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Post Posted: Sun Jun 18, 2023 5:51 am 
 

Badmike wrote in Islandia modules:Three years later and it appears mbassoc and I were right lol. I still hope we can see updated printings of this stuff in my lifetime.

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This won't be published until the IP owner speeks to someone who is interested in bringing the product to market and establishing a digital legacy for the authors' works.
As it is we have some greedy f"ck who turned up here to explain why he wanted money out of this.


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Post Posted: Sun Jun 18, 2023 9:25 am 
 

It seems to me the gaming world has shifted from DMs mostly coming up with their own material to purchasing books and adventures and reading them off to players. Imagination in gaming died out quite a while ago due to the player base becoming less and less equipped mentally and psychologically to come up with their own stuff. Remember how we as DMs would constantly be trying to think up new things to add to our campaigns? That doesn't happen anymore.
Very few of the current generation of gamers are interested in "old" stuff. Due to the influence of video games, they are more interested in half blue dragon/half ochre jelly ninja paladins who start out with +3 swords of mutilation and have abilities like "Spinning strike: hit all enemies within 50'". So basically, I think any older product that was updated would look almost nothing like the original.


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Post Posted: Mon Jun 19, 2023 12:20 am 
 

Deadlord wrote in Islandia modules:It seems to me the gaming world has shifted from DMs mostly coming up with their own material to purchasing books and adventures and reading them off to players. Imagination in gaming died out quite a while ago due to the player base becoming less and less equipped mentally and psychologically to come up with their own stuff. Remember how we as DMs would constantly be trying to think up new things to add to our campaigns? That doesn't happen anymore.
Very few of the current generation of gamers are interested in "old" stuff. Due to the influence of video games, they are more interested in half blue dragon/half ochre jelly ninja paladins who start out with +3 swords of mutilation and have abilities like "Spinning strike: hit all enemies within 50'". So basically, I think any older product that was updated would look almost nothing like the original.


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...and moreover that is one of the concepts i wrote in the intro of my game! (I didn't use the half dragon/half jelly, i used the ninja/pirate example however...)


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Post Posted: Mon Jun 19, 2023 2:53 am 
 

Blue Dragon/Ochre Jelly Ninja/Paladins? Can they p!ss Bud Lite?

In defence of the current generation of authors in the OSR space, those who write backwards compatable products, there is a lot of tallent in that author pool, and publishers that assemble that work into pretty attreactive reading materials. Today's published content is as good as I've seen it. But ofcourse that talks to the demand in the market for creative and tallented people to do the thinking and sketching for the masses who choose not to think for themselves.

It used to be a case that what was published by the likes of Judges Guild and TSR was not so far removed from the creative abilities of many DMs (access to professional typesetting aside), whereas today, the gulf between the creative author and the avergae 5e DM is astonomical. As a newbie DM picking up D&D/OSR today, it must seem impossible ever have the tallent or imagination to think for ones self when presented with the quality of published materials.


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Post Posted: Sun Jun 09, 2024 7:20 pm 
 

Back in 2008 someone on the paizo forums asked about The Companions products and this was the one reply:



Wm John Wheeler, one of the authors in question, honored me with his close friendship for the past 12 years. He recently died from complications of diabetes.

I have a great deal of his source material on Islandia, as well as a good deal of material he worked on afterwards. I am in the process of completing a module he and Peter started called "The Black Riders".

I am in touch with Peter Rice occasionally, and will float to him the idea of publishing some of the material in pdf form. I'm not sure what the legalities are, though, as the older works were sold to various publishers.

-Scott Thompson

Does anyone have any info on Scott Thompson?

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Post Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2024 9:21 am 
 

There was someone here on Acaeum who cropped up talking about publishing/re-publishing works, but he made it very clear that he was not interested in preserving Wheeler & Rices legacy. He wanted to make money from it, and if he couldn't make money he was not interested in publishing anything. The guy seemed like a paracite and I'm sure the conversation would be findabe. Indeed it may be earlier in this thread but I'm not gonna go hunting.


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