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    D&D 1E 1e and 2e Theif skills clarifications?

    Without having the books at hand to check, I'm fairly sure they explicitly state that a thief cannot move while remaining hidden in shadows. The way we always played this was that the thief attempted to hide, remained still for at least one round, and then if there was other activity (such as...
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    D&D 4E Ioun as part of the 4E core pantheon? What about Jack Vance?

    D&D's ioun stones are absolutely based on the IOUN stones in Vance's story "Morreion" (which was later included as part of Rhialto the Marvelous), and in fact Jack Vance was the credited author of the article in issue #4 of The Strategic Review that introduced them to D&D as a new magic item...
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    D&D 3E/3.5 New to gaming - Should I wait for 4E or should buy the 3E Core Rules?

    Seriously: buy this for $4.00 (or, if you prefer hardcopy, you should be able to get one off of ebay or amazon for $10 or less). This edition is easy to understand for players and DMs alike, and by the time you've exhausted its possibilities 4E will be released and you can either move on to it...
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    TSR Q&A with Gary Gygax

    Yarth is also the name of the world in Gardner Fox's Kothar series, which clearly isn't the third, but could be the same as the first or second, or could be yet a fourth Yarth...
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    TSR Q&A with Gary Gygax

    Hi Gary, One more quick thing on the AD&D DMG "Inspirational Reading" list, if you don't mind: in that list, you single out the anthology Swords Against Darkness III (ed. Andrew J. Offutt), but not the other volumes of that series (which ran to 5 volumes in total, though I believe the last...
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    TSR Q&A with Gary Gygax

    Michael Moorcock has climbed a bit since your list in the AD&D DMG (which included Merritt and Lovecraft but not Moorcock on the list of "most immediate influences"), and I'm also a bit surprised to see Fred Saberhagen so high on the list (above other "usual suspects" like Burroughs, Farmer, and...
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    D&D 4E Which Classic Module(s) Would You Like to See in 4E?

    Yup. M1: Blizzard Pass and M2: Maze of the Riddling Minotaur were the two "invisible ink" solo modules released in 1983. When the Master Set was released in 1985 TSR re-used those codes for new modules intended for use with the Master set. The Acaeum has redesignated the two invisible ink...
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    D&D 4E Why no beginner boxed set for 4E? [Set Confirmed in post 10]

    Every basic/intro set for D&D released post-1983 has been terrible, and none of them have sold as well as the sets from 1977-78, 1981, or 1983. There's a lesson there. An intro set that tries to reduce D&D to a glorified board-game and doesn't replicate the play-experience of the actual game is...
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    TSR Q&A with Gary Gygax

    I believe (though I'm certainly open to being corrected by Gary if I'm wrong) that that's simply the second half of what was eventually published in novel-form as The Moon Pool -- originally "The Moon Pool" was a stand-alone short story, then he wrote a much longer sequel-story a year or two...
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    TSR Q&A with Gary Gygax

    :confused: The 1981 Basic and Expert Sets both prominently list Gary as co-author ("By Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson, Edited by [x]"), just like the 1977-78 and 1983 sets.
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    D&D 4E Paizo and 4e - Vive le Revolution!

    Going a step further back, the core system of WEG's Star Wars rpg was adapted from the Ghostbusters rpg, which was designed by Sandy Petersen, Lynn Willis, and Greg Stafford.
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    D&D 4E 4E boon or bust for Old School support?

    OSRIC:Labyrinth Lord::1E AD&D:1981 Basic/Expert D&D
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    D&D 4E 4E boon or bust for Old School support?

    Depending on what the product is*, I'd very likely buy it :) *not Rappan Athuk, because I already own the d20 version and wouldn't want to buy it again, but I'd be very tempted by some of your other well-regarded early modules that are now oop (Tomb of Abysthor, etc.)
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    D&D 4E 4E boon or bust for Old School support?

    I'm curious about this as well, since Goodman Games has released 2 products doing exactly this (OGL products with obviously AD&D-derived statblocks and advertised as "1E" versions, but with no explicit indication of what that actually means). Do you consider those products risky in the same...
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    D&D 1E AD&D 1e Alternate Classes

    Well, in our defense we were 11-12 years old at the time. We learned the lesson of the beast master the hard way and that class was pretty quickly banned from PC use (not that it didn't stop that one guy from always trying to bring it back), but we did have a duelist, an elven cavalier, an...