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ericlboyd
Forgotten Realms Designer

USA
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Posted - 04 Feb 2019 :  10:53:06  Show Profile  Visit ericlboyd's Homepage Send ericlboyd a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by dazzlerdal

Out of interest how did you get your children interested in rpgs. I have two girls and if it isn't involving a Barbie it doesn't get played with. I'm considering dusting off my old heroquest box and trying that




Sounds like the Barbies need to form an adventuring company!

In all seriousness, if they are not too young, take them through an adventure, each playing a Barbie. Don't worry about stats or equipment. Just ask them questions what they do. Assign a difficulty level in your head on a scale of 1 to 20, and if they beat it, they succeed. Give them lots of successes.

Heck, you can call it B&B!

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ericlboyd
Forgotten Realms Designer

USA
1422 Posts

Posted - 04 Feb 2019 :  10:54:33  Show Profile  Visit ericlboyd's Homepage Send ericlboyd a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by dazzlerdal

Welcome back Eric, your presence has been sorely missed. George has been hard pressed (and doing an awesome job) by the endless avalanche of lore requests from insatiable realms fanatics, and I had hoped you might be able to convert him away from the growing trend of embracing 5e but I can see that they have gotten you too, soon there will be no more old grognards left.

It will be good to have another loremasters input in the halls again. I do hope your return also heralds the continuation of work on a particular project that many of us hope to one day glimpse the final draft.





No promises, but I'll try to check back from time to time.

FWIW, I never said I had embraced 5e, but my son likes the rules and he asked me to play. :-)

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Gary Dallison
Great Reader

United Kingdom
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Posted - 04 Feb 2019 :  12:44:18  Show Profile Send Gary Dallison a Private Message  Reply with Quote
A shrek 3 style adventure involving Disney princess type characters might not be a bad idea, a bit of a parody on the adventurer rescues the princess, instead the princesses escape by themselves and save the day.

Good call. My 9 year old is probably at the right age, but my 6 year old might be a bit on the young side.

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sleyvas
Great Reader

USA
8128 Posts

Posted - 04 Feb 2019 :  19:55:40  Show Profile Send sleyvas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ericlboyd

quote:
Originally posted by dazzlerdal

Out of interest how did you get your children interested in rpgs. I have two girls and if it isn't involving a Barbie it doesn't get played with. I'm considering dusting off my old heroquest box and trying that




Sounds like the Barbies need to form an adventuring company!

In all seriousness, if they are not too young, take them through an adventure, each playing a Barbie. Don't worry about stats or equipment. Just ask them questions what they do. Assign a difficulty level in your head on a scale of 1 to 20, and if they beat it, they succeed. Give them lots of successes.

Heck, you can call it B&B!



My girlfriend's daughter had a bunch of tinkerbell and her fairy friends. I had a bunch of dungeon building blocks (i.e. floor, wall, etc... that you put together to make a 3d dungeon). I let her build the dungeon. I then populated it with miniatures, stuck one fairy friend in there, and had "tinkerbell" have to rescue her. I then had her tell me what tinkerbell would do and just told her numbers she had to roll to make it happen against each mini. She LOVES playing "Dungeon" now, and periodically I just dump out all the stuff and let her build a dungeon out of the parts.

Will she ever play true D&D? I highly doubt it, but she had fun, and so did I.

Alavairthae, may your skill prevail

Phillip aka Sleyvas
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Mankyle
Seeker

Spain
39 Posts

Posted - 26 Mar 2019 :  16:46:51  Show Profile Send Mankyle a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi there Mr. Boyd

I'm nos doing for my own use an interactive pdf of waterdeep using the awesome Maps of the wards that come with Waterdeep Dragon Heist.

I'm linking locations in the map to their respective descriptions but I'm having important voids regarding some (or most) of waterdeep's noble families.

Of course, the Cassalanters, Gralhunds and Rosznars (plus some details about the Moonstars such as the matriarch and her half drow nephew) are well described in W:DH and W:DotMM, but I wanted to know if there is something akin to the Waterdeep City of Esplendors Web Enhancement.

It is very old but I still find it useful from time to time.

I would love a document with a short description of each noble family plus Adventure seeds and NPC names.

Thanks from Spain
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Demzer
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699 Posts

Posted - 06 Apr 2019 :  17:23:41  Show Profile Send Demzer a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Eric,

a couple of questions spawned by the Mages and Sages podcast:
- my english is failing in giving me a spelling for the name of "... the Thrice-Spawned" demon that you mentioned, could you assist a not-native english speaker by writing it down?
- what is the event happening in the canon late 1360s that you wanted to avoid in your campaigns, if you can say? My first suspects are the events of the Baldur's Gate novels/games but I'm not entirely sure.

Thanks!
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George Krashos
Master of Realmslore

Australia
5520 Posts

Posted - 07 Apr 2019 :  05:19:03  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The type VI demon is Arcanrathnar.

ó George Krashos

"Because only we, contrary to the barbarians, never count the enemy in battle." -- Aeschylus
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ericlboyd
Forgotten Realms Designer

USA
1422 Posts

Posted - 07 Apr 2019 :  10:18:30  Show Profile  Visit ericlboyd's Homepage Send ericlboyd a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Demzer

Hi Eric,

a couple of questions spawned by the Mages and Sages podcast:
- my english is failing in giving me a spelling for the name of "... the Thrice-Spawned" demon that you mentioned, could you assist a not-native english speaker by writing it down?
- what is the event happening in the canon late 1360s that you wanted to avoid in your campaigns, if you can say? My first suspects are the events of the Baldur's Gate novels/games but I'm not entirely sure.

Thanks!



George got the name right, although saying Type VI is a little deceptive.

If you compare Daggerford as of N5 - Under Illefarn (1357 DR) to the Daggerford detailed in the North boxed set (1367 DR), and compare it building by building, you'll spot a lot of problems. By keeping the module in 1357 DR, I could avoid explaining why I invalidated a bunch of poorly done Realmslore in 1367 DR in terms of how Daggerford was detailed.

--Eric

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http://www.ericlboyd.com/dnd/

Edited by - ericlboyd on 07 Apr 2019 10:23:17
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Demzer
Senior Scribe

699 Posts

Posted - 07 Apr 2019 :  12:33:59  Show Profile Send Demzer a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thanks both!

Looking forward for the next installments of the podcast and the teasers.
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JasonDGraham
Acolyte

USA
1 Posts

Posted - 27 Apr 2019 :  16:37:04  Show Profile Send JasonDGraham a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Is there any other source material or novels that mention the Savants of the Dark Tide / Sargauth Swimmer beneath Waterdeep? Any notes on what's happened with them in the 100+ years since City of Splendors?
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sleyvas
Great Reader

USA
8128 Posts

Posted - 27 Apr 2019 :  21:44:53  Show Profile Send sleyvas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
a new mages and sages podcast came out? What's that link again?

Alavairthae, may your skill prevail

Phillip aka Sleyvas
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AJA
Learned Scribe

USA
257 Posts

Posted - 01 May 2019 :  01:20:25  Show Profile Send AJA a Private Message  Reply with Quote

Mages & Sages Fans of Ed Greenwood: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAHDaW5vHsjUi8KYuacj4fA

The last posted segment is still showing as four weeks ago, but their Facebook page says (Apr 24):
quote:
Addendum: the final segment of the first interview with Eric Boyd will come out this week. We had some technical difficulties we had to deal with on the last half but should be good to get it out by this weekend.

And that there's a new one to be recorded with Eric and George for May 3rd.


AJA
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Zeromaru X
Master of Realmslore

Colombia
1347 Posts

Posted - 01 May 2019 :  01:55:27  Show Profile Send Zeromaru X a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'd really like if those videos had subs.

Long ago, in the distant past, they fell into decay. The philosopherís path... The river of glory... Even the saints resting in the darkness rise up without response and block the way...
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George Krashos
Master of Realmslore

Australia
5520 Posts

Posted - 02 May 2019 :  01:12:38  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Subs? What are subs?

-- George Krashos

"Because only we, contrary to the barbarians, never count the enemy in battle." -- Aeschylus
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Barastir
Master of Realmslore

Brazil
1523 Posts

Posted - 02 May 2019 :  17:42:57  Show Profile  Click to see Barastir's MSN Messenger address Send Barastir a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Subtitles, maybe?

"Goodness is not a natural state, but must be
fought for to be attained and maintained.
Lead by example.
Let your deeds speak your intentions.
Goodness radiated from the heart."

The Paladin's Virtues, excerpt from the "Quentin's Monograph"
(by Ed Greenwood)
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ericlboyd
Forgotten Realms Designer

USA
1422 Posts

Posted - 02 May 2019 :  18:16:21  Show Profile  Visit ericlboyd's Homepage Send ericlboyd a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos

Subs? What are subs?

-- George Krashos



I think he'd like to be able to replace that hack Eric Boyd with the all-time great Steven Schend, for example. "That was a terrible answer to that elf question. Sub in Mr. Schend!!!"

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http://www.ericlboyd.com/dnd/
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George Krashos
Master of Realmslore

Australia
5520 Posts

Posted - 03 May 2019 :  00:58:24  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ericlboyd

quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos

Subs? What are subs?

-- George Krashos



I think he'd like to be able to replace that hack Eric Boyd with the all-time great Steven Schend, for example. "That was a terrible answer to that elf question. Sub in Mr. Schend!!!"



Harsh. But fair.

-- George Krashos

"Because only we, contrary to the barbarians, never count the enemy in battle." -- Aeschylus
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AJA
Learned Scribe

USA
257 Posts

Posted - 03 May 2019 :  01:19:54  Show Profile Send AJA a Private Message  Reply with Quote

Sub-titles would be my guess as well.

Me, I would just be happy with timestamps. I know the assembled mages and sages ramble and weave in and out of subjects (which I love), but just a brief time/description of where the main query starts, like;
quote:
0:00 Introduction
3:15 Eric with a terrible answer to an elf question
7:50 George talks about the correct regional pronunciations of Im-PEEL-tur vs. Im-PILL-tur
13:45 Ed discusses the nine distinct birthmarks on Alustriel's breasts
would be great.


AJA
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George Krashos
Master of Realmslore

Australia
5520 Posts

Posted - 03 May 2019 :  07:04:09  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
It's Im-PULL-tur.

-- George Krashos

"Because only we, contrary to the barbarians, never count the enemy in battle." -- Aeschylus
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JEThetford
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USA
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Posted - 03 May 2019 :  22:21:54  Show Profile  Visit JEThetford's Homepage  Send JEThetford an AOL message  Send JEThetford a Yahoo! Message Send JEThetford a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ericlboyd

quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos

Subs? What are subs?

-- George Krashos



I think he'd like to be able to replace that hack Eric Boyd with the all-time great Steven Schend, for example. "That was a terrible answer to that elf question. Sub in Mr. Schend!!!"



Just answer in Steven's deep Wisconsian accent and no one will tell the difference....

The only good Drow, is a dead Drow.

Aaomas Balkrim, Drow Hunter
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AJA
Learned Scribe

USA
257 Posts

Posted - 04 May 2019 :  00:52:31  Show Profile Send AJA a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos

It's Im-PULL-tur.

Sorry, I'm going to need a timestamp to verify that.


AJA
YAFRP
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KanzenAU
Senior Scribe

Australia
760 Posts

Posted - 12 Jul 2019 :  12:33:11  Show Profile Send KanzenAU a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Eric, though I've been off the forum radar for some time now, I've still been slowly consuming FR lore in the background for a while now working towards a future campaign around Waterdeep, and something that keeps sticking in my mind is the Hall of Whirling Blades.

As far as I can tell, the only mentions of it in the lore are Demihuman Deities and your Environs of Waterdeep article. My question is regarding the Battle of Whirling Blades mentioned in the 3rd edition City of Splendors sourcebook - all three of these titles are by you, and I can't help but think there must be a link in there somewhere... or not, and it was an intentional duplicate use of names (such things do happen, after all).

Is there any link between the Hall of Whirling Blades in the foothills of the Sword Mountains and the Battle of Whirling Blades fought against orcs pouring out of the Sword Mountains back in the Orcfastings War? And if so, would you be willing to expand upon that at all?

My best guess is that the dwarven temple had been used as a base by forces from Waterdeep prior to the Orcfastings War (who renamed it as the Hall of Whirling Blades for the blade-barriers there), but they were overrun by orcs in the so-called Battle of Whirling Blades, ultimately abandoning it (and orcs have laired there since).

The paragraph in City of Splendors on the Orcfastings War has captured my imagination for some time, and I must know more...

Regional maps for Waterdeep, Triboar, Ardeep Forest, and Cormyr on DM's Guild, plus a campaign sized map for the North
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rodrigoalcanza
Seeker

Brazil
63 Posts

Posted - 29 Jul 2019 :  00:19:41  Show Profile Send rodrigoalcanza a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Eric, your answer on another topic made me very curious to hear your opinion. I don't know if you ever talked about it. Which D&D edition do you think best represents the essence of Realms?

IMHO, I loved the 2nd Edition, especially with the Players' Option (2.5). This edition was very much in tune with the Realms lore. But I also really like the 1st and 3rd editions. The third took care of many aspects of the game, including epic levels. My problem with the third was that the rules wanted a lot of balance, and that hurt the lore. (chosen, magister, spellfire, mantles, and many special spells created in the 2nd edition were not cool in the 3rd edition).

The 5th edition has a good D&D feeling, but it has few rules and Realms lore supplements. To this day I played very little the fifth edition. So I'm not sure.

Sorry for my english.

Edited by - rodrigoalcanza on 29 Jul 2019 02:03:02
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Balfrin
Acolyte

2 Posts

Posted - 11 Aug 2019 :  11:59:19  Show Profile Send Balfrin a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Eric,
I have a question about one of the subkingdoms of Deep Shanatar, Torglor. I know the patron deity was Diirinka, but I could not get any information about the dwarven clans that lived there...

Is there any information about the clans of Torglor? If not, do you think Clan Ironledger would be a good choice, as a clan member, Vronia, now lives as a Runecaster in the only remaining dwarven city of Iltkazar?


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ericlboyd
Forgotten Realms Designer

USA
1422 Posts

Posted - 11 Aug 2019 :  16:02:28  Show Profile  Visit ericlboyd's Homepage Send ericlboyd a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi

Honestly I donít really care much about which edition. Iíve always told my kids you can play DND with a single d20. Tell me what you want to do and Iíll tell you what to roll. Itís that simple. Critical successes and critical failures will be spectacular.

What annoys me is when changes in rules leads to Realms-shattering events. The stories should flow from the setting, not the rules.

Alll that said, I thought 1e was great as used in the old gray box. Iím most comfortable with 3.5e. Itís very expressive and thereís tons of material to work with, but itís also a pain in the ass to design. Nothing wrong with 5e but I donít know it well. I donít like 4e mostly because of the dramatic changes that accompanied it.

Just my opinion,

Eric

quote:
Originally posted by rodrigoalcanza

Hi Eric, your answer on another topic made me very curious to hear your opinion. I don't know if you ever talked about it. Which D&D edition do you think best represents the essence of Realms?

IMHO, I loved the 2nd Edition, especially with the Players' Option (2.5). This edition was very much in tune with the Realms lore. But I also really like the 1st and 3rd editions. The third took care of many aspects of the game, including epic levels. My problem with the third was that the rules wanted a lot of balance, and that hurt the lore. (chosen, magister, spellfire, mantles, and many special spells created in the 2nd edition were not cool in the 3rd edition).

The 5th edition has a good D&D feeling, but it has few rules and Realms lore supplements. To this day I played very little the fifth edition. So I'm not sure.

Sorry for my english.


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