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D&D 3E/3.5 Wow! Look at this awesome new unofficial 3E news site!

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
Some chap called Eric Noah has a website all about the new D&D 3E!

http://www.enworld.org/ericnoah/

So this is a Blast from the Past. With the help of Eric, I'm reconstructing much of his old website, Eric Noah's Unofficial D&D 3rd Edition News. I'm sure many who were around at the time will agree that its place in D&D history is an important one. I intend to preserve the site as a museum piece - a nostalgic look at things in 1999/2000. Just reading that site, I'm sure you'll be able to spot many ways in which the community and environment have changed in the last 13-14 years.

Eric's site was important to me. I didn't visit many websites back then. Hell, I had a dial-up modem, and Eric updated his site by making web pages in HTML and uploading them via an FTP program, like it was totally 1999 or something. Not only that, as many of you are aware, EN World is the evolution of Eric's site and the wonderful community he built around it. The day he closed the site was a sad one, and I feel honoured to be continuing that work - though not nearly so well - all these years later.

Thank you, Eric, for the best D&D website that ever existed. There have been thousands upon thousands of unofficial D&D sites, blogs, and social networking groups since then, but yours, to me, was undeniably the Big Daddy of them all.
 

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EricNoah

Adventurer
Thank you for the kind words, Russ - and much more importantly, for keeping my tiny little flame alight and turning it into something stronger and more enduring than I could ever have imagined.

Those two years were an extremely special time in my life because of the site and the people I met - many of whom are still here today.

Much has changed since then - I don't play D&D much, and the playing I do is all about the friendships and camaraderie and has little or nothing to do with the actual game itself. I did not keep up with 4th edition, I am not following Next, and I let my Pathfinder subscription lapse several years ago. Over the past two years I have sold off all but a core collection of my stuff.

And yet ... there is a spot in my brain that can only be tickled by reading particular products I used a lot, or read frequently; or by reading through campaign logs and reliving old campaigns. And likewise there's a spot in my brain (and my soul?) that finds particular pleasure in coming back here now and then to see what's going on, to post in the current month's "What are you reading" thread in the off-topic forum. I get the most, best pleasure from seeing folks having a fruitful and interesting discussion and knowing that maybe, in some small way, I had something to do with it.

Anyway, enjoy the archive!
 

Wow, cool.

I'm tempted to use a dial-up modem via AOL to connect, just for old-times sake.

And hey -- why doesn't EN have more XP? He should rank just one step below Gygax!
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
Oh my! Look what I just found! Screenshots of these very forums 13 years ago. August 2000 and August 2001.

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Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
I will say I am (probably unjustly) proud of the April Fools stuff in particular. It was fun for me if no one else. :)

The best part of that for me - the joke I still remember making me nearly fall off my chair - was the "Dungeons or Dragons" one.
 

Rune

Once A Fool
Eric,

Three things kept me coming back in those old days:

1) The constant stream of scoops about a game (and, when they started talking about going open source, a philosophy) that was going to be new and exciting and awesome.

2) The detailed examples of how rules that we knew about were going to work (seriously, every regular reader already knew how Attacks of Opportunity worked before we ever saw the books).

3) The incredible--and civil--community that you fostered and nurtured.


Thank you so very, very much.
 


Enkhidu

Explorer
Eric - Thanks for starting this thing rolling. Russ - Thanks for keeping it alive.

I don't think I can repay either of you for what this community you founded and fostered has meant to me.
 




EricNoah

Adventurer
This item I posted very early on could stand as my mission statement for the entire site as I envisioned it at the time:

A reminder to all about fact vs. rumor: "Nothing on this page is set in stone. I am doing my best to inform you of not only what was said, but who said it, so that you can make a judgment about whether something is "official" (or as close as possible) or merely well-informed speculation. Items that have been posted by TSR employees are a pretty safe bet; all others are juicy rumors at best. For the non-official info, I've been trying to only pass along items that seem likely or come from a source that seems reputable (playtesters, people who got to try it at GenCon, etc.). And even the TSR info is subject to change as the rules are developed, tweaked and tested. Hey, that's part of the fun -- seeing where certain rumors turned out to be true, and where certain 'facts' didn't pan out at all."
 

Halivar

First Post
Hah! Definitely not up to 1999 web design standards. No animated gifs (double points if it's the background)? No rainbow dividers? No auto-playing MIDI music? No scrolling, flashing marquee?

It's like you weren't even trying.

EDIT: I do, though, have to give you points for using the default font. Would've been extra if you'd used Comic Sans.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
This item I posted very early on could stand as my mission statement for the entire site as I envisioned it at the time:

I spotted that. I plan to put it on the front page of the archive as a kinda description.

Hey, Eric - go down to the style chooser at the bottom left of the forums and select "Eric Noah". :)
 


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