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    Re: Re: General Appreciation

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    Howdy Bret

    The good words are appreciated. I have to agree that gaming has muuch to offer, including many great memories and good friends made because of it. I note you do freelance writing, and knowing how tough it is, wish you the best of success...
    Thanks for the well wishing. I've been at this for a year now and have met with surprising success. As I said, none of it would have been possible without you. I aspire to be half the writer you are.

    And I've got a question now! This may or may not have been asked before, but I'm curious as to exactly how much creative control you possessed up until your association with TSR ended. That would be creative control over product lines, new books, what have you.
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    Originally posted by EvilPheemy
    Mr. Gygax

    If it's not too personal a question, what sorts of firearms do you own? Sadly, I can't affoard to collect shooters, I have to sate myself by collecting game volumes describing guns.

    I really appreciate the time you spend answering questions from all of us. Thanks for being so candid.

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    When I began wargaming back in 1958 an Avalon hill boardgame was $5, and that seemed so princely a sum that I had so save up to acquire a game. A friend and I pooled out spending money and bought the new games together. When I moved we divided the lot between us, taking turns after a die roll determined who got first pick

    I own a 12 gauge pump and a double-barreled shotgun. a 30-30 carbine, a 7.63 mm Argentine Mauser, a 9mm Uzi, and a .22 semi-automatic. I also have several handguns, including a .45 semi-automatic, a .357 revolver, and a 9mm colt semi-automatic.

    I used to do a bit of hunting and a lot of target shooting, but not much of that in the past 10 years, and I miss it.

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    Wow! Remind me never to try robbing your house I'd have to fall in the category of buying gun books to look at the pictures, but not being able to afford one myself. I mean, one gun = dozens of RPG products
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    Re: Re: Re: General Appreciation

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    Thanks for the well wishing. I've been at this for a year now and have met with surprising success. As I said, none of it would have been possible without you. I aspire to be half the writer you are.

    And I've got a question now! This may or may not have been asked before, but I'm curious as to exactly how much creative control you possessed up until your association with TSR ended. That would be creative control over product lines, new books, what have you.
    Welcome, and the kind lauds are heartening. It is good to see others able to have the fun I do with gaming and earn some money too

    As for my control at TSR, it was pretty much my call up through 1980, but after that it went south. By 1981 Brian Blume was making the major decisions, and I was completely out of creative direction by 1982, other than my own work. Even there I could not stupulate the quality of the product or it's illustration.

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    Originally posted by Sniktch
    Wow! Remind me never to try robbing your house I'd have to fall in the category of buying gun books to look at the pictures, but not being able to afford one myself. I mean, one gun = dozens of RPG products
    Heh, and I got an early start. My grandfather matched my savings so that I could buy my first .22 rifle, a single-shor, bolt-action Winchester, when I was age 12. He kept the bolt, and I had to learn all the safety rules and do target shooting with him, hunt only with an adult, until I was age 13. From then on I worked and saved to pick up other firearms. My first shotgun was a 16 gauge three-shot, bolt-action Mossberg. Managed to bag a few pheasants and ducks with it. By trading I picked up a couple of better .22s, and then I got an old 12 gauge single-barrel shotgun that would self-break and eject a magnum shell So the armory began when I was a lad and has taken many years to become what it is.

    BTW, I have in the part chased two sets of would-be burglars off by suddenly appearing with a weapon in hand, pointed only in their general direction. Funny how quickly they fled, no shots fired at all. the only time a successful burglary took place was when I was away. turned out they caught the perps--teenagers, one whose parent worked at the copshop. He'd stolen my .45, but I got it back

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    Gary, you'd make your Swiss forebears proud.

    Not having the right to defend one's life, liberty, and property with deadly force is the same as not having rights at all.

    When I first started playing D&D as a child in 1980, I recognized a certain sense of liberty in the AD&D and D&D games. In retrospect, I think it is your libertarianism shining through.

    I most commonly describe myself as an anarcho-capitalist. The pillars of my political thought are Murray Rothbard, Hans-Hermann Hoppe, Doris Gordon, and lewrockwell.com. Where in the libertarian spectrum do you put yourself?

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    Originally posted by Geoffrey

    I most commonly describe myself as an anarcho-capitalist. The pillars of my political thought are Murray Rothbard, Hans-Hermann Hoppe, Doris Gordon, and lewrockwell.com. Where in the libertarian spectrum do you put yourself?
    Can't refer to any particular person when noting my beliefs, as I am pretty much an independant, not tied to any dogma; a Jeffersonian Libertarian, if I must point to some person whose political ideals I follow.

    I believe that the individual is responsible as follows:
    Self
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    The greater polity in its many stages

    Central government is necessary, but only to the extent given to it in the Constitution by the People--that power now grossly exceeded.

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    G'day, Gary!

    Given that the films have been out for a little time now, perhaps you can tell us what you thought of Harry Potter: The Chamber of Secrets and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers?



    Someone mentioned a while back that they don't like boxed sets because the boxes get crushed. The best way to combat that is to have enough material in the box so the box can't be crushed. It's worked quite well for a couple of sets I own.

    So, Gary... if the Hall of Many Panes is slightly under the size of the box, get the Troll Lords to include just a bit more filling.

    Alternatively, if the Hall is bigger than the box, a larger box may well be in order.

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    This gave me an idea. How about making it a two or three volume set (depending on how the text is organized) plus a box with the maps, player goodies, etc. in a slip case that can fit into a standard book shelf?

    This could lead to The Toril Encyclopedia for D&D8e. A 15 volume set containing every bit of information every produced for the Forgotten Realms setting, with annual updates. Bound in alligator hide (the cheapest leather you can get next to cow hide) from the famous alligator farms of Milwaukee WI. (Who said global warming would bring no benefits?)

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    Originally posted by MerricB
    Someone mentioned a while back that they don't like boxed sets because the boxes get crushed. The best way to combat that is to have enough material in the box so the box can't be crushed. It's worked quite well for a couple of sets I own.
    I was the one making the anti-box argument, but given the sheer size of this monstrosity, I think a box will be fine. I just can't wait for it to be released now.
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