Not a stertch at all. Building one (nevermind two) takes a while, although the the final product is worth it.
One thing I found when building - DO buy foamboard for the decking. It's more solid (and forgiving) than straight-up cardboard backing.
You can also manipulate the colrs of the printing (usually in the printer settings) to produce two (three, four, even five) different versions of the ship, and that's before you kitbash.
There are also a number of kitbashes available on the WorldWorks site (minimal charges apply), as well as a buttload of ideas in the forum area of their site.
On the other side of Paizo, I just had a "concern" with Issue 353 of Dragon - I never received it. I got Issues 252 and 254, but there was a gap in my reading schedule.
I e-mailed customer service at Paizo and had another shipped out within a week. Actually pretty good shipping time for a magazine.
Just to let everyone know, I've been subcribing to Dragon since around Issue 83, and this is the first time that ANYTHING has gone wrong with one of my magazines - including multiple moves and the publisher changing hands twice.
So, all in all, I can wait a little longer for my "fix".
A second thought has come to me after perusing this thread again......
The PERFECT D&D movie is one that has no novels in the setting.
Therefore, DL, Eberron, FR, and parts of Greyhawk are out.
Leaving the Scarred lands, Freeport, Kalamar and others from small companies without a big budget.
Doing a movie from a "non-novelized" setting will make it fresh for everyone (and give a secret rush to those that support and play in that particular setting).
Yep.Got mine 3/10. (Derby, CT)
It's good. Not as good as "Here There be Monsters", but good, all the same.
Sexi Golem wrote:
I typically introduce myself as either a "heathen" or "self damned". Just cause they make for better conversation. I love arguing about religious beliefs with those that worship, and stirring up those who do not, but thats because I like to debate things. And the easiest way to find the dunces from a flock of believers or non belivers is to throw up a firery religious point then step back and watch the fun.
Usually I just hand out the calling card I had made up introducing myself as the God of Slaughter.
Everybody gets really quiet for a time after that.
Hmn. I personally LIKE the watermarks.
After reading Dungeon (and Dragon) for the past 20 years, the magazine has "grown up" and become something to look forward to every month.
The inclusion of (nearly) unobtrusive art in the background adds a mark of professionalism that seems complementary to the adventure.
Or, we could go back to the "Nostalgia Days" of issues below #50. Just seems like a step backward, in my opinion.
Well, If you are playing an Adventure Path, they need those levels to make it (to the endgame).
If it's a home game with multiple adventures, go with whatever works for you. Just be certain to give them an adventure that works, and not one that's "next in line", because they won't be able to handle it.
Oh. And yeah, 3.x advancement is too fast (player since 1982).
Some sound advice from ExquisiteDeadGuy - TAKE IT!
As an aside, my core group of friends were my gaming group in high school. After graduation, we all went our separate ways (a 13 year hiatus).
Now, we are all happily living within 1 town of each other (there are 4 of us, which is pretty amazing), and we get our game on once a month.
Don't give up those old books. Lots of nostalgia that can only be replaced with the outlay of more cash.
If you can't get a group, stay active in the online community, or get a subcription to Dragon and Dungeon. (Or if you want a more humerous look at gaming, go with Knights of the Dinner Table.)
* - Got to go now. The nice men in the white coats are coming to give me my meds. (j/k)
Anyone looking for classics to be updated should start at ENWorld...
They have an area where you can dowload and upload conversions.
There are no text and graphics, however, as that would be a copyright violation. Just a bunch of statblocks listed for such-and-such pages.
There are quite a few conversions listed - most of the faves that were mentioned in this thread.
I agree mostly what was said in these posts.
Get these as money allows...
Get people to get you these as gifts...
I suggest you prioritze by going to Borders, B&N, or Walden, and sitting down in one of their comfy chairs and browsing through (more than) a few books, checking them out for content, and prioritizing your personal list into something you can distribute to your friends and family.
If you plan on being a collector, and not just a player, I would suggest buying from ebay, as it will stretch your dollars.
And for god's sake, get duplicates of the first three core rulebooks - you will wear them out.
I almost forgot. I agree with what has been said on these boards about Dragon Magazine. It has some useful background info on the current Age of Worms arc, but is not strictly Necessary. (although I personally have been a subscriber since issue #80, or thereabouts....the memory fades.) I'm a collector. I will continue my subs until they stop printing them.
While I would love to see my personal favorite (Kalamar - realistic, and works best as a low-magic setting) get some movie visuals, I don't think I could ever forgive myself if the movie didn't live up to my personal internal vision for the campaign setting.
(As I'm sure that everyone feels the same about their personal favorites.)
Fake Healer wrote:
Yep. Graduated HS. Never even thought about college. Coulda (woulda shoulda) studied computer science in college. Might have been retired now (age 38).
Age - 38
Although the number of my Dragon Magazines is almost as heavy as the U.s. Tax Code, I'm having a blast trying to collect all the back issues of Dungeon on E-Bay.
Yep. Started w/ Red Box. Played a few classics (never survived any, though). Almost lost the whole deal when the right-wingers scared the bejeesus out of everyone's parents in the '80s. Got back into playing just before the release of 3.x.
I am looking for the Dragon Magazine issue number 20. I have searched everywhere i can think of for it. Does anyone know where i can find it?
Also, try www.nobleknightgames.com
Usually, they have some on hand (don't expect to get away cheap, though) in varying stages of collectability.
We really gave the G-D-Q series a run for its money, with all of us 5-8th level characters carrying around Frost Brands and Flame Brand swords.
We even kicked the bejeezus out of Lolth, too.
After graduating high school (1986), the game pool was quite dry until 1998, when three of my buddies from school moved back into the area. We have been meeting once a month in the same campaign ever since (we're all married).
Thank God our games are more mature and believeable now.
The current clack is that he drives a cab on the night shift - and wants nothing to do with gaming or gamers again (reread wormy with an anti-gamer slant if you don't believe me), and that he left TSR without picking up his last check.
It really too bad. I really liked his artistry.
Yeah...Not to be negative but....Don't hold your breath.
Paizo is going all-out creating a plethora of wonderful magazines for us (understaffed to boot). So much so that if they tried to do another "annual" issue, it would hold up production of the monthly mag.
As for updates on the CD-Rom - Copyright Issues. When the CD was released, there was no legalese covering electronic distribution. That is what allowed TSR to release the CD in the first place. Then the artists and authors had a big [REALLY BIG] uproar (can't say I blame them, though). Now everyone has a clause that states they reserve the rights to their contributions (not sure about submissions to Paizo, though).
As for making a database - sure you could, but don't post it anywhere, or you may just find yourself in court - see the copyright issues thingie above. Personal copies are not consridered "pirating" or "for profit". If unsure, or if you really want to post it somewhere, get permission from Paizo and TSR/WoTC/Hasbro (if your copies go back that far).
Or if you have a copy of Adobe Acrobat (full version), then you can add to your own CDs yourself. Definately not postable and will get you into a courtroom.
Don't remember how the article went, but here's another thing: Anti-feats.
If you don't know what I'm talking about, you are probably not familliar with Kingdoms of Kalamar. From the same people who brought you Hackmaster and Knights of the Dinner Table.
Basically, you can choose 1 random feat per level (d1,000) and after you get your second anti-feat, you can choose another feat. They work the opposite of regular feats. For instance, the Weapon Focus feat gives you certain bonuses, while the Weapon Focus anti-feat gives you just the opposite, forcing a game rule enforcement, not just a role-play enforcement for the munchkinizers in your group.
One note: If you lose a prerequisite feat to an anti-feat, you lose access to that whole feat tree until you re-select the feat you lost when you took the random anti-feat.
Anti-feats can be found in the Kingdoms of Kalamar Villain Design Handbook, Ver. 3.0 (hardcover) or Ver. 3.5 (softcover) for $ 19.99 (IIRC).
Another good thing about this book, is that they give examples of Good villains; not the guys you love to hate, but actual good-aligned villains, and the reasons they might be villains to your group and their motivations.
As an alternative to flaws, there is also a little-known thing called the Anti-feat. (Detailed in the Kingdoms of Kalamar Villain Design Handbook.)
Essentailly, you can take one anti-feat at each level (randomly determined - d1000) to receive an extra feat.
P.S. - There are two versions of the Villain Design Handbook. Version 3.0 is hardcover, while the reprint (Ver 3.5) is softcover. I THINK that both versions retail for $ 19.99 U.S.D.
If you download the Maiden of the High Seas, be careful, because it took a BRAND NEW set of my color ink cartiges (HP deskjet) to print out the sucker.
Frickin' awesome ship, though. Great for waterborne/pirate adventuring.
If you go to the Worldworks site and download stuff, their messageboards are a great source of discussion for upgrades, tutorials, and other web friendliness.
See the Magazines on CD-ROM thread.
The short answer is ...Copyright issues.
Doesn't look hopeful for the rest of us collectors, though.
**As an aside, you could purchase a copy of Adobe Acrobat and create PDFs for your own personal use, but believe me, it's a lot of work (and da**ed expensive, too). **
I'm sorry. You actually cleared up what I had trouble putting into words (Dragon being the mouthpiece).
I'm not denying that they (Paizo) should continue to support and reinforce D&D and TSR/WOTC/Hasbro, but also to give support to worlds they don't own the rights to.
Kinda like it was in the old days.
Content for everything they own would still be 100% offical, right?
To go along with the thread I did for non-WOTC/TSR worlds, I think that every once in a while, an article supporting or updating an old world would be nice.
Say, updating Al-Quadim to 3.5e would be nice, or an article updating the Dark-Sun world.
Not as a full-issue update, but articles over time that update an old world would be nice (I think there was one for Dark-Sun recently).
I know I'm not going to be the only one on this, so I'll just throw it out there.
Dragon needs to do some support for Scarred Lands, Kalamar, (and now that Ebberon is going to be the default setting) and Greyhawk stuff. I know there will probably need to be some releases signed, but it will probably bring in more readers.
** LET THE FLAMINGS COMMENCE **