Just started Jack Vance's Dying Earth

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Just started Jack Vance's Dying Earth

Post by Woodland Mutant » Wed Dec 21, 2016 6:00 pm

It amazes me I grew up with the old DM's guide in the early 80's and never bothered with the suggested Appendix N reading at the back. Probably too young to appreciate it. I was reading Dragonlance novels and Conan comics back then anyways.

I'm loving Dying Earth. It's well written, I kind of feel like I'm actually there. Looking forward to more of Vance's work. Also like this Dying Earth DCC boxed set rumor I read somewhere...

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Re: Just started Jack Vance's Dying Earth

Post by werecat » Thu Dec 22, 2016 6:35 am

I'm reading it right now and LOVING it! Currently nearing the end of "The Eyes of the Overworld".

And the boxed set is definitely happening. Jobe Bittman is writing it and it was officially announced it at the last Gen Con "What's New at Goodman Games" seminar which you can listen to over at the Spellburn podcast.
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Re: Just started Jack Vance's Dying Earth

Post by GnomeBoy » Thu Dec 22, 2016 7:47 pm

I read Eyes about a year and a half ago, or so.

I really need to read it again...

So much Appendix N, so little time.
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Re: Just started Jack Vance's Dying Earth

Post by billolmesdahl » Thu Apr 06, 2017 8:44 am

I've always felt the two Cugel novels are the best in the Dying Earth series. They're all good, but I'd probably have a new reader go to Eyes of the Overworld before any of the other novels.

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Re: Just started Jack Vance's Dying Earth

Post by Bilgewriggler » Thu May 04, 2017 3:30 pm

Michael Shea's authorized sequel to Eyes of the Overworld is really good as well. Not as incredibly good as Cugel's Saga or Shea's later Nifft the Lean books, but well worth reading.
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Jingles Coinclink, Halfling, hag-hacked into haggis

Nurzual the Faceter – M Jwlr - Wiz - L
S 12 A 8 (-1) S 9 P 11 I 15 (+1) L 10
AC 9 HP 6 Mv 30 Init -1 Ref 0 Fort 0 Will 1
Chalk 1pc, 20 gp Gem, Backpack, 10’ chain, 10 sheets parchment, Kith pouch, small hammer, ray-gun, Rope 50', 5gp 10sp 274 cp
shortsword +0(1d6)
Ch Psn (no MM), Clr Spr 65, Force Manip 81, Rd Mag 12, Spidr Cl 69
Pl.Common (basic)

Snooth Inksplot Scribe RIP under cave-in, a crushing loss

Qort Quiddlegit M Hlr - Cler - N(C?)
S 11 temp 14 (+1) A 11 temp 14 (+1) S 6 (-1) P 5 (-2) I 6 (-1) L 5 (-2)
AC 10 temp 11 HP 8 Mov 30 Init 0 Ref t+1 Fort 0 Will -1
club +0 (1d4+1t) - hand mirror, holy wtr, wtrskin Kith drink 12 oz drunk, 31 cp
-2 Ms fire damage
Det Magic

Brandybland Shoetree F Coblr N
S 10 A 9 S 10 P 8 (-1) I 9 L 9
AC 14 HP 1 Mov 30 Init 0 Ref 0 Fort 0; Will -1
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Re: Just started Jack Vance's Dying Earth

Post by Griffith » Sat May 06, 2017 12:17 pm

Michael Shea's work is top-notch. His In Yana, the Touch of Undying is also a great read.

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Re: Just started Jack Vance's Dying Earth

Post by Bilgewriggler » Sat May 06, 2017 3:55 pm

Griffith wrote:Michael Shea's work is top-notch. His In Yana, the Touch of Undying is also a great read.
That's another of my favorites.
Purple Planeteers:

Jingles Coinclink, Halfling, hag-hacked into haggis

Nurzual the Faceter – M Jwlr - Wiz - L
S 12 A 8 (-1) S 9 P 11 I 15 (+1) L 10
AC 9 HP 6 Mv 30 Init -1 Ref 0 Fort 0 Will 1
Chalk 1pc, 20 gp Gem, Backpack, 10’ chain, 10 sheets parchment, Kith pouch, small hammer, ray-gun, Rope 50', 5gp 10sp 274 cp
shortsword +0(1d6)
Ch Psn (no MM), Clr Spr 65, Force Manip 81, Rd Mag 12, Spidr Cl 69
Pl.Common (basic)

Snooth Inksplot Scribe RIP under cave-in, a crushing loss

Qort Quiddlegit M Hlr - Cler - N(C?)
S 11 temp 14 (+1) A 11 temp 14 (+1) S 6 (-1) P 5 (-2) I 6 (-1) L 5 (-2)
AC 10 temp 11 HP 8 Mov 30 Init 0 Ref t+1 Fort 0 Will -1
club +0 (1d4+1t) - hand mirror, holy wtr, wtrskin Kith drink 12 oz drunk, 31 cp
-2 Ms fire damage
Det Magic

Brandybland Shoetree F Coblr N
S 10 A 9 S 10 P 8 (-1) I 9 L 9
AC 14 HP 1 Mov 30 Init 0 Ref 0 Fort 0; Will -1
gldtr glaive +0 (1d10) - gldtr ch mail - Fe spike, shoehorn, 48 cp
Prof: dagger

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Re: Just started Jack Vance's Dying Earth

Post by Bilgewriggler » Sat May 06, 2017 4:03 pm

George R.R. Martin edited a Dying Earth tribute collection called Songs of the Dying Earth a few years back. About half of it consists of famous F&SF writers making fools of themselves and demonstrating how hard it is to write like Vance. But several of the stories are very good, and a couple are terrific.
Purple Planeteers:

Jingles Coinclink, Halfling, hag-hacked into haggis

Nurzual the Faceter – M Jwlr - Wiz - L
S 12 A 8 (-1) S 9 P 11 I 15 (+1) L 10
AC 9 HP 6 Mv 30 Init -1 Ref 0 Fort 0 Will 1
Chalk 1pc, 20 gp Gem, Backpack, 10’ chain, 10 sheets parchment, Kith pouch, small hammer, ray-gun, Rope 50', 5gp 10sp 274 cp
shortsword +0(1d6)
Ch Psn (no MM), Clr Spr 65, Force Manip 81, Rd Mag 12, Spidr Cl 69
Pl.Common (basic)

Snooth Inksplot Scribe RIP under cave-in, a crushing loss

Qort Quiddlegit M Hlr - Cler - N(C?)
S 11 temp 14 (+1) A 11 temp 14 (+1) S 6 (-1) P 5 (-2) I 6 (-1) L 5 (-2)
AC 10 temp 11 HP 8 Mov 30 Init 0 Ref t+1 Fort 0 Will -1
club +0 (1d4+1t) - hand mirror, holy wtr, wtrskin Kith drink 12 oz drunk, 31 cp
-2 Ms fire damage
Det Magic

Brandybland Shoetree F Coblr N
S 10 A 9 S 10 P 8 (-1) I 9 L 9
AC 14 HP 1 Mov 30 Init 0 Ref 0 Fort 0; Will -1
gldtr glaive +0 (1d10) - gldtr ch mail - Fe spike, shoehorn, 48 cp
Prof: dagger

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Re: Just started Jack Vance's Dying Earth

Post by Gentlegamer » Tue May 23, 2017 12:13 pm

Here's a thread at Dragonsfoot where I engaged in some Vance/Cugel fan-fic: http://www.dragonsfoot.org/forums/viewt ... 48&t=10384

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