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9/11/2013

TSR Pop Quiz

Name the two most Clark Ashton Smithian products TSR ever published.


17 comments:

  1. Near and deal to my heart.

    The Module X2: Castle Amber and Tharizdun, which was a play on Thasaidon.

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    1. Ooh, nice Tim! I didn't think of Tharizdun. There is a third product, as well.

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    2. Damn! I KNEW you were going to say that. I am trying to do this on pure memory but drawing a blank...it will come to me.

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    3. For some additional info/context on the creation of Tharizdun(by Rob Kuntz), see both his article "Advent of the Elder Ones: Mythos vs. Man in the Lake Geneva Original Campaign, 1973-1976 by Robert J Kuntz" in AFS#2 and also Rob's "Dark God" piece on Canonfire!.

      WRT the other CAS-themed TSR adventure after X2, I'll guess "Kingdom of the Ghouls" by Wolfgang Baur in Dungeon #70 (and his Open Design sequel, _Empire of the Ghouls_).

      Allan.

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    4. Very cool, Allan! Thanks for the linkage.

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  2. DMGR7 The Complete Book of Necromancers and the Al-Qadim sourcebox 'Cities of Bone' present a Kingdom of Necromancers and Ghuls inspired by CAS.

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    1. You just schooled me, Jasper. I was unaware of the Al-Qadim sourcebook. Very cool!

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    2. The two are really companion works: both are written by the same author and feature the same NPC. Taken together, they're a good start for a necromancer campaign, I think.

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    3. As creative director for AD&D in the '90s, I sent Steve Kurtz a collection of Smith's stories when he was working on Cities of Bone because that was exactly the atmosphere we wanted. Kurtz had never read Smith before, but he really zeroed in on it.

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    4. That's really cool, Steve [Winter?]! It's one of my favorite 2e resources.

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  3. Does this mean that there's MORE than two?

    LOL

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  4. I was going to say X2 and Principalities of Glantri. These others are much better choices, though (Tharizdun! Cities of Bone!).

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  5. My initial thoughts drifted toward Tharizdun and Dwellers of the Forbidden City - but I think the latter comes to mind mostly because I have made some mental connection between it and CAS's "The Tale of Satampra Zeiros," not because the module itself is exceptionally "Smithian."

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  6. I believe Moldvay had another CAS module, but it slips my mind at present. Are you thinking of B4 perhaps?

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    1. B4 The Lost City is more of an REH Conan homage a la "Red Nails" from what I remember of Moldvay's stated inspiration for it.

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  7. Mark of Amber, the 2nd edition Mystara sequel to X2 seems too obvious an answer.

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