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The Sage
Procrastinator Most High
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Posted - 28 Jan 2011 :  05:14:31  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
Oh, I liked Paper Doll... but then I love those kind of crazy-character concepts.

Overall, though, I've not minded the OMD/BND changes that worked their way through the Spidey-branch of the Marvel Universe. Like everything else, there are aspects I don't like, but they've largely been overcome by the notion that Spider-Man has returned to his roots -- and ultimately, what made the character the icon that he is today.

Granted, I miss the marriage, and a great deal of what had been lost as a result of Parker's deal with Mephisto. But I'm entirely confident with the direction Amazing is going now. And I'm finally glad to see Slott working solely on one of Marvel's core titles.

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Tyrant
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Posted - 28 Jan 2011 :  06:27:00  Show Profile  Visit Tyrant's Homepage Send Tyrant a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Erik Scott de Bie
You know, it really depends on the panelists. You saw the difference between James running FR and Bill running D&D--we'll see what happens.

I was not expecting to be called on to talk at the 2010 FR seminar, and I just did what they told me!

As for the book, well I'm holding out hope there are copies of Shadowbane at the Con, so I might be handing you a copy--or telling you where you can get it. There will be a lot more wiggle room for Q&A, particularly if it's already out.

I see. I had assumed they had worked in advance that they were going to call on you and the other author (I'm pretty sure it was Jaleigh?). It was nice to have a couple authors on hand to talk about their own books. I'm guessing if you get many questions thrown your way this year they will focus on the Neverwinter Campaign Guide if everyone in the audience hasn't already found a copy. That would be great if there were copies of your new book though.
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Sorry about that! That was enthusiasm, not marketing. I just happen to like my story a rather lot.

No, keep it up. I thought it was great. It was nice to see someone being lively at a seminar that seems to usually be a little dull (at least from what I have seen, though that has mainly been the miniatures seminars in past years). Information on new products is great, but seeing someone who is genuinely excited about their work does a lot more than just telling folks they are sure to love the new whatevers. If it looks like you guys want to be there, it makes the audience feel like they want to be there. That's just my opinion anyway.

Peace is a lie, there is only passion. Through passion, I gain strength. Through strength, I gain power. Through power, I gain victory. Through victory, my chains are broken. The Force shall free me.
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Teenage Sith zombies, Tulkh thought-how in the moons of Bogden had it all started? Every so often, the universe must just get bored and decide to really cut loose. -Star Wars: Red Harvest
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Alystra Illianniis
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Posted - 28 Jan 2011 :  06:50:27  Show Profile  Click to see Alystra Illianniis's MSN Messenger address Send Alystra Illianniis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
You liked her? SERIOUSLY?! Ugh, I thought she was two dimensional in more ways than one. While her powers were sort of interesting, her emo-stalker goth-chick personality was just horribly cliche'ed. Rather fitting to her powers, actually. Freak was even worse. And Menace- um, what's worse than a Green Goblin rip-off? A FEMALE Green Goblin rip-off who's preggers with Norman's kid. Blegh!

Also, I really got annoyed by the revolving roster of writers at the beginning and up to when Slott took over, and the artists even more so. There was not enough consistency. For that matter, they did a poor job of explaining so many of the changes- Harry's return from the dead being the most glaringly obvious- that I honestly felt likethey had forgotten to consult each other when writing their respective stories. Plot hooks were left dangling, characters seemed forced into directions that were unnatural for their personalities, and most of the stories seemed to pander to Quesada's personal vision for the direction the book should go. OMIT especially so.

Granted, I understand that they wanted him to have the secret ID back, and take him back "to his roots"(whatever THAT means), but all it ended up doing was regressing Peter back to what he was in his college days, except that now he just seems pathetic. Can't hold a job, can't keep a relationship, and lives with his aunt? At HIS age?! Might as well slap a "Loser" sign on his back and send him back to high school.

Honestly, besides the marriage itself, that was the thing I have disliked the most. He just seems so wishy-washy now, not like the confident adult he should be at this stage. Nostalgia for what made him great is all well and good, but let's be frank- he's moved way beyond that now. The direction they took him just makes him look like an over-grown teenager with separation issues and a slacker personality. Exactly what he is NOT. And I really liked a lot of what JMS had done with him during his run. He was dynamic, had a new set of powers that were never fully explored before the BND ret-conned them out, and there were so many intriguing plot-hooks that I wanted to see developed, like his connection to Ezekiel and the Great Weaver, as well as his time-slip through that temporal limbo with Strange on his birthday and the possible future it hinted at. I also loved his unmasking, and wanted to see how that would play out post-Civil War and Skrull invasion. If the Registration Act had been repealed, I would have really liked to see how it would affect his life. But none of that ever happened. I felt kind of cheated by that. So many great ideas all tossed out for the sake of removing what was one of the two BEST comic book marriages in the MU. Reed and Sue being the other one, of course.

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Erik Scott de Bie
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Posted - 28 Jan 2011 :  15:07:53  Show Profile  Visit Erik Scott de Bie's Homepage  Send Erik Scott de Bie an AOL message Send Erik Scott de Bie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
As I usually get the TPBs out of the library, I'm a little bit behind the comic book curve and haven't yet read OMIT (I usually run about 3 months behind). I glanced at a copy of one of the issues on the shelf, and it looked a little annoying. But I guess we'll see.

The things that I like the best about the new spider-man continuity are 1) the mystery/tension between Peter and MJ (I like things not being fully explained--though I suspect OMIT will trample on this a bit), 2) Harry's back and actually quite interesting, 3) Carly, Norah, Vin, and Vin's sister/cousin/whatever (the psycho roommate who's got this thing for Peter is kinda cool), 4) Black Cat is around and as cool as ever. (Is it a surprise BC is one of my favorite characters? I think not.)

Not so sold on the art (in particular, the Gauntlet art is/was very off-putting to me) and the soup kitchen story arc, while interesting and a good thing for Aunt May, comes across very boring to me. Fortunately, the art lineup changes, and that's a very minor story element.

As for writing, I much prefer Bendis's handling of Spider-man, in New Avengers and his event stories (House of M, Civil War, Secret Invasion, etc.), but Slott pulls out things that surprise and entertain me. I definitely enjoy a good deal of his work--though call me crazy and this probably seems like an odd preference, but I really liked his work on She-Hulk. (Weird, huh?)

Switching gears a little, aside from sometimes a little too much "oh noes! we have to go save the kids!", the Reed-and-Sue tie does seem like a really good relationship, though I would have wanted more friction between them after the Civil War--even a separation period. Then again, I don't read Fantastic Four all that much, so maybe I just missed the issues where that happened. Eh?

What can I say? I like the dark.

Speaking of which, I am/was largely a fan of the Ultimate stuff--to me, it's the most compelling of the alternate-world Marvel stories. Marvel has evolved to a fairly dark place, which I really like, and so it makes lots of sense to see the original stories retold in a darker fashion. I read Ultimate Spider-man and Ultimate X-men rather obsessively. Ultimatum pretty much screwed the pooch for me--it seemed like a "let's concoct excuses to kill as many characters as we can for no good reason," which isn't dark but rather kind of lazy. And when it ends the run of a number of comics, rather than just innovating and birthing new story threads, it ends up leaving a bad taste in one's mouth.

Kind of like what *would* have happened if you just ended your Realms reading with the Spellplague (though I'm not directly comparing the events). Which is why you really shouldn't do that!

(See? It's on topic!)

Cheers

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The Sage
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Posted - 28 Jan 2011 :  15:45:48  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 Erik Scott de Bie

The things that I like the best about the new spider-man continuity are 1) the mystery/tension between Peter and MJ (I like things not being fully explained--though I suspect OMIT will trample on this a bit), ...
Worry not, friend Erik. Highlight to read the following SPOILED info:- There's still plenty left unexplained between Peter and MJ in the post OMIT period.
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... Carly, Norah, Vin, and Vin's sister/cousin/whatever (the psycho roommate who's got this thing for Peter is kinda cool), ...
I'm intrigued by the possibility that Vin will end up as the new militant Venom.
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4) Black Cat is around and as cool as ever. (Is it a surprise BC is one of my favorite characters? I think not.)
I was always more of a Catwoman fan.
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... but Slott pulls out things that surprise and entertain me. I definitely enjoy a good deal of his work--though call me crazy and this probably seems like an odd preference, but I really liked his work on She-Hulk. (Weird, huh?)
Aye, his tales have become a real treat. And I'm intrigued by the hints he's provided in interviews, that long time Spidey-fans will find plenty to love in his run on the book.
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Then again, I don't read Fantastic Four all that much, so maybe I just missed the issues where that happened. Eh?
Well, the Fantastic Four are going through another "death of a member" scenario at the moment. Highlight the following if you want to be SPOILED. It's Johnny Storm that bites the bullet this time.
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Speaking of which, I am/was largely a fan of the Ultimate stuff--to me, it's the most compelling of the alternate-world Marvel stories. Marvel has evolved to a fairly dark place, which I really like, and so it makes lots of sense to see the original stories retold in a darker fashion. I read Ultimate Spider-man and Ultimate X-men rather obsessively. Ultimatum pretty much screwed the pooch for me--it seemed like a "let's concoct excuses to kill as many characters as we can for no good reason," which isn't dark but rather kind of lazy. And when it ends the run of a number of comics, rather than just innovating and birthing new story threads, it ends up leaving a bad taste in one's mouth.
Ultimate Spider-Man and Ultimate Avengers are the only titles I read from that branch of the Marvel Universe. But then, I'm a long-time fan of Millar's work, and the Bendis Spider-Man is somewhat reminiscent of the kind of Spidey stories I loved from the 70's.

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The Red Walker
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Posted - 28 Jan 2011 :  15:58:49  Show Profile  Send The Red Walker a Yahoo! Message Send The Red Walker a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by Alystra Illianniis

You liked her? SERIOUSLY?! Ugh, I thought she was two dimensional in more ways than one. .


snip!

If she was 2 dimensional in more ways then one, she was at least 4 dimensional and perhaps many more multiples of 2!

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

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John F. Kennedy, speech in Dublin, Ireland, June 28, 1963

Edited by - The Red Walker on 28 Jan 2011 15:59:06
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The Red Walker
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Posted - 28 Jan 2011 :  16:27:14  Show Profile  Send The Red Walker a Yahoo! Message Send The Red Walker a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Erik,

Have you had a chance to work on Fox among the Uthgardt? I know Sage would love to read it

Has the idea of writing those chapbooks gotten any traction? Or do we all need to fire off some nice letters and tell the powers that be, what a good idea this is and how popular it would be...as well as driving web traffic to their site if they hapen to be free?

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Erik Scott de Bie
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Posted - 28 Jan 2011 :  16:57:46  Show Profile  Visit Erik Scott de Bie's Homepage  Send Erik Scott de Bie an AOL message Send Erik Scott de Bie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by The Red Walker

Erik,

Have you had a chance to work on Fox among the Uthgardt? I know Sage would love to read it

Has the idea of writing those chapbooks gotten any traction? Or do we all need to fire off some nice letters and tell the powers that be, what a good idea this is and how popular it would be...as well as driving web traffic to their site if they hapen to be free?

I do hope that happens eventually--right now, WotC's book department is a little rattled from losing its editors, but when it stabilizes, we'll get this figured out. Not to mention I've been very busy with writing and game design, etc.

I have indeed written part of the story--no spoilers, but it involves a remorrhaz.

Cheers

Erik Scott de Bie

'Tis easier to destroy than to create.

Signature of Shameless Self-Promotion +6: Order my sixth novel, Shadow of the Winter King (Amazon, e-signing, Dragonmoon Press)

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Alystra Illianniis
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Posted - 28 Jan 2011 :  17:14:58  Show Profile  Click to see Alystra Illianniis's MSN Messenger address Send Alystra Illianniis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by The Red Walker

quote:
Originally posted by Alystra Illianniis

You liked her? SERIOUSLY?! Ugh, I thought she was two dimensional in more ways than one. .


snip!

If she was 2 dimensional in more ways then one, she was at least 4 dimensional and perhaps many more multiples of 2!



That would be funny if she had not been nothing more than a psycho celeb-stalker with the goth-girl boo-hoos. She was, if you'll pardon the pun- verymuch like her name/powers implied. Shallow, transparent, and insubstantial. From what I could see in her one brief appearance, she was just an emo stalker with powers. Whoop-de-friggin-do. That issue was the WORST spidey-tale I've ever read- and that includes the Sins Past arc! (which wasn't rall that bad, all things considered- I liked the fact that Gwen was not as "perfect" as Pete always made her out to be. Made her seem less the angelic vision he had of her, and more fallible and human.)

Black Cat has always been one of my faves too, Erik, I really loved her appearances in Spectacular while Peter David was writing it! But I also like her better as his friend as she has been over the last few years. It's nice for him to have someone he can just talk to who doesn't judge him or want a relationship. Unless that's changed in the last few months....

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The Red Walker
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Posted - 28 Jan 2011 :  18:17:23  Show Profile  Send The Red Walker a Yahoo! Message Send The Red Walker a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Erik Scott de Bie

quote:
Originally posted by The Red Walker

Erik,

Have you had a chance to work on Fox among the Uthgardt? I know Sage would love to read it

Has the idea of writing those chapbooks gotten any traction? Or do we all need to fire off some nice letters and tell the powers that be, what a good idea this is and how popular it would be...as well as driving web traffic to their site if they hapen to be free?

I do hope that happens eventually--right now, WotC's book department is a little rattled from losing its editors, but when it stabilizes, we'll get this figured out. Not to mention I've been very busy with writing and game design, etc.

I have indeed written part of the story--no spoilers, but it involves a remorrhaz.

Cheers




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Erik Scott de Bie
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Posted - 28 Jan 2011 :  18:28:46  Show Profile  Visit Erik Scott de Bie's Homepage  Send Erik Scott de Bie an AOL message Send Erik Scott de Bie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Alystra Illianniis

That issue was the WORST spidey-tale I've ever read- and that includes the Sins Past arc! (which wasn't rall that bad, all things considered- I liked the fact that Gwen was not as "perfect" as Pete always made her out to be. Made her seem less the angelic vision he had of her, and more fallible and human.)
I kinda liked that arc, though I *definitely* would have made them Pete's children. (Though I can also understand why they didn't do that.)

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Black Cat has always been one of my faves too, Erik, I really loved her appearances in Spectacular while Peter David was writing it! But I also like her better as his friend as she has been over the last few years. It's nice for him to have someone he can just talk to who doesn't judge him or want a relationship. Unless that's changed in the last few months....
Well . . . it's complicated. They're colleagues with benefits.

One of my favorite Spider-man books was The Evil That Men Do, by Kevin Smith. For reasons that are no doubt obvious to those who've read it.

Cheers

Erik Scott de Bie

'Tis easier to destroy than to create.

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Alystra Illianniis
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Posted - 28 Jan 2011 :  19:24:07  Show Profile  Click to see Alystra Illianniis's MSN Messenger address Send Alystra Illianniis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Benefits?! Sheesh, so much for his squeaky clean charm. BTW, I loved that book too, it was dark, gritty, and serious, which is kind of a departure for the character. Of all the new villains, though, I think i like Mr Negative. He's interesting, not too hokey, and subtle. I did like May knowing Pete's secret, and I wish they'd left her in the loop, but I've sort of enjoyed her being totally clueless with all this stuff going on around her in the soup kitchen, too. You'd think she'd put two and two together and figure it out.

So what other specific books/movies do you like? I've seen a few listed on your facebook page(no, not stalking, I'm on your list and wanted to see what your tastes were like) but I was wondering if there were any particular ones that stood out.

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Erik Scott de Bie
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Posted - 28 Jan 2011 :  19:50:38  Show Profile  Visit Erik Scott de Bie's Homepage  Send Erik Scott de Bie an AOL message Send Erik Scott de Bie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Well, I read and watch a LOT--my post a page or two back in this thread captures a lot of it, and my facebook has a pretty good list. I get less time to read these days, sadly, but I'm working on getting the count back up to where it used to be.

I particularly like A Song of Ice and Fire, and am engaged in a long time discussion with a D&D buddy of mine as to whether Martin will ever finish the series. (I hold out optimistically!) I used to be all into Wheel of Time, but it got too broad in scope (and basically nothing started happening), so I fell away around book 10. I'm in the middle of re-reading (well, I read part of it the first time) Erin Evans's God Catcher, and next up on my list, I'll probably either (finally) finish King's Dark Tower (I'm done with book 6!) or jump into Jacqueline Carey's third Kusheline trilogy.

Cheers

Erik Scott de Bie

'Tis easier to destroy than to create.

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Alystra Illianniis
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Posted - 28 Jan 2011 :  19:55:39  Show Profile  Click to see Alystra Illianniis's MSN Messenger address Send Alystra Illianniis a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Ever Read any of Anne McCafferey's books? Pern, Rowan series, etc.... I'm fond of Robert Aspirin's Myth books, myself, along with Piers Anthony's Xanth and Adept series(s). Might explain my penchant for off-the-wall humor. Not to mention why I love all things fantasy- I started reading those books in 4th grade.

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Erik Scott de Bie
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Posted - 28 Jan 2011 :  20:02:00  Show Profile  Visit Erik Scott de Bie's Homepage  Send Erik Scott de Bie an AOL message Send Erik Scott de Bie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Oh sorry, you asked about movies too!

I tend to like action movies with a modicum of thought or wit involved. Serenity is one of my favorites (Whedon--duh!), I love the Matrix (not sold on the sequels), liked Inception, etc. Coen Brothers films are usually a win with me: I just saw True Grit the other night, which was pretty awesome (plus Ed Greenwood is totally the dentist in the bear pelt; I swear to the gods!).

I tend to watch more TV on DVD than movies, honestly--I devoured BSG pretty hardcore (and had a regular party every Friday during the last season), and I re-watch Firefly[1] with fair frequency. I am currently watching Chuck (season 2) along with the wife--it's pretty awesome.

[1] One of my favorite D&D characters is sort of Mal and Inara's love-child with a healthy dose of fantasy swordswoman thrown in (http://erikscottdebie.com/2010/12/16/worldwalkers-character-profile-vayne-blackblade/).

Cheers

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'Tis easier to destroy than to create.

Signature of Shameless Self-Promotion +6: Order my sixth novel, Shadow of the Winter King (Amazon, e-signing, Dragonmoon Press)

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Alystra Illianniis
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Cool. I've started watching The Cape, and I used to love Buffy and Angel. (Whedon! Love the guy.) but most of my TV watching is on either Animal Planet, Discovery, or History channels, or ocassionally Sy-Fy. And NCIS. Don't know why, but I love the characters on there, especially Abby and Tony. Monk is fun too, and Burn Notice. (Mostly because I'm a fan of Bruce Campbell, lol!)

Movies- just saw Green Hornet, it was friggin hilarious. Tron was also cool, but then I remember seeing the original in the theater. I'm also rather fond of Dreamworks and Pixar animated stuff- Megamind and Despicable Me were both great. disney is another favorite- okay, I'm not a disney princess freak, but I've always loved their ability to tell a familiar story in a new or interesting way, like Tangled or The Princess and the Frog. Plus, I'm kind of a softy at heart. :)
And I'm a fan of most of Sam Raimy's movies- Darkman, the Evil Dead, etc....

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Erik Scott de Bie
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Posted - 28 Jan 2011 :  21:07:18  Show Profile  Visit Erik Scott de Bie's Homepage  Send Erik Scott de Bie an AOL message Send Erik Scott de Bie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Burn Notice is really very awesome. One aspect of the forthcoming Neverwinter Campaign Guide is directly inspired by that show.

Haven't had the chance to see the Cape, but I will check it out.

Cheers

Erik Scott de Bie

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Christopher_Rowe
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The folks at Catalyst love that Burn Notice. They were even playing it on the tv at their GenCon booth a couple of years ago and I heard one of the Shadowrun IP managers telling somebody that it fits their idea of how "runs" play out perfectly in terms of tone, character interaction and expertise, etc.
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The Sage
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Originally posted by Alystra Illianniis

Benefits?! Sheesh, so much for his squeaky clean charm. BTW, I loved that book too, it was dark, gritty, and serious, which is kind of a departure for the character. Of all the new villains, though, I think i like Mr Negative. He's interesting, not too hokey, and subtle.
I think it was kinda neat the way he affected Aunt May. It's a shame that particular plot-line was developed further.

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Erik,

Have you had a chance to work on Fox among the Uthgardt? I know Sage would love to read it
You know it!
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Has the idea of writing those chapbooks gotten any traction? Or do we all need to fire off some nice letters and tell the powers that be, what a good idea this is and how popular it would be...as well as driving web traffic to their site if they hapen to be free?

I would, of course, be willing to offer any assistance in the writing of said chapbooks.

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jornan
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Eric, I have a couple questions regarding Shadowbane and it's inclusion in the Abyssal Plague lineup.

How big of a role is the Abyssal Plague going to play in Shadowbane?

In the back of RAS Collected Stories it is the 5th book. Do events in the books that preceed it significantly affect it?

Are there common characters, items, gods, etc that link all books and all worlds?

How necessary is it to read the non FR books in the lineup?

Thanks
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Erik Scott de Bie
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Posted - 12 Feb 2011 :  23:25:42  Show Profile  Visit Erik Scott de Bie's Homepage  Send Erik Scott de Bie an AOL message Send Erik Scott de Bie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Great question, jornan!

Shadowbane is indeed tied-in to the Abyssal Plague story, but it's mostly its own story. If you've read Downshadow, it's Kalen's continuing story, with quite a bit of Myrin involved. (Also if you haven't read Downshadow, you should be able to pick this up just fine.)

As I understand it, an event in Bruce Cordell's Sword of the Gods (also a FR novel) sets some of the groundwork, but I don't think reading it will be necessary (though you absolutely should, just because it's another FR novel and bound to be awesome). If you've read it, you will probably get a little more insight into a couple parts of my book.

Generally, if you *have* read the other Abyssal Plague stories, you'll pick up on a little more of "what's going on," but if you *haven't,* I don't think it'll interfere with your understanding or enjoyment of the book at all.

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Erik Scott de Bie

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ick.... and I was trying to avoid the abyssal plague eries...

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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Posted - 13 Feb 2011 :  18:46:24  Show Profile  Visit Erik Scott de Bie's Homepage  Send Erik Scott de Bie an AOL message Send Erik Scott de Bie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
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Originally posted by sfdragon

ick.... and I was trying to avoid the abyssal plague eries...

Why? Just because they're trying something setting-spanning doesn't mean it's automatically a bad idea. They could be very good!

And rest assured, you don't need to have read the other AP books to read and enjoy Shadowbane.

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'Tis easier to destroy than to create.

Signature of Shameless Self-Promotion +6: Order my sixth novel, Shadow of the Winter King (Amazon, e-signing, Dragonmoon Press)

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sfdragon
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doesnt mean it will be an automatically a good idea either.......

and plus, it has the word plague in it, and the last plague anything dnd, didn't exaclty fly off the wall either all that well and if I was to be asked, it got crushed by the infamous black widow company....


dont mind me, I'm a pessimeist.

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


My FR fan fiction
Magister's GAmbit
http://steelfiredragon.deviantart.com/gallery/33539234

Edited by - sfdragon on 14 Feb 2011 03:32:03
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