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Thursday, 24th May, 2018

  • 05:57 AM - Parmandur mentioned jeremypowell in post New "Idle Champions of the Realms" Event is "The Great Modron March" and is Set in Waterdeep
    Well, that is interesting, to say the least. I'm trying to figure out how the Great Modron March can fit into "The Da Vinci Code meets The Gangs of New York" however. Perhaps in the Da Vinci Code part, as adventurers need to find some secret hidden knowledge before the Modrons (and whoever diverted them) do? I'm guessing this will also tie into the November release - since indications seem to point to it being an adventure, will it follow the Great Modron March around the Outer Planes, tying into the Waterdeep adventure? They did say they weren't planning to do any more two-part adventures, but a higher-level adventure in the planes (that also doubles as a setting book) seems like a good follow-up for MtoF (and might explain why some creatures were held back)...Well, WotC has hinted that there is a McGuffin item in the next plot, theorized by jeremypowell to be "The Eye of the Beholder." Maybe this keys into the Great Modron March events, and the PCs need to solve the mystery and work the various warring factions to save the city?

Wednesday, 23rd May, 2018


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Thursday, 25th April, 2019

  • 02:06 PM - ZeshinX quoted jeremypowell in post New WotC Game Studio Headed By Bioware's James Ohlen
    Pretty sure this is it. They've licensed BGIII away to someone else. Remember this? Short version: as of last October, an industry insider said that a game studio (but not Beamdog) was working on Baldur's Gate III. I really hope it's not Baldur's Gate III. That story ended in Throne of Bhaal. I have no qualms if they use the Baldur's Gate name, but lose the 'III'. Even if it deals with the ramifications of the Bhaalspawn saga, it should not be labeled the third BG game. Use the Baldur's Gate title, certainly, but drop the numeral and give it its own subtitle (assuming this game actually even IS in development...the video game industry has become nigh-impossible to trust these days).

Wednesday, 16th January, 2019

  • 06:30 PM - Nostalgia Ward quoted jeremypowell in post Ulisses Update: Torg is Back; Dark Tides for Wrath & Glory 30 Percent Off!
    Hi Nostalgia Ward -- Have you had the opportunity to speak with them about The Dark Eye? Two months ago they were supposed to run a Kickstarter for new books (themed around magic) for that game, then canceled the KS campaign on the morning it was supposed to begin. Since then I haven't heard anything. Would love to get the inside scoop. Thanks We haven't discussed Dark Eye much, but I'll inquire next time I speak with my contact at Ulisses NA and I'll let you know what they say!

Thursday, 10th January, 2019

  • 11:16 AM - Paul Farquhar quoted jeremypowell in post Upcoming products will "touch on cultures that don't usually get exposure."
    I'd bet a lot of money he means cultures that haven't been explored in 5e. The whole WotC team is constantly saying things like "We haven't gone there yet" and "We haven't ever done that" to mean "It hasn't yet appeared in 5e." 5e hasn't explored ANY cultures apart from bog standard western European. Ergo, it makes no sense to even say it if you are only thinking of 5e.
  • 11:07 AM - GothicEmperor quoted jeremypowell in post Upcoming products will "touch on cultures that don't usually get exposure."
    I'd bet a lot of money he means cultures that haven't been explored in 5e. The whole WotC team is constantly saying things like "We haven't gone there yet" and "We haven't ever done that" to mean "It hasn't yet appeared in 5e." I think so too. 'We' is probably them as individual people, and most (if not all) of the WOTC staff didn't work there when all those other FR sub-settings were released decades ago.

Friday, 14th September, 2018

  • 03:11 PM - gyor quoted jeremypowell in post After Waterdeep what should be the next FR adventure?
    Remaining within FR, my pie-in-the-sky wishlist would be: 1. Sinbad-style adventure in Zakhara 2. Kung Fu in Kara-Tur 3. Pirates in the Inner Sea 4. Vile Darkness adventure for evil PCs in Thay, with Aglarond and Rashemen as the "bad guys" What do I think we might actually get? 1. Feywild and/or Shadowfell 2. Planar travels 3. Cormyr And to be honest I'd be happy with any of that too. Honestly if I was going to do a BoVD style adventure based in Thay, I'd make Mulhorand the antagonists, Rashemon and Algorand have never been the aggressors with Thay, only fought defensive wars against Thay, we're as Mulhorand under Ra and Horus-Ra, invaded Thay several times and Thay used to be a part of Mulhorand, with the Red Wizards revolting against Mulhorand. Mulhorand is ruled by mortally incarnated Gods, most of whom are neutral and good, and very expansionist in nature, with a desire to take back what was theirs, filled with Paladins and Clerics and Celestials and, so on, perfect a...

Monday, 3rd September, 2018

  • 08:06 AM - Paul Farquhar quoted jeremypowell in post Survivor Appendix N Authors- LEIBER WINS!
    Most talented toddler in all of literature! As I said in my original post, the dates are for when they where published, not birth and death. Reading up on Stanley Weinbaum, his story is sad. He published a story that was at the time highly acclaimed, then died of cancer shortly after. I'm not sure what he has to do with D&D though - his story was science fiction, not fantasy.
  • 01:09 AM - gyor quoted jeremypowell in post Waterdeep: Dragon Heist Hot Off The Press
    Apparently WotC is doing the “Mad Mage” map pack themselves (based on the low price I’m guessing these are paper maps). But Gale Force Nine will be doing two different map products for Waterdeep — a giant map of the whole city, and also a set of multiple maps, one for each city ward. Apparently the multi-map pack doesn’t include the giant map, so to get it all you have to buy both. These will be wet-erase vinyl maps like their Tomb of Annihilation set, therefore much more expensive than the “Mad Mage” pack. 23 levels plus skull port would get very expensive as wet erase vinyl maps.

Sunday, 2nd September, 2018

  • 03:51 PM - SkidAce quoted jeremypowell in post Survivor Appendix N Authors- LEIBER WINS!
    OK, sure. But that's true of most of the remaining names on the list. So why are so many people downvoting Moorcock? They recognize the name, not the material, so... "kill it with fire" j/k, I don't know.
  • 05:50 AM - Harzel quoted jeremypowell in post Survivor Appendix N Authors- LEIBER WINS!
    OK, sure. But that's true of most of the remaining names on the list. So why are so many people downvoting Moorcock? Not sure why people were downvoting Moorcock, possibly the beat-down-major-competitors syndrome. However, I can tell you that had people not been beating up on Tolkien, a bunch of my upvotes could have gone to bolster Moorcock.
  • 02:37 AM - fjw70 quoted jeremypowell in post Waterdeep: Dragon Heist Hot Off The Press
    Is this comment referring to her ethnicity? Or do you think "former porn star" is a minority class? I don’t know her ethnicity so let’s go with #2.
  • 01:36 AM - robus quoted jeremypowell in post Waterdeep: Dragon Heist Hot Off The Press
    Is this comment referring to her ethnicity? Or do you think "former porn star" is a minority class? Jesus! Can we please lay off this irrelevant subject matter?!
  • 12:56 AM - SkidAce quoted jeremypowell in post Survivor Appendix N Authors- LEIBER WINS!
    Wow. The one time I voted in this thread, it was to upvote Moorcock. I can actually kind of understand Lovecraft and Howard going out early in this day and age (though I dearly love them both) -- but Moorcock? Brilliant and pioneering writer of "genre" fare (forget the alignment system, without him there would be no "planar" D&D at all and certainly no Spelljammer) AND "literary" fiction (no one remaining on this list has received such accolades from the literati, arguably including Tolkien; cf. Mother London's Whitbread Prize nom and The Condition of Muzak's Guardian Prize win). I'm baffled. Dont be baffled. The list of people who have actually read about Elric and Stormbringer, Erokose, Tanelorn etc is shrinking day by day. Times they be a changing...

Thursday, 30th August, 2018

  • 09:50 PM - gyor quoted jeremypowell in post Waterdeep: Dragon Heist Hot Off The Press
    Apparently you don’t know about Ms. Phoenix’s filmography. No, so I just looked it up, I see now, you were talking about her porn career, and I thought the porn thing was a reference to something in Waterdeep: Dragon Heist, so I feel silly now. I honest am not familiar with Satine, although I've seen her connected to D&D so I assumed to she was some kind of game designer or something for D&D. So that is pretty cool and interesting.

Thursday, 10th May, 2018

  • 06:23 AM - vecna00 quoted jeremypowell in post I know *exactly* what "Many Eyes" means
    We've already guessed the upcoming streaming event / campaign book announcement relates to beholders, Xanathar, and Waterdeep/Undermountain. And it's been noted that the tagline "No Stone Unturned," found both in the event announcement and the currently-ongoing "alternate reality game" is a reference to the old video game Eye of the Beholder, in which "Leave No Stone Unturned" is found carved on the wall of Xanathar's outer sanctum. But there's more. This morning, reading through an old D&D supplement, I stumbled upon something I haven't seen mentioned anywhere yet. It turns out "Many Eyes" is actually a specific entity in Forgotten Realms lore -- and he lies the origin of a powerful artifact called the Eye of the Beholder (apparently unrelated, until now, to the video game of the same name). This is a from the 2e supplement Volo's Guide to All Things Magical, by Ed Greenwood and Eric L. Boyd, p. 123 (all italicized emphasis mine): "In the dim history of the Underdark, the drow city of ...

Wednesday, 9th May, 2018

  • 06:19 PM - flametitan quoted jeremypowell in post I know *exactly* what "Many Eyes" means
    I wholeheartedly agree. As an example, I'm currently DMing "Tyranny of Dragons" and there's a castle that features as a major location in the campaign (Castle Naerytar). I was just browsing through old magazines a few weeks ago, and it turns out that castle, as described in the 5e campaign book, originated in an obscure series of four Dungeon magazine adventures from 20 years ago -- and the castle's backstory in the 5e campaign book (set 120 years after the magazine adventures) explains what happened to the castle after those original adventures, in a totally believable way but without directly citing the earlier material. Those of us who love the official lore and wish there were more of it forthcoming in the 5e era can console ourselves with the (mostly) very faithful, "deep-cut" approach to lore each 5e product has taken. Most of the supposed lore inconsistencies are, I find, actually well-explained within the material. For another example, again citing "Tyranny of Dragons," I've seen sev...
  • 04:38 PM - Ralif Redhammer quoted jeremypowell in post I know *exactly* what "Many Eyes" means
    If true, certain types of players will inevitably just refer to it as “Manny.” Which will make me grind my teeth like little else. Players neglecting to use the names of things and just making up something dumb drives me up a wall. One of the things that’s really impressed me about 5e is just how far back some of the lore and callbacks go, how in-depth and obscure they can get. I’m continually surprised by what turns up in old issues of Dragon, or obscure corners of old products. It turns out "Many Eyes" is actually a specific entity in Forgotten Realms lore -- and he lies the origin of a powerful artifact called the Eye of the Beholder (apparently unrelated, until now, to the video game of the same name).

Wednesday, 2nd May, 2018

  • 08:59 PM - LordEntrails quoted jeremypowell in post "Stream of Many Eyes" -- WotC To Announce New Storyline In June
    Remember that they will almost certainly be announcing not one but two books during the "Stream of Many Eyes" -- Broadway and Catacomb -- and possibly three (the rumored fourth book for 2018). If one attempted to do both Waterdeep and UM in one book it would be woefully insufficient. Waterdeep alone could be a full book just for NPCs and factions etc. (Broadway won't only be a setting book, but...) And to put any significant urban or the first levels of UM in would require a whole book. UM, if done completely requires something over 2000 pages, and that's without 15 levels of maps and only brief information on Skullport and Spiderhaven. So maybe Broadway = Waterdeep Sourcebook/adventure, Catacomb = Undermountain, divided in two like Horde of the DragonQueen? This is a pretty good assumption, IMO. I think Broadway will include Waterdeep info and enough information to run PCs through tier 1 in the city and the first levels of Undermountain. Catacomb will be quests of tiers 2-4 in variou...
  • 06:19 PM - AmerginLiath quoted jeremypowell in post "Stream of Many Eyes" -- WotC To Announce New Storyline In June
    I just watched the bit you're referring to, and Stewart clearly over-emphasizes the word "sun" when he says this. He's definitely trying to tease Dark Sun and psionics; the only question is whetehr he's pranking us in doing so. Remember that they will almost certainly be announcing not one but two books during the "Stream of Many Eyes" -- Broadway and Catacomb -- and possibly three (the rumored fourth book for 2018). Seeing how central FR is to 5e, this is when we discover that Dark Sun is now being established as the post-apocalyptic Forgotten Realms, and the next big adventure is a time-traveling jaunt meant to save the Realms by preventing Athas from ever existing... ;)
  • 05:57 PM - Parmandur quoted jeremypowell in post "Stream of Many Eyes" -- WotC To Announce New Storyline In June
    I just watched the bit you're referring to, and Stewart clearly over-emphasizes the word "sun" when he says this. He's definitely trying to tease Dark Sun and psionics; the only question is whetehr he's pranking us in doing so. Remember that they will almost certainly be announcing not one but two books during the "Stream of Many Eyes" -- Broadway and Catacomb -- and possibly three (the rumored fourth book for 2018).Well, the hip rumors are that WotC is prepping two separate Waterdeep and Undermountain books, but they have also made a large number of setting related teases all year, for basically all of the settings. We might eventually be seeing a metasetting guide, covering the basics for all the different worlds...

Wednesday, 11th April, 2018

  • 09:00 PM - Parmandur quoted jeremypowell in post Marathon, Broadway, and Catacomb: Upcoming D&D Products?
    Broadway = Waterdeep (mega-adventure part 1) Catacomb = Undermountain (mega-adventure part 2) So Secret We Can't Reveal Its Codename = Stranger Things Setting/Adventure I have no inside info but I'll lay money these are correct.If Waterdeep/Undermountain are done, I would see that as being one book, not two. The Stranger Things idea is pretty brilliant, but the interesting thing to note about the third book is that WotC hasn't said anything about any codenames: the community deduced the codenames by trawling third party bookseller information. If the third book is not the art book (which it may be still), it might not have blipped anybodies radar because it is not being pre-sold as a D&D book. Stranger Things: the RPG, Star Frontiers, Gamma World, Magic: The Gathering: The RPGening, etc. would be worked on by the D&D design team, but they might not be billed as "Dungeons & Dragons Supplement" in the catalogs...


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