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    Hi Gary!

    Was there ever a formula for determining XP and GP values for magic items in 1E AD&D? If not, do you have any suggestions or guidelines for doing so?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mighty Veil
    Looking at Solar Symbols at Wiki. The Canadian flag looks similar to the 8 pointed star. Makes me wonder if that's what it's suppose to be.

    8 pointed star
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_symbols

    Maple leaf flag
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maple_leaf_flag
    Purely coincidental, as you can see from the evolution of the flag in the Wiki article. It doesn't say it but the maple leaf was being used as a Canadian symbol by the military as early as WW1 (the tunnels near Vimy Ridge are full of them: http://198.103.134.2/content/memoria...images/026.jpg ).


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    Gary:

    It is my understanding you enjoy Edgar Rice Burrough's works set on Mars. Is there any other science fiction you enjoy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Col_Pladoh
    Planetar and Solar were inspired by Theosophy. There were no grades of either IIRR--too lazy to dig up MMII and check for sure.
    Could you provide more details on this, please?

    I had some ideas for a game that involved a world with a single solar as the spirit/ruler/personification of the Sun and a single planetar as the spirit/ruler/personification of Earth. The epic overarching plot would involve the planetar rising up against the solar: a bit of gnosticism, a bit of Ra vs. Apophis...

    What got me thinking along these lines were mostly just the names for the creatures, "planetar" and "solar" which I never thought were chosen for any particular reason, but now that you mention being inspired by Theosophy, it seems I might have been going back to the roots without being aware of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FATDRAGONGAMES
    Hi Gary!

    Was there ever a formula for determining XP and GP values for magic items in 1E AD&D? If not, do you have any suggestions or guidelines for doing so?
    Hmmm...

    I would have sworn that I used one when I set those values down in GPs in the DMG, but I surely can not recall what it was. The GP value given for a magic item equaled what XPs I gave for it if they sold it. Hald the amount in XPs if it was retained bu anuone in the party.

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    Quote Originally Posted by edgewaters
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    Gary:

    It is my understanding you enjoy Edgar Rice Burrough's works set on Mars. Is there any other science fiction you enjoy?


    You aren't joking, are you? I read SF since I was 12. and have written a few short stories in the genre, and so my name is included in the roster of SF authors.

    I have always enjoyed the writing of many SF authors including: Asimov, Bradbury, Clark, Dick, Elkison, Farmer, Gernsback, Hamilron, Raymond Jones, Damon Knight, Laumer, Sam Merwin, Jr., Norton, Offut, Pangborn, Mack Reynolds, St. Claire and Sheckly (and Shaver... ), Tenn, van Vogt, Wellman and Williamson, and Zelazny.

    As a matter of fact I have paperbacks, magazines of pulp and digest sort, and a few hardbacks too with all of those authors and a lor more in by library...and I have read them all

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasin
    Could you provide more details on this, please?

    I had some ideas for a game that involved a world with a single solar as the spirit/ruler/personification of the Sun and a single planetar as the spirit/ruler/personification of Earth. The epic overarching plot would involve the planetar rising up against the solar: a bit of gnosticism, a bit of Ra vs. Apophis...

    What got me thinking along these lines were mostly just the names for the creatures, "planetar" and "solar" which I never thought were chosen for any particular reason, but now that you mention being inspired by Theosophy, it seems I might have been going back to the roots without being aware of them.
    I do not pretend to be an expert on Theosophy, so you must do your own research in regards information there.

    You have the correct hierarchy for the Solar and Planatar, so I can not add anything there.

    As for Egyptian deities at odds, the big dustup was between Ra and Osiris when Ra was taking Set's sind in regards who should rule earth, Horus son of Osiris or Set. Osiris onfrmed Ra that he had "many savage faced messengers" to assert his claim, and Ra backed down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Col_Pladoh
    I have always enjoyed the writing of many SF authors including:
    I'm surprised Heinlein isn't in that list. He seems right up your alley (especially, say, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress).

    Have you ever read The Mote in God's Eye by Niven & Pournelle? One of the best SF books ever written IMHO (and in Heinlein's opinion, too). Unfortunately the sequel (The Gripping Hand) is no good at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dcas
    I'm surprised Heinlein isn't in that list. He seems right up your alley (especially, say, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress).

    Have you ever read The Mote in God's Eye by Niven & Pournelle? One of the best SF books ever written IMHO (and in Heinlein's opinion, too). Unfortunately the sequel (The Gripping Hand) is no good at all.


    That list was just a sampling of the SF authors I have read. Good grief, Poul Anderson, ERB, Alfred Bester, Eando Binder, Edmond Cooper, and a host of others aren't on it...including "Doc" Smith, Robert Heinlein, Murry Leinster, and Jerry Pornelle, Ph.D.

    Cheerio,
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    Were you a Second City improv fan when you were growing up in Chicago?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark CMG
    Were you a Second City improv fan when you were growing up in Chicago?
    Heh, kids of age 7 and under don't get to hang out on Rush Street. I did later on, when I was 18 and living on my own there. (I had a doctored ID that showed me as three years older than actual.) So I went Bellini's Coffe House, the Gate of Horn, and the Improv theater there on State, the name of which escapes me, but the owner was listed as "Janitor."

    Of course I was a big fan of Second City TV with John Candy et al. on the tube

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