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    Wed Aug 12, 2009 5:58 pm  
    Who are you?

    Any of you Canonneers playing Greyhawk player characters?

    I'm Geodine the Unearthed, gnome druid of Seogin Earthcaller kicking it around Zggsberg.
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    Wed Aug 12, 2009 7:14 pm  

    Who the heck is Seogin Earthcaller and where -- on Oerth -- is Zggsberg? Confused

    Not playing right now, my friend. Been on the move, as you know. I'm in the Houston area now and will undoubtedly have a much better chance of finding a gaming group here. Happy

    But I think I'll leave my main charater "retired," and just roll up a new one for the "new" group, that I hope to find/join. Cool

    I've always played a Sorcerer, or a Magician -- I enjoy the many subtleties of magic. But I've been giving thought to trying it with a "new" twist -- for me, that is -- and do the Cleric thing, this time around. My only hold up, as it were, is which God I should follow with my new character.

    A couple of the Gods -- that I like -- only allow their Clerics to use weapons that I don't really like, for the character I envision. Razz

    When I get it figured out, I'll let you know. Wink
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    Wed Aug 12, 2009 7:52 pm  

    Mystic-Scholar wrote:
    I'm in the Houston area now and will undoubtedly have a much better chance of finding a gaming group here. Happy


    Me, too, for a while at least. Maybe we can scare up a game sometime.

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    Wed Aug 12, 2009 8:18 pm  

    Cool, I hope you get a group. Im in a play by post over the net.

    Check out DM Prata's dietybase for Segojan, a gnome earth/magic god, and a whole buch of other GH gods. Very cool old school.

    http://knights-n-knaves.com/dmprata/Deitybase.pdf

    I spelled it wrong, it is Ysggburgh, which is a town Gygax put near castle Zaggy. Basically another version of Greyhawk city and castle. In the version I'm playing, it is set just south of there.
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    Thu Aug 13, 2009 1:37 am  
    Who are you?

    Well, I can't say tha tI am in a game right now, but as a DM I have been more in "author mode" lately ...

    So, there's these guys ...
    Francis Coburne of Longspear - Shield bearer extrodinaire and bodyguard
    Meritaelin Vindreskaya - Rhennee bargeman Lasher (wihch some my recognize from my "Laughing Turtle" article a couple of postfests ago.
    Cal Carver - a paladin convicted of tombrobbing looking for his parents who'd bodies had been stolen

    And right now I am working on a wemic NPC to go with a piece of art that I am doing for the new postfest ... a sort of gladiator type fellow.
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    Thu Aug 13, 2009 4:06 am  

    Oerthman, scaring up a game sounds good, I'll have to get with you on that and . . . sorry we highjacked your maps post! Embarassed

    Wolfsire, cool list. Have you applied any stats -- portfolio, domain, etc. -- for Segojan Earthcaller? (Didn't see any on that particular list, or did I miss something?) Confused

    And 'playing by post on the internet' must make for one loooong game. Evil Grin

    Icarus, I've been reading my way through all the past articles. I'll be looking for Meritaelin Vindreskya in the "Laughing Turtle." Happy
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    Thu Aug 13, 2009 5:19 am  

    I’ve played for most of my D&D ‘career’ in Greyhawk but mostly in two experiences. My introduction to D&D was with a group that played together for about eight years and then I dropped out of playing for several years until Living Greyhawk enticed me back in. I played LG for about eight years as well.

    Since the demise of LG I don’t have anything running in Greyhawk, and am involved in a campaigns in Eberron, Forgotten Realms, and Middle Earth

    I’ve had perhaps two dozen Greyhawk characters but the main four are:

    My original greyhawk character (1st and 2nd edition)
    Amberle Elesedale - 14th level half-elven Ranger from the Wild Coast

    Living Greyhawk Campaign (3rd edition)
    Varthalon Fitz-Amanodel – 16th level gray elven Arcane Trickster from Celene/Nyrond
    Rolep o Pelor – 10th level human (Oeridian) Arcane Hierophant from Nyrond
    Jean’edar Farstrider – 10th level human (Attoli) Spellsword from the County of Urnst
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    Thu Aug 13, 2009 5:44 am  

    (Don't mean to side track the thread, but you guys should check out Mort's new Webcomic. Awesome stuff! He even managed to include that warrior chick from the movie Heavy Metal! Laughing)

    Nice stuff there, Varthalon. Cool

    I'm really glad to see that you've actually included a couple of humans in your character list! Laughing Laughing

    In my readings, I've noticed that many of today's players seem to shy away from playing a "human." I noticed that "you," yourself, are "actually" a Grey Elf! Shocked Laughing

    May I ask; What's up with that? Do actual humans hate being human, or something? Confused

    Just asking. Cool
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    Thu Aug 13, 2009 7:03 am  

    I'm almost always DM, but I have had a few PCs over the years. The one that comes to mind at the moment is Bob the Fighter. I made this guy up when I was about 10 years old and couldn't think of a cool name. He was called "Bob" because part of one ear was missing. He couldn't remember his real name. Bob had a pretty short career, dying nobly in the Caves of Chaos as he held off a minotaur's onslaught in order to save his friends. Sometime later (when I was about 30), Bob was resurrected because other PCs needed information he had regarding the origins of one of his former traveling companions. Having had his fill of adventuring, Bob now lives in Twilight Falls, a few miles down the road from Hommlet. He is a silent partner in a tavern there and spends most of his time gossiping with other old-timers, swapping tales with passing adventurers, and napping in the sunshine. His big, grouchy hound dog (aptly named "Dog") is usually napping somewhere nearby.
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    Thu Aug 13, 2009 7:49 am  

    Talisien Shorewarden, half-aquatic elf Druid/Ranger, trudging through the Saltmarsh series using C&C.
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    Thu Aug 13, 2009 8:17 am  

    Lord Percard a 17th level illusionist turned shadow mage that I started at the age of 9 and played for many, many years. He now resides in the City of Greyhawk area as an information/ adventure source for my players.
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    Thu Aug 13, 2009 8:18 am  

    Oh, and for Mystic-Scholar, he is human.
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    Thu Aug 13, 2009 8:48 am  

    Lord_Percard wrote:
    Oh, and for Mystic-Scholar, he is human.


    Whooo-hooo! Alright Lord Percard!

    (Query: Since the players are human, is it possible for them to be xenophobic towards humans! Shocked Confused )
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    Thu Aug 13, 2009 10:14 am  

    So are you asking if self-haters play AD&D?
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    Thu Aug 13, 2009 10:32 am  

    Naw! I'm almost positive they do! Laughing Laughing
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    Thu Aug 13, 2009 10:57 am  

    Currently playing Andolphas Hecker of Diamond Lake, 2nd level cleric of Wee Jas, in a Whispering Cairn play by post. Hopefully that gets me somewhat back in the good books on this site, after mentioning elsewhere that I'm DMing in another setting... but let's not derail the thread... Smile
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    Thu Aug 13, 2009 10:59 am  

    Mystic-Scholar wrote:

    Wolfsire, cool list. Have you applied any stats -- portfolio, domain, etc. -- for Segojan Earthcaller? (Didn't see any on that particular list, or did I miss something?) Confused

    - I'm pretty sure the Dietybase cites the origial Dragon mag that addressed that that. Probably in the back. Portfolio, etc, is in wiki and elsewhere. I'm also sure that later editions have covered stats too. You said "list", did you follow the links? It is far from just a list.
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    And 'playing by post on the internet' must make for one loooong game. Evil Grin

    - very much so, but it is just as fun, and incredibly more convenient. I doubt I could manage to swing an ongoing table game.
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    gargoyle wrote:
    Talisien Shorewarden, half-aquatic elf Druid/Ranger, trudging through the Saltmarsh series using C&C.


    That sounds pretty cool. Watch out for Jack Raptureweed!

    http://www.canonfire.com/cf/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=784
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    Thu Aug 13, 2009 11:09 am  

    Mystic-Scholar wrote:
    Whooo-hooo! Alright Lord Percard!

    (Query: Since the players are human, is it possible for them to be xenophobic towards humans! Shocked Confused )



    Hmmm, traditionally the greek or latin word for an object is used in conjunction with -phobia to describe a fear of that thing. With the Greek it would be called Anthropophobia except that is already the term of a phobia of people and groups of people (not distinguishing by race or racial subtype) since the greek word for 'people' and 'humankind' is the same word (I guess the ancient greeks didn't consider elves, dwarves, etc people).

    We run into the same problem with the latin as the latin word for human is Homo Hominis which as been used to define a different fear.

    We could probably use the Latin "Humanus" which could be defined as "Pertaining to man." although it is contextually usually dealing with the cultural refinements of mankind... being humane or posh. Does Humanusphobia work?

    Man... its enough to make someone verbophobic (fear of words)


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    I'm Geodine the Unearthed, gnome druid of Seogin Earthcaller kicking it around Zggsberg.)


    Dude, I love the name. Geodine the Unearthed is a cooly earthy name and title for a gnome worshipping Seogin.
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    Thu Aug 13, 2009 11:42 am  

    Since 1995 I have only run games online, beginning with "Into the Land of Black Ice" (PbP), "Penance of the Damned" (chat-based), "Beneath the Pinnacles of Azor'alq" (PbP), and now "Heirs of Turucambi" (chat-based). Throughout them all a single NPC has made her presence known. I am her voice, and thus she is my character of sorts.

    http://web.me.com/aeolius/turucambi/Blog/Entries/2009/1/21_The_Hubris_of_Hags.html
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    Thu Aug 13, 2009 12:00 pm  

    Wolfsire: I've followed some of the links, but not all -- yet. Yep, there are a lot of them! Cool

    Varthalon: That works for me! We'll refer to those types as being Humanusphobic! Wink

    Twiceborn: Haven't tried playing "on-line" -- bit of a computer neophyte here. My skills aren't that good, but they're improving. Perhaps soon. Embarassed

    Aeolius: Going to check out your link, maybe I can learn to play on-line by reading. Thanks for the link! Happy
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    Thu Aug 13, 2009 12:30 pm  

    While I am a terrific fan of Greyhawk and set my games there, unfortunately my other friends who play D&D are fans of <shudder> Forgotten Realms, and they run their games there. Cry So the only time I get to use one of my characters in Greyhawk is when I NPC them in for bit parts.

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    Thu Aug 13, 2009 12:43 pm  

    I currently DM but have played many characters over the years the best I can possibly think of was one of my first (right from Basic, Expert an into 1st & 2nd)

    Human Magic-user Rockhaven currently based in the Vesve Forrest. Last time I played him he was 19th level but I have used him several times since as a plot device or get out of jail card for players and have bumped the level up to 30th (group is getting very high level and couldn't have them out doing him).

    I have found the resent views of players moving away from humans and more to races that offer a little more (elf, planetouched etc)
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    Thu Aug 13, 2009 3:11 pm  

    Varthalon wrote:
    I’ve had perhaps two dozen Greyhawk characters but the main four are:

    My original greyhawk character (1st and 2nd edition)
    Amberle Elesedale - 14th level half-elven Ranger from the Wild Coast

    Living Greyhawk Campaign (3rd edition)
    Varthalon Fitz-Amanodel – 16th level gray elven Arcane Trickster from Celene/Nyrond
    Rolep o Pelor – 10th level human (Oeridian) Arcane Hierophant from Nyrond
    Jean’edar Farstrider – 10th level human (Attoli) Spellsword from the County of Urnst


    A bit more on my characters:

    Varthalon

    Jean'edar

    Rolep but Rolep isn't fully updated in that link, he was a Druid 3 / Wizard 3/ Arcane Hierophant 4 at the end of the Living Greyhawk campaign.

    Amberle I don't have a link for (she was pre-internet Shocked ) She was a first edition ranger fighting with twin short swords or a short bow. She was always fairly short for a half-elf and about mid-career suffered a major injury (dropped from a Roc at high altitude) and healing her left her at the grand stature of 4ft 2in. Most of her adventuring career (with one major side trip where we were trapped on Avernus for a year) was spent in or around Perrenland, Grand March, Geoff, Sterich, Yeomandry, Sea Princes, Keoland, the Wild Coast, and the City of Greyhawk. She was a good person and a steadying influence in an otherwise chaotic adventuring party but had a dark reputation with those that didn't know her personally... she kept hiring NPCs to help her out but the other party members would use them for cannon fodder. After awhile rumors began to circulate that people that hired on with her tended to never be seen or heard from again.
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    Thu Aug 13, 2009 3:50 pm  

    im DMing, but my npcs are:

    Turgor Redbeard, dwarven fighter. He refuses to wear anything at his torso, as he is proud of his scars. silly dwarf not so found of a bath.

    Petefour, the bard. The inside joke is that he is the forth Pete in the group, and all the others were henchmen who died.

    Avran Eudor, cleric of Heironeous. A 61 years old cleric in great shape but with a fragile back.
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    Thu Aug 13, 2009 3:53 pm  

    Although it is true that my original GH PC, Maldin, has appeared in Dragon Mag, Dungeon Mag, and numerous LG modules, the rumor that he also appears in the Deity Database is not true.

    For now.
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    Thu Aug 13, 2009 4:08 pm  

    It's always good to set goals, Maldin old boy! Laughing Laughing Laughing
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    Thu Aug 13, 2009 5:28 pm  

    Actually I'm a DM now but all the D&D characters I've played have been from Greyhawk. They're compiled among other characters in a blog I called "My RPG characters". I guess it's a kind of homage to all of them: Gimli of Geoff a dwarven fighter, Alof Star a human cleric, Elendil Hojanegra a drow magic-user/thief, Ilmor a human bard and many more.

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    Thu Aug 13, 2009 8:43 pm  

    Mystic-Scholar wrote:

    (Much of the original post has been deleted to avoid redundancy.)

    May I ask; What's up with that? Do actual humans hate being human, or something? Confused

    Just asking. Cool


    First, I must ask, what species are you then? The phrasing of your question implies you are not human, asking if "actual" humans hate being human.

    Now my answers:
    First, the short answer: Yes. Humanity is overrated (especially by itself).
    Though in actuality, I do play a lot of human characters. In the game I run, I play a lot of NPCs, and humans are the predominant race in my game world.
    When I'm a player, I'd say it's about 50/50 for humans or not.

    I can't speak for others, but I theorize that it's part of the fantasy aspect. After all, most of us are human in real life. Just as some people enjoy pretending to be able to wield powerful arcane magic, or call upon the power of the gods, some enjoy the idea of being a whole different species of being. As for the reasons for that, I think we'd have to get into each race in the game one by one. That is, people have reasons they like playing elves, others like dwarves for their own reasons, and ditto for gnomes, halflings, and all the other PC races in D&D. It's all just part of the "being something you're really not" thing I think.
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    Varthalon wrote:
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    Whooo-hooo! Alright Lord Percard!

    (Query: Since the players are human, is it possible for them to be xenophobic towards humans! Shocked Confused )



    Hmmm, traditionally the greek or latin word for an object is used in conjunction with -phobia to describe a fear of that thing. With the Greek it would be called Anthropophobia except that is already the term of a phobia of people and groups of people (not distinguishing by race or racial subtype) since the greek word for 'people' and 'humankind' is the same word (I guess the ancient greeks didn't consider elves, dwarves, etc people).

    We run into the same problem with the latin as the latin word for human is Homo Hominis which as been used to define a different fear.

    We could probably use the Latin "Humanus" which could be defined as "Pertaining to man." although it is contextually usually dealing with the cultural refinements of mankind... being humane or posh. Does Humanusphobia work?

    Man... its enough to make someone verbophobic (fear of words)



    I thought the clinical term for fear of people was Demophobia.
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    Thu Aug 13, 2009 9:59 pm  

    BlueWitch wrote:
    I thought the clinical term for fear of people was Demophobia.


    Yes.... and no. Demophobia (and it's variant names) is a fear of people. But does that mean a fear of humans or a fear of people? Would a gnome with a fear of other gnomes also be diagnosed as having Demophobia?

    Real world psychology doesn't have to conceptualize human vs human as opposed to human vs elf it only defines person vs person. The closest real analog would probable be a person vs ethnic group... like a phobia of Asians or Caucasians, although I'm not sure of the clinical terms for those phobias.
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    Fri Aug 14, 2009 12:55 am  

    I'm DMing the Temple of Elemental Evil and believe it or not but I have never been a player in Greyhawk! Blasphemy, I know! Most DMs i have played prefer their own generic worlds or I have played in the Realms.

    Anyway, I've got more than a few NPCs, the principle ones are:
    Mobius Blackthorne: LE human male fighter who happens to be the Captain of the City Guard of Verbobonc (yeah, my players are trying to figure that one out!)
    Viscount Wilfrick of Verbobonc: human male LG
    Bishop Stephan Beckett: 9th level priest of St. Cuthbert LG
    Erin Flynn: female half elf druid of Obad-hai 7th level N
    Elmo Plantagenant: 7th level human male ranger CG
    Sasuke: 8th level elven bladesinger CE
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    Fri Aug 14, 2009 2:44 am  

    BlueWitch wrote:
    First, I must ask, what species are you then? The phrasing of your question implies you are not human, asking if "actual" humans hate being human.


    Actually, I'm simply engaged in some friendly banter -- here in the forums -- with a couple of people I consider to be e-friends.

    I'm really not into the clinical analysis of any person here, nor of their characters. On the other hand, the seriousness with which you seem to have taken my "playful" question, shows that you really seem to be -- meaning no offense.

    This was all in the name of "good fun," which you apparently took as being a serious query into the human psyche, deserving of a Psychologist' thoughtful clinical analysis -- it wasn't.

    Once again -- it wasn't and I'm really not interested in what a Psychologist might think about it all. Speaking only for myself, I'm not going down this road with you, or with anyone else.

    But I do thank you for the time, effort and thought that obviously went into your comment. And might I sincerely suggest that you join us, here in the forums, more often?

    I hope you have a nice day.
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    Fri Aug 14, 2009 3:39 am  

    i play with humans and no humans as well.

    maybe some play as non humans because they want to play something they dont usualy are
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    Fri Aug 14, 2009 5:22 am  

    rossik wrote:
    they want to play something they dont usualy are


    Rossik, how are you my friend? Its been awhile since we last spoke. Happy

    But I firmly believe that we're "highjacking" Wolfsire's thread with an unimportant issue. I never meant for my completely inane query to be taken so seriously. This was completely unintentional.

    If some persons joining us "here" (on this thread) are going to be dead-set on answering this relatively unimportant and inconsequential question, then I would strongly urge that someone start another thread. (One which I, personally, have no intention of starting.) Such theoretical debates only lead to grandiloquent oratory, which does not interest me in the least. Everyone has, and is entitled to, an opinion -- but not on this subject, on this thread.

    We really need to get back to what this thread is actually about. Which is, basically: What type of character do you play? And not the psyche that motivates you to play him/her.

    Why a person plays a certain type of character is their own, personal business. I was simply "joshing around" with Varthalon. (Obviously a mistake to do it here) Let it go. Its just rhetoric.

    I promise you; "He whose Moderator Voice is Purple" should be stopping by anytime now. Evil Grin
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    Fri Aug 14, 2009 5:50 am  

    ohh...one shall be careful , because the purple voice can hear ya!
    Laughing


    i have less experience as a player than as DM, but even as a DM, i always had a NPC/PC for myself.

    when i have to choose a character , i have to think some things before:
    -if i will continue the game
    -the hurry on creating a character
    -whats the "feeling" of the adventure.


    so, if its suppose to be a simple one shot, i usually go for warrior. simple to do and still very fun to play.
    but, if the level is high, i cant let a magic user go!
    if its a more dense adventure, i prefer a rogue or a cleric
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    Fri Aug 14, 2009 6:43 am  

    Mystic-Scholar wrote:
    Once again -- it wasn't and I'm really not interested in what a Psychologist might think about it all.


    This psychologist thinks you're nuts! Cool
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    Fri Aug 14, 2009 6:54 am  

    bubbagump wrote:
    This psychologist thinks you're nuts! Cool


    Yeah, but psychology is just a side-line for you -- you back-stabbing, thread hi-jacking, Assassin of Tharizdun, Hairfoot halfling in Swedish leotards! Evil Grin

    (*I knew that halfling was going to add his two cents, I just knew it!*) Laughing Laughing Laughing
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    Fri Aug 14, 2009 9:02 am  

    I'm currently playing a High Elven orphan Rogue/Ranger who has only revealed his nickname of "Nightbreeze". He is the son of a Celeneian wine merchant who was murdered travelling to Dyvers, which is where young Nightbreeze learnt "the tricks of the trade". Since he started adventuring he has taken to expanding his skills at hunting Orcs and Goblinoids in the wilds (hence the Ranger levels) since they are the ones responsible for his fathers murder. All in all it's fun to play a serious, even sullen, Elven worshipper of Trithereon. Cool
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    Fri Aug 14, 2009 12:54 pm  

    I am DM, and have been that for the last 16 years. I have never played a Greyhawk character myself, but i have a PC in another group and world (that is more or less retired now).
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    Fri Aug 14, 2009 3:00 pm  

    Well, I AM a doctor, and all you guys sitting around playing out imaginary creatures in make-believe worlds, with little colored dice, buying more books on useless topics then you can ever realistically actually use in your own childish games... and don't even get me started on the hundreds (or thousands!) of dollars you spend on those ridiculous little figurines that you'll probably never get around to using...

    My analysis is... you're ALL nuts!!

    Huh? Stop tapping on my shoulder. What are you pointing at, honey?
    Uhh.... ummm...

    Oh nevermind.
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    At least I don't do figurines. ;)

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    Fri Aug 14, 2009 4:51 pm  

    I haven't been a player in a couple of years, but my last two Greyhawk PCs were:

    Keevan of the Celadon, Suel Druid of Obad-Hai

    Jori Stonetalker, Mt. Dwarf Wizard of Dumandan

    I had started a third but he only lasted 2 games he was a flan dervish (Cleric of Vathris) from the Bright Desert seeking to free his people from the yoke of Rary and his murderous minions.

    Since I mostly DM Greyhawk now, I don't get as much player time.

    Of course Saracenus, my mad undead, heraldic loving alter-ego is an NPC in the Great Kingdom. Don't piss off the Animus with an art fetish.


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    Fri Aug 14, 2009 7:28 pm  

    Maldin wrote:
    ...and all you guys sitting around playing out imaginary creatures in make-believe worlds, with little colored dice, buying more books on useless topics then you can ever realistically actually use in your own childish games... and don't even get me started on the hundreds (or thousands!) of dollars you spend on those ridiculous little figurines that you'll probably never get around to using...


    Heh. Yes, that's entirely different from paying thousands of dollars for golf clubs, golf shoes, greens fees, country club memberships, tips for caddies, and walking around all weekend pretending to be Tiger Woods or Arnold Palmer... Laughing
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    Fri Aug 14, 2009 9:30 pm  

    he he he ...

    I otta write up an npc for Wolfsire, Plar of Poofy Pants Laughing
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    I otta write up an npc for Wolfsire, Plar of Poofy Pants Laughing


    Hey! Wait a gosh darn minute here! I'm already doing that -- Wolfsire, brother of Bearkiller! Evil Grin

    (*Although I hadn't given thought to the Poofy Pants angle*) Laughing Laughing Laughing
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    Sat Aug 15, 2009 7:02 am  

    A long time lurker, putting his two commons in.

    Some of my favorite characters listed by version:

    Domo the Red (namesake) - 1st ed. dual class barbarian, druid; human

    Roland Spellsinger - 2nd ed. bard gallant; half-elf (fond of leaving handkerchiefs behind for all of his "conquests")

    Hodd Creegan - 3.5 9th monk/10th cleric of Boccob; dwarf

    Sorry none for 4th. Don't play it, don't plan on playing it.
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    Sat Aug 15, 2009 7:26 am  

    Though I have not assumed the mantle of Player since the early 90s, I was reminiscing about some of my characters the other day. Some that I recall fondly were:

    Cornalan, half-elf, male / Mistanda, half-elf, female / Solon, half-elf, male / Twilyte, dryad, female: I played all four simultaneously, while another player also played four characters. Mass chaos!

    Heather, female / Usala, female: a gray elf with wings and a 15-year old human barbarian... just a typical adventuring party!

    Serrus, human, male / Mirada, elf, female: my highest level PC. Serrus (and his wife Mirada) began at L1 and retired at L19. That took over 4 years of playing.

    Wulf, elf, male / Corinna, elf, female: Another husband and wife team. Wulf hated humans and possessed psionics, which was technically against the rules in 1e.

    Jesaryth, drow, female: An albino drow mage/assassin (I had just read Elric and the 1e UA had just come out)

    Eclipse, drow, male / Krok, half-ogre, male: more UA madness with a drow cavalier!

    Daerland, gnome, male / Talsanan, half-elf, male: Daerland was a cleric/illusionist who began adventuring late in life, after the death of his wife.

    Rhebus, minotaur, male / Medea, elf, female: The "Ecology of the Minotaur" article had just come out. He was a ranger/M-U

    Daylyth, wild elf, male: The penultimate xenophobe!

    Aqualus, aquatic elf, male: Yeah, go ahead - snicker.

    Aura, atomie, female / Thistle, halfling, female / Wendover, halfling, male: Half the altitude, twice the attitude!

    Gykon, juju zombie, male: former brother of Serrus. Gykon and Jesaryth were my only evil PCs

    My first 3e PC was Nok, a portly half-orc bard with skills as a chef and taxidermist. He wore a bloodied leather apron and attacked with meat cleavers.

    One of these days I'll get the chance to try my new PC, he's a spellstitched swarm-shifter dread necromancer emancipated spawn half-scrag sea kin lacedon with aboleth grafts. ;)
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    One of these days I'll get the chance to try my new PC, he's a spellstitched swarm-shifter dread necromancer emancipated spawn half-scrag sea kin lacedon with aboleth grafts. ;)


    You...worry me sometimes, Aeolius. Shocked
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    Sat Aug 15, 2009 1:14 pm  

    Its the aboleth grafts that crossed the line for me.
    Laughing

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    Sun Aug 16, 2009 3:29 am  

    After 19 years, I'm still playing Denha Deloran (Baroness Deloran, Guardian of Adlerweg, Keeper of the Blackflame):

    2e: Human Wizard (previously Thief (Scout))
    2e Spells & Magic: Human Shadow Mage (previously Thief (Scout))
    3e: Human Rogue/Sorcerer
    3.5e: Human Rogue/Shadowcaster/Sorcerer/Noctumancer
    4e: Shadar-kai Warlock (multiclass rogue)/Ghost of Eventide

    The character was exposed to blackflame while playing Baltrons Beacon and this was the in-story excuse to convert to a shadow mage. The worst version was actually the 3e version since it proved to difficult to stick to the concept when the multiclassing rules punished spell-casters, which was more galling since I played the levels as a scout and then a wizard from level zero using the Unearthed Arcana 1e rules.

    The 4e version is by far the most fun as finally I don't feel I'm being punished for the concept any more and as you are encouraged to reflavour the powers it gives more freedom over the narrative. I might have to try a hybrid version when the shadow classes come out but I'm stiffed every time as they only seem to come out about a year before they move on to the next edition grrr.
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    Sun Aug 16, 2009 7:35 am  

    You know, their printing of a new edition doesn't mean you actually have to use it...
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    Sun Aug 16, 2009 10:19 am  

    Lol thanks for the words of wisdom. I do actually prefer 4e in many ways. I don't like the new magic items - I like the mechanic limiting their usage but not the items themselves - they're too cookie cutter.

    I much prefer 4e monster generation rules. I lamet the monster fluff but there is no reason why I can't use my 1e and 2e monstrous compendiums to pad out the 4e stats.

    As for everything else, the only players who grumble a bit about 4e are the cleric - who was very powerful and versatile inder 3e and the multiclass wizard who hasn't got round to playing yet - I playtested his character and he rocked so I expect he'll be ok when he does play.

    The problem with 5e may just end up being that the online tools for 4e will evaporate when 5e comes out. As long as I can cope with that, I think I will stick with 4e for a while yet. Denha Deloran will rule mwaa haa haa (cough). That would never have happened under 3e.
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    Sun Aug 16, 2009 1:04 pm  

    oh, i had a narcoleptic beholder once, as npc
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    Sun Aug 16, 2009 2:09 pm  

    rossik wrote:
    oh, i had a narcoleptic beholder once, as npc


    I once used conjoined beholder twins in an adventure. They looked like a giant hourglass with eyestalks on both ends.
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    Tue Aug 18, 2009 7:42 pm  

    One of my favorite monsters I used was invisible. The party was thrashing around trying to find what was attacking them and then finally managed to dispel the invisibility....

    It was a Medusa.

    Mwwhhaaahaaahhaaaaha!
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    Tue Aug 18, 2009 10:01 pm  

    Thats diabolical!

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    Wed Aug 19, 2009 1:17 pm  

    Varthalon wrote:
    One of my favorite monsters I used was invisible. The party was thrashing around trying to find what was attacking them and then finally managed to dispel the invisibility....

    It was a Medusa.

    Mwwhhaaahaaahhaaaaha!


    Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked

    I...am definitely stealing this idea.
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    Wed Aug 19, 2009 9:04 pm  

    I played a 2e dwarven Fighter/Cleric named Borin Hammerhelm in as one shot that took place in the orc over run southern wild coast a few weeks back, but I hardly ever get to play anymore.
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    Thu Aug 20, 2009 4:00 pm  

    Can't remember his name but my last character in GH was back in 2e. He was a half-hobgoblin who had been raised among humans and become a fighter/magic-user (We were def houseruling). While playing through Keep on the Borderlands (Located near the Dreadwood in my DM's campaign) he found out that his father was the hobgoblin chief in the Caves of Chaos and "went native." It was like Reverse Dungeon before that came out. Adventuring was leading raids against the local human homesteads and caravans going to the Keep, until agents of Iuz killed my father for a powerful magic item that he had found and I was on the trail for revenge. never finished that campaign arc.

    Most of the time in GH I was DMing.
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    Fri Aug 21, 2009 10:59 am  

    There aren't enough halflings around here, so...

    I give you Dindil, a halfling fighter/thief I played for a short time several years ago. He was a complete sociopath, but had a soft spot for children and others who suffered at the hands of oppressors. Long before WotC created the Whisperknife prestige class, Dindil was sneaking into windows and cutting the throats of anybody who crossed him. Anyone who called him a "runt", "shorty", or otherwise insulted him would receive a blank, innocent stare and an obsequious, "Thank you, sir, I suppose I am a little too small and weak for that kind of thing," and later would find themselves with a poisoned dagger in the chest. It was great fun. My DM at the time - a sociopathic jerk himself - got Dindil into all sorts of trouble by "allowing" him to witness all sorts of abuses, which of course Dindil had to avenge.

    But then he got himself locked in a room with all those trolls.... (*sniff*)
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    Wed Aug 26, 2009 1:40 pm  

    I got to DM my version of Castle Greyhawk back in June, at the inaugural North Texas RPG Con in Benton, TX (DFW area), but our current campaign is set in the JG Wilderlands, so I'm not playing in GH atm. (And, in fact when I take over the DMing reigns in the not-too-distant future, I'll be running S4 in the WL, since that's the group's main campaign atm).
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    rossik wrote:
    im DMing, but my npcs are:
    ... Petefour, the bard. The inside joke is that he is the forth Pete in the group, and all the others were henchmen who died.

    The really humorous part to me is that when I read it, I pronounced Petefour in my head as "petty-four". ... and that's a completely different thing altogether.
    petit four (also Petitfore): noun [pet-ee fawr, fohr; Fr. puh-tee foor], plural petits fours
      a small teacake, variously frosted and decorated
      A small, square-cut, frosted and decorated piece of pound cake or sponge cake.
    Now, it's a coincidence, I am certain, but, it just makes it all the more hilarious to me.

    And Aeolius ... and while I am at it ...
    Aeolius wrote:

    dryad
    a gray elf with wings
    albino drow, female
    drow, male
    half-ogre, male
    Rhebus, minotaur
    wild elf
    Aqualus, aquatic elf, male: Yeah, go ahead - snicker.
    atomie
    juju zombie
    a portly half-orc bard

    One of these days I'll get the chance to try my new PC, he's a spellstitched swarm-shifter dread necromancer emancipated spawn half-scrag sea kin lacedon with aboleth grafts. ;)

    ::snicker, snicker:: Really though, "Rhebus"? did he talk in symbols? and "Aqualus" ... you could've just said "Aquaman". But, you know ... you dream of underwater adventures, I know. Say, does that make them wetdr- ... Shocked <ahem> Nevermind.
    But I don't know ... all those races in there, I don't think anyone could accuse you of being xenophobic.

    Maybe we should start calling you Captain James T. Kirk. Green dryad women and all. Shocked Wink
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    Sun Aug 30, 2009 11:14 am  

    I am currently playing in a Yahoo Greyhawk Group, 2nd edition, in The Sinister Secret of Saltmarsh - we are having some good fun! My character is: Nadia Davrahtai, a half-elven female ranger; species enemy: gnolls.

    My oldest GH character is probably a halfling thief named Arnilion. He was part of a group of "evil" characters that our DM ran through a mixture of published modules (D series) and his own take on Oerth - as I recall we did a lot of adventuring in the Pomarj and the Hellfurnaces. I think he was around 13th level when we retired the game - that was back in college in the 80's so my memory is a bit sketchy. Cool

    I am all set to DM my first Greyhawk campaign - The Temple of Elemental Evil - starting next weekend via email. As someone lamented, it does take a long time, but I've found that with my schedule and the schedule of my old gaming buddies scattered throughout the nation, email works best. This will be a 2nd edition game and just about all of us (one player prefers 3.5) are excited about it.

    And I'd like to thank Maldin for his great webpage - probably helped rekindle the flame to get back into Greyhawk a few years ago. Wink
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