This is an archived index
to various recovered parts of Eric Noah's old site. Back in
1999/2000, before the days of social networking and personal blogs,
before Facebook and Google+ and Twitter, Eric Noah's website was THE
place to go for news and rumours about the upcoming D&D 3rd
Edition game. The internet was a very different place.
This is intended to be a sort of "museum piece" - a slice of
RPG history from an era past. - Morrus.
Welcome to the archive of Eric Noah's wonderful Unofficial D&D
3rd Edition news website. Thanks so much to my good friend
Eric Noah for helping me recover this data. This isn't
finished yet; I hope to recover as much of the old site as I possibly
can. Here's the original "mission statement" of the site; a
mission statement which EN World maintains to this day.
on this page is set in
stone. I am doing my best to inform you of not only what was said, but
who said it, so that you can make a judgment about whether something is
"official" (or as close as possible) or merely well-informed
speculation. Items that have been posted by TSR employees are a pretty
safe bet; all others are juicy rumors at best. For the non-official
info, I've been trying to only pass along items that seem likely or
come from a source that seems reputable (playtesters, people who got to
try it at GenCon, etc.). And even the TSR info is subject to change as
the rules are developed, tweaked and tested. Hey, that's part of the
fun -- seeing where certain rumors turned out to be true, and where
certain 'facts' didn't pan out at all."
following pages are presented almost
"as is", but with some cleaning up for missing graphics, ad codes, and
the like. In some places links have been altered to point to
file locations on EN World.
Some of these pages may still need some cleaning up,
where external links and the like have moved. Please feel
free to let
me know if you
- Adventure Contest
- Conversion Library
- Review of Dragon #274,
the first all-Third Edition issue
- Eric at Gen Con 2000:
Reports from the release of Third Edition
- Ryan Dancey:
the D20 System and the Open Gaming Movement (March 19, 2000)
- Interview with
Dancey about the status of
Third Edition shortly before release (May 26, 2000)
- Interview with Scott
Matthews, President of Fluid
Entertainment (May 27, 2000)
- Ryan Dancey
the Role of Luck at Wizards of the Coast (June 1, 2000)
- Interview with
Cook, author of the Dungeon
Master's Guide (September 30, 2000)
- Interview with
WotC's James Wyatt, author of The
Speaker in Dreams and
co-author of Defenders of the
Faith and Monsters
Faerun (March 3, 2001)
- Interview with Rob
Kuntz, formerly of TSR, Inc.
(May 10, 2001)
- Look at these
screenshots of the messageboards from August
- April Fools Editions:
Archive -- Eric posted news
several times a
week. Below is a historical archive of all the news, rumours,
scoops leading up to the release of D&D 3rd Edition and for
time afterwards up until the closing of the site. It captures
well an era of excitement and anticipation.
Over 20 years later, EN World still continues the daily news reporting tradition. Here's
the latest news, hot off the presses!
website closed in August 2001.
Here was the announcement.
Important News -- Unofficial D&D Third
Edition News to Close Its
will be closing down the site within the next few
days. Several factors led me to this decision, and it's one that I make
with some regret. I have enjoyed the past two years immensely, and I
thank you for your patronage and support.
Thanks to all of you who have sent kind words tonight. :)
- The Creature Catalog,
Buck's RPG Generators and Claudio Pozas
Art & Design
will be moving
to EN World.
- EN World will be
archiving many of my site's
resources. I'll post more detailed information as I have it.
- EN World is
looking into the possibility of hosting
"my forums" as they currently are, complete with the same
userids/passwords and all of the threads. Again, more information as I
Dungeons & Dragons, D&D
3E and AD&D are all property of Wizards of the Coast.