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Brimstone
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Posted - 12 Jan 2010 :  05:48:44  Show Profile Send Brimstone a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Kuje

Just stopped in to wish Steven a quick recovery about his broken arm. Winter really sometimes isn't very nice to people.


Broken arm?!?!

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Kuje
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Posted - 12 Jan 2010 :  06:48:36  Show Profile  Send Kuje an AOL message  Click to see Kuje's MSN Messenger address  Send Kuje a Yahoo! Message Send Kuje a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Brimstone

quote:
Originally posted by Kuje

Just stopped in to wish Steven a quick recovery about his broken arm. Winter really sometimes isn't very nice to people.


Broken arm?!?!



Aye. From what he said, he slipped down the outside stairs. :(

For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on earth. What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet and excite you... Books are full of the things that you don't get in real life - wonderful, lyrical language, for instance, right off the bat. - Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

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Jorkens
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Norway
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Posted - 12 Jan 2010 :  10:04:06  Show Profile Send Jorkens a Private Message  Reply with Quote
That's to bad. Hope you recover quickly Steven, and that it didn't happen during an important writing period.
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Steven Schend
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

USA
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Posted - 18 Jan 2010 :  18:56:08  Show Profile  Visit Steven Schend's Homepage  Send Steven Schend a Yahoo! Message Send Steven Schend a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks for thinking of me, folks.

One week ago, I failed my Dex check while rushing out to my car for some work materials I needed for a meeting that day. Slipped on the ice at the bottom of the steps, fell back onto the steps, and broke both radius & ulna in my left arm. Surgery on Wednesday reset the bones and set them permanently to a metal plate in my arm; now I'm -5 vs. metal detectors as well.

Here's hoping the 1-handed method & MacSpeechDictate help me keep ahead of work so I can take the time to enjoy our impending arrival....

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Ashe Ravenheart
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Posted - 18 Jan 2010 :  19:23:17  Show Profile Send Ashe Ravenheart a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Steven Schend

Thanks for thinking of me, folks.

One week ago, I failed my Dex check while rushing out to my car for some work materials I needed for a meeting that day. Slipped on the ice at the bottom of the steps, fell back onto the steps, and broke both radius & ulna in my left arm.



Ouch! Hope you get better soon.

quote:
Surgery on Wednesday reset the bones and set them permanently to a metal plate in my arm; now I'm -5 vs. metal detectors as well.



And, speak as someone that has a metal plate in their ankle and a titanium rod running through the middle of their femur, plus what was explained to me by a TSA agent pre-9/11*, metal detectors only work for a large amount of metal "outside the flesh". They can't detect anything that's internal.


*I used to also wear a long chain around my wrist that took forever to put on and take off. The agent showed me that if I held my wrist against my stomach and covered the chain with my other hand, the detector couldn't sense the chain. So yeah, 9/11, while horrific, wasn't surprising to me.

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 - 18 Jan 2010 :  23:42:27  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Steven Schend

Thanks for thinking of me, folks.

One week ago, I failed my Dex check while rushing out to my car for some work materials I needed for a meeting that day. Slipped on the ice at the bottom of the steps, fell back onto the steps, and broke both radius & ulna in my left arm. Surgery on Wednesday reset the bones and set them permanently to a metal plate in my arm; now I'm -5 vs. metal detectors as well.

Here's hoping the 1-handed method & MacSpeechDictate help me keep ahead of work so I can take the time to enjoy our impending arrival....



Did you make it to the meeting on time?

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The Sage
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quote:
Originally posted by Steven Schend

Thanks for thinking of me, folks.

One week ago, I failed my Dex check while rushing out to my car for some work materials I needed for a meeting that day. Slipped on the ice at the bottom of the steps, fell back onto the steps, and broke both radius & ulna in my left arm. Surgery on Wednesday reset the bones and set them permanently to a metal plate in my arm; now I'm -5 vs. metal detectors as well.

Here's hoping the 1-handed method & MacSpeechDictate help me keep ahead of work so I can take the time to enjoy our impending arrival....

Ouch! Sounds extraordinarily painful. Here's to a speedy recovery.

And I wouldn't worry too much about MacSpeechDictate. That program is a amazing! I had the opportunity to look over some of the internal code not too long ago. I'm impressed with just how sophisticated it is. Microsoft has a looong way to go...

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George Krashos
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Posted - 30 Jan 2010 :  12:55:35  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Congratulations to Steven and his wife Sarah on the birth of their baby boy. Name as yet unknown so he remains Nameless - how apt.

-- George Krashos

"Because only we, contrary to the barbarians, never count the enemy in battle." -- Aeschylus
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Menelvagor
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Israel
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Posted - 30 Jan 2010 :  17:10:54  Show Profile  Visit Menelvagor's Homepage Send Menelvagor a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Congratulations Steve! As you've brought him ino this world, so may you get to bring him to adulthood, marriage, and children!

"Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?
Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly.
How much less them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation in the dust, are crushed before the moth?" - Eliphaz the Temanite, Job IV, 17-19.

"Yea, though he live a thousand years twice, yet hath he seen no good: do not all go to one place?" - Ecclesiastes VI, 6.

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Ashe Ravenheart
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Posted - 30 Jan 2010 :  18:40:04  Show Profile Send Ashe Ravenheart a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Nameless Schendson?

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

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Jorkens
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Posted - 30 Jan 2010 :  21:19:38  Show Profile Send Jorkens a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Congratulations to all three of you! And might I suggest starting to prepare the Mentzer's red Basic as his introduction to the game?It never hurts to be prepared.
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bladeinAmn
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Posted - 31 Jan 2010 :  04:20:03  Show Profile  Visit bladeinAmn's Homepage Send bladeinAmn a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Congratulations!!!!

One of these days, the kid'll grow up and understand that pops wrote "Lands of Intrigue"!
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The Red Walker
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Posted - 04 Feb 2010 :  23:52:58  Show Profile  Send The Red Walker a Yahoo! Message Send The Red Walker a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Steven....

It was very cool to see Rich Baker mention Gamalon Idogyr and his "flying ship" over Waterdeep, by a Sorceror in Corsair.

Was just wondering how much of his story you wanted to tell, but never had the chance.......and are there any other tidbits about him you can share?

Thanks!

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Steven Schend
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Posted - 07 Feb 2010 :  22:44:03  Show Profile  Visit Steven Schend's Homepage  Send Steven Schend a Yahoo! Message Send Steven Schend a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Quick note to say thanks for all the kind words. Oscar Joseph Schend is now 9 days old and swiftly fattening up like any proper baby. I'll come back and answer more questions when I'm less sleep deprived....

Steven
who won't bring Oscar to Gen Con for a few years, most likely

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The Sage
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Oscar?

A wonderful name, Steven. And congratulations to you and your lady love.

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Asgetrion
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Posted - 08 Feb 2010 :  00:19:55  Show Profile  Visit Asgetrion's Homepage Send Asgetrion a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Steven Schend

Quick note to say thanks for all the kind words. Oscar Joseph Schend is now 9 days old and swiftly fattening up like any proper baby. I'll come back and answer more questions when I'm less sleep deprived....

Steven
who won't bring Oscar to Gen Con for a few years, most likely



Congratulations, Steven! Although I'm a bit disappointed you didn't name him Gamalon Blackstaff Schend, or something like it!

(just kidding! )

"What am I doing today? Ask me tomorrow - I can be sure of giving you the right answer then."
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Joran Nobleheart
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Posted - 08 Feb 2010 :  00:42:21  Show Profile  Visit Joran Nobleheart's Homepage Send Joran Nobleheart a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Congratulations, Mr. Schend!!

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Matthus
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Posted - 08 Feb 2010 :  14:45:22  Show Profile  Visit Matthus's Homepage Send Matthus a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hello to the new little one! And congrats to the rest of the family!

As I recall you never can be sure that the sleeplees nights will be over soon - but they are worth it at the end
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Snowblood
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Posted - 13 Feb 2010 :  14:28:45  Show Profile Send Snowblood a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Steven...I hope Oscar is well & the arm is healing nicely...and you are starting to get some sleep....its been a heck of a time for you....I have a simple question.......what did Faer'tel'miir look like???????? Oh and while I am here who was Isalmyth and what was so special about her/his bracer??????

Aryvandaar, Ilythiir, Arnothoi, Orva, Sarphil, Anauria/Asram/Hlondath, Uvaeren, Braceldaur, Ilodhar, Lisenaar, Imaskar, Miyeritar, Orishaar, Shantel Othrieir, Keltormir, Eaerlann, Ammarindar, Siluvanede, Sharrven, Illefarn, Ardeep, Rystal Wood, Evereska are all available here for download:http://phasai.deviantart.com/gallery/

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althen artren
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Posted - 28 Feb 2010 :  22:34:49  Show Profile Send althen artren a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Less sleep deprived?

Dude, that won't happen in years. Took my 4 year old 2+ years to sleep
through the night.
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Menelvagor
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Posted - 12 Mar 2010 :  06:42:15  Show Profile  Visit Menelvagor's Homepage Send Menelvagor a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well, I recently started rereading Blackstaff, finally managing to get my hands on it. Since when I last read it, I was in 6th grade, ther'll probably be lots of questions. Just so you have fair warning.
So, what can you tell us (anything? everything?) about Ashemmi, Sememmon and (I think) their son, Ashemmon? Also, are they the 'black-haired man straining against chains, his elf lover tortured before him by a shorter man in a mask' seen in Khelben's vision as he was Chosen?
What are the 'three truths, seven secrets, nine soulnames and thirteen omens' Mystra imparted on Khleben when he was Chosen?
Lastly, who were the others in Khelben's vision - the bald man with an emerald in his eyesocket is probably Gamalon, and I assume the two I mentioned above are Ashemmi and Sememmon - but who're the 'white-bearded wizard with a red streak of hair at his lower lip, the dark skinned man with a dead right eye and a gold brand on his left temple,and the toothless old woman awash in the filth of the gutters despite her rich robes'?

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Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly.
How much less them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation in the dust, are crushed before the moth?" - Eliphaz the Temanite, Job IV, 17-19.

"Yea, though he live a thousand years twice, yet hath he seen no good: do not all go to one place?" - Ecclesiastes VI, 6.

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Menelvagor
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Posted - 19 Mar 2010 :  14:46:43  Show Profile  Visit Menelvagor's Homepage Send Menelvagor a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Just a few questions gathered quickly, since I'm hurrying. I'll add the rest later:
What secrets are there between Ilbaereth and Maerdrym that Tsarra couldn't hear?
What was the story of the widow at Lord Raventree's funeral?
Why wasn't Malchor Blackstaff in the end?
Why are fireflies considered a sign from Oacneth/Corellon?
What is the prophecy mentioned by Elminster of the Three becoming Many?
What were the contortions placed on Ashemmi by Manshoon, and why?
Who were Araermal Phyalandrar's byblows? And is his name a refrence to 'philanderer'?
That's all I can do right now. i'll add the rest once I've gone over them.

"Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?
Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly.
How much less them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation in the dust, are crushed before the moth?" - Eliphaz the Temanite, Job IV, 17-19.

"Yea, though he live a thousand years twice, yet hath he seen no good: do not all go to one place?" - Ecclesiastes VI, 6.

"There are no stupid questions just a bunch of inquisitive idiots."

"Let's not call it 'hijacking'. Let's call it 'Thread Drift'."
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Steven Schend
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

USA
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Posted - 20 Mar 2010 :  10:50:57  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 Snowblood

Hi Steven...I hope Oscar is well & the arm is healing nicely...and you are starting to get some sleep....its been a heck of a time for you....I have a simple question.......what did Faer'tel'miir look like???????? Oh and while I am here who was Isalmyth and what was so special about her/his bracer??????



Faertelmiir looks, at least from the air, identical to its ancient form--concentric circular streets intersected by radial roads out to the outer watchtowers. What's changed with the current version are the styles of architecture, the colors, etc. There's now more than simply the elven building styles--there's dwarven stonework, halfling-sized areas & homes, appropriate dwellings for centaurs, etc.

As for Issylmyth and his bracer, I'm afraid that's NDA.

Steven

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sfdragon
Master of Realmslore

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Posted - 20 Mar 2010 :  20:30:33  Show Profile Send sfdragon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Steven, How's Life treating you these days??

why is being a wizard like being a drow? both are likely to find a dagger in the back from a rival or one looking to further his own goals, fame and power


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Menelvagor
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Israel
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Posted - 07 Apr 2010 :  08:19:59  Show Profile  Visit Menelvagor's Homepage Send Menelvagor a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Finally managed to organize my last questions regarding Blackstaff:
Who are the 6 Argent Guardians, the 9 Who Remain, and the 12 Mysteries?
Who is Asraf yn Malik el Kahaman yi Manshaka? How does Tsarra know him? And what do 'yn', 'el' and 'yi' mean? Son of? From?
What can you tell us more of the Chapel of the First Magister?
What can you tell us of Myaaklyr's 4th Sermon From Myrjala to the Arathenes? When was it given? What were those before it? Who was Myaaklyr? Who were the Arathenes?
That is truly all the questions I've managed to think of.

"Shall mortal man be more just than God? shall a man be more pure than his maker?
Behold, he put no trust in his servants; and his angels he charged with folly.
How much less them that dwell in houses of clay, whose foundation in the dust, are crushed before the moth?" - Eliphaz the Temanite, Job IV, 17-19.

"Yea, though he live a thousand years twice, yet hath he seen no good: do not all go to one place?" - Ecclesiastes VI, 6.

"There are no stupid questions just a bunch of inquisitive idiots."

"Let's not call it 'hijacking'. Let's call it 'Thread Drift'."
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