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  1. ColonelHardisson

    D&D 5E Epic Monsters: Catoblepas

    Sorry I'm so late in replying. Mostly it has to do with medieval depictions that seem to indicate the basilisk and cockatrice are essentially the same creature. Probably the most vivid depiction that leaped to mind is the basilisk from Petersen's Field Guide to Creatures of the Dreamlands from...
  2. ColonelHardisson

    D&D 5E Epic Monsters: Catoblepas

    This is a good alternative to the official one, especially if I want to run a low-level game. I'm wondering if you've considered doing a more true-to-the-source-marerial version of the basilisk? As in, the little winged lizard that is so poisonous in nature it can kill everything downwind or...
  3. ColonelHardisson

    D&D 5E Mythological Figures: Florence Nightingale

    Yeah, and if we're using NPC classes for 2e and 3e, then it's easy enough to create this character by way of 5e's paradigm of NPCs not having to follow PC rules. As for the sneak attacks and other combat abilities, it's also easy enough to ignore them as a PC or NPC. They're there in case she...
  4. ColonelHardisson

    D&D 5E Mythological Figures: Fairest Queen

    I'm definitely hoping for a Mythological Figures & Maleficent Monsters II.
  5. ColonelHardisson

    D&D 5E Epic Monsters: Onocentaur (Poll)

    Grapple isn't useless. The 5e version is the best take on it in D&D. It can be used by a single character, but it's best used as part of a team.
  6. ColonelHardisson

    WotC Ray Winninger Is Head of D&D RPG Team; Mike Mearls No Longer Works on RPG

    My reading of the thread was derailed when I realized Ruin Explorer was posting. I felt like I stepped through a time portal into 2000.
  7. ColonelHardisson

    D&D 5E Epic Monsters: Poukai

    Thanks for the reply! I hope this happens. Until then, my money will be burning a hole in my pocket.
  8. ColonelHardisson

    D&D 5E Epic Monsters: Poukai

    Hi, hey, is there a chance of these being collated into single file and being made available for purchase? This is exactly the kind of thing I look for on the DMs Guild and Drivethrurpg, either in pdf or POD.
  9. ColonelHardisson

    Keep These Tools in Your Real-Life Bag of Holding

    I DMed Theater of the Mind for a decade during the 1e era. What I kept behind my DM screen was graph paper. When combat commenced, I jotted down the positions of PCs and opponents on it, and kept track of movement with pencil as players called out their actions. Players could quickly sketch out...
  10. ColonelHardisson

    2nd Edition Weapon Speeds - Anyone Else Miss Them?

    First, quoting someone 15 years later seems bizarre, but it happens. Second, yes, "too," as the original poster cited them - speed factors - as being in 2e. I was simply stating that speed factors were in 1e, also, regardless of which came first, because the poster was talking about 2e as his...
  11. ColonelHardisson

    Whatever Happened to Middle Earth?

    Ha! No, not as far as I know.
  12. ColonelHardisson

    Whatever Happened to Middle Earth?

    Several moves and new computers later, and I no longer have any of the files, including my own. I recall there was a time when I couldn't pay as much attention to the pages as they deserved, and traffic to them essentially dried up. It'd be cool to see that material again (holy gazookas! That...
  13. ColonelHardisson

    The 15 Best D&D Modules Of All Time

    Banewarrens (#18) is from Malhavoc, and Caverns of Thracia (#24) is from Judges Guild.
  14. ColonelHardisson

    The 15 Best D&D Modules Of All Time

    Fascinating. I would never have expected to see the Banewarrens at all. Again, not a bad adventure; in this case, I'm surprised simply because I rarely see any discussion of it. Judges Guild manages to make the list with Caverns of Thracia, but I would have guessed Dark Tower would have been...
  15. ColonelHardisson

    The 15 Best D&D Modules Of All Time

    An interesting list, and a number of surprises for me regarding inclusions, exclusions, and rank. Red Hand of Doom placed far higher than I would have expected, even if I'd actually considered it to be on such a list. I like it a lot, actually, but it wouldn't occur to me to place it in the top...
  16. ColonelHardisson

    Gamehackery: Microtransactions for RPGs

    Even as a joke, that makes me cringe. I think releasing player material as microtransactions could work, and could even help sell PHs. Of course, this is assuming that they don't go OGL with Next, and no freely-available SRD is available.
  17. ColonelHardisson

    Gamehackery: Microtransactions for RPGs

    I imagine it would have to be something that wouldn't alienate old school players, many of whom have shown more interest in Next because of WotC's willingness to listen, the old school nature of much of what we've seen with Next, and the back catalog being released as pdfs on DnDClassics. WotC...
  18. ColonelHardisson

    Do you recall a nostalgic D&D picture/illustration?

    I'm sure he does, but definitely not that one. It's by Clyde Caldwell. Caldwell sells prints of it on his site. https://www.clydecaldwell.com:3301/large_images/alrelean_mp.html
  19. ColonelHardisson

    Article: 3G: Gandalf, Gollum, and Galadriel

    Tolkien described Thorin's surname as being derived from his using an oak branch when his shield broke. So that's not a Jackson innovation. This is clearly described in the Appendices of the Lord of the Rings.