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  1. M.L. Martin

    WotC Older D&D Books on DMs Guild Now Have A Disclaimer

    Note that 'older' here applies to all pre-5E products, as far as I can tell.
  2. M.L. Martin

    D&D, Conan, and He-Man: Toys That Never Were

    The script for "The Ring of Dreams" (by Michael Halperin) can be found in He-Man and the Masters of the Universe: The Complete Minicomics Collection. Lord Masque's origin is mentioned in the Trivia section of He-Man.org, while Granamyr's background is confirmed in He-Man and She-Ra: A Complete...
  3. M.L. Martin

    D&D, Conan, and He-Man: Toys That Never Were

    An unproduced mini-comic, "The Ring of Dreams," was set to include a glabrezu, which I believe is a creature unique to D&D. Also, several of DiTillio's RPG campaigns and writings influenced his MotU work--the villain Lord Masque from "House of Shokoti, Part I" came from one of his campaigns...
  4. M.L. Martin

    5E WotC's Jeremy Crawford Talks D&D Alignment Changes

    So, are we setting up for PCs allying with freedom-fighting demons against tyrannical angels?
  5. M.L. Martin

    5E Epic Monsters: Joe Magarac

    I know him because this isn't the first time he's been written up in RPG terms … you can find him in Michael Surbrook's Larger Than Life, available in HERO System, Savage Worlds, and Mutants & Masterminds 3E editions. :)
  6. M.L. Martin

    General Putting The Awe Back In Magic

    A 'hot take' that came to me today and that seems apropos to this article: Gygax made a mistake when he made full-spectrum spellcasters a PC option, one that has been compounded by further developments.
  7. M.L. Martin

    5E Am I no longer WoTC's target audience?

    It has more or less turned out that way. :) Given the swings of the editions and WotC's general relation to the game's history, I've been predicting that 6E will be my dream game but will be designed, announced, and then cancelled before release as being 'a betrayal of the game's legacy,' and 7E...
  8. M.L. Martin

    5E Am I no longer WoTC's target audience?

    Good. Glad you and everyone else enjoyed it. It just rubbed me the wrong way due to my own peculiarities, which is one of the many reasons I'm not part of WotC's target audience anymore. (But then, my relationship to D&D has always been ... idiosyncratic, not being a real fan of 1E/OSR...
  9. M.L. Martin

    5E Am I no longer WoTC's target audience?

    I'm too attached to the 2nd Edition setting, and the changes and additions felt gratuitous (e.g., dusk elves and Mordenkainen), contrived (Madam Eva as Strahd's half-sister), and/or overly bleak (large numbers of soulless Barovians), and a read through suggested little worth mining.
  10. M.L. Martin

    5E Am I no longer WoTC's target audience?

    5E lost me, Curse of Strahd (the only 5E product I've bought) alienated me to the point I'm planning to sell it ... yeah, I'm pretty sure I'm not the target audience anymore.
  11. M.L. Martin

    Nominate your MOST ANTICIPATED RPG of 2020

    You've got Casting the Runes on there twice too. :)
  12. M.L. Martin

    Nominate your MOST ANTICIPATED RPG of 2020

    The Zorro Roleplaying Game by Gallant Knight Games.
  13. M.L. Martin

    General Neoplatonic Influence on D&D

    My apologies for forgetting the Seraphic Doctor, especially since my doktorvater was a Bonaventure scholar. To bring this back on topic, you can see some Platonic ideas filtering into Ravenloft and (I believe) Planescape in the mid-90s. I know it from the Nightmare Lands boxed set, which...
  14. M.L. Martin

    General Neoplatonic Influence on D&D

    Thanks for the clarification. I've always wondered where the D&D archons came from, as they weren't from the hierarchy I know (Seraphim, Cherubim, Thrones, Dominions, Virtues, Powers, Principalities, Archangels, Angels) or any other I've heard of. And while I have some knowledge of Neoplatonism...
  15. M.L. Martin

    General Neoplatonic Influence on D&D

    Depends on the school and the curriculum. I suspect Gygax and Ward were familiar with it, if only because of mentions of Dis, Geryon and Malebolge in the MM; Greenwood (or whoever mapped out the 'official' Nine Hells) was either less so or took liberties, with misspelling Caina as "Cania" and...
  16. M.L. Martin

    3E/3.5 3E and the Feel of D&D

    I thought WotC's motto was more "One ruleset to rule them all, one play style to bind them, one game to bring them all and to Organized Play bind them." ;)
  17. M.L. Martin

    5E Deep Dive into Descent Into Avernus

    Calling it now: 6E will be the first edition of the game to focus on Evil PCs. ;) :p
  18. M.L. Martin

    5E Deep Dive into Descent Into Avernus

    That's a really deep dive into the lore--unless there's more about it in the Villain's Lorebook or elsewhere in Realmslore, Jander's background as a Hellrider of Elturel is mentioned in one line in Vampire of the Mists (the novel that created Jander) and that's it.
  19. M.L. Martin

    4E Brainstorming a "Phil. of 4e 101" resource

    On the philosophical topic, there's a quote from Wizards Presents: Races and Classes that's stuck with me: "The new system [4E] is not overly concerned with simulating interactions between monsters and nonplayer characters when the PCs are not on stage." Theorems we can derive from that...
  20. M.L. Martin

    3E/3.5 5E's Initial Raw Sales Numbers Stronger Than 3E's!

    It is--and it's pretty darned impressive that it's still so high on the rankings, since it's been out for over a year and a half.
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