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Brimstone
Great Reader

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Posted - 19 Aug 2009 :  22:07:45  Show Profile Send Brimstone a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Brimstone, by now you'll know from my earlier post that I didn't make it to the con this year. Ed will share what we can, as soon as he can.
One tidbit: apparently RPGA members who sign up to run tournaments will be able to get new (penned by RPGA members, and edited/checked by playtesting and by RPGA HQ/Chris Tulach) printed Realms adventures, in a "pack" of related adventures.
Bill Slaviscek also floated the idea of one-a-year printed Realms products at the seminar, and there was a roar of approval from the room.

More soon; delivery van at the door and must rush.
love to all,
THO


My thanks. I would like a once a year Realms Product.

Yep I need to get off my rear and get hooked up with the Living Realms here in Texas.

James Lowder mentioned Gamer Fantastic yesterday in another scroll.

I got it this morning, and I really appreciated Ed's chapter to Gary Gygax. I liked Ed's story about saving the elven princess again. And Brian Thomsen chapter was very revealing. I haven't read Steven's story yet.

So what do you think about it?

And again thank you for all that you do here for us Realms Fanatics.

"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."
Alaundo of Candlekeep

Edited by - Brimstone on 19 Aug 2009 22:12:34
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Wooly Rupert
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Speaking for myself, it was an honor to be included in that book, especially next to some of the others on the list. I'm overjoyed that Ed liked it.

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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 20 Aug 2009 :  00:11:45  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all. Heh, Brimstone, I enjoyed GAMER FANTASTIC very much. Like most anthologies, some strong stories, some weaker. Some light fluff, and some . . . well, Ed's tale was a romp, Brian's swan song was a romp with razor-sharp edges, and Ed's eulogy was probably as classy as Gary will get, aside from what close family chooses to say.
Ed also wanted me to post this (and will send along a Realmslore reply soon, too!):


I also had the distinct pleasure of meeting Erin Evans in person, for the first time - - and, ahem, being shadowed by her for Wizards website purposes - - at GenCon, and found her delightful and nice (I already knew she was clever, witty, and a sensitive writer, and you will, too, when you read THE GOD CATCHER, next in the "Eddie Presents Waterdeep" series, and due out in February 2010, I believe).
I flirted outrageously, she took it all in stride, I had great fun with Shelly and Laura (another first meeting), and the fun, good-natured, and ever-stalwart Marty Durham (look for a "Book Nook" You Tube interview we did in a hotel room at the Marriott). Erin and Bruce Cordell, both typing furiously, were co-scribes at this year's Spin A Yarn, which has much to do with pudding, thanks to the inspired contributions of a certain Mr. Rowe known here at the Keep (another first meeting, and another pleasure!).
By the way, if Susan, the great and long-suffering helmslady of the Realms (and much missed at GenCon, sniff) reads this: I did no work at all on the novel during GenCon, but am hard back at it today, with another chapter rolling out under my flying fingers. Should be in early, in first draft!
Revealed at GenCon, the title of this unfolding work: ELMINSTER MUST DIE!
I miss all of you I saw at the con greatly, and those who couldn't make it, I hope to see next year (if Jen's health holds out: as long as she can withstand the rigors of the trip, I intend to be at each and every GenCon; I'm attended numbers 8, 13, and 17 to date).
So next year, when you need a Realms fix that's not set in Waterdeep or the Wilds or looking over Drizzt's shoulder: there'll be a new series of standalone but related mass market paperbacks by divers authors . . . and then there'll be ELMINSTER MUST DIE!


So saith Ed. Who is still bubblingly happy!
love to all,
THO

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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 20 Aug 2009 :  00:30:33  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all.
As promised, Ed has come through with a Realmslore comment, this one in response to Zandilar’s response to Joran Nobleheart’s “what kind of man would it take to win the Lady Bard's heart?” question.
Heeeere’s Ed:



Zandilar, as always, you are dead-on accurate everywhere where you aren’t darned-closed accurate. Please stick your oar in, anytime. (Sorry, haven’t stopped flirting from GenCon yet. Go ahead, hit me. I like it.)

Maxer is still around (though he “goes on missions” farther and farther afield, empowered by Mystra and Azuth, at least until the Spellplague hits and probably destroys him as the Weave goes down), so, yes, it WOULD “depend on if your character felt like sharing.” Maxer is completely generous about sharing, because he loves Storm - - and her den-mothering of all Harpers, and her ongoing love affairs and friendships with many, many folk (from halfling, gnome, and dwarven to the more numerous human, elven, and half-elven, all of both genders but probably about three-quarters male) are all part of the woman he loves.

Your summation of Storm’s preferences is dead-on accurate, though you are correct in thinking her temper was a little overblown in SHADOWDALE, and her customary character a bit different than portrayed therein. The deceitful are her pet hate, but she makes exceptions for deceivers who are trying not to hurt and telling “little white lies” and other kind deceptions, as opposed to evil deceptions. Yes, no alpha males, and yes, she’s strong but can and does love to yield and be soft (and be dominated during sex, but no “that means I can lord it over you the rest of the time” stuff, or the mate is GONE). You are also dead-on correct in this: “I expect that any potential mate would also have to settle for being with her when they can - this for two reasons, the first that she's often off "saving the world behind the scenes" and they may not be powerful enough to go along with her (ie: they would be a liability), and the second is that I don't expect anyone would get total monogamy out of her. Also, I don't think male gender would be mandatory in a mate, though I suspect the underlying preference would be in that direction (sadly enough).”
For the record, Storm has “been with” female partners for decades at a time in the past, and during her youth, as a slave, those were the only sort of willing relationships (as opposed to male captors forcing themselves on her) she had, for some time. Yet, yes, she does tend to enjoy guys. As I once had her comment, in a scene that got firmly cut by Brian Thomsen for obvious reasons (but not until after he’d chuckled over it and said, “Nicely done. We can’t use it, of course - - but nicely done all the same”), “They have this funny, funny handle, that feels so good within, reaching up for the back of your throat.”
Ahem.



So saith Ed. Ahem, indeed, Old Mage. Down from the GenCon high, there’s a good lad.
He’ll be back with more tomorrow, folks (in fact, he’s here all week! Try the beans!).
love to all,
THO
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Malcolm
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Posted - 20 Aug 2009 :  00:37:20  Show Profile  Visit Malcolm's Homepage Send Malcolm a Private Message
Jakk, about Castlemourn: I can provide a GenCon scoop of sorts.
I happened to overhear Ed standing talking with Margaret Weis outside the MWP booth (they were hugging like old friends, actually), and I think Castlemourn is done and over as a MWP product line. Like I said, they sounded like two old friends being regretful something hadn't gone well, not enemies or angry or anything like that.
Which doesn't mean it's done forever and for good, of course. Ed, can you comment?
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 20 Aug 2009 :  00:50:19  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi AGAIN, folks!
Ed just sent me another e-mail:


Kes Alandel, it was a pleasure to meet you, too. One of the delights of GenCon is actually getting to stop and talk to people we only know as names on a board or at the other end of an e-mail. So next time, instead, you'll get to hook up again with your GenCon friends you only meet at the con. :}
And shop and eat and game. My GenCon secret? I've not signed up for a single event in YEARS. For me, it's all meeting friends, stopping by booths and playing demos of new games, shopping, dining with friends (pickup gaming at such opportunities is free), stopping to enjoy the medieval performers, walking the exhibit hall and art show and seeing all that glorious art and meeting the artists, going to Author's Alley and meeting the authors there, and dropping by the Wizards seminars (if you don't have a ticket, you might have to stand, but they're sure not going to turn you away).
Come back whenever you can manage it - - I have, for years, and on the rare occasions when I pass through Indianapolis at other times than GenCon, it always feels really weird that the con isn't going on.
One hint: in a year when you can't afford GenCon, plan on attending a small local con instead, like the excellent Pentacon in Fort Wayne (early November, every year) or U-Con in Ann Arbor, or any of a dozen other good ones. Origins in Columbus in June is the closest thing in size to GenCon, and none of them are "the big show," but they're still great. Paizo held their own con in June this year in Seattle for the first time, and it sounds great, too...

Also, to Pierre-Luc: the only public (as opposed to secret, or members-only like the War Wizards' training sessions) school of magic in Cormyr or the Dales in 1479 DR that I know of, thus far, is a small academy called Arlrandur's, in Marsember (run by Arlrandur, a "renegade" War Wizard who increasingly is suspected of being an undercover War Wizard, identifying prospects and potential foes and troublemakers).
However, I'll check my notes and ask around, and see if there are any hints of others. In Sembia and Westgate, YES, there are several...


So saith Ed. Creator of the Realms and its reigning Lorelord, as always . . .
love to all,
THO
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The Sage
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Posted - 20 Aug 2009 :  01:34:13  Show Profile  Send The Sage an AOL message  Click to see The Sage's MSN Messenger address  Send The Sage a Yahoo! Message Send The Sage a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

The greater part, by far, was the surprise just-a-little-late 50th birthday party thrown for me by our very own Garen Thal (Brian Cortijo), who worked on it for the greater part of a year. He quizzed THO for the recipe of the chip dip that I inflict on my home gamers, and had me make a bowl right there and then, I was gifted with a shadow box by Jeff Thetford remembering Brian Thomsen, Brian had "it's okay . . . I'm Canadian" T-shirts made up for Jen and moi, and scored me a signed copy of the new Pathfinder core rulebook, and best of all, Brian assembled, edited, and had printed and bound a one-of-a-kind book of remembrances, FIFTY RINGS ROUND WOODED GREEN, that is now my most treasured possession.
It's full of stories, memories, and friendly joshing and jokes by many of my longtime friends, including some of my players, but also gamers and gaming luminaries such as (I'm just going to list in order of appearance, or I'll forget someone!) Jim Butler, Julia Martin, Erik Scott de Bie, Jen Brozek, our very own Wooly Rupert (and, hey, your e-mails finally came through; expect a reply the other end of this coming weekend), Jim Lowder, Paul Kemp, Thomas Reid, Steve Sullivan, Miranda Horner, Wolfgang Baur, James Davis, Mary-Liz Allen, Cam Banks, Brian Gute, Sean Reynolds, Stan!, Elaine Cunningham, Wes Schneider, George Krashos, Lester Smith, Karen Boomgaarden, Carrie Bebris, Jeff Grubb, Larry Elmore, Bob Salvatore, Jeff Thetford, Margaret Weis, The Sage (yes, our Sage, here at the Keep), Peter Archer, Brian James, Jaleigh Johnson, Richard Lee Byers, Calye, Rosemary Jones, Steven Schend . . . and of course, Brian Cortijo himself.
I can't begin to describe how touched I am by this, how honoured, and how fortunate I feel to have such a friend, and so many friends good and true. I WISH you could all read this book; it has two superb fantasy stories in it (and some old scribblings of mine, too), a number of neat game contributions, some topnotch art, and . . . lots and lots of love.
I now have a new book of essential Realmslore, and feel very loved.
Brian, take a bow. Take LOTS of bows. Let there be hugs all around. I will be thanking people properly for years, but I want every scribe and casual visitor at the Keep to know just how magnificent it feels to have such good friends, led by a peerless one.
Thank you.
THANK YOU.
Okay, time for hugs and backrubs and ticklings.
THO wants me to promise to answer Realmslore questions more often and faster, and I do. Oh, I do.
(Watch me fall short, but darn it, I do.)
love to all,
Ed
You're so very welcome Ed.

I was extremely honoured that Brian offered me the opportunity to contribute to such an august tome. And to have my words of praise and tribute featured alongside other such "Realms Greats" was indeed one of the main highlights of 2009 for me.

Here's to the next 50!

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Brimstone
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Posted - 20 Aug 2009 :  04:16:15  Show Profile Send Brimstone a Private Message
Thank you THO.

"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."
Alaundo of Candlekeep
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Joran Nobleheart
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Posted - 20 Aug 2009 :  05:08:44  Show Profile  Visit Joran Nobleheart's Homepage Send Joran Nobleheart a Private Message
Thank you very much, and I appreciate the answers very much! I'm also really looking forward to hearing more about the Haunted Halls, (again, my favorite module and I still hope to get to play through someday). Here's a question that I'd like to add about Miior, based off of how you designed her, is she the type that would be happy to have a relationship with one of the people that rescued her? (Well, after she's had time to come to learn of what's all transpired around the Realms while she was sleeping). Thank you again, and I'm really looking forward to hearing more!

Ah, I almost forgot. A few years back, my old DM and I had a discussion about paladins and how their parents viewed them. He told me that with Joran, that he was almost a disappointment because he was a paladin, in the fact that paladins die so young due to their duties. I debated back (yeah, it became a debate) that a parent would be pleased that their child had become a paladin and that it was an honor, especially in the case of Joran due to his father being a knight of Cormyr and his mother a cleric of Torm. My question is this: how would parents in Cormyr view their child becoming a paladin? And how would (normally) Joran's parents view the fact he's a paladin? Sorry to tack this on, I've wanted to ask for a while but always forgot.

Oh, and as a side note, I did brag about Joran's family keep being named by both yourself Lady THO, and Mr. Greenwood. I think they were a little jealous.

Paladinic Ethos
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Menelvagor
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Posted - 20 Aug 2009 :  08:18:12  Show Profile  Visit Menelvagor's Homepage Send Menelvagor a Private Message
Huh... Are there tales of the slavery experiences of the Seven Sisters published? I know Dove maqueraded as a slave for some time, as mentioned in Silverfall. But were they the only ones of the Seven to do so? And was it planned to be so, or was any of them truly captured? And if there aren't any published tales of these experiences, could you tell us some?

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Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly.
How much less them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation in the dust, are crushed before the moth?" - Eliphaz the Temanite, Job IV, 17-19.

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gomez
Learned Scribe

Netherlands
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Posted - 20 Aug 2009 :  10:52:50  Show Profile  Visit gomez's Homepage Send gomez a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hi again, all.
gomez, you're quite right re. the behaviour of the Sisters.
However, as Zandilar posits, it's not inherent in being a Chosen. Anyone with many enemies, lots of experience in dealing with bureaucracies and corrupt rulers and human sloth and organizational inertia loses patience with being patient.



I noticed Alustriel has a better time of it though. She does seem more capable of working with others (and she is the only sister so far that I have seen making an apology to someone she slighted). That really made her the most loveable sister. It is really sad that she is gone in 1479 DR (though I comfort myself with the thought that she passed away peacefully - at least, that was what I deduced).

Re: Gencon, I have definitely missed some very fun events (though at least I got the anecdotes on Caley's wedding, and yes she looks lovely, going by the picture I was shown).
Next time, I will attempt less gaming and more getting about meeting people. Though I hope I didn't pester Ed too much this Con...

Gomez
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 20 Aug 2009 :  20:39:19  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all.
gomez, you didn't pester Ed too much; in fact, he was worried that he hadn't made enough time for you, and will try to do so next time (this was another year of Ed's schedule morphing a lot). So rest easy on that score.

Menelvagor, there's nothing in published Realmslore about the early slavery experiences of some of the Seven beyond bare mentions of Minark the Salt Torturer (who wounded slaves, then put salt into the open wounds, then bound the wounds over with leather, then watered the leather to make it tighten, grinding the salt in) and rescue from him, plus a few single-line references to Storm and some of her sisters being used to being chained, branded, whipped, marched nude for days (chained together, sleeping in the open still chained together), and so on. The Code of Ethics of TSR prohibited publication of such details; slavery was simply something to be fought against or rescued from.

Joran, I can tell you from playing with Ed as a DM and watching him DM two other groups of players through the Haunted Halls, that Miior definitely WOULD form a relationship with one or more of her rescuers, for two reasons: she always wants to be linked to a stronger male as a protector, provider, and dupe (someone she can frame and/or steal from), and she is looking for a real mate (in other words, she will feign "falling for" a PC adventurer, strong and wealthy human male preferred, but either gender and any race if someone else seems more useful, and she's a consumate actress, BUT she can very easily genuinely fall in love with either her "chosen dupe" or someone else, and with that love will come loyalty, so she may later stand beside/support/return swindled loot to her dupe, and become his/her staunch partner).

So there you have it, from Ed to me to you...

love to all,
THO
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 20 Aug 2009 :  20:57:43  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all.
I'm reposting this from another thread, here at the Keep. It's my summation of what's PROBABLY going to be in ELMINSTER MUST DIE!
". . . Ed tells me it was two-thirds finished in rough draft before he left for GenCon, and he's having a BLAST writing it. Here are some speculations on my part about its contents that are based on reading between the lines of some Ed comments:
Elminster appears, and so does at least one of the Seven Sisters, probably more than one. Cormyr is involved in some way, probably as the setting for some of the book.
It's likely set in 1479 DR, though perhaps not wholly . . .
There are some nobles in the story but it's NOT primarily a story about rulers and nobles."

Not wanting to get Ed in trouble, or influence him as he's writing what is, after all, a first draft (or misinform any scribes, when the book may morph some, in the weeks ahead), I'm not going to add much to this or try to get him to add anything, until I have his say-so, and he will only give me that when he has approval from Wizards.

I can impart this much: I have the feeling that Ed is happy and pouring out his creative self as enthusiastically as ever, that he's getting better as a writer, and that the age of darned good Realms novels is FAR from over. Ed has been inspired by the quality of the "Eddie Presents" books about Waterdeep, and loves his editor.
(No, NOT the way you're thinking, you in the back wearing the leer. BAD scribe!)

love,
THO
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Brimstone
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Posted - 20 Aug 2009 :  21:08:40  Show Profile Send Brimstone a Private Message
The Ed Greenwood Presents Series has me enthusiastic.

The 3 novels I have read, soon to be 4 have not disappointed me in the least.

"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."
Alaundo of Candlekeep
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Teneck
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Posted - 20 Aug 2009 :  21:10:18  Show Profile  Visit Teneck's Homepage Send Teneck a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One


<snip>
(No, NOT the way you're thinking, you in the back wearing the leer. BAD scribe!)




It's not a leer...it is an evil grin thinking about what poor fool they are going to recruit to kill El. Seems to me that whole conversation is going to be...

"Sure I am an assassin for hire...who has to die?"

"Really....Elminster?...ELMINSTER!!!! has to die ...I think I just retired.

"Go ahead...Sleep in the church...the vampires can't get ya in the church" Any DM...any time.

"He's like a trained ape...without the training"
Simon after Jane trashed the Med lab
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gomez
Learned Scribe

Netherlands
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Posted - 20 Aug 2009 :  21:18:01  Show Profile  Visit gomez's Homepage Send gomez a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One


(No, NOT the way you're thinking, you in the back wearing the leer. BAD scribe!)



Now you are making it sound like that is a *bad* thing.

I recall Ed said we would be 'pleased' with some of the outcome of the novel. Of course, since he didn't specify what we would be pleased about, that is not actually much help :P
I guess we will just have to wait...

Gomez
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Brimstone
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quote:
Originally posted by Teneck

quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One


<snip>
(No, NOT the way you're thinking, you in the back wearing the leer. BAD scribe!)




It's not a leer...it is an evil grin thinking about what poor fool they are going to recruit to kill El. Seems to me that whole conversation is going to be...

"Sure I am an assassin for hire...who has to die?"

"Really....Elminster?...ELMINSTER!!!! has to die ...I think I just retired.


It's likely that The Simbul will be by his side, so...yeah its time to retire and move to another plane.

"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."
Alaundo of Candlekeep
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Draenar
Acolyte

Canada
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Posted - 20 Aug 2009 :  22:23:26  Show Profile  Visit Draenar's Homepage Send Draenar a Private Message
I'm quite excited to hear about Elminster Must Die. (That title is great.)

quote:
Originally posted by Joran Nobleheart
My first question is: What year was it when Storm and Elminster went to the magefair? I think it was before the Time of Troubles, but just wanted to make sure.



It took place in 1355 DR, according to this (official) site: http://www.wizards.com/forgottenrealms/fr_timeline.asp. (It's not very up-to-date, but I've found it a good quick-reference, when hunting through the Grand History would be too distracting.)

BRITANNUS (shocked): Caesar, this is not proper.
THEODOTUS (outraged): How?
CAESAR (recovering his self-possession): Pardon him Theodotus: he is a barbarian, and thinks that the customs of his tribe and island are the laws of nature.
    -- Caesar and Cleopatra, Act II, George Bernard Shaw
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sfdragon
Master of Realmslore

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Posted - 20 Aug 2009 :  22:48:33  Show Profile Send sfdragon a Private Message
I'm not exited.... Elminster mustn't die......

oh great, ow I've got a new book to look out for to buy.

ohwell....

why is being a wizard like being a drow? both are likely to find a dagger in the back from a rival or one looking to further his own goals, fame and power


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Magister's GAmbit
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Pierre-Luc
Acolyte

Canada
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Posted - 21 Aug 2009 :  00:36:56  Show Profile  Visit Pierre-Luc's Homepage Send Pierre-Luc a Private Message
Hi, I'm from Quebec and I'd like to know if there's a way of getting the RPGA adventures even if I'm not a member? A way to pay-and-download, maybe? Thanks very much.
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Zandilar
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Australia
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Posted - 21 Aug 2009 :  00:58:23  Show Profile  Visit Zandilar's Homepage Send Zandilar a Private Message
Heya,

quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One
Zandilar, as always, you are dead-on accurate everywhere where you aren’t darned-closed accurate. Please stick your oar in, anytime. (Sorry, haven’t stopped flirting from GenCon yet. Go ahead, hit me. I like it.)




*hits Ed with a soft suede cat-o-nine-tails* *does it again for good measure*

quote:
Maxer is still around (though he “goes on missions” farther and farther afield, empowered by Mystra and Azuth, at least until the Spellplague hits and probably destroys him as the Weave goes down), so, yes, it WOULD “depend on if your character felt like sharing.” Maxer is completely generous about sharing, because he loves Storm - - and her den-mothering of all Harpers, and her ongoing love affairs and friendships with many, many folk (from halfling, gnome, and dwarven to the more numerous human, elven, and half-elven, all of both genders but probably about three-quarters male) are all part of the woman he loves.


Sounds like a very patient man.

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Your summation of Storm’s preferences is dead-on accurate, though you are correct in thinking her temper was a little overblown in SHADOWDALE, and her customary character a bit different than portrayed therein. The deceitful are her pet hate, but she makes exceptions for deceivers who are trying not to hurt and telling “little white lies” and other kind deceptions, as opposed to evil deceptions. Yes, no alpha males, and yes, she’s strong but can and does love to yield and be soft (and be dominated during sex, but no “that means I can lord it over you the rest of the time” stuff, or the mate is GONE). You are also dead-on correct in this: “I expect that any potential mate would also have to settle for being with her when they can - this for two reasons, the first that she's often off "saving the world behind the scenes" and they may not be powerful enough to go along with her (ie: they would be a liability), and the second is that I don't expect anyone would get total monogamy out of her. Also, I don't think male gender would be mandatory in a mate, though I suspect the underlying preference would be in that direction (sadly enough).”


It was a nice exercise to stretch my mind and try to think like you, Ed (thinking like you thinking like Storm). Good to see I'm not too bad at it. I always figured she was mostly straight, but I'm not really able to put my finger on why - probably because of her seeming desperation to have a child. I'd ask if she actually managed to accomplish that before whatever fate awaits her in 4e, but I suspect the answer will be tightly under the rotting wraps of the Great Mummy NDAkhaman. (I'm always puzzled when infertile people will do anything they can to have a child of their own, when there's millions upon millions of orphans in the world looking for someone to love them and raise them, and that puzzlement extends to fantasy worlds as well - but I'm not the mothering type, so maybe I'm missing something.)

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For the record, Storm has “been with” female partners for decades at a time in the past, and during her youth, as a slave, those were the only sort of willing relationships (as opposed to male captors forcing themselves on her) she had, for some time.


I'd probably put her on the opposite side of the Kinsey scale to me - in the bisexual range, but on the border with heterosexual, while I'm on the other side on the lesbian border... And both of us being women, that is somewhat more fluid than fixed in stone.

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Yet, yes, she does tend to enjoy guys. As I once had her comment, in a scene that got firmly cut by Brian Thomsen for obvious reasons (but not until after he’d chuckled over it and said, “Nicely done. We can’t use it, of course - - but nicely done all the same”), “They have this funny, funny handle, that feels so good within, reaching up for the back of your throat.”
Ahem.


Funny handle huh? *chuckles* I don't know what the fascination is myself, but that's not the only time I've head such sentiments (with much blushing from the males involved when their partners have said as much).

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So saith Ed. Ahem, indeed, Old Mage. Down from the GenCon high, there’s a good lad.


A question out of curiosity - is GenCon always in August? I ask because I'm right at the beginning stages of planning (mostly pondering how we'll be able to afford it, especially since I'm too big for cattle class air travel right at this moment in time) a visit to America for both GenCon and BlizzCon in 2011 (don't think we'll make it next year), I think, especially if GenCon and BlizzCon are always so close to each other by timeframe (BlizzCon 09 starts this Friday). Otherwise I'll have to decide which one to go to... (GenCon is higher in my priority list at the moment, meeting Ed in person is something I've wanted to do for ages! I missed out last time he was in Australia. )

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Originally posted by Zandilar

A question out of curiosity - is GenCon always in August? I ask because I'm right at the beginning stages of planning (mostly pondering how we'll be able to afford it, especially since I'm too big for cattle class air travel right at this moment in time) a visit to America for both GenCon and BlizzCon in 2011 (don't think we'll make it next year), I think, especially if GenCon and BlizzCon are always so close to each other by timeframe (BlizzCon 09 starts this Friday). Otherwise I'll have to decide which one to go to... (GenCon is higher in my priority list at the moment, meeting Ed in person is something I've wanted to do for ages! I missed out last time he was in Australia. )



It seems to always be around August, least it has been for the last four years. However, this is also the case up to 2015 when it's in the end of July as seen from this press release:

http://www.gencon.com/2009/indy/sm/press/releases/2009/2009.04.07b.press.aspx

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Hi, all.
As I understand it, since moving to Indy, GenCon has to shift around (in terms of dates) to avoid the Indianapolis 500, the Brickyard 500 (car races at the nearby Speedway, for those not North American), and other events that will snap up all the hotel rooms in the vicinity. So it won't always be over the "same weekend" in August.
It officially starts 6 am Thursday with DAWN PATROL, but in recent years so many events and registrations (and for anyone not in the continental USA, Zandilar, like you and Ed and me, "Will Call" con badge pickup, which involves lining up and presenting your passport as photo ID) have taken place on Wednesday, that the last half of Wednesday is "part of the con" (just not part of shopping the exhibit hall, which opens 10 am Thursday). I recommend staying in Indy Sunday night, or it'll feel like you're leaving a party that's still raging.
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Oh, and Zandilar: Ed tells me that with all the food, drink, games, and suchlike he buys, plus his hotel room and parking, attending a GenCon costs him about 4 thousand US dollars. Not including airfare.
However, he also says that if you can curb your game buying (and there's parcel shipping available right outside the exhibit hall, in the convention center lobby; ask "Uncle" Wes Nicholson all about that, because he's been attending GenCon from Oz for seemingly decades; he's a Sydneysider, if I remember rightly), and aren't buying dinner for lots of folks, and avoid the pricey restaurants, and aren't parking a car, you COULD do GenCon in some style on about 1800 US dollars. Or bare-bones for about 1300.
Ed also wants you to know that if you are attending GenCon in a year in which he does (he intends to be at every one until he dies, but if his wife's health deteriorates much more, he may miss a few years), he'll buy you dinner and lunch and hand you cash to cover more meals when he can't be at your table (he has some "duty meals" with various publishers and game companies, and private munches with longtime friends, too), if that helps.
Oh, and if you bring a flogger or just make do with whatever's handy, he'll arch to meet and greet the blows.
Hmm. I think I'd like to watch.
love,
THO

Edited by - The Hooded One on 21 Aug 2009 03:38:36
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Ahem.
"but that's not the only time I've head such sentiments"
Zandilar, PLEASE tell me that's a typo.
Or, dear Mystra, I'll explode with mirth. I will.
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