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Re: Designer's Blog #2: Pre-D&D Swords & Sorcery

Post by smathis » Wed Feb 23, 2011 6:26 am

finarvyn wrote:Strangely enough, I have gone through several phases. My first several years of OD&D I wanted to play only Dwarves, then humans only for a few years, then Noldor-style Elves. No idea why I ran in such streaks.

Now I play almost anything. When I actually play, that is, since I'm DM 99% of the time. :)
Yeah. Me too. When I first started back in 1981, I always wanted to play the humans. They had the cool classes. Ha. Then I branched out and only wanted to play demi-humans -- but not Half-Orcs or Dwarves. I kind of waffled all over the place for a while. Now I'm on a Dwarf kick. But I've yet to get to play a Dwarf. Go figure.

My group DM's fairly equally -- which means I don't DM as much as I used to or as much as I'd prefer. That's probably good because I have two toddlers and a bunch of side projects at the moment (in addition to my normal work). So I'm a little busy to DM well.

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Re: Designer's Blog #2: Pre-D&D Swords & Sorcery

Post by mshensley » Fri Mar 04, 2011 4:59 am

time for blog post #3, yes?

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Re: Designer's Blog #2: Pre-D&D Swords & Sorcery

Post by Machpants » Fri Mar 04, 2011 12:06 pm

Monsieur Hensley for President, I vote YES
LAST OF THE F3W
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Post by Ravenheart87 » Mon Mar 07, 2011 1:58 am

Any news when will we see the next blog post? I hunger for information. :)
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Post by Stainless » Mon Mar 07, 2011 2:59 am

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Re: Designer's Blog #2: Pre-D&D Swords & Sorcery

Post by finarvyn » Mon Mar 07, 2011 5:42 pm

Agreed. It's hard to formulate a lot of meaningful discussion when we're mostly shooting in the dark here. I mean, if we actually had seen playtest rules we could comment and critique, but as it is we can't do anything more than wildly speculate on what might or might not be "the plan" here....
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Post by claytonian » Sat Jun 11, 2011 11:11 pm

I know he's not Appendix N, but I hope you have read a lot of Clark Ashton Smith too!

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Post by finarvyn » Sun Jun 12, 2011 3:05 am

claytonian wrote:I know he's not Appendix N, but I hope you have read a lot of Clark Ashton Smith too!
A popular suggestion and I have to keep going back to re-read the Appendix N list because I can't believe that he's not on it. :shock:

CAS and Robert E Howard and HP Lovecraft all seem to fit together in a similar genre and somehow Smith gets forgotten quite a bit. Strange.
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Re: Designer's Blog #2: Pre-D&D Swords & Sorcery

Post by rabindranath72 » Mon Jun 13, 2011 1:26 am

finarvyn wrote:
claytonian wrote:I know he's not Appendix N, but I hope you have read a lot of Clark Ashton Smith too!
A popular suggestion and I have to keep going back to re-read the Appendix N list because I can't believe that he's not on it. :shock:

CAS and Robert E Howard and HP Lovecraft all seem to fit together in a similar genre and somehow Smith gets forgotten quite a bit. Strange.
Possibly because CAS's prose is much more sophisticated and stylish than Howard's and Lovecraft's. As a kid, I found the latter much more readable than the former; it definitely requires a deeper mastery of language.

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Re: Designer's Blog #2: Pre-D&D Swords & Sorcery

Post by finarvyn » Mon Jun 13, 2011 3:13 am

rabindranath72 wrote:[quote="finarvyn]CAS and Robert E Howard and HP Lovecraft all seem to fit together in a similar genre and somehow Smith gets forgotten quite a bit. Strange.
Possibly because CAS's prose is much more sophisticated and stylish than Howard's and Lovecraft's. As a kid, I found the latter much more readable than the former; it definitely requires a deeper mastery of language.[/quote][/quote]But in this case it is a little puzzling, since the Appendix N list was composed by Gary and he clearly wasn't put off by challenging linguistics in a book. One has to wonder if either (a) Gary hadn't actually read any CAS, (b) he read CAS but didn't like it, or (c) somehow the omission of CAS from Appendix N was an oversight.
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Re: Designer's Blog #2: Pre-D&D Swords & Sorcery

Post by Harley Stroh » Fri Jun 01, 2012 7:13 am

Ravenheart87 wrote:
ninjakid wrote:hi im new here can u share more cant wait to see more of this.. :)
What do you want to see more of? The game is already out, but if you want previews and reviews, you can find them here: http://goodmangames.com/5070preview.html
I suspect it is clever spam trying to get past the 3 post limit. "He" posted the same question after you responded.

Deleting.

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Re: Designer's Blog #2: Pre-D&D Swords & Sorcery

Post by finarvyn » Fri Jun 01, 2012 10:05 am

I let it go the first time because I thought that perhaps the post was legit. It was kind of brief and poorly spelled, but I figured if it was SPAM he wouldn't get two more past me. :twisted:
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