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    So great to hear. Two more coming after A...

    So great to hear. Two more coming after A DISCOURSE IN STEEL, too.

    Meanwhile, I'm working my way through one anthology (THE WEIRD, edited by The Vandermeers) and one collection (THE RETURN OF THE...
  2. Sale of two more Egil and Nix novels to Del Rey

    Since I've posted here before about my sword and sorcery novels starring Egil and Nix, I figured I'd share this too.

    The detailed announcement is here, but the upshot is that I've sold two more...
  3. Thanks, Zaukrie. :-)

    Thanks, Zaukrie. :-)
  4. Well, today is release day for A DISCOURSE IN...

    Well, today is release day for A DISCOURSE IN STEEL, the second tale of Egil and Nix. I hope you'll check it out. :-)

    Paul
  5. And here I gotcher top ten reasons...

    And here I gotcher top ten reasons to buy A DISCOURSE IN STEEL. :-)
  6. I've posted the final pre-release excerpt...

    I've posted the final pre-release excerpt from A DISCOURSE IN STEEL, the second tale of Egil and Nix. I hope you'll have a read. The book releases June 25th. :-)
  7. Tor.com posts chapter one of my next S&S novel, A DISCOURSE IN STEEL

    Tor.com has posted the first chapter from my S&S novel, A DISCOURSE IN STEEL, the second tale of Egil and Nix (and the sequel to THE HAMMER AND THE BLADE).

    Everyone who reads it receives a single...
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    For those interested, April's snippet from A...

    For those interested, April's snippet from A DISCOURSE IN STEEL in now posted. As always, the short excerpt contains no spoilers and is intended to give you a feel for Egil and NIx as well as a...
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    Tor.com has the cover reveal for A DISCOURSE IN...

    Tor.com has the cover reveal for A DISCOURSE IN STEEL, the next Tale of Egil and Nix. I hope you dig it. I like it a lot. :-)

    Discourse in Steel cover
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    Thanks, Hal. I have a blast writing Egil and Nix...

    Thanks, Hal. I have a blast writing Egil and Nix and readers have really responded well to them. :-)
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    Thanks, Krug. :) Paul

    Thanks, Krug. :)

    Paul
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    Reading THE MIRAGE by Matt Ruff. Enjoying it...

    Reading THE MIRAGE by Matt Ruff. Enjoying it quite a bit.
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    The sequel to THE HAMMER AND THE BLADE, entitled...

    The sequel to THE HAMMER AND THE BLADE, entitled A DISCOURSE IN STEEL (the second tale of Egil and Nix), releases in a few months. As I did with HAMMER, I'll be posting monthly (non-spoilery)...
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    I took my family there last year and this is the...

    I took my family there last year and this is the dark, bloody tale of the events that transpired there: Into the Tomb of Disney.
  15. @Hobo Somewhat of a tangent: I've read (or...

    @Hobo

    Somewhat of a tangent: I've read (or tried to read) one of the Warhammer titles you favorably mentioned above. I found it unbearable: the prose turgid, the characters cliched, and even the...
  16. The point is that most writers, both tie-in and...

    The point is that most writers, both tie-in and otherwise, don't make a living from their writing. Given that, the logic (such as it is) of your position implies that essentially ALL writing should...
  17. And remember -- very few professional writers...

    And remember -- very few professional writers actually make a living at it (the numbers I usually hear are some fraction of one percent of writers support themselves with the money from writing). ...
  18. All professional writers (or would-be...

    All professional writers (or would-be professional writers) write with the expectation of material gain. Otherwise, we'd all just post our novels on the internet for free. The expectation of...
  19. Well, when you wrote "it's not a labor of love,"...

    Well, when you wrote "it's not a labor of love," it seemed to me reasonable to conclude that you meant to suggest that the author, you know, didn't love his labor. I haven't seen that to be the...
  20. *smoke and brimstone. Kemp materializes.* WHO...

    *smoke and brimstone. Kemp materializes.*

    WHO HAS SUMMONED ME!?
    Oh, it's you. Well, I guess that's okay, then. :)

    I'm not sure what I can add. I stand by the position that generalizing...
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    Role of the Dianoem

    Can someone give me a brief description of the role the Dianoem plays (and/or its actual history/purpose) in adventures three and four.

    My group is just wrapping up Scouring and is on the road to...
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    Based on what you've listed here, I think Raymond...

    Based on what you've listed here, I think Raymond E. Feist's Riftwar series would be something you'd enjoy. If you wanted to go old school, I suspect you'd also enjoy Leiber's Fafhrd and the Grey...
  23. Well, I had only four PCs last night and they...

    Well, I had only four PCs last night and they moved through the opponents pretty easily. I included the flaming oil (though it did damage only in the first round because I figured the oil only...
  24. Started the campaign last night. Group consists...

    Started the campaign last night. Group consists of:

    A Deva Avenger
    A Human Barbarian
    A Tiefling Artificer
    A Human Warlord

    We made it through the first scene, with the group making very...
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    Question for the peanut gallery: Does the Wisp...

    Question for the peanut gallery: Does the Wisp Solon appear in a source other than the adventure? I've looked in the MMI and MMII and cannot find it anywhere. I ask because I'm unclear on its...
  26. I trust you've read the Thieves' World series,...

    I trust you've read the Thieves' World series, edited by Robert Lynn Asprin, the first four or five in particular? If not, that would probably fit the bill for Leiber-esque low magic sword and...
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    Great to hear. Thanks, PC. Paul

    Great to hear. Thanks, PC.

    Paul
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    War of the Burning Sky 4E?

    Does anyone know if the release of the WotBS 4E subscription is on schedule? The Scouring of Gate Pass was to be released this month, but is still not available.

    I tentatively plan to subscribe...
  29. Thanks, all, for helping me pin this down. Much...

    Thanks, all, for helping me pin this down. Much appreciated.

    Paul
  30. That's what I'd hoped (and kinda figured). ...

    That's what I'd hoped (and kinda figured). Thanks, Tilenas.
  31. Question re Monk's Flurry and BAB from other class

    In the case of a multiclass monk, does the BAB from the non-monk class stack with the flurry of blows attack bonus? As an example, does a fighter 1/monk 1 have a flurry of blows attack bonus of...
  32. Sad, sad news, though I choose to believe that a...

    Sad, sad news, though I choose to believe that a few lucky souls in the afterlife are even now enjoying a romp through the D-series DMed by the father of the game.

    Carry on, Colonel.
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    Awesome, everyone. Thank you kindly. I...

    Awesome, everyone. Thank you kindly.

    I think my three likeliest candidates at this point are the linked bits from DCC, War of the Burning Sky, or the Istvin Trilogy in Dungeon. I'll check some...
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    I'm open to just about any subject matter. I...

    I'm open to just about any subject matter. I know Paizo has its various APs but those start at 1st level and run through to 20th. I think it would be hard to jump in at the midway point.

    So...
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    Adventure Recommendation (levels 11+)

    My group is soon to wrap up the Red Hand of Doom mini-campaign and I'm looking for a mega-adventure or series of linked adventures that run from 10th-11th through the 18th+ level range. The hook...
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    Help Remembering Spell

    I have a vague recollection of a spell that more or less created a time bubble, in which tiem passed more quickly within the area of effect of the spell, such that it allowed either a single caster...
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    Fantasybookspot (http://www.fantasybookspot.com)...

    Fantasybookspot is another excellent site for reviews, commentary, and discussion (the most recent reviews are on the front page but much discussion goes on in the forums).
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    How about: "Shouldn't they consider it pointless...

    How about: "Shouldn't they consider it pointless and stupid to try to stop the troll rampaging through the city streets? After all...."

    Sheesh. Tough crowd. :)
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    See, I find it persuasive and here's the reason. ...

    See, I find it persuasive and here's the reason. In any given day, Elminster (or any high powered individual we'd care to name) sleeps, eats, hits the loo, smokes his pipe, prepares his spells,...
  40. One of the best market guides online is at...

    One of the best market guides online is at Ralan's.
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    I hear that position a lot, SR. To my ear, it...

    I hear that position a lot, SR. To my ear, it sounds exactly like this: "My current "to read" list is a thousand books long. Books clutter my house. I'm swimming in books. They're all literary...
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    My short story, "The Signal," will appear in...

    My short story, "The Signal," will appear in Horrors Beyond II, from Elder Signs Press (it's got a kind of Lovecraftian vibe). "The Spinner" will appear in "Sails and Sorcery -- Tales of Nautical...
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    I haven't had any ideas shot down, but that may...

    I haven't had any ideas shot down, but that may be because I have written primarily character-driven stories, where the "idea" is more about character evolution than an "gib event" type plot. I've...
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    It did not come across that way at all. I just...

    It did not come across that way at all. I just thought you might be interested to hear a reason or two why a writer might go with (or stick with, in my case) tie-in writing as opposed to non-tie-in...
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    No worries. I'm not offended by it and...

    No worries. I'm not offended by it and appreciate you sharing your thoughts. Lots of folks have had bad experiences with tie-in fiction. But the questions of whether a writer is "really good" and...
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    GSHamster, That's an interesting point. I...

    GSHamster,

    That's an interesting point. I would make a distinction, in connection with the importance of setting, between epic fantasy (and epic sci-fi, in the case of Dune) and sword and sorcery...
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    Mark and WG, Here are some tie-in books that I...

    Mark and WG,

    Here are some tie-in books that I think represent quality storytelling. This is a non exhaustive list but here are some of the first things that jump to mind:

    In Eberron, Don...
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    WG, I have not found it constricting. ...

    WG,

    I have not found it constricting. Notwithstanding the abundance of lore in the Realms, I've never butted up against any boundaries that put limits on the type of story I wanted to tell (and...
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    Not the first time I've been a buck short and a...

    Not the first time I've been a buck short and a minute late. :)
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    Ah, you were typing while I was typing and you...

    Ah, you were typing while I was typing and you answered my question. Thanks, Grimslade.
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    I agree that there is a lot of excellent original...

    I agree that there is a lot of excellent original fiction. But I also think there's a lot of excellent fiction that just happens to tie-in to a world that also serves as a setting for a game.
    ...
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    What I think is that each book, irrespective of...

    What I think is that each book, irrespective of the marketing niche in which it stands, should be evaluated on its own merits (perhaps we're saying the same thing here). In that regard, I think a...
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    True, Mark. I'm using sloppy terminology. ...

    True, Mark. I'm using sloppy terminology. Generally, it's not shared world fiction per se that is frowned upon, but licensed/franchise shared world fiction (e.g., Warhammer, Star Wars, Forgotten...
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    Graybeard, I appreciate your willingness to...

    Graybeard,

    I appreciate your willingness to give it a try. Thanks.

    Paul
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    I've seen it, too, Ari, but I think that attitude...

    I've seen it, too, Ari, but I think that attitude is starting to budge a bit. Let's hope, anyway. Time will tell. :)
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    Well, that is nice to hear. Thank you, Galeros. ...

    Well, that is nice to hear. Thank you, Galeros. I hope you enjoy them.
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    Test Drive Tie-in Fiction

    I know many readers of this forum have a relatively low opinion of shared world/tie-in fiction. I've tried to make the case (here , here , and here , among others) that a low opinion of shared...
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    Deadwood's dialogue is like Shakespeare crossed...

    Deadwood's dialogue is like Shakespeare crossed with George Carlin. Love the show. Just started Season 3 on Netflix.
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    There's nothing interesting about it. The reason...

    There's nothing interesting about it. The reason I censored it on these boards and not in Dragon is because the two venues have different content guidelines. As I understand it, the language to be...
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    The first sentence of my story, "Confession,"...

    The first sentence of my story, "Confession," published in Dragon 356, elicited a similar discussion on the Paizo boards. The first sentence went like this:

    "I sloshed through sh** up to my...
  61. IMC, we treat flat-footedness as a relative...

    IMC, we treat flat-footedness as a relative condition that has applicability only in combat, i.e., it is a state that has in-game relevance only as between two combatants -- one is flat-footed as to...
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    10th level adventure ideas?

    My PCs will be wrapping up RHOD in a month or three, so I want to start laying the groundwork for the next campaign arc. I'm looking for linked adventures (or a single mega-adventure) that start at...
  63. Thread: Dragon #356

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    Alzrius, You are correct. "Confession" is not...

    Alzrius,

    You are correct. "Confession" is not set in a shared/licensed world. Instead it takes place in a setting of my own creation (though the setting is little more than implied in this...
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    This has always been my interpretation as well...

    This has always been my interpretation as well (and I apply the same to displacement, though I think the argument is weaker there). The only counterargument I've read that I found mildly persuasive...
  65. We played through the first third of Shackled...

    We played through the first third of Shackled City before a TPK ended the campaign prematurely. It's enjoyable, but a bit static, which gave it a claustrophobic feeling for our group. By the time...
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    Cam, No requirements at all. I'm open to any...

    Cam,

    No requirements at all. I'm open to any long term arc.


    Gregor,

    Thank you for that detailed response. STAP does sound cool.
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    Campaigns in a box (a la SCAP)

    TPK last night in Shackled City as the party sought Triel Eldurast in the Kopru Ruins. The group alerted the whole complex and subsequently tried to hole up in a defensable position while they...
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    This thread contains a poll. Teflon Billy, First, I'm sincerely pleased...

    Teflon Billy,

    First, I'm sincerely pleased that the novel worked for you.

    Second, I want to offer my thanks to you, both for reading the book with an open mind (and for sharing your...
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    This thread contains a poll. It is. Twilight Falling ...

    It is. Twilight Falling is book one of the Erevis Cale Trilogy (that is the Trilogy that precedes the next series that begins with Shadowbred) and I think it is a good representation of my writing....
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    This thread contains a poll. I would welcome the comments. I think my...

    I would welcome the comments.

    I think my best book is my most recent, Shadowbred. It builds off of events from a previous trilogy, but I think (based on what I've heard from other readers who...
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    This thread contains a poll. TeflonBilly, All of the titles you mentioned...

    TeflonBilly,

    All of the titles you mentioned are fifteen year old books. Were you to look (or ask around) you might find some books to your liking these days.

    In any event, imagine this: a...
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    This thread contains a poll. The point is perfectly clear, which leads me to...

    The point is perfectly clear, which leads me to suspect that you may be trolling.

    As for your conclusion, such as it is -- we disagree.
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    This thread contains a poll. First, thank you. Second, we disagree. That...

    First, thank you.

    Second, we disagree. That is what it is, I suppose, but doesn't stop me from having this discussion once every couple of years. :D
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    This thread contains a poll. Bit of a thread hijack. Apologies RSKennan...

    Bit of a thread hijack. Apologies RSKennan (mods, feel free to move or delete, if appropriate). But generalized comments of the "All gaming fiction sucks" type drive me up a wall. Here's my take...
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    Setup: Playing Shackled City, the end of Flood...

    Setup: Playing Shackled City, the end of Flood Season. Group stands on a cliff face overlooking a subterranean lake, alight with glowing algae. The only way across appears to be a metal cage...
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    Lower Level Create Food and Water?

    I am on the road, without rule books, and in need of some help. I know that Create Food and Water is a third level priest spell (I've got the SRD on my hard drive). Is anyone aware of a clerical...
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    Elf Witch, Shadows over Baker Street...

    Elf Witch,

    Shadows over Baker Street is a themed anthology. Many authors contributed stories, among them Neil Gaiman and Jim Lowder. IN fact, Gaiman's story, "A Study in Emerald" is available...
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    "Saving" feats

    I recall reading a sentence (I presume in the PHB) that prohibited saving a feat (meaning, a PC eligible for a feat at 3rd level cannot hold the slot open until 4th in order to meet a feat...
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    Playing Shackled City and are nearly finished...

    Playing Shackled City and are nearly finished with Chapter 1, Life's Bazaar. Party makeup:

    Warforged Fighter
    Elven Cleric of Solonor Thelandira (focusing on archery)
    Human Warmage
    Elan Psion...
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    You will read Shadowbred by Paul S. Kemp. You...

    You will read Shadowbred by Paul S. Kemp. You will read Shadowbred by Paul S. Kemp. You will read Shadowbred by Paul S. Kemp....

    Oh, and these are not the droids you're looking for. :)
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    I like that idea!

    I like that idea!
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    Agreed on point 1, but I think that's okay. On...

    Agreed on point 1, but I think that's okay.

    On point 2, I've laid some additional groundwork to highlight Terrem's uniqueness. First, we have the fact that Patch was asked to watch over him by...
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    Shackled City: Terrem Kharatys

    SOME IMPLIED SPOILERS FOR SHACKLED CITY FOLLOW:



    So we're going to finish "Life's Bazaar" tonight. Been having a blast with SCAP so far, though I've tweaked a few things to make them more to...
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    As an FYI: "Confession" is not an Erevis Cale...

    As an FYI: "Confession" is not an Erevis Cale short story. In fact, it's not a Realms story at all. Still pretty good, though (or at least I think so). ;)
  85. Hyp., I take your point but I think it may...

    Hyp.,

    I take your point but I think it may presume the answer to the question under discussion (namely, how does one evaluate art as good or bad and is the standard objective or subjective?). An...
  86. I suppose I don't have any particular qualms with...

    I suppose I don't have any particular qualms with the contention that all art has some value. I would simply answer that in many cases that value is only slightly above zero. My young son can draw...
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    Man, do I feel silly for asking the question. I...

    Man, do I feel silly for asking the question. I missed blindsight entirely. Thanks for pointing it out. :)
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    Dark Creeper (SCAP question)

    Playing the first session of Shackled City tomorrow. Question re the Dark Creepers' shadowcloak ability. It grants them concealment such that attacks have a 50% miss chance in shadows and 20% in...
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    "Whoa, whoa. Cut your string, Chatty Cathy." ...

    "Whoa, whoa. Cut your string, Chatty Cathy."

    ;) Great movie, indeed. And thanks to you both.
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    Point Blank Shot applicable to spells

    I need more help from the gurus. Been away from the rules for too long.

    Anyway, does Point Blank Shot apply to ranged spells within 30 feet? If so, does it apply only to those spells that...
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    Thank you, all. Makes sense.

    Thank you, all. Makes sense.
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    Sudden Metamagic Feats

    I'm sure this has been covered before. Apologies ahead of time.

    For a spontaneous caster like a warmage, is it a full round action to apply the effects of say, Sudden Empower, to one of his...
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    Thanks, all. Here's a more interesting...

    Thanks, all.

    Here's a more interesting question: Is a spellthief with Telling Blow able to "sacrifice" the sneak attack dice that would otherwise result from a critical hit in order to steal a...
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    Telling Blow (from PHB II)

    Just got the PHB II.

    So the feat "Telling Blow" allows a character with sneak attack or skirmish dice to add those dice to damage if the character hits with a critical hit. This damage applies...
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    [FR] Twilight War Sample Chapter

    I hope this does not seem too presumptuous. I know a few folks here read Forgotten Realms novels so I hope it's of interest to some.

    WotC has posted a Sample Chapter of my forthcoming novel...
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    Not to my knowledge, Olgar. My question in this...

    Not to my knowledge, Olgar. My question in this thread was related to an interview I was doing and I just could not remember the names of those pre-gens for the life of me.
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    Thank you! :)

    Thank you! :)
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    Names of pre-gens from Original D-series

    I cannot recall the names of the pre-generated characters included as part of the original D series of modules (Descent into the Depths of the Earth, Shrine of the Kuo-Toa, and Vault of the Drow).
    ...
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    Definitely want to get Improved Critical into the...

    Definitely want to get Improved Critical into the mix, too, since you're coming in at level nine (need a +8 BAB to qualify). The critical threat range is the only place that a x-bow surpasses a bow,...
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    Ah! I better understand your statement. ...

    Ah! I better understand your statement.

    And thank you for the compliment. :)
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