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Post Posted: Mon Dec 05, 2005 4:33 pm 
 

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thee and thou??!! you gotta be kidding right? :)




You mean you guys dont use those terms anymore. :P {j/k}


Ye might find this link interesting.  It even features Canadians! ;)



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Post Posted: Mon Dec 05, 2005 5:01 pm 
 

bclarkie wrote:
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thee and thou??!! you gotta be kidding right? :)




You mean you guys dont use those terms anymore. :P {j/k}




us northerners never did. its them southern whelps that gave us a bad name :)



  


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Post Posted: Tue Dec 06, 2005 6:34 pm 
 

Since three people have now queried, the lesson for today is "always ask questions" :)

Not that I always follow my own advice...



http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 8733453698



"The set is in extremely good condition and the books look as if they have never been used, or even thumbed"



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Interesting; looks crisp enough, but is that a waterstain at the top?

Time to ask a lateral question ("convince me it's not an OCE") and probe about the condition...



Seller's response => "While the contents are in extremely good condition, the box is a bit grubby having been stored for many years"



OK; photos please :)



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*g*. Now that explains why the books are stacked in the first pic.

Is but a flesh wound: complete with minor rubbing & blood spattering... :P



Books haven't been "thumbed", but the ref. sheets definitely were: for what anyone seems to care 'bout those ;)



Still a decent set, but not quite as good as the initial scan might've hinted.

  


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Post Posted: Tue Dec 06, 2005 6:49 pm 
 

Bah...Questions?....Who the hell asks questions? I am too feckin lazy to ask questions most of the time. :roll: Unless of course the Question is "Do you have a Buy It Now Price in mind?!". :P



Seriously though, I dont ask near enough questions most of the time, truth being is that I have a tendancy to rely a little too much on the photography. :oops: I haven't really gotten burned yet on a high value item, usually because someone else who also isnt asking any questions either outbids me......


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Post Posted: Tue Dec 06, 2005 6:52 pm 
 

bclarkie wrote:I haven't really gotten burned yet on a high value item, usually because someone else who isnt asking any questions either outbids me......


*g*. Valid point!



bclarkie wrote:Unless of course the Question is "Do you have a Buy It Now Price in mind?!". :P


Some people... :roll: :lol:

  

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Post Posted: Tue Dec 06, 2005 8:07 pm 
 

bclarkie wrote:Bah...Questions?....Who the hell asks questions? I am too feckin lazy to ask questions most of the time. :roll: Unless of course the Question is "Do you have a Buy It Now Price in mind?!". :P



Seriously though, I dont ask near enough questions most of the time, truth being is that I have a tendancy to rely a little too much on the photography. :oops: I haven't really gotten burned yet on a high value item, usually because someone else who also isnt asking any questions either outbids me......




That's one reason I seldom buy items on Ebay anymore.  Very rarely, unless it's an established seller, do the descriptions enter into any sort of relevant detail.  So you actually have to ask a question to find out that the entire load of magazines were dropped into a swimming pool once upon a time.

   I had three bad magazine orders in a row, each one right after the other came with unseen damage, missing items, and flat out wrong descriptions, I now try to only buy mags I can see with my own eyes.



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Post Posted: Fri Dec 09, 2005 2:34 am 
 

Let me start off by saying I have never been one to beat up on 3E or 3.5E and have bought a good portion of the core stuff just because I am a completist at heart. I have also blindly downloaded the offerings they have on the wizards.com site and saved them. Tonight I actually looked a little closer at one of the monster templates they use....



D&D Fight Club: Chuladoal, The Fiendish Gravetouched Ghoul Swarm-Shifter Troll



What is a Fiendish Gravetouched Ghoul Swarm-Shifter Troll. This thing has a CR 8...not sure what exactly how the CR works I know it has to do with an encounter rating or something like that. I thought I saw where these go to 20 (if it is only 10 that might not be so bad) and this chap is only an 8?



All I can say it WTF am I supposed to do with this. I am trying to imagine what the great foes of 1E and 2E would have looked like or been transformed to if they had initially been written under 3E. The named Demons, Devils and even Gods in the D&DG books did not need that much of a write up....but then again the fellow I linked to could probably whip up on any two of them together.



I just wanted to ramble a bit. I will still probably continue to download and review but just to feed my neurosis. I would have to say I now have at least part of a foot in the 3e sucks camp!


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Post Posted: Fri Dec 09, 2005 7:13 am 
 

just spotted this relisted on creeps stuff...



Ad&d Module: Advanced Dungeons & Dragons | eBay



reckon its actually worth that?



course i have one listed for under half that, at least, un-shrinked tho....reckon they are still the draw?



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Post Posted: Fri Dec 09, 2005 7:23 am 
 

killjoy32 wrote:just spotted this relisted on creeps stuff...



Ad&d Module: Advanced Dungeons & Dragons | eBay



reckon its actually worth that?



course i have one listed for under half that, at least, un-shrinked tho....reckon they are still the draw?



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Well at least he was able to completely wipe all the dust off it that its been collecting before he took the picture this time. :wink: I especially love this:
creep the jerk off wrote:THIS ITEM TO BE SOLD TO PRE-APPROVED BIDDERS ! DROP ME A LINE




You have to be preapproved to buy this item? :lol:  Needless to say, I really don't expect his email box to filling with "Can I buy this item?" emails :P


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Post Posted: Fri Dec 09, 2005 7:46 am 
 

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You have to be preapproved to buy this item? :lol: Needless to say, I really don't expect his email box to filling with "Can I buy this item?" emails :P




yeah i saw that bit - was gonna stick it onto the silly items or the laughable ones, but thought here was good so we can talk about it.



wonder why you have to be pre-approved ? seems pretty lame imo. after all its a feckin BIN for gods sake.



well thats a good way of alienating yourself to most buyers imo. most ppl would look at that and think....er sounds dodgy *avoid*



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Post Posted: Fri Dec 09, 2005 7:49 am 
 

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well thats a good way of alienating yourself to most buyers imo. most ppl would look at that and think....er sounds dodgy *avoid*



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Well, that of course if the $179 BIN hasn't already done so.  :P


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Post Posted: Fri Dec 09, 2005 7:56 am 
 

Hey does anyone know where Mike/IO has been, or what his personal email address is?



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Post Posted: Fri Dec 09, 2005 8:01 am 
 

Plaag wrote:Hey does anyone know where Mike/IO has been, or what his personal email address is?



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I was wondering that myself. He hasn't been on since October 17, which was right before Florida got drilled with a hurricane. I am hoping all is well and he has just been too busy to come around, which is entirely possible since it has happened before. :? Sorry I dont have a direct email addy though, all my correspondace with him privately has been via PM.



<edit> A good place to start for his email would be stormber. :wink: Or on second thought, you could try messaging him right through EBay. :)


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Post Posted: Fri Dec 09, 2005 8:14 am 
 

Marlith wrote:What is a Fiendish Gravetouched Ghoul Swarm-Shifter Troll.


And more importantly, how the hell does the DM integrate one of them into his "you all meet in the tavern" campaign?   :roll:

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Post Posted: Fri Dec 09, 2005 8:27 am 
 

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Marlith wrote:What is a Fiendish Gravetouched Ghoul Swarm-Shifter Troll.


And more importantly, how the hell does the DM integrate one of them into his "you all meet in the tavern" campaign?  :roll:




that really has to be one of the most ridiculous monster names/concepts i have ever heard of. wtf is that all about  :?



  


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Post Posted: Fri Dec 09, 2005 8:47 am 
 

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And more importantly, how the hell does the DM integrate one of them into his "you all meet in the tavern" campaign? :roll:




that really has to be one of the most ridiculous monster names/concepts i have ever heard of. wtf is that all about :?


Ok, it's not a PC, at least.  But that certainly seems like a complete waste of time "building" a monster and then trying to make it invulnerable.  Modern DM's need to get a backbone!



If the DM wants to be a munchkin, (presumably for plot purposes rather than general nastiness), he's allowed.  Just slap an "Amulet of DM's Pet" on the creature and be done with it.  You can rationalize it to your players how ever you need to, they generally believe what they're told, anyway.  It's so much easier than wading through all of that.  :roll:

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Post Posted: Fri Dec 09, 2005 9:07 am 
 

I have always detested the "morph" monster to fit a circumstance or event. It is just to damn contrived. An example of this is when you run across some trolls and they all happen to have rings of fire resistance.



There are more than enough monsters in MM, MMII (and ech FF) plus the others that showed up in modules to cover just about everything. But twisting monsters to so that a writer can make an encounter work is crap. I am not trying to be an absolutist, but most of the time, it is just flat out lame and uninspiring.


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Post Posted: Fri Dec 09, 2005 11:15 am 
 

Well, this troll is a joke, no doubt, but there were occasional parallels in 1E. However, they were VERY occasional, and always appropriate.

Now here we have a troll who is immune to everything but fire and acid (even disintegrate?!?!). And lo and behold, he has fire and acid resistance.

Ridiculous. Or 3E. Whichever term you prefer.

In 1E, you'd see things like a pack of ghouls guarding a scoll of protection from paralyzation, but almost never did a monster's weakness get offset. What the heck is the use in a troll like this?


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Post Posted: Fri Dec 09, 2005 11:19 am 
 

are there any other monsters like that?



seems really strange that it hasnt even been thought through at all....



it may well be fantasy, but surely somewhere, there has to be a hint of realism, in the sense that there has to be some common-sense in how something is "made up".



  

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Post Posted: Fri Dec 09, 2005 2:25 pm 
 

Most nonstandard 3E monsters are like that.


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