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Longest duration played character was Boromund Thuromond Hammerhund (aka "BT") a dwarven warrior that I played in a campaign about 25 years ago. The group as mostly made up of game designers from Coleco, a couple of whom (including the DM) were ex-TSR designers (Lawrence Schick and Kevin Hendryx) and B. Dennis Sustare who created the original D&D druid character class and several of our wives. We played through a campaign that included a mutated version of the AD&D slavers campaign blended with a pre-release version of The Temple of Elemental Evil.

Grobli was a halfing NPC who was nominally my character's sidekick and very entertaining.

I had a tendency to include player characters (mine and others) as characters in game adventures I wrote. Many of the NPCs in Griffin Mountain were player characters in my Runequest campaign. Several characters in the Enchanted Wood were based on co-workers at Coleco (where I was working when I wrote the adventure). As my gaming slowed down, that practice went away and I made up characters whole cloth (or with my Central Casting books).

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:-D Thank you for sharing that, Paul! So, the evil elven princess of EW, or the over-busy alchemist are avatars of some friends of yours? :) I keep in mind to not harm them the next time we run the adventure... :wink:

Was "The Shattered Statue" also part of that campaign, or did you essentially write it up from scratch? - The fight at the the end seemed rather cinematic to me, so I always thought that it might serve well as the conclusion to a campaign.

In addition, I would like to ask if you participated in playtests of the adventures you wrote later, or just let your experiences guide you. :)


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Amelior Amanitas the alchemist was played by one of my coworkers in the early days of my time at Coleco ... before ColecoVision. Not sure where the evil elf princess came from. Long John was another guy in our office.

The Shattered Statue was not a part of my campaign. If I remember, I wrote it the way I did to introduce the "lost" DQ lore that accompanied the adventure. Ending was probably intentionally cinematic. :D

I rarely playtested my adventures. JG had me on too tight a schedule for anything like that. I had no group for EW. I tended to play out my adventures after they were published, not before.

I did run Shattered Statue (AD&D) with a local group of players before finishing it.

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PJaquays wrote:
Longest duration played character was Boromund Thuromond Hammerhund (aka "BT") a dwarven warrior that I played in a campaign about 25 years ago. The group as mostly made up of game designers from Coleco, a couple of whom (including the DM) were ex-TSR designers (Lawrence Schick and Kevin Hendryx) and B. Dennis Sustare who created the original D&D druid character class and several of our wives. We played through a campaign that included a mutated version of the AD&D slavers campaign blended with a pre-release version of The Temple of Elemental Evil.


I'd love to compare notes on your pre-ToEE game sometime, Paul: I just bought the T2 lot of materials from Kevin Hendryx's recent auctions!

Semi-relatedly, do you know if the rights for DQ are still in Hasbro's hands, or have they reverted to Eric Goldberg, et al?

Unrelatedly, we just celebrated a year of delving in our Caverns of Thracia campaign (web site now relocated to http://members.cox.net/ulrich_chronicles/).

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I doubt if the rights to DQ reverted to anyone. SPI owned them and they were acquired when TSR called in their markers on SPI back in the early '80s. TSR sold off some SPI product to other publishers during my tenure there, but not DQ. When TSR sold itself to WotC, it's probably a safe bet that all remaining TSR copyrights and marks went to WotC. The Dragon Dice game was purchased by another publisher after that.

Eric Goldberg or his company Crossover Technologies owned some of the West End product line (specifically Arabian Nights), but I doubt he had any ownership rights in DQ.

"Twisted Mind of Paul Jaquays"? ... I'm pained. Truly.

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