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It is cannon if you want it to be cannon, as I get it. Apparently the DM can decide wheter it's going to be cannon or not. So there. Your the man of the hour. Currently not all that active. I'm preoccupied with Warcraft III for the moment. Bite me :P. Arivia Great Reader Canada Posts. Yes to the first, not sure to the second. Demogorgon is quite old-I remember references to him in the 1e DMG. Who else would have done it back then? Edited by - Arivia on 27 May Would the Black Talon and the Chilll really have worked together?

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Edited by - aragorn II on 01 Jun Now that scares me! And I'd presume this line was dropped along the way I see no reason why she wouldn't have it still Eltan and the Flaming Fist is still massively overpowered in level's, wealth, and magical items Even back in 1e and 2e.

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I am unsure as to whether it is canon or not. Either way though, it is in my game. Of course I altered a few of the events to what "would" have happened I did a lot of talking out loud in that game! As for the Town of Ulgoth's beard, well, if there isn't anything saying it doesn't exist, why not?

Really, I doubt that they have listed each and every town in faerun. There are hamlets and villages scattered all over the place with neither name, nor mention in the books.

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Shadows of War: Tales of a Mercenary My first stab at realms fiction, here at candlekeep. Stop on by and tell me what you think. Is this just for Baldur's Gate? Where did you get this information that only the DM can decide what is canon? Was it on the WOTC boards? Or in the Ed Greenwood thread here? Tethtoril Moderator 95 Posts. Please let us try not to be too confrontational to one another. Include smilies to break up your posts if what is being written is direct and could be taken in several ways.

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Lack of sourcebook reference is not a good or conclusive argument -- most novels aren't rereferenced either. Rich Baker has deliberately hedged the point. Thank you! Bebris Read a sample chapter here. Darkwalker on Moonshae by Douglas Niles Read a sample chapter here. Black Wizards by Douglas Niles Read a sample chapter here. Darkwell by Douglas Niles Read a sample chapter here.

Elminster in Myth Drannor by Ed Greenwood. The Temptation of Elminster by Ed Greenwood. Elminster in Hell by Ed Greenwood Read a sample chapter here. Elminster's Daughter by Ed Greenwood Read a sample chapter here. As a novelist and an RPGer, you've had the power to create characters in a variety of settings. What similarities and differences have you experienced with creating characters for novels, for customizable computer RPGs, and for tabletop RPGs? One of the things I talk about in the book is about how Gorion's Ward, the protagonist of the Baldur's Gate saga, is presented to the player in a very similar way to how fairy tale characters are constructed.

Rather than the kind of fleshed-out round characters we're used to in most novels, where characters come with explicit full psychological motivations and backstories and so on, Gorion's Ward is given very few traits when the story opens, just a sketch of a past and a handful of starting statistics and skills that do not by themselves create character.

Instead, the player is tasked with interpreting these mechanical aspects of the game into a person they can invest in emotionally, which occurs through character choices in response to the puzzles and story decisions of the game, and through character customization when you gain new levels or equipment. In a novel, you're usually given quite a bit more about the character, and of course you don't usually get to chart the course of the action.

But in my own work, it's still important to leave some blanks in the character's makeup that the reader will have to fill themselves. That's part of what allows a reader to become invested in the character and his or her story, this sense that they're the ones who actually created the character, by imaginatively investing so much of themselves. Your book is centered around Baldur's Gate II, a game that is a sequel to Baldur's Gate, and with its expansion pack Throne of Bhaal considered, is also a sequel to itself. What makes this a standout game compared to other video games in the larger Baldur's Gate series?

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I think Baldur's Gate II is the heart of the series. Because it deals with lower level characters, the gameplay in BG1 isn't nearly as difficult or as interesting, and it also has a more generic fantasy art style than BG2. As for Throne of Bhaal, it's a great expansion—really almost a true sequel—but it's so reliant on an understanding of Baldur's Gate II that it would have been hard to write about on its own. Despite being the middle of what is essentially a trilogy of games, Baldur's Gate II is probably the best vantage point from which to discuss the whole. It's an interesting question, because Baldur's Gate II is set in a part of the Forgotten Realms I hadn't read much about at the time, in the setting's novels or rule books.

I think that was probably by design, as Bioware has made a similar smart decision with other licensed worlds, like not setting their Star Wars RPGs in the same time period as the movies. BG2 definitely has the Forgotten Realms in its DNA, and your quest takes you to some of the most famous places in that world, like a drow city in the Underdark, which must have pleased fans. At the same time, I think the designers had a lot of room to make their corner of the Forgotten Realms their own, for the purposes of the game.


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The other games built on the Infinity Engine that powers Baldur's Gate are probably more tied to their respective settings: The Icewind Dale games are set in the titular location, made famous by R. Salvatore's bestselling Drizzt Do'Urden series of novels, and Planescape: Torment—maybe my favorite of these games, despite writing about BG2—is absolutely integrated into its campaign setting, and probably couldn't exist without it. What similarities and differences do you see among Baldur's Gate II and these other games?

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Also, how will BG2 the book differ from these previous Boss Fight installments? To be honest, I haven't played more than an hour or so of both Earthbound and Chrono Trigger, so I can't speak to them too much. My instinct is to say that Baldur's Gate II is less whimsical than those games, but BG2 has its moments of whimsy and humor too, and I know both Earthbound and Chrono Trigger are very serious in their own ways. I do think Jagged Alliance 2 and Baldur's Gate II share a lot in the ways that players interact and come to care for their characters, as that was the most memorable part of Jagged Alliance 2 for me.

As for how my book will differ from the earlier books: I'm sure there's some crossover, but one unique thing I'm trying to do is to explicitly explore how different game systems work from a novelist's perspective.