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    Gary Gygax Q&A: Part XII

    Here's the next thread in the Q&A session.

    I'll take this opportunity to state formally that I will be a GoH at next year's GenCon, number XL

    Peter has also invited Len Lakofka, so Stephen Colbert, take note!

    Cheers,
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    I forgot to indicate I wanted email notification to responses to this thread

    Cheers,
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    Salutations

    Greetings Mr. Gygax!

    May this message find you well. I have been an player of Dungeons and Dragons for more than 10 years. Much of what I have observed in the changes through the various editions, materials, and mechanics I have enjoyed and have had many good gamining experiences with others, both as a fellow PC and as a DM. There have also been hick-ups along the way. Certain mechanics could and should be done more thoughtfully, with a closer attention payed toward cross-class equity of powers and abilities, and tools to help players develop a good concept for their character, not what combination of race, skills, spells makes the best number crunching exercise. One concern to me of late has been this tendency to make the DM a robot at the utter mercy of suppliments and dare I say "munchkin-esque" players. Case in point the recent Monster Manual IV insulted not only my expectations of what a monster manual should be, but also my intelligence. Yes as advertized the monsters were "easy" to run, if one enjoyed guessing the hit die type of creatures and hit point break down. They also redundant classed monsters, unmemmorable and made for a generally "underwhelming" experience. This has not been the first instance of this trend. Providing sound mechanics for players to try new options is good. It is what has enabled the game to evolve and thrive. But at times it almost feels like a straight jacket or that as DM's we are being spoon-fed everything. In other words it is as if DM's are no longer encouraged to come up with creative solutions on their own. In some instances when a brave DM peers beyond the margins of text rules, there are the hyper-reactive snapping maws of rules lawyers and other bugbears of free thinking.

    My personal taste is that I enjoy the 3E/3.5 mechanic - still it has room for improvement - but I would like to see some sort of return of DM authority, or at least an environment where PCs and DMs can corporately solve problems creatively and imagine fun innovations. Within your enduring gaming experience, have you noticed a similar trend? What do you forsee happening within the current edition that will change this for the better, or not?

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    Hi Gary,

    Will there be a map of your Greyhawk city in the new Saga of Old City release?

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Col_Pladoh


    I forgot to indicate I wanted email notification to responses to this thread

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    that was turned off for awhile - is it back on yet?

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    thanks for the reply, mr gygax (wow, still cant believe im talking to you!!!!)


    i was wondering about two things:

    reading the temple of elemental evil, i notice that when u wrote something like " 5 Zombies", you put Hp for all the zombies, and not just a "generic number" for them all. same thing to gems value.

    the question is why have this changed over the years? do you think its important to do that little things in antecipation of an adventure ? people are getting lazzy?
    i like that way, makes some "russian roullet" (dont know if i translated right..ehehhe..sorry) feeling, as u dont know if u are going to take the strong or the weak one .

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    Quote Originally Posted by rossik
    thanks for the reply, mr gygax (wow, still cant believe im talking to you!!!!)


    You are doing just that in virtual manner.


    i was wondering about two things:

    reading the temple of elemental evil, i notice that when u wrote something like " 5 Zombies", you put Hp for all the zombies, and not just a "generic number" for them all. same thing to gems value.

    the question is why have this changed over the years? do you think its important to do that little things in antecipation of an adventure ? people are getting lazzy?
    i like that way, makes some "russian roullet" (dont know if i translated right..ehehhe..sorry) feeling, as u dont know if u are going to take the strong or the weak one .
    It is a simple matter, actually: As a designer and as a GM I have grown tired of having weak monsters and lavish treasure where the intent was to have potent monsters and skimpy loot.

    I assume that the GM using the published material will alter the fixed numbers given to suit his campaign style and his preferences as well as those of his players.

    Be warned, when I do stats for the C&C sytemm's criters, I am prone to using d10 and d12, and having the range between 7 and 10, to 7 and 12, with no lor end possibilities on each HD. that seems logical to me for a normal and robust monster

    Cheer,
    Gary
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    Quote Originally Posted by allencon
    Greetings Mr. Gygax!

    May this message find you well. I have been an player of Dungeons and Dragons for more than 10 years. Much of what I have observed in the changes through the various editions, materials, and mechanics I have enjoyed and have had many good gamining experiences with others, both as a fellow PC and as a DM. There have also been hick-ups along the way. Certain mechanics could and should be done more thoughtfully, with a closer attention payed toward cross-class equity of powers and abilities, and tools to help players develop a good concept for their character, not what combination of race, skills, spells makes the best number crunching exercise. One concern to me of late has been this tendency to make the DM a robot at the utter mercy of suppliments and dare I say "munchkin-esque" players. Case in point the recent Monster Manual IV insulted not only my expectations of what a monster manual should be, but also my intelligence. Yes as advertized the monsters were "easy" to run, if one enjoyed guessing the hit die type of creatures and hit point break down. They also redundant classed monsters, unmemmorable and made for a generally "underwhelming" experience. This has not been the first instance of this trend. Providing sound mechanics for players to try new options is good. It is what has enabled the game to evolve and thrive. But at times it almost feels like a straight jacket or that as DM's we are being spoon-fed everything. In other words it is as if DM's are no longer encouraged to come up with creative solutions on their own. In some instances when a brave DM peers beyond the margins of text rules, there are the hyper-reactive snapping maws of rules lawyers and other bugbears of free thinking.

    My personal taste is that I enjoy the 3E/3.5 mechanic - still it has room for improvement - but I would like to see some sort of return of DM authority, or at least an environment where PCs and DMs can corporately solve problems creatively and imagine fun innovations. Within your enduring gaming experience, have you noticed a similar trend? What do you forsee happening within the current edition that will change this for the better, or not?
    Thanks for sharing your take on the current D&D system.

    Considering what I have heard about the focus of 4E, your desires are likely to go unfulfilled, as I am led to believe support for earlier versions of the game will also be. Of course this is based on spculative essays regarding the matter...

    Cheers,
    Gary
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    Quote Originally Posted by dead
    Hi Gary,

    Will there be a map of your Greyhawk city in the new Saga of Old City release?

    Thanks
    Heh,

    Sadly, no, as a detailed one was never done. I winged it from first a one-page map, then a general four-page version. The vast detailed map that was to be around 4' by 6' when completed was never finished, parts of it languishing somewhere in the basement storage areas here.

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by BOZ
    that was turned off for awhile - is it back on yet?
    It seems that I am getting notices well today

    Of course when I initially tried to access the website this AM it was so slow in responding that I went elsewhere until just recently.

    Cheers,
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