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  1. No elf or half-elf vampires in Glorantha....due to the reaction to iron found in the blood. Sure, they could limit their blood sucking to horseshoe crabs (copper-based blood). Other than THAT setting, cool beans.
  2. Scribe, it sounds a bit like the storyline of High Chapparal (sp?)...lots of interesting neighbors, all living uneasily/peacefully together until outsiders (or insiders) stir up trouble for everyone.
  3. Ok, Ok...given the pittance paid to authors, I officially apologize for giving Rodney a bit of grief over Classic Fantasy revisions. Clearly its a labor of love and it's not about the money. Rodney, thanks for your efforts on Classic Fantasy! (And I'll buy Classic Fantasy II as soon as you get in on the market)
  4. While diverting from the Bushido part of the thread, I always liked the way the gods were introduced in DragonLance...it's been decades since I read it, but the LG god (and helper?) appeared to the party as an old man and woman in wagon, fleeing some calamity. The party had a choice to act to help them, or not, and they were set on a way of adventure AND demonstrated their compassion to the world. Sometimes less is more (not usually, but sometimes).
  5. Great work! I'd love to see whatever you could send me (ahnen@hotmail.com). After I finish grad school this summer, I wanted to look at a Classic Fantasy conversion to Pathfinder (or to Shadow World). It would be interesting to see how you converted Legend/RQ6 to a Pathfinder setting.
  6. "Intensity" for a Hag, "Just what are those leiderhosen doing on the floor? If I've told you once, I've told you a thousand times to pick up after yourself! Cripes, I'm no good until I have my coffee! Arrgh!" (Your hags may vary)
  7. At first glance, a 'glass golem' seems ridiculously dumb and the PC has a short life expectency...especially if he likes opera! However, there are plenty of examples of 'magic' glass. In ICE's Shadow World, there is a volcanic magic glass called 'laan'. In our world, there is 'tempered glass' that is pretty strong, too, and by analogy could be very strong in a world were magic influences the glass' strength. Of course, there would have to be some drawbacks. You all certainly gave the GM (and probably the player) some things to think about. Merry Christmas!
  8. Are you using BRP's Psionics with modifications? Please elaborate as you can. Nice premise.
  9. If they were gifts...maybe let the player define them if and when he needs them to produce a specific effect? (But don't let them know that!)
  10. Atgxtg, "it seems" and "no real" is wishy-washy. Nevertheless, let's drop it.
  11. Atgxtg, Is the publisher the issue? Let's cut to the chase. If so, the rest of this response should be ignored. Talk about circular arguments. En toto, if the product doesn't get published, there won't be any support (ex: Magic World and unfortunately CF). If the product isn't published, there can NOT be sales. No new CF, demand can only drop over time. Its been '80%' for ages. Without new product, most publishers will not support it...a new one won't be substantially different. Is CF legally tied to Chaosium? Does CF's engine rely upon some copyright ties w/BRP? Has Chaosium said, 'get lost' or simply supporting what they can and would also support CF if anything was ready to publish? It doesn't seem that the publisher is really the issue...if CF is a proven performer in monograph (and I believe it is), publishing expansions should be a no-brainer even if the new Magic World comes out.
  12. Shea/Atgxtg, Great points all. Please keep shooting the messager. I bought the orginal Magic World and loved it....and waited. BRP came out, the magic system was similar but not improved. Rod's system was terrific. It fits very well w/BRP and actually improves it. Never a big fan of Elric! and not excited about the next Magic World...but clearly there's more product ready to move quickly...and the author is active on this forum. I'm an 'older', busy guy and not getting email responses isn't a big deal, it happens. But the little things add up. Frankly, I'd buy Rod's product if he sold it on ebay or went on his own. But does publisher or system really matter if the product simply doesn't come? But hey, keep shooting! LOL. Maybe I should have just said....produce the product and buyers will buy it. Heck, I'd send him a check and be willing to wait for it to clear and get the product as a PDF after the check clears... Isn't self-publishing an option? Why does Chaosium have to be involved?
  13. One, I agree the product is brilliant. Two, there's no intent to 'take him to task'. Three, will changing companies 1)move more product and 2)support the customers? He's a talented and busy guy, great point. I forget that this is more of a hobby than business, so maybe my expectations are a bit higher than reasonable...valid point. (typed as I wrestle with my 5 year old son.... I understand limited time)
  14. Gosh Rod, Clearly I hit a nerve, don't take it personally. The simple fact is that three years is a long time for a follow-up product. I think you need to take on a team or get some kind of support infrastructure, maybe another publisher gives you that...maybe not. Your product is inspired and my personal favorite but clearly you need help to move product (1). I did get one of your very well formatted updates but was left with the impression over the past 3 years that there were more(2). Email inquiries to yahoo group and your personal email went unanswered(3). Facts are facts, perception is perception. There could be reasons why this happened, but they happened and its not good customer support. As a smart, talented guy you took my criticism personally rather than acknowledge there may be issues w/ customer support, or at least a difference between what the customers want vs what you've been able to do. Will going your own way actually improve responsiveness? Not sure going your own way will be better unless you get support to build/move product and respond to customers and fans (possibly by teaming w/ someone in your area...not me certainly, I'm even busier than you). CF is a big, grand product...the yahoo group is ok but more could be done. I like that you're clearly thinking about CF b/c you're bringing your ideas to this forum...its a good step. Mark
  15. Rod, I have to agree with all the others, and throw some other things to consider. Your support for your BRILLIANT system has been tepid. You're available greatly for a while, then you disappear. Promised updates to CF owners don't materialize. In short, your care and feeding for your rabid fans is weak. Despite that, I'd happily buy anything in this line but, well, its been three years. Make your move...whatever it is...but do so with commitment. If you can't do it all, have a team help you; your fans are out there but they are drifting away b/c you don't take care of the relationship. (I'm in direct sales...contact, continued contact is critical). Mark
  16. Wow. Just one more reason to move to Nordsken...
  17. Merry Christmas from the best place on earth (according to me, your opinions may vary...), Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA. God rest ye merry gentlemen, one and all.... Mark
  18. It's obvious. That "goat herder" is Odysseus who refused to drink from the river Styx and thus did not forget his past but chose a quieter life when he was reborn. (I don't recall the source, but it is part of Greek myth of what happens to souls once they pass from this plane of existence)
  19. I toyed with the idea of a Greek Campaign, pre-Trojan War, the characters would be of a generation before the Trojan War. Thus, they could do many of the quests (argonauts, etc), but would be retired before that war. Allegiance to one or more of the Gods would be critical and every 10 or so points would add 5 or more character points to strength, con, dex, pow, int whatever...(this was not fleshed out)...and at certain levels, say 25/50/75/etc, gain a feat a la Runequest that was applicable to that god/goddess Patron. Ways to gain more allegiance/patronage points would be to periodically hold huge sacrifices to their patrons, as mentioned in one of the early Different Worlds magazine ariticles on a Greek Campaign. The (non-historical) protagonists, if needed, could be those darn-dirty Minoans who still worshipped a lingering Titan or two, who granted them the abilities to create beast-men thru foul, corrupt titan-ic magicks who served as the Minoans' strikeforces (Minotaurs, Centaurs) and mistakes (satyrs/fauns, whatever else tickles your fancy). But I'd much rather see what the pros came up with.
  20. Just daydreaming a bit on 'ancient texts' and the difficulty of translating them. On a lark, I grabbed a famous bit of text, used babelfish to translate it to korea, then translate it back. Can you guess what it was? (And how challenged will you parties be, if you provide clues/instructions in an ancient language?): In score 4 and before 7 years in this continent and the new nation, is thought from freedom, all people equally in proposition, was created our father whom comes to be given. Now we think and that nation or anyone nation so we give from the civil war which is serious examines the thing which wears out like this, long will endure we participate. We come to meet in the battlefield which the warfare is serious. We in order for came in order to give the part of the field, at the final resting place for the people who gives their life which that nation does not know not to live from here. The whole we this is suitable and is suitable. From a but, bigger feeling, we is not a possibility of giving -- We will not be able to dedicate -- We holy is not a possibility of doing -- This ground. Fought hard from here, the man who is brave, existence and dying added and up it, far the force which us whom damages is meager dedicated. The world the enemy week, we say from here long is not and in order to remember with, but the possibility of forgetting assuredly from here is not. Respects us existence, rather, fights from here and is like this till now and nobly is about Huaihe in the incomplete work which advances coming to give from here. From here remains it on the front of us and gives in fine business and respects us who are a qualitative thing rather is -- From the lion which gives this honor we have and them who increase the devotion which goes last in the cause which gives the devotion which is sufficient -- Us this lion which decides highly from here to be vain and from the point will not die -- To this nation, in the providence lower part, freedom there will be new birth -- And that government of the people, in compliance with the people, from the endurance for the people, will not die in cry of distress. The Gettysburg Address. Enjoy!
  21. Dude, Really wish you were in the Colorado Springs area. Heroic Greece (Trojan War and the earlier myths) is my favorite roleplaying setting. My best, Mark
  22. Rod, Thanks for the great summary. And thank you not at all for making us wait for such a wonderful product!!!! Any plans for including Law vs Chaos, or CG vs LG vs LE vs CE...and the rest of the combinations? My best, Mark
  23. Sounds promising. Any reviews? Comments from author or friends on variations from BRP? Rangers? JBK, care to share any pages? My best,
  24. Well 3D6, what's the status of the next installment of the Classic Fantasy series? Hope I can buy it soon!
  25. Why is it that everytime I wash my chariot, a sky bull comes by and drops a steamer? Must be a "cult of reprisa"l thing.
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