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Re: Hi! (Bruce Heard Q&A)

Posted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 4:49 pm
by stebehil
Hi Bruce,

according to Wikipedia, you were also involved with the translations of D&D into german in the early 80ies. As I am trying to piece together a history of D&D in Germany, I would love to know if you can recall anything about these translations specifically, and of the german company and the people involved. If you should have absolutely too much time on your hands :lol: , you could read my ramblings on that here:
https://www.acaeum.com/forum/viewtopic. ... =16170&c=1
Nice picture in Dragon #113 of you with the letter stuck to an axe tip, btw. :D

Re: Hi! (Bruce Heard Q&A)

Posted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 6:25 pm
by Ambreville
Hi! I'm not sure what you found that tied me to German translations, but I can assure you I had nothing to do with the German market.

Re: Hi! (Bruce Heard Q&A)

Posted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 7:27 pm
by stebehil
Thank you for your prompt reply. To clear that up, I was mislead by a statement from your wikipedia entry, which was in turn quoted from Dragon #113 (Sept. 86 issue, TSR profiles). There is stated that "He also coordinated outside translators who turned the games into German, Italian, and Spanish." This was noted regarding your earlier work as translator for the french edition. I mistook that as more of a involvement with these translations than it was. Thanks for your answer.

Re: Hi! (Bruce Heard Q&A)

Posted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 7:33 pm
by Ambreville
Even then, I'm not sure where the quote "coordinated outside translators who turned the games into German, Italian, and Spanish" came about. I wasn't involved with those.

Re: Hi! (Bruce Heard Q&A)

Posted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 7:40 pm
by stebehil
So that is a way how wrong information enters sources we deem reliable. Somebody probably mixed up some information somewhere, it gets printed, and gets copied into other informations. And now there is misleading information included in Wikipedia. Always check the sources!

Re: Hi! (Bruce Heard Q&A)

Posted: Sun Nov 26, 2017 7:42 pm
by Ambreville
Indeed. :)

Re: Hi! (Bruce Heard Q&A)

Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 7:31 am
by Morfie
I have just noticed a certain Mr Heard was a playtester and a proofreader for AD&D's Oriental Adventures.. did that have an influence on the cultures in Ochalea & Myoshima?

Re: Hi! (Bruce Heard Q&A)

Posted: Tue Nov 28, 2017 12:37 pm
by Ambreville
Morfie wrote:I have just noticed a certain Mr Heard was a playtester and a proofreader for AD&D's Oriental Adventures.. did that have an influence on the cultures in Ochalea & Myoshima?
No, not really. :)

Re: Hi! (Bruce Heard Q&A)

Posted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 4:24 am
by paleologos
Hi Bruce,

Not sure if you're still checking this thread - I've gotten interested in the French translation of "Horror on the Hill" and I think I read that you did the translation.

I'd love to see a copy, but failing that, I have some questions about the translation. Module B5 is filled with editorial errors, and I'm wondering how you dealt with them.

Sincerely,
Demos

Re: Hi! (Bruce Heard Q&A)

Posted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 12:03 pm
by Ambreville
It's possible I translated B5. I don't remember. It's been more than 30 years ago.I don't keep copies of drafts of wrote for TSR.

Re: Hi! (Bruce Heard Q&A)

Posted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 11:59 pm
by paleologos
Ok,

Thanks for the speedy reply - if I ever get my hands on a copy, I'll double check and see if I can get you to sign it!

Re: Hi! (Bruce Heard Q&A)

Posted: Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:28 am
by Ambreville
Certainly! :)

Re: Hi! (Bruce Heard Q&A)

Posted: Wed Feb 20, 2019 1:06 am
by MPA
It looks like Bruce still posts on this forum, so I have a question for him.

The MM1 has Arch Devils and Demon Princes with Hit Points, as opposed to HD. Are we to assume that the Lords of the underworld are to be treated as 16 HD+ monsters? Granted they are supposed to be treated as "lesser gods" in their own realms, but they are still 16 HD+ when it comes to hand to hand combat.

Re: Hi! (Bruce Heard Q&A)

Posted: Wed Feb 20, 2019 4:56 am
by Morfie
MPA wrote:
Wed Feb 20, 2019 1:06 am
It looks like Bruce still posts on this forum, so I have a question for him.

The MM1 has Arch Devils and Demon Princes with Hit Points, as opposed to HD. Are we to assume that the Lords of the underworld are to be treated as 16 HD+ monsters? Granted they are supposed to be treated as "lesser gods" in their own realms, but they are still 16 HD+ when it comes to hand to hand combat.
Pretty sure Bruce wasn't involved with the Monster Manual .. but then again I think he does play AD&D so may be able to answer the question.
At any rate, the question may be better placed for an answer in the AD&D 1st Edition forum?

Re: Hi! (Bruce Heard Q&A)

Posted: Wed Feb 20, 2019 12:24 pm
by Ambreville
Morfie wrote:
Wed Feb 20, 2019 4:56 am
MPA wrote:
Wed Feb 20, 2019 1:06 am
It looks like Bruce still posts on this forum, so I have a question for him.

The MM1 has Arch Devils and Demon Princes with Hit Points, as opposed to HD. Are we to assume that the Lords of the underworld are to be treated as 16 HD+ monsters? Granted they are supposed to be treated as "lesser gods" in their own realms, but they are still 16 HD+ when it comes to hand to hand combat.
Pretty sure Bruce wasn't involved with the Monster Manual .. but then again I think he does play AD&D so may be able to answer the question.
At any rate, the question may be better placed for an answer in the AD&D 1st Edition forum?
It would...

Re: Hi! (Bruce Heard Q&A)

Posted: Wed Feb 20, 2019 10:25 pm
by MPA
Morfie wrote:
Wed Feb 20, 2019 4:56 am
MPA wrote:
Wed Feb 20, 2019 1:06 am
It looks like Bruce still posts on this forum, so I have a question for him.

The MM1 has Arch Devils and Demon Princes with Hit Points, as opposed to HD. Are we to assume that the Lords of the underworld are to be treated as 16 HD+ monsters? Granted they are supposed to be treated as "lesser gods" in their own realms, but they are still 16 HD+ when it comes to hand to hand combat.
Pretty sure Bruce wasn't involved with the Monster Manual .. but then again I think he does play AD&D so may be able to answer the question.
At any rate, the question may be better placed for an answer in the AD&D 1st Edition forum?
Nah. No one in the AD&D forums can help. There's always someone who say use 4.5 to divide the hit points. No one did that back in the 80s. I'll just try to find the people who worked on the AD&D rules.

Thanks.