New books day

Actually, it is old books day, because we are talking about used books here.

I was playing D&D last night and my DM had some old Forgotten Realms books that he didn’t want anymore. And what do you know he gave them to me.

Of course, they are not in the best condition, considering they are old an used, but I still think they will make a nice addition to my ever growing library. The two books I got was The Cleric Quintet, collectors edition and Death of the Dragon. I do have a couple of books I have read before I start these, but with a little luck they will be my Fall 2024 project.

The greatest YoutTube video ever made

Mr. Welch is one of my favorite YouTubers. In celebration of the 50th anniversary he managed to unite the who’s who of D&D YouTubers in a celebration of D&D.

Mr. Welch has never produced a bad video, but this one is out of the world. Behold, the greates YouTube video.

Using Vecna

I think there some people out there, who don’t like the stories told in 5th edition D&D. If you are old enough, you can see how some of the releases are just regugitated versions of better products.

That being said, the 5th edition designers are not afraid you using what is at their disposal, including Vecna. Personally, I think you have to be very careful using these mega characters too much, as the mystery surrounding them diasppears. Wizards do not see it that way based on what I have seen about Vecna: The Eve of Ruin.

I am not going to buy this book, but I will keep my eye on Professor Dungeon Master to see if he posts about sales figures as he sometimes does.

Project Avatar moving ahead

As I rambled about in a previous post, I am tryimg to get my filthy hands on The Avatar Trilogy. Since it is out of print, it is not an easy task, or perhaps I should say that I didn’t expect it to be easy, but so far it has been pretty straight forward.

I have gotten confirmation that all three books are on their way. Two of them are shipped from Germany and one from the US, so it will probably be a while before I see any of them. With a little luck, the arrival will coincide with me finishing the Icewind Dale Trilogy.

Shadowdale just arrived. Happy days.

Tantrass just arrived and it seems like Waterdeep is stuck in customs

Waterdeep arrived from the US. Ir is in really bad condition, but at least now I have the whole Avatar Trilogy. Victory!

    Before and after – yes I am that guy

    I found a bidon from Tour of Denmark when I was out walking. And it turns out I am the guy who will pick it up and bring home and clean it. Not only that, I will actually post a before and after photo on my blog.

    I am pretty sure it wasn’t used Mathieu Van der Poel, but it depends on how you tell the story I guess.

    Alpecin Deceunick

    What to read next?

    I am almost done with my current book Angels of Attack, so it is time to start thinking about the next book. I have been looking to read some fantasy, but most of them are out of print and the next Dragonlance novel is still a couple og months away.

    Thankfully I realized that I have The Icewind Dale trilogy, and I have only read it once in my life. So, staying true to my new found interest in the Forgotten Realms, I have now found my next book.

    If I remember correctly, this was the first trilogy written my R.A Salvatore featuring Drizzt, so it might make sense to follow up with the Dark Elf trilogy. See, I am planning ahead.

    Hunting for novels

    A few years back, I started collecting Dragonlance books. Well, I started collecting the books I didn’t already have. I managed to get a couple of trilogies, which was quite the project, but nonetheless a successful one.

    Now that I am dipping my toes in the Forgotten Realms, I have been trying to get a hold of some the novels, including the Avatar Trilogy. Of course Wizards of the Coast has stopped publishing books, so I have no way of getting my filthy hands on actual books. Kindle and Audible versions are available, but I am old school, and I like to actually read an old fashioned book.

    It is unfortunate that WotC cannot come up with a viable business model for the book segement, however, it seems that their narrow focus on gaming material for Forgotten Realms has paid off for them, at least for the past couple of years. Considering the firing rounds in December, it appears that the company is facing some serious challenges.

    My search continues, so hopefully I will be able to expand my collection with some Forgotten Realms novels.

    Forgotten Realms

    I visited my local RPG pusher yesterday, and stumbled across an older Forgotten Realms core book, probably from the D&D 3.5 days. It was insanely expensive, but I must admit that I was really tempted. I know very little about the Forgotten Realms Lore, and none of the books are available anywhere, be it gaming books or novels. As it is, I might have a line on some of the core books, hopefully a little cheaper than the one I was drooling over yeaterday.

    The troubled history of TSR

    I stumbled across this video yesterday. It is made by Dave Thaumavore, who did a bang up job telling us about the book Slaying the Dragon by Ben Riggs. Anyway, no need to for me to regutitate anything here, go watch the video, it is great. Meanwhile, I will buy Ben Riggs’ book.

    Getting my Forgotten Realms on

    So, I have been thinking of doing a bit of DMing in my group, just to spice things up a bit. And since we are playing in the Forgetten Realms, I have delved into my collection of old school adventures, and have found three that are either set in the Realms, or can be easily adapted to it.

    I have no real experience with the Forgotten Realms as a DM since we mostly played Dragonlance or Greyhawk in my younger and happier days, but I find it a bit refreshing to try a new setting, even a setting that gets a lot of heat from various online gamers. Personally, I try not to think in terms of good and bad, it’s just different. And to be honest, I don’t think the Forgotten Realms setting is half bad. Sure there a lot of overpowered characters, but one can always reimagine them if need be. Or ignore them all together. It’s not that different from other settings. Imagine playing Dragonlance with Raistlin Majere running around hurling magical spells at everything and everyone.

    I am looking to run the following adventures: To find a King, Baltron’s Beacon and Under Illefarn. These will be part of a greater narrative that has been built up over the last couple of years of campaigning.

    Will this endeavor ever come to fruition? I doubt it. All the D&D projects I have started over the past 20 years have fizzled out even before I got going, and this will undoubtedly not be any different. However, as my lack of intelligence is evident, I will give it another shot.