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createvmind
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Posted - 18 Aug 2007 :  01:27:01  Show Profile  Visit createvmind's Homepage Send createvmind a Private Message
foget last post, ran into him just walking down the street, go figga.
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Jamallo Kreen
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Posted - 18 Aug 2007 :  19:34:42  Show Profile  Visit Jamallo Kreen's Homepage Send Jamallo Kreen a Private Message
Well met!

In Waterdeep, is there anything distinguishing or "special" about doors which let out into alleys? Do businesses place signage at the back door as well as the front? Are alley doors stronger or better defended than front doors? If a building has a basement, is it common practice for it to have an outside entrance to it (like the cellar doors so common in the midwest, as in The Wizard of Oz)?

I hope one and all have been having a pleasant (and hopefully not soggy) August so far!


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Posted - 19 Aug 2007 :  10:47:04  Show Profile  Visit Alaundo's Homepage  Click to see Alaundo's MSN Messenger address Send Alaundo a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by createvmind

foget last post, ran into him just walking down the street, go figga.



Well met

I hope ye pinned the old sage down and drilled him for Realmslore, createvmind Report back!

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Asgetrion
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Posted - 19 Aug 2007 :  21:46:19  Show Profile  Visit Asgetrion's Homepage Send Asgetrion a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by AlorinDawn

Ed & THO,

In keeping with the "describe this or that locale" line of questions, can you give us a description of the light green area in the lower Delimbiyr Crescent (Secomber to Llorkh) between the heavy forests and the river? If you could, please also advise of the light green in the upper Delimbiyr Vale.

As always, much thanks.



Well, it's a lovely shade of light green...



Hmmm... it appears that the Master of Mischief has hijacked this thread from the Master of the Green Wood! Maybe it's just me, but the quality of the Lore seems to have dramatically decreased...

"What am I doing today? Ask me tomorrow - I can be sure of giving you the right answer then."
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Wooly Rupert
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quote:
Originally posted by Asgetrion

quote:
Originally posted by Wooly Rupert

quote:
Originally posted by AlorinDawn

Ed & THO,

In keeping with the "describe this or that locale" line of questions, can you give us a description of the light green area in the lower Delimbiyr Crescent (Secomber to Llorkh) between the heavy forests and the river? If you could, please also advise of the light green in the upper Delimbiyr Vale.

As always, much thanks.



Well, it's a lovely shade of light green...



Hmmm... it appears that the Master of Mischief has hijacked this thread from the Master of the Green Wood! Maybe it's just me, but the quality of the Lore seems to have dramatically decreased...



Aye, and expect it to continue this way until Big Al gives me my "Questions for the Furry Hamster" thread!

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Skeptic
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Ed won't be able to answer because of NDA but I'll try.

What is the ratio of the work done on the new FRCS will come from freelancers (like Ed himself, Eric Boyd, etc.) vs the WoTC staff ?

An easier one, I would bet a lot that D&D 4E is more in line with what Ed would like in a RPG than D&D 3.x was, I'm winner or looser ?

Any talks about resuming the "Border kingdoms articles" on DnDInsider ?

Edited by - Skeptic on 20 Aug 2007 03:34:51
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createvmind
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Posted - 20 Aug 2007 :  16:11:15  Show Profile  Visit createvmind's Homepage Send createvmind a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Alaundo

quote:
Originally posted by createvmind

foget last post, ran into him just walking down the street, go figga.



Well met

I hope ye pinned the old sage down and drilled him for Realmslore, createvmind Report back!



Unfortunately I was bogged down in Undermountain with the most suicidal party I've ever played with, Druid killed before final encounter and Warblade decides to jump down at a undead dwarf in mithral breastplate wielding a flaming maul. After he became smoldering ash the rogue decides with his 33 hp he's going to attack same undead who is backed by a large fiendish wolf all by his lonesome with no magic weapon. He too met his god and left me with two clerics, both trying to turn the (Curst) until I suggested using our cure wands on it. One cleric still did absolutely nothing but we finally defeated undead and then wolf in a battle of attrition and healing. When I looked at time the realms forum had come and gone and I missed meeting any of the fellow scribes from Candlekeep yet another year.

News

4 Edition was announced for 08, will have some online etool type server as well and dungeon creator, at a price of course.

Living Greyhawk ends in 08

Forgotten Realms becomes Living Realms for RPGA players in 08 if I heard correctly.

Much more than that but I'll let someone who knows exact details fill everyone in.

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Athenon
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Posted - 20 Aug 2007 :  16:30:56  Show Profile  Visit Athenon's Homepage  Send Athenon an AOL message Send Athenon a Private Message
Hi ED and THO,

I wanted to say thanks to Ed and company at WotC for the "Secrets of the Realms" seminar at GenCon. I left very excited about the direction that you guys are taking things with the 4th Edition version of the Realms. The enthusiasm you guys showed for the setting is great.

I have to agree with George Krashos - the Spin a Yarn thing is amusing, but I would love to hear Ed talk about more serious Realmslore for a couple hours (like the QAs they used to do with Ed/Elminster).

I know NDAs abound about 4th Edition things, but I have a couple general questions that may fly under the radar (I hope). Do you know when we'll have some preliminary information about the Year of the Blue Fire-era Realms? What I'm specifically wondering is if there will be enough information available in 6/08 to start a new Realms campaign and know that the location you're going to use hasn't been radically changed/obliterated...

Thanks as always for keeping the Realms a vibrant and compelling "living" world.

Oh yeah - did the Lady Hooded sneak into GenCon this year?

Will Maranto

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createvmind
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Posted - 20 Aug 2007 :  22:55:03  Show Profile  Visit createvmind's Homepage Send createvmind a Private Message
Hello All,

Hey Ed, hope I didn't startle you Saturday walking down the street like that, having a stranger say "Hey I've been looking for you." might be a little unsettling blocks away from a con event and with no badge on.

My question is can you possibly tell us what the drugs ( Crownsilver and other two nobles meeting) do that are mentioned in Swords of Dragonfire?
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Uzzy
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Posted - 21 Aug 2007 :  02:21:30  Show Profile  Visit Uzzy's Homepage Send Uzzy a Private Message
Hello Ed and THO! Hope you enjoyed Gencon.

Quick question about the Purple Dragons. Is there a required reading list of books on battle tactics, strategies etc for Purple Dragon Officers and what books would be on such a list?

Thanks in advance.
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Kuje
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Posted - 22 Aug 2007 :  00:35:50  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
Ed I'm wondering if you really said this at Gencon to a poster that posted it on WOTC's boards.

"He also adivsed that I (we) simply look past our anger...get over it, and all that, and soon. That's straight from Ed to me to you (all of you)...so I ask you to consider his advice."

If that is true, that's a very nice attitude for a game designer to have. I'm not saying that you really said that but if it's true, I'm a bit disgusted.

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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Edited by - Kuje on 22 Aug 2007 00:36:28
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createvmind
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Posted - 22 Aug 2007 :  01:42:16  Show Profile  Visit createvmind's Homepage Send createvmind a Private Message
Kuje what is Ed's supposedly responding to?

Is it in reference to fourth edition, whats the complete statement and question?
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Kuje
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quote:
Originally posted by createvmind

Kuje what is Ed's supposedly responding to?

Is it in reference to fourth edition, whats the complete statement and question?




Seems to be about 4e and FR changes. The poster, over on WOTC, didn't really say what the conversation was about.

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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createvmind
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Posted - 22 Aug 2007 :  02:53:56  Show Profile  Visit createvmind's Homepage Send createvmind a Private Message
Yeah I heard something about the realms being set more than a 100 years from current 1374-5 for either 4th edition or Living campaign conversion and that the world will not look like it currently does. It was implied that the non-faerun areas may undergo some massive upheaval, destroying them completely.


Hearsay mostly, guess we'll see within the next 6 months or so.
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Athenon
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Ed did say that Waterdeep would still be intact, FYI. Kuje, I was at the seminar and I didn't hear him say anything like that. I don't think that's Ed's attitude at all.

Will Maranto

Representing the Realms in the Wilds of Northern Louisiana
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George Krashos
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I quizzed Ed about whether THO was present at GEN-CON and he advised me that she couldn't make it this year - not even in suitable disguise. I was looking forward to the chance to meet her 'in the flesh' as it were, but alas that was not to be. Some of the great stories he told me about his players and their in and out of game antics had me laughing and gasping by turn.

As for Ed's attitude to the 4E changes to the Realms, I'll let the man himself answer in due course. All I will say is that his enthusiasm for the Realms, the fans and the writers and designers who labour for it are undiminished.

-- George Krashos

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Zandilar
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Posted - 22 Aug 2007 :  23:20:23  Show Profile  Visit Zandilar's Homepage Send Zandilar a Private Message
Heya,

First off I'd like to say a belated thanks for the information regarding War Wizards and retirement. It was most interesting, and pretty much what I was expecting.

Now to the meat of the post... I should say this announcement about 4th Ed and 4th Ed Realms has me burning with questions that are no doubt going to be met with a BIG NDA if I ask them... So, I probably shouldn't ask them... Still, the thing that's most bothering me is what I heard about the Realms being set 10 years in the future (The Year of Blue Flame), and that the Spellplague is going to get rid of a lot of high level arcane spell casters. The only one I've heard to be an exception so far is Elminster himself. Are we really about to "lose" all of the Seven Sisters and the other Chosen of Mystra (as some people (not WotC staff) have implied over on the WotC boards)? I'd like some reassurance here, since they make up most of my favorite NPCs in the Realms, and I don't think the Realms would be the same without them.

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createvmind
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Yeah you were right, you shouldn't have asked the question, thats a whole can of worms in itself not to mention the multitude of other famous/infamous mages acrosss Faerun.

I want to know something Ed, who exactly buried and cleaned up all the mess you had occur in Halfhap, if I were the grave digger there I'd quit on the spot after seeing the mounds of flesh and limbs strewn about the place all in one night.

Sheesh.
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Sanishiver
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Posted - 23 Aug 2007 :  06:03:35  Show Profile  Visit Sanishiver's Homepage Send Sanishiver a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Kuje

"He also advised that I (we) simply look past our anger...get over it, and all that, and soon. That's straight from Ed to me to you (all of you)...so I ask you to consider his advice."
Kuje, he was talking to me*.

Now I'll admit I could have been blinded by sheer star power , thus my memory might have failed....but I don't think it did.

:::::::::::::

It didn't occur to me until I got to my room that Ed might have thought I was stalking him as I followed him into the elevator after we passed into the hotel from the skywalk.

There's no way he could have known I was in the same hotel as him** until I punched my floor number.

Sorry if I frightened you Ed! ;) And thank you for taking the time!

:)

*Oooh, I think I just outed myself. Cool!

**He could have been on his way to someone else’s room, I suppose, but he seemed very rushed so I’m guessing it was him room he was off to.

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George Krashos
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I heard nothing about the Spellplague culling the ranks of high-level wizards in the Realms. This is pure supposition and extrapolation which has not been confirmed officially by anyone.

-- George Krashos

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sleyvas
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>>I heard nothing about the Spellplague culling the ranks of high-level wizards in the >>Realms. This is pure supposition and extrapolation which has not been confirmed >>officially by anyone.
>>-- George Krashos

That's good to hear.

Alavairthae, may your skill prevail

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createvmind
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Hello All,

Ed is a magefire pact common knowledge outside of the spell casting classes? Can you describe the process and consequence of breaking such a pact or point to where it may have been mentioned before.

Thanks
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The Hooded One
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Posted - 24 Aug 2007 :  02:58:27  Show Profile  Visit The Hooded One's Homepage Send The Hooded One a Private Message
Hello, all!
Ed is finally back from GenCon, and responding to this lore question from Jamallo Kreen: “Well met! In Waterdeep, is there anything distinguishing or "special" about doors which let out into alleys? Do businesses place signage at the back door as well as the front? Are alley doors stronger or better defended than front doors? If a building has a basement, is it common practice for it to have an outside entrance to it (like the cellar doors so common in the midwest, as in The Wizard of Oz)?”
Ed replies:


Confining my reply to within the city of Waterdeep: alley doors are always stout and fitted with inner bars (heavy-duty metal hooks on door and frame that form a cradle that squared timbers can be dropped into, across door and frame, to hold the door firm, so some strong men with axes can’t get through the door without taking some time and making a lot of noise). They very rarely display any sort of signage, but may bear little painted symbols so someone trusted can be told to go “six doors down, to the door that has the little purple helm painted high up on it” (high up, in this case, meaning out of normal reach).
Basements almost NEVER have outside entrances with “storm cellar” doors (over stairs) adjacent to the walls, in Waterdeep. The buildings of nobility and the wealthy may well have secret passages “arising” in other buildings (e.g. underground tunnel to stables, stairs come up there), and except in Dock Ward where flooding makes cellars of any sort rare, the “common” city buildings usually have cellar entrances either into sewers (VERY stout doors, or trapdoors), or “back stairs” that come up to street-level doors adjacent to the main entrances of the buildings they’re attached to.


So saith Ed. Whose comment about getting past anger, Kuje, was, he tells me, in the context of “I know some will be upset; 4th edition or any change can be upsetting, but anyone who’d like to talk it over with me, I’ll try to take it past the anger and upset stage to try to reassure you that we plan to keep right on developing the Realms and answering Realmslore queries and making it ever-more-detailed and ever-better. I sure hope no one is trying to wreck the Realms, and certainly don’t think that’s the intent of anyone.”
Of course, Ed would be just as happy if we had no game-rule stats in any Realms work, and just filled the pages with lore.
No, he didn’t feel stalked by anyone (he DOES have two male and one female stalkers, and one of the male ones was at the con this year, but Ed is perfectly happy to hang out with them), and wishes he had more time for everyone. He was rushing, Sanishiver, to get back to his room and escort his wife to a private Wizards function, and he was rushing when you saw him, createvmind, to get to the Indiana Roof Ballroom for the VIG Dinner so as to be there in good time to get his guests in past the door-Nazis, and to meet with some gamers he’d promised to talk to.
And George: sorry I missed you, but my reach is long and my aim getting ever better. Ed tells me I’d really like you. (You’re going to have to imagine that I’m murmuring that as I wink and slide my flank alongside yours, not trying to upset family men at all.)
Ed himself wishes that he’d had more time (and fewer obligations) Sunday night to have a last dinner with you and Brian, too. He did tell me that on one day at this GenCon he had two breakfasts, four lunches, two dinners, and then (as he puts it) “the best meal of the day,” abed with his wife in their hotel room, late in the evening (and no, he’s not handing out entendres there, he means it literally).
Love to all,
THO

Edited by - The Hooded One on 24 Aug 2007 03:00:40
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Kentinal
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Design has indicated core setting will be gerneric, sould like first _Keep on the Borderland_ that grew into a world. With fewer classes and fewer races (at least playable ones). That Living FR replaces Living GH.

How does Ed feel about a Living RF, that most likely will have many players used to Living GH or other Living settings?

The 4th Edition FRCS is due out next year, if things goes as planned, will FRCS add races or classes that might not appear in the core rules at that time?

I can guess NDA might apply to one question or at best get an answer maybe as WotC has not presented a final list of core characters or races yet.

Of course I suspect many of us want to know everything known about 4th and FR that is not NDA. This appears to be little so far.


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The Sage
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My Lady, I've a somewhat personal, slightly Realms-related point that I wanted to discuss with both you and Ed. Please check your email.
quote:
Originally posted by The Hooded One

Of course, Ed would be just as happy if we had no game-rule stats in any Realms work, and just filled the pages with lore.
He's not the only one!

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