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Alaundo
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Posted - 08 May 2005 :  09:06:49  Show Profile  Visit Alaundo's Homepage  Click to see Alaundo's MSN Messenger address Send Alaundo a Private Message  Reply with Quote  Delete Topic
Well met

This being a collective scroll of any questions the Scribes and visitors of Candlekeep wish to put to a game designer of the Realms, namely - Wil Upchurch. Wil has worked on the upcoming Champions of Ruin sourcebook as well as the Silverymoon: Gem of the North netbook project and Dungeon Adventures.

Present your questions herein and check back to see what news may also come forth from the quill of this Realms master.

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Champions of Ruin isn't upcoming for some of us.

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Yeah... That's it Rupert. Remind me that my copy's still on the way... .

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Welcome Wil! It's great to see after all the work you did for us in Project: Silverymoon that you've made it into the Realms! Once I get my copy of Champions of Ruin, I'm sure I'll have a few questions for you!


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Yes, once it hits our distant shores we'll no doubt enjoy grill ... err ... asking you questions.

On CoR what part of the book did you enjoy writing the most, what was the hardest, and was there any stuff that didn't make "the cut" that you could enlighten us about?

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Strangely, I haven't heard any recent updates about when CoR will arrive here...

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Wil_Upchurch
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Posted - 10 May 2005 :  20:47:49  Show Profile  Visit Wil_Upchurch's Homepage  Send Wil_Upchurch a Yahoo! Message Send Wil_Upchurch a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos

Yes, once it hits our distant shores we'll no doubt enjoy grill ... err ... asking you questions.

On CoR what part of the book did you enjoy writing the most, what was the hardest, and was there any stuff that didn't make "the cut" that you could enlighten us about?

-- George Krashos




First, howdy Paul! Glad I could "work for y'all" on Project: Silverymoon. ;) You'll be seeing a link to some of that work coming up in Dungeon. *teaser alert!*

Howdy George, after you savaged the preview materials, I decided to hijack the Australian shipments of the book. They are currently being held in a dungeon beneath my tower. :p

I really enjoyed fleshing out the prestige classes, I like the new long format quite a bit. There weren't any particularly difficult parts to write, but I certainly did more research for this project than I have any other (even that wasn't too bad, since I've been running the Realms for 20 years like most everyone here :) ). Updating the elder evils was fun, too, despite the grousing going on about them being "pathetically weak." :)

There wasn't much of my stuff cut in the final draft...I think it lost one prestige class linked to the Xanathar Thieves' Guild which I thought was cool. Looking at the Nightmask Deathbringer, then thinking about who runs the XTG will give you a hint as to what the PrC was like.

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George Krashos
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quote:
Originally posted by Wil_Upchurch
Howdy George, after you savaged the preview materials, I decided to hijack the Australian shipments of the book. They are currently being held in a dungeon beneath my tower. :p



Aha, you're the culprit! And I couldn't resist savaging the preview materials because I can't wait to get my copy of the book and the website gave me nothing to salivate over: I was waiting for an example of an evil node, or a look at one of the new format PrCs, or even an Elder Evil. So, apologies if I ruffled a few feathers (I seem to do that a lot when in fervent anticipation of an FR product) - can you release the stuff to Australia now?

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Dargoth
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Posted - 11 May 2005 :  02:42:53  Show Profile  Visit Dargoth's Homepage Send Dargoth a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Wil_Upchurch
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Howdy George, after you savaged the preview materials, I decided to hijack the Australian shipments of the book. They are currently being held in a dungeon beneath my tower. :p




That sounds like an Adventure to me!

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quote:
Originally posted by Wil_Upchurch

There wasn't much of my stuff cut in the final draft...I think it lost one prestige class linked to the Xanathar Thieves' Guild which I thought was cool.
Wil, from your view, how likely is it that we'd see such a class feature in a web enhancement in the near future?

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Dargoth
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quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

quote:
Originally posted by Wil_Upchurch

There wasn't much of my stuff cut in the final draft...I think it lost one prestige class linked to the Xanathar Thieves' Guild which I thought was cool.
Wil, from your view, how likely is it that we'd see such a class feature in a web enhancement in the near future?




I was thinking they may have nicked it for City of Splendors/Web Enhancement

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The Sage
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Posted - 11 May 2005 :  03:04:20  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
That would be nice.

I'm not normally so particular about PrCs in general, but I find that a class linked to the Xanathar Thieves' Guild does sound intriguing.

I suppose I could just copple together a class on my own. Any possible ideas you could suggest, Wil?

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Wil_Upchurch
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Posted - 11 May 2005 :  04:53:06  Show Profile  Visit Wil_Upchurch's Homepage  Send Wil_Upchurch a Yahoo! Message Send Wil_Upchurch a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by The Sage
Wil, from your view, how likely is it that we'd see such a class feature in a web enhancement in the near future?




I don't know, have they ever given something as meaty as a full PrC as a Web enhancement? I hadn't thought about it as a Waterdeep addition, but I suppose that might be a good guess. Or perhaps they just decided it wasn't very good. :)

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Wil_Upchurch
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Posted - 11 May 2005 :  04:57:15  Show Profile  Visit Wil_Upchurch's Homepage  Send Wil_Upchurch a Yahoo! Message Send Wil_Upchurch a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos
Aha, you're the culprit! And I couldn't resist savaging the preview materials because I can't wait to get my copy of the book and the website gave me nothing to salivate over: I was waiting for an example of an evil node, or a look at one of the new format PrCs, or even an Elder Evil. So, apologies if I ruffled a few feathers (I seem to do that a lot when in fervent anticipation of an FR product) - can you release the stuff to Australia now?

-- George Krashos




Hehe, yeah, that would be me. I've been at this too long to take umbrage at comments on the Web, but I certainly pay attention to what the legendary sages of the Realms have to say about my stuff.

"Keiko, tell the troglodytes to bring those Australian shipments up from the dungeons, and clean out the otyugh lair while you're down there!"

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Wil_Upchurch
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Posted - 11 May 2005 :  04:58:39  Show Profile  Visit Wil_Upchurch's Homepage  Send Wil_Upchurch a Yahoo! Message Send Wil_Upchurch a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

That would be nice.

I'm not normally so particular about PrCs in general, but I find that a class linked to the Xanathar Thieves' Guild does sound intriguing.

I suppose I could just copple together a class on my own. Any possible ideas you could suggest, Wil?




Tell you what, if it doesn't come out in conjunction with Waterdeep, maybe I'll throw out a few ideas, but for now I don't want to inadvertantly preview anything they've got coming. :)

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The Sage
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Hey, that's completely understandable. Thanks for the details Wil .

As it is, I'll just wait to see what's coming up for the web enhancements for both CoR and and the upcoming CoS, and if it doesn't look likely, I'll present my own PrC with support material from both sourcebooks.

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George Krashos
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I'm pretty sure it's not in the WE for Waterdeep, as I had a sneaky peek the other day. So feel free to give us some details, Wil!

Oh, and don't mind what I say about your FR writings - if you've done a good job, I won't say anything!

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Dargoth
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Posted - 11 May 2005 :  09:33:08  Show Profile  Visit Dargoth's Homepage Send Dargoth a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Wil_Upchurch

quote:
Originally posted by The Sage

That would be nice.

I'm not normally so particular about PrCs in general, but I find that a class linked to the Xanathar Thieves' Guild does sound intriguing.

I suppose I could just copple together a class on my own. Any possible ideas you could suggest, Wil?




Tell you what, if it doesn't come out in conjunction with Waterdeep, maybe I'll throw out a few ideas, but for now I don't want to inadvertantly preview anything they've got coming. :)



Feel free

Ed Bonny posted some of the stuff he wrote for LEOF that was cut from the book

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Posted - 11 May 2005 :  16:39:17  Show Profile  Visit Wil_Upchurch's Homepage  Send Wil_Upchurch a Yahoo! Message Send Wil_Upchurch a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos

I'm pretty sure it's not in the WE for Waterdeep, as I had a sneaky peek the other day. So feel free to give us some details, Wil!

Oh, and don't mind what I say about your FR writings - if you've done a good job, I won't say anything!

-- George Krashos




Now if only we can get confirmation that it's not in the CoR WE or the Waterdeep book itself! :)

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quote:
Originally posted by Wil_Upchurch
Now if only we can get confirmation that it's not in the CoR WE or the Waterdeep book itself! :)



Unless something wildly unexpected happens, i's not in the CoS:W web enhancement, the CoR:W web enhancement, or City of Splendors: Waterdeep.

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George Krashos
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Well, upon my first run through I like this product quite a bit. It's got a few hidden gems IMHO in the shadow and evil node sections. On those, and I'm not sure that you wrote them up Wil, but it states that people who are 'attuned' to an evil node can do all sorts of things. I didn't have a chance last night to grab my Underdark accessory, but am I right in assuming that this attunement process is detailed there?

Following that, I've got a few queries re the ability for an attuned individual to 'trap' a creature in an evil node. Assuming I trap something/someone in the node, does that trapping last forever until I rescind it? Does it last even after I'm dead? Can you be undead and attuned to the evil node and hence able to trap someone/something?

It's just that I've got a little project on foot that evil nodes and trapping creatures will suit to a tee but the timeframe of the trapping situation is important in my particular case.

Thanks in advance.

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I just read through the section on evil nodes myself and I must say that I was actually impressed by this piece of "crunchy" material. I've already jotted down a few notes about potential evil nodes that may exist in certain areas of the Realms. I could even see this coming together for an article in the Compendium. I tended to prefer the Shadow Weave nodes in comparison to the evil nodes though, so maybe I'll got with them instead.

quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos

I didn't have a chance last night to grab my Underdark accessory, but am I right in assuming that this attunement process is detailed there?
I don't remember reading anything about node attunement in UD. So, I just had a quick skim through it now, and didn't see anything about it either.

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Posted - 21 May 2005 :  05:23:27  Show Profile  Visit Wil_Upchurch's Homepage  Send Wil_Upchurch a Yahoo! Message Send Wil_Upchurch a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos

Well, upon my first run through I like this product quite a bit. It's got a few hidden gems IMHO in the shadow and evil node sections. On those, and I'm not sure that you wrote them up Wil, but it states that people who are 'attuned' to an evil node can do all sorts of things. I didn't have a chance last night to grab my Underdark accessory, but am I right in assuming that this attunement process is detailed there?


I did write those, yes. I don't have my books yet, so I'm not sure if my updated Node Feats made it into the book. The Node Spellcasting feat is used to attune yourself to a particular type of node.

quote:
Originally posted by George KrashosFollowing that, I've got a few queries re the ability for an attuned individual to 'trap' a creature in an evil node. Assuming I trap something/someone in the node, does that trapping last forever until I rescind it? Does it last even after I'm dead? Can you be undead and attuned to the evil node and hence able to trap someone/something?


Yes, the trapping lasts forever. Once you summon the creature, you have to convince it to be trapped again. One can assume such creatures enter some sort of stasis and do not age.

There's nothing stopping undead from attuning to a node.

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George Krashos
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Eeeexcellent! Thanks Wil.

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One of the Evil nodes was created by Kezef spending time in a region. What would be the likelyhood that Powerful Evil Nodes turned up where Bane, Bhaal and Mykrul died or even where an evil god spent time during the time of troubles????

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quote:
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One of the Evil nodes was created by Kezef spending time in a region. What would be the likelyhood that Powerful Evil Nodes turned up where Bane, Bhaal and Mykrul died or even where an evil god spent time during the time of troubles????



There could be some there, but I prefer evil nodes to have to do with evil force, rather than divine power. That's purely a personal preference, though...I have a vague memory of a node or shrine being at the site where Myrkul died, but can't find anything in my notes.

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