Recent content by Vanveen

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    D&D In The Mainstream - Again!

    You're missing the point, wistful vampire. What you chose to address is by far the least interesting part of my post. In fact, I'll give it up now. Yes, I was wrong. So many people on this thread recognize old rule sets! The real issue is the witlessness of so much of RPG discussion. I dunno...
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    D&D In The Mainstream - Again!

    Yes, actually. Barrier to entry isn't the rules, REALLY. It's finding a DM, first, and having time and friends to play--which every edition after 3rd has considered a top priority to solve. As I often say, 5e (anything after 2e) is not necessarily a better game, but it's a much better product...
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    D&D In The Mainstream - Again!

    Here's the thing--the "boom" in Dungeons and Dragons is an echo of the first boom--a baby boom, actually. The game took off in the early 1970s largely because of a demographic bulge of early-20s Americans, many of whom were going to college (a "petri dish" for the spread of the game). We're...
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    Andy Peregrine Confirmed As Dune Line Manager

    So why has the estate finally kicked loose the rights? Has there been a death? (The main reason Amazon got the Lord of the Rings rights is Christopher Tolkien's retirement earlier this year, at a truly jawdropping age.) What's the scoop?
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    TSR Elf Stranded on the Warden: A Short Gary Gygax Story

    This is awesome. So was there no way to get off the Warden/get back to Erelhei-Cinlu? Was it planned that way, was there an exit your PCs didn't find, or did you the players just move on from that particular game instance after a while?
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    TSR The Making and Breaking of Deities & Demigods

    The issue as I understand it was that the works were actually in the public domain from the time of death. Copyright as life +75 (or whatever figure) is dependent on copyright assertion in the first place. While we tend to think of this as a foundational truth now, to struggling pulp writers in...
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    TSR The Making and Breaking of Deities & Demigods

    I read the post in detail. The larger point was that the "TSR Legal" group decision was, as far as I can tell, a mistake based on insufficient research.
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    TSR The Making and Breaking of Deities & Demigods

    Ironically, I would have kept the Cthulhu stuff in. Who did you contact for the "rights"? Sauk City/August Derleth? They didn't actually hold them as far as I'm aware, even though Arkham House acted as if they did for many years. HPL's copyrights were a mess. Lovecraft is now in the public...
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    Dragon Reflections #1: A New Arrival

    Just not of "The Gnome Cache" if the gods are merciful...
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    OSR Originals--Time in the Megadungeon?

    Seeking older players (and I'm in my late forties!) to comment on this thread. When OS stood for Only School, say in the mid-to-late 70s, what did play sessions look like? Being deeply familiar with the history of D and D from its beginnings, I know about the huge megadungeons by e.g. Gygax...