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#11587
Looks like the the Forgotten Realms are pretty stupid... 8 Years, 6 Months ago  
Well, we don't play D&D so I'm not sure how important random encounters are to the way the game runs, but in all th games I/we play in our group, though some have random encounter tables, I don't ever remember rolling a dice ot decide what 'random' creature the party meet next - I prefer to think of what seems appropriate to the situation, how the players are doing, etc, and then detail up the encounter from there.

So it wouldn't matter to me how common the publishers of a game tried to make a particular creature type - if it didn't fit with the picture I was trying to paint, it wouldn't get used.

Phil
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#11588
Looks like the the Forgotten Realms are pretty stupid... 8 Years, 6 Months ago  
Well, we don't play D&D so I'm not sure how important random encounters are to the way the game runs, but in all th games I/we play in our group, though some have random encounter tables, I don't ever remember rolling a dice ot decide what 'random' creature the party meet next - I prefer to think of what seems appropriate to the situation, how the players are doing, etc, and then detail up the encounter from there.

So it wouldn't matter to me how common the publishers of a game tried to make a particular creature type - if it didn't fit with the picture I was trying to paint, it wouldn't get used.

Phil

that's how i run a game too. i usually have several plot encounters planned and several "random" encounters planned and i just wing it. makes for less rolling and book flipping(although i am quite guilty of doing both often).
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#11589
Looks like the the Forgotten Realms are pretty stupid... 8 Years, 6 Months ago  
Yeah I'll be bummed, since with the DDM distribution there'll be 30-40 of them in the mini rack by the time it happens.
precisely.

muahahahaha!!!!!
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#11590
Looks like the the Forgotten Realms are pretty stupid... 8 Years, 6 Months ago  
I feel like I really missed the boat here...there are NO Drow et all in my world... just wood elves, and their pretty rare and recluse.
I've got my own random encounter "scribblings" for the different locations, but I've got to confess, I usually think out 2 or 3 ahead of time and decide wether or not to put them in depending on the situation or mood...things are never that random in my game, they are pretty planned and thought out even when they are "random" he,he,he...
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#11591
Looks like the the Forgotten Realms are pretty stupid... 8 Years, 6 Months ago  
yeah, there's only commonly wood elves in my game too, but the ancient gray elves do exist, far away in their isles of everlife. the wood elves in my game resent humanity for it's trespasses against the earth, and for a brutal attempted genocide over a thousand years ago. the humans hate the elves because the elves have harried them at all costs wherever they still reside. an 800 year old elf has a hard time forgetting what several generations of humans can easily disregard.
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#11592
Looks like the the Forgotten Realms are pretty stupid... 8 Years, 6 Months ago  
I agree with JK about the marketing of encounters. Smart business-wise but lame for us fatbeards and grognards.

Fortunately, my players are all old school and prefere a 1:1 ratio of fight encounters to thinking encounters. I love my players and they have been coming back for 5 years to the same campaign. I guess I'm doing something to their liking and I'll keep doing it until they stop showing up.

I will admit though, I ran a story arch all of 2005 that was drow heavy and the ones that survived will have to come back due to vermisciltude and continuity - though the party created a paucity of drow. A few got away!

As far as encounter tables... I just pick what will be cool for my players and make it look like it was random. The best was a beholer I threw in because I just pulled the mini the day before the game. That was a fight!

I believe that if you put a drow on the cover of your marketable item, it will sell better. Too bad, fore there are so many other iconnic baddies available.
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#11593
Looks like the the Forgotten Realms are pretty stupid... 8 Years, 6 Months ago  
carnivore (and others) -

I dunno if any of you have looked at FFG's DragonStar; it's D20 system, but uses a sci-fi background with Fantasy, sci--fi, OR Modern (although modern is a little more difficult to work in). Basically, they allow ANY tech level, ANY magic level, REQUIRE D&D 3.0 or 3.5 rules, and ALL D&D characters! Plus, they add a few of their own, and can absorb (assimilate, a la Borg?) any Modern, even mundane, characters as well.
But here's the fun part; DRAGONS rule, Metallics are good guys, chromatics are BAD guys, and the Secret Police are all DROW!

Sound . . . interesting? (as in the Chinese curse?)

See ya!

Jim
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#11594
Looks like the the Forgotten Realms are pretty stupid... 8 Years, 6 Months ago  
That does sound interesting... in an Eastern Philisophical sense.

I looked it up on your referral and I might be getting it. I will have to find someone else to run it fore I am running 2 campaigns already.

Drow would make quite a secrwet police force.

The story arch I am running now has a maralith demon disguised as a rich socialite in town looking for "handsome adventurers" to take on as lovers.... she just wants to destroy all magic items and she has been at it for decades.

Her chief adversary is a shape changed black dragon - who likes magic items - and his horde of kobolds and a band of humans.

The PCs are, of course, in the middle.
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#11595
Looks like the the Forgotten Realms are pretty stupid... 8 Years, 6 Months ago  
heeheh, i actually own a number of the books, the book on smuggling got co-opted for use in my SW game
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#11596
Looks like the the Forgotten Realms are pretty stupid... 8 Years, 5 Months ago  
... wood elves in my game resent humanity for it's trespasses against the earth, and for a brutal attempted genocide over a thousand years ago. the humans hate the elves because the elves have harried them at all costs wherever they still reside. an 800 year old elf has a hard time forgetting what several generations of humans can easily disregard.
wish i had known that when i started! i love playing violently racist, anti-human elves, although not too sure why. it's always been something i've associated with elvenkind and can bring to the table with ease. in the unfortunate event that almaric dies...
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