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    Thanks to Robert S. Conley for joining us tonight on Inspired Unreality. We got a quick tour of his very creative career and then launched right into some rollicking roll playing reminisces. I hope to chat with him again.
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    Inspired Unreality

    September 20, 2021 at 9:00 PM Central

    Special Guest - Robert S Conley, Creator of Blackmarsh and The Majestic Fantasy RPG


    Our topic will be the difference between writing classic D&D vs. 5e.

    How to write for both?

    How to convert from OSR to 5e.


    I know that sounds like three topics but they are very closely intertwined.


    Blackmarsh

    https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/89944/Blackmarsh


    The Majestic Fantasy RPG

    https://www.drivethrurpg.com/...tasy-RPG-Basic-Rules


    Bat in the Attic

    https://batintheattic.blogspot.com/


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    Inspired Unreality

    September 20, 2021 at 9:00 PM Central

    Special Guest - Robert S Conley, Creator of Blackmarsh and The Majestic Fantasy RPG


    Our topic will be the difference between writing classic D&D vs. 5e.

    How to write for both?...See more
    Blackmarsh - Bat in the Attic Games | Majestic Fantasy Realms | DriveThruRPG.com
    Blackmarsh - Bat in the Attic Games | Majestic Fantasy Realms | DriveThruRPG.com
    Blackmarsh - In the days when man knew only the working of stone and fought for their existence against the orc and the goblin, the s
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    Sep 1
    When I enrolled into college many decades ago I had never heard anything about roll playing games. It never occurred to me that it might be a thing. Well other than drama students working hard to play their rolls in front of an audience. I was amazed when I saw my first play there and I was impressed by how hard the students worked to make it as believable as they could.When I enrolled into college many decades ago I had never heard anything about roll playing games. It never occurred to me that it might be a thing. Well other than drama students working hard to play...See more
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    Sep 1
    It takes a lot of courage to play a character with completely different ideas and interests than you have. Imagine standing on the stage and arguing with another actor as to whether you're up to it. Our director overhearing us said there was no time to hunt up replacements and to make the best of it.It takes a lot of courage to play a character with completely different ideas and interests than you have. Imagine standing on the stage and arguing with another actor as to whether you're up to it. O...See more
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    Sep 1
    Let's just say that was the start of my interest in playing rolls. Roll playing came a little later.
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    Jul 20
    Appreciate you letting me know and hope you enjoy Blackmarsh
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    Jul 20
    Here is the crux of running a game in one quote. "The creativity of the referee comes by not forcing his players to follow a predetermined story, but to develop new and interesting consequences based on the players’ actions. Use the NPC’s motivations and personalities to decide which consequences are the most likely and pick the most interesting. " - BlackmarshHere is the crux of running a game in one quote. "The creativity of the referee comes by not forcing his players to follow a predetermined story, but to develop new and interesting consequences b...See more
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    Jul 21
    Thanks for sharing that. The feedback helps me figure out what to focus on when I write more detailed advice.
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  • robertsconley
    robertsconley commented on ZDL's blog post
    Deep Dive: OSR Critique
    Our little hobby is filled with intriguing oddities.  One of the most persistent such oddities is our weird tendency to take what is already a fr...
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    ZDL
    Jun 29
    > Original OD&D was not written for novices to the miniature wargaming hobby at the time.

    Again, *I KNOW THIS*. This is why OD&D is *NOT* a good thing to fall back on for "simplicity". It is literally a set of guidelines written for a very small group of people in a very narrow area who'd been presumed to know certain things already (like Arneson's long-running proto-RPG campaigns), who had access to specific rulesets (Chainmail, chiefly), and thus knew what Gygax was talking about once you got through his absolutely terrible writing.

    My thesis wasn't "OD&D was a bad thing for its time and place". It wasn't (Gygax's writing notwithstanding). It's a bad thing for *NOW*.

    The goals of the OSR are laudable. Their weird worship of an incoherent mass of lore is not one of those laudable things. That is the point.
    > Original OD&D was not written for novices to the miniature wargaming hobby at the time.

    Again, *I KNOW THIS*. This is why OD&D is *NOT* a good thing to fall back on for &qu...See more
    robertsconley
    Jun 30
    Thanks that clarifies the thesis of your original post.

    As for folks and OD&D in the present, what you are not taking into account is that w now know about that "small group of people in a narrow area".

    It not a mystery to the OD&D community and more than a few folks including myself wrote out about it.

    For example Philotomy's Musings.
    http://www.grey-elf.com/philotomy.pdf

    Or Finch's Old School Primer
    https://www.lulu.com/...age=1&pageSize=4


    Folks talked to folks who ran successful OD&D campaign from back in the day and the few that continued to present.

    It not 1995, when people only had the 3 LBB to go by and scratched their head at what looked like a incoherent mass of lore. By 2005 those who didn't dismiss OD&D found out there was more to its story, including myself.

    By 2015 that story had become well known enough that folks figured out and expanded on the different ways to approach OD&D and it had regained some popularity and was supported again. Largely because OD&D did not turned out as incoherent as people thought.

    So unless what had happened for past 20 years is addressed I don't see how a thesis that OD&D is a bad fit for *NOW* can be supported.
    Thanks that clarifies the thesis of your original post.

    As for folks and OD&D in the present, what you are not taking into account is that w now know about that "small group of...See more
    ZDL
    Jun 30
    I think I'm going to just start replying by quoting things already said that you apparently didn't bother reading.

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    I know a person here who does magical things with wood to the point I call him "the wood whisperer". I have seen him create wonderful works of art with a pen knife and a repurposed screwdriver. So obviously that's all you need for woodworking, right? Because in the right hands a pen knife and a screwdriver are great woodworking tools!

    Wrong.

    He wouldn't even agree with that. His workshop has about, conservatively guessing, 50 gazillion chisels alone: not one of which is a repurposed screwdriver.

    The fact that a good craftsman *can* make miracles with subpar tools doesn't mean that a) they should, or b) they'd want to.
    I think I'm going to just start replying by quoting things already said that you apparently didn't bother reading.

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    I know a person here who does magical thing...See more
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  • robertsconley
    robertsconley commented on OshKoshBigosh's status
    I just bought these Fantastic Reaches so I have the complete Wilderlands as you produced them... Thanks for the incredible job !
    Sep 13 '19
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    Sep 13 '19
    Glad you enjoyed them. Next will be Wild North adapted for the Blackmarsh setting
    OshKoshBigosh
    Sep 13 '19
    To quote James Mishler, will you plan to make a hardcover with all the four guides ? It would be great too !
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  • robertsconley
    The one where I finally finished the Wilderlands Revised editions and maps.
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