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Lord Karsus
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Posted - 24 Jul 2006 :  03:29:18  Show Profile  Send Lord Karsus an AOL message Send Lord Karsus a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:

It's great really. Years ago when I'd read FR novels, I always imagined that I could write some fascinating material. It's my hope that some of the work I do in the Realms will lay the seeds for great RPG campaigns, but also for interesting ideas in future supplements and novels. I've been to Gen Con several times, and have spoken to some of the writers, but this year will be the first in which I am personally more familiar with most of them. I've had the fortune of chatting (via Aim, livejournal, Candlekeep, e-mail, ENWorld, RPG.net, telephone and other sources) with a sizable number of realms designers and novelists this year, so it's been a really eye-opening and fulfilling period of time.


-Can you share any of your ideas with us, now, or is that going to be a 'No-No'?

(A Tri-Partite Arcanist Who Has Forgotten More Than Most Will Ever Know)

Elves of Faerūn
Vol I- The Elves of Faerūn
Vol. III- Spells of the Elves
Vol. VI- Mechanical Compendium
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EytanBernstein
Forgotten Realms Designer

USA
703 Posts

Posted - 24 Jul 2006 :  07:03:43  Show Profile  Visit EytanBernstein's Homepage Send EytanBernstein a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Dagnirion

quote:

It's great really. Years ago when I'd read FR novels, I always imagined that I could write some fascinating material. It's my hope that some of the work I do in the Realms will lay the seeds for great RPG campaigns, but also for interesting ideas in future supplements and novels. I've been to Gen Con several times, and have spoken to some of the writers, but this year will be the first in which I am personally more familiar with most of them. I've had the fortune of chatting (via Aim, livejournal, Candlekeep, e-mail, ENWorld, RPG.net, telephone and other sources) with a sizable number of realms designers and novelists this year, so it's been a really eye-opening and fulfilling period of time.


-Can you share any of your ideas with us, now, or is that going to be a 'No-No'?



It's not a "no-no" really, but it's probably best to avoid that in case I do ever get to use them. I have a bunch for some realms fiction, but I have been so busy with game design recently, that fiction has really fallen behind. I can say that if there ever was a sourcebook on elves - perhaps Elves of Faerun - that would be something that very much interests me.

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EytanBernstein
Forgotten Realms Designer

USA
703 Posts

Posted - 29 Jul 2006 :  09:22:31  Show Profile  Visit EytanBernstein's Homepage Send EytanBernstein a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I thought I'd post a press release I wrote for my company, Silven Publishing. If you follow the directions below (e-mail me, then fill out the survey from the e-mail link you receive, you get a $3 coupon to buy one of my company's products at RPGnow.) Hopefully, this will give people an opportunity to get a sense of some of the other work I do.

Silven Publishing would like to invite you to take our short product survey. In return for completing the survey, you will receive a $3 coupon that you can put towards any single purchase of one of our products at RPGnow. In order to receive the survey, please send an e-mail to eytan@silvenpublishing.com with the word survey in the subject. You will then be sent a link to the survey. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them in this e-mail.

The survey consists of 27 brief questions that will help us to evaluate interest and demographics as they relate to Silven and its products. The information you provide in the survey will not be distributed to anyone outside of Silven. You will not receive any e-mails from Silven (other than those relating to your $3 coupon) unless you ask to be sent further promotional e-mails in question #24 & #25. Once you have completed the survey, you will be sent an additional e-mail that contains a coupon for the product you requested in question #28.

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Steven Schend
Forgotten Realms Designer & Author

USA
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Posted - 01 Aug 2006 :  04:32:49  Show Profile  Visit Steven Schend's Homepage  Send Steven Schend a Yahoo! Message Send Steven Schend a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Eytan, good job on Dragons of Faerun. I really enjoyed flipping through it today and getting reaquainted with the big bads of the Realms. :)

Steven

For current projects and general natter, see www.steveneschend.com
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EytanBernstein
Forgotten Realms Designer

USA
703 Posts

Posted - 01 Aug 2006 :  07:16:52  Show Profile  Visit EytanBernstein's Homepage Send EytanBernstein a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Steven Schend

Eytan, good job on Dragons of Faerun. I really enjoyed flipping through it today and getting reaquainted with the big bads of the Realms. :)

Steven




Thanks :). Where did you get your copy?

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George Krashos
Master of Realmslore

Australia
4745 Posts

Posted - 01 Aug 2006 :  07:31:19  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hey! NO fair Steven.

Geez, I want my copy so bad. Australia: the "Lucky Country" ... yeah, right!



-- George Krashos

"Because only we, contrary to the barbarians, never count the enemy in battle." -- Aeschylus
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Dargoth
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Australia
4569 Posts

Posted - 01 Aug 2006 :  07:34:24  Show Profile  Visit Dargoth's Homepage Send Dargoth a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos

Hey! NO fair Steven.

Geez, I want my copy so bad. Australia: the "Lucky Country" ... yeah, right!



-- George Krashos




use the Amazon George

Hopefully my order which includes Swords of Eveningstar, Dragons of Faerun and Mysteries of the Moonsea will be in my hands by Mid august

“I am the King of Rome, and above grammar”

Emperor Sigismund

"Its good to be the King!"

Mel Brooks
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EytanBernstein
Forgotten Realms Designer

USA
703 Posts

Posted - 01 Aug 2006 :  09:51:36  Show Profile  Visit EytanBernstein's Homepage Send EytanBernstein a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Dargoth

quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos

Hey! NO fair Steven.

Geez, I want my copy so bad. Australia: the "Lucky Country" ... yeah, right!



-- George Krashos




use the Amazon George

Hopefully my order which includes Swords of Eveningstar, Dragons of Faerun and Mysteries of the Moonsea will be in my hands by Mid august



I never can get a book before the 2nd week of the month (unless, of course, I had a hand in writing the book). George, I'm surprised you don't already have a copy. I thought they send at least one to everyone who helped out on a project.

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George Krashos
Master of Realmslore

Australia
4745 Posts

Posted - 02 Aug 2006 :  03:56:11  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
We do it for the love, Eytan. Although this time, DoF is going to be different - although my mailbox hasn't yet confirmed that. The Pacific is a big ocean.

-- George Krashos

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

USA
703 Posts

Posted - 02 Aug 2006 :  08:16:43  Show Profile  Visit EytanBernstein's Homepage Send EytanBernstein a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by George Krashos

We do it for the love, Eytan. Although this time, DoF is going to be different - although my mailbox hasn't yet confirmed that. The Pacific is a big ocean.

-- George Krashos




It must be frustrating for you guys to have to wait for things to come out later all the time.

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EytanBernstein
Forgotten Realms Designer

USA
703 Posts

Posted - 26 Aug 2006 :  09:32:20  Show Profile  Visit EytanBernstein's Homepage Send EytanBernstein a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Just a personal update - I will be moving to Poland for the better part of a year on September 19th (arriving on the 20th). Poland is about 6 hours ahead of Eastern time (New York), so it is currently 10:28 a.m. in Poland (yes, I am always up this late).

I'll be teaching ESL there, though I will be continuing my freelance work on both Forgotten Realms products (no I won't say what :) and core D&D books (as well as a bunch of nifty books for some other companies).

If you are in Poland and want to say hello, or if you don't mind hosting an errant writer/game designer when I am traveling around Europe, I would be delighted to meet Realms enthusiasts. If you check out my Livejournal, you'll note that I will have a very large apartment with very little in it other than me, so I'd be happy to put someone up if they are visiting the Baltic region.

In another note, the cover for the Magic Item Compendium is available on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0786943459/sr=8-1/qid=1156580997/ref=pd_bbs_1/102-1868666-3193711?ie=UTF8. You can also see it at my Livejournal http://manablast.livejournal.com/ I contributed a pretty large chunk of new items for the book.

http://eytanbernstein.com - the official website of Eytan Bernstein

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MerrikCale
Senior Scribe

USA
947 Posts

Posted - 25 Oct 2006 :  02:23:04  Show Profile  Visit MerrikCale's Homepage Send MerrikCale a Private Message  Reply with Quote
How do you like Poland?



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VonRaventheDaring
Learned Scribe

USA
197 Posts

Posted - 25 Oct 2006 :  16:20:15  Show Profile  Visit VonRaventheDaring's Homepage  Send VonRaventheDaring a Yahoo! Message Send VonRaventheDaring a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I bow to the masters who created the amazing book Dragons of Faerun! Best book i have read for FR (as a source book) put out at least this year. Its my favorite book. I so want to use it against ummm i mean to slaughter umm to challenge some players (yeah thats it thats the ticket).

"Develop the latent abilities within you for that is your power alone. Psionics is the ultimate art of magic and you are its practitioner. Through lifelong dedication, strive to unite your will with your physical form to become one. Only through the unrestrained union of oneā€™s mind and body can the magic of psionics truly be mastered. Throw off the yoke of any who would impose tyranny upon you. Likewise, do not ever force another to submit to your will. Free your mind, free yourself and you have only just begun the path to true psionic mastery. Free others, open their minds to the Invisible Art, and you will show them way to Auppenser."
---Dogma of the Church of Auppenser
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EytanBernstein
Forgotten Realms Designer

USA
703 Posts

Posted - 25 Oct 2006 :  21:13:50  Show Profile  Visit EytanBernstein's Homepage Send EytanBernstein a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by MerrikCale

How do you like Poland?



So far, Poland is great. I am in a fairly small city, but it has all the modern conveniences. As soon as I've saved a bit more money, I plan to take a trip to visit some of the castles of the Teutonic Knights. There is a small one here in Olsztyn, but the large one in Malbork, a few hours west of here. I am in northeastern Poland, not all that far from the border with Lithuania or Kalinigrad.

I find everything quite convenient and really cheap. Most food is about 1/3 the price of the average for the same thing in America. It's tricky for me to keep up the diet I was on because Poland hasn't been swept up with the diet craze that's so big in America. I took off about 50 pounds this year, but I think I've gained maybe 8 of that. It's quite normal to stabilize a little higher than your lowest.

I plan to travel to Germany in December and a bunch of other places throughout the rest of the year. My great grandmother was born in Bialystok in eastern Poland, only a few hours from here.

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EytanBernstein
Forgotten Realms Designer

USA
703 Posts

Posted - 25 Oct 2006 :  21:15:14  Show Profile  Visit EytanBernstein's Homepage Send EytanBernstein a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by VonRaventheDaring

I bow to the masters who created the amazing book Dragons of Faerun! Best book i have read for FR (as a source book) put out at least this year. Its my favorite book. I so want to use it against ummm i mean to slaughter umm to challenge some players (yeah thats it thats the ticket).



I'm glad you liked it. I think the next couple of books I have for Wizards are even better.

I have the Magic Item Compendium coming out in March. There is also a secret project (not FR) for the end of next year. I also have a number of articles and web enhancements coming out relatively soon - the one for Complete Mage should be out any day now.

http://eytanbernstein.com - the official website of Eytan Bernstein

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MerrikCale
Senior Scribe

USA
947 Posts

Posted - 28 Oct 2006 :  03:17:49  Show Profile  Visit MerrikCale's Homepage Send MerrikCale a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by EytanBernstein

quote:
Originally posted by MerrikCale

How do you like Poland?



So far, Poland is great. I am in a fairly small city, but it has all the modern conveniences. As soon as I've saved a bit more money, I plan to take a trip to visit some of the castles of the Teutonic Knights. There is a small one here in Olsztyn, but the large one in Malbork, a few hours west of here. I am in northeastern Poland, not all that far from the border with Lithuania or Kalinigrad.

I find everything quite convenient and really cheap. Most food is about 1/3 the price of the average for the same thing in America. It's tricky for me to keep up the diet I was on because Poland hasn't been swept up with the diet craze that's so big in America. I took off about 50 pounds this year, but I think I've gained maybe 8 of that. It's quite normal to stabilize a little higher than your lowest.

I plan to travel to Germany in December and a bunch of other places throughout the rest of the year. My great grandmother was born in Bialystok in eastern Poland, only a few hours from here.



when you get a chance tell us about the castles. That sounds fascinating. I love the History channel type stuff.



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EytanBernstein
Forgotten Realms Designer

USA
703 Posts

Posted - 28 Oct 2006 :  03:23:37  Show Profile  Visit EytanBernstein's Homepage Send EytanBernstein a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Sure, I'll be happy to. You can also go to my blog at livejournal for more information on that and other things in my life and work http://manablast.livejournal.com/.

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EytanBernstein
Forgotten Realms Designer

USA
703 Posts

Posted - 28 Oct 2006 :  03:43:40  Show Profile  Visit EytanBernstein's Homepage Send EytanBernstein a Private Message  Reply with Quote
For those interested in epic material and warlocks, my article on epic warlocks is now up http://www.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/ei/20061027a.

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Lord Karsus
Great Reader

USA
2879 Posts

Posted - 15 Nov 2006 :  04:50:58  Show Profile  Send Lord Karsus an AOL message Send Lord Karsus a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by EytanBernstein
I can say that if there ever was a sourcebook on elves - perhaps Elves of Faerun - that would be something that very much interests me.


-Elves of Faerūn would make many, many people happy. I've jumped the gun, and have begun making up an unofficial Elves of Faerūn book, with all that is going on and such.

-Anyway, I want to give you a belated thank you, for Dragons of Faerūn. An exceptional, exceptional sourcebook.

-Also, thanks for being a part of the community. I still find it awesome to be able to actually interact with you authors/designers.

(A Tri-Partite Arcanist Who Has Forgotten More Than Most Will Ever Know)

Elves of Faerūn
Vol I- The Elves of Faerūn
Vol. III- Spells of the Elves
Vol. VI- Mechanical Compendium

Edited by - Lord Karsus on 15 Nov 2006 04:52:19
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EytanBernstein
Forgotten Realms Designer

USA
703 Posts

Posted - 15 Nov 2006 :  20:51:39  Show Profile  Visit EytanBernstein's Homepage Send EytanBernstein a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Unfortunately, I don't have much say in which books get published, though I do pitch suggestions once in a while (for both FR and core books). I can't really talk about them, in case they should ever come to pass, but I do hear the various requests. There are a lot of factors that go into the decision to go with an idea: does it mesh with the novel line and the general direction envisioned by WotC, is it something new that doesn't just retread on previously adequate sources, is it something that appeals to a broad enough demographic, is it something that can be done in a legitimate and complete manner, and numerous other factors.

As for DoF and my participation, you're quite welcome. The way I see it, designers and authors have relatively few ways to gauge fan reactions to their work. Participating in message boards is one of the most useful.

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MerrikCale
Senior Scribe

USA
947 Posts

Posted - 11 Feb 2007 :  02:53:32  Show Profile  Visit MerrikCale's Homepage Send MerrikCale a Private Message  Reply with Quote
OK. Give it up, what are your upcoming wizard FR articles? what classes are being covered?



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EytanBernstein
Forgotten Realms Designer

USA
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Posted - 11 Feb 2007 :  11:59:52  Show Profile  Visit EytanBernstein's Homepage Send EytanBernstein a Private Message  Reply with Quote
There are a large number of them. Bart Carroll gave me a lot of freedom with them. As for what they'll cover, well, all I'll say is that I am throwing a wide net when it comes to classes. It's not just the most popular, but also some of the weirder and harder to explain classes as well. The first article should explain a lot about how things will work. And the second is a collaborative effort with a special guest writer. I say no more.

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MerrikCale
Senior Scribe

USA
947 Posts

Posted - 15 Feb 2007 :  21:21:38  Show Profile  Visit MerrikCale's Homepage Send MerrikCale a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by EytanBernstein

There are a large number of them. Bart Carroll gave me a lot of freedom with them. As for what they'll cover, well, all I'll say is that I am throwing a wide net when it comes to classes. It's not just the most popular, but also some of the weirder and harder to explain classes as well. The first article should explain a lot about how things will work. And the second is a collaborative effort with a special guest writer. I say no more.



OK, but will delve into classes such as those in Tome of Battle or Incarnates?



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EytanBernstein
Forgotten Realms Designer

USA
703 Posts

Posted - 16 Feb 2007 :  21:28:24  Show Profile  Visit EytanBernstein's Homepage Send EytanBernstein a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by MerrikCale

quote:
Originally posted by EytanBernstein

There are a large number of them. Bart Carroll gave me a lot of freedom with them. As for what they'll cover, well, all I'll say is that I am throwing a wide net when it comes to classes. It's not just the most popular, but also some of the weirder and harder to explain classes as well. The first article should explain a lot about how things will work. And the second is a collaborative effort with a special guest writer. I say no more.



OK, but will delve into classes such as those in Tome of Battle or Incarnates?



I can't guarantee anything, but it's definitely within the realm of the possible.

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MerrikCale
Senior Scribe

USA
947 Posts

Posted - 17 Feb 2007 :  02:10:38  Show Profile  Visit MerrikCale's Homepage Send MerrikCale a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by EytanBernstein

quote:
Originally posted by MerrikCale

quote:
Originally posted by EytanBernstein

There are a large number of them. Bart Carroll gave me a lot of freedom with them. As for what they'll cover, well, all I'll say is that I am throwing a wide net when it comes to classes. It's not just the most popular, but also some of the weirder and harder to explain classes as well. The first article should explain a lot about how things will work. And the second is a collaborative effort with a special guest writer. I say no more.



OK, but will delve into classes such as those in Tome of Battle or Incarnates?



I can't guarantee anything, but it's definitely within the realm of the possible.



fair enough. By the way, will these be weekly?



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