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Liberty's Edge RPG Superstar 2008 Top 8

I was thinking of starting a thread for us now in the top 8 to give a brief autobiography, to help the voters get to know us a little better and perhaps gain some perspective and insight into our creations.

Is anybody interested in reading/participating?

BTW, I have 2 of 3 concepts done.


Personal preference? I don't want to vote one way or the other based on anything but how I like the presented ideas. I'm not a fan of learning personal details for the sake of a contest, because I could envision it inviting the language of slogan, faux sincerity and painfully awkward attempts at mass mind control. Though once Superstar's over, if you want to tell me you like New York in June or a Gershwin tune, I'd actually be curious. We share a lot of personal details here because we're cool and connected like that.

I wonder if there's a tipping point with the whole RPG writing celebrity thing. Sure you have to get out there and kiss babies to get the word out on their entries, but get caught taking your own legend too seriously in the chat room and you may find it's a long way down.

Your stuff has been strong throughout, Joe, and you've seen my votes even though I have yet to discover that you're an unwed mother.

That all said, if you guys have anecdotes about writing that you just have to share? Sure, man. Serve 'em up.

Dark Archive Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 4

I, for one, am all about sharing personal anecdotes about myself, my writing and my many other hobbies - but I hesitate to get TOO into it, because I'm a yakkity-yakkity kind of guy to begin with, more accustomed to being told to clam-up than to speak-up.

As such, I hope that my famously long-winded Profile and the links therein will inform those who seek to take more ranks in "Knowledge: the Boom" next level, while remaining off-the-beaten-track enough for those who could give two flying . . . whatevers.

Liberty's Edge

Well, chicks really dig me, because I rarely wear underwear, so when I do it's something interesting.
Oh, wait.....the contenders...

RPG Superstar 2008 Top 32 , Star Voter Season 7

I'll answer any questions asked, provided they're not inappropriate. I don't know what people might want to know, though. Like many others on these boards, I have a Profile. I dunno. I'm not in the top 8 anyway.

Scarab Sages Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 4, Legendary Games

I suppose I would also point folks in the direction of my profile for the general outline, though I'm game for any questions from folks at large.

Dark Archive Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 4

Jason Nelson 20 wrote:
I suppose I would also point folks in the direction of my profile for the general outline, though I'm game for any questions from folks at large.

I've got a question for you, Jason! Which two spells of your design made it to the Spell Compendium complete with illustration?

Because . . . well, I happen to own the Spell Compendium, and I like looking at pictures.

And I dare say that I like you, as well.

So tell us! America wants to know!

Note: Boomer is not allowed to speak for America.
Note: And it's a good thing, too.

RPG Superstar 2008 Top 32 , Star Voter Season 7

thatboomerkid wrote:


Note: Boomer is not allowed to speak for America.
Note: And it's a good thing, too.

At least life would be more interesting.

Well, lessee, we could through back articles of Dragon until we find an article he wrote with spells in in, then find those spells int he compedium. Or we could just ask him. Oh. You already did that. Nevermind.

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Joseph Yerger wrote:
Is anybody interested in reading/participating?

You betcha.

I'd already read the profiles of several of the superstar contenders, but half of the Top 8 (Yerger, Outzen, Taylor, and McClean) don't have bios on their profiles. So for whatever it's worth, I'd be interested if they elaborated on themselves a bit, whether in this thread or in their profiles. Thanks.


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Jason Nelson 20 wrote:
I suppose I would also point folks in the direction of my profile for the general outline, though I'm game for any questions from folks at large.

After Boomer's question I was curious and checked your profile. I KNEW I had seen your name somewhere before (the columns on the Wizard's website).

Scarab Sages Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 4, Legendary Games

thatboomerkid wrote:
Jason Nelson 20 wrote:
I suppose I would also point folks in the direction of my profile for the general outline, though I'm game for any questions from folks at large.

I've got a question for you, Jason! Which two spells of your design made it to the Spell Compendium complete with illustration?

Because . . . well, I happen to own the Spell Compendium, and I like looking at pictures.

And I dare say that I like you, as well.

So tell us! America wants to know!

Note: Boomer is not allowed to speak for America.
Note: And it's a good thing, too.

The two spells with illos are Lucent Lance and Rainbow Blast. I could find page #s if I wasn't so lazy...

Okay, I'm not THAT lazy, since the book is like 4 feet away right now. [look, look, look]

Lucent Lance (spell 134, illo 135) - and an ironic illustration, since the spell is a light effect and not a force effect or positive energy and therefore while logic would dictate that a [light] spell would be a great spell against shadows, actually it would have the same 50% miss chance vs. incorporeal as lightning bolt, burning hands, ice storm, or Jelerak's Delayed Blast Interdimensional Reverberating Chain Acid Ball Swarm. Well okay, that last one wouldn't need to worry about miss chance being interdimensional and all, but still it's just fun to say... :)

Rainbow Blast (spell & illo 165) - a spell that the editors kind of nerfed between my submission and its pub in Dragon 322, but they un-nerfed in the SC version.

I actually think they both good pictures; art is a subjective thing and I certainly didn't have any review input (or even know they were going to be in there until I bought the book and started to say "gee, that sounds familiar"), but I'm pretty happy with the illos.

Thanks for asking. I could sift through and find the other ones I did that got in the book. I think it was about 10 or so.

By the way, speaking of the Spell Compendium...

I just want to throw out a little authorial edit, speaking of things that got 'un-nerfed' in the the book: The spell 'Ebon Eyes' (p. 77) is a 1st level spell I developed that lets you see through magical darkness. Not regular darkness. Doesn't give darkvision, or low-light vision, nothing. It just lets you ignore magical darkness effects. Nice for fighting demons and drow and dark creepers and that sort of thing.

The way it got edited in the SC version, it lets you see in natural AND magical darkness, which makes it better than the Darkvision spell, which is 2nd level. Actually, the text conflicts with itself:

"The subject of this spell gains the ability to see normally in natural and magical darkness, although it does not otherwise improve the subject's ability to see in natural dark or shadowy conditions."

I claim total innocence! I invented the spell (which I originally called Jeteye, though that turned out to be an unfortunate near-homonym with a certain Star Wars term) just as a countermeasure for annoying monsters dropping darkness spells on you. Feel free to get out your white-out, take a few drags for good measure, and then remove the offending "natural and" from the first phrase of the sentence, and all will be right with the world.

The Exchange Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 6 , Dedicated Voter Season 6

James Hunnicutt wrote:
Joseph Yerger wrote:
Is anybody interested in reading/participating?

You betcha.

I'd already read the profiles of several of the superstar contenders, but half of the Top 8 (Yerger, Outzen, Taylor, and McClean) don't have bios on their profiles. So for whatever it's worth, I'd be interested if they elaborated on themselves a bit, whether in this thread or in their profiles. Thanks.

I'll plan to do so. For now, let's just say I've been a gamer for quite some time. I come to Paizo's community by way of being a Greyhawk fan.

Dark Archive Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 4

Jason Nelson 20 wrote:


The way it got edited in the SC version, it lets you see in natural AND magical darkness, which makes it better than the Darkvision spell, which is 2nd level. Actually, the text conflicts with itself:

"The subject of this spell gains the ability to see normally in natural and magical darkness, although it does not otherwise improve the subject's ability to see in natural dark or shadowy conditions."

I claim total innocence! I invented the spell (which I originally called Jeteye, though that turned out to be an unfortunate near-homonym with a certain Star Wars term) just as a countermeasure for annoying monsters dropping darkness spells on you. Feel free to get out your white-out, take a few drags for good measure, and then remove the offending "natural and" from the first phrase of the sentence, and all will be right with the world.

Oh. My. GOODNESS.

I just informed my roommate, DM D.K., of this momentous discovery - we recently had a knock-down, drag-out fight about that exact spell, over that exact textual faux-pas.

COOL!

Consider THIS household . . . House-Ruled!(TM)


A profile for the unknowns would be cool as it would add a little depth. Beyond that? I'd rather talk more about gaming!

Scarab Sages Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 4, Legendary Games

thatboomerkid wrote:
Jason Nelson 20 wrote:


The way it got edited in the SC version, it lets you see in natural AND magical darkness, which makes it better than the Darkvision spell, which is 2nd level. Actually, the text conflicts with itself:

"The subject of this spell gains the ability to see normally in natural and magical darkness, although it does not otherwise improve the subject's ability to see in natural dark or shadowy conditions."

I claim total innocence! I invented the spell (which I originally called Jeteye, though that turned out to be an unfortunate near-homonym with a certain Star Wars term) just as a countermeasure for annoying monsters dropping darkness spells on you. Feel free to get out your white-out, take a few drags for good measure, and then remove the offending "natural and" from the first phrase of the sentence, and all will be right with the world.

Oh. My. GOODNESS.

I just informed my roommate, DM D.K., of this momentous discovery - we recently had a knock-down, drag-out fight about that exact spell, over that exact textual faux-pas.

COOL!

Consider THIS household . . . House-Ruled!(TM)

I live but to serve... especially when it seems I am telepathically communing with my long-lost gonzo twin!

Honestly, I'm glad I got to share that little nugget with somebody outside my local gaming circle. I remember going back and forth with Mike McArtor by email about some of the other spells in the article when he sent me the galleys before the article went to print, especially over the nerfing on Rainbow Blast, but if this spell had been changed at that time I didn't notice it.

I think the other spells in the book by me if I can remember them are:

Cone of Dimness
Ebon Eyes
Lucent Lance
Luminous Gaze
Radiant Assault*
Rainbow Beam
Rainbow Blast
Shadow Form
Shadow Phase
Wall of Light

* If you want another designer house rule, this spell was supposed to inflict non-lethal damage to most creatures (lethal vs. undead) and was 6th level not 7th. Take that for what it's worth.

There are a couple of spells that sound familiar enough that I might have done them but I don't remember for sure if they were in the Dragon article (they might have just been spells I had come up with); in part I'm unsure because some spell names and mechanics were changed in editing:

Shadow Mask
Shadowfade
Veil of Shadow

(I think I also had spells similar to Blacklight and Wall of Gloom, but the ones in the SC are not mine)

P.S. You seem like a pretty cool cat, Booms. Next time I crack a Mountain Dew, I'll raise a glass (or bottle or can) of the yellow bubbly in your honor. And if ever, for some unknown, unknowable reason, I should find myself in Macomb, IL (AKA "nowhere, middle of" - sorry, that was low, but I couldn't resist, and I've got a friend from a similar town over near Quincy and that was his description of the area) I'll stop in and we can share a 2-liter!

Of course if it comes down to a throwdown in the finals, I am reminded of that classic of gamer-nerddom, The Princess Bride:

"You seem a decent fellow, I hate to kill you."
"YOU seem a decent fellow, I hate to die."
"Begin..."

:)

Dark Archive Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 4

I'll take all the designer house-rules I can get, my man!

Jason Nelson 20 wrote:
P.S. You seem like a pretty cool cat, Booms.

Well, my mom thinks I'm cool.

*grin*

Jason Nelson 20 wrote:
Next time I crack a Mountain Dew, I'll raise a glass (or bottle or can) of the yellow bubbly in your honor.

Chin-chin and cheerio, good man!

Jason Nelson 20 wrote:
And if ever, for some unknown, unknowable reason, I should find myself in Macomb, IL (AKA "nowhere, middle of" - sorry, that was low, but I couldn't resist, and I've got a friend from a similar town over near Quincy and that was his description of the area) I'll stop in and we can share a 2-liter!

Your friend is not wrong.

On that topic, however: Macomb is actually a delightful little town with about a 50/50 mix of small-town farmers & businessmen vs. big-city college kids & professorial intellectuals, and it has a rollicking nightlife with everything from "Bob's Country Bunker"-esque good-old-boys to "Blues Brothers"-style jazz to "Word of Darkness"-Lite fetish-goth-techno clubs.

You find yourself in town, and we'll party with the cast of the PSAs.

Jason Nelson 20 wrote:

Of course if it comes down to a throwdown in the finals, I am reminded of that classic of gamer-nerddom, The Princess Bride:

"You seem a decent fellow, I hate to kill you."
"YOU seem a decent fellow, I hate to die."
"Begin..."

*grin*

Inigo Montoya: I admit it, you are better than I am.
Man in Black: Then why are you smiling?
Inigo Montoya: Because I know something you don't know.
Man in Black: And what is that?
Inigo Montoya: I... am not left-handed.

Scarab Sages Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 4, Legendary Games

thatboomerkid wrote:

I'll take all the designer house-rules I can get, my man!

On that topic, however: Macomb is actually a delightful little town with about a 50/50 mix of small-town farmers & businessmen vs. big-city college kids & professorial intellectuals, and it has a rollicking nightlife with everything from "Bob's Country Bunker"-esque good-old-boys to "Blues Brothers"-style jazz to "Word of Darkness"-Lite fetish-goth-techno clubs.

You find yourself in town, and we'll party with the cast of the PSAs.

Jason Nelson 20 wrote:

Of course if it comes down to a throwdown in the finals, I am reminded of that classic of gamer-nerddom, The Princess Bride:

"You seem a decent fellow, I hate to kill you."
"YOU seem a decent fellow, I hate to die."
"Begin..."

*grin*

Inigo Montoya: I admit it, you are better than I am.
Man in Black: Then why are you smiling?
Inigo Montoya: Because I know something you don't know.
Man in Black: And what is that?
Inigo Montoya: I... am not left-handed.

Oh ho, then you must expect me to counter with...

MiB: "You're amazing!"
IM: "I ought to be after 20 years."
MiB: "There's something I should tell you."
IM: "Oh, what's that?"
MiB: "I'm not left-handed either."

touche

P.S. I mostly grew up in small towns so I know the pleasures and the pain that go along with. If I'm ever that way, a PSA party it shall be.

Hey, as a newly single guy maybe you could hook me up with Mialee... :)

Scarab Sages RPG Superstar 2013 , Dedicated Voter Season 6, Dedicated Voter Season 7, Dedicated Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9 aka Steven T. Helt

As long as you're asking to be hooked up with Mialee, I must call dibs on you-know-who of the PSAs, should I ever be single or trapped in some sort of moral vacuum. Or if I finally give in to my friends and get drunk for the first time. Whatever happens on that day is NOT MY FAULT.

I'd identify you-know-who, but there's really no need to. Is there!

Scarab Sages Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 4, Legendary Games

ancientsensei wrote:

As long as you're asking to be hooked up with Mialee, I must call dibs on you-know-who of the PSAs, should I ever be single or trapped in some sort of moral vacuum. Or if I finally give in to my friends and get drunk for the first time. Whatever happens on that day is NOT MY FAULT.

I'd identify you-know-who, but there's really no need to. Is there!

I apparently haven't watched enough of the PSAs to know who you-know-who is.

But I assume it isn't Voldemort! :)

Scarab Sages RPG Superstar 2013 , Dedicated Voter Season 6, Dedicated Voter Season 7, Dedicated Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9 aka Steven T. Helt

When you see Her, you will know.

Dibs.

RPG Superstar 2008 Top 32 , Star Voter Season 7

You're all incredibly strange.
.
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.
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What? I wasn't complaining.

Dark Archive Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 4

ancientsensei wrote:
As long as you're asking to be hooked up with Mialee, I must call dibs on you-know-who of the PSAs, should I ever be single or trapped in some sort of moral vacuum.

I make no promises about "hooking-up" anyone with anyone else.

But I'll put in a good word for ALL my Paizo Peeps with the PSA crew, and we can all just see what happens.

Jason Nelson 20 wrote:

I apparently haven't watched enough of the PSAs to know who you-know-who is.

But I assume it isn't Voldemort! :)

I present: Lonely Mal

Scarab Sages RPG Superstar 2013 , Dedicated Voter Season 6, Dedicated Voter Season 7, Dedicated Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9 aka Steven T. Helt

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.


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Ross Byers wrote:
You're all incredibly strange.

I think it's a prerequisite for a game designer. :P


Heathansson wrote:
Well, chicks really dig me, because I rarely wear underwear, so when I do it's something interesting.

Huh. Me too.

Scarab Sages Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 4, Legendary Games

thatboomerkid wrote:
ancientsensei wrote:
As long as you're asking to be hooked up with Mialee, I must call dibs on you-know-who of the PSAs, should I ever be single or trapped in some sort of moral vacuum.

I make no promises about "hooking-up" anyone with anyone else.

But I'll put in a good word for ALL my Paizo Peeps with the PSA crew, and we can all just see what happens.

Jason Nelson 20 wrote:

I apparently haven't watched enough of the PSAs to know who you-know-who is.

But I assume it isn't Voldemort! :)

I present: Lonely Mal

You know, Malcanthet ain't bad, but since Mialee is already hooked up with the Invisible Christopher Walken, and since I don't want to get turned into a displacer beast muff, stole, or hat, maybe I should just shoot for Glimmer Moon's phone number. A salty alewife; how can you top that?

Scarab Sages

Dungeon Grrrl wrote:
Heathansson wrote:
Well, chicks really dig me, because I rarely wear underwear, so when I do it's something interesting.
Huh. Me too.

Which one, the part about chicks digging you, or the underwear thing?

Dark Archive Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 4

Jason Nelson 20 wrote:


You know, Malcanthet ain't bad, but since Mialee is already hooked up with the Invisible Christopher Walken, and since I don't want to get turned into a displacer beast muff, stole, or hat, maybe I should just shoot for Glimmer Moon's phone number. A salty alewife; how can you top that?

I can't speak for ANY of the PSA ladies, but I'll tell you what I can about Glimmer Moon.

Turn ons: salt-of-the-earth commoner-types, drinking, hitting people.

Turn offs: adventurers, monsters, magic.

Scarab Sages Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 4, Legendary Games

thatboomerkid wrote:
Jason Nelson 20 wrote:


You know, Malcanthet ain't bad, but since Mialee is already hooked up with the Invisible Christopher Walken, and since I don't want to get turned into a displacer beast muff, stole, or hat, maybe I should just shoot for Glimmer Moon's phone number. A salty alewife; how can you top that?

I can't speak for ANY of the PSA ladies, but I'll tell you what I can about Glimmer Moon.

Turn ons: salt-of-the-earth commoner-types, drinking, hitting people.

Turn offs: adventurers, monsters, magic.

Which means she probably doesn't have a phone anyway. She'd probably consider it a form of magic. Or an improvised weapon... :)

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Jason Nelson 20 wrote:

I think the other spells in the book by me if I can remember them are:

Cone of Dimness
Ebon Eyes
Lucent Lance
Luminous Gaze
Radiant Assault*
Rainbow Beam
Rainbow Blast
Shadow Form
Shadow Phase
Wall of Light

* If you want another designer house rule, this spell was supposed to inflict non-lethal damage to most creatures (lethal vs. undead)...

So long as you're not the abomination responsible for Ghost Trap, I'm happy.

Dungeon Grrrl wrote:
Heathansson wrote:
Well, chicks really dig me, because I rarely wear underwear, so when I do it's something interesting.
Huh. Me too.

Well, I have to say that while I was completely indifferent to Heathansson's comment, I find myself far less indifferent to Dungeon Grrrl's comment.

Great. Now my avatar looks like a leering phantom fungus.

Scarab Sages Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 4, Legendary Games

Rhothaerill wrote:
Jason Nelson 20 wrote:
I suppose I would also point folks in the direction of my profile for the general outline, though I'm game for any questions from folks at large.
After Boomer's question I was curious and checked your profile. I KNEW I had seen your name somewhere before (the columns on the Wizard's website).

For some reason I was going back over this thread and saw this post which I hadn't before. It's true, I was once a regular on the WotC site with Behind the Screen and then Save My Game. Of course, doing columns like that mean that some people end up thinking you're a total idiot, but I digress... :)

I did those for a number of years (I think about 40 BtS and about 70 or 80 SMG) until I was mysteriously non-renewed in spring of 2007. Bart Carroll told me 'ratings' (or hits or however they count such things) were still good and that he couldn't exactly say why they were canceling other than that they were moving all their webcolumns in-house and dumping their contractors.

Of course, it all became much clearer when the announcements came, first about repo'ing Dragon & Dungeon and then, of course, about 4th Ed. New edition, new focus, new questions... new writer needed who was on the inside at R&D. Alas for me, not it...

cue sad violin music


Welcome to the same boat as Johnn Four, another good d20 author (www.roleplayintips.com and NPC Essentials). I read your stuff all the time Jason. Sometimes I think steak has more value than sizzle, but not everybody goes along with that. Although it's nice to know what happened to the columns.

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varianor wrote:
Welcome to the same boat as Johnn Four, another good d20 author (www.roleplayintips.com and NPC Essentials). I read your stuff all the time Jason. Sometimes I think steak has more value than sizzle, but not everybody goes along with that. Although it's nice to know what happened to the columns.

Is he still running? I was subscribed to the ezine and had a couple of mentions but they stopped coming. Every so often I'd get one through but haven't seen one in ages.


I get mine pretty regular. He hasn't quite made every week the past few months, but I still get 2-3 per month. Amazing record when you think that it's been going since 2007.

The Exchange Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 6 , Dedicated Voter Season 6

So...a brief gaming resume:

I was introduced to Dungeons and Dragons in 1980 (at the tender age of 9) with the "blue book" rules, a gift from my parents since I loved fantasy. After several false starts, I eventually figured out the rules. Although I never did figure out why there was a price for arguments in the equipment table (quarrels). I graduated fairly quickly to AD&D, in time to buy the Fiend Folio in 1981. What a great book, even if it did have some of the goofy monsters ever :) I suppose my parents thought I'd eventually outgrow the hobby, but I obviously didn't, sticking with the game through the conversion to 2nd edition. I took a break from buying new product from about 1990 to 1995, but got back into the game and eventually made the jump to third edition to I've also been known to play a fair amount of Car Wars, Shadowrun and Champions.

I've been a Greyhawk fan since before the boxed set came out, and that's what got me in to the online D&D community. Finding Greyhawk fans online in the Greytalk community, I also learned that I'd missed the high point of Greyhawk in the Carl Sargent years. I contributed some fan material to the community, including Spells and Magic based speciality priests and a "more Greyhawky" conversion of Return to the Keep on the Borderlands.

The Greyhawk 98 revival led to the Living Greyhawk RPGA campaign, and news of this upcoming campaign gave me the motivation I needed to join the RPGA and attend GenCon. My first Living Greyhawk experience was Erik Mona's River of Blood adventure, which ended with our party of first levels (and no cleric) running for our lives away from a mass of foes including a xvart in full plate.

I found my way to the Paizo community by way of Dungeon and Dragon magazine, not to mention following the talent behind the Greyhawk 98 revival (Lisa Stevens) and Living Greyhawk (Erik Mona). And I joined the boards because, well, I love to talk :)

In terms of writing, besides fan material I've written a trio of Living Greyhawk adventures set in the Duchy of Urnst, as well as other material and a pile of editing for the Duchy during my tenure as a Triad member (regional representative) in the campaign.

So - that's a little bit about one contestant in this contest. As you can see, just another gamer! :)

Scarab Sages Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 4, Legendary Games

Russ Taylor wrote:

So...a brief gaming resume:

I was introduced to Dungeons and Dragons in 1980 (at the tender age of 9) with the "blue book" rules, a gift from my parents since I loved fantasy. After several false starts, I eventually figured out the rules. Although I never did figure out why there was a price for arguments in the equipment table (quarrels). I graduated fairly quickly to AD&D, in time to buy the Fiend Folio in 1981. What a great book, even if it did have some of the goofy monsters ever :) I suppose my parents thought I'd eventually outgrow the hobby, but I obviously didn't, sticking with the game through the conversion to 2nd edition. I took a break from buying new product from about 1990 to 1995, but got back into the game and eventually made the jump to third edition to I've also been known to play a fair amount of Car Wars, Shadowrun and Champions.

I've been a Greyhawk fan since before the boxed set came out, and that's what got me in to the online D&D community. Finding Greyhawk fans online in the Greytalk community, I also learned that I'd missed the high point of Greyhawk in the Carl Sargent years. I contributed some fan material to the community, including Spells and Magic based speciality priests and a "more Greyhawky" conversion of Return to the Keep on the Borderlands.

The Greyhawk 98 revival led to the Living Greyhawk RPGA campaign, and news of this upcoming campaign gave me the motivation I needed to join the RPGA and attend GenCon. My first Living Greyhawk experience was Erik Mona's River of Blood adventure, which ended with our party of first levels (and no cleric) running for our lives away from a mass of foes including a xvart in full plate.

I found my way to the Paizo community by way of Dungeon and Dragon magazine, not to mention following the talent behind the Greyhawk 98 revival (Lisa Stevens) and Living Greyhawk (Erik Mona). And I joined the boards because, well, I love to talk :)

In terms of writing, besides fan material I've written a trio of Living Greyhawk adventures set in...

I haven't played Car Wars in forever, but I think I still have the original version around here somewhere in its little black plastic snap-case. wow, that takes me back...


You guys holdin?

Chico told me I could score in here.

The Exchange Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 6 , Dedicated Voter Season 6

Yep, Car Wars. Left out a few games, actually :)

Hmm...Paranoia, Call of Cthulu, Gamma World (huge fan), Star Frontiers, Lost Worlds fighting books, Talisman, Top Secret: SI, King of the Tabletop (from Dragon), Ogre...

RPG Superstar 2008 Top 16 , Marathon Voter Season 6 aka Core

I am fairly surprised how many of the top 8 people are professionals or semi-professionals that have had published material in the business already. On one hand I am flattered to have competed with these folks, but on the other I had the mental picture of the contest being built around finding new, amateur talent. I guess it will be interesting to see who the eventual winner is and if experience really does pay off. Good luck to you all.

Dark Archive Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 4

Kruelaid wrote:

You guys holdin?

Chico told me I could score in here.

Chico? Chico is a lying f@@#, man.

Try over in the " Congratulations to the Top 8!" thread.

Ask for Nikolai.

Owner - House of Books and Games LLC , Marathon Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7

Core wrote:
I am fairly surprised how many of the top 8 people are professionals or semi-professionals that have had published material in the business already. On one hand I am flattered to have competed with these folks, but on the other I had the mental picture of the contest being built around finding new, amateur talent. I guess it will be interesting to see who the eventual winner is and if experience really does pay off. Good luck to you all.

Yeah, I'm with Samuel on this one. I kind of thought the idea was to find "new" talent .. and we've got people on here with over a dozen published Dragon articles, for example.

It's great to see new material from them, but it feels like throwing Neil Pert into American Idol as a contestant. "Well, technically he's never had an album published by himself, so sure, he's a valid contestant."

But given that, all the more power to the people who made it who aren't previously published!

Liberty's Edge RPG Superstar 2008 Top 8

gbonehead wrote:
But given that, all the more power to the people who made it who aren't previously published!

Time for my brief gaming resume:

As I was young and growing older, my father would read me "The Hobbit" which instilled in me a love of reading, Tolkien's work and fantasy in general. Finally when I turned 5 I was able to read The Hobbit myself, followed by the full "Lord of the Rings" when I was nine and the Silmarillian when I was 11.

I was so impressed with the depth, realism and "veracity" which Tolkien wrote I have been hooked for life, becoming more impressed with each passing year as I would learn more and more.

To continue, my first introduction to Dungeons and Dragons came from the old SSI Eye of the Beholder video games; my introduction to RPGs in general were the text interface Space Quest and Kings Quest games from Sierra. My first actual game was with my dad and some of his fellow students at Seminary (he is a Presbyterian pastor). AD&D and THAC0...nostalgia moment...

It wasn't until 3rd Edition came out that I really became involved in the game. I had played some of Wizards multitude of TCGs and some computer RPGs prior. It was during college that I was reintroduced to first AD&D then 3rd Edition. Since those days I have scoured the world for more tomes and items in search of all things D&D related.

Ever since I was introduced to 3rd Edition I have been the DM, I was the one with the ideas and drive to actually run the game. I have built several groups and had them come apart in later years from normal life stresses (moving, dissolution of friendships, etc).

Ever since I returned to Florida, moved to Pensacola Florida for further schooling, I have been building my current game world and actual game. many aspects of my game have been influenced by early players as the world has changed and developed through PC interaction and player concepts and ideas. I've always tried to make the game very much a cooperative effort.

In recent times I've been able to be on the other side of the screen as a player, which I enjoy greatly it freshens things for my DMing, and have also branched out into other systems such as Star Wars d20 + SAGA, and Rifts. In fact, one of my most faithful players came to D&D from playing Rifts (aka. shooting rats at the junkyard). I have also began participating in the world of Blackmoor MMRPG (Massively Multiplayer Roleplaying Game, not to be confused with the Online "RPGs") at Megacon last year. I have personally managed to avoid the lure of World of Warcraft and other such MMORPGs.

Currently, I still have players in Missouri, Pensacola FL, south Georgia, Jacksonville, FL, Cape Coral, FL.

In regards to real life, I currently operate a 7-Eleven convenience store. So I hold the keys to that important aspect of all gamer life, Mt. Dew, Funyuns and Cheetos.

My only near-publication, was a tip I sent to Johann Four about using Dollar store toy animals mounted on poker chips for miniatures.

Spoiler:
Behind the scenes, I am working on a plot involving a hamster, paper-clips, gorilla glue, a vinyl copy of Pat Benatar's single "Hit me with your Best Shot", and holding the entire worlds supply of Mt. Dew for ransom ; all for the purpose of staving off the impending destruction of my favorite game, Dungeons and Dragons by WOTC.

Scarab Sages Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 4, Legendary Games

Mmm... Funyuns... I remember Eye of the Beholder, but despite its vastly better graphics I preferred the 'gold box' SSI games (Pool of Radiance series, Savage Frontier series, Dragonlance series).

I think the closest I've been to Pensacola is Columbus, GA (hometown of my ex), a few hours north.

Owner - House of Books and Games LLC , Marathon Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7

Joseph Yerger wrote:
Ever since I was introduced to 3rd Edition I have been the DM, I was the one with the ideas and drive to actually run the game. I have built several groups and had them come apart in later years from normal life stresses (moving, dissolution of friendships, etc).

Argh. I know the feeling. It's killing my campaign; half the players show up all the time, and for the other half, they show up about 50% of the time, tops.

Makes it hell to keep any kind of coherent story thread going.

"Okay, so we left off last week with Elrohir about to disjunction the gate that the Far Realm creatures were coming through, and then he was going to word of recall everyone home. Except he's not here this week. So let's ah, assume that he already did that and move on from there. No, you can't have the word of recall too. But you've got Keough and Knuckles here, who are both at full strength because they weren't here last week..."

And then we go into a battle with half the party on death's door from the battle they finished the previous week and half at full strength, and without a cleric this week.

!#$!@#$@%@

Scarab Sages Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 4, Legendary Games

gbonehead wrote:
Joseph Yerger wrote:
Ever since I was introduced to 3rd Edition I have been the DM, I was the one with the ideas and drive to actually run the game. I have built several groups and had them come apart in later years from normal life stresses (moving, dissolution of friendships, etc).

Argh. I know the feeling. It's killing my campaign; half the players show up all the time, and for the other half, they show up about 50% of the time, tops.

Makes it hell to keep any kind of coherent story thread going.

"Okay, so we left off last week with Elrohir about to disjunction the gate that the Far Realm creatures were coming through, and then he was going to word of recall everyone home. Except he's not here this week. So let's ah, assume that he already did that and move on from there. No, you can't have the word of recall too. But you've got Keough and Knuckles here, who are both at full strength because they weren't here last week..."

And then we go into a battle with half the party on death's door from the battle they finished the previous week and half at full strength, and without a cleric this week.

!#$!@#$@%@

Ain't that the truth!

That's been my gaming group recently (and for a good stretch of my last campaign for that matter); shoot, we ended up not even playing for a month and a half (except for one session with 2 people on a sidetrek) because of scheduling issues. Hopefully things will be a little more stable in the new year.

Liberty's Edge RPG Superstar 2008 Top 8

Jason Nelson 20 wrote:


Ain't that the truth!

That's been my gaming group recently (and for a good stretch of my last campaign for that matter); shoot, we ended up not even playing for a month and a half (except for one session with 2 people on a sidetrek) because of scheduling issues. Hopefully things will be a little more stable in the new year.

I've learned over the years that gaming from Nov 15th-Jan 5th is nigh improbable. Holidays, travel, friends make things difficult at best, impossible at worst. At first I thought it had to do with school, but after college, it is just as tough.

We wound up not playing all December this year.

Owner - House of Books and Games LLC , Marathon Voter Season 6, Star Voter Season 7

Joseph Yerger wrote:

I've learned over the years that gaming from Nov 15th-Jan 5th is nigh improbable. Holidays, travel, friends make things difficult at best, impossible at worst. At first I thought it had to do with school, but after college, it is just as tough.

We wound up not playing all December this year.

We managed to bat about 0.500, so it wasn't too bad. But I had planned one major event for a con, and the character it revolved around did a no-show, so that was shot.

Dark Archive Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 4

All this talk about writing for Dragon Magazine & playing Car Wars has, I'll admit, made me the faintest bit nostalgic. And when I get nostalgic, I tend to wander the far, forgotten corners of the internet, peering into the long-dusted-over windows of the toy-stores and malt-shops of my yesteryear, blowing on cobwebs and kicking half-heartedly at the frozen piles of old text and image.

So here's a fun discovery that I just made - the RPG Superstar competition is not my first brush with game-writing, and I can PROVE it!

Check out this ancient Word Perfect file, entitled Terrors From Above - it can be safely downloaded to your computer!

From the text of the file:

In March 1998, DRAGON® Magazine #244 announced the Terror From Above contest. The premise was simple: create a new flying monster for Ravenloft in 1,000 words or less. The results were wildly imaginative; out of nearly 100 entries, none really duplicate any others. After the entry deadline passed, online fans asked if there was any way they could see all the submissions, and the response to those requests is the netbook you are now reading.

My submission appears on pages 35-39.

That's right - I wrote a five page entry for a thousand-word contest.

Apparently, a young, enterprising, then-17-year-old Clinton J. Boomer, yours truly, thought that the best way to kick in the doors to the world of professional game writing was with sheer, overwhelming verbiage.

Plainly, very little has changed.

*grin*

You know, I was a pretty fair writer for a snot-nosed kid - I just hope that I'm even better ten years from NOW.

Liberty's Edge Star Voter Season 7, Star Voter Season 8, Star Voter Season 9

Joseph Yerger wrote:
My only near-publication, was a tip I sent to Johann Four about using Dollar store toy animals mounted on poker chips for miniatures.

Nice! I love bargain innovations.

I once bought a bag of plastic spiders from All A Dollar, had my Call of Cthulhu players fall into a pit of em. Good times.

And to whoever started talking about Pool of Radiance, I am right there with you. I loved that game. Fond memories of Phlan...

Scarab Sages Contributor, RPG Superstar 2008 Top 4, Legendary Games

James Hunnicutt wrote:
Joseph Yerger wrote:
My only near-publication, was a tip I sent to Johann Four about using Dollar store toy animals mounted on poker chips for miniatures.

Nice! I love bargain innovations.

I once bought a bag of plastic spiders from All A Dollar, had my Call of Cthulhu players fall into a pit of em. Good times.

And to whoever started talking about Pool of Radiance, I am right there with you. I loved that game. Fond memories of Phlan...

My first exposure to D&D, though I had no idea at the time, was on a family trip to Minnesota in around 1975 or 1976, we stopped in at some little store and I got a little bag of plastic monsters. They were just weird little creatures to me, but I rather suspect that the creators of D&D must have bought the same bags of plastic critters and decided to use them in their games and make up monster stats for them, since in looking back at them, one was a rust monster, one an umber hulk, one was a bulette, and I think one or two others also were D&D monsters. Unfortunately I lost them long ago (I know I had and used the bulette at least into the late 1980s), but I still remember them.

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