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Markustay
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Posted - 30 Oct 2008 :  02:35:07  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Campaign Map of Ixinos is up.

Enjoy --- Mark



*Dalor Darden should be along shortly to start filling-in everyone on those juicy locales.

"I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me" --- Dudley Field Malone

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Dalmar Amad
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Germany
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Posted - 30 Oct 2008 :  11:41:43  Show Profile  Visit Dalmar Amad's Homepage Send Dalmar Amad a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Great work there, Markustay. Now I can't wait to use Ixinos in a campaign.
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Ardashir
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Posted - 31 Oct 2008 :  16:03:33  Show Profile  Visit Ardashir's Homepage Send Ardashir a Private Message  Reply with Quote
That map looks good, and I like the rest of the information here too.
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Dalor Darden
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Posted - 31 Oct 2008 :  17:25:23  Show Profile Send Dalor Darden a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Ardashir

That map looks good, and I like the rest of the information here too.



This information is being GREATLY expanded on even now...I'm still pounding out a Netbook to be released either this weekend (if time permits from the family) or early next week!

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Markustay
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Posted - 31 Oct 2008 :  18:55:34  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'd like to just add that this project is a collaborative effort (99% Dalor, though) with the goal in mind of showing WotC what we would like to see.

Instead of issues of the DDi containing random articles about this and that, how about more focused articles on specific regions and themes? This way, each issue becomes a mini-sourcbook unto itself, instead of a mish-mosh of lore that DM's have to figure out how to use in their games.

Those guys (WotC designers) need to stop thinking like individuals and start working as a team.

How does that saying go? "Too many chiefs and not enough Indians"? They need to put their egos aside and start working together - it's painfully apparent right now that none of them are on the same page.

"I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me" --- Dudley Field Malone


Edited by - Markustay on 31 Oct 2008 18:58:17
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Dalmar Amad
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Posted - 01 Nov 2008 :  04:00:02  Show Profile  Visit Dalmar Amad's Homepage Send Dalmar Amad a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Of course I appreciate Dalor's work too. Just wanted to say that the maps Markus does really look great. And I really love maps!!
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Brimstone
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Posted - 07 Nov 2008 :  16:12:55  Show Profile Send Brimstone a Private Message  Reply with Quote
-Quick qusetion. Do these Warrior Women remove their left breast to be better archer's?


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Dalor Darden
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Posted - 07 Nov 2008 :  20:14:28  Show Profile Send Dalor Darden a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Brimstone

-Quick qusetion. Do these Warrior Women remove their left breast to be better archer's?


BRIMSTONE



LOL...nope

But they are very fit and more like an Olympic Athlete than a buxom barmaid.

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Brimstone
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Posted - 07 Nov 2008 :  20:17:43  Show Profile Send Brimstone a Private Message  Reply with Quote
-OK. I was wondering. I kinda like the Buxom Barmaid my self...


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words unwritten and set them down ere they fade . . . Learn
then, well, the arts of reading, writing, and listening true, and they
will lead you to the greatest art of all: understanding."
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Dalor Darden
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Posted - 07 Nov 2008 :  20:36:20  Show Profile Send Dalor Darden a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Brimstone

-OK. I was wondering. I kinda like the Buxom Barmaid my self...


BRIMSTONE



I hear the Dales are full of them...you might want to find one of those Yeowomen.

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Markustay
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Posted - 07 Nov 2008 :  21:10:17  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Picture an entire race built like professional wrestling's Chyna (Joanie Laurer).

The kind of women that make the average man go Eep!

"I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me" --- Dudley Field Malone

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Dalor Darden
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Posted - 07 Nov 2008 :  21:42:42  Show Profile Send Dalor Darden a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

Picture an entire race built like professional wrestling's Chyna (Joanie Laurer).

The kind of women that make the average man go Eep!



Aye...but with a face that won't scare you to death!

Now...they may BEAT you to death...

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Brimstone
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Posted - 08 Nov 2008 :  17:40:09  Show Profile Send Brimstone a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

Picture an entire race built like professional wrestling's Chyna (Joanie Laurer).

The kind of women that make the average man go Eep!


-Maybe Lita, but no dice on Chyna.

-Back on topic. So this Island is in the Vilhon Reach? I had never heard about it before.


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"These things also I have observed: that knowledge of our world is
to be nurtured like a precious flower, for it is the most precious
thing we have. Wherefore guard the word written and heed
words unwritten and set them down ere they fade . . . Learn
then, well, the arts of reading, writing, and listening true, and they
will lead you to the greatest art of all: understanding."
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Markustay
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Posted - 08 Nov 2008 :  18:32:06  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I wasn't talking about physical attractiveness (I'm sure Ixinos has it's share of 'plain' women), I was talking about shear size and muscle mass.

"Little man do Snoo-snoo!"

And despite Lucy Lawless's theatric performance, Chyna is more what I picture in my head when I think of 'Amazons'. It has more to do with the physique, I think, then any cosmetic differences.

Which brings me to an intersting point - are Ixinosan women of mixed race? I'm not talking about Elves or Dwarves here (although that WOULD be rather interesting), but with Turmish so damn close it makes sense if there are 'women of color' upon Ixinos.

In fact, with the Kara-Turan immigrants in the Unapproachable East and Shou ties to Elversult nearby , I would expect to find a least a couple of Oriental women among the population as well. Every culture has it's share of disaffected women, so there's no reason why we wouldn't find a few of each here (and I really can't see why Eilistraee worshippers wouldn't be represented in this group as well - she's actually the perfect goddess for women trying to break free of their cultural stigma).

"I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me" --- Dudley Field Malone

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Dalor Darden
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Posted - 08 Nov 2008 :  18:45:35  Show Profile Send Dalor Darden a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Aye...an Ixinosan Woman is probably stronger than the common soldier of any surrounding land...simply as a result of their upbringing.

Also, because the men they keep upon their island can come from anywhere, they indeed do have just about every racial stock known upon the Inner Sea within their ranks...though, non-humans are a VERY rare choice as breeding stock: orcs are simply beasts, elves would be deemed too physically weak and other races would be scorned for various reasons...like dwarves being too short or what have you. It doesn't mean these couldn't happen...just that it would be most unlikely.

Eilistraee would be a decent goddess for the Ixinosans...but I thought it would be better for them to maintain a strictly "human" based pantheon. After all, they actually are somewhat xenophobic and even racist. Her worship wouldn't be scorned on the island though...probably just not a major influence. They do accept other female goddesses; but those goddesses currently in power aren't likely to want to share worshipers on the tiny island...

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Markustay
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Posted - 08 Nov 2008 :  19:06:17  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I was thinking of more of a 'Drow contingent' on the island - something very small, almost like an Enclave, that keeps amicable relations open between her followers and the women of Ixinos.

Also, I wasn't thinking so much in terms of 'mixed heritage', but rather that women from all over would gravitate to the place. Although they would definately have a large percentage of the original Dathite (Chondathan/Jaamdathan) people, I think they would also have a constant influx of 'new blood' from everywhere women feel like 'second-class citizens' - including Tuigan women! (Wasn't their a FR comic-book character of one of those, who left her homeland because men didn't respect her there?)

Whats really intersting about that is that not only would the Ixinosan women eventually have their own 'look', but they would gain parts of other cultures as well (I think they would take VERY well to some of the martial diciplines of the east). Because their entire culture is based on acceptance (amongst women), they would be one of the few Faerūnian groups to experiment with new ideas whenever they presented themselves.

Now we get into politics...

Suppose there are two factions amongst the Women (much like Athens and Sparta)? Whereas one believes in rigid dicipline and "adhering to the old ways", the other is forward-thinking and would like Ixinos to finally come into it's own and start dealing with other nations as equals - perhaps even send out ambassadors to other lands?

Real-world issues
BTW, I couldn't read your last draft either (that was the same file-type as Allisa). I had this problem once before when my niece's printer was down and she asked me to print out her college paper - she put it on a USB drive, but my comp. wouldn't print it because it didn't recognize the new Word file. She was able to use word to convert the file to the older format, so I know the program has that built-in, so see if you can do that for me.

Thanks - Mark

"I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me" --- Dudley Field Malone


Edited by - Markustay on 08 Nov 2008 19:09:47
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Dalor Darden
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Posted - 08 Nov 2008 :  21:36:05  Show Profile Send Dalor Darden a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Markustay



Real-world issues
BTW, I couldn't read your last draft either (that was the same file-type as Allisa). I had this problem once before when my niece's printer was down and she asked me to print out her college paper - she put it on a USB drive, but my comp. wouldn't print it because it didn't recognize the new Word file. She was able to use word to convert the file to the older format, so I know the program has that built-in, so see if you can do that for me.

Thanks - Mark



Well...first snag of internet joint venture...

Looking into it.

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Markustay
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Posted - 08 Nov 2008 :  22:09:38  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Its easier for me to reply here (My mailbox is stuffed again) -

A LOT of Vista isn't compatible with earlier editions, hence all those wonderful commercials by Apple knocking Vista.

Try using Vista's Word to convert the files backwards (it should be as easy as "Save As" in the menu). If my 19-year-old neice could figure it out, I'm sure you can.

I think it is the '.mwd' extension you're looking for there. I even tried to simply open it with my version of Word, but it came out looking like a long series of 'Y's. LOL

Or you could just convert it to a .pdf.

"I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me" --- Dudley Field Malone


Edited by - Markustay on 08 Nov 2008 22:44:10
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Wooly Rupert
Master of Mischief
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Posted - 08 Nov 2008 :  22:40:32  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

Its easier for me to reply here (My mailbox is stuffed again) -

A LOT of Vista isn't compatible with earlier additions, hence all those wonderful commercials by Apple knocking Vista.

Try using Vista's Word to convert the files backwards (it should be as easy as "Save As" in the menu). If my 19-year-old neice could figure it out, I'm sure you can.

I think it is the '.mwd' extension you're looking for there. I even tried to simply open it with my version of Word, but it came out looking like a long series of 'Y's. LOL

Or you could just convert it to a .pdf.



The issue isn't Vista, it's what version of Word you have. And there is a free plugin for Office 2003 on the Microsoft website that allows you to open Office 2007 files.

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Markustay
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Posted - 08 Nov 2008 :  22:48:57  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
EDIT: Just to let everyone know, even though we have gone off on a tangent, this particular line of discussion IS pertinent to this project.

For some reason I can't download anything from the Microsoft site anymore.

I have a full, legal copy of XP (four, in fact), but I got tired of automatic updates constantly giving me an error message when it confused my copy of Publisher with Office (they share some features), so I turned it off.

After a year or so I tried getting updates, and when I went to get my updates manually, it tells me there's a problem (it isn't able to do the 'Verify' thing anymore, for whatever bizarre reason). I guess I fell so far behind with the Service Packs or whatever that I can't update anymore.

Anyhow, I know my niece was able to convert the files, and she's no brain surgeon, so I know it can be done.

"I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me" --- Dudley Field Malone


Edited by - Markustay on 08 Nov 2008 22:51:38
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Dalor Darden
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Posted - 08 Nov 2008 :  23:59:49  Show Profile Send Dalor Darden a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

EDIT: Just to let everyone know, even though we have gone off on a tangent, this particular line of discussion IS pertinent to this project.

For some reason I can't download anything from the Microsoft site anymore.

I have a full, legal copy of XP (four, in fact), but I got tired of automatic updates constantly giving me an error message when it confused my copy of Publisher with Office (they share some features), so I turned it off.

After a year or so I tried getting updates, and when I went to get my updates manually, it tells me there's a problem (it isn't able to do the 'Verify' thing anymore, for whatever bizarre reason). I guess I fell so far behind with the Service Packs or whatever that I can't update anymore.

Anyhow, I know my niece was able to convert the files, and she's no brain surgeon, so I know it can be done.



I simply converted them to HTML so when you open them it will open in a browser...let me know if that works for you.

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Markustay
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Posted - 09 Nov 2008 :  02:26:54  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Excellent solution.

I can see them now, and I'll look them over and get back to you.

Edit:
Hows this for a cover?

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Edited by - Markustay on 09 Nov 2008 03:56:26
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Dalor Darden
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Posted - 09 Nov 2008 :  07:45:27  Show Profile Send Dalor Darden a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

Excellent solution.

I can see them now, and I'll look them over and get back to you.

Edit:
Hows this for a cover?



Sweet!

But you need to put your name on there too man...several of the ideas in this book are from you!

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Brimstone
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Posted - 09 Nov 2008 :  15:57:56  Show Profile Send Brimstone a Private Message  Reply with Quote
-At least Markus didnt put by a "Bunch of Hack's" or FAIL in big bold letters on it. Markus will know what I mean. rofl!


BRIMSTONE

"These things also I have observed: that knowledge of our world is
to be nurtured like a precious flower, for it is the most precious
thing we have. Wherefore guard the word written and heed
words unwritten and set them down ere they fade . . . Learn
then, well, the arts of reading, writing, and listening true, and they
will lead you to the greatest art of all: understanding."
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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 09 Nov 2008 :  22:47:45  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Dalor Darden

quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

Excellent solution.

I can see them now, and I'll look them over and get back to you.

Edit:
Hows this for a cover?



Sweet!

But you need to put your name on there too man...several of the ideas in this book are from you!



My name should be on there, too. Just because.


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