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by James M. Ward
Fri Mar 05, 2010 2:33 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Size of a Pantheon
Replies: 10
Views: 1201

If you look at the most successful historical pantheons, the ones that lasted a thousand years or so we are talking in the 10 to 20 region with gods switching positions of power as their worshipers grew or shrank in number.

Just a thought,

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by James M. Ward
Fri Mar 05, 2010 2:31 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: God Bless Gary Gygax
Replies: 18
Views: 1344

<t>I'll second everyone's thoughts here. Gary and I had our differences, but he taught me about role playing and allowed me to write some products for TSR. It was a pleasure working for him. He was a great gamer and the best DM I've ever seen. I've looked at his private dungeon and even 30 years lat...
by James M. Ward
Thu Mar 04, 2010 2:27 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Sci-Fi triangle match
Replies: 25
Views: 1709

While I am a huge fan of James T. Kirk, it's Buck Rogers all the way.

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by James M. Ward
Fri Feb 19, 2010 6:05 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Jefferson Middle School RPclub
Replies: 15
Views: 422

<t>Interesting bug monsters hmmm, interesting artifact hmmmmm<br/> <br/> Shouldn't be a problem. My favorite bug monster is Mobile Diss<br/> <br/> Imagine a jawed mouth and two tiny feet about knuckle size. Now imagine millions of them swarming, sort of like the dung beetles of the Mummy movie. Your...
by James M. Ward
Thu Feb 18, 2010 10:26 pm
Forum: Castles & Crusades Open Discussion: General, The Rules, The Law & the Chaos
Topic: Paladin Rarity
Replies: 37
Views: 1111

<t>I would take it in another direction. There would only be one Paladin per god in the area and those Paladins would often be pitted against each other in quests to acquire things for their deity. <br/> <br/> Elizebeth Moon did a wonderful set of three novels about a female paladin. <br/> <br/> Jam...
by James M. Ward
Tue Feb 16, 2010 10:13 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: The reapeating crossbow is real
Replies: 6
Views: 589

Just so you know, this repeating crossbow was first designed to shoot at flocks of birds. Against anything in leather armor, they would laugh at the bolts and cut the shooter down.

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by James M. Ward
Tue Feb 16, 2010 9:41 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: You know your players are too powerful when...
Replies: 18
Views: 1222

<t>Fear of Death!<br/> <br/> What is wrong with you C&C people. As the original Monty Haul, let me assure you that my 30th level player characters died a lot. It's just a matter of scale, the bigger the character the bigger the challenge. <br/> <br/> Oh you want to go to the home of the gods and...
by James M. Ward
Tue Feb 09, 2010 4:32 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: C&C Firearms
Replies: 23
Views: 463

The CODEX OF ERDE has a section on page 203 for gunpowder weapons.

Just a thought,

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by James M. Ward
Fri Jan 22, 2010 7:36 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: I still want this:
Replies: 7
Views: 230

That sword was curved, but even the hardest steel must give way to the charms of the goddess at Conan's feet.

nuff said. . .
by James M. Ward
Mon Jan 18, 2010 7:28 pm
Forum: SIEGE Engine & Other TLG Games
Topic: Tainted Lands Any Good?
Replies: 11
Views: 6583

Sigh, of course I do say to find the fears of the players and use them in the Tainted Lands box set.

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by James M. Ward
Fri Jan 15, 2010 3:03 am
Forum: SIEGE Engine & Other TLG Games
Topic: Tainted Lands Any Good?
Replies: 11
Views: 6583

<t>As the designer of the game I would like to make a biased statement. <br/> <br/> Yes it is good if you are trying to do the following:<br/> <br/> If you want to inject horror themes into your game, TAINTED LANDS gives you lots of pointers on how to do that. <br/> <br/> If you want to run a horror...
by James M. Ward
Mon Dec 14, 2009 1:30 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Book Scam, Don't Get Fooled
Replies: 10
Views: 1069

Book Scam, Don't Get Fooled

<t>James M. Ward here, <br/> <br/> I was traveling yesterday and I had finished the books I had brought with me. In the airport book store I came across an Orson Scott Card new novel called A WAR OF GIFTS. It's an Ender Story. I greatly enjoyed the first Ender book, ENDER'S GAME. It's in the top fiv...
by James M. Ward
Thu Dec 10, 2009 5:41 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Tainted Lands Errata and Questions Thread
Replies: 30
Views: 1295

<t>Kos, <br/> <br/> Please don't be sorry. I'm just happy to talk about the rules. My intention which I'm sorry to say I didn't state clearly enough is this. <br/> <br/> 1: only people born to the Tainted Lands can cast heal spells. <br/> <br/> 2: So far only the gypsys cast those spells. <br/> <br/...
by James M. Ward
Thu Nov 26, 2009 4:03 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Eat. Drink. Be Merry.
Replies: 24
Views: 394

Happy holidays my friends!

I hope everyone has a joyous holiday season.

My wife is pulling me kicking and screaming from my computer to go and eat a lot at two different places. It's hard being the man of the house.

Luck to everyone,

James M. Ward
by James M. Ward
Sun Nov 22, 2009 3:19 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Best fantasy novel or series you've read- ever
Replies: 65
Views: 3309

I hate to be part of a long line, but LORD OF THE RINGS is right up there. But let me add Simon R. Green's Hawk & Fisher series as something to read and enjoy.

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by James M. Ward
Fri Nov 20, 2009 2:51 am
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Your favorite god -or goddess
Replies: 30
Views: 1781

<t>For me this is a difficult questions as I have written about a few gods and goddesses in my time. Instantly I think of Thor. He's one of the greatest fighters of all time, he picks on foes much bigger than himself. He has a way cool hammer. What's not to like. However, Isis is one of the greatest...
by James M. Ward
Wed Nov 18, 2009 12:53 pm
Forum: The Crusader
Topic: Problem with subscription
Replies: 3
Views: 2881

I'm sorry about that problem. Send me your real name and address at my other email address with the problem and we will get it fixed and not charge you for that extra CRUSADER this month.

Jim Ward

Managing Editor
sirjmw@aol.com
by James M. Ward
Sun Nov 15, 2009 2:29 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Riddles In The Dark.
Replies: 18
Views: 2745

Google will give you a few thousand.

One that has always worked well for me and Tolkien,

"What do I have in my pocket?"

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by James M. Ward
Tue Nov 10, 2009 11:20 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Tainted Lands Errata and Questions Thread
Replies: 30
Views: 1295

<t>Steve and I are talking over a TAINTED MONSTERS & ADVENTURE product. It would be 64 pages. Imagine a new monster presented in the typical monster book style and then a two page story adventure using that monster so that you can inject it into your game even if you aren't using the TAINTED LAN...
by James M. Ward
Sat Nov 07, 2009 2:46 pm
Forum: SIEGE Engine & Other TLG Games
Topic: TAINTED LANDS STUFF
Replies: 7
Views: 2756

TAINTED LANDS STUFF

As a designer, I would be very interested in some comments on my adventure in the TAINTED LANDS box set.

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by James M. Ward
Sat Nov 07, 2009 2:43 pm
Forum: The Crusader
Topic: is there any reason
Replies: 8
Views: 4155

<t>. . .I do not have free stuff coming to me and I'm not whining about it. But here is the whine and cheese I'll bring to this party: I have money, am wanting to spend it badly, but I have to wait patiently for Nov 1 for the product to be posted on RPGnow. And the cheese, I'll cut this down for you...
by James M. Ward
Wed Nov 04, 2009 8:55 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: V (new)
Replies: 34
Views: 2237

I saw it and wasn't impressed. It was way way too much like the original one. I'll watch it again, but I better see something interesting or I'm done. Pretty women can be seen on any channel.

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by James M. Ward
Thu Oct 29, 2009 10:28 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Tainted Lands Errata and Questions Thread
Replies: 30
Views: 1295

<t>"So many questions, so little time."<br/> <br/> On page 6 of the Player's Companion it mentions that the Witch Hunter can use non-magical weapons to hit undead normally only struck by magic. However, no specifics of this are ever given in the abilities section. <br/> <br/> JMW: Since I mentioned ...
by James M. Ward
Thu Oct 29, 2009 8:09 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Experience division - query for you experienced CKs
Replies: 14
Views: 1478

<t>The British navy had the exact same problem in the 1800s with enemy prize ships. Enemy ships captured in battle were a great source of revenue to the captain and crew of ships. When there were fleet actions, but only one or two of the fleet ships took part in the battle, naturally the other ships...
by James M. Ward
Tue Oct 27, 2009 12:50 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Tainted Lands Errata and Questions Thread
Replies: 30
Views: 1295

<t>. . .Under Generating Tainted Lands Attribute Scores it states: "These two attribute scores are generated by rolling 4d6. The player adds the results and applies one score to the Supernatural attribute and the other score the the Psychic attribute." So, does that mean the player rolls 4d6 for eac...
by James M. Ward
Tue Oct 27, 2009 12:44 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Tainted Lands Errata and Questions Thread
Replies: 30
Views: 1295

<t>. . .This should be specifically mentioned in future printings. I don't see anywhere in the player's book that states this. IMHO, I also think that it should be made clear that the player's don't get the exp listed for any of the items that they actually purchase and don't discover in the course ...
by James M. Ward
Sat Oct 24, 2009 12:24 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Detailing and Defining the Tainted Lands
Replies: 10
Views: 494

<t>Serleran; <br/> <br/> Hopefully you will get a copy of the TAINTED LANDS soon. Your forest is wonderful, but wouldn't be found in the lands. There isn't daylight in the lands. However, your excellent chunk of woods would easily be home for a portal into the TAINTED LANDS. The magical effects you ...
by James M. Ward
Fri Oct 23, 2009 6:14 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Tainted Lands Errata and Questions Thread
Replies: 30
Views: 1295

The items in the players book are common and sold by merchants everywhere in the TAINTED LANDS. The items in the Keepers book are designed to be fun treasures to find with and used by the various monsters.

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by James M. Ward
Fri Oct 23, 2009 12:02 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Of Gods and Monsters request from those who have it (an
Replies: 28
Views: 1199

nwelte1;

Thank you very much for your well reasoned and logical thoughts on my book. These projects are never easy to start or complete and it was a pleasure to see your thoughts on my book.

best,

James M. Ward
by James M. Ward
Thu Oct 22, 2009 11:32 pm
Forum: Open Discussion
Topic: Detailing and Defining the Tainted Lands
Replies: 10
Views: 494

<t>Wolfram, please always feel free to add more great gaming thoughts. The tower is wonderful and in keeping with lots of horror elements, most particularly transformation. <br/> <br/> Anthony, wow! The parade of the Damned is another great idea. Sort of like the Wild Hunt but with horror. If I migh...