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Markustay
Realms Explorer extraordinaire

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Posted - 31 Mar 2011 :  04:57:01  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message
Thank You for both answers - it really does help quite a bit (with my Realms-musings, and own world-design).

Hoping to be able to get a few minutes of 'Ed time' at Gencon - I'm sure it will be amazing (since this is what I've heard from everyone who has experienced 'raw Ed').

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

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The Red Walker
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Posted - 31 Mar 2011 :  18:12:45  Show Profile  Send The Red Walker a Yahoo! Message Send The Red Walker a Private Message

quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

Thank You for both answers - it really does help quite a bit (with my Realms-musings, and own world-design).

Hoping to be able to get a few minutes of 'Ed time' at Gencon - I'm sure it will be amazing (since this is what I've heard from everyone who has experienced 'raw Ed').


More like Un-Filtered...as when I was able meet him at a past Gencon , his answers were quite well seasoned

There is nothing so sweet as realmslore direct from the source!


P.S. Has there ever been person more gracious to and appreciative of his "fans"? I think not. "Ed-Time" is a wonder to behold. He is every bit, if not more honored by your presence as we are with his!

Truly Amazing!

A little nonsense now and then, relished by the wisest men - Willy Wonka

"We need men who can dream of things that never were." -

John F. Kennedy, speech in Dublin, Ireland, June 28, 1963

Edited by - The Red Walker on 31 Mar 2011 18:18:04
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Markustay
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Posted - 31 Mar 2011 :  22:35:10  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message
I was actually quoting Eric Mona, who said "Raw Ed is amazing", after requesting material from him for Golarion, and getting about 50x as much as expected, which had to then be edited but still retain that 'Ed flavor' (no easy task).

In other words, Ed has a LOT to say about everything, and unlike most folks like that (myself included), he is ACTUALLY INTERESTING.

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

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Dennis
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Posted - 01 Apr 2011 :  08:09:05  Show Profile Send Dennis a Private Message

Hi, Ed!

Just curious... Did you ever consider writing a novel set in Magic: The Gathering, Ebberon, and Dragonlance?

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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 01 Apr 2011 :  16:17:24  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi again, all.
A reply from Ed to Dennis (the question directly preceding this post):


Certainly.
I have wanted to write in all three of those settings.
However, Wizards novels are works-for-hire, and Wizards decides who will write what (my longings and the whims of my Muse have nothing at all to do with it). From time to time, there have been deliberate company policies regarding freelancers (and I have always been a freelancer, not a staff member, for both TSR and WotC) that forbid "Realms" authors from being considered for Dragonlance work, or Eberron work, or Magic: the Gathering fiction work (and vice versa). No, I'm not kidding or exaggerating. There's no legal way around that, and as a professional I'm not interested in antagonizing a very good business partner (or for that matter, wasting my time writing something that can never be published).
Another factor arises, too: as the creator of the Realms, working within a purchase agreement that makes every word I write "canon" by definition, I could be considered the perfect Realms writer, in terms of veracity rather than literary quality. Like asking George Lucas to check your Star Wars lore or Professor Tolkien to examine your Middle-Earth work. As time passes and all of the settings develop, deepening in accumulated lore, I become less and less suitable as a Dragonlance, Eberron, or Magic: the Gathering writer, because others are far more "experts" on those settings than I am. Margaret and Tracy, and Keith, for instance. ;}
So my desires really don't matter. And if put another way ("Would you like to spend the next X months writing a ground-breaking Dragonlance novel?" or "Would you like to spend the same amount of time writing another Realms novel?"), my choice would be easy, swift, and clear: I always want to spend more time writing in the Realms. There are SO many neglected Realms stories, matters that need explanation and expansion. I have non-Realms outlets galore if I want to write something different (usually to the tune of at least one novel and six to twelve short stories a year), so I'm in no danger of growing stale or stir-crazy.
The work-for-hire nature of Realms writing even restricts and controls what I do get to write in the Realms, and the prose a reader sees that has my name attached to it (the publisher can change it without even informing me, though these days that seldom happens), so there are always restrictions on what I (or any writer working for Wizards) write. That is, and remains, the nature of the game - - and it's a rule we all know, going in, and know we are simply wasting time kicking against, i we do complain or try to get around it; a gaming company MUST control their games, or sacrifice the flexibility needed to keep a line of products "alive" and selling.
However, you can take it as fact that I have wanted to write things in all of those settings, and have had "pet ideas" I'd like to explore in all of them (sorry: all shared with the publisher, and so NDA'd). I have done some covert, uncredited design work on all of them, BTW, and published a Dragonlance piece in one of the last Margaret Weis Productions licensed DL products.
Oh, yes, I'm like many a writer and game designer: I want to play with ALL the shiny toys. I got to work in Middle-Earth once, in a long ago computer game, and have often worked behind the scenes to try to get various fantasy properties revived or at least back in print.
Speaking of which, I must go now, because it's time to work on something else I can't reveal yet. So, until next!
Ed


So saith Ed. The busiest man I've ever met. (Not to mention an internationally-bestselling author who has sold literally millions of books...though he's near broke at the moment; the field isn't paying well, right now.)
love,
THO
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Ayrik
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Posted - 01 Apr 2011 :  17:03:31  Show Profile Send Ayrik a Private Message
Hey, my players accomplish their greatest heroic deeds when they're "near broke". Actually, so do I. Financial imperatives are wonderfully inspirational.

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Azuth
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Posted - 01 Apr 2011 :  17:39:11  Show Profile  Visit Azuth's Homepage Send Azuth a Private Message

I'd be happy to pay Ed to autograph my collection of his novels! :-)

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Foxhelm
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Posted - 01 Apr 2011 :  18:36:09  Show Profile  Click to see Foxhelm's MSN Messenger address  Send Foxhelm a Yahoo! Message Send Foxhelm a Private Message
Ed Greenwood has passed away today, April First two thousand and eleven at 10:25 am. He will be sorely missed by all.

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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 01 Apr 2011 :  18:46:33  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hardy har har. Foxhelm, we need CREATIVE April Fools jests, not the same old, same old . . .
love,
THO
P.S. Ed's pretty active for a dead guy. Just sent me an e-mail, his second of the day. No, can't share. Yet.
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Foxhelm
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Posted - 01 Apr 2011 :  18:48:25  Show Profile  Click to see Foxhelm's MSN Messenger address  Send Foxhelm a Yahoo! Message Send Foxhelm a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Hardy har har. Foxhelm, we need CREATIVE April Fools jests, not the same old, same old . . .
love,
THO
P.S. Ed's pretty active for a dead guy. Just sent me an e-mail, his second of the day. No, can't share. Yet.




Did I mention he died from a heart attack in the middle of an orgasm, during a three way with two twenty year old female models?

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Ayrik
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Posted - 01 Apr 2011 :  18:50:44  Show Profile Send Ayrik a Private Message
Ye'd need three or four twenty year old models to balance against Ed's accumulated years of wisdom, methinks.

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Foxhelm
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Posted - 01 Apr 2011 :  19:02:10  Show Profile  Click to see Foxhelm's MSN Messenger address  Send Foxhelm a Yahoo! Message Send Foxhelm a Private Message
What if Ed was bitten by a South American Wandering Spider, who Venom can cause deadly heart attacks if untreated... as well as an erection which last as long as you live... in this cause hours.

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Edited by - Foxhelm on 01 Apr 2011 19:02:34
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The Red Walker
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Posted - 01 Apr 2011 :  19:20:35  Show Profile  Send The Red Walker a Yahoo! Message Send The Red Walker a Private Message
*Walks in...turns around*...I think I'll check back in tomorrow

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"We need men who can dream of things that never were." -

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Blueblade
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Posted - 01 Apr 2011 :  19:22:42  Show Profile  Visit Blueblade's Homepage Send Blueblade a Private Message
No, no, you have to make love to the spider, not get bitten by it...
You should have spied on Ed a little longer.
And those models weren't a day over twenty-two. I checked their growth rings myself.
Ahem.
BB
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 01 Apr 2011 :  19:23:34  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
So, ahem, your question for Ed, Blueblade, would be ...?
love,
THO
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Foxhelm
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Posted - 01 Apr 2011 :  19:26:18  Show Profile  Click to see Foxhelm's MSN Messenger address  Send Foxhelm a Yahoo! Message Send Foxhelm a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Blueblade

No, no, you have to make love to the spider, not get bitten by it...
You should have spied on Ed a little longer.
And those models weren't a day over twenty-two. I checked their growth rings myself.
Ahem.
BB



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brazilian_wandering_spider#Toxicity

Aka Drow Viagra!

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Edited by - Foxhelm on 01 Apr 2011 19:28:19
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Ayrik
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Posted - 01 Apr 2011 :  20:55:11  Show Profile Send Ayrik a Private Message
South American Wandering Spider vs ... hmmm ... Canada and FaerŻn. I understand it wanders, but seriously?

Perchance Ed has simply decided to stay in bed to ride out inane chatter until April 2nd. Especially if accompanied by twenty year old models.

Lady THO, a question (and much rampant speculation) about magical moonwells and pools has arisen in this scroll, as they were first published in Realms canon within Darkwalker on Moonshae and Pool of Radiance (aka Ruins of Adventure). Were such pools created or inspired by Ed? If so, what might you/he be able to say about their nature?

(I have searched for discussions about these within and without Candlekeep to little avail. Their names are unfortunately eponymous with much irrelevant lore.)

[/Ayrik]

Edited by - Ayrik on 01 Apr 2011 20:56:25
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The Hooded One
Lady Herald of Realmslore

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Posted - 01 Apr 2011 :  21:04:32  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hi, Arik.
Magical pools (as transformative, oracular, and even portal-travel things) were well-established staples of myth, legend, early fantasy fiction (pre "genre" fantasy), and the D&D game (see the original B1 module for some examples). Hence their appearance in Doug Niles' proto-Moonshae setting. Ed detailed them in game terms in one of the appendices of HALLS OF THE HIGH KING.
Ed's Realms had magical pools in them long before there was a D&D game, but staff designers (Niles, Ward, et al) familiar with the same sources Ed was would have included them early on in published Realmslore "on their own."
love,
THO
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AryalůmŽ
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Posted - 01 Apr 2011 :  23:33:28  Show Profile Send AryalůmŽ a Private Message
Lady THO:
Has Ed ever had any tall, fair skinned, faire haired, intensley coloured eyed Elven people or other fey people that would resemble the typical fantasy High Elf? (closest ones would be Sun and Star Elves, but I'm looking for spe ifics)
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Dennis
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Posted - 02 Apr 2011 :  00:31:19  Show Profile Send Dennis a Private Message

Thanks, Ed. I actually thought you did write a novel or two set in one of those worlds, and for some reason, just used a different name.

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Ayrik
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Posted - 02 Apr 2011 :  01:21:47  Show Profile Send Ayrik a Private Message
Thank ye again, THO. The (forgotten, lol) lore in Halls of the High King was very much what I was looking for, all of my queries about magic puddles have been answered.

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The Sage
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Posted - 02 Apr 2011 :  02:00:22  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

I have done some covert, uncredited design work on all of them, BTW, and published a Dragonlance piece in one of the last Margaret Weis Productions licensed DL products.
Indeed. I really thought your dragon write-up in Dragons of Krynn was a real hoot! It hints at what DRAGONLANCE-plus-Ed would be like.

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createvmind
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Posted - 02 Apr 2011 :  04:02:29  Show Profile  Visit createvmind's Homepage Send createvmind a Private Message
Hello All,

Ed I'm curious as to how you depict Umber Hulks in your Realms, they are intelligent that we know but how intelligent in terms of combat tactics, do they have clans or tribes, packs lead by alpha hulk?

Do they procreate quickly ?

All of this is I ask because I'm curious as to how the heck dwarves manage to keep these creatures from tearing through their holds especially when dwarves are asleep, how they safeguard their children from being snatched right through the stone and dragged away. What contraptions have they built to alert them to approaching tunneling creatures period, not just hulks but I'm very curious about Umber hulks due to their abilities in particular tremorsense.

Do dwarves have devices that negate tremorsense or confuse the hulks similar to a dog whistle, I assume drow simply have butchered hulks in such a manner that hulks are leery of attacking drow cities/strongholds?

Any response would be greatly appreciated, in my game the players have set up a sort of underground refuge but have no drow or dwarf in the party nor anyone lored in the Underdark and they are thinking of expanding further downward, their concerns are drow which they have been assured do not dwell anywhere near the hideout. They have several allies holding up in the hideout and these foolish gnomes are making quite the racket working on a few inventions commissioned by the players. If Umber hulk are few and far in between then I will leave it as is but if they and a certain few other stone walking creatures are prolific enough in numbers and can be drawn to the banging and such, well...............

Edited by - createvmind on 02 Apr 2011 04:04:38
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Ayrik
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Posted - 02 Apr 2011 :  05:28:21  Show Profile Send Ayrik a Private Message
Dwarves do have axes, thick walls, thicker heads, lots of grog, fierce temperament, and a natural aptitude for chopping down large opponents.

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Tormtar
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Posted - 02 Apr 2011 :  11:38:37  Show Profile  Visit Tormtar's Homepage Send Tormtar a Private Message
Greetings! A couple of Battledale related questions if I may?

Firstly, would Ed be able to shed any light on the early career of hiresword (and Battledale blacksmith) Durn the Red?

Secondly, the same question for Eritt, the mysterious apparent doppleganger and consort of Lord Ilmeth who works at the For Flying Fish?

Thanks!
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