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The_Silversword
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Posted - 28 May 2010 :  00:31:13  Show Profile  Send The_Silversword an AOL message Send The_Silversword a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

In a word, sfdragon: No.
Or to answer you more properly: the topics of the Eye articles are approved by Wizards (from a list submitted by Ed; there's even been one instance of an approved, accepted article being discarded and replaced because of changing plans at the company), and written in advance - - so there's somewhat less than a year of them "in the can," so to speak.
Those are the "mundane" reasons. As far as content goes, there IS an upward wordcount limit for Eye articles, and there's no way even a laughably oversimplified overview of El's life would fit in them.
Any such life would of necessity be a "look back," which is an approach the publisher is currently avoiding.
If you put a request for El's life to Wizards directly, they'd probably point you at Ed's novels and say: "There. Read those. That's where you'll find out about Elminster's life." (As in: no matter how fragmentary their coverage is, that's the appropriate means by which we'll see Elminster's life, because they easily allow for certain lore to be kept secret - - as opposed to rulebook/sourcebook definitive stats and detailing.)
So we're back to "no."
Sorry! I'd love to read a proper treatment of Elminster's life, too!
love,
THO


I really enjoy Ed's Eye on the Realms articles. I'd love to be able to read the ones that were discarded, those are probably some of the best ones! I have a feeling that WotC wants it to be more crunch than fluff, usually seems to go that way, but Ed still manages to sneak little bits of lore here and there. Speaking of which, I was wondering if we could get some more info on Starfall, a hallucinogenic herb mentioned in the Flame Door article, like where its grown, color, taste, etc.?

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The Hooded One
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Posted - 28 May 2010 :  02:21:14  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all.
Jakk, I think the Sea of Corynactis is indeed one of Steven's lore touches. According to Ed, he and Eric and others provided little tidbits of lore, or Steven picked them up and included them, but that sourcebook was "one of Steven's masterpieces, taking the Sea of Fallen Stars and making it into an entire new campaign adventure setting."
(An opinion with which I heartily concur.)
love,
THO
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 28 May 2010 :  02:22:35  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Silversword, off your query goes to Ed. I suspect he does have more on Starfall.
love,
THO
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Hoondatha
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Posted - 28 May 2010 :  02:40:35  Show Profile  Visit Hoondatha's Homepage Send Hoondatha a Private Message
Jakk, I've actually asked Steven that question, since I share your love of SoFS. He said that it was his intention to just have the gate be to the Outer Sea somewhere, but that it had never gotten set in canon.

Personally, I've always preferred the idea that the Sea of Corynactis was in another sphere entirely, since otherwise the shalarin gods shouldn't have a problem following them. If you do want it in the Outer Sea, there's an existing locathah civilization off Zakhara (iirc, they're the ones who made the no-longer-sunken city of Dhiliz [sp?], but I'm afb atm) that we know almost nothing about and could become the shalarin homelands.

Of course, if either Ed or Steven want to add more, I'd love to see it. Really love, actually, since SoFS is probably my favorite Realms product ever, and I'd love to see more about it.

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Jakk
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Posted - 28 May 2010 :  03:15:37  Show Profile Send Jakk a Private Message
Hoondatha: Steven's reply fits perfectly with my intentions (but I agree re: the shalarin gods). See the "Project Isle" scroll for forthcoming updates on this. In brief, my thought is to have the other end of the gate somewhere between Osse and Katashaka.

It may be that the shalarin gods couldn't follow because Seros has a fairly all-inclusive racially-independent pantheon of its own... there is also the fact that, by the time the portal was opened permanently, the shalarin still in Corynactis had all but ceased to follow their own gods; that would prevent the shalarin gods from making the voyage, if all of their portfolios were covered by the Serusan pantheon... just a thought.

I'd also love to see anything else Ed or Steven can contribute regarding this region, particularly the sahuagin (esp. the malenti) and the shalarin.

Playing in the Realms since the Old Grey Box (1987)... and *still* having fun with material published before 2008, despite the NDA'd lore.

If it's comparable in power with non-magical abilities, it's not magic.

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sfdragon
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Posted - 28 May 2010 :  04:56:52  Show Profile Send sfdragon a Private Message
Can you share tips and advice on writing stories ???



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Posted - 28 May 2010 :  05:11:49  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 sfdragon

Can you share tips and advice on writing stories ???
Ed has actually touched on this in previous replies. So while you're waiting for any new information he might provide on this, I'd recommend you also search through the "So Saith Ed" archives for prior tidbits Ed has shared about the process of writing and working on Realmslore.

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The Hooded One
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Posted - 28 May 2010 :  16:10:31  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Well said, Sage. I passed your request on to Ed, sfdragon, and he replied:


With pleasure. However, that's a way-huge topic. So...what sort of stories? (Fantasy?) Or do you want general "work habits" tips? Or the business side of things? Or how * I * do it? Or the Realms, specifically? Or--?


So saith Ed, asking for clarification. (If you want all of those things answered, that's okay, too, but it will take a while, and come in the form of several replies.) Ed's been writing professionally for well over forty years, and is working on (I believe) his 185th book right now . . .
love,
THO

Edited by - The Hooded One on 28 May 2010 16:17:38
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Blueblade
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Posted - 28 May 2010 :  16:49:12  Show Profile  Visit Blueblade's Homepage Send Blueblade a Private Message
Dear Ed and Lady THO.
Any more teaser tidbits for ELMINSTER MUST DIE! that either of you can let slipXXXX share with us?
That excerpt has me mightily intrigued. I'm sure, from reading Ed, that the novel is broader in scope than the conflict featured in that short excerpt. I know every publisher has secrecy rules, but . . . anything more you an give us? Anything at all?
Thanks!
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Markustay
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Posted - 28 May 2010 :  22:10:48  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message
Back from the abyss again, this time to chime-in on a rather sore subject for me.

First, Abeir-Toril is NOT Earth. No matter how many comparisons we like to make between the two, or how many gods have cross-polinated (many of whom may not have originated on the D&D version of Earth either), or how many gates we can find linking them. The Realms are connected to MANY worlds, and perhaps some if IT'S culture and/or deities have migrated in the other direction. This is why you find things like cows and chickens on nearly every fantasy world (although they could be striped cows and purple chickens).

That being said, SECOND: Our laws, values, mores, and religous 'sins' have NO BEARING on the Realms what-so-ever. What may be considered a sin by one of Faerűn's MANY sects may be considered acceptable and perhaps even preferred by another.

THIRD: The Realms are set during a medieval period - some cultures are 'Ancient' by our standards, where others are border-line Renaissance. In any event, it was considered acceptable back then for relatives to marry, most especially among the nobility and royalty. Just how many 'princes' do you really think are hanging around for some princess to date? When you are forced to have 'relations' within a certain class-structure, the higher-up one goes, the less choices become available. Also, women were considered PAST breeding long before they hit 30, so marrying girls of 12 or 13 (or younger!) was common place. Once again, our modern values should not be applied, nor should these things shock anyone - its history.

So, given that all these 'taboo' things occurred on our real world (and still do in many places), and given the more educated (read:civilized) level of folks in the Realms (compared to our own Medieval period), and also given that FR never had a Catholic church with its crusades and Inquisitions and witch-hunts, the level of sexuality and nearly complete lack of hang-ups about such things in Ed's world makes PERFECT SENSE.

I wish folks would STOP thinking in terms of 'right' and 'wrong' in the Realms - it isn't Earth... thank God(s) for that.

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


Edited by - Markustay on 28 May 2010 23:29:42
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Hoondatha
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Posted - 28 May 2010 :  22:48:08  Show Profile  Visit Hoondatha's Homepage Send Hoondatha a Private Message
sfdragon: I was actually lucky enough to attend a convention (Ucon, in Ann Arbor, Michigan) with Ed as the featured speaker and sat in on a seminar he gave on "Bringing Fantasy Worlds to Life" both as a writer and a DM. It was great, both illuminating and really, really funny. I recorded it, and listen to it every now and then when I need something uplifting, because, let's face it, Ed's just that great a storyteller. I'd be happy to share it, if Ed gives his blessing (I figure he'd be the one who had copyright), but it's a 28 mb file, so not possible to be emailed. Perhaps Candlekeep could host it?

Also, iirc, the very first answer Ed gave in this scroll, back in 2004, was about a similar topic. You might want to take a look at the very first Page 1 and see if that helps.

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The Hooded One
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Posted - 28 May 2010 :  23:38:21  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all. Hoondatha, Ed remembers that UCon very fondly. The university's old, storied luxuries pleased him, the funky university city eateries, ditto, and the people most of all (the added payoff for him being visits with Calye and Troll, and a get-together of a lot of his Realms friends [plus a chance to really meet Paul Kemp for the first time] at the home of Eric Boyd. The home was a dream for a gamer, Eric's family was great to meet, the con was fun and its staff was great, Ed got a chance to shop for gaming stuff and enjoyed buying minis and dice and rulebooks, Ed remembers you sitting in on the game session he did, and it was all "great" as far as he was concerned.
And he doesn't mind in the slightest if you share that recording with anyone.
love,
THO

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Jakk
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Posted - 29 May 2010 :  01:05:03  Show Profile Send Jakk a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

Back from the abyss again, this time to chime-in on a rather sore subject for me.

First, Abeir-Toril is NOT Earth. <snip>

That being said, SECOND: Our laws, values, mores, and religous 'sins' have NO BEARING on the Realms what-so-ever. What may be considered a sin by one of Faerűn's MANY sects may be considered acceptable and perhaps even preferred by another.

THIRD: The Realms are set during a medieval period - some cultures are 'Ancient' by our standards, where others are border-line Renaissance. In any event, it was considered acceptable back then for relatives to marry, most especially among the nobility and royalty. Just how many 'princes' do you really think are hanging around for some princess to date? When you are forced to have 'relations' within a certain class-structure, the higher-up one goes, the less choices become available. Also, women were considered PAST breeding long before they hit 30, so marrying girls of 12 or 13 (or younger!) was common place. Once again, our modern values should not be applied, nor should these things shock anyone - its history.

So, given that all these 'taboo' things occurred on our real world (and still do in many places), and given the more educated (read:civilized) level of folks in the Realms (compared to our own Medieval period), and also given that FR never had a Catholic church with its crusades and Inquisitions and witch-hunts, the level of sexuality and nearly complete lack of hang-ups about such things in Ed's world makes PERFECT SENSE.

I wish folks would STOP thinking in terms of 'right' and 'wrong' in the Realms - it isn't Earth... thank God(s) for that.



Thank you, MT! One less rant for me to be responsible for! And to comment on MarkusTay's last point: The fact that Toril isn't Earth is a big part of why I love it so... Toril, that is.

On which note... thank you again, Ed, for the Realms and for sharing it with us.

Playing in the Realms since the Old Grey Box (1987)... and *still* having fun with material published before 2008, despite the NDA'd lore.

If it's comparable in power with non-magical abilities, it's not magic.

Edited by - Jakk on 29 May 2010 01:07:39
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Merrith
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Posted - 29 May 2010 :  02:08:07  Show Profile  Visit Merrith's Homepage Send Merrith a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Jakk
Does anything canon (and not NDA) exist regarding the location of the Sea of Corynactis? Or is this another of Steven Schend's "loose ends"?



I'm not positive on this but I seem to remember a blip about it's location in Grand History of the Realms. The year marks that accompany most of the major events to let you easily move forward and back are absent from each of the Shalarin Passings if I recall correctly. I believe it was stated/theorized in one of the notes that the Sea of Corynactis was on the far side of one of the other continents, maybe Maztica.

Again this is purely from memory I loaned my copy to a friend who wanted to read it recently and maybe I'm thinking of something else but someone could check it.
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Malcolm
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Posted - 29 May 2010 :  03:02:22  Show Profile  Visit Malcolm's Homepage Send Malcolm a Private Message
Bravo, Markustay! Well said! (Jumps up and down, applauding)
VERY well said!
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Markustay
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Posted - 29 May 2010 :  03:05:37  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message
I may just be old-age, but I remember this being brought-up recently, and it was stated (somewhere) that the Sea of Corynactis is possibly on Abeir.

Of course, Mr. Schend did not have that in mind - it was a 'loose end', but one that works rather well in the new scheme of things.

I'm nearly 100% positive it wasn't Ed who made the off-hand comment - he is the last person to set anything in stone in a 4e world (except in an official artical, where he is being paid to do so). IIRC, it was either Brian or Steven - more likely Brian - but it really could have been anyone, my memory being what it is these days. Maybe even George in regards to the GHotR.

But I am sure someone did suggest it, though; I remember that I rather liked the way that worked out.

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


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Ashe Ravenheart
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Posted - 29 May 2010 :  04:35:42  Show Profile Send Ashe Ravenheart a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Hoondatha

sfdragon: I was actually lucky enough to attend a convention (Ucon, in Ann Arbor, Michigan) with Ed as the featured speaker and sat in on a seminar he gave on "Bringing Fantasy Worlds to Life" both as a writer and a DM. It was great, both illuminating and really, really funny. I recorded it, and listen to it every now and then when I need something uplifting, because, let's face it, Ed's just that great a storyteller. I'd be happy to share it, if Ed gives his blessing (I figure he'd be the one who had copyright), but it's a 28 mb file, so not possible to be emailed. Perhaps Candlekeep could host it?

Also, iirc, the very first answer Ed gave in this scroll, back in 2004, was about a similar topic. You might want to take a look at the very first Page 1 and see if that helps.



Have you thought about contacting some podcasters to see if they would host it for you? Here's a list of some podcasters that might be able to help (I'd recommend 3.5 Private Sanctuary, Atomic Array, Wandering Geek, or RPG Countdown as they seem to be the more popular ones...)

I actually DO know everything. I just have a very poor index of my knowledge.

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Wooly Rupert
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Posted - 29 May 2010 :  04:41:55  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Merrith

quote:
Originally posted by Jakk
Does anything canon (and not NDA) exist regarding the location of the Sea of Corynactis? Or is this another of Steven Schend's "loose ends"?



I'm not positive on this but I seem to remember a blip about it's location in Grand History of the Realms. The year marks that accompany most of the major events to let you easily move forward and back are absent from each of the Shalarin Passings if I recall correctly. I believe it was stated/theorized in one of the notes that the Sea of Corynactis was on the far side of one of the other continents, maybe Maztica.

Again this is purely from memory I loaned my copy to a friend who wanted to read it recently and maybe I'm thinking of something else but someone could check it.



You are correct. Page 36 of the printed Grand History of the Realms:

quote:
–1509 DR
The First Shalarin Passing:
The obyrith lord Dagon, eldest of Those Who Sleep Below, sets in motion his plan to control the depths of Serôs. The first wildtide portal opens, and the shalarins arrive within Serôs from the Sea of Corynactis, their home on the far side of Toril, west of Maztica. Immediately attacked by the magically attuned Emerald Eye [–1524, –1506] and the madmen Kyron and Essyl, the shalarins lose more than 17 percent of their number. Tivaan, the Dukar orders, and Humbar all rush to the aid of the shalarins and quickly gain powerful allies.

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The Sage
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quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by Merrith

quote:
Originally posted by Jakk
Does anything canon (and not NDA) exist regarding the location of the Sea of Corynactis? Or is this another of Steven Schend's "loose ends"?



I'm not positive on this but I seem to remember a blip about it's location in Grand History of the Realms. The year marks that accompany most of the major events to let you easily move forward and back are absent from each of the Shalarin Passings if I recall correctly. I believe it was stated/theorized in one of the notes that the Sea of Corynactis was on the far side of one of the other continents, maybe Maztica.

Again this is purely from memory I loaned my copy to a friend who wanted to read it recently and maybe I'm thinking of something else but someone could check it.



You are correct. Page 36 of the printed Grand History of the Realms:

quote:
–1509 DR
The First Shalarin Passing:
The obyrith lord Dagon, eldest of Those Who Sleep Below, sets in motion his plan to control the depths of Serôs. The first wildtide portal opens, and the shalarins arrive within Serôs from the Sea of Corynactis, their home on the far side of Toril, west of Maztica. Immediately attacked by the magically attuned Emerald Eye [–1524, –1506] and the madmen Kyron and Essyl, the shalarins lose more than 17 percent of their number. Tivaan, the Dukar orders, and Humbar all rush to the aid of the shalarins and quickly gain powerful allies.


As I recall, that's an slightly expanded/modified bit from the timeline of Sea of Fallen Stars. 'Twas even included in the old PDF of Grand History. However, the 1509 DR entry in the printed GHotR includes a specific mention of the Sea of Corynactis for those events.

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GoCeraf
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Heya. A query for Mr. Greenwood.

How are mental disorders (or conditions, quirks, etc.) interpreted in the Realms? Are there schools of psychological study? How would relatively mundane conditions such as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder or Asperger Syndrome be seen, either by common folk or medical professionals, in general? Are all such conditions labeled under "madness," is there any differentiation, and does your average man or woman or child of the Realms accept a nonmagical source for these conditions?

Thanks.

All the best.

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Baleful Avatar
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Dear Ed and THO,
How does Ed handle requests by his longtime players to "try something new" in the Realms? New characters, a new location, perhaps an incident in the past? (I mean an intended short-run "side-campaign," not a change in the main campaign.) Or have such things never come up?
Thanks.
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Oooh. Jumping on BA's question and adding an amplifying one: how does Ed treat playtests? TSR in the old days or more recent WotC ones (if any)? Are they one-shot "never never land" sessions, apart from the Realms, or do the events "happen" in Ed's main campaign. I recall hearing about the old Fell Pass module being requested by players and run by Ed, with Ed saying it was a case of "be careful what you wish for"...
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Heya,

I was talking to an old friend of mine yesterday, and he told me that he'd met Ed at a convention in Melbourne a (long) while ago, and played in a game he DMed there. My friend had this box of cards (I believe TSR released some box set of cards related to DnD, something other than Spellfire or whatever the TCG was called - sorry for being vague on this, but I can just barely remember it myself and searching online hasn't yielded any helpful clues), of which he had Ed sign the Elminster card.

He tells me that at some point between then and now, they became misplaced. He thinks a certain someone in his life at the time (he didn't mention any names, but reading between the lines, I think it was his ex) took the box and a bunch of his comics and sold them without telling him about it. (And knowing what I know about his ex, it wouldn't surprise me in the least if she did it deliberately to spite him.)

Is there anything we can do to replace this card for him?

Zandilar
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The Sunlord left Elversult the same day in humilitation, and was never heard from again.
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quote:
Originally posted by Zandilar

Heya,

I was talking to an old friend of mine yesterday, and he told me that he'd met Ed at a convention in Melbourne a (long) while ago, and played in a game he DMed there. My friend had this box of cards (I believe TSR released some box set of cards related to DnD, something other than Spellfire or whatever the TCG was called - sorry for being vague on this, but I can just barely remember it myself and searching online hasn't yielded any helpful clues), of which he had Ed sign the Elminster card.

He tells me that at some point between then and now, they became misplaced. He thinks a certain someone in his life at the time (he didn't mention any names, but reading between the lines, I think it was his ex) took the box and a bunch of his comics and sold them without telling him about it. (And knowing what I know about his ex, it wouldn't surprise me in the least if she did it deliberately to spite him.)

Is there anything we can do to replace this card for him?



TSR did like three or four runs of trading cards in the early nineties. They were sold in packs, and also as a complete set. The Elminster card was in the first run. As I recall, the artwork was the cover of the Shadowdale book from the 2E FRCS.

There's at least three auctions for the first 750 card set on eBay right now, ranging from $10 to $30.

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quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by Zandilar

Heya,

I was talking to an old friend of mine yesterday, and he told me that he'd met Ed at a convention in Melbourne a (long) while ago, and played in a game he DMed there. My friend had this box of cards (I believe TSR released some box set of cards related to DnD, something other than Spellfire or whatever the TCG was called - sorry for being vague on this, but I can just barely remember it myself and searching online hasn't yielded any helpful clues), of which he had Ed sign the Elminster card.

He tells me that at some point between then and now, they became misplaced. He thinks a certain someone in his life at the time (he didn't mention any names, but reading between the lines, I think it was his ex) took the box and a bunch of his comics and sold them without telling him about it. (And knowing what I know about his ex, it wouldn't surprise me in the least if she did it deliberately to spite him.)

Is there anything we can do to replace this card for him?



TSR did like three or four runs of trading cards in the early nineties. They were sold in packs, and also as a complete set. The Elminster card was in the first run. As I recall, the artwork was the cover of the Shadowdale book from the 2E FRCS.

There's at least three auctions for the first 750 card set on eBay right now, ranging from $10 to $30.

I'd haunt some of the more popular trading card auction sites as well... like those for the old 90's X-Men series. I often see a few of the old TSR cards coming up for offer and, sometimes, at respectable asking prices too.

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Edited by - The Sage on 30 May 2010 05:33:28
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