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Polyhedron #004

Polyhedron #004

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RPGA™News
"WhereandwhenistheGENCON®EastConvention?IhearditwasinNewJersey,butnowIhearPhiladelphia.What'sright?"-KE,Pennsylvania
TheGENCON®EastgameconventionwillbeheldatWidenerCol/ege,Chester,PAonJune17-20,
1982.
ItwasmovedfromCherryHill,NJ(thesitewehadreportedearlier)becauseofproblemswithstaff.It'llhavetheONLYofficial
AD&D™
tournamentsinthenortheastthisyear:theRPGN
M
AD&D™
tournamentandtheAD&DOpen,plustheRPGAmeeting,AD&DQ&Asessions,andspecialguestsGaryGygaxandDukeSeifried(formerlyofHeritageModels).Hopetoseeyouthere!
FEATURES
CONTENTS
FighterComingAroundACorner
Willinghamart
2
THEPOLYHEDRON
ThenewNewsletter
3-16REGULARSCover
1
Letters
2
LETTERS
"IgreatlyenjoyedtheinterviewwithJimWard,foritdidcapturemuchoftheessenceofthatStalwart.However,youdidnottellallabouthisChaoticnature!WhataboutthoseFridaynightgamesatmyplacewhereJimandMikeGrayviedfortheUnexpectedActionAward?BeitD&D®gaming,aSTARFRONTIERSgameplaytest,oranythingelse,JamesM.deliversanelementofpureuncertain-tytogroupplay-andhelovesdoingit,too!"Oneotherminorpoint:Jimdidn'treallyrelatejusthowwemet.Actually,Iaccostedhimwithalinesomethingsim-ilartothis:"Doyoureallyenjoyreadingbookslikethat?"asIpointedtothestackoffantasyandSFpaperbackshe'damassed.Jim,lookingaskance,replieddefensively:"Whyyes,Ido!"andthentriedtoturnawaysoastoescapethisoverly-intimateboorasrapidlyaspos-sible.Hasteningsoasnottoloseapo-tentialgamer,Ithensaid,"Weplaygameswhicharemoreenjoyablethanswords&sorcerynovels;whynotstopbysometimeandtrythemout?Wehaveagoodgroup..."Anyway,asJimstated,hedidn'tactuallytakemeupontheofferforacoupleofweeks.Mypersonalopin-ionisthatduringtheinterimhewascheckinguptofindoutifweweremerelyeccentricoractuallydangerouslunat-ics.Beforethe0&0gamebecamefam-ous,recruitinghobbyists
was
chanceywork,whichleftoneopentoconsidera-blespeculationregardingmaturityandsanity.Noweveryoneknowsthetruth...-E.GaryGygax,Wisconsin
See,folks,hereallyreadsthisstuff!Se-riously,Garyisoneofourforemostfans,asofcourseweareofhis(Ithinkthatcameoutright).ThoughtheexamplesintheintroductiondidnotfullyillustrateJim'sChaoticGoodnature,heisindeed
a
classicmodelofsuchbehavior.AndthesanityofpeoplelikeheandGaryandI,manipulatinguniversesforourownpleasure,haslongbeenobvious.
"I'mmakingplanstohavea0&0OMSeminartoteachpeoplethenecessaryskillsforbecomingeffectiveDungeonMasters.Couldyougivemealistofex-
2
cellentOMswhomightenjoyteachingataneventofthiskind?"-TW,Ohio
We'restillcompilingtheresultsofhundredsofevaluationsfromRPGAtournamentplayersandDMs.
We
shouldbeabletorelease
a
listofthem,andtheircomparativeratings,afterthisyear'sconventionseason.Interestinglyenough,we'realsoconsideringstartingOfficialD&DCamps!In
a
modernone-week"camp"situation(actuallyheldon
a
col-legecampusorsimilarcivilizedfacility)wecouldteachD&DmethodsforplayersandDMsalongwithtypicalcampactivi-ties-recreation,dormlivingandmeals,camppicture,andsoforth.We'llkeepyouinformedofanydevelopments,butnothingwillhappenuntil19B3.
"Afterthesuccessoflastyear's0&0camp,wehavescheduledtwoone-weeksessionsforthissummer:July11-16and18-24.Couldyouvisitforadaythisyearasyoudidlast?"-Dr.KeithKraus,Pennsylvania
Sure!Ihad
a
greattimeatthecamplastyear,andplantoreturnthissummer.InterestedreadersshouldcontactDr.KrausatShippensburgStateCollege,Shippensburg,PA
17257.
Herunsanex-cellentcampwithexperiencedhelpatanattractivecampusincentralPennsylva-nia.Thoughit'snotanofficialcamp(therearen'tany,yet)it's
a
well-runeventand
a
greattimeforall.
"Howmuchshoulddicecost?Thelo-calstorecharges$1.25each,andIthinkthey'rerippingusoff.Howcanwestraightenthisout?"-RH,Benton,IX
Ifthenumbersareinkedin,thepriceisOK.Ifthey'replain,you'reright;you'rebeingshafted.Trygoingtoconventions;therearealwaysgooddealstobehadfromdealersanddistributors.Mailorderworks,too;therearen'tanyRPGAdice,butTSR'sDungeonHobbyShop(POB765,LakeGeneva,WI
53147)
sellsmer-chandisebymail.Gamesciencedoes
a
lotofmailorderandhas
a
wideselectionofdice(01956PassRoad,Gulfport,
MS
39501)asdoesTheArmory
(4145
AmosAve.,Baltimore,
MD21215).
Writeforcatalogs.
 
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