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Post Posted: Sun Oct 12, 2003 5:24 pm 

Has anyone here checked out Darkangel's D&D db?  He talks about it at

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Thought I'd see if anyone's checked it out, has comments, etc.

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Post Posted: Sun Oct 12, 2003 9:03 pm 

Darkangel (Kent Kelly) was the guy who, about two years ago, packaged up The Acaeum (with some rewording, to be sure) and attempted to sell it on eBay.  After some strong language in both directions, he desisted.

I obtained a copy of the material, and at the time, it was full of inaccuracies.  That's not to say that he didn't have some useful info -- quite the contrary; he had compiled extensive information on tons of modules (ISBN, Product Codes, back-cover descriptions), along with his own reviews of the items.

From the description of his new D3 database, it looks like he's expanded to include everything D&D.  It appears he's toned down (or eliminated) the copyright-infringement bits, and it could be a useful tool to have.  Especially since it's free -- for now.  :)



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Post Posted: Mon Oct 13, 2003 1:53 pm 

Hello all,

Darkseraphim here.  Just logging on to make a few clarifications for the curious ...

First, it is true that I sold a D&D database for about a 2-month period in 2001.  I don't recall all of the specifics, but the information was derived from The Acaeum, reseller sites, Amazon, Dragon magazines, and my own personal research and collection.  Quite a bit of it was indeed derived from Acaeum information.  But the worst sticking point, as I recall, was that I had copied some of the Acaeum scans and hosted them on my own website.

Secondly, I'd like to take this opportunity to apologize personally to Foulfoot - I was in a bad personal situation during that time, and I didn't much respect or care for myself, much less the others I came into contact with.  It was a bleak time for me, and my actions definitely didn't make the enduring of it any better.  Fortunately, things have gone much better for me ever since, due to much soul-searching and maturation on my part.  Every aspect of my life is much improved, and I feel that my growth as a person reflects that.  In short - I'm truly sorry if I caused any distress.  I can't take it back, but I can move forward with a clean conscience, since I know I'm being good to both myself and others, in all aspects of my life.

Thirdly, D3 is open to the community - I'm not sure how useful it's going to be for serious collectors of gaming material, since it has a broad focus that includes paint bottles, belt buckles, novels, miniatures, and what-have-you.  But I did come across some rather interesting rarities that may be of general interest.  The information is as complete as I can make it, but there are bound to be errors, since I've only ever owned about 50% of the items on the list.  Corrections are always credited and welcomed, and will be reflected in future versions.

Lastly - it will always remain free.  The combined file size is ~1 MB, the only "cost" is that you need to store it, and check it for viruses if you like (I do virus checks prior to each mailout, but you can never be too careful.)

If anyone has any comments or questions, just let me know.  I can start an introductory / Q&A post or thread if the necessity is felt; otherwise, I'll retain my comments here.

Carry on, thanks all.



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Post Posted: Mon Oct 13, 2003 2:44 pm 

Fair enough!

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