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  1. Rob Kuntz

    TSR BURMANIA! Part 2: "Keep on Going!"

    As the neutral DM I was positioned to see how the opposition to Bob Burman had manifested, especially among two primary players in my campaigns and games, James Goodfellow and Eric Shook. Where does this animus derive from? It can be narrowed down as a reaction to Bob’s philosophy (or lack...
  2. Rob Kuntz

    TSR BURMANIA! Part 1: Check Your Sanity at the Door

    We (Gary and myself) usually commanded respect and sobriety while encouraging the fun; and this lead to (mostly) orderly games. Bob and the reactions to him by some specific personalities was the exception not the rule. And do note part 2.
  3. Rob Kuntz

    TSR BURMANIA! Part 1: Check Your Sanity at the Door

    Yes. Me too. But Bob and some of the players' reactions to him were quite distinct from others. Do note part 2 for more.
  4. Rob Kuntz

    TSR BURMANIA! Part 1: Check Your Sanity at the Door

    Never confirmed or denied, I never asked.
  5. Rob Kuntz

    TSR BURMANIA! Part 1: Check Your Sanity at the Door

    Every game club or group has one. A person who stands out from the rest mostly due to some recurring oddity, a facet of their unchanging personality if you will, and their sublime belief in their own invincibility in life as well as at the game table. Add to this a penchant for vocalizing the...
  6. Rob Kuntz

    OD&D OD&D Haste, Slow, Hold Person?

    Well as Don Kaye would have noted, "That's a pregnant compliment If I've ever heard one." ;)
  7. Rob Kuntz

    OD&D OD&D Haste, Slow, Hold Person?

    IIRC, Slow = 1/2 movement, Haste X2 movement and HP is not really "similar" to CP; it's more in line with a limited paralyzation, held in place for the spell's duration.
  8. Rob Kuntz

    5E Dragons as Player Characters

    Well. Just do an RPG, or sculpt the current one based on a magical demi-dragon race. Heck, we've included all forms of sub-humans and demi-humans. Or have some sustaining ritual that the PC must reapply at a certain place or time, a rare alchemical mixture perhaps. Not to trivialize...
  9. Rob Kuntz

    5E Dragons as Player Characters

    Design either works or it doesn't. Most of it is numerics, what we call balance is more often connected to that as the base-line, so it really comes down to scale in this (current topic) instance. Understanding (intuitively, even) through engagement with the system of how the numeric weights...
  10. Rob Kuntz

    5E Dragons as Player Characters

    Well. To incorporate them as PCs you can always use scaling; it's Fantasy after all, we do have demi-gods and demi-demons and such. Just make it up, that is what's being done with everything in the game. Shrug.
  11. Rob Kuntz

    5E Dragons as Player Characters

    HUH? Not belittling anyone. Design is indeed not straight forward, but as noted, it's not rocket science. Just look at the rules for how designers create monsters, note the formulas, check out the weights of this or that, and then play-test them to get out the kinks if any. That's what we did...
  12. Rob Kuntz

    5E Dragons as Player Characters

    I played the first Dragon PC in the play-tests of D&D in 1973--Nedlog-- (spelled backwards, "Golden") as in the Eastern variety who could shape change into a human and as sourced from such stories then apparent as edited for Ballantine Books by Lin Carter. Anyone with any D&D system can create...
  13. Rob Kuntz

    TSR GENCON IX: When Many Sought Adventure

    Yeah. We wore many hats then unlike today where Peter Adkinson regulates responsibilities while sipping on a cold brew... ;) Let's see, mine were: Shipping Manager. Convention Chairman (and broom pusher), answer mailed in rules questions on the product line (mostly D&D), write articles for...
  14. Rob Kuntz

    TSR GENCON IX: When Many Sought Adventure

    All good except for the clean up, which was handled primarily by myself and Skip Williams. Everyone else was at Fazio's Restaurant; and I joined them later when it was all finished. I wasn't just a Chairman, I was the main GRUNT. LOL!
  15. Rob Kuntz

    TSR GENCON IX: When Many Sought Adventure

    Well, at least I can offer the Sunken City's primordial map and key which I (in 2016) reprinted with an expanded adventure for 1E:
  16. Rob Kuntz

    TSR GENCON IX: When Many Sought Adventure

    Speaking of Fritz Leiber and the TSR Lankhmar game--there's one being auctioned and that is dated and signed by Fritz himself. He did this post-seminar (as I described in the article) and throughout the convention as people were "hounding" him for his autograph. The link to it: TSR Lankhmar...
  17. Rob Kuntz

    TSR GENCON IX: When Many Sought Adventure

    There's Garycon which is a ball. And others. I do find large conventions interesting for all the new stuff going on and the super energy brought to them. I grew up on the smallish more intimate ones--more personal--so I am in the middle on convention sizes but really understand your POV.
  18. Rob Kuntz

    TSR GENCON IX: When Many Sought Adventure

    Yep. Just as with Barker's Temple extravaganza (which was covered extensively in Dragon #3or4? IIRC) I had to pass over some stuff. Busy, Busy. ;) I don't even recount my own Sunken City adventures (3 sessions) for prizes... Grsk indeed! :)
  19. Rob Kuntz

    TSR GENCON IX: When Many Sought Adventure

    It was more of a push and take, WotC does what it wants to do. :)
  20. Rob Kuntz

    TSR GENCON IX: When Many Sought Adventure

    Yes. And it's only going to get more expensive over time. My copy was stolen or destroyed long ago according to an (ex) "friend"... So it goes. Bug WotC, who owns the rights IIRC, to re-release it or to pass it along. They are sitting on a ton of Gygax former-IP that they are doing nothing...
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