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    Sunday, 23rd June, 2019, 04:29 PM
    The Bundle of Holding is selling the electronic versions of: Advanced Fighting Fantasy bundle: https://bundleofholding.com/presents/2019AFF More Fighting Fantasy Bundle: https://bundleofholding.com/presents/MoreAFF for very low prices and 10% of each payment will be donated to the charity CoppaFeel https://coppafeel.org/our-charity/ I thought that some of you perhaps wanted to know this and I...
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    Sunday, 23rd June, 2019, 07:17 AM
    This campaign is still going strong, with 12 adventures already completed, 4 ongoing and many players involved. If you want to be part of this story and you want an introductory adventure (to the campaign, to the setting and/or to the ruleset) I will soon start running The ComeBack Inn adventure, that is an ideal introductory adventure. Take the chance!
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    Sunday, 9th June, 2019, 02:48 PM
    I would LOVE to see this book released! :) -Havard
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Friday, 14th September, 2018

  • 03:16 AM - Rune mentioned Yaztromo in post The EN World IRON DM 2018 Tournament Scheduling Thread
    Perhaps some former contestants, judges, and/or alternates from the last few tournaments might want to get in on the fun? Leopold LongGoneWrier LucasC Lwaxy MortalPlague PnPgamer Radiating Gnome Slit518 steeldragons UselessTriviaMan Waylander the Slayer Wicht Wik Yaztromo

Friday, 22nd December, 2017

  • 04:04 AM - Iron Sky mentioned Yaztromo in post IRON DM 2017 Tournament
    ... since it leads the party to the cathedral. I originally had a legal battle with the sheriff to even be able to speak with Gristlyn and/or get an extension on the execution, but I had to cut it and, with it, my more obvious (legal) Impasse. I hoped the road would cut it and it clearly didn't. The glory was Gristlyn who became a renowned hero (complete with statues and speaking tours) after surviving the last "battle". Hence the road led to the last battle where she got her glory. I had more details with Gristlyn shouting something like "I'm the only survivor!" at the Veteran then abducting him to make it true, but that got lost in the snipping. I was somewhat worried at what I thought of as "a subtle weaving" of the ingredients. Elegantly subtle where you look back and go "ah, I see how they did that!" is great. Subtle where you're justifying your decisions to the judge that didn't see them at all after barely squeaking out a win is probably too subtle. Thanks Rune for judging and Yaztromo for stepping up to the plate. I dug the PCs as moral lab rats angle in your entry and, like Rune, dug the nuke dilemma and saw a lot of potential in the adventure. I hope you come back next year; as frustrating as it can be to lose these (I've lost at least half-a-dozen) my writing and adventure design have improved tenfold from the experience. Now I just need to step up my game a bit for the next match!
  • 02:15 AM - Rune mentioned Yaztromo in post Scheduling for the IRON DM 2017 Tournament
    Iron Sky and Yaztromo, the judgement for your match has been posted.

Wednesday, 20th December, 2017

  • 05:02 PM - Rune mentioned Yaztromo in post Scheduling for the IRON DM 2017 Tournament
    Iron Sky and Yaztromo, your ingredients have been posted in the tournament thread.
  • 05:00 PM - Rune mentioned Yaztromo in post Round 1, Match 1: Iron Sky vs. Yaztromo
    Iron Sky and Yaztromo, you have 24 hours to post your entries to this thread. Please limit your entry to a title, a list of the ingredients used and 750 additional words. Please include your list of ingredients at the beginning of the entry and please do not edit your post once it is submitted. Please refrain from reading your opponent's entry until after you have posted your own. You are on your honor to do so. Entries that are between 1 and 59 minutes late will have their word-limits reduced to 675. Later entries that are at less than 1 day late will have their word-limits reduced to 525. Entries that are at least 1 day late will have their word-limits reduced to 375. In addition, entries that are at least 2 days late may be disqualified at the discretion of the judge with consent from the match's opposing competitor. Entries that exceed their word-limits will be considered to end once they reach that limit; I will ignore everything after. Your ingredients are: Whistling Wind Mourning Star Law ...
  • 04:48 AM - Rune mentioned Yaztromo in post Scheduling for the IRON DM 2017 Tournament
    Yaztromo and Iron Sky, your match will begin around 11 AM Eastern tomorrow. MortalPlague, Lwaxy, or tglassy, would any of you like to take on Deuce Traveler either tonight or tomorrow morning? I'd hate to have to delay his match until after Christmas.

Tuesday, 19th December, 2017

  • 11:17 PM - Rune mentioned Yaztromo in post Scheduling for the IRON DM 2017 Tournament
    I just found out a bit ago from my wife that tonight is busy, but I'm good to start anywhere from tomorrow morning (7:30am Mountain Time) up to starting Thursday at noon. After that it runs into the holidays and I'm out until next week. Maybe you and Yaztromo could start tomorrow in the AM?
  • 11:03 PM - Rune mentioned Yaztromo in post Scheduling for the IRON DM 2017 Tournament
    I suspect 2:30 is just going to be too late a start for Yaztromo. Perhaps someone else could take you on in the early afternoon. Meanwhile, anyone who can go this afternoon or tonight should speak up!
  • 08:17 PM - Rune mentioned Yaztromo in post Scheduling for the IRON DM 2017 Tournament
    Slit518 and Yaztromo, if you all can, I'd like to start your match tomorrow morning (Wednesday) at about 10 AM Eastern (9 AM for you, Yaztromo. Please confirm that this schedule will work for you. I'd still like to get a match started today. Can anyone do it? If so, please post with a range of available start-times. If we could have all Round 1 matches underway by Thursday, that'd be groovy.
  • 05:29 AM - Rune mentioned Yaztromo in post Scheduling for the IRON DM 2017 Tournament
    Yaztromo, I will be using mention tags in order notify the contestants in a match when I post the ingredients. I believe the default settings for these boards will send you an email with the contents of that post (at least, mine are set up to do so). If this is the case, you should receive an email for this post. If not, let me know. Slit518, if you and Yaztromo are willing, we may be able to get you started as soon as tomorrow. Just give me a rough time of day or night you're able to begin and we'll see if there's overlap. Also, please include the time of your post in that post, so I can adjust for time zone differences by comparing it with the time stamp, which displays in my time zone. (For what it's worth, I'm on Eastern Daylight Saving Time.)
  • 04:03 AM - Rune mentioned Yaztromo in post Scheduling for the IRON DM 2017 Tournament
    Alright! We've got a full field! Deuce Traveler Gradine Iron Sky Slit518 MortalPlague Lwaxy tglassy Yaztromo Please post with time frames you will be available for your first round matches.

Monday, 11th December, 2017


Friday, 7th July, 2017

  • 08:58 PM - Quickleaf mentioned Yaztromo in post What do you want in a published adventure? / Adventure design best practices?
    Keep the comments flowing :) It's ok if you're repeating something that someone else already said. I'm just gathering information here on ENWorld first, then going to shape this into a poll and try to more widely disseminate it on Reddit maybe. Open to suggestions on how to put a poll out there. I just updated my OP as of Yaztromo's post #91. Some more interesting trends... some design elements seem to have very wide support (e.g. good maps, good boxed text)...while there are competing views of other design elements that an adventure designer needs to consider. For example: "Normal text" layout <–––> Full-page encounter layout Abbreviated monster stats in text <–––> Monsters in back of the book Freedom to explore/borrow <–––> Clear guidance about adventure's "path" --------------------------------- Good useful comprehensive maps (before area descriptions) – (6) LordEntrails, ExploderWizard, vincegetorix, Eltab, Jester David, Charles Rampant Boxed text, direction-neutral & concise – (6) Lanefan, transtemporal, LordEntrails, Charles Rampant, Schmoe, happy hermit Layout that's clear, useful at table, and condenses info while keeping it readable (e.g. 9 pt font, leading 11 pts, diminishing horizontal scale) – (4) Lanefan, steeldragons, hawkeyefan, ratskinner Monsters/NPCs with motivations…and rel...

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Sunday, 19th May, 2019

  • 04:20 PM - Elfcrusher quoted Yaztromo in post Games That Changed How We Play
    I have to say that, in some peculiar way, Ravenloft changed the way many people play, putting more complex or dramatic background stories and general narrative (with a kind of "literary twist") at the centre of the stage. Before Ravenloft it wasn't really like that. I didn't think of it until your post, but yeah: I can definitely see the difference between pre-I6 and post-I6. (I assume you mean the original module; not the later campaign setting.)

Wednesday, 24th October, 2018


Monday, 1st October, 2018

  • 04:32 PM - havard quoted Yaztromo in post Dave Arneson Game Day 2018 - Coming soon!
    On this website http://www.chimerae.it/ you can find Blackmoor Living World publications. On the 1st October you can find the campaign guide http://www.chimerae.it/download/CHBLW0en.zip and the first adventure http://www.chimerae.it/download/CHBLWN1en.zip The plan is to add a new adventure every month. The campaign is open to any author willing to propose amateur adventures for Blackmoor Living World. Excellent work Yaz! Those PDFs are gorgeous! :) -Havard

Thursday, 27th September, 2018

  • 04:17 PM - havard quoted Yaztromo in post Dave Arneson Game Day 2018 - Coming soon!
    Apart from keeping playing my Blackmoor Living World campaign, that was started on the Dave Arneson Day of 2017 (http://www.enworld.org/forum/showthread.php?161518-New-GMs-players-read-the-first-post-in-this-thread!-(updated-5-21)/page102&p=7494596#post7494596) I am also preparing a little surprise ;) Looking forward to that! :) -Havard

Friday, 14th September, 2018


Tuesday, 28th August, 2018

  • 12:42 AM - Mercador quoted Yaztromo in post Acquiring books (but not reading them)?
    I can perhaps understand if you do that as a book collector, but if that's not the case, I suggest you make a committment not to buy books that you don't read. If you want to buy a new one and you still have one that you never read on your shelf, you can still buy the new one under strict condition that you dispose of an old and unread one (you can re-sell it, make a present, give it away, donate to the local library... as you like, but it has to physically get out of your home not to come back anymore). I have seen with my eyes that similar committments can be extremely beneficial (not only applied to books, but also to boots, bags, clothes, etc.) Yeah, at least, I'm not a big buyer in general, video games and rpg books are my only gifts that I allow myself and I made a decent income. I guess I just love to collect them all. I would like to read them but I don't and that's bother me a bit, I would like to know why I have this habit. Buying them don't give me the time to read them. And ev...

Thursday, 23rd August, 2018

  • 04:18 PM - Egg Embry quoted Yaztromo in post RPG Jobs Roundup: Bloat Games, Happy Gnome Publishing, Ginger Goat Press
    Not 100% sure you can pay bills with this... but most likely a pizza... ;) Hey, win-win! Everyone needs pizza for game night! :-D Thanks, Egg Embry, Wanna-lancer If you're a publisher that would like to share an RPG-related job opportunity, please contact me here. If you're looking for helpful tips and stock art for your RPG, check out CREATE YOUR OWN FANTASY RPG ADVENTURE - RPG RESOURCES BOOKS on Kickstarter (featuring James Ward, Lenard Lakofka, Rick Hershey, myself, and more). EDIT: My 100th post!!! :-D

Monday, 30th July, 2018

  • 11:18 AM - gyor quoted Yaztromo in post What is your reaction to the Ravnica news?
    I've been expecting similar news since the WotC took over TSR, so this is not unexpected for me. I am rather surprised they didn't propose a M:tG setting in D&D before. Who knows why did they wait for so long... We also have to consider that, looking at the number of M:tG players, there is a decent chance that this operation will significantly expand the worldwide base of roleplay gamers, luring them from the collectible cards players "pool", that is very big. It was proposed near the end of 3e, but it got nixed. Now the people who opposed the idea are all gone, so Ravnica can have it's day.
  • 10:38 AM - Ymdar quoted Yaztromo in post What is your reaction to the Ravnica news?
    Well... there are old settings with quite a lot of technomagic as well (Blackmoor, for example...) I'd really wish for an official Chaositech like book for 5e.
  • 02:19 AM - Flexor the Mighty! quoted Yaztromo in post What is your reaction to the Ravnica news?
    Well... there are old settings with quite a lot of technomagic as well (Blackmoor, for example...) Of course. One of the big D&D influences was Dying Earth.

Sunday, 29th July, 2018

  • 06:30 PM - Emerikol quoted Yaztromo in post The Sandbox and the Railroad
    I think it also depends on the players' education and on "fashion", that is something that changes in time. For example, I noticed that when I reach a point in the adventure where the possible ways forward are huge and open to unexpected ideas ("you reach a city where someone is hidden and you want to find that person" or something as open ended as that), I can see my players going blank and waiting for a hint on "the best course of action" from me. Thirty years ago I'm quite sure a normal group wouldn't blank like that. Clearly "fashion" changed in the meanwhile and nowadays many players are expecting some kind of support / railroad that perhaps some time ago wasn't expected. But every group is probably conditioned in how they react to their DM. I'm not arguing against the idea that nowadays perhaps groups tend to lean on DM guidance more than they used to. Personally I don't know. I do know that groups can learn patterns of behavior through experience. So if the DM in that scenari...

Wednesday, 13th June, 2018

  • 04:15 PM - Lord_Blacksteel quoted Yaztromo in post In Search of the World of Greyhawk
    That's correct: In Search of the Unknown was published in 1979 and the D&D Expert Set can be dated 1981 (Cook) or 1983 (Mentzer) as you mention. Of course I don't know what was in the author's mind, but the first (and only, as far as I know) time that it was officially placed in a world setting in canon, it was placed in Mystara. If you can refer to another canonic place for this adventure, I'll be happy to take due note. If this matters to you in some way that's great but keep in mind some of us were playing it for years before "The Known World" even existed. So retroactive canon is sort of revisionist history as far as I am concerned. There is nothing inside B1 in any printing that I am aware of that refers to or mentions or ties to anything in Mystara. The module is completely setting-neutral. References to locations for these adventures in published campaign settings typically refer to places where you could place them rather than the one true location for them. There was a section in t...
  • 05:26 AM - JohnnyZemo quoted Yaztromo in post In Search of the World of Greyhawk
    That's correct: In Search of the Unknown was published in 1979 and the D&D Expert Set can be dated 1981 (Cook) or 1983 (Mentzer) as you mention. Of course I don't know what was in the author's mind, but the first (and only, as far as I know) time that it was officially placed in a world setting in canon, it was placed in Mystara. If you can refer to another canonic place for this adventure, I'll be happy to take due note. Such a canonic place does exist! The early printings of B1 gives some suggested locations in the World of Greyhawk setting. Interestingly enough, later printings omit it. The Goodman Games volume Into the Unknown reprints the second printing (monochrome cover) and sixth printing (brown cover) of B1. The second printing includes the following bit at the bottom of page six: "Note: In the mythical WORLD OF GREYHAWK (available from TSR) the stronghold can be considered within any one of the following lands--the Barony of Ratik, the Duchy of Tenh, or the Theocracy of the Pale." ...
  • 04:41 AM - Christopher Helton quoted Yaztromo in post In Search of the World of Greyhawk
    Please chech out the map: it is an official map published by TSR as part of the Blue Box, i.e. canon. Perhaps it was placed there retroactively, but the module wasn't written with that location in mind. The Known World wasn't a part of D&D yet when In Search of the Unknown came out. The Isle of Dread (one of the first mentions of the Known World) didn't come out until 1981, and that map wasn't a part of the Expert rules until the Mentzer revision in 1983. This is like asking where Gotham City is, because the official location of it within the DC Universe has moved a number of times in the comics.
  • 01:07 AM - Dire Bare quoted Yaztromo in post In Search of the World of Greyhawk
    Just for completion: In Search of the Unknown is an adventure officially set in the world of Mystara (the Known World of the Red Box). Recenty I haven't seen many references to this very old setting, that is integral part of the story of RPGs and deserves to be respectfully remembered. ;) Not exactly. When written, "In Search of the Unknown" was a generic module with no firm links to any published setting. In fact, settings didn't quite work they way they do now with logos and whole product lines and such. There was no such thing as "Mystara", or even its predecessor "The Known World" when B1 was first published. Even Greyhawk was a few folios and not a full-blown product line at the time. B1 was later, retroactively, incorporated into BOTH Greyhawk and Mystara, as were several other of the B-series and X-series modules. And the fit was sometimes awkward and forced. The most accurate thing you could say about B1's setting is that the module was written for "your" setting, Greyhawk, Mystara,...
  • 12:29 AM - Christopher Helton quoted Yaztromo in post In Search of the World of Greyhawk
    Just for completion: In Search of the Unknown is an adventure officially set in the world of Mystara (the Known World of the Red Box). Recenty I haven't seen many references to this very old setting, that is integral part of the story of RPGs and deserves to be respectfully remembered. ;) I've never actually seen anything that would link this adventure to the Known World. Carr didn't actually play a lot of D&D previous to his writing of this module (which is why they felt that he was a good choice for writing an introductory module). I'm not saying that it isn't possible, but I've never seen any evidence that would point out a connection.

Saturday, 2nd June, 2018

  • 05:13 AM - ccs quoted Yaztromo in post Comfort withcross gender characters based on your gender
    While GMing (for about 35 years...) I have the impression that, the more time passes, the more players are comfortable with roleplaying characters of their opposite gender... and they roleplay them well, independently from their player gender. What? The older the player gets the more real life XP they have to draw on & this somehow helps them? Shocking!

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