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Fire Born Games / Re: Q&A: Fire Born Games Products
« on: October 01, 2018, 03:04:08 PM »
Sorry guys, but we closed up shop. I'm trying to do some freelance work and have a few nibbles. I'll probably also continue working on the other titles I had planned but with no real deadlines in mind. Thank you for your support and I hope I'll be able to release more of my work in the future.

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Star Wars / Re: WEG Star Wars Rereleased by FFG
« on: October 07, 2017, 12:07:52 PM »
https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/news/2017/8/16/dont-underestimate-the-force/

Just saw this.. great.. now the 1e book prices will be driven up. I liked that they were less then $10. :/

Odd. I would think just the opposite would occur. They aren't really rare to begin with, but having even more of them out there should drive the price down, no? Maybe I am missing some weird dynamic of collector mentality that I as a collector do not posses. :)

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First Edition AD&D / Re: creating a new class
« on: October 07, 2017, 10:28:34 AM »
Dragon Magazine #234 has Crypt Rangers and Crypt Defenders. It's from 1996 so definitely 2nd Edition, but you may be able to glean some ideas from the article if you can find it.

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First Edition AD&D / Re: Which AD&D Books Do You Use?
« on: October 04, 2017, 05:10:00 PM »
Maegnarval has got it down.

I haven't used it myself, mainly because I mostly run it online now and they don't have exhumed obscura in .pdf (or didn't). I thought the mass combat system was nice and simple. I need to read through the whole thing more in depth though.

Cool! Odd to sell it via eBay...that's so 2007..., but I'll probably pick one up. I always like new or alternative rules to mull over.

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First Edition AD&D / Re: Which AD&D Books Do You Use?
« on: October 04, 2017, 08:04:08 AM »
Maegnarval,  :o Whoa! That's a lot of stuff even by my standards!

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First Edition AD&D / Re: Which AD&D Books Do You Use?
« on: October 04, 2017, 08:00:57 AM »
Wow a little bit of everything!

Traditionally when I run AD&D I use the core 3 and any extra monster books. I may use the DSG, WSG, or UA for my own personal prep, or for a ruling I wasn't anticipating, but I usually don't hand out all of those options to the players.

Now you have me intrigued to use them all, and maybe even that odd tome Exhumed Obscura from ebay.

Dizzy, I'm using the latter AD&D books (some would call them v1.5) for reference only. We've modified most of the classes from UA and I use the Survival Guides to look up specific rules if I feel the need in a specific situation. Not using player options other than from UA.

Is Exhumed Obscura one of those Dragon Magazine compilations that people are always trying to sell on eBay?

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Community Creations & Kickstarters / Re: In the thick of things
« on: October 03, 2017, 02:03:35 PM »
I like the sound of this!

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First Edition AD&D / Which AD&D Books Do You Use?
« on: October 03, 2017, 01:37:00 PM »
Which books, of those available for AD&D 1st Edition, do you use for your games/campaign? I'll start off...

I am currently running a campaign set in the World of Greyhawk CY576. The rules we use are the three core rule books; Monster Manual, Players Handbook and Dungeon Masters Guide. We also use the Fiend Folio, Monster Manual II, Unearthed Arcana, Dungeoneer's Survival Guide, Wilderness Survival Guide and Manual of the Planes. The World of Greyhawk Folio and Gold Boxed Set are used for world info. The Greyhawk Adventures hardback is rarely used. We also add content from Dragon Magazine from the same era. Some examples follow.

Races
Winged Folk (Al Karak Elam)
Half-Ogre

Classes
Barbarian (revision)
Cavalier (revision)
Monk (revision)
Bounty Hunter
Bard (Minstrel)
Jester
Bandit
Duelist
Psionicist
Incantatrix (Sorcerer)
Witch
Scout
Hunter
Mountebank
Mystic
Anti-Paladin (NPC Only)
Sentinel (NPC Only)

Other
Good Hits & Bad Misses (Critical Hits and Fumbles)
Living in a Material World (Spell Components)
Realistic Vital Statistics (Height & Weight)

We kept the Bard as presented in the Dungeon Masters Guide, the Bard from Dragon Magazine we call a Minstrel and is sort of a lesser, more common type of Bard. We call the Incantatrix a Sorcerer because Incantatrix sounds stupid;D

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Fire Born Games / Re: Fire Born Games
« on: September 25, 2017, 08:52:13 PM »
Multiverse Blog reviews A1 A Forgotten Evil! https://zurl.co/3qBBy

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Fire Born Games / Re: Fire Born Games
« on: September 25, 2017, 08:51:32 PM »
We're very excited and proud to have the following testimonials about Fire Born Games products!

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"The modules by Fire Born Games echo the best facets of early old school adventures, with blue and white graph paper-style maps, pre-generated characters, and great illustrations. The difference is better production values, from print quality to paper stock. I like the tight storylines, as well as the story arc spanning low and medium level characters. Well-done!"
-Allen Hammack, author of TSR's C2 The Ghost Tower of Inverness

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"As a long time gamer, I love they look and feel of Fire Born Games’ adventures. They stir up the nostalgia of the classics from the early 80s adventures published by TSR.
 
I look forward to their future offerings and the possibility of joining the team as a freelance author."

-George Fields, author of Kenzer & Company's HackMaster adventure, Legacy of the Elm King

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"Looking for a classic AD&D adventure for low level characters? Then look no further. A Forgotten Evil features rampaging goblin hordes and an evil awakened from eons of dark slumber. The players must stop the goblins and discover what lurks in the depths of an ancient tower. After travelling into the mountains, the players enter a dungeon stuffed with monsters and magical treasures. To add more depth to the adventure, each magical item has its own unique history. The Module even comes with a removable wrap-around cover from the days of yore.
 
Fire Born Games set out to create old school adventures and they’ve done a superb job. Now, where did I put those old AD&D books?"

-Jim Bambra, author of TSR's UK7 Dark Clouds Gather

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Fire Born Games / Fire Born Games
« on: September 25, 2017, 08:48:53 PM »
Mischief, Inc. is now Fire Born Games. I'm just popping in to let the folks here at OSRGaming know, and to say I'll be trying to be more active here and on other Social Media sites. We have a Facebook group, and a Twitter account if you'd like to follow us. We may even occasionally have special promotions for OSRGaming members, but most of that activity will be limited to members of our mailing list. The sign up form for the mailing list are in the footer of our web page. We've even had a few giveaways on our Facebook page with more to come. We've been fairly active on our Facebook page discussing our works in progress and I was recently interviewed on the Multiverse blog of TSR, Inc. It was a wonderfully fun experience and I hope to be able to do more interviews of this sort in the future.

I'll try to be available to interact with here, and to answer questions about our products and future plans as I am able.

It feels good to be back at OSRGaming!

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General Discussion / Re: D&D Classics is now doing PoD
« on: November 19, 2016, 07:53:02 PM »
I was actually hoping the 800 lb gorilla could force detached convers and inside cover printing. Something we specks all together couldn't accomplish. I'm still hopeful it will still happen eventually.

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General Discussion / Re: What editions are y'all playing?
« on: November 03, 2016, 08:52:39 PM »
Thanks for all the answers guys! Interesting how this relates to my other thread on what edition do you associate with the OSR. It seems most people playing in OSR games, or playing AD&D, yet most of the material being produced is OD&D and BD&D.

That said, AD&D 1e has been on my mind lately and I've been wanting to run it thinking back on my past campaigns with it.

Unabashed promotion here, but Mischief, Inc. designs exclusively for AD&D 1e. Just sayin'.

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General Discussion / Re: What editions are y'all playing?
« on: November 01, 2016, 02:48:47 PM »
1e + UA + Dragon Magazine classes and a couple of races and Good Hits and Bad Misses for good measure.

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Campaign Worlds / Re: World of Greyhawk Maps
« on: October 20, 2016, 10:03:15 AM »
I bought the PDF from WotC, and that was my plan...  Then, a friend gave me his framed, mounted copy of the old TSR maps, on "permanent loan".  He, and his grandfather, mounted the maps on thin plywood, using wall paper paste.  They did it the same way you would mount/hang wall paper.  After that part was done, they used a miter saw, and cut the frame, then glued it to the map board, added a hanging harness on the back, and now it is in my game room, many years later.

If I were to do it as I had planned, I would print the map pages using a color laser printer, NOT an inkjet!  The inkjet pages would smear, and bleed without end, when you apply any liquid glue of any type -- you could only use spray glue/adhesive, and it would be...  Challenging.  I would then use 1/4" plywood, cut to size, as my back-board -- one solid piece.  I would try wall paper paste, to see how it worked:  it is designed for use with paper sheeting, so it should work.  Failing that, I would try a permanent glue stick (not all glue sticks are permanent...  check before buying), to adhere each page, aligning them as carefully as possible.  Once they were all mounted, I would apply Mod-Podge Glossy, as a finisher/sealant.  You could also try using Mod-Podge as a glue to mount the sheets, as it is designed for that purpose as well.  Sealing the finished map, would be critical, in my opinion, as it would prevent peeling of individual sheets, preventing them from being rubbed off, at the edges, giving the whole a smooth, finished, bulletproof surface.

I may do this with my globe map of my game world, when I finish digitizing it.  Thanks for helping me formulate my future plans!  Cheers!

I was wondering if some place like Kinkos can do large scans (I don't want to cut up any of my maps) since the ones from the WotC PDF aren't the same size and don't line up correctly (there appears to be a missing 1/4 inch on the eastern map), so Admunfort isn't spelled out completely for example. Then if I can combine them via Photoshop I sould be able to get online printers (like Vistaprint) to do the job cheaply, and then I could get the final product framed.

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