

    For the Castles & Crusades game.
    No, no, no, no!

    I KNOW what Castle Greyhawk/Xagyg/Zagyg/Yggsburgh is (as if Gary's description, above, weren't more than enough for any fool who didn't already know)!

    My question is, if the "Be a Collaborator!" deal in Lejends wasn't about Yggsburgh (and Gary has already posted that it was not), then what was THAT all about?!?

    Keep up with me, here!

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    Quote Originally Posted by genshou
    Funny how these things work in the opposite way you intended them to!
    Oops!

    Sorry, I didn;t mean to give the wrong impression there. I mentioned the name of the fanzine so as to make up for the panning by publicizing it. If I mean to truly smoke something I never mention it by name or even hint at that...

    Speaking of adventures, have you used any of the free 3.x adventures available on the WotC site, and if so, what are your opinions on their quality? I'm especially interested in hearing what you think of Wreck Ashore, if you're familiar with it.
    Ah well, another dud response.

    As I don't play 3E, sometimes play OAD&D (or the C&C game) but usually play the Lejendary Adventure skill-bundle-based rules light system, I can be of no assistance regarding this matter :\

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by EricNoah
    Gary, it's great to see you here, as always!

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    Thanks Erik!

    Just stay away from my +1 mace

    Cheers,
    Gary

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