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    Gary Gygax Q&A: Part XIII

    A brand new addition to the series, done so that following it will be easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Col_Pladoh
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    Perhaps Gord vs. Drizzt in Act I, Gord vs. Raistlin in Act II, and Gord vs. Elminster in Act III?
    Just kidding! Seriously, just kidding. No really, I mean it, it was only a joke, no such book will come to light.

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    If it counts for anything, I did just get a message from a Gord fan saying this:



    "Elminster vs. Gord. How could that possibly go wrong?

    Cmonyou dont think Gord vs. early-career-Conan wouldnt work better?"



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    Quote Originally Posted by mordelack
    If it counts for anything, I did just get a message from a Gord fan saying this:

    "Elminster vs. Gord. How could that possibly go wrong?

    Cmonyou dont think Gord vs. early-career-Conan wouldnt work better?"

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    Joking aside, I agree with your suggestion that a young Gord (late teens/early 20s) would probably be the best way to go for a new full length tale.
    He's not overly powerful and still has alot to learn.

    But then again in a post-destruction epic there would be the tension that he could die.





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    Well, you could always try to do an arc for one of the current fantasy series, maybe with the current licensor's of Conan or Red Sonja.

    Personally, I'd love to see Gord take on Kulan Gath. If Conan had to team up with Elric to work against him... hmm... another incarnation of the Eternal Champion.

    Speaking of more adventures in novel format--one thing I'd love to see would be some tales of Gord as "Cap'n Gord", with that ol' Crew he had between Sea of Death and Come Endless Darkness. There's a lot that could be done there, and there's a whole group of adventurers under him that could be fleshed out and expanded upon.

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    OK Gary, it isn't like I yammer at you enough already but -

    What's the worst "gotcha" your players have gotten you with when you're running the game?

    For me, I had a wonderful/horrible scene where two spectres were unleashed on an unsuspecting party with a 5th level cleric, one at a time (to prevent a blanket turning of both of them). First round of combat: party wins initiative, first spectre TURNED.

    Second round of combat, in comes the next spectre: TURNED! The &^%$!ing guy playing the cleric rolled a 19 in the first instance and a bloody 20 in the second!

    Gary, no lie, I have had near-TPKs done with giant ticks on that same group. I've seen them wander dumbly into deadfall traps, sucked to near lifelessness by a group of shadows that they couldn't turn but NO. NO. THEY WALKED ALL OVER THE SPECTRES LIKE THEY WEREN'T THERE.

    So. What's your "I can't believe they got away that easily" story?

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    Gary, I had mentioned your list of "recommended reading" in the 1e DMG on the previous Q&A thread. That list still gets discussed a lot, as it consists of a lot of the great fantasy and scifi authors and books of the first half of the twentieth century. I was wondering if you'd be inclined to share with us the books you'd include on an updated list? I know I'd be very interested in seeing what you thought were some of the most inspirational, in a D&D sense, books that you've read since the original list was composed.
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