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REC.GAMES.FRP.DND FAQ Part 6 Resources 1: Internet =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Internet H1: What other newsgroups are out there for role-playing junkies like me? H2: Are there any FTP sites for *D&D? H3: What does .zip mean? And why can't I read this file I just downloaded? H4: Are there any WWW pages for *D&D? H5: Where can I download electronic versions of the 3rd ed. Player's Handbook, Dungeon Master's Guide, and Monster Manual for free? H6: Where can I upload this neat program I just wrote? H7: Is a complete index to Dragon Magazine available anywhere? H8: Is there a complete list of every *D&D product TSR has ever published? H9: Where can I find a complete list of every monster TSR has published for *D&D? H10: Is there really an "AD&D Guide to Sex?" H11: Where can I find the Net.*.Book? H12: Are there any *D&D-related mailing lists? H13: Are there any other *D&D-related resources on the Internet? =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= Internet H1: What other newsgroups are out there for role-playing junkies like me? A: There are several groups dedicated to role-playing games. The vast majority are, naturally, found in the rec.games.frp.* hierarchy, but several others are in the alt groups. alt.dragons-inn Role-playing via Usenet alt.fan.dragonlance Fans of Dragonlance, unite! alt.games.adnd Like rgfd, only different alt.games.adnd.forgotten-realms Discussion about the Realms alt.games.frp.2000ad Discussion of the 2000 AD game alt.games.frp.dnd-util Posting & discussion of util's, etc. alt.games.frp.live-action Discussion of live-action fantasy rpg's alt.games.frp.tekumel Discussion of the Tekumel game comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.adventure Discussion of IBM adventure games comp.sys.ibm.pc.games.rpg Discussion of IBM computer RPGs comp.sys.mac.games.adventure Discussion of Mac computer RPGs rec.games.frp.advocacy Which games or rules are the best/worst? *rec.games.frp.announce Con announcements, gamers/games wanted *rec.games.frp.archives Fiction, programs, house rules, etc. rec.games.frp.cyber Discussion of rpg's involving cyberware rec.games.frp.dnd Discussion of *D&D rec.games.frp.gurps Discussion of GURPS rec.games.frp.industry Industry issues, concerns, discussion rec.games.frp.live-action Discussion of live-action fantasy rpg's rec.games.frp.marketplace Buy/sell (usually used) gaming supplies rec.games.frp.misc Discussion of all other RPG topics *rec.games.frp.moderated Discussion of all other RPG topics rec.games.frp.storyteller Discussion of White Wolf's games rec.games.frp.super-heroes Discussion of super-hero games * Moderated newsgroups; all posts are automatically mailed to the moderator, who then decides which ones are of posting calibre and posts them. If you have something to say which doesn't really fit in rgfd, but seems to fit more in one of the others, please post it there. This is especially true for auctions, sales, and items wanted posts, which belong in rec.games.frp.marketplace, and entire combat or magic systems, which belong in r.g.f.archives. There are many other newsgroups that may be of interest to someone looking for ways to spice up a fantasy role-playing game; far too many to list here. However, some groups deserving of notable mention are: rec.games.pbm Discussion of PBMs and PBEMs *rec.games.mud.announce Advertisements for MUDs rec.games.mud.diku Discussion of DikuMUDs rec.games.mud.misc Discussion of MUDs in general rec.games.mud.tiny Discussion of TinyMUDs, MUSHes, etc. rec.heraldry Discussion of coats of arms rec.org.sca The Society for Creative Anachronism soc.genealogy.medieval Genealogy of people living AD500-1600 soc.history.medieval Discussion of medieval history H2: Are there any FTP sites for *D&D? A: Back in 1994, FTP sites were one of the most widely-used ways of distributing files over the Internet, the primary mode of file transfer now takes place via web sites. Most FTP sites with *D&D-related content were shut down after being threatened with legal action by TSR. The one official site, MPGN, was bought by an online game company who apparently removed the RPG directories sometine in 2001. Because of TSR's threats, only some of the files that used to be at MPGN were mirrored elsewhere; some of them may now be gone for good. There are still a few FTP sites left out there, most notably Funet (the Finnish University and Research Network), which can be accessed at: <ftp://ftp.funet.fi/pub/doc/games/roleplay/systems/>. H3: What does ".zip" mean? And why can't I read these files I just downloaded? A: The .zip file extension means that the file has been compressed with some form of PKZip in order to save space in the archive and to keep up- and download times relatively short. You will need to unpack the file in order to read it properly. There are many compression systems besides PKZip, and this leads to the often bewildering maze of file extensions one must wade through on most ftp sites. Most ftp sites (including MPGN) have a directory dedicated to providing copies of the various packer/unpacker programs. Many will also automatically unpack certain formats of downloaded files as you download them if you simply leave off the file extension when you request the file. If your site does not already carry the program you need, either check for such a directory at the ftp site, or ask your local sysadmin for assistance. Some common file extensions: Extension File type Transfer as Then... (By using...) .arc Archive binary un-archive (ARC) .asc Text ascii read normally .au Unix Sound file binary player needed .bmp Graphic (bitmap) binary viewer needed .doc Word/WordPerfect file binary viewer needed .exe Executable file binary execute .gif Graphic binary viewer needed .gz GNUzip compressed file binary un-compress (gzip) .hqx Macintosh encoded file binary un-encode (BinHex) .jpg Graphic binary viewer needed .lzh LHarc archive binary un-archive (lharc) .mpg Video graphic file binary player needed .pdf Adobe/Acrobat file binary viewer needed .ps Adobe PostScript file binary viewer needed .sit Macintosh compressed binary un-compress (Stuffit) .tar Unix tape archive binary un-archive (tar) .tar.z \ Compressed Unix .taz > tape archive binary un-compress (gzip) .tgz / then un-archive (tar) .tif Graphic binary viewer needed .txt Text ascii read normally .uue Unix encoded file ascii un-encode (uudecode) .voc Soundblaster sound file binary player needed .wav Sound file binary player needed .z, .Z Unix compressed file binary un-compress (gzip/decompress) .zip Compressed file binary un-compress (pkzip/unzip) If you try to transfer a binary file as ASCII, all you end up with is garbage. If you try to transfer an ASCII file as binary, you can lose the line breaks, which means the entire file will transfer as one long line. Note that gzip, though it has the default file extension of .gz, additionally uses the extension .z; gzip will also handle any .Z files condensed with compress. To help clear up some of the confusion about using ftp, here is a section quoted from an FAQ posted on rgfd by (but, to my knowledge, not written by) Boudewijn Wayers. How to get files by ftp. ----------------------- FAQ lists cross-posted to news.answers and rec.answers can be gotten from rtfm.mit.edu (18.70.0.209), under /pub/usenet/news.answers or under /pub/usenet/more.specific.group.name. "Anonymous ftp" is just a way for files to be stored where anyone can retrieve them over the Net. For example, to retrieve the latest version of the Moria FAQ, do the following: ftp rtfm.mit.edu ==> connect to the site; a message follows anonymous ==> type this when it asks for your name <your email address> ==> type your address as the password cd /pub/usenet ==> go to the directory you want to be cd rec.games.moria ==> one level down (no slash) dir ==> look at what's there get r.g.m_F_A_Q ==> get the file; case-sensitive quit ==> stop this mysterious thing If your ftp program complains that it doesn't know where the site you want to use is, type the numerical address instead of the sitename: ftp 18.70.0.209 ==> connect with numerical address If you don't have ftp access, send e-mail to mail-server@rtfm.mit.edu with the single word "help" in the body of the message. Getting binary files (executables, or any compressed files) is only slightly more difficult. You need to set binary mode inside ftp before you transfer the file. binary ==> set binary transfer mode ascii ==> set back to text transfer mode FAQs and spoiler lists are generally ASCII files; everything else is generally binary files. Generic help can be found in the FAQs of comp.binaries.<your_system> for how to transfer, extract, and virus-check binary files (at rtfm.mit.edu). If you can't FTP from your site, use one of the following ftp-by-mail servers: ftpmail@decwrl.dec.com ftpmail@src.doc.ic.ac.uk ftpmail@cs.uow.edu.au ftpmail@grasp.insa-lyon.fr For complete instructions, send a message reading "help" to the server. If you don't know exactly what you're looking for, or exactly where it is, there are programs and servers that can help you. For more info, send e-mail to mail-server@rtfm.mit.edu with the body of the message reading send usenet/news.answers/finding-sources H4: Are there any WWW pages for *D&D? A: TSR has an official web page that is chiefly made up of AD&D material; they are working on expanding it further in many interesting ways. There are also a plethora of other, fan-maintained WWW sites related to *D&D or some specific facet thereof, as well as to role-playing games in general. Since listing every single *D&D-related web page would easily double the size of this entire FAQ, what follows is a sampling of the many, many web pages out there which deal in some way with *D&D or may be of significant interest to a *D&D player. http://www.wizards.com/dnd/main.asp?x=dnd/welcome,3 WotC/TSR's Official Web Page http://www.wizards.com/D20/article.asp?x=srd The d20 System Reference Document--the basic rules of the PH, DMG, MM, and the psionics handbook, all free and online. http://www.opengamingfoundation.org/ The Open Gaming Foundation site, including the latest version of the Open Gaming License, the d20 System Reference Document, and the d20 trademark license. http://www.rpga.com/ The RPGA's official web page http://www.d20reviews.com/ d20 and D&D news & reviews http://www.d20reviews.com/Eric/whatis.htm EN World: The Black Pages, D&D info, explanations, errata, etc. http://www.kargatane.com/ Secrets of the Kargatane, the official Ravenloft webpage http://www.planewalker.com/ Planewalker, the official Planescape webpage http://www.mimir.net/ The Mimir, a semi-official Planescape fan webpage http://www.athas.org/ The Burnt World of Athas, the official Dark Sun webpage http://www.darkwoodforest.com/rpg/compendium/ Compendium, the official Spelljammer webpage http://www.dnd.starflung.com/ The official Mystara webpage http://www.birthright.net/ The official Birthright webpage http://www.rpggateway.com/ Effie's Concordance of the D&D books and magazines, Game Finder, Great Wyrm listing of D&D-related web pages, and more http://www.webrpg.com/ WebRPG, with "gamers wanted" ads, artwork, chatrooms, fun surveys, game store, etc. http://sefton.tradepage.co.za/Realms/ Webpage of the Forgotten Realms mailing list http://crpp0001.uqtr.uquebec.ca/www_wanderer/rpg.html Everything you wanted to know about *D&D and more http://www.irony.com On-line dice roller programs, a virtual village, and many random town/cave/etc. generators http://acm.org/~papay/dnd/tsr_prices_intro.html List of TSR products which have been auctioned in rec.games.frp.marketplace, with average prices compiled from data dating back up to three years http://www.acaeum.com/ List of (almost) everything TSR published, along with descriptions and suggested prices http://www.ucc.gu.uwa.edu.au/~knight Mystara web page, and more http://www.istari.org:44/ The Great Net.Book Archive http://www.math.auth.gr/~bchr/ Nostradamus' Vault of net.books http://attila.stevens-tech.edu/gamers/links.html Netbooks galore http://www.atfantasy.com/ More netbooks http://www.yahoo.com/Recreation/Games/Role_Playing_Games/ Yahoo's list of RPG-related web pages http://www.pbem.com/pbem-page.html PBEMs, PBEMs, and more PBEMs http://www.iuk.bwl.uni-muenchen.de/~peceny/home/spiele/rollenspiele.html Michi's gaming page http://www.complang.tuwien.ac.at/alex/home.html.en Selected postings from rgfd, guides, house rules, helpful computer programs, and more http://www.stack.nl/~nushae/ Nushae S. Fahey's AD&D page at Stack http://www.omnigroup.com/People/surge/rpg.html Mbs upon Mbs of AD&D and RPG files http://www.upl.cs.wisc.edu/~woodelf/RPG/RPG.html Extensive list of RPG web pages, etc. http://www.cs.technion.ac.il/users/massi/ffp The Fellowship of the Flying Paladin http://www.execpc.com/~ozyr/fbs.html The Fellowship of the Black Spot http://www.lysator.liu.se/~johol/rpg/rpg.html RPG-related files, etc. http://members.xoom.com/ioreth/u_adnd.html Greyhawk information, and lots of links http://www.miniworld.com/adnd Several random character/item/etc. generators, the Dragon/Polyhedron index, and some Mystara information http://www.schlumpf.de/~schmidt/rpg/roleplaying.html Spells, kits, and other miscellaneous info http://www.mimgames.com/~legolas/ Legolas' page of AD&D links http://www.usc.net/~bean/main.html Bean's page of modules for AD&D http://www.mag7.com/ Mag Force 7; featuring homepages of Margaret Weis (of Dragonlance fame), Don Perrin, Jeff Grubb, and others http://www.rpg.net/ RPGnet--reviews, campaign ads, links, files, art, etc. http://roleplaygames.miningco.com/msub43.htm?pid=2759&cob=home The Mining Company's page of AD&D links http://www.judgesguild.com/ Judges Guild's official web page http://www.gygax.com/ Gary Gygax's homepage Other URLs which contain *D&D information: http://www.dem.csiro.au/~matthewt/personal.html http://www-zeus.desy.de/~hungbhy/rpg.html http://www.acc.umu.se/~stradh/ http://www.ed.ac.uk/~geas/ http://www.geocities.com/Area51/1966/ http://www.co.jyu.fi/~np/rpg/ http://www.pathguy.com/lipo.htm http://www.netrpg.com/ http://spitfire.ausys.se/johan/cave/default.stm http://members.aol.com/jimvassila/ http://www.io.com/~tenzil/rpgs/adnd.html http://www.wirehub.nl/~quinon/add.htm http://www.bath.ac.uk/~su3blarp/ http://www.inforamp.net/~gthoms/ http://www.mit.edu:8001/people/jerrod/home.html http://users.interconnect.net/indy/ http://www.perkworks.com/erda/ http://www.webring.org/cgi-bin/webring?ring=tcadndwr;list http://www.webring.org/cgi-bin/webring?ring=adnd;list http://www.webring.org/cgi-bin/webring?ring=planes;list http://www.webring.org/cgi-bin/webring?ring=ircadnd;list http://kunst.uib.no/Dragonlands/ http://www.pazsaz.com/dundrag.html http://home.att.net/~hwid/Wod/Wod.html http://www.geocities.com/TimesSquare/2937/ http://lune.webjump.com/ http://roleplaygames.miningco.com/mbody.htm?COB=home&PID=2759 http://www.geocities.com/TimesSquare/7633/RPG/ http://www.webcom.com/~apcrypha/ http://www.pbm.com/~lindahl/pbm.html Other URLs of possible interest for shoppers: http://www.dragontrove.com/ The Dragon's Trove on-line gaming store, which has a large selection of new and used RPG material for sale. http://www.titan-games.com/ Titan Games, selling new and used RPG material. http://www.sagesguild.com/ Sage's Guild, selling new and used RPG material. http://www.egameguild.com/ The Game Guild store in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, selling new and used RPG material. http://www.hitpointe.com/ The Hit Pointe, selling used and out-of-print D&D and AD&D material. http://amazon.com/ Amazon.com, one of--if not the--largest on-line bookstore. http://futfan.com/ An on-line bookstore, specializing in SF, Fantasy, Mystery, & Horror. You can browse their catalog and place orders through their page. http://www.ebay.com/ An on-line auction house, where it is common to find many D&D products. H5: Where can I download electronic versions of the 3rd ed. Player's Handbook, Dungeon Master's Guide, and Monster Manual for free? A: Wizards of the Coast has made a slightly stripped-down version of the 3rd ed. D&D rulebooks freely available to the public as part of the Open Gaming project, at <http://www.opengamingfoundation.org/srd.html>. It doesn't contain every single word of the printed books, but it's close enough for most uses. H6: Where can I upload this neat program I just wrote? A: If the program adheres to TSR's online policy (see Section 3), then it can be uploaded to your favorite ftp site, whatever that may be. Once you upload the file, please post a note to rec.games.frp.dnd explaining what the program does, and at what site people may find it. An alternative to ftp is making the program available via a WWW page. To do this, you must either have a personal page, or convince one of the existing *D&D WWW page keepers to include your program in their page. This latter course of action is not as difficult as it sounds, as people tend to be looking for new things to add. Once it gets added to a page, post a note to rec.games.frp.dnd listing what the program does and the URL of the page on which it may be found. If this doesn't seem like your cup of tea, you can try posting it to Usenet. If you decide to take this course of action, the correct group to post it to is alt.games.frp.dnd-util. Posting such programs to rec.games.frp.dnd is strongly discouraged. If you do not get alt.games.frp.dnd-util, ask your Usenet sysop to add it. If you do not get this newsgroup, and your sysop refuses to add it, then and only then should you try posting it to rec.games.frp.archives, which is a moderated newsgroup, so all postings are mailed to the moderator, who then decides if each message is worthy to be posted, so there is a chance that he will decide not to post your program. Once it gets posted, then post a note in rec.games.frp.dnd explaining what the program is supposed to do and in which newsgroup people may find it. The final course of action you can take is not to upload it at all, but rather to post a note to rec.games.frp.dnd that anyone interested in trying your program can send you e-mail and you can e-mail the program to the interested parties. No matter which of the above methods you use, there are certain protocols which should be followed. When done, your methods should be explained in a companion text file (if uploading to an ftp site or placing on a web page) and in any advertisements you post to Usenet. 1) Compress the program, both to save room on the ftp site/Web page/ Newsgroup/etc., and to cut down on download times. This is especially necessary if you post a program to Usenet. 2) If you post programs to Usenet, don't forget to convert the file to ASCII before you post it (uuencode [preferred by most], BinHex, MIME, etc.); otherwise, it will be unusable by most, if not all systems. 3) State the compression system used (pkzip, compress, lharc, tar, gzip, StuffIt, etc.) and the ASCII conversion program, if used; don't rely on people's ability to decipher file extension(s). 4) State the computer & system requirements (i.e. DOS, Windows, Macintosh System 7, ANSI-C source, etc.). H7: Is a complete index to Dragon Magazine available anywhere? A: An index of Dragon Magazine from #2-#236 and Polyhedron #45 through the end of its original run, compiled by Vince Gray <vince@sscl.uwo.ca>, is available in an xref ASCII (KWIC) file via MPGN. It is updated annually, around the first of the year. An online lookup form--not yet updated with the most recent KWIC files--created by Scooby (Joseph DuBois) <scooby@miniworld.com>, is located on the World Wide Web at <http://www.miniworld.com/adnd/magIndex.html>. TSR has also released the entirety of Dragon #1-250 on CD-ROM, in PDF format. The search feature of that product, while it isn't exactly a true "index," is probably close enough to it for most users. H8: Is there a complete list of every *D&D product TSR has ever published? A: Yes, there is. Originally compiled by Anthony Brooks (ne Goth) <anthony@internet.org.za> it is now being kept up and updated by Gavin Bartell <gavin.bartell@anu.edu.au>. The current version is available at <http://www.rpggateway.com/tsrlist/docfiles.html>. The original version is available at <ftp://ftp.mpgn.com/Gaming/ADND/TSRGuides/>. It includes listings for every known release of every TSR *D&D product, from rulebooks to modules to box sets to mage stones, and everything-- and I mean everything--in between, along with short descriptions of each. If, in looking through it, you discover that a certain item is not listed, feel free to drop a line to Gavin about it. Other, independent, attempts at listings and/or reviews of every *D&D product can also be found at <http://www.acaeum.com/>, and <http://members.tripod.com/~phammer/dndlist0.html>. H9: Where can I find a complete list of every monster TSR has published for *D&D? A: A list, which was up to date as of the beginning of 1996 and included only 2nd ed. creatures, was maintained by Anthony Brooks (ne Goth) <anthony@internet.org.za>, when he found time to update it (5165 entries and rising at the last count). One version of this list was at MPGN, at <ftp://ftp.mpgn.com/Gaming/ADND/Monsters/ Monster.List.zip>. It is not known whether any copies of this file are still publicly available. H10: Is there really an "AD&D Guide to Sex?" What other Guides are there? A: Yes there was, though it was not a TSR product (as one would infer from that name). Chiefly compiled by Reid Bluebaugh from submissions by many people on the Internet (collectively known as "The Guide Creator"), it has been revised to remove trademarks & copyrighted material belonging to TSR, as well as make it more applicable to more games than just AD&D; its proper name is now "The Complete RPG Guide to Unlawful Carnal Knowledge." At this time, no FTP site is publically known to contain any of the Complete Guides. Revised versions of these files, in which all of TSR's trademarks and any quotes from TSR's books have been removed, are slowly making their way onto the net, via rec.games.frp.archives and a web page, as the compiler finishes them. As none of them are really AD&D-specific now, they are all called "The Complete RPG Guide to..." or "The Fantasy Guide to..." Direct any questions about, as well as any requests for copies of the Guides to Reid Bluebaugh <d2dcblu@fre.fsu.umd.edu>. On a side note, if you happen to find a copy of a '92 version of the Guide to Sex--or a copy of any of the guides which is dated before 1996--pass it by. There are much better, much more complete (some 200+ pages longer in a couple instances), and much more recent versions available. A partial list of Complete Guides is as follows; more are created as "the Guide Creator" thinks them up: Complete RPG Guide to Alcohol " " " " Hygiene " " " " Unlawful Carnal Knowledge (previously "Sex") " Fantasy " " Star Trek " " " " Technology " " " " Sanity " Highlander Guide Appendix 1: Complete RPG Guide to Drugs " 2: " " " " Dice Games " 3: " " " " Blue Ball Bowling " 4: " " " " Comedy " 5: " " " " Gruel H11: Where can I find the Net.*.Book? A: This type of file is not usually posted to rec.games.frp.dnd, and only occasionally sees light on rec.games.frp.archives. Rather, these files tend to be found on various ftp sites and WWW pages. There are many, many more netbooks out there than can ever possibly be listed here, so what follows is merely a sampler of the kinds of files you may find. Some examples of Net.Books are: Great Net.Book of Net.Books for use with AD&D Compiled by Joel Hahn <aardy @ rcn.com> Available via www to: http://users.rcn.com/aardy/rpg/nb-index.html Net.Plot.Book (Contains generic fantasy plot hooks) Originally compiled by Aaron Sher Afterwords compiled by <mdlcpgs@lhn.gns.cri.nz> Currently compiled by Alex Forst <alex@complang.tuwien.ac.at> Available via ftp to: ftp.cs.pdx.edu\pub\frp\general\ net.plot.book.4.gz (gzipped; future releases will be here) Releases 1-3 are archived here as well. And via www to: http://www.complang.tuwien.ac.at/alex/Handbooks/ Most recent releases found here first Great.Net.Spellbook (Every homemade wizard spell the compiler found) Great.Net.Prayerbook (Ditto for priest spells) Orig. compiled by Boudewijn Wayers <dedos4@win.tue.nl> Currently compiled by Ezra Van Everbroeck <ezra@onyx.arts.kuleuven.ac.be> For ftp info write to: Ezra Van Everbroeck <ezra@onyx.arts.kuleuven.ac.be> Both available via www to: http://www.istari.org:44 Ultimate Spell Database (2800+ TSR spells' names & bare essentials) Compiled by Mark Middleton <magesage@infinet.com> Available via ftp to: ftp.funet.fi\pub\doc\games\roleplay\systems\adnd\spells\ *.tab (tab-delimited text-only version) *.fm (FilemakerPro version) *.sea.hqx (Macintosh version) *.zip (Windows version) Net.Psionics.Handbook Net.Psionics.Handbook II Compiled by Charon <rbiggs@interlog.com> [and possibly also <raven@nessus.demon.co.uk>] Version 1 available via www to: http://www.complang.tuwien.ac.at/alex/Handbooks/ Version 2 available via www to: http://www.istari.org/~olik/NetBooks_Guides.html (Net.Psi II is available in Adobe .pdf format and Word 6.0 format) Tome of Vast Knowledge (database & generator of just about anything) Compiled by Douglas Webb <dwebb@cetac.com> Available via ftp to: ftp.mpgn.com/Gaming/AD&D/Programs/Tome_of_Vast_Knowledge/ vast112.zip (later releases may be available) Database Builder for the ToVK Compiled by Douglas Webb <dwebb@cetac.com> Available via ftp to: ftp.mpgn.com/Gaming/AD&D/Programs/Tome_of_Vast_Knowledge/ vbilt106.zip (later releases may be available) Net.Riddles.Book Compiled by Mark Manning Available via www to: http://www.fortunecity.com/victorian/byzantium/55/dmbooks.htm Net.Traps.Book(s) (three different collections) Compiled by (book #1) David A. Lamb <dalamb@cs.queensu.ca> Available via ftp to: ftp://ftp.trawna.com/pub/rpg/net.books/traps/ Compiled by (book #2) Michael Sloves <grms@marist.bitnet> Available via www to: http://web.mit.edu/elau/www/adnd/tomes/Net%20Traps%20Book.html Compiled by (book #3) James C. Phillips <jphillip@ecn.purdue.edu> Available ?? Compiled by (book #4) Jason Seeley <jseeley@aros.net> Available via www to: http://www2.aros.net/~jseeley 101 Spells Not Worth Memorizing (and we mean it!) Available via www to: http://users.rcn.com/aardy/rpg/101spells.html 101 Bard Songs (popular songs which typify certain classes/races) Available via www to: http://www.math.auth.gr/~bchr/humor/101_bards.txt 101 Things You Don't Want to Hear Your Apprentice Say (Ummm, Master?) Available via www to: http://www.complang.tuwien.ac.at/alex/rec.games.frp.dnd/101donts 101 Familiars You Would Have Been Better Off Without (Here, kitty...) Available via www to: http://www.complang.tuwien.ac.at/alex/rec.games.frp.dnd/101familiars 101 Uses for the DM's Screen Available via www to: http://www.complang.tuwien.ac.at/alex/rec.games.frp.dnd/ 101-Uses-DM-Screen Dark.Sun.Net.Handbook Forgotten Realms Notebook Great.Net.Book.of.Classes.and.Kits Net.Wizards.Handbook Net.Libram of Wild Magic Net.Monstrous.Manual Net.Book.of.Names Available via ftp to: ftp.mpgn.com/Gaming/AD&D/ Famous Last Words Available via www to: http://user.cs.tu-berlin.de/~rossi/flws.txt Net.Munchkin.Handbook Available via www to: http://www.omnigroup.com/People/surge/gaming/ Net.Book.of.Poisons Available via www to: http://www.complang.tuwien.ac.at/alex/Handbooks/ Net.Bard.Songs.Book (Goofy lyrics for songs only bards would sing) Compiled by: Jeff Gostin <jgostin@best.com> Volumes 1 & 2 available via ftp to: ftp://ftp.trawna.com/pub/rpg/net.books/bardsong/ Volume 1 available via www to: http://www.istari.org/~olik/NetBooks_Guides.html Net.Monstrous.Compendium Compiled by: Robert Chrisitian <robertc@garfield.cs.mun.ca> Available via ftp to: ftp.mpgn.com/Gaming/AD&D/Archives/NetBooks/ Net_Monstrous_Compendium.Z (LaTeX only) Net.Forgotten.Realms.Book (Tome of the Forgotten Realms) Compiled by: Chris <CMK113@psuvm.psu.edu> Archived ?? Net.Abyssal.Layers.Book Compiled by Tyrus Hellbane <c9108613@cc.newcastle.edu.au> Available via ftp to: ftp.eskimo.com/u/b/berg/Netbooks/ abyss.zip Tome of the Damned (A book of all things evil and/or undead) Compiled by Brennan Brooks <ab347@sfn.saskatoon.sk.ca> Version 1.666 and version 2.0 available via www to: http://www.internations.net/us/damned/damnbook.htm Net.Fiction.Story (Latest version of the Net.Fiction Story) Compiled by: <mar@astrop.physics.su.OZ.AU> Available via www (or ftp) to: http://ftp.funet.fi/pub/doc/games/roleplay/stories/net.fiction.story There are many more Net.Books out there; MPGN has several, and several Web pages have many more. Check out MPGN and the Web sites listed in the answer to Question H4 before posting a request to rgfd. There is also a list which occasionally circulates around the ADND-L mailing list, and is infrequently posted to rgfm & rgfd, of current Net.Book projects, with short descriptions and contact addresses. H12: Are there any *D&D-related mailing lists? A: There are several *D&D-related mailing lists. A mailing list is similar to Usenet, with the main difference being that all messages are mailed directly to your account, instead of being stored on a remote News server. Some of these mailing lists can get quite high in volume at times, so you might want to think twice about subscribing to something that will quickly swamp your mailbox. One of the more popular *D&D-related mailing lists is ADND-L, which is very similar to rec.games.frp.dnd in direction and topics of discussion. A major difference between ADND-L and rgfd is that contributors are limited by common practice to two posts per day on ADND-L, both in order to cut down on the amount of mail received and to keep enough space on the listserver archives to maintain a six month backup. Anyone can look up and retrieve recent articles. To this end, many of those people who have a proclivity towards longer posts put a table of contents at the top of each message. Mailing Lists Listservs al-qadim-l@oracle.wizards.com Al-Qadim adnd-l@listserv.uta.edu *D&D discussion (digest possible) adnd-l@gitvm1.gatech.edu Alt. address for ADND-L (no digest) birthright-l@oracle.wizards.com Birthright corerules2-l@oracle.wizards.com Core Rules CD-ROM dark-sun-l@oracle.wizards.com Dark Sun dnd-l@oracle.wizards.com More *D&D discussion (digest possible) dragonlance-l@oracle.wizards.com Dragonlance greyhawk-l@oracle.wizards.com Greyhawk greytalk@mitvma.mit.edu More Greyhawk discussion mystara-l@oracle.wizards.com Mystara planescape-l@oracle.wizards.com Planescape qadim-l@knidos.cc.metu.edu.tr Al-Qadim ravenloft-l@oracle.wizards.com Ravenloft realms-l@oracle.wizards.com Forgotten Realms rpganews-l@oracle.wizards.com RPGA News (read only) spelljammer-l@oracle.wizards.com Spelljammer taogm-l@oracle.wizards.com The Art Of Game Mastering tsrannounce-l@oracle.wizards.com TSR Announcements (read only) Majordomos birthright@lists.mpgn.com Birthright dark-sun@lists.mpgn.com Dark Sun dragonlance@lists.mogn.com Dragonlance planescape@lists.mpgn.com Planescape ravenloft@lists.mpgn.com Ravenloft realms@lists.mpgn.com Forgotten Realms spelljammer@lists.mpgn.com Spelljammer Other gmast-l@phoenyx.net Roleplayers' discussion (Send an empty e-mail to gmast-on@phoenyx.net to subscribe.) Subscribing to a Mailing List Listservers: If you are interested in joining a listserv list, send a message to LISTSERV@<listserv domain name> with "SUBSCRIBE <list name> <name/pseudonym>" in the body (without the quotes). For example, to subscribe to the ADND-L mailing list, you would send mail to listserv@utarlvm1.uta.edu with the message SUBSCRIBE adnd-l Aardy R. DeVarque You will get a message in confirmation of your subscription, which also details some of the ways to use the listserv. When the time comes for you to send your first message out to the readers of the list, send it to the address listed above for the listserv, which, in the case of ADND-L, would be adnd-l@utsrlvm1.uta.edu To unsubscribe, send a message to LISTSERV@<address> with the message UNSUBSCRIBE adnd-l It does no good to send unsubscribe messages to the main list, you will just get laughed at. You have to send them to the listserver itself. Majordomos: Subscribing to a majordomo list is similar to the method for subscribing to listservs, except you sometimes include your e-mail address instead of a personal name. For example, to subscribe to a majordomo mailing list, you would normally send mail to majordomo@<domain> with the message SUBSCRIBE <listname> joeshmoe@foo.bar.edu However, when subscribing to the mailing lists at MPGN, the server automatically finds your address from the mail headers. Therefore, you only need send mail to majordomo@lists.mpgn.com with the message SUBSCRIBE <listname> Once again, you will receive a confirmation message with more details. For majordomos, as with listservs, do not send unsubscribe messages to the main list; send them to the majordomo, as you did to subscribe. Digest means that the list's messages are collated into a large message and then mailed to you, usually on a daily basis. This is useful to prevent your mailbox from being swamped with 200 messages per day, but does not save you anything in terms of disk space. People who only check their mail once a day or so and people who have to pay per message received usually prefer this method. Information on how to get the digest form of a list, if one is available, is usually included in the introductory material sent to you when you subscribe to the list. Listservs usually require you to send a special command message to the listserver, while majordomos usually require you to subscribe to a slightly different list name to begin with. The lists at MPGN all have digests available, by subscribing to <group>-digest@lists.mpgn.com instead of <group>@lists.mpgn.com. There are numerous other mailing lists which are dedicated to other RPGs, or which are more general; a complete list is regularly (if infrequently) posted by Alistair G. Lowe-Norris <agl1@le.ac.uk> on most, if not all of the rec.games.frp.* newsgroups and gaming mailing lists. H13: Are there any other *D&D-related resources on the Internet? A: There are quite a few other resources on the 'net; including the rec.games.frp.* FAQ, IRC channels and chat rooms, and Internet provider-specific resources. If you are looking for more generalized information, or just information which is not *D&D-specific, a good place to check is the rec.games.frp.* FAQ, archived at both MPGN (in the /Gaming/ADND/FAQ/ directory) and rtfm.mit.edu (under the /pub/usenet/ directory). Those interested in web-based chat don't have far to search, as there are *D&D chat pages all over the web; the foremost of these is on TSR's web page. TSR's chat area generally requires that you download and install special client software from http://www.ichat.com in order to properly access the chats. TSR has set up various chat areas, including two set aside specifically for on-line role-playing. Additionally, the TSR message boards are open to anyone with a configurable newsreader. Simply change the news server to "cipher.wizards.com" and look into the list of quasi-newsgroups that are available on that server. Read and post just as you would to Usenet newsgroups. The only other resource commonly available on the Internet which has not already been discussed is IRC, namely the chat areas #AD&D and #RPGA. There, you can have real-time conversations with other gaming enthusiasts about life, the universe, and role-playing. There are also several campaigns being run on IRC which are advertised on #AD&D; if you're interested, look there first. Simply /join #ad&d, then /msg noppa games to see a list of IRC campaigns. There is also a chat line called #rpg_inn, which is dedicated to running real-time free-form gaming. The #AD&D channel's homepage can be found at http://www.wwnet.net/~fyndalf/irc/intro.html; it has much of the information one might need to get into IRC and find the #AD&D folk. GEnie, Compuserve, and Delphi also have large discussion areas dedicated to AD&D. Check around in the Games Special Interest Groups and you'll find them. Unfortunately, if you do not have an account with one of these companies, you're out of luck; there is no way to get there from the rest of the 'net. ***End Part 6*** -- Aardy R. DeVarque Feudalism: Serf & Turf Rec.games.frp.dnd FAQ: http://users.rcn.com/aardy/faq/rgfdfaq.html