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Post Posted: Sun May 01, 2005 8:30 am 
 

welcome chummer :)



  

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Post Posted: Wed May 11, 2005 10:28 pm 
 

Age 27, started playing D&D Dec26 1989..though played my first game some 20+ years ago (Not sure how old I was when one of my brothers ran a small dungeon for me and another brother). Anyway, always had a creative mind, and well after months of taking dice from boardgames and drawing grid maps in a spiral notebook (made some scifi/zelda type game with all that), that same brother got me the Red Basic Box Set (13th printing I eventually found out  :)  ).

Guess that was the begining, course now I collect and occasionally play (d20 though *hides*). Eventually though the greatest thing to ever be put on my shelves shall be something I helped write (Necromancer Games - Bards Gate). So I guess you could say I have the 1st edition feel  :D

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Post Posted: Wed May 11, 2005 10:42 pm 
 

Welcome Shane!

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Post Posted: Fri May 20, 2005 6:42 pm 
 

Greetings, all!

The name's John, I'm 35, live in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, got into D&D when I was around 10 or 11 initially, and got more seriously into it as I got older.

Played regularly in the same group from about 1988 to 1995/1996.

As a teen, subjected myself to the animated D&D cartoon.  As an adult, subjected myself to the D&D movie (only decent bits were Richard O'Brien and Tom Baker -- pure magic.  Everything else in it = pure cheese/cardboard.)

Been a pretty serious collector over the years (none of the really, really rare stuff, mind you), occasionally turn things out on eBay (seller name = johnshall).

Always been a big scifi/fantasy buff, movies/TV shows, especially Doctor Who.

Have yet to seriously get into 3rd Edition -- too much work to unlearn 20+ years of playing AD&D a certain way!  :mrgreen:

I'd say 2nd Edition is my favorite edition, but I'll never forget the thrill of learning the convoluted 1st Edition rules!

Favorite class has always been magic-user/wizard, although I'm also partial to the witch class (per Dragon #114) -- my DM, who was a practicing Wiccan himself, allowed this as a character class.

Hope to speak to more of you soon!

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Post Posted: Sat May 21, 2005 4:24 am 
 

hey john! welcome to the forum - hope you enjoy your time here :)

as a curiousity, what do you think of the new, current series of Doctor Who? Me n the kids quite like it, almost a breath of fresh air imo - something to while away a half hour when there isnt anything else on and i quite like Christopher Ecclestone as an actor.

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Post Posted: Sat May 21, 2005 10:12 am 
 

Hi there!  Thanks for the welcome, and yes, I think I will definitely enjoy my time here...  :)

As for the new DOCTOR WHO series, I'm thrilled by it!   :D   Christopher Eccleston is definitely a breath of fresh air and a decided "break" from the previous Doctors' styles of acting, and I'm not nearly as distracted by his "minimalist" outfit as I thought I would be.  It's a shame he's already decided not to do a second series, as I think he would've been brilliant.

Billie Piper's quite good as the new companion Rose, and the stories have had excellent production values and plots -- although I think they've been trying to cram too much into 45 minutes.

Out of curiosity -- and I don't know if this is the best forum category for this question -- are there very many shops in the UK that still deal in AD&D items?  I remember when I used to visit London in my 20's there used to be a Virgin Megastore Gamesstore on Oxford Street, plus a gaming store sort of near Covent Garden called the Orc's Nest, but I don't know if they're in existence anymore?

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Post Posted: Sat May 21, 2005 4:39 pm 
 

there are still a fair number of RPG shops around, but they tend to cater for more newer brands/games etc know what i mean? you sometimes see a smattering of older AD&D/D&D product, but they generally have crap material tbh....

still you still have to look JUST in case there is something there that wasnt there last time :D



  


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Post Posted: Sat May 21, 2005 11:19 pm 
 

Name is James Mishler, age 36, been playing RPGs since 1980. These days I keep pretty tightly to playing Castles & Crusades, HackMaster, and Lejendary Adventure, in the Wilderlands of High Fantasy, Known World of Mystara, and Lejendary Earth, respectively, though I've often used bits from other worlds like Greyhawk or even as esoteric as the Perilous Lands.

I've worked pretty solidly in the adventure game industry for the last 10 years. I've worked for Wizards of the Coast, Chessex Distribution, West End Games, Kenzer & Company, ACD Distribution, Krause Publications, and WizKids, not counting various freelance gigs here and there. I am currently an editor on Scrye, Comics Buyer's Guide, and Comics & Games Retailer.

Once upon a time my game collection was quite large, and required eight 6' bookcases, four 4' bookcases, and four 3' bookcases, not to mention a closet full of boardgames. Most of it was common stuff, but I had a few "collector" level items, too, mostly early Judges Guild... but it was all stuff I'd play or read regularly, nothing in minty condition. Probably $50k all told, but now it's down to about $10k maybe, as it got whittled down one move or financial travail after another (not to mention a divorce).

I'm slowly rebuilding, though, and in addition to looking to re-build my reading/playing collection (especially of 2nd Edition AD&D) I'm looking to build a "collectors" collection as well, which is why I'm hanging out at the Acaeum now. You could say I got bit by the collecting bug by my coworkers at CBG, though they are all comic book collecters, of course.

Happy to be here. I've gotten lots of cool information already, looking forward to interesting discussions and discoveries.

  

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Post Posted: Sun May 22, 2005 4:50 am 
 

hey james :) welcome to the acaeum - as youve found, this can be a great site for research and resources too - prb the best way to use as a base for your collecting operations! good luck :)



  

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Post Posted: Sun May 22, 2005 6:13 am 
 

jamesmishler wrote:Once upon a time my game collection was quite large, and required eight 6' bookcases, four 4' bookcases, and four 3' bookcases, not to mention a closet full of boardgames. Most of it was common stuff, but I had a few "collector" level items, too, mostly early Judges Guild... but it was all stuff I'd play or read regularly, nothing in minty condition. Probably $50k all told, but now it's down to about $10k maybe, as it got whittled down one move or financial travail after another (not to mention a divorce)..


Understanding this perfectly, James.

Been through a separation myself... and only recently finally managed to get back my old boardgames - between them a SPI's Lord of the Rings and a Swords and Sorcery - that were stored in my ex's basement... and luckily didn't suffer damage apart from a slightly musty smell.

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Post Posted: Sun May 22, 2005 8:37 pm 
 

jamesmishler wrote: Name is James Mishler, age 36, been playing RPGs since 1980. These days I keep pretty tightly to playing Castles & Crusades, HackMaster, and Lejendary Adventure, in the Wilderlands of High Fantasy, Known World of Mystara, and Lejendary Earth, respectively, though I've often used bits from other worlds like Greyhawk or even as esoteric as the Perilous Lands.


Welcome, James.  How long have you lived in Iola?  I grew up not far from there.  Nice to have another fellow cheesehead join the group!

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Post Posted: Sun May 22, 2005 9:58 pm 
 

afoolandhis$ wrote:Welcome, James. How long have you lived in Iola? I grew up not far from there. Nice to have another fellow cheesehead join the group!

-Stephen


I've been here now for just over a year, but I lived here back in 2000 to 2002, when I worked for Scrye magazine the first time.

For all that it is an extremely rural area, I rather like it. Nice and quiet place. Trouble is finding a good game. Nearest game store is in Stevens Point, a half-hour away, and the nearest *good* game store is almost an hour away in Appleton.

Where'd you grow up around here?

  


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Post Posted: Mon May 23, 2005 10:51 am 
 

Just outside of Stevens Point.  There used to be a great little shop in the North Point center (or something like that) called "B&R Hobbies" that became "Galaxy Hobbies", or was it the other way around?  Anyway, I spent many Saturday mornings there as a youngster buying up TSR gaming materials.  I think they've since closed.  Is the shop you're thinking of the one that's out on HWY 10 in Plover?  I stopped in there last summer for a quick look, but wasn't too impressed.  What's the name of the one in Appleton?

  

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Post Posted: Mon May 23, 2005 1:19 pm 
 

jamesmishler wrote:Once upon a time my game collection was quite large, and required eight 6' bookcases, four 4' bookcases, and four 3' bookcases, not to mention a closet full of boardgames. Most of it was common stuff, but I had a few "collector" level items, too, mostly early Judges Guild... but it was all stuff I'd play or read regularly, nothing in minty condition. Probably $50k all told, but now it's down to about $10k maybe, as it got whittled down one move or financial travail after another (not to mention a divorce).
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All my wife has to do is threaten divorce to keep me in line....she's already said she'd make a BIIIIG ass bonfire out of "her" half of the loot!!!!! :evil:  Welcome James!  Your name looks familiar, did you ever hang out or buy stuff over at the old AOL TSR forums or rpg.marketplace?

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Post Posted: Mon May 23, 2005 1:56 pm 
 

afoolandhis$ wrote:There used to be a great little shop in the North Point center (or something like that) called "B&R Hobbies" that became "Galaxy Hobbies", or was it the other way around? I stopped in there last summer for a quick look, but wasn't too impressed. What's the name of the one in Appleton?


It's now Galaxy Hobbies, in Plover, and I don't even really count them. Nice folks, but they concentrate on MRR, RC, and Paintball, with small shelves of comics and even smaller shelves of games.

The other shop in town is Jadeco Stamp and Hobby, which jumped on the gaming bandwagon with CCGs it seems, though the owner is an old-time wargaming grognard from way back. He combined his shop with Games People Play, a hole-in-the-wall RPG/Boardgame shop. Yes, once upon a time there were three game shops in Stevens Point! Today I count them as 1 and 1/2...

The shop in Appleton is Chimera Hobbies. A great shop, one of the best I've found anywhere, though Wonderworld in Burion, WA is still bigger and broader in stock. Chimera Hobby

  


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Post Posted: Mon May 23, 2005 2:11 pm 
 

Badmike wrote:Welcome James! Your name looks familiar, did you ever hang out or buy stuff over at the old AOL TSR forums or rpg.marketplace?
Mike B.


Oy, talk about dredging up old memories! Yes, I hung out in the old AOL forums long, long ago, under the handle Mystaros (which I still use a lot). Other than that, though, in gaming there are a ton of ways you might have heard of me, or we might have even met at a convention...

You may have heard of my name in connection with a long-overdue adaptation of the Known World of Mystara to HackMaster, known as the "HackWurld of Mystaros."

Or, if you have been most unfortunate — or rather, if your character has been most unfortunate — in connection to my earlier Kenzer product, "The Lost Tomb of Kruk-Ma-Kali."

Or maybe you hang out in the Castles & Crusades, Lejendary Adventure, Judges Guild, or Necromancer Games boards?

Or in connection with any one of a dozen jobs I've had in the industry... it all melts together anymore...

  

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Post Posted: Mon May 23, 2005 3:03 pm 
 

jamesmishler wrote: You may have heard of my name in connection with a long-overdue adaptation of the Known World of Mystara to HackMaster, known as the "HackWurld of Mystaros."


Ah, thats why your name sounded familiar.  :) The fan boy in me wants to know if that project is still on going. And any plans for a HackWurld Hollow World?  :D

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Post Posted: Tue May 24, 2005 1:42 pm 
 

Plaag wrote:Ah, thats why your name sounded familiar. :) The fan boy in me wants to know if that project is still on going. And any plans for a HackWurld Hollow World? :D

ShaneG.


Still in development through a slow and unsteady process. Gawds willing, and the industry don't implode, something HackWurld will be released. Gazetteer, corebook, souircebook, adventure... still not sure yet which or when.

Hollow World is way down on the list of things to do from the setting. HW has some very fanatical adherents, but not nearly enough to make it profitable from the start. And, like all things with the HackWurld versus the Known World, it won't be quite the same...

  

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Post Posted: Thu Jun 02, 2005 11:11 pm 
 

I don't know where else to address this, but I have to say the harami's new avatar made me burst out laughing.  

Nice one!

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Post Posted: Sat Jun 04, 2005 6:14 am 
 

beyondthebreach wrote:I don't know where else to address this, but I have to say the harami's new avatar made me burst out laughing.

Nice one!

:D :D :D

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Thanks, BTB! :D

Thought we could do with a resident "kitty", since the other one never seems to have time to stop-by and "chat"... ;)

  
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