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The Sage
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quote:
Originally posted by Kuje

quote:
Originally posted by The Red Walker

Thank you Sage for that info, I was not having much luck finding Cloak and Dagger.


try nobleknight.com or dragonstrove. :)

Or, if you don't mind PDFs, you can try paizo.com and purchase a PDF of C&D for just $4US.

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Steven Schend
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

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Posted - 15 Sep 2006 :  14:25:02  Show Profile  Visit Steven Schend's Homepage  Send Steven Schend a Yahoo! Message Send Steven Schend a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by Steven Schend

quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by Raelan

This reminds me of the old joke that was going around during 2nd Edition, a la Animaniacs:

"Gee, Manshoon, what are we going to do tonight?"

"The same thing we do every night, Fzoul: try to TAKE OVER THE WORLD!"






But "Are you pondering what I'm pondering, Fzoul?" doesn't seem to work as well.



"I think so, Manshoon, but this time, YOU put the lederhosen on the darkenbeast..."





But do lederhosen exist in the Realms?

On a similar note, if I ever get to DM, at some point the PCs will be surprised to see the Warner brothers (and the Warner sister Dot) go running by, pursued by Ralph. It'll be just a one-shot thing with no follow-up, but it's something I want to do for the hell of it.

Oh, and I'd of course describe their appearance rather than name them, so only fans of the series would recognize them.



The simplest and most amusing thing to do with the Warners would be to make them halfling kids still covered in sharnstuff who resisted the change at Rhymanthiin simply because they could have more fun with this form halfway between a sharn and a hin.

SES
who's going to burn for that idea, he knows he is....

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khorne
Master of Realmslore

Finland
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Posted - 15 Sep 2006 :  20:53:10  Show Profile  Visit khorne's Homepage  Click to see khorne's MSN Messenger address Send khorne a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Steven Schend

quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by Steven Schend

quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by Raelan

This reminds me of the old joke that was going around during 2nd Edition, a la Animaniacs:

"Gee, Manshoon, what are we going to do tonight?"

"The same thing we do every night, Fzoul: try to TAKE OVER THE WORLD!"






But "Are you pondering what I'm pondering, Fzoul?" doesn't seem to work as well.



"I think so, Manshoon, but this time, YOU put the lederhosen on the darkenbeast..."





But do lederhosen exist in the Realms?

On a similar note, if I ever get to DM, at some point the PCs will be surprised to see the Warner brothers (and the Warner sister Dot) go running by, pursued by Ralph. It'll be just a one-shot thing with no follow-up, but it's something I want to do for the hell of it.

Oh, and I'd of course describe their appearance rather than name them, so only fans of the series would recognize them.



The simplest and most amusing thing to do with the Warners would be to make them halfling kids still covered in sharnstuff who resisted the change at Rhymanthiin simply because they could have more fun with this form halfway between a sharn and a hin.

SES
who's going to burn for that idea, he knows he is....

"Pulls out a can of gas and a lighter". Ready when you are, Steven.

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The Red Walker
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Posted - 16 Sep 2006 :  03:33:19  Show Profile  Send The Red Walker a Yahoo! Message Send The Red Walker a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Steven Schend

The simplest and most amusing thing to do with the Warners would be to make them halfling kids still covered in sharnstuff who resisted the change at Rhymanthiin simply because they could have more fun with this form halfway between a sharn and a hin.

SES
who's going to burn for that idea, he knows he is....




*Looks over in Fizban's direction*

"Now's the time for your spell Old Mage"

Fizban: "It is? Oh...now how did that spell go...."

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

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Raelan
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Posted - 17 Sep 2006 :  10:35:17  Show Profile  Visit Raelan's Homepage Send Raelan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
What none of you realize is that I'm actually Manshoon in disguise, and I posted that joke to derail any real conversation regarding myself, the Zhentarim, and that ugly little incident that doesn't bear remembering.

But you didn't hear that from me. In fact, you didn't hear anything at all....

-casts programmed amnesia-

"I am convinced that one of these days I will be able to run a regular game that doesn't fall apart due to scheduling conflicts. I am also convinced that, on this day, hell will freeze over."

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Wandering_mage
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Posted - 23 Sep 2006 :  14:25:13  Show Profile  Visit Wandering_mage's Homepage Send Wandering_mage a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Any other books scheduled yet Steve? Just wondering.

Illum
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Steven Schend
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

USA
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Posted - 24 Sep 2006 :  11:44:41  Show Profile  Visit Steven Schend's Homepage  Send Steven Schend a Yahoo! Message Send Steven Schend a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Wandering_mage

Any other books scheduled yet Steve? Just wondering.



Thanks for asking, but no, there's nothing I can talk about openly yet. I'll let all y'all know details if and when I get clearance to discuss. Let's just say I've got a number of secret projects in the works with a few different publishers right now.

Steven

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Steven Schend
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

USA
1631 Posts

Posted - 24 Sep 2006 :  11:54:39  Show Profile  Visit Steven Schend's Homepage  Send Steven Schend a Yahoo! Message Send Steven Schend a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Wulgreth

I just got Blackstaff from Amazon and I am reading it, enjoying all the multitude of elements of Realmslore that Steven drops in every page (especially the ones of Waterdeep), although I am proceeding quite slowly (I am Italian and my knowledge of English needs a LOT to be desired). I find it a bit complex to read at times and I need a dictionary close but that probably means the writer has a good vocabulary (and being non-native doesn't help) .
I am just halfway through it but I don't understand what's happening yet: seems like the characters are acting randomly in response to unclear inputs. Blackstaff is silent, the other mage companion to Raegar is silent... everybody is in a hurry but you don't understand why... I hope things will get clearer from now on!! What is exactly Khelben laughing at, upstairs, at the beginning of the novel? Why did he fall so easily victim to the ambush as if he wasnt a 27th level mage? Why he dressing red robes when the sword erupted lightning, where does that sword come from? Is is Giogi masked like the Blacktaff? Argh!



Hello Wulgreth. Have all your questions been answered by reading further in the book, as suggested? I hope so, but if you still have questions or comments, let us know here. I'd hate for any reader to get confused simply because the main character hates pausing to explain himself.

Steven

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Steven Schend
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

USA
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Posted - 24 Sep 2006 :  11:58:50  Show Profile  Visit Steven Schend's Homepage  Send Steven Schend a Yahoo! Message Send Steven Schend a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Verghityax

Dear Mr. Schend,
I've recently read the "Lands of Intrigue" sourcebook concerning Amn and found it an absolutely splendid job. I would like to ask a few questions now:
1. In Notable Mages section of Eshpurta there's mentioned a herbalist's shop, the Bhamm's Herbs but it is nowhere to be found on the map. Could you specify where it should be placed on the map? The same problem is with the Fierce Flumph tavern.
2. What is the current status of Trademeet? Has it been rebuilt after being burned by Sythillis' army?
3. Are goblin and giant forces still residing in Esmeltaran? If not what is its current status and are there any plans of rebuilding the destroyed parts of the city?



As Eric noted, #2 and #3 are noted and taken care of in Power of Faerun.

As for #1, that's entirely up to you or your GM as to which buildings correspond to those sites. If it works easier for your campaign, they're in adjoining buildings. I'm away from my office where I keep the maps, or else I might suggest buildings, but truthfully, it's really up to you as to where they go. Sorry I can't give you a more "official" answer, but it's early and I've neither maps nor coffee.

SES

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GothicDan
Master of Realmslore

USA
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Steve,

I know this is a bit OT as far as FR goes, but I'd just like to point out that recently I got a chance to flip through the Freedom City sourcebook for the Mutants and Mastermind D20 game. Normally, I'm not really into superheroes (though I find myself getting into the genre more and more..), but this sourcebook really caught my eye - AMAZINGLY so, in a way that no other D20 product has other than the Game of Thrones system. When I read the contributors, and saw both you and Erik Mona (I hadn't realized he was the primary editor at all!), I was just like, "Oh, Steve Schend! Figures! I love it!"

So... Uh. Yeah. Random props for that. ;)

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Steven Schend
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

USA
1631 Posts

Posted - 25 Sep 2006 :  04:10:58  Show Profile  Visit Steven Schend's Homepage  Send Steven Schend a Yahoo! Message Send Steven Schend a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by GothicDan

Steve,

I know this is a bit OT as far as FR goes, but I'd just like to point out that recently I got a chance to flip through the Freedom City sourcebook for the Mutants and Mastermind D20 game. Normally, I'm not really into superheroes (though I find myself getting into the genre more and more..), but this sourcebook really caught my eye - AMAZINGLY so, in a way that no other D20 product has other than the Game of Thrones system. When I read the contributors, and saw both you and Erik Mona (I hadn't realized he was the primary editor at all!), I was just like, "Oh, Steve Schend! Figures! I love it!"

So... Uh. Yeah. Random props for that. ;)



Thanks guy. Always nice to have one's work appreciated.

Steven
An unabashed comic book fan who added a number of homages of his own into the mix in Freedom City (and Foes of Freedom) he hopes to write about again soon.....

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Wandering_mage
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Posted - 25 Sep 2006 :  14:09:51  Show Profile  Visit Wandering_mage's Homepage Send Wandering_mage a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Me: My Sun Elf wizard casts Arcane Eye. I send it off to snoop on these secret books of great lore being written. What do I see DM?
DM: Your spells fizzles out before you even get near to Sage Schend's desk. -Laughs maniacally- Plus his wards easily repel any scrying attempts. The only image you see when you try to scry on Sage Schend's desk is an old Wizard that shakes his finger at you tsk tsk with a white patch in his dark beard.
Me: My Sun Elf mage Naeryn wipes a tear that has streaked down his face as he grabs a flask of Zzar and says, "For Myth Drannor friend."
Drama at its best! But I'm no Steve Schend with the excellent writing skills. Does that compliment get me any info out of you? No. Darn. Well might I ask what you think of The Final Gate series? I am enjoying it very much and wouldn't mind hearing your take on it. You are the Elf specialist along with Elaine, Ed, Rich, and Salvatore.

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Wooly Rupert
Master of Mischief
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Friend Steven, another odd question occurs to me... I was just flipping thru the comics, specifically the Lawyers! issue of AD&D and the "Everybody wants to run the Realms!" issue of FR. The latter issue has cameos by a lot of TSR staffers, even though I'm not recognizing most of them. Do you yourself appear anywhere in that issue?

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Steven Schend
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

USA
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Posted - 28 Sep 2006 :  20:11:05  Show Profile  Visit Steven Schend's Homepage  Send Steven Schend a Yahoo! Message Send Steven Schend a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Wandering_mage

Me: My Sun Elf wizard casts Arcane Eye. I send it off to snoop on these secret books of great lore being written. What do I see DM?
DM: Your spells fizzles out before you even get near to Sage Schend's desk. -Laughs maniacally- Plus his wards easily repel any scrying attempts. The only image you see when you try to scry on Sage Schend's desk is an old Wizard that shakes his finger at you tsk tsk with a white patch in his dark beard.
Me: My Sun Elf mage Naeryn wipes a tear that has streaked down his face as he grabs a flask of Zzar and says, "For Myth Drannor friend."
Drama at its best! But I'm no Steve Schend with the excellent writing skills. Does that compliment get me any info out of you? No. Darn. Well might I ask what you think of The Final Gate series? I am enjoying it very much and wouldn't mind hearing your take on it. You are the Elf specialist along with Elaine, Ed, Rich, and Salvatore.




You can keep all the zzar to yourself. Never developed a taste for it. I prefere Arabellan Dark ale myself.

I really enjoyed what I read of the Final Gate series, and Rich & I had talked about some concepts therein between books 1 and 2, but I've yet to finish it due to time and about 8 feet of books ahead of it in the to-be-read pile.

Steven

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Steven Schend
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

USA
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Posted - 28 Sep 2006 :  21:44:01  Show Profile  Visit Steven Schend's Homepage  Send Steven Schend a Yahoo! Message Send Steven Schend a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

Friend Steven, another odd question occurs to me... I was just flipping thru the comics, specifically the Lawyers! issue of AD&D and the "Everybody wants to run the Realms!" issue of FR. The latter issue has cameos by a lot of TSR staffers, even though I'm not recognizing most of them. Do you yourself appear anywhere in that issue?




Nope. I'm not in there, even though I was on staff when it came out. The photos sent to Rags Morales as reference went out long before I was the liaison guy for the AD&D comics.

The only way I was in that issue is having written the rattelyr stats in the back of the book.

Ed's in there (manning a forklift of books tagged as notes for Jeff).

Jeff Grubb and Jim Lowder are in there (being lectured by Elminster on pottery, as I recall).

Jim Lowder and Kim Mohan are in there, dogging Jardwim's steps at the end of the story. (Kim's the gray haired fella. Jim's aping J's moves.)

I can't recall who all the artists were depicted in the bullpen scene, but vaguely recall Clyde Caldwell, Brom, and Rags at the very least, along with the dearly departed Kim Yale holding court at the center.

I've probably forgotten others, but I myself am not in that marvelous issue.

Steven
who's favorite bit is the kender on the phone explaining that Troy couldn't blow up the moon...

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Wooly Rupert
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quote:
Originally posted by Steven Schend



Steven
who's favorite bit is the kender on the phone explaining that Troy couldn't blow up the moon...



Yeah, that bit always amuses me. "It's against corporate policy."

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Myssa Rei
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Philippines
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Good day, Mr. Schend. I have to say, I must commend you for your excellent novel Blackstaff. Just... Wow.

I have to wonder though at the aftermath of the book. Maybe it's just me, but it seemed like a perfect setup for the return of the Ravencloak to Faerun (a concept my DM's been toying a bit for some time)...

Never underestimate the power of a good story.
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Mace Hammerhand
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Steven, is there a chance you're going to revisit and re-work your Dungeon Crawl adventures to fit into 3.5?

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Steven Schend
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

USA
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Posted - 21 Oct 2006 :  03:08:10  Show Profile  Visit Steven Schend's Homepage  Send Steven Schend a Yahoo! Message Send Steven Schend a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Myssa Rei

Good day, Mr. Schend. I have to say, I must commend you for your excellent novel Blackstaff. Just... Wow.

I have to wonder though at the aftermath of the book. Maybe it's just me, but it seemed like a perfect setup for the return of the Ravencloak to Faerun (a concept my DM's been toying a bit for some time)...



Thank you very much.

As for the Ravencloak's return, I can't really say. Not my call, but it might be fun.

Steven

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Wandering_mage
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Posted - 22 Oct 2006 :  06:36:31  Show Profile  Visit Wandering_mage's Homepage Send Wandering_mage a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Steven Schend

quote:
Originally posted by Myssa Rei

Good day, Mr. Schend. I have to say, I must commend you for your excellent novel Blackstaff. Just... Wow.

I have to wonder though at the aftermath of the book. Maybe it's just me, but it seemed like a perfect setup for the return of the Ravencloak to Faerun (a concept my DM's been toying a bit for some time)...



Thank you very much.

As for the Ravencloak's return, I can't really say. Not my call, but it might be fun.

Steven



I'm of the thought that it will happen eventually. Maybe as a retirement for Ravencloak. I don't think he is going to try to be like Khelben though. Them some big shoes to fill!

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Steven Schend
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

USA
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Posted - 22 Oct 2006 :  14:37:38  Show Profile  Visit Steven Schend's Homepage  Send Steven Schend a Yahoo! Message Send Steven Schend a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Mace Hammerhand

Steven, is there a chance you're going to revisit and re-work your Dungeon Crawl adventures to fit into 3.5?



I'd never say never, but it's unlikely they'll be updated...unless they work the Lost Level and Maddgoth's Castle and the Aquitiocrun into the new Undermountain product they're planning....

In any case, it'll not be me doing rules adjustments, as I'm not as up on 3.5 as most. Heck, I bug Eric and Tom whenever I have a rules query now.

SES

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Mace Hammerhand
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Thanks for ze answer. I might update some stuff for my campaign, should ya be interested give me a holler

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Steven Schend
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

USA
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Posted - 14 Nov 2006 :  22:02:27  Show Profile  Visit Steven Schend's Homepage  Send Steven Schend a Yahoo! Message Send Steven Schend a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Just a quick note--I'm finally sorting through my gaming collection and need to cull the duplicates and simply relieve myself of games I don't use.

If anyone's looking for old out of print materials from TSR and WotC (or HERO Games or Mayfair, etc.), let me know offline by PM and let me know what you're looking for. Hopefully it's something I'm looking to get rid of.

While I've got a number of novels, I don't have extras of those and won't part with them.

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Lord Karsus
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-Steve, I am currently working on a little project concerning the Fair Folk, and I want to have a certain monk there, who is simply known as Schend, hint that Myth Adofhaer might have actually been called Myth Adofaer at one point or another. Any objections to me using your name? I know some people don;t like little things like that. Think of it as a little salute, to all of the hard work you've done for us over the years. :)

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Edited by - Lord Karsus on 15 Nov 2006 04:34:48
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Steven Schend
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

USA
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Posted - 15 Nov 2006 :  18:27:29  Show Profile  Visit Steven Schend's Homepage  Send Steven Schend a Yahoo! Message Send Steven Schend a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Dagnirion

-Steve, I am currently working on a little project concerning the Fair Folk, and I want to have a certain monk there, who is simply known as Schend, hint that Myth Adofhaer might have actually been called Myth Adofaer at one point or another. Any objections to me using your name? I know some people don;t like little things like that. Think of it as a little salute, to all of the hard work you've done for us over the years. :)



Go right ahead. Sounds amusing and I don't mind the homage at all.

Steven

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