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    Quote Originally Posted by gideon_thorne
    *smiles* Last time I talked to George Martin I asked him if he actually intended to have any characters left by the end of the series.
    A friend of mine and I have a bet on who's going to survive the series. I'm already down one on him, but with 3 more books I'll have lots of time to catch up and I'm pretty confident about at least two of my choices.

    Quote Originally Posted by Col_Pladoh
    I enjoy de Camp's writing, very mych so when teamed with Fletcher Pratt, but he messed up REH's writing, as did the other posthumous collaborators.
    I just recently finished reading the "Savage Tales of Solomon Kane" reprint. I can honestly say I think I like Kane almost more than I like Conan. The only one from that series I'm missing now is Bran-Moc-Mon.

    As for my own opinion on the Du-Camp pastiches/edits I whole heartedly agree with you. I hadn't realized how much he'd changed until I got the chance to read them side by side.
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    Originally Posted by diaglo
    Olgar Shiverstone or other new edition DM: so i've gotta wrap up the campaign..
    diaglo: we could play OD&D(1974) the only true game. All the other editions are..
    other gamer: i could run a campaign set in space with ninja pirates.
    other gamers: done. when do we start.
    diaglo:

 

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    Hey Gary, were the early AD&D modules penned by you taken from the Lake Geneva campaign wholly or in part or did you set out to write them specifically for the events noted on the cover blurbs with a later eye to publication?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Col_Pladoh
    It seems to me that Phil Barker's character and place names are so difficult to pronounce as to make reading a chore.
    I can certainly understand that. I have to admit that I actually like his names. He and Tolkien invented honest-to-goodness languages, and hence their nomenclature feels real. I can't stand the big, unpronounceable names in most other authors' works (Flamblerideragiz the Wizard, and such rot). They just sit there and pull monstrosities out of their nether regions, and it shows.

    Gary, do you like Japanese giant monster movies, such as Godzilla (28 films so far!)? I'm rediscovering them with my young daughter.

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    Imperialus,

    IIRR, goward wrote the Bran Mac Morn yarns before he did the tales of Conan, actually used some of his plots for future Bran tales in the Conan storues.

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by thedungeondelver

    Hey Gary, were the early AD&D modules penned by you taken from the Lake Geneva campaign wholly or in part or did you set out to write them specifically for the events noted on the cover blurbs with a later eye to publication?
    TSR was getting a lot of requests for adventure modules, so I did all of the initial modules strictly to fiill the void in the company's product line. Of course I had my group play-test them, also had TSR employees do so. The onlymodules taken directly from my campaign were Dungeonland, Land Beyond the Magic Mirror, Isle of the Ape, Village of Hommlet, and Temple of Elemental Evil. The others were slipped into the campaign as side adventure areas.

    I wrote the G series as a break between finishing the PHB and starting the DMG, and I did the D series after completing the ms. for the DMG.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoffrey
    I can certainly understand that. I have to admit that I actually like his names. He and Tolkien invented honest-to-goodness languages, and hence their nomenclature feels real. I can't stand the big, unpronounceable names in most other authors' works (Flamblerideragiz the Wizard, and such rot). They just sit there and pull monstrosities out of their nether regions, and it shows.

    Gary, do you like Japanese giant monster movies, such as Godzilla (28 films so far!)? I'm rediscovering them with my young daughter.
    One must be very immersed, shall we say, in the setting being detailed to create special languages spoken therein.

    As for Japanese monster movies, I must say they are not my cup of tea...although I get a laugh out os some of them: "Look! Gorgonzola, Cheese Monster, destroys the entire miniature village as it it were a toy!"


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    Hi Gary!

    I was reading through my old Volume I of Lejends Magazine and wondered when the Trolls are planning those hardbacks of LA. Last I heard they were due out last summer. I see some nice stuff coming out related to LA, like a new module you and Chris Clark penned, but still no new core rulebooks. Any new news on that front, or is "Essentials" IT for the foreseeable future? I would email you directly with this question, but I posted here because I'm sure there are others curious about the same thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Col_Pladoh


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    What? Devas like angels? You mean the winged figure in the MM II that was an other-planar minion of the powers of weal were meant to resemble angels? That's crazy talk, I tell you!



    Actually, I rather liked Devas, Solars and (IIRR) Planatars. It did seem, however, that the Solar could give a demon lord or duke of hell a run for his money. Which is fitting, given the angel/demon/devil parallels

    I recall that the Devas were divided into three distinct groups, were Planatars and Solars, as well? Was this three-fold division inspired by the "Choirs of Angels" belief that was developed largely by Pseudo-Dyonisius' reflection on various passages in the New Testament?

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    Hey Colonel, I was just wondering about the WoGH setting. I'm sure we all have our favorite parts of the Flanaess, around which we either base our Oerth campaigns or to which we just have a certain attraction (I'm rather partial to the Free City of Greyhawk, Furyondy, as well as some of the western lands, such as Zeif, not to mention finding the Valley of the Mage an interesting place for potential adevntures). My question is this: Besides the City of Greyhawk, what other lands figured prominantly in your campaign? I know that the campaign figured largely around Greyhawk and that there were trips to China and, IIRC, Hempmonoland (or its equivalent) but did any of the players ever make it to places such as Ket, the Bandit Kingdoms, the Great Kingdom, Dyvers, etc.? Were there any major NPC's from such places that interacted with the players on a normal, or memorable, basis?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nathal
    Hi Gary!

    I was reading through my old Volume I of Lejends Magazine and wondered when the Trolls are planning those hardbacks of LA. Last I heard they were due out last summer. I see some nice stuff coming out related to LA, like a new module you and Chris Clark penned, but still no new core rulebooks. Any new news on that front, or is "Essentials" IT for the foreseeable future? I would email you directly with this question, but I posted here because I'm sure there are others curious about the same thing.

    ~Dan Cross
    Hi Dan,

    As far as I know the hardback version of the LA game was never contemplated being released in 2006. The object has been to clear out the paperback versions. The Trolls will likely be releasing the supplements to the core rules, Tome of Knowledge and More Beasts of Lejend in PDF format this year, along with hardcover releases of Lejendary Pantheons and Shamanism & Witchcraft. then the revised etition of the three core rule books will be done in hardback next year...I think.

    Cheerio,
    Gary

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