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Polyhedron 012

Polyhedron 012

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POLYHEDRON"
,
NewszineIssue
12
 
CONTENTS
AboutthecoverThecoveradorningPOLYHEDRONTMNewszineIssue#12wascreatedbyartistLarryElmore.AsenvisionedbyGaliSanchez,itdepictsthefighter,Grifton,andhispegasus,Orrex,discoveringthereddragontheyhavebeenpaidtodestroy.See
Encounters
onpage8.
CoverStory------------------------------------------------
8Encounters-
Griftonmustfacethereddragon,Forszluin-willhefight
or
flee,
by
GaliSanchez.
SpecialReport-------------------------------------------
9ConventionUpdate-
GENCON®SouthGameFairandTheEmperor'sBirthday.
Features----------------------------------------------------
6TheKnight-Error-
Acartoon,
by
RonShirtz.
10DispelConfusion-
By
FrankMentzer,AllenHammack,MikeCarr,Mar]:Acres,JamesWard,MerleRasmussen,andD(l1IeCook.
13BasicallySpeaking-
Massedbattles,byJonPickens.
14KnightHawks:ANewDimension-
ASTARFRONTIERSTMGameFeature,
by
DougNiles.
15MappingFromSquareOne-
PartIIIofathree-portseries,
by
FrankMentzer.
16NotesfortheDungeonMaster
-SettingtheMilieu,byE.GaryGygax.
18Roles-
ATOPSECRET®GameFeature,
by
MerleRasmussen.
Departments
3...fromthepublisher.4...fromtheeditor.5Letters7TwoCents-
AnewregularPOLYHEDRONTMNeioszinecolumncontaining
RPGATM
Netuiovk
members'opinionsandsuggestions.
19WhiteRabbits20TournamentScoringSystem-
PartIIIofa
three-part
series,TournamentStructuring,
by
KimEastland
23GENCON®XVIGameFairMiniatureOpendetails.25TreasureChest-
Moregiftitemsfrom
RPGATM
HQ.
POL
YHEDRONTM
Newszine
Volume3,Number
3Issue#12
Publisher:KimberEastlandEditor:MaryKirchoffCoverArtist:LarryElmoreContributingArtists:LarryElmore,page8JeffEasley,pages13,16-17
2
POLYHEDRONIMNewszine(theofficialnewsletterofTSR'sROLEPLAYINGGAMEASSOCIATIONTMNetwork)ispub-lishedbi-monthlybyTSRHobbies,Inc.ThemailingaddressisPOB509,LakeGen-eva,WI53147.Telephonenumber(414)248-3625.scriptionsmustbereceivedatleast30dayspriortotheeffectivedateofthechangeinordertoinsureuninterrupteddelivery.AllmaterialpublishedinPOLYHEDRONNewszinebecomestheexclusivepropertyofthepublisheruponpublication,unlessspe-cialwrittenarrangementstothecontraryaremadepriortopublication.OLYHEDRONNewszinewelcomesunsol-icitedsubmissionsofwrittenmaterialandartwork.However,noreponsibilityforsuchsubmissionscanbeassumedbythepub-lisherinanyevent.Nosubmissionswillbereturnedunlessaccompaniedbyaself-addressedstampedenvelopeofsufficientSIze.DUNGEONS&DRAGONS,D&D,ADVANCEDDUNGEONS&DRAGONS,ADVANCEDD&D,BOOTHILL,GAMMAWORLD,andTOPSECRETareregisteredtrademarksownedbyTSRHobbies,Inc."TM"designatesothertrademarksownedbyTSRHobbies,Inc.ROLEPLAYINGGAMEASSOCIATION,RPGA,andGENCONareservicemarksownedbyTSRHobbies,Inc.
©
1983.TSRHobbies,Inc.AllRightsReserved.POLYHEDRONNewszineismailedfreetoallRPGATMMembers.Membershiprates:1vear=Sl
O,
2years=SlS,5years=$40.Allpricesaresubjecttochangewithoutnotice.Changesofaddressforthedeliveryofsub-
ISSUE#12~
 
.fromtheRublisher
Change,change,change!Itseemsthatthere'salotofithap-peningaroundusthesedays.Theweatherischangingforthebetter.Warmnightsandsunnydaysreplacethepastwinter'sgloomandcold.Achangeofpaceforsomeofusasvacationtimearrivesandwecantakeiteasy.Ofcourse,it'salotmorehecticforotherswhospendagooddealoftimeatconven-tions,buttheychangefromcontocon.You'vemostlikelynoticedthattherehavebeenanumberofchangesinthelastfewPOLYHEDRONlMNewszines.Thebiggestchangeismostevidentinthisissue.Marywilladdressthatsubjectinhercolumn,butI'dliketotalktoyouforaminuteonthesubtlerchangesthathavetakenplaceatRPGNMHQ,changesthatareeitherbehindthescenesoraresoslowinevolvingthatyoumaybemissingthem,especiallyifyou'renew
to
theAssociation.Let'sbeginwiththeterm"official,"awordthat'susedpro-fuselybyTSRandRPGAHQ.Thereasonistoprotecttheconsumerfromotherswhousetermsyouhavecometoknowandrespect(likeADVANCEDDUNGEONS&DRAGONFantasyGame)whentheproducts,services,oradvicetheyofferarenotsanctionedbyTSRHobbies,Inc.Weknowthatitcanbeconfusingtoourloyalfanswhentheyseeourgametitlesusedinstrangewaysonnon-TSRproducts.Thatiswhyweoftensaythatsuch-and-suchis
official;
forexample,theRPGANetworkisthe
official
D&Club.ThismeansthatwearetheNetworkofmembersandclubssanctionedandrecognizedbyTSRHobbiesInc.RPGAHQalsohas
official
clubs,tournaments,etc.soyoumayknowwhoandwhatwerecognizeasbeing"safe"gamesandgarners,peopleandeventsthataregearedtowardyourtypeoffun.Allofthese
official
recognitionsareadvice-orientedforthosewhoareinterestedinouropinions.Thesecondtypeof
official
statuscomesintofocuswhenwedealwiththegamesthemselves,particularlytheAD&DlMandD&gamesystems.Thereasonthiswasoriginatedmanymoonsagowastoclarifytheconfusionbroughtaboutbysomany"variations"onthegameswhichappearedinprint.Lately,though,therehasbeenafurtherdefiningof
official
status-thatofthe
official
writingsbyGaryGygaxinDRAGONlMMagazinewhichare...well,sortof
official
directionswearegoingin,butnotthefinalsayonthesub-ject.Becauseofthisfurtherhazingof"officialdom,"andbecauseoftheimmenseamountofoutputinDRAGONMagazine,wehavesteeredourselvesawayfrompurely
official
statusinthelastfewissuestoan"expert"approach.Thequestions,articles,etc.appearinginPOLYHEDRONlMNewszinearewrittenbyexpertsinthefieldandarethereforyourguidance.WhenGaryaddressesanythingontheAD&DorD&Dgamesystems,that,ofcourse,isstill
official.
Butonthewhole,we'vewidenedourfocustoallowformorediscus-sion(orargument)onsubjects.Whatotherchangeshavecomeabout?Foranother,therehavebeenstructuralchangeswithinRPGAHQ."Ve've
POLYHEDRON
rebuiltRPGAHQpersonnelstructure.Now,ifyouhaveaquestionorcomplaintaboutourmerchandiseyoucanaddressyourletterstoJudieSimpson,who'sdoingabang-upjobasournewProductsperson.AnotherchangeistherelocationofPOLYHEDRONNewszineanditseditortothePublishingdivisionofTSR.Youwillprobablynoticeverylittlechangeinthenewszineitself(exceptforcontinuousimprovement),butthiswillfreeMarytoalsoworkforDRAGONlMMagazine.ThismeansthatalmosteverythingRPGAHQprints-POLYHEDRONNewszine,RPGAModules,Directory,etc.-arealldoneout-sideRPGAHQ,butbyprofessionalswhowillprovideuswithabetterproductforourmembers.Insteadofasmallmachinecrankingoutalittlehereandalittlethere,wewillbealargehubforanevenlargerwheel,providinguswithmorethanwecouldeverhopetodoourselves.We'rechangingourfocusoncoventions,too.IthastakenalmostayeartostreamlineRPGAHQtoapointwherewecanlookinotherdirectionsandstillcontinuetoproduceonschedule.Nowwearecastinganeyetothefuturetodeter-minehowwecangetoutthereandmeetmoreofyou.The
official
RPGAClubswillhelpusconcentrateonthoseeventswecannotpersonallyattend,butcanberepresentedbyourmembers.Moreonthisinupcomingissues.Thegreatestchange,however,hascomeaboutinourmembership.Asthisisbeingwritten(inApril)wehavealmosttripledourmembershipfromtheyearbefore.Ourmemberswhowritetousnowhaveapositive,optimistic,andsatisfiedviewoftheRPGANetwork.Ourproductshaveincreased.We'velearnedfromourmistakesandusuallydonotrepeatthemasecondtime.Allofthisgoesalongwaytowardshushingthe"pooh-poohers"andwhinerswhosaiditcouldn'tbedone-thatRPGerscouldn'tbeorganizedandwouldn'tjoinaprofessionalgamingnetwork.Oh,everyonceinawhilesomeonestillmoansinthebackgroundthattheRPGANetworkisnothingmorethanafrontforTSR-thatwedon'treallycareaboutthegarners.(I'malwaysamazedthatthesedoom-sayersnevermentionotherspecializedgroupslikethe
TravellersAidSociety,Bart,
ormagazinesequallyspecializedlike
AutoduelQuarterly.)
Buttheyalwayswillmoanandgroan,somewhatlikeaturned"undead"who,seeingtheirfutileeffortsatdisturbingsomethinghealthyandgrowing,callouttheirfrustrationastheyfadeawayfromview.[~)3

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