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Holmes is not just a Basic Book, it's a way of life!

More seriously, Fj, have a look at the Zenopus Archives if you want an inkling of how much there is to talk about. A greatly underappreciated edition, in my hubristic and highly biased opinion.  8)

Not familiar with Zenopus but I will check it out.

Listen and find out! ;)

Seriously, his son Chris discussed his dad's other work (Fantasy Roleplaying Games and his short stories) along with his book Maze of Peril and the upcoming compilation of all JEH's D&D fiction in Tales of Peril; to be published by Black Blade. Oh, and it will include his article "Confessions of a Dungeon Master" from Psychology Today magazine.

DM (Good at summation) Mike

Thanks. I will Check it out.

What do you talk about at a J. Eric Holmes seminar? Did he wrote any other RPG books besides the basic book?

WotC D&D / Re: Character Sheets, "Just the facts, ma'am."
« on: August 16, 2016, 12:16:07 PM »
That extra info is an attempt to focus D&D more on the "story." That's the new buzz word around WotC. This is a reaction to perceived power gaming of 3-4e.

But I agree with you. Just give me the basic numbers on the character sheet. I don't like trying to use the mechanics to generate the story. To me the story is what emerges around the table by interacting with the DM and other players.

So I use my own CS.

Kickstarters / Re: What is your limit?
« on: August 08, 2016, 04:32:50 AM »
No explicit limit for me either. I look at each item and decide if the pledge amount is worth it for me.

The most I have spent was about $60 and that was for about a dozen PDFs for the Conan 2d20 game. That pledge is also coming with the all the Conan d20 PDFs as well. 

General Discussion / Re: Computer recommendation
« on: August 02, 2016, 05:23:35 AM »
I did serious consider a Mac but went with a PC instead. This is what I got.


Although it looks like the price has gone up some since I got mine.

WotC D&D / Re: Cubicle 7 to produce a D&D version of LotR
« on: July 27, 2016, 07:27:52 PM »
Finally some news.  Very much looking forward yo this.


WotC D&D / Re: 5e Starter Set, Who has played it?
« on: July 08, 2016, 06:59:55 PM »
I'm not crazy about the speeding through the first three levels. Those were always the levels where we saw the best character development. Yeah, you can develop at higher levels, but we tended to enjoy taking the "rank amateur" levels as a chance to develop personalities, flesh out details, and other such things with typical low-level adventures that blossom into larger things. Rushing through those levels makes me wonder why not just create a level 4 character and start there? To each his own, though. I do enjoy the rest of the game.

It's all about managing the wildly variable expectations of the player base. In the time of 3.5 many people would start characters at 3rd level and complained that levels 1-2 were a waste of time. So 4e came along and a 1st level character began with the power level of about 3rd level character and a bunch of people complained that they missed those low power levels.

So in the comprise edition (5e) the standard progression moves you through levels 1-2 pretty quickly so those that don't care much for those levels can get it over quickly. Then those they really like those levels can slow the progression down and savor them.

General Discussion / Re: I love Star Trek ships
« on: June 28, 2016, 05:57:44 PM »
I do love Star Wars.

As for music I am not really into music much and of what I do like I like a variety.

I guess I am only partly wrong.

General Discussion / Re: I love Star Trek ships
« on: June 27, 2016, 11:35:18 AM »
I would agree with one exception. The coolest ship bar none in my humble opinion is the Millennin Falcon. Granted I totally misspelled the name, but still, the coolest ship ever.


That is a cool one.

Star Frontiers / Re: Star Trek Ships for Knight Hawks
« on: June 20, 2016, 09:18:41 PM »
Depending on which version of Star Trek, I think Star Trek Voyager introduced the Macqui, not sure about the spelling who were renegades including Federation officers who used fighters to deal with Cardassians if i am correct in my recollection.  If its original Star
trek, well then probably not use fighters

The Maquis were introduced on TNG but most of their story was on DS9.  The maquis fighters were more like assault scouts.  I don't think I have ever seen a true SF or SW type fighter on ST.

The Maquis fighters (or raiders) were not made for Heroclix.  They have made them for the Attack Wing game but they are too expensive to get many of thgem.  That is why I went with the Bajoran Interceptors.  They are much cheaper.

General Discussion / Re: A Stroke, and Not the Golf Type
« on: June 20, 2016, 12:01:40 PM »
Thanks, guys! I'm finding great joy in the recovery process (just not the circumstances that brought me to it)!

Glad to hear that. A positive attitude can go a long way.

General Discussion / Re: A Stroke, and Not the Golf Type
« on: June 18, 2016, 06:58:22 AM »
i would say you failed your save but roll favorably on the random table of effects. Just be glad it wasn't a wandering monster or harlot table you were rolling on.

Good luck on regaining your old reading speed.

Mazes & Perils / Re: M&P $1 again for PDF!?
« on: June 18, 2016, 06:52:38 AM »
Thanks for the heads up. I just picked it up.

General Discussion / Re: Gandalf in D&D terms
« on: June 12, 2016, 06:51:01 PM »
The problem with statting Gandalf is that there just isn't much available evidence. You can make a case for almost anything.

That said I am interested if Cubicle 7 will be statting him in the new D&D Middle Earth RPG they are working on.

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