This whole story reminds me of an episode of storage wars, going to odd places trying to find something very rare amidst a bunch of crap. And of course the thrill of the huge payoff.
I can't imagine Dr. Who is the only sho with "lost episodes".
What about the original Battle Star Galactica? I mhave never seen them in DVD and in only one place saw a few episodes in VHS. Managed to scoop up the "Gun on Ice Planet Zero' but never in 100 or more HMV type stores have I ever seen them again.
But I am sure somewhere in Brazil there is a TV station hanging on to them in a closet.
I can't read this thread anymore. Too many references to the 2000 movie and what it should have been.
All the frustration and anger just come back, thinking of all the wrong choices..
what always leaves me sputtering in apolexy though, is the magic rod of dragon control that looks like it was bought at a dollar store. ARGH!!
or how about "There can be more than one!"
Kelly's Movies is not that bad of a movie.
I discovered Magician when I was 14 back in 1983..It really appealed to that mindset. I had played D&D so I recognized some of the tropes..his books were mandatory purchases for me in my teens and early twenties..I liked them a lot up to Rise of a Mercant Prince..
The conclusion of the Serpent war trilogy was a little tepid..but overall enjoyed it. And yes, Feist did a GRRM before GRRM (actually, might be close, I think Serpent war concluded around 1996 , around when Game of Thrones came out).
The Talon trilogy was ok but you started to feel like you were eatting toast with the butter spread too thin..
My favorite remains Shadow of a Dark Queen "Get a hold of yourself, VON DARKMOOR!"
And in terms of sheer quality, the Tsuani Trilogy is very good, the best of the entire series.
They had nerfed the ranger somewhat in 3.0 compared to 1st and 2nd so they needed all the fighter feats to explain all his accomplishments. Plus, as a backstory it works better, as in Mezzo he was solely trained as a fighter, only gaining ranger levels once he reached the surface. The barbarian level seems a bit bizarre
I just have to pass this story on. Years ago I was running the Night Below by Carl sargent and the very first encounter is a group of peasants who are actually bandits, but there is no reason to suspect anything is amiss from the opening descriptions. There is no obvious tactical obstacles in place etc.
What does the Paladin do as soon as the farmers greet them with a good day sirs?
"I detect evil!"
I don't know, redeeming another demon in this campaign kind of seems like a stretch and takes away how special of a case Arueshalae is.
Well, I suspect an exoricism of the demon might be a more viable (and quicker) solution in any case. It's not a weapon you want to leave lying around in an armory -- given who its master was a paranoid party (as the paladin in my group is) would take no chances with it and want to purified.
I think I was expecting something different from a story perspective before I read it, but honestly its a solid adventure. I particularly liked the Ivory Sanctum and its layout. We are told in the first adventure that the templars stole a lot of magical gear from Kenabes, so it was nice to see a cool array of magical items in the sanctum.
Yeah, too much treasure is never a problem, as inventive DM's can always find a way of "incentizing" playesr to spend their loot.
One reason I love 2nd edition was that there was no mathematical treasure constraints of writers, so sometimes you can get some really monty haul outcomes..My favorite exmaple is module I2 where my 6th lvl fighter came out of it with a suit of Chainmail+3, a longsword+4 defender, a ring of fire resitance, 5 javelins of lightning, quite a few potions, a crapload of platinum, and to top it off the group had a ring of wishes.
I'm not a huge fan of Hasbro, but reading all this I again conclude that I want Sweetpea to lose.
Sweetpea had their chance and they blew it. Hold that, they did not just blow it, they did a complete face plant. Not only was the first film a complete peace of crap and an insult to D&D players everywhere, it ruined several actors for me. I haven't seen a movie with Thora Birch or Jeremy Irons since.
And then, they have the nerve to try again with two more and claim they were movies. Tome of Darkness? never seen it in all the times I have plowed through Best Buy or Walmart cheap movie bins. So no way I would allow them to call that a movie release.
Cult of the Dragon God was ok, as a TV filler..but I would hope that Hasbro could put together something with more polish.
Dragonchess Player wrote:
Yes, I agree totally. The conan Barbarian sounftrack is awesome. In particular I like the music just as Conan and company invade Dooms underground lair.
Mortal combat and Highlander are good. Star wars rocks of course.
Can I add
Battle of Britain（1969）-Ace High March - YouTube
Where Eagles Dare - YouTube
Pirates of the Caribbean Theme Song - YouTube
This is slightly off topic, but I was reading A Civil Affair by Bujold last night and her protagionst's Miles Vorkosian, a stunted nobl, details his early military nexperience cleaning drains.
That immediately set to mind GRR Martin's Tyrion Lannister mentioning his experiences cleaning the drains of Casterly Rock.
It amazes me how much authors crib off other writers, but I suspose it is inevitable. Originality is rare. Its how you use past references which is key.
The problem with Tolkien is that a lot of hacks used him as a blueprint without understanding what was special about LOTR.
It's interesting reading this stuff because in the 1970's,early 80's there was all kinds of fantasy coming out, and no one accused it of Tolkien influence. Lost swords series by Fred saberhagen, the Gor series, all kinds of sci-fi/fantasy hyrids like Jerry Pournelle's Janisaries..etc..
Then in early 1980's you get the Shannara series starting which had some Tolkieneske leanings, you get The Belgariad by Eddings (a party of exceptional heroes band together to guide a young boy on his desintey to defeat the evil gord king of the east). You Get the Fvionnar tapestry by Kay, which again uses the evil dark god theme. Thankfully the riftwar saga by Fiest was more a D&D campaign turned into a book. But in any case it seems to me that the Tolkien type books gained a lot of momentum in the late 1980's ..I enjoyed theme but I do think for every 1 series done well, there were 10 published that were forgetable. (Deathgate cycle I am looking at you)
And so by the mid 1990's, I was definitely ready for a change, and that is why a game of thrones was such a shockingly good book. I suspect if I picked it up and read it today rather in 1998 I would not find it as good, because now grimdark is overdone. Am I ready for new Tolkieneske quests to overcome the evil overlord. Probibly, after all, I re read CS Lewis about once a year (seriously, those are thin books, I can go through the entire Narnia saga in less than a week).
I'm still using Millorn, but I gave him a quasit familiar and made him one of Hosilla's subordinates. Its theoretically his job to sound the alert if something nasty comes up from the Darklands. Actually, its just an excuse for her to park her craziest subordinate out on an extended mission where she doesn't have to put up with his bad habits in the barracks.
I like that rationale a lot
I am really a fan of having where you choose to allocate NPC's having an impact (sometimes fairly significantly) on encounters.
There are consequences to how you treat NPC's, which is awesome.
I had a real chuckle reading this adventure knowing that the author had to account for the possibility that some parties might take Horgus with them into Drezen keep itself..
That fact that Neil did shows real thinking going into this path. It's early days still but this path is quickly lining up to take pole position over CoTCT as my favorite if the quality stays this good.
captain yesterday wrote:
The Ghost King by R.A. Salvatore. Worst book i ever read, got it hardcover the day it came out because i loved The Pirate King so much (and the orc king was pretty good too) after i was done reading i immediatley put it where it belonged, the trash can. I will never read another new Salvatore book again!
To be fair, I heard he forced by his publishers to write the book. Something to promote 4th ed realms if I recall.
Never read it..read the synopsys on wiki and said, ugh, no..
ok, I seem to be fixated on intelligent magic weapons.
In Dead Heart of Xin, it is explicitly stated that Xin felta sense of failure that he could not replicate one of the seven swords of sin.
However, in the writeup for Karzoug in Spires of Xin-Shalast, it notes that Xin created his intelligent Glaive..
Not sure if I should just disregard that and assume Karzoug made it, but since the glave was his symbol of rule and there was at least one Runelord of greed before him who used it..
Sorta feel like I am splitting hairs but like to have the mythology clear.
Just bought the module from my favorite FLAGS (Sentry Box Calgary!). Anyway, read it over 3 times already. I love it. If this is Amber's first published adventure then kudos on an exceptional job.
I really, really like the detailed inclusion of the NPC's from the start, and the detailed backgrounds. Somewhat conincidental that in a city of 12,000 they have all had previos interactions, but I'll wave that off as fate.
The only thing I would have changed is the devotional points mechanic. I love the idea but I have to admit stopping to cast mend item on a helmet while guards are reacting to your presence seems hard to reconcile.
I'm trying to get a sense of Xin's power levels prior to the final assasination attempt. I have to assume he was more powerful than his apprentices, especially since some of them had another 1000 years to grow in power.
The guy can create constructs of amazing abilities, but couldn't create an intelligent magic weapon to rival those of his apprentices.
Just gets me curious.
If we talking about flying pyramids and Aliens..
I want the party to find a crystal skull, which is actually the phylactery of an alien Lich.
I want one of the party members to be forced to be a rogue whose mentor is this older guy NPC who once jumped into a large iron coffin to escape a abyssium charged delayed blast fireball trap..
when the other pc's ask why the NPC doesn't return the skull, he notes it because he had jumped the nuked fridge
I am 44 years old and started playing D&D in 1980. I remember the media backlash well, one only has to watch Tom Hanks in Mazes and Monsters to remember how stupid things got. My parents didn't understand it but I kept getting good grades and wasn't running around in sewers so they didn't hassle me.
That being said, when all the media bible thumping was going on, D&D was actually expanding like crazy, and introducing all sorts of crazy ass ideas..SpellJammer anyone? I think Dragon #100 came out around this time, early 1985, and despite all the religious nutjobs coming down on D&D nobody pointed to the adventure in that edition where D&D characters go to London and break into a Mueseum to get the Mace of St. Cuthbert. I mean, there were random encounters with unarmed London Bobbies, or mohawk sporting punk gangs, and no media story came out suggesting D&D was encouraging players to go rob Mueseums and attack police with swords.
Jean-Paul Sartre, Intrnet Troll wrote:
I've read LOTR about 10 times over 44 years and almost every time I thought The Two Towers referenced Orthanc and Barad-dur. Only when I read the appendix at the end of Return of The King and had recently read The Similarian and other works do I think it could also mean Minas Tirith and Minas Morgul. The the thing is Mina's Tirith doesn't really play much part in The Two Towers, and Minas Morgul is only referenced in the second book.
But yeah, there are lots more towers..Amun-sul aka WeatherTop where Frodo is stabbed, the tower in the grey havens where the one of the Palantir looks forever westward, the twoer on top of Moria where Gandalf casts down the Balrog ..etc.
Since we including Dungeon era Paths:
1. Age of worms (DM'd)..I love the Greyhawk setting, the 1st adventure is as good as any ever published..anywhere, rod od seven parts, Tenser, Dragotha..and Kyuss as an afterthought
2. Shattered star (read)..Love Varisa, like all 6 adventures a lot, brillaint clone trap in second adventure seals the deal
3. Curse of the Crimson Throne (played)..classic rebellion against evil monarch..first 3 adventures are brilliant
4. Rise of the Runelords (read)..just a very solid path ..all 6 adventures good
5. Legacy of Fire (read) ...I love the setup adventure, and overall like the plot.
6. Kingmaker (read)
7. Reign of Winter (read)
8. Jade Regent (read)
9. Savage Tide (played)
10. carrion crown (read)
11. skull and shackles (read)
12. Council of thieves (read)
13. Shackled City (Dm'd)
14. Second Darkness (read)