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Matt James
Forgotten Realms Game Designer

USA
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Posted - 24 Aug 2009 :  02:34:22  Show Profile Send Matt James a Private Message  Reply with Quote  Delete Topic
If you guys have not seen, Ed is doing a persistent interview over at my site. You can get to the interviews by clicking here. If you want to come over and ask some questions, please do! There is also some others that have decided to field some as well. Basically it is fan-driven and the participants will answer at their own pace. Also, I should mention that I personally screen any questions sent to Ed out of respect for his work and to prevent mean-spirited people from wasting his time.

Anyways, if you get the chance to come over- please do!

vallon
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USA
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Posted - 31 Aug 2009 :  03:26:10  Show Profile Send vallon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Love your site, Matt. Can't wait for more interviews. As always, Ed's Realms lore was memorable and I think Erik's advice for writers was incisive and generous.
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Erik Scott de Bie
Forgotten Realms Author

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Posted - 31 Aug 2009 :  06:56:06  Show Profile  Visit Erik Scott de Bie's Homepage  Send Erik Scott de Bie an AOL message Send Erik Scott de Bie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by vallon

Love your site, Matt. Can't wait for more interviews. As always, Ed's Realms lore was memorable and I think Erik's advice for writers was incisive and generous.
I'm glad you found it so.

Cheers

Erik Scott de Bie

'Tis easier to destroy than to create.

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Matt James
Forgotten Realms Game Designer

USA
909 Posts

Posted - 31 Aug 2009 :  19:20:43  Show Profile Send Matt James a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Erik is one of the more prompt interviewees on the site. I need to add his credits though.

As for more interviewees, I intend to ask for some others to come on-board. I have as of yet due to some crazy deadlines on freelance work.
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vallon
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USA
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Posted - 01 Sep 2009 :  03:04:31  Show Profile Send vallon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Matt James

Thanks, Erik is one of the more prompt interviewees on the site. I need to add his credits though.

As for more interviewees, I intend to ask for some others to come on-board. I have as of yet due to some crazy deadlines on freelance work.



I'll look forward to them! It would be great to read more of Erik's thoughts and do try to get Rosemary Jones, as well...
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Erik Scott de Bie
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
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Posted - 01 Sep 2009 :  04:16:35  Show Profile  Visit Erik Scott de Bie's Homepage  Send Erik Scott de Bie an AOL message Send Erik Scott de Bie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm going to go ahead and point this thread out to Rosemary. Bet she'd get a kick out of this!

Cheers

Erik Scott de Bie

'Tis easier to destroy than to create.

Signature of Shameless Self-Promotion +6: Order my sixth novel, Shadow of the Winter King (Amazon, e-signing, Dragonmoon Press)

Also check out my Realms work, most recently Shadowbane: Eye of Justice, out now on e-readers everywhere! (Kindle, Nook)
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vallon
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Posted - 01 Sep 2009 :  13:49:20  Show Profile Send vallon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Erik Scott de Bie

I'm going to go ahead and point this thread out to Rosemary. Bet she'd get a kick out of this!

Cheers



Sweet!
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vallon
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USA
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Posted - 01 Sep 2009 :  14:14:44  Show Profile Send vallon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
By the way, I've just ordered Depths of Madness, Downshadow, Ghostwalker and Realms of the Elves and I'm looking forward to them. As you can see, I'm nothing if not a completest! When I fell in love with Rex Stout's writing years ago, this quirk led to years of searching until I owned his published work. sigh!
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Chosen of Moradin
Master of Realmslore

Brazil
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Posted - 01 Sep 2009 :  15:17:47  Show Profile  Visit Chosen of Moradin's Homepage  Click to see Chosen of Moradin's MSN Messenger address Send Chosen of Moradin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hey Matt. Wonderful site. I think that I will stay a lot of time there grabbing little things. ;)

@vallon: Ghostwalker is the best Realms novel of all times (IMO, of course ).

Dwarf, DM, husband, and proud of this! :P

twitter: @yuripeixoto
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vallon
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USA
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Posted - 01 Sep 2009 :  18:09:54  Show Profile Send vallon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Chosen of Moradin

Hey Matt. Wonderful site. I think that I will stay a lot of time there grabbing little things. ;)

@vallon: Ghostwalker is the best Realms novel of all times (IMO, of course ).


Can't wait to read it!
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Matt James
Forgotten Realms Game Designer

USA
909 Posts

Posted - 03 Sep 2009 :  19:18:10  Show Profile Send Matt James a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Added Steven Schend to the line-up! Come bug (eer I mean, Ask) Steven any questions you'd like :)

http://www.loremaster.org/vbinterviews.php
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The Sage
Procrastinator Most High
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Posted - 04 Sep 2009 :  00:34:35  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  Reply with Quote
Hmmm. The only problem I have, is wondering what I can ask.

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Rosemary Jones
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
148 Posts

Posted - 04 Sep 2009 :  16:52:16  Show Profile  Visit Rosemary Jones's Homepage Send Rosemary Jones a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi everyone (waving!!)

Erik did send this to me but I was wandering along the Oregon coast thinking that those rock formations would make great places for pirates to hide. Back again, sans buried treasure, and back to work writing.

I'm always happy to answer questions about writing, Waterdeep, pirates, best bookstores in Washington and Oregon, or whatever. Vallon - please don't wait, just drop me a note. I'm a bit slow getting to this forum so feel free to use my e-mail too.

Matt: if you need another author to interview, I'd be happy to oblige. My twitter is http://www.twitter.com/rosemaryjones.

All my other contact info at http://www.rosemaryjones.com.

HAPPY FRIDAY ALL!
Rosemary

Rosemary Jones
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Matt James
Forgotten Realms Game Designer

USA
909 Posts

Posted - 04 Sep 2009 :  20:48:27  Show Profile Send Matt James a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Obsolutely Rosemary!! I will send you an e-mail tonight after I take a nap (feeling woozy).

Edited by - Matt James on 04 Sep 2009 20:48:56
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Quale
Master of Realmslore

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Posted - 06 Sep 2009 :  10:27:03  Show Profile Send Quale a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Is the interview just personal questions or you can ask about Realmslore?
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Erik Scott de Bie
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
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Posted - 06 Sep 2009 :  19:30:19  Show Profile  Visit Erik Scott de Bie's Homepage  Send Erik Scott de Bie an AOL message Send Erik Scott de Bie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
As I understand it, you can ask anything you like, and it's up to the author to determine whether to answer it or not.

Keep in mind that some realmslore related to our various projects might be stuff we're keeping on the down-low, because we want to use it/reveal it in a later book. Not exactly NDA, but not something we'd want to reveal just yet. That said, ask away!

Cheers

Erik Scott de Bie

'Tis easier to destroy than to create.

Signature of Shameless Self-Promotion +6: Order my sixth novel, Shadow of the Winter King (Amazon, e-signing, Dragonmoon Press)

Also check out my Realms work, most recently Shadowbane: Eye of Justice, out now on e-readers everywhere! (Kindle, Nook)
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Rosemary Jones
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
148 Posts

Posted - 06 Sep 2009 :  22:21:28  Show Profile  Visit Rosemary Jones's Homepage Send Rosemary Jones a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I tend to stick to Realmslore that has been previously published -- and I'm happy to quote my sources.

Rosemary
who now has her e-mail prominently displayed on her website.

Rosemary Jones
www.rosemaryjones.com
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Matt James
Forgotten Realms Game Designer

USA
909 Posts

Posted - 07 Sep 2009 :  18:07:32  Show Profile Send Matt James a Private Message  Reply with Quote
...what they said :) Ask anything you want but keep it civil and clean. Anything rude or inappropriate will invoke my wrath! ;)

Rosemary, e-mail coming (I promise!)
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Rosemary Jones
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
148 Posts

Posted - 07 Sep 2009 :  18:30:58  Show Profile  Visit Rosemary Jones's Homepage Send Rosemary Jones a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Got your e-mail Matt. Looking forward to the questions.

Now Borders just sent me an e-mail reminding me that I liked Ed's books and he has a new one out. Must go investigate...

Rosemary Jones
www.rosemaryjones.com
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Caolin
Senior Scribe

689 Posts

Posted - 15 Sep 2009 :  08:20:12  Show Profile Send Caolin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Response from Ed:

"I'm more comfortable with playing a character, and like "gaming the system" a lot less; I dislike sitting around a gaming table at which players who don't bother to act/roleplay are all running multi-classed characters complete with "unusual" races, multiple templates and special skills, just so they can "get ahead of other characters" and dominate. To me, that takes the game away from roleplaying and into wargaming - - and if we're wargaming, I'd personally rather play a strategy game with hexes and simulations, than try to play D&D. I want to try to imagine myself in the midst of a fantastical setting and situations, not hover "above it all" and participate in quarterback-like "you do this, then I'll try that" discussions with fellow players, or (as a player, not DM) have to pay more attention to game rules than to roleplaying. I'm not a gamer who plays to win; I play to have a good time.
Race, gender, etc. don't matter to me in terms of preferences; I'll have a go at anyone/anything. "


This is the most amazing answer ever. It has been my main beef with all D&D editions past 1st for a long long time. It is what I hate about 4E. I feel like the game has become all about making these statistically perfect characters like they do in WoW. Someone please thank Ed for showing me that someone out there in the industry understands that this game is about role-playing and not statistics.
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Brimstone
Great Reader

USA
3025 Posts

Posted - 15 Sep 2009 :  16:19:57  Show Profile Send Brimstone a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Rosemary Jones

Got your e-mail Matt. Looking forward to the questions.

Now Borders just sent me an e-mail reminding me that I liked Ed's books and he has a new one out. Must go investigate...


More than likely Ed Greenwood: Dark Vengence! Which I picked up the next day after I got the same E-Mail!

"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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Erik Scott de Bie
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
4586 Posts

Posted - 15 Sep 2009 :  16:37:03  Show Profile  Visit Erik Scott de Bie's Homepage  Send Erik Scott de Bie an AOL message Send Erik Scott de Bie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Caolin
quote:

Response from Ed:
"I'm more comfortable with playing a character, and like "gaming the system" a lot less; ... snip ... I'm not a gamer who plays to win; I play to have a good time.
Race, gender, etc. don't matter to me in terms of preferences; I'll have a go at anyone/anything. "


This is the most amazing answer ever. It has been my main beef with all D&D editions past 1st for a long long time. It is what I hate about 4E. I feel like the game has become all about making these statistically perfect characters like they do in WoW. Someone please thank Ed for showing me that someone out there in the industry understands that this game is about role-playing and not statistics.

I would answer much the same (though the language is quintessentially and unimitably Ed Greenwood). This is why I play the game, and how I play it.

@Caolin: I think that the powers of the industry are not so much marginalizing role-playing as leaving it up to the players. There are indeed multiple sorts of players of the game, who occupy all different points along the spectrum of how much role-playing vs. how much crunch they prefer. And role-playing isn't something you can effectively set out rules for--every group, every player does it differently. When it comes to a mechanical system, however, that's where you have to have firm rules for everyone to use.

I rather prefer that they don't try to impose rules on role-playing--though I agree that devoting more time to the dice-driven mechanics does indeed make it seem like they're ignoring the RP aspect.

Cheers

Erik Scott de Bie

'Tis easier to destroy than to create.

Signature of Shameless Self-Promotion +6: Order my sixth novel, Shadow of the Winter King (Amazon, e-signing, Dragonmoon Press)

Also check out my Realms work, most recently Shadowbane: Eye of Justice, out now on e-readers everywhere! (Kindle, Nook)
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Jorkens
Great Reader

Norway
2950 Posts

Posted - 15 Sep 2009 :  18:16:58  Show Profile Send Jorkens a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Caolin

Race, gender, etc. don't matter to me in terms of preferences; I'll have a go at anyone/anything. "





Isn't that an old Errol Flynn quote
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Caolin
Senior Scribe

689 Posts

Posted - 15 Sep 2009 :  20:04:58  Show Profile Send Caolin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Erik Scott de Bie

quote:
Originally posted by Caolin
quote:

Response from Ed:
"I'm more comfortable with playing a character, and like "gaming the system" a lot less; ... snip ... I'm not a gamer who plays to win; I play to have a good time.
Race, gender, etc. don't matter to me in terms of preferences; I'll have a go at anyone/anything. "


This is the most amazing answer ever. It has been my main beef with all D&D editions past 1st for a long long time. It is what I hate about 4E. I feel like the game has become all about making these statistically perfect characters like they do in WoW. Someone please thank Ed for showing me that someone out there in the industry understands that this game is about role-playing and not statistics.

I would answer much the same (though the language is quintessentially and unimitably Ed Greenwood). This is why I play the game, and how I play it.

@Caolin: I think that the powers of the industry are not so much marginalizing role-playing as leaving it up to the players. There are indeed multiple sorts of players of the game, who occupy all different points along the spectrum of how much role-playing vs. how much crunch they prefer. And role-playing isn't something you can effectively set out rules for--every group, every player does it differently. When it comes to a mechanical system, however, that's where you have to have firm rules for everyone to use.

I rather prefer that they don't try to impose rules on role-playing--though I agree that devoting more time to the dice-driven mechanics does indeed make it seem like they're ignoring the RP aspect.

Cheers



Yeah, I do agree that for a game to be played rules and mechanics have to be set up. My gripe comes from the defining of roles for the classes during a fight. I don't see the need for Strikers, Defenders, Controllers....etc. To me that says, yes you can role-play, but we are going to tell you how you have to act during a fight. I feel those roles naturally defined themselves in editions past and fights felt more real. I do realize that the DM has carte blanche over the game and can chose to run it as they want. But I digress, this is not the thread for such discussion.

Thank you for the moral support Erik. :)
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Faraer
Great Reader

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Posted - 15 Sep 2009 :  21:36:09  Show Profile  Visit Faraer's Homepage Send Faraer a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Let's not forget the feedback loop/downward spiral by which, as long as the big publisher(s) refuses to expand the player base by proper advertising, lots of books have to be sold to a small number of people, more of the player-focused power-up supplements are published that have sold well in the past, the game attracts more of the people who like that kind of thing and puts off those who don't, and more of those books come out to meet the self-limiting player base's demand.

Which is also part of why Wizards is determined to promote the current ruleset above all others, to minimize the fragmentation that makes publishing setting lore of any particular world less viable even though/if setting material as a whole is as popular as rules expansions.

This basic fact of 'mainstream' RPG publishing from the 1990s on means that the rulesets, the books and to an extent the subculture are systemically biased away from the roleplaying-over-rules -- system serving the campaign, not a fetish-toy for its own sake -- approach that Ed and most of us prefer.

Edited by - Faraer on 15 Sep 2009 21:55:09
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Matt James
Forgotten Realms Game Designer

USA
909 Posts

Posted - 16 Sep 2009 :  00:35:11  Show Profile Send Matt James a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I still strongly feel that blaming WotC (or any publisher) is a cop-out. Roleplaying lies 100% on the group and the storyteller. If someone truely wanted an immersive RP game, would they not forgo rulesets all-together? The edition wars are really getting old and I can see they are remaining here. ugh... I was pointing out the interview section I added and still got sucked into this debate ;)

Wolfgand Baur will be joining the list of Interviewees, but not until the end of the month. I still welcome people to come and ask their questions.

Edited by - Matt James on 16 Sep 2009 00:37:17
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