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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
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Posted - 04 Nov 2010 :  00:02:35  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Whisper of Venom takes place in Chessenta, Threskel, Tymanther, and on Black Ash Plain.
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Dennis
Great Reader

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Posted - 04 Nov 2010 :  00:39:35  Show Profile Send Dennis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks. Unfortunately, I still have to wait a month or so. That's what our bookstores promised. Anyway, are any of your future novels going to be published hardbound? I really wish so.

Every beginning has an end.
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1759 Posts

Posted - 04 Nov 2010 :  02:42:42  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
There are no current plans for any hardcovers. It all comes down to whether WotC thinks there's a market for them. If my next few Realms novels sell like Bob Salvatore's novels, then they might consider it.
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Sandstorm
Learned Scribe

Canada
80 Posts

Posted - 08 Nov 2010 :  05:01:42  Show Profile  Visit Sandstorm's Homepage  Click to see Sandstorm's MSN Messenger address Send Sandstorm a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hey Richard, me and a few guys from this site are gonna be doing an online 3.5er. I know youre a fan of DnD ;) we could use a creative mind :)
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1759 Posts

Posted - 08 Nov 2010 :  05:20:46  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Sandstorm, I'm grateful for the invitation. But I'm really busy right now, and I don't expect that to change any time in the next several months. I don't want to join an online game and then be the jerk who slows everything down because he doesn't make his moves promptly.
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Sandstorm
Learned Scribe

Canada
80 Posts

Posted - 08 Nov 2010 :  05:22:48  Show Profile  Visit Sandstorm's Homepage  Click to see Sandstorm's MSN Messenger address Send Sandstorm a Private Message  Reply with Quote
All good Richard. I could tell from reading The Year of Rogue Dragons that you were a player though :P whats your fav race/class to play?
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1759 Posts

Posted - 08 Nov 2010 :  20:33:36  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I used to like wizards, but now I'm more into any class that gets in close and mixes it up hand to hand. I suppose my favorite race is human, although I've had a lot of fun running a couple dwarves over the past couple years.
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Sandstorm
Learned Scribe

Canada
80 Posts

Posted - 08 Nov 2010 :  20:36:17  Show Profile  Visit Sandstorm's Homepage  Click to see Sandstorm's MSN Messenger address Send Sandstorm a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Lately I've taken a liking to dwarves, though I always DM with my group and get to run everything, NPC dwarves have been coming around quite often. Though my long standing favorite has to be the halfling. The first novel i wrote had a trio of halflings including a halfling ranger/barbarian, a halfling wand duelist and a halfling rogue. They were SO fun!
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Sith_Lord_Drizzt
Learned Scribe

Canada
92 Posts

Posted - 09 Nov 2010 :  20:26:36  Show Profile  Visit Sith_Lord_Drizzt's Homepage Send Sith_Lord_Drizzt a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Richard, a favorite character of mine was Taegan Nightwind. Any hints as to what his fate was after the spellplague? Is he still around? If so, will we ever get to see him in a novel again? Thanks!

"Jarlaxle's grin disappeared as he turned his attention to Drizzt. He watched the fury of the drow unleashed. Jarlaxle had seen Drizzt in action many times before, but never like that".
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1759 Posts

Posted - 09 Nov 2010 :  21:11:27  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi, SLD. I'm glad you liked Taegan. He's a favorite of mine, too.

Obviously, given the longevity of an elf, there's no reason he couldn't be alive somewhere in the contemporary Realms, and I'd be happy to bring him back onstage someday. But there are no immediate plans.
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Sith_Lord_Drizzt
Learned Scribe

Canada
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Posted - 09 Nov 2010 :  23:22:36  Show Profile  Visit Sith_Lord_Drizzt's Homepage Send Sith_Lord_Drizzt a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Richard Lee Byers

Hi, SLD. I'm glad you liked Taegan. He's a favorite of mine, too.

Obviously, given the longevity of an elf, there's no reason he couldn't be alive somewhere in the contemporary Realms, and I'd be happy to bring him back onstage someday. But there are no immediate plans.



Thanks Richard!

"Jarlaxle's grin disappeared as he turned his attention to Drizzt. He watched the fury of the drow unleashed. Jarlaxle had seen Drizzt in action many times before, but never like that".
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Sandstorm
Learned Scribe

Canada
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Posted - 10 Nov 2010 :  04:45:28  Show Profile  Visit Sandstorm's Homepage  Click to see Sandstorm's MSN Messenger address Send Sandstorm a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yes, VERY well done bard. Or Song blade or whatever he was. I remember loving the fight you did with him and the undead drake in the woods, or ruins of some sort with the Pseudodrake. Wow, that was a while ago, I'm sure I'm getting some of this wrong.

Oh and I had incorporated Scattercloak into my last campaign I did. Was Scattercloak an original character Richard? And how did you come up with his concept. I remember my buddy Mike had found the spell that you used to cloak his face, though i forget what its called. Shadowmask or something like that?
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1759 Posts

Posted - 10 Nov 2010 :  05:52:41  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
As I recall, Scattercloak is one of those characters who is mentioned in one gaming sourcebooks or another, but not explored in much detail. Characters like that work really well for shared-world novelists. They give you the chance to plug right in to an aspect of the shared world, but still make the character pretty much what you would like him to be without running afoul of what someone else did before you.
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Sandstorm
Learned Scribe

Canada
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Posted - 10 Nov 2010 :  06:09:51  Show Profile  Visit Sandstorm's Homepage  Click to see Sandstorm's MSN Messenger address Send Sandstorm a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Ya, you need those little tie-ins. Like Salvatore using your dread rings in Gauntlgrym ;) You had said that you created them for storyline purpose as part of a ritual, but that you dont even know yourself what their full design is, and then BAM, he incorporates it briefly into his design. If an author wanted to write a novel that encompassed one more fully, they have the grounds already laid out there for them. That's what I love about reading REalms novels. The continuation. . . I also love reading something in one book and being able to reflect on where I've heard that character mentioned before, or "I've been to this city already, I know what it's like here."

I was reading Lisa Smedman's "House of Serpents" last night, in which a wizard named Hazzam takes a pearl, crumbles it up into a glass of wine, stirs it with a feather and drinks it before attempting to observe a foreign potion. I quickly threw aside my blanket, walked into my living room, grabbed by players handbook, flipped to the spell list, looked under 'Identify', and BAM. Material spell components: A pearl worth at least 100gp, a glass of wine and an owls feather.

That made me happy :)
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1759 Posts

Posted - 10 Nov 2010 :  16:18:00  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Part Two of my free four-part Pathfinder novelette is now available for your perusal.

http://paizo.com/pathfinder/tales/serial
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Kajehase
Great Reader

Sweden
2104 Posts

Posted - 17 Nov 2010 :  14:18:26  Show Profile Send Kajehase a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Part Three is up.

There is a rumour going around that I have found god. I think is unlikely because I have enough difficulty finding my keys, and there is empirical evidence that they exist.
Terry Pratchett
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1759 Posts

Posted - 01 Dec 2010 :  18:16:30  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The final chapter of my first Pathfinder story is now up. So please check it out. It's free and everything.

http://paizo.com/pathfinder/tales/serial
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Ayrik
Great Reader

Canada
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Posted - 01 Dec 2010 :  20:30:11  Show Profile Send Ayrik a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Sorry Richard - the links above are all the same and always point to the most recent part (Chapter 4).

Could anyone post links for each of the four parts? I don't want to start reading at the final chapter.

Eat lots of garlic - it keeps the elves and vampires away.
Don't stick your sword into dragons, you just don't know where they've been.
Avoid stepping on halflings. They stick to your boots, will smell awful, and are impossible to scrape off.
Ah, of course. Never play leapfrog with a unicorn.
[/Ayrik]
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The Sage
Procrastinator Most High
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Posted - 01 Dec 2010 :  23:44:33  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
quote:
Originally posted by Arik

Sorry Richard - the links above are all the same and always point to the most recent part (Chapter 4).

Could anyone post links for each of the four parts? I don't want to start reading at the final chapter.

Arik, you have to scroll down to the previous parts -- as that link contains all four parts of Richard's tale.

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Ayrik
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Canada
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Posted - 02 Dec 2010 :  00:03:04  Show Profile Send Ayrik a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My mistake! I'd thought it was all one text and didn't want to "spoil" it. I was only looking for links.

Eat lots of garlic - it keeps the elves and vampires away.
Don't stick your sword into dragons, you just don't know where they've been.
Avoid stepping on halflings. They stick to your boots, will smell awful, and are impossible to scrape off.
Ah, of course. Never play leapfrog with a unicorn.
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Tremaine
Learned Scribe

United Kingdom
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Posted - 18 Dec 2010 :  11:49:51  Show Profile Send Tremaine a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi richard I just finished undead and enjoyed it very much i posted my thoughts over in the book club http://forum.candlekeep.com/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=10734&whichpage=3&SearchTerms=undead

at the back of the book in you bio it said you were working on a screenplay for the plague knight is that different from writing a novel is it harder,easier or the same to do?

Edited by - Tremaine on 18 Dec 2010 17:51:01
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1759 Posts

Posted - 18 Dec 2010 :  18:28:32  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi, Tremaine. Glad you liked the book.

Writing the screenplay was difficult for me because I'd never done one before. I don't think it would be harder than writing a novel or short story if I did it on a regular basis. Naturally, it is different. You have to get out of the habit of describing, well, pretty much anything, and you have to make every word count. Actually, I would argue that you need to make every word count in any form of writing, but I think that when you're doing a movie script, it's especially true. Perhaps the only form where it;s even more true is a comic-book script.

Sadly, it doesn't appear that the Plague Knight movie will ever get made, and I don't have any other movie projects in the pipe, so I don't know if the world will ever find out if I can write a decent screenplay or not.
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1759 Posts

Posted - 24 Dec 2010 :  14:09:44  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Merry Christmas to al who visit Candlekeep.
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Wooly Rupert
Master of Mischief
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Posted - 24 Dec 2010 :  14:43:33  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Richard Lee Byers

Merry Christmas to al who visit Candlekeep.



Merry Christmas to you, too, Richard!

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Kajehase
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Sweden
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Posted - 24 Dec 2010 :  22:19:44  Show Profile Send Kajehase a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by Richard Lee Byers

Merry Christmas to al who visit Candlekeep.



And a good yule to you Richard.

There is a rumour going around that I have found god. I think is unlikely because I have enough difficulty finding my keys, and there is empirical evidence that they exist.
Terry Pratchett
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