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by VincentDarlage
Thu May 19, 2011 6:18 pm
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: Strange Aspect of Conan in Howard's writings
Replies: 4
Views: 1891

Your description is EXACTLY why I am so harsh about pastiches.
by VincentDarlage
Sat Mar 19, 2011 2:28 am
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: [CONAN] Legends of Kern
Replies: 19
Views: 3989

Yes, the "sharp and direct" fragment bothers me, on four levels. 1) It is not a sentence. There is no subject and no verb. Merely two adjectives (modifying nothing) joined with a conjunction. 2) It is an unnecessary fragment. Presuming the adjectives are meant to modify the preceding sentence's verb...
by VincentDarlage
Fri Mar 18, 2011 1:02 am
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: [CONAN] Legends of Kern
Replies: 19
Views: 3989

I opened the book to a random page (page 35). "On the door to the hut belonging to Gar and Fionna, a bloody swipe." That was the first sentence I looked at. Incomplete it is. It starts with a prepositional phrase ("On... Fionna") then... "a bloody swipe." No verb. Without a verb, it is not a sentenc...
by VincentDarlage
Mon Mar 14, 2011 7:14 pm
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: [CONAN] Legends of Kern
Replies: 19
Views: 3989

The thing is, it not only fails as pastiche, it fails as a well-written novel. It really falls apart in the sequels, making it a failure as a well-written trilogy. REHs work will be around for a long time, being discussed, having movies made... Tolkien, the same... Dune... No one is going to remembe...
by VincentDarlage
Sun Mar 13, 2011 1:53 pm
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: [CONAN] Legends of Kern
Replies: 19
Views: 3989

The best review of the book is here: http://www.conan.com/invboard/index.php?showtopic=1483 It is in post #7 (the other two books follow in posts 8 and 9). He outlines the characterization and plotting problems these books have. Blood of Wolves is a thundering disappointment, a misfire of Æsir-sized...
by VincentDarlage
Sun Mar 13, 2011 1:25 pm
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: [CONAN] Legends of Kern
Replies: 19
Views: 3989

Really? I found it unreadable. The author has no idea how to write a complete sentence. Most of the "sentences" are incomplete, even in the narration. Everyone but Kern was indistinguishable from each other, except by name. No one but Kern really had any character at all. Also, he can't even get the...
by VincentDarlage
Mon Sep 20, 2010 8:22 pm
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: Vincent's NPCs
Replies: 56
Views: 10061

No problem. The file is up on Xoth's site now.
by VincentDarlage
Mon Sep 20, 2010 8:21 pm
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: Couple o'thingies for your Conan game.
Replies: 3
Views: 1498

"Occult Lore" is one of my most used and most highly recommended supplements. It's an excellent resource.
by VincentDarlage
Mon Sep 13, 2010 10:15 am
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: Valeria predicament
Replies: 1
Views: 1248

Re: Valeria predicament

I feel Conan would never have left her, not unless he escorted her to safty and by that I mean taking her to Zabhela itself not leaving her with a once friendly Tribe that as soon as he gone turn her into a slave! Has any written a story about this Woman, or mentioned her again in other Conan/Hybor...
by VincentDarlage
Sun Sep 12, 2010 4:53 pm
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: Ilbarsi Knife: any idea of Stats
Replies: 6
Views: 1920

Well, in the original El Borak story (Three Bladed Doom) that this is a re-write of, the knife was a Khyber Knife, which of course is what a Zhaibar Knife is... therefore, an Ilbarsi knife is the same as a Zhaibar knife, just made in a different region.
by VincentDarlage
Sat Sep 11, 2010 4:59 pm
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: Vincent's NPCs
Replies: 56
Views: 10061

by VincentDarlage
Sat Sep 11, 2010 1:47 pm
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: Vincent's NPCs
Replies: 56
Views: 10061

My players have been in Turan, so I needed more Turanians than I previously had... so, here are over a hundred pages of Turanian NPCs. http://rapidshare.com/files/418459877/Turanian_NPCs.zip.html I've sent this file to Thulsa to put on his site, but he hasn't yet, so I thought I'd go ahead and put i...
by VincentDarlage
Fri Sep 03, 2010 7:27 pm
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: GRIPE: Clash of the Titans (remake)
Replies: 17
Views: 3667

I agree totally. I love B&W. Most of my favorite movies are in B&W. They do hold atmosphere better.
by VincentDarlage
Sun Aug 29, 2010 12:20 pm
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: GRIPE: Clash of the Titans (remake)
Replies: 17
Views: 3667

My friends sometimes are baffled that I prefer older movies than today's "spectacular events," but I hate the loss of telling a good story. (Maybe that is why Hollywood is writing its own Conan movie instead of adapting one of Howard's). Movies are simply better when a good story with interesting ch...
by VincentDarlage
Sat Aug 28, 2010 4:31 pm
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: Knowledge (Local)
Replies: 7
Views: 1533

The only time he would have to roll on it is for local knowledge that is NOT common knowledge - and Barbarians should not an easier time knowing esoteric knowledge about their region just because they live there. People who seek out obscure knowledge about their local region should have that. It sho...
by VincentDarlage
Tue Aug 24, 2010 11:16 am
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: Above average people of the Hyborian Age
Replies: 12
Views: 2233

Supplement Four wrote: Out of curiosity, where do these standard arrays come from? Are they in the D&D DMG or something?
DMG and Monster Manual. The NPCs in the DMG all use the elite array.
by VincentDarlage
Tue Aug 24, 2010 4:53 am
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: How Long is Conan King?
Replies: 6
Views: 1774

Supplement Four wrote: Which story is closest to Conan be 30 years old?
The People of the Black Circle
by VincentDarlage
Tue Aug 24, 2010 4:49 am
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: Above average people of the Hyborian Age
Replies: 12
Views: 2233

The standard d20 arrays are what I use. Elite Array 15, 14, 13, 12, 10, 8 Non-Elite Array 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8 Standard Array 11, 11, 10, 10, 10, 10 I usually only use the standard array for commoners. Anyone "uncommon" enough to have a PC class uses either the non-elite or elite array. My PCs use t...
by VincentDarlage
Mon Aug 23, 2010 11:52 am
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: Cimmerians and Bows
Replies: 11
Views: 2068

Thanks Vincent, I guess I have the mental image from John Maddox Roberts' book Conan the Valorous, wherein he describes on of the clans utililizing peat moss for fire, bringing their wooden roof poles, and grazing their highland sheep and cattle in wide open mountain pasture. I am one of the few pe...
by VincentDarlage
Sun Aug 22, 2010 9:31 pm
Forum: Other Roleplaying Games
Topic: Cimmerians and Bows
Replies: 11
Views: 2068

I've always assumed that their lack of love for the bow was more of a geographic as opposed to a cultural thing, meaning that the Cimmerians grew up in a geographic area that did not have a heck of a lot of trees. I don't see Cimmeria as not having a lot of trees. Look to REH's description of Cimme...