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PLANESCAPE WELCOME THREAD AND FAQ
Welcome to the best, most surreal campaign setting ever made for the Dungeons & Dragons game! You've probably got a lot of questions, right basher? We've got the answers, or the chant as it's known around here. We'll let you in on the secrets (the dark of it) and where to go to find useful resources on this site.

What is Planescape? It's a campaign setting for the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game (2nd Edition), published by the now-defunct TSR company between 1994 and 1998. The setting describes various outer, inner and other planes of existence centered on the impossible city of Sigil.

What is Planewalker.com? A fansite for the Planescape setting officially designated as the torchbearer of the fan community by Wizards of the Coast, the company that now owns the Planescape property. What that means is that Planewalker.com can legally use any of the Planescape material, trademarks, logos and intellectual property of the brand, the only fansite that can do so. Planewalker.com serves as a repository for the 3.5 Edition of the Planescape setting as well as fan material of all kinds.

QUICK PLANESCAPE Q&A
Want the 3.5E version of Planescape? Right here.

Want monsters? Check out the Creature Codex or the Denizens of the Inner/Transitive Planes.

Looking for cool NPCs to place in your game? Cutters has them lined up.

Need gossip and news for your Sigil adventure? The Lady's Sharper Eye, SIGIS and the Eye of Xaos have what you need.

Desperate for a quick answer or definition? The Planewalker Encyclopedia will have it.

Want a quick intro adventure? Desire and the Dead is being developed in this thread.

FIRST THINGS - THE BOOKS
If you want to play Planescape you'll probably need a few sourcebooks. You don't need every single one because the setting has been converted to D&D Third Edition on this very site, but it's always nice to have something physical that you can hold in your hands and drop on your toe. So what's essential? Probably only the Planescape Campaign Setting (PSCS), but you could run a good game without even that as long as you familiarize yourself with the basics of the Factions, Sigil, planar geography, the Rule of Threes and the Unity of Rings. Unfortunately most of these books are out-of-print, but you can still find used (and sometimes mint condition) books on Ebay and Alibris. Downloadable PDF versions of most books can be bought at RPGNow Which book will be most useful to you will depend on what kind of game you'll be running, so here's a brief description of the major books and their contents.

* Planescape Campaign Setting: introduction to campaign conventions, overview of the multiverse, overview of Sigil, the gate towns, the Outlands and the inner and outer planes. Includes two short introductory adventures.

* Planes of Law: details Acheron, Arcadia, Baator, Mechanus and Mount Celestia. Includes a monster supplement and short adventures.

* Planes of Conflict: details Carceri, Gehenna, the Gray Waste, the Beastlands, Bytopia, and Elysium. Includes monster manuals and short adventures.

* Planes of Chaos: details the Abyss, Arborea, Limbo, Pandemonium, and Ysgard. Includes a monster supplement and short adventures.

* The Factol's Manifesto: the secrets of the factions revealed, their headquarters ransacked for info, their followers grilled for information.

* In The Cage: The Guide to Sigil: a comprehensive look at the City of Doors and some of its inhabitants.

* Uncaged: Faces of Sigil: descriptions of dozens of interesting NPCs, from Kylie the Tout to A'kin the Friendly Fiend, with accompanying plots, subterfuges and treacheries.

* The Planewalker's Handbook: a player's guide to races, classes (2nd edition), equipment, belief systems, travelling, spellcasting on the planes, and other miscellanea.

* Hellbound: The Blood War: both a source book and an adventure which centers around the conflict between demons and devils.

* Faces of Evil: The Fiends: a detailed examination of the history, origins, psychology, biology and behaviour of these nasty critters.

Book Recommendations
Everyone has their favorites, but these should at least help to guide you in the general direction.

The original Planescape Campaign Setting (PSCS) boxed set outlines the basics of the world and has two good introductory adventures that may be useful if you only have one evening to show this world to your players.

The three alignment boxed sets - namely Planes of Law, Planes of Conflict and Planes of Chaos - lay out the glory of the planes in exquisite detail. These sets explore many fantastic locations on the planes, have small monster manual booklets that are full of flavour, and contain several short adventures of varying quality.

Those three sets are great if you're planning a picaresque, plane-hopping campaign. If you're planning on mainly staying in Sigil - which is almost a campaign world in itself - you should get Uncaged: Faces of Sigil, which details the various NPCs of the City and the plots that they're engaged in; In the Cage: the Guide to Sigil, a complete guidebook to the locations in the City of Portals; and The Factol's Manifesto, which not only explains the intricacies of the Factions but also reveals the secrets of the Factols and their influence on other planes. The adventure Faction War also has a lot of information about Sigil.

Adventures generally come in two types: plane-hopping or stay-at-home. Plane-hopping adventures include: Tales from the Infinite Staircase, The Deva Spark, Fires of Dis, Something Wild, Well of Worlds (adventure anthology), Dead Gods, The Great Modron March, In The Abyss, and Doors to the Unknown. Adventures mainly set in Sigil include: The Eternal Boundary, Harbinger House, and Faction War. The Great Modron March and Dead Gods are two mega-adventures which are perfect for long, involved campaigns, and come highly recommended.

Players who want to delve deeper into the Blood War between demons (tanar'ri) and devils (baatezu) should probably get Hellbound: The Blood War, and Faces of Evil: The Fiends. Hellbound also includes an adventure. Unfortunately both are hard to find and quite expensive. On Hallowed Ground is a Planescape version of Deities & Demigods that explores alternate pantheons, Power structures on the planes and how to turn players into proxies.

The Manual of the Planes published by Wizards of the Coast contains 3E updates to all the planes and standardized rules for environments, magical conditions, etc. The Planar Handbook presents a hodgepodge of faction prestige classes, planar races, updated (though brief) versions of Sigil, the City of Brass, Tunarath and the City of Glass, as well as many planar touchstones (places of power which grant special abilities if you defeat the guardians). Recently two books have been published which delve into demons and devils in 3.5E: Fiendish Codex 1: Hordes of the Abyss and Fiendish Codex II: Tyrants of the Nine Hells.

Planescape Novels
Four novels have come out for the Planescape setting: Pages of Pain, Blood Hostages, Abyssal Warriors and Planar Powers. The official novelization of Planescape: Torment is also available (ISBN 0-7869-1527-7), though Rhyss Hess completed an unofficial novelization that adheres more closely to the game.


GAMING ONLINE

The Planewalker forums regularly host play-by-post games. Inquire at the Behind the Scenes section and someone should be able to hook you up. There are also some games being played on the Wizards of the Coast forums.

Rogue Dao Studios is in the process of developing a trilogy of modules for the popular Neverwinter Nights 2 videogame. The first part, Purgatoria, is set for release in Q1 2007 (around March).


PLANESCAPE: TORMENT

A lot of people arrive in Planescape via the Torment portal, that is, the videogame developed by Black Isle in 1999. Considered one of the best computer roleplaying games ever made, PS:T still has an avid following online, here and on many other sites.

* A Universe Where Ideas Can Trump Actions - an interesting New York Times article about the game.

* A novelization of Torment by Rhyss Hess that can be printed and bound into a hardback.

* A megapatch that fixes many problems with the game.

USEFUL RESOURCES

* One of the best resources on Planewalker is the encyclopedia. Detailed entries help you to quickly find that obscure reference to Cirily or Center-of-All.

* Since Planescape revolves around belief, the gods and their agents are an integral part of the setting; the Complete List of Gods helps DMs to sort them all out.

* Adventuring in Sigil can also be confusing for new players, so the Sigil Primer was written as a handy one-page crib sheet that your players can use to acclimate themselves to the City of Doors.

* Ambrus has compiled a nifty list of 700+ NPCs in Sigil in a handy (and sortable) Excel file.

* For DMs the Sigil Location Guide is a quick tabular reference to most of the locations and some of the NPCs in the city.

* Sects are ideological groups smaller than factions, and there's a good guide to them [url=/manager/files/Planescape%20Sects%20(converted).pdf]here[/url].

* The old mimir.net contributors also made a handy [url=/manager/files/Planescape%20Cant%20(converted).pdf]Cant reference guide[/url] if you can't get enough of it.

* Zen79 has created a large map of Sigil that can be printed and folded to create the "tire torus" of the city. He's also created a very pretty and unified map of the multiverse.

* The Planescape Conspectus is a short visual intro to the planes (circa 2002). (needs link)

* Here's a handy one-page reference map of all the planes.

* Rapture is a free, short 2E adventure by Greg Jensen for the Planescape setting.

* If you'd like to see where Planewalker forum members live in the real world, check out the Frappr map.

* The Unity of Rings Planescape comic is a visual morality tale of how the Planescape multiverse works.

* Two webcomics highlight the funny side of Planescape: Clueless Adventures and Planescape Survival Guide.

* A partial list of portals, with gate-keys and descriptions, can be found at the Portalseeker site.

* Many additional resources can be found in the Planewalker links section.

If you have any questions about the site or the forums, please contact Clueless. If you have general questions that haven't been answered in this FAQ, post them in this thread and we'll try to help you out. Safe portal-jumping, cutter!

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You know, I was just thinking recently that something like this would be handy. And it's so very complete! Bookmarked!

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Many kudos points

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One of the pages from the Unity of Rings is missing (the one where the modron finds the ring). Just saying.

Great stuff, by the way. This'll come in mighty handy.

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'Elethíus' wrote:
One of the pages from the Unity of Rings is missing (the one where the modron finds the ring). Just saying.

Great stuff, by the way. This'll come in mighty handy.

Thanks. I'll just link to the WotC site for as long as it lasts. That one's complete.

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That will probably stay up for the forseeable future, since WoTC is still maintaining a Planescape discussion board.

(Incidentally, since I don't see that link on the list, their board is http://boards1.wizards.com/forumdisplay.php?forumid=292. Though obviously Planewalker has the better forums! Smiling )

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Hello, I'm Tom Sticking out tongue .

I'm not as new per se, but I wanted to greet all the people who are reading the forums and I wanted to introduce myself. My expertize is my imagination and I have some skills in drawing and graphic design, but lately I'm training myself into writing fictional literature.
Most of this forum very interesting and I'll be happy to participate in some of the projects.

I've been sneaking around the forums for almost a year now but finnaly I've decided to become a part of this community.
My english is not as good, so I EDIT almost all of my messages to weed out confusion and bad grammer.

I've been playing Planescape for last twelve years and Planscape Monster Compendium I & II were my first RPG books I've bought and I belive I bought it as it was relesed during the early 90'es.
First off I started as a DM in my highschool teen years and lasted out for a year and swithced to boringly mundane Forgotten Reals for the next two years. I finally found a good gaming group for Planescape after two years of playing various experimental campaigns and hack&slash Realms.

I've played only with two different characters in this setting during the last nine years, but one of them has a pretty colorful history, as does the whole gaming group. Which changed a lot, so there are only two PC's left from the earliest of beginnings.
I am going to design a site concerning our campaign and some features of Sigil from our campaign this summer.
It will mainly feature the Cinderhouse Inn and our characers from various adventuring groups and guilds frequenting the inn.

The other great D&D campaign I really like is Dark Sun, not only it isn't standard but it favors Conan style fantasy I really like. Unfortunately there are even less fans for this one than for PS.

And my more recent ventures into fantasy worlds brought me to so called Cadwallon RPG (it's actually a tactical RPG) with beautiful setting and wonderful art design and it uses top quality miniatures from Confrontation miniature game.

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Hello, umm... I am pretty much a complete Newbie. I have read a few articles on Planescape, and I am a fan of Planar campaigns. I've been trying to get my DM to set up a 3.5 version of Planescape for his next campagn, but so far, no success. :oops:

I've played three characters: two clerics and a battle Sorcerer. One was a human, another Half-elf, and the last a catfolk. All had some tie to the planes or dragons. ^_^

I play the violin, I am a huge anime fan, and I write alot of fanfiction. I even do art in my spare time.

I'll try not to make a fool out of myself. But, I am glad to be here.

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Then let me be the one to welcome you to the forums.

If you get the chance try to get your fingers on the old books from 2nd ed planescape or play the game Torment to get the feeling of the greatest campaign setting set in the D&D multiverse. Sticking out tongue

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...or you could just poke your nose around a few message boards (Plothook, Myth-Weavers, etc.) and see if anyone is starting a play by post Planescape game you can join (chances are someone is). Sometimes the best way to get a feel for something is to dive right in.

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Umm, I forgot to mention that you should really poke around this site + forum for Planescape uber-material and ask anyone for help if needed.

It's such a shame I haven't rummaged through the Planescape ring of sites all those years ago when I found them(it's quasi inoperable right now) and those sites were great.

This site's one of the best(or bestest) for this campaign.

This thread needs a second page Sticking out tongue , I'm just showing some love Laughing out loud .

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Greetings one and all.

Nice thread ^^ .. found Pages of Pain through it, am half through the book, great read, although a little too action-packed for my liking, but meh...

hmm to further spark my imagination means a lot to me and thus I like the setting of planescape Laughing out loud , albeit I almost only know it through Planescape Torment (best crpg - ever imo.)

though, I've also recently been reading on mimir.net, really loved the story about Checkers :[url]http://www.mimir.net/factions/sensateschecker.html [/url]

Laughing out loud

Looking forward to become further acquainted with the setting ^^

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Thanks, Krypter. Smiling

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Ahoy thar, I'm new. Used to go around mimir when it was still around... looks like this'll be me new hangout spot now...

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Welcome aboard Smiling

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Well... Hello to all of you! I've been a lurker from Italy for quite some time, and at last I decided to take the big step and join in a more active role, so... see you around!

Kit out...

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Well although I am not new here I suppose introductions are finally in order. My name is unimportant. I am from the far off mystical land of australia! I am an out of work actor attending uni and I do a little art here and there. I am a massive fan of video games and will probably end up in the industry maybe. I was introduced to planescape through its largest portal, Planescape: Torment. Given to me by a friend, I stuck with it where other tired of the start. I soon became so immersed in the story and whole concept of the planes that it litterally changed my perspective and views in life. I became obsessed with it all and drew maps(largely incorrectly) of the planes, I then started to hunt the net for things and found a hell of a lot! Now I hope to contribute more to the multiverse and always constantly learn more and more.

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Hello. I used to lurk the forums, but I thought I would start posting. I really like the Planescape Campaign Setting, and look forward to discussing it with you.

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So thAt is suppeused to bee a cAge-citee, mda. Is there any place to get intertained?

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I would suggest posting in the OOC boards to see if there are any GMs starting a game that you can get in on, or if the current GMs have a space for you.

If you are looking for a video game version of Planescape you may wish to visit www.roguedao.com

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'Clueless' wrote:
If you are looking for a video game version of Planescape you may wish to visit www.roguedao.com
Actually it's http://www.planescapetrilogy.com Rogue Dao is Rogue Dao's page as a company.

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Hello.
I hope this is the right place for new clueless.
Not a lot of new souls these days?
-Semioughticon

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I think we have plenty of new bloods coming in - they just jump right in without saying hi is all. Smiling Speaking of:
Hi! Welcome aboard!

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Any news on wether the info

Any news on wether the info that was on www.portalseeker.com has been retained somewhere. It does seem to function any longer. Thanks.

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Hm. Not sure - I'll see if I

Hm. Not sure - I'll see if I can track it down, I have the contact info for the owner of that domain I believe. There may also be something retained in the WayBack Archives.

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I wanted to say hi and

I wanted to say hi and thanks for the great site.

I seem to have a problem with the links though. All of the first n links came back with a 404 error (not found). Have the pages been moved?

 One more question: Do the forums have a search function? I am not able to find it...

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We moved over from an older

We moved over from an older content management system earlier this year,  so yeah - the links have been moved, I'll get those updated for you. And the main site search will search the forums as well.

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This is an awesome

This is an awesome reference guide. Better than wikipedia.

 

Clueless, please let us know when the links have been updated. 

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Wow, is this place still active? Just joined in, I was a gamer years ago, and stumbled upon this site while searching random games I used to play.

I played Dungeons & Dragons, and knew about this setting, but nobody else showed much interest in it - I mean it can get confusing! But I'm excited to look around, even if the place is a little dusty. Adds to the ambiance, like an old library a young magi walks into... Smiling

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We're a small but loyal group of PS enthusiasts. Stick around and join in some of the discussions!

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What happened to the links posted in the first post? When are they coming back? Can someone tell me how to navigate to those links?

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Out notification system was out of commission so I didn't get any notices on this. Many apologies for the delay - but I shall look into it.

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Hello everyone! I've been a lurker for quite some time but I realize I've never actually stopped by to say "hello"...so hello!

I've been very interested in the Planescape community and still remember reading Achenbach's (sp?) site and Mimir's back in the early days of the internet. Good reading, good times.

I'm a great fan of both Planescape and Dragonlance and just wanted to thank everyone here for their efforts getting things converted for 3e. Your efforts were/are greatly appreciated!

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Ashenbach, I think, is the correct spelling. Also known as "Ol' Ashy," or Brannon Hollingsworth.

Hi!

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I just noticed my join date...I've been lurking for way too long. I...I think I'm actually one of the elder's of this board...and yet I'm new-ish.

That is just weird.

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Welcome back Smiling And you probably are - I tried to preserve dates of arrival for accounts when we went to Drupal. Do some exploring and let me know if anything seems out of place - I'm the dabus for the site.

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Hello there! I registered some months ago but being just a lurker my account got deleted, so this time I decided I'd be a bit more active. So nice to meet you all, my name is Hristo.
I've been running Planescape campaigns with my groups for quite some time and I would gladly join in the discussions.

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Hey Hristo, glad to have you here. Maybe it is just me, but I feel another planar renaissance coming on.

I would love to here more story hours based on people's Planescape Campaigns - definitely start a thread about yours!

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So, anyone know where Rip is? I haven't seen him for several weeks, and I'm kinda worried (not that something happened to him so much as that he might have left us)

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I've seen him posting elsewhere so I think he's physically okay.

Likely he'll come around when the mood strikes, but yeah his contributions are always welcome, insightful, and poignant.

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I've seen him posting elsewhere so I think he's physically okay.

Likely he'll come around when the mood strikes, but yeah his contributions are always welcome, insightful, and poignant.

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Hello, all. It's good to be back home again. Although I never skulked the Great Wheel with my doted-on PC's, I shall always remain a planewalker at heart.

I had typed a long and drawn out explanation of my love for Planescape, and the reasons why we never did venture beyond the usually mundane Prime. My post was dead-booked among teh interwebs, though.

Ah, well, the short, short version. Our game sessions were always chaotic, never really epic. Due to the group's personal lives, the campaign, DM's, players, and characters were always in flux, rotating. But when it was my turn to DM, I wanted to make things memorable, make the players love their characters and the world they adventured in.

I made the mistake of buying all the "new" Mystara stuff. Just before I implemented the PC's into that world, though... something wonderful happened.

I was at my friend Jack's house, enjoying the company of about 6 more friends after a game. Then Jack brings out his Planescape Campaign Setting, brand new at the time. And then I gazed upon the creations of DiTerlizzi within the faction book from the PSCS.

It snagged me immediately.

"What is this?" I wondered.

"It's a new setting," he replied.

"I can SEE that, Jack."

I sat and read about these so-called Dustmen for a moment, loving the picture and the concept of the faction.

"Where does this take place, exactly? Pretty weird, you know?"...I muttered.

Then Jack goes, "Sigil, the City of Doors. It's supposed to be the center of the multiverse. The planes of existence, as in you know, the old Manual of the Planes?"

"No, I never played first edition," I replied. The whole concept was alien to me.

I ended up sitting in the corner trying to read it all while everyone else socialized. Jack later walked up to me and said I could borrow the whole set, since he was working on something else. Cool.

I was forever hooked. I bought and read every PS product published, planning to slowly introduce the heroes to the planes. Meanwhile, we played other games.

Having already invested time and effort into Mystara, I was surprised to find bizarre tidbits online as well as in Joshuan's Almanac. Particularly, evidence of things like spelljammers, extraplanar travel, and the long dead technological Empire of Blackmoor.

And then I read about Acheron, and the Mines of Marsellin, which were said to contain a treasure trove of artifacts, weapons, ships, and machines...

So I drew up a plot about a severely corrupted Mystaran timeline, in which a mysterious being resembling a diabolus (an evil chronomancer from an alternate timestream) introduces villain Von Hendricks to a powerful artifact: a multi-keyed stone portal with the power to send the user to any time, any plane (barring Sigil).

Being taught things like time travel, harvesting dead technologies, and contengencies to insure almost immortal status, you can imagine a barmy like Von Hendricks really making the prime world of Mystara into a hellish place. With all the local major villains on his side, there would be destruction, slavery, a near-holocaust for not only dwarves, gnomes, & halflings, but also for all people of the good priesthoods. A bizarre world where medieval people are ruled by the fear of the strange tech around them, robot drones seeking rebels, powerful soldiers skilled in swordsmanship but reliant on blasters.

But there is hope. King Karameikos himself is leader of the resistance, readying all concerned for a sudden uprising. However, the spread of the influence of New Blackmoor's violence and tech is soon to spread amongst the planes. Even now, there are Doomguard hidden in their ranks...

With githyanki and dragons thrown in, the threat is dire. A group called the Watchmen Proxies, and another, the Manasylic Chronomantic Order, carefully oversee things. They know that ultimate victory hinges on the actions of our heroes. After all, the heroes did in fact fail in a parallel timeline. Even the rilmani are watching from the background.

##back to my point##

Even as later products like Hellbound were released, I had grand plots in mind for the heroes. Since all of our games had been hack and slash in the past, I was having trouble imagining my guys being forced to really roleplay instead of just trying to kill things.

So I did a solo mission for one of them, literally customized it for him, for a sudden introduction to Sigil and the Blackmoorian plot. I spent months on it, made it very detailed, moody, and overall something completely unique and memorable.

He had been playing pencil and paper rpg's long before us, including systems we hadn't heard of. With other friends, in a different school. I was eager for approval.

By the time Silvergaze (elven mage-priest and undead slayet) had survived the dangers of the Cage and regained his spellcasting abilities by utilizing the services of a rogue githyanki to retrieve his memory core from the Astral...well, his hands were literally shaking by the end.

A success, but only one player. He told the others. But as I inched my heroes slowly in the planar direction, game sessions devolved into what it had been: chaos. Unfortunately, as much as I loved to write my adventures, I was a pretty shy DM. Though I may have written well, I could never really improvise well, like a good DM should. Since they preferred dungeon crawling, Faerun, & a little Ravenloft. So that's what we played.

At least I still have my Planescape collection. And thankfully, devoted and imaginative fans like you guys keep the Great Wheel turning.

Long days and pleasant nights.

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New here... can anybody welcome me???

by the way this is Liza and I am looking for a great novel books!!!

KUDOS!!!

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Hello, all.

Used to play Planescape quite a bit when it came out. I ususally DM'ed, and it was one of my favorite published settings. I did both the standard version, and a modified one that included stuff from some of my original backgrounds/prime materials. (One of them specifically had a background that a lot of the people on it traveled the planes, so they would have been around.

I actually just sought this place out because of something that has been bugging me for years off and on. (How Rowen Darkwood kept his alignment, I'll be starting a thread on it) However, I've always had an interest in it and I'll stay around.

FWIW, while I normally DM'd, when I was a player in Planescape, I usually played Doomguards, Sensates, Bleakers or Xaositects in about that order.

See y'all around

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Greetings everyone!

It's not my first time here (though my last time here was ages ago). I never did any posts, but read a lot. The time has come to change that.

I've been playing ADnD 2, 3.0/3.5, GURPS and some other rpgs for almost 8-9 years now. Not on a regular basis of course, but enough to consider myself at least a veteran player (I still don't have much experience as a DM). I learned about the Planescape campaign setting even before I learned about tabletop rpgs altogether and so it's safe to say that it was Planescape that pushed me into the hobby.

To cut long story short last year I've met some fellow roleplayers and we formed a new gaming group (our old one collapsed for various reasons). I decided to run a planewalking campaign, because I always craved to take part in some planar adventures, but alas there were no DMs around willing to learn about this great setting or run a game. I guess waiting for over 5 years is enough (I think that's how much time passed since the last proper PS game I played in) and it's time to take matters in my own hands. Smiling Because originally I wanted to play I stayed away from the additional books and everything marked with the "DMs only" tags for quite some time, so now when finally I'm running a game myself and PCs come closer and closer to actual planar stuff I will probably have a lot of questions... And what's the better place to look for the answers than not in here?

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Welcome! And ask away! Laughing out loud

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Well hello there! I am new to the forum though have been lurking around for quite a bit already. Though a little simple, this really is one of those things that I really enjoy and like. There isn't much in it to rave about but everything works together just fine and to no avail from other components. And by the end of the day, it still works flawlessly for me.

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Well, hello there! I've been lurking here from time to time, and i must say that this site is PARADISE for a great Planescape fan such i myself... Even thought i'm a complete p&p rpg git, i just love to read the Planescape material... You are doing an excellent job. Keep traveling through the planes, mates! Smiling

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Hi.

I browse this site a lot, I'm enormously grateful to all of its contributors, I've never felt moved to post until today, and I'm pretty terrible when it comes to thank-you notes. I'm hoping that the latter of those two things will change.

Anyway, seriously, thanks to you all. *applause*

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I'm also grateful for all that this community has done to keep the my favorite RPG setting alive. I'm not much of a writer, but I'm an artist, I'd love to contribute in some way in the future.

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Hi. I haven't thought about planscape for over a decade but glad it will never be forgotten. nice to see such a community because where i live no one has ever experienced it. So as i prepare to relive the glory i hope i can get to know some of you all. Thanks

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