Janos Antero said:
Hey Gary, actually thought up some real questions rather than just picking on you for once. Some of this may have been answered before, but I didn't see these in this thread.
I'll happily do what I can in response...
Any chance you'd talk on some of your classic villians? I've always loved Obmi and Ecvledra (sp? I always forget how to spell that damn name). Care to share how they looked stat wise, or history wise in the good old days?
Actually, Obmi appeared in may campaign as a vile dwarf who worked with gnolls (see other thread on same on the boards). Worse, Obmi has a machine-like device that would cause the opponents to move backwards instead of forwards when they tried to attack him and his band in their fourth level dungeon abode. He had his throwing hammer and speed boots too, so that he really enraged the players. Eventually they managed to kill all his gnolls, his reverse motion machine was destroyed by spell attacks, and so Obmi ran off to return in the G series modules. Heh, working with giants was even more enraging to the PCs that his former association with gnolls
Then I had him in the shadows, with the elf, Keek, as his second banana, and Luke, playing Melf, was totally fooled by Keek. That delighted Obmi, Keek, and me but was less amusing to Melf and his comnpanions.
Eclavdra made her appearance in the play-tests of the D series, so she didn't have so long a career as a bane of PCs. By the time they were adventuring in the D modules all had gotten very wary of my Dming, so fooling the party was pretty difficult.
You may not answer this one, but I can't help but ask... Was Loraine Williams THAT bad in your opinion? How did she change your interactions with the hobby (aside from the obvious stuff).
Is the Pope Catholic? Need I say more? Just consider her public statement that gamers were not her social equals if you need to get a handle on what sort of persn she was.
As for her changing anything in the way of interaction with the hobby, first I was immersed in saving TSR from bankruptcy because of Blume mismanagement, then I was devoted to trying to keep Williams from gaining cntrol of TSR and wrecking it--which she managed to do and did. So what interaction during that period?
Did you like the DnD cartoon you did, and have any plans in relation to it that never saw fruitation?
Well, the D&D Cartoon Show was pretty good for the age category it was aimed at, so I enjoyed it. Of course I wanted something a little more mature, so I worked on Marvel and CBS to do a spinoff. When 26 episodes were dine we managed to convince them to do just that. The new show would begin after Micheal Reaves superb concluding episode, #27 was produced. the new show would have only the older "kids," leaving Bobby and Uni (as a pony) back on earth. In the new series the "kids" would not have those hoaky magic items, rely on their own abilities, and a bit more imitatable action (violence) could be shown. The deal was done on a handshae, Marvel the final old series script in hand, and two scripts for the new series done, one of which I'd approved. Then I was called back to Wisconsin because of the financial difficulties at TSR. LAter, when Williams informed CBS and Marvel that I was not invoved in the project any longer, the series was dropped.