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Ashe Ravenheart
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Posted - 26 Aug 2008 :  18:24:48  Show Profile Send Ashe Ravenheart a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I, for one, can say that if you ever feel the need to write some Khelben 'fan fiction' (c'mon, normal stories people! Get your mind out of the gutters...), we'd be more than willing to read `em.

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Steven Schend
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Posted - 27 Aug 2008 :  03:15:58  Show Profile  Visit Steven Schend's Homepage  Send Steven Schend a Yahoo! Message Send Steven Schend a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Leaving aside all discussions of staves of any kind....

There's just no feeling to compare to getting a box of one's own novels in the mail. Just got my author's copies of Blackstaff Tower this afternoon and I'm giddy.

And since I didn't say it other than to him at Gen Con, I'll share it here. Ed wrote such a great introduction to this first book in the "Ed Greenwood Presents" line and I wanted to thank him more publicly for that. (And I meant what I said in my dedications too, Ed....)

Only a week to go before its official release date.....

Steven

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I can't imagine what it's like to experience that same feeling Steven [though I hope to one day], but I am indeed happy that you can draw so much joy from it. 'Tis indeed well deserved.

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Posted - 27 Aug 2008 :  06:26:43  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Steven Schend


Only a week to go before its official release date.....




Ugh... Considering that my local bookstore never gets novels in on time, that means I won't be able to buy the book until after I get back from Ireland!

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George Krashos
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Posted - 27 Aug 2008 :  07:20:47  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I can't wait to read it, Steven. It should hit my shores by late September, fingers crossed.

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Posted - 27 Aug 2008 :  16:46:31  Show Profile  Visit Hawkins's Homepage Send Hawkins a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hey Steven,

Why aren't you holding a drawing for a free signed copy of your next book like Paul Kemp and Jaleigh Johnson?

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Posted - 27 Aug 2008 :  18:34:16  Show Profile Send Ashe Ravenheart a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I gots the book! I gots the book! Hee-hee hee-hee

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Jamallo Kreen
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Steven, do you know (perhaps through the Missus) whether or not Kendall will be posting more of the art than just that one oh-so-very-strange piece by Keith Parkinson? I hope they put more online (and maybe explain that little picture).





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Steven Schend
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Posted - 29 Aug 2008 :  11:36:27  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 Jamallo Kreen

Steven, do you know (perhaps through the Missus) whether or not Kendall will be posting more of the art than just that one oh-so-very-strange piece by Keith Parkinson? I hope they put more online (and maybe explain that little picture).




I doubt there'll be more on the site, alas; Sarah's too busy to keep changing or updating the site more than once a show unfortunately. Those were just the promo pieces the artists sent electronically (though the piece on this page is in the show and it's phenomenal up close http://www.kcad.edu/gallery/kendall-gallery/out-of-the-dungeons

Hopefully there are some Candlekeepers who'll make the jaunt over to Grand Rapids to see this art show in the next 3 weeks...

Steven

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Lemernis
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Posted - 30 Aug 2008 :  12:22:25  Show Profile  Visit Lemernis's Homepage Send Lemernis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Steven, after returning from your honeymoon cruise you whimsically mentioned that the sea voyage aspect had stirred some ideas about pirate ship wizards. That inspired me to create a trio of NPC pirate spellslingers who hire out to ships in the Nelanther Isles for a Baldur's Gate II mod I'm working on. Please let me know if you have any further ideas you'd be willing to share about this specifically that I might incorporate!

This particular pirate mage group I'm designing will have been reduced to a duo by the time they're encountered in the game. But in general I wanted to emphasize the theme of spellcasters working seamlessly in tandem (initially as a trio) with some awe-inspiring spellcasting chops.

Did you have any ideas about what sorts of spellcasting routines pirate ship mages might use? Especially once a target ship is boarded, i.e., in combat to take over another vessel?

Anything else come to mind on this subject? (Or if it's something you'd rather keep under your hat for a future story, I underdstand, obviously.)

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Ashe Ravenheart
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Posted - 30 Aug 2008 :  18:38:44  Show Profile Send Ashe Ravenheart a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Just poking my head up from Blackstaff Tower for a quick breath. I'm about halfway through the book and, so far, it is a great read. It does keep the flavor of the adventuring parties we are used to. I'll have more to say when I'm finished, and in another thread where I can warn about spoilers.

Thank you again!

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Steven Schend
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Posted - 30 Aug 2008 :  19:15:43  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 Ashe Ravenheart

Just poking my head up from Blackstaff Tower for a quick breath. I'm about halfway through the book and, so far, it is a great read. It does keep the flavor of the adventuring parties we are used to. I'll have more to say when I'm finished, and in another thread where I can warn about spoilers.

Thank you again!



No--thank YOU. Every author I know is humbly grateful for each and every reader who picks up his/her work. I'm looking forward to reading your comments on the book and hearing what worked, what didn't, and what it made you think about while reading.

So does the book discussion forum not open until the book is released on Tuesday? I hope that's where you'd planned to talk about BT, Ashe....but you're welcome to direct comments here as well.

Steven

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Christopher_Rowe
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Posted - 30 Aug 2008 :  23:04:54  Show Profile  Visit Christopher_Rowe's Homepage Send Christopher_Rowe a Private Message  Reply with Quote
So many people here seem to have picked it up, I've been to every new bookshop in town now. Everybody says Tuesday for both your book and Jaleigh's (and not until the 30th for the paperback of Gentlemen of the Road, which is the other book I'm looking forward to buying this month). Between that and nothing I needed at Half Price, it's been a frustrating weekend at the bookstores!

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Markustay
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I'll be at my local Borders Tusday morning.

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Steven Schend
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Posted - 31 Aug 2008 :  13:34:48  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 Lemernis

Steven, after returning from your honeymoon cruise you whimsically mentioned that the sea voyage aspect had stirred some ideas about pirate ship wizards. That inspired me to create a trio of NPC pirate spellslingers who hire out to ships in the Nelanther Isles for a Baldur's Gate II mod I'm working on. Please let me know if you have any further ideas you'd be willing to share about this specifically that I might incorporate!

This particular pirate mage group I'm designing will have been reduced to a duo by the time they're encountered in the game. But in general I wanted to emphasize the theme of spellcasters working seamlessly in tandem (initially as a trio) with some awe-inspiring spellcasting chops.

Did you have any ideas about what sorts of spellcasting routines pirate ship mages might use? Especially once a target ship is boarded, i.e., in combat to take over another vessel?

Anything else come to mind on this subject? (Or if it's something you'd rather keep under your hat for a future story, I underdstand, obviously.)



No real solid thoughts on piracy and spells, other than these off the top of my head:

Swim or row silently in small boats up to target ships (or invisibly works even better) and then unleash fog/sheltering mists spells around the ship so they can't see you coming. Illusion spells are also all good in terms of distracting a target ship (by sending massive sea monsters popping up on all sides of them audibly and visibly...)

Grease is still king of the low-level effectives in terms of making it hard for folks to climb ropes, walk decks safely, etc. Use it liberally.

For boarding and attacking ships, use combat spells that don't affect the integrity of the ship you're trying to claim--thus, more sound or ice/cold spells over fire or force. If your intent IS to sink the ship or damage it overmuch, then by all means, use all methods to do so.

Druids can be moderately effective (or at least their spells on scrolls) by warping wood and affecting the ship's hull....

If there are ways to phase things out of sync with reality (i.e. send things ethereal or astral), have them do that to opponents' sails to slow them down or limit their movement. Icing up the waters around them may also help....and while I'm unsure at this moment, I wonder if Evard's Black Tentacles can be summoned in water to grapple/slow a ship.....

No other thoughts right now, but I hope some of these rambles spark other ideas....

Steven

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Christopher_Rowe
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Posted - 31 Aug 2008 :  13:43:35  Show Profile  Visit Christopher_Rowe's Homepage Send Christopher_Rowe a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Steven Schend

...and while I'm unsure at this moment, I wonder if Evard's Black Tentacles can be summoned in water to grapple/slow a ship...



Evard's Watery Tentacles would be a cool variation. Or something like it from a druidic source. I'm flashing on surfing holy men like those Captain Cook's sailors saw in Polynesia in the 1760s, fighting ships with summoned aquatic creatures and water spouts and tentacles. And stuff.

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Steven Schend
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Posted - 01 Sep 2008 :  15:18:09  Show Profile  Visit Steven Schend's Homepage  Send Steven Schend a Yahoo! Message Send Steven Schend a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well, be warned there's some spoilers for Blackstaff but none really for Blackstaff Tower. Still, I'm happy to start seeing reviews out there for this book.

http://andrewd2.livejournal.com/34039.htm

Alaundo, Sage, or Wooly--is there a better place I should be placing review sites for my novel other than herein?

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The Sage
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Not as such. You could create a new scroll for exactly that purpose I suppose, or merely add the link to other discussions we have here about the Blackstaff novel.

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althen artren
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Spells stilled, Steven:

I got this question in during the silence of your working on
Blackstaff Tower, but it seemed to disappear.
I want to use Halaster in some other way that what happened at the end
of EtU. I want to say that he has escaped the "office" of Mad Mage of
Undermountain "taken by a Manshoon clone" and Halaster becoming a wild
card factor in Faerun as a servant of Mystra. Now, while he is free
from his insanity, what would he try and do? Raise another Imasker
kingdom? Do the ever popular manipulate behind the scenes like everybody else with
power does? Go into hermitism and bury himself in another deep hole in the ground?
Who would his allies be? Would he use allies, or just servitor creatures? Would he
try and collect the Imasker artifacts? Snuff out the Church of Shar or maybe ally with
the Lords of Waterdeep and take a more "evil" approach similar to the Blackstaff? Where would he base his activities?
This inquiring mind wants to know.

(It may be that my question has already made the scroll and that I have overlooked it.
If it be the case, I apoligise for the double question. But I have went about twenty pages
back and did not see it. I also realize that all these ?'s may be covered by NDA's)
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althen artren
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Spells stilled, Steven:

I must unfortunitly go back to staves discussion.
Am I incorrent in assuming that the minor blackstaffs
that Khelben gave out in Blackstaff (the book) are incomplete
copies of the Blackstaff (the artifact)? I only ask this
because in the back of Epic-Level Sourcebook a blackstaff
is detailed under Khelben's entry, and I assumed that it
was a minor blackstaff.

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Wooly Rupert
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It would prolly be more accurate to think of them as lesser blackstaves, rather than incomplete ones.

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Ashe Ravenheart
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Actually, going by Blackstaff Tower, the lesser versions are Duskstaves to the artifact Blackstaff.

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Jamallo Kreen
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quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

It would prolly be more accurate to think of them as lesser blackstaves, rather than incomplete ones.


It's staffs, dammit! Staffs! Barrels have staves, wizards have staffs. And "eldritch" just means "old," not "arcane" or "or "magical." And sailors who live ashore in shanties sing chanties, not vice versa.

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quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

It would prolly be more accurate to think of them as lesser blackstaves, rather than incomplete ones.


It's "staffs," dammit! Staffs! Barrels have "staves," wizards have staffs. And "eldritch" just means "old," not "arcane" or "or "magical." And sailors who live ashore in shanties sing "chanties," not vice versa. I have made it a personal goal to correct these usages throughout the entire world of gaming and fantasy fiction.

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According to my dictionary program (by Webster's), staves is the correct pluralization of staff. Dictionary.com says either staves or staffs is correct. And in both cases, that pluralization does refer specifically to multiple sticks of wood.

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