User talk:Daranios

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Re: Zakharan deities in Shair's Handbook?[edit]

Although I typically respond to comments on my own page, I realize it has been a very long time due to my unintended Wikibreak. The citations are not in error, although they are made somewhat in passing in Shair's. When I have the chance to unpack further, I will try to provide page numbers for your perusal. Serpent's Choice 09:31, 23 April 2007 (UTC)

Thanks a lot! That would be very nice for me. Daranios 15:44, 23 April 2007 (UTC)

Bremen[edit]

And that's why I changed it. If the section had explicitly discussed the difference between Frankfurt am Main and Frankfurt an der Oder, that would be different, but it didn't. I agree (for Germany) that unambiguous names do not require Laender; but it seems clearer to make that point, and not mix it up with an example of primary usage. Septentrionalis PMAnderson 20:06, 6 May 2007 (UTC)

Tiefenbach[edit]

Please have a look at my question here [1]. Ekki01 16:18, 10 May 2007 (UTC)

St Otteran[edit]

I merely transcribed the very brief information about St Otteran that was given in the Irish liturgical calendar (Ordo Missae celebrandae...), which I saw on a visit to Ireland. For another source that gives the same date of death, see this. Lima (talk) 19:38, 17 November 2007 (UTC)

Sandbox[edit]

I think that you want to move your sandbox page to a page with a name like User:Daranios/Sandbox. As is, with it's current name of User:Daranios Sandbox, it appears as if it's referring to a Wikipedia editor with the name "Daranios Sandbox". Hope this helps. Cheers --Craw-daddy | T | 23:33, 29 January 2008 (UTC)

Thanks a lot! I was not aware of this. Daranios (talk) 16:18, 30 January 2008 (UTC)

Monstrous Compendiums[edit]

Thanks for your hard work on keeping the list project going!  :) BOZ (talk) 18:36, 24 May 2008 (UTC)

No problem, it was quite fun. :-) Maybe I'll add more from my collection some time, but I won't promise anything. I hope we won't end up with a with a notability discussion here, though :-(. Best regards! Daranios (talk) 15:15, 27 May 2008 (UTC)
Thanks again for keeping this up! I appreciate your hard work. I've been doing a little project of my own. BOZ (talk) 14:12, 9 July 2008 (UTC)
Great thing, I think these publication histories will be helpful for those interested in details and will be a big advantage for the in-universe-only-discussions. My personal collection of monster books will be finished soon, let's see what happens afterwards. Daranios (talk) 12:04, 10 July 2008 (UTC)
Hey, thanks once again for your contributions!  :) BOZ (talk) 20:13, 5 August 2008 (UTC)
Thanks for the Planescape boxed sets - don't forget Planes of Conflict!  :) BOZ (talk) 23:42, 10 August 2008 (UTC)
Nope, I'm at it. :-) Daranios (talk) 15:20, 11 August 2008 (UTC)
Danke!  :) There wasn't any lack of faith; that one's just easier to forget.  ;) BOZ (talk) 16:46, 11 August 2008 (UTC)

Thanks for the support!  :) Here's an idea. To make the page look better (and I'd wait until the AFD closes to work on it again, especially since things are looking up), how about instead of adding more books for now, if we focused on the parts that are lacking, such as the monster descriptions and other appearances. The 2E list will look a lot better if it was more like the 1974-1976, 1E, and 3E lists. BOZ (talk) 16:53, 21 August 2008 (UTC)

Yes, sounds like a good idea. Unfortunately, strange as it may sound, I am more motivated to create the lists from the books than to think about the (important!) one-sentence monster descriptions. But we'll see. Daranios (talk) 18:49, 21 August 2008 (UTC)
Do as you will - your contributions are valued regardless.  :) Don't waste your time working on it during the AFD all the same, just in case the tide turns against the article and it dies an unseemly death. However, if you can directly fix any of the concerns rasied by those voting delete, then feel free to hit that. BOZ (talk) 22:02, 21 August 2008 (UTC)

D&D articles for Wikipedia 0.7[edit]

Hi there!  :)

As someone who's worked on D&D and/or RPG articles before, I'm inviting you to participate in our goal to both improve articles that have been selected to be placed in the next Wikipedia DVD release, as well as nominate more to be selected for this project. For more details, please see the WikiProject D&D talk page for more details. :) BOZ (talk) 19:00, 16 September 2008 (UTC)

D&D Creature List[edit]

I changed the "Described are" to "Includes" for the traditional no-good-reason. "Described are/is" just does not sound right to me; it's stilted and I think it's grammatically incorrect. (Normal sentence structure should be Subject Verb Object, not Object Verb Subject: so The monsters are described - not described are the monsters.) If I were going to describe the page referring to one of the monsters which has multiple variants, I would say the page "includes information and statistics for monster X and it variants A, B and C. I have not propagated this change through the entire page yet (since it'd be a lot of work), and for the moment I intend to stick with just the Mystara compendium and the D&D monsters list (separate page).Vulcan's Forge (talk) 15:50, 15 October 2008 (UTC)

Well, very often there is no section about the general monster X, only about it's variants A, B and C. But I am no good at judging if it sounds stilted and I see your point with grammar. I just didn't notice it, because you can shift around parts of scentences more readily in German than English. Thanks for replying. Daranios (talk) 19:11, 15 October 2008 (UTC)

Bitte schoen. ;) Vulcan's Forge (talk) 01:08, 16 October 2008 (UTC)

Hi![edit]

With your excellent recent work on the D&D monster lists, I was wondering if you've ever thought about joining the Dungeons & Dragons WikiProject. Regardless, keep up the good work! -Drilnoth (talk) 15:50, 13 December 2008 (UTC)

Thanks a lot! :-) I had thought about joining the project, but I think I will continue work as a "freelancer", as the time I am going to devote here will probably wax and wane a lot. Daranios (talk) 11:05, 14 December 2008 (UTC)
Okay, just thought I'd mention it. -Drilnoth (talk) 13:09, 14 December 2008 (UTC)

Ravenloft MC duplication[edit]

Confirmed. Good catch. I only have the first Ravenloft MC (MC10), secondhand in a binder I hadn't gone all the way through yet. I'll do a descriptive section on it but redirect the reader to the Appendices as already tabled insteads of duplicating the whole thing. I've checked and much of the Outer Places MC (MC11) is already listed in the Planescape Appendix table, so I'll do something similar there as well.Vulcan's Forge (talk) 03:44, 7 January 2009 (UTC)

Cool, man, keep up the good work. :) BOZ (talk) 15:55, 7 January 2009 (UTC)

Re: Al-Qadim at Forgotten Realms Wiki[edit]

Hello there!
On the Al-Qadim page you removed the link to Forgotten Realms Wiki.
You are of course right that the Al-Qadim article there has no additional information compared to the one here. However Forgotten Realms Wiki wants to cover Al-Qadim related subjects that are not deemed noteworthy at Wikipedia, too. There may not yet be to many such articles, but in my opinion too much to be dismissed. I can think of articles on e.g. all Zakharan deities and all Al-Qadim sourcebooks. Do you think that is enough to keep the link (and perhaps get interested editors to get involved there, too)? Daranios (talk) 16:49, 22 January 2009 (UTC)

I don't have much of a preference either way; I just thought it was better to include a link to the local page (which didn't seem to have a link until then). Wikipedia:External links discourages overuse of external links which commonly happens with Wikia sites, so I tend to remove certain ones in passing if the local page for that specific topic has more content. In this case, however, it looks like there's some good content there that Wikipedia doesn't have. GarrettTalk 19:23, 25 January 2009 (UTC)

D&D Wikiproject[edit]

Have you seen this? Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2009-09-21/WikiProject report BOZ (talk) 15:10, 1 November 2009 (UTC)

Ah, that's a nice read - both a credo for inclusionism and a balanced description of your/our work. And that Gavin Collins praises the report has to count for something! Daranios (talk) 20:31, 3 November 2009 (UTC)

License tagging for File:Saint Arsatius.JPG[edit]

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TSR archive[edit]

I don't know if you have time for it, but the link was actually removed from quite a few pages as being a dead link, and there are a lot of pages that never had a link to that site in the first place. Thanks for fixing the ones you have fixed so far. 108.69.80.49 (talk) 17:22, 16 April 2011 (UTC)

The TSR Archive is too good a page to be forgotten. I plan to change the other existing links (not to add it to other articles, as do not have the overview here), but I don't know yet how soon I can do it. Daranios (talk) 18:37, 17 April 2011 (UTC)

List of 1st edition monsters[edit]

As you have been heavily involved with editing this article, I am letting you know that List of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1st edition monsters is up for AFD. 129.33.19.254 (talk) 16:09, 7 May 2012 (UTC)

I started the DRV yesterday, but I don't know if that will acheive any consensus to overturn. To avoid controversy, I think we may need a new way to display the lists of monsters. It will take a lot of work; would you be interested in helping? BOZ (talk) 20:02, 11 May 2012 (UTC)

In general I would like to help, after we sorted out in which way we could present monsters without raising copyright concerns. I fear that the time I can dedicate will be limited, however.
I would like to ask the deletion-voters involved if an alphabetical sorting within an edition would be "tranformative", as it would no longer be a rendition of tabels of contents, then, but I am not optimistic.
And first I want to "rescue" the other lists to Dungeons & Dragons Wiki. Do you happen to know how I could access the deleted list for this? Thanks. Daranios (talk) 15:22, 14 May 2012 (UTC)

You might be interested in the discussion on the Talk:List of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1st edition monsters, since I think you've been the one most actively supporting these lists. BOZ (talk) 17:18, 6 June 2012 (UTC)

Link to external wiki[edit]

Hello there! I am at the moment trying to figure out, when a link to an extrnal wiki is ok and when it is not. (I am concerned with Dungeons & Dragons at the moment.) WP:ELNO says not to include links to open wikis, except those with a substantial history of stability and a substantial number of editors. Could you perhaps give me a clue roughly when a wiki has reached "a substantial history of stability" and what might count as "a substantial number of editors"? Thanks a lot! Daranios (talk) 15:43, 12 April 2011 (UTC)

Yes, that is a fairly vague criteria. I'd be inclined to think they mean a wiki that has been in existence for several years and has hundreds, if not thousands, of editors. But you might try asking on the talk page at WP:ELNO. Regards, RJHall 15:45, 12 April 2011 (UTC)

D&D monster list[edit]

Would you be interested in starting back up the discussion at Talk:List of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons 1st edition monsters? :) BOZ (talk) 21:21, 31 August 2012 (UTC)

Thanks a lot for telling! However, I cannot think of new arguments at the moment. I have asked Torchiest about his opinion about one specific point, though. Best of luck for the future discussion! Let's see how it turns out. Daranios (talk) 10:05, 1 September 2012 (UTC)
You got it - glad to have you involved in whatever way you are willing and able to be. :) BOZ (talk) 00:54, 2 September 2012 (UTC)

German source for Raistlin?[edit]

Hey there, I never realized before that you are from Germany.  :) Would you be able to share with me the text of the source you found (preferably with a translation)? I want to make sure we are maximizing our utilization of it, and if necessary I may want to rewrite some parts to reflect that. If it's more than a few sentences, would you mind e-mailing it to me? BOZ (talk) 19:52, 5 December 2012 (UTC)

I would be happy to. The section is just long enough that I would prefer e-mailing. How can I reach you? Daranios (talk) 18:28, 6 December 2012 (UTC)
If your e-mail is set up, you can go here: [2] BOZ (talk) 19:29, 6 December 2012 (UTC)
I am afraid I still get "This user has chosen not to receive e-mail from other users." as an answer to that query. Daranios (talk) 14:21, 7 December 2012 (UTC)
Hopefully, I just sent you one. BOZ (talk) 15:12, 7 December 2012 (UTC)

More Dragonlance characters[edit]

Thank you for your contributions to finding sources for Goldmoon and Raistlin Majere. If you are inclined to helping further on related articles, I have started a new discussion regarding finding sources for the other important characters in the series. If there is any help you can give, please respond there or here. Thanks! BOZ (talk) 17:55, 12 December 2012 (UTC)

Based on Torchiest's comment, Caramon Majere might be a good place to start. BOZ (talk) 05:06, 14 December 2012 (UTC)
I have restored Caramon Majere, Tasslehoff Burrfoot, Tanis Half-Elven, Riverwind, and Kitiara uth Matar, as another user has found sources for each of them; if you can, take a look and see if you can find more. BOZ (talk) 20:40, 21 December 2012 (UTC)
Hey there! I don't know if you have any sources for those articles I listed above, but if you do now would be a good time to add them because I will probably be starting another merge discussion on the list talk page soon. BOZ (talk) 23:44, 26 December 2012 (UTC)
Merry Christmas, too! Sorry, no other source from me - I only have said "Lexikon der Zauberwelten", which has no more on Caramon, Tasslehoff and Tanis than we have introduced, I guess, and nothing on Riverwind and Kitiara. Good luck with the merge discussion in any case. Daranios (talk) 12:35, 27 December 2012 (UTC)
Got you - thanks for checking. BOZ (talk) 04:58, 28 December 2012 (UTC)
Well, it is good to have that one at least, thanks for adding it. :) BOZ (talk) 16:47, 1 January 2013 (UTC)

I also restored Sturm Brightblade and Flint Fireforge; do you know of any sources for those? BOZ (talk) 18:34, 31 December 2012 (UTC)

Nice! For me it is always the same story, though, I am afraid: The only independent source I have is Lexikon der Zauberwelten, and you know now what it has about Dragonlance. Daranios (talk) 10:51, 1 January 2013 (UTC)

Merry Christmas![edit]

Need help[edit]

Can you do me a favor? On de:Al-Qadim: The Genie's Curse, there is a source listed as “Power Play”, but the link to the article appears to be a copy/paste error which duplicates the one for “Computer Gaming World”. Can you help me track down the actual link so that we can add it to the English article? BOZ (talk) 15:14, 28 January 2013 (UTC)

I see you fixed the link on the Duetsch version article - thanks.  :) Well, the text from the German article reads as follows when you put it through Google translate: "Editor Michael Hengst of Power Play described the connection of 1001 with the action-packed gameplay of Zelda successful. Both horse and main tester Volker Weitz described the difficulty as low." I'd like to see how a horse writes game reviews. ;) If you could clean up the translation a bit so that the phrases make more sense, I think that should be enough. BOZ (talk) 21:23, 28 January 2013 (UTC)
(snooping) Hahahaha... that's because Hengst translates to "stallion", and the translator must've mistaken his last name for a separate word. Most amusing. —Torchiest talkedits 21:50, 28 January 2013 (UTC)
 :-) Apart from that glitch, Google translator did a better job than I would have expected. I put my version on the page now. (Possibly it could use some more integration into the whole of the reception section.) Daranios (talk) 20:56, 29 January 2013 (UTC)
Heh... yeah, you might be right. Thanks for getting that one! BOZ (talk) 21:11, 29 January 2013 (UTC)

Insinuations at Vecna AfD[edit]

Hi. I note that at Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Vecna, you wrote: "if this time someone neutral could draw a conclusion instead of User:Folken de Fanel changing the status quo to his liking in spite of a remaining disagreement, as was done with Caramon Majere."

Contrary to what you think, I have never "drawn a conclusion to my liking" by "changing the status quo". In case you didn't notice, the discussion was assessed and closed by an uninvolved administrator, with the conclusion that "this discussion has failed to reach a consensus on whether Caramon should have a separate article [...] Coverage should remain in this article until such a time that reliable, secondary sources establish notability for Caramon independent of this list."

I therefore do not appreciate your insinuation that I would have myself closed the discussion and edited the article to my liking while ignoring the consensus. The decision was validated by an uninvolved administrator. While I understand you might be frustrated to have lost the debate, this is not a reason to propagate unfounded allegations on my person. Whether you did it to spite me intentionally or you didn't read the closure, what you wrote was a personal attack that I ask you politely but firmly to remove from your comment, and to avoid further uncivil behavior against me.Folken de Fanel (talk) 19:32, 6 October 2013 (UTC)

I apologize for this. I was not aware of the changes in Talk:List of Dragonlance characters#Caramon from 27 May 2013 and was arguing on the basis of the status of the discussion from 1 May 2013. My statement was not meant as a personal attack, and would have been factual, if those changes had not taken place in the meantime. I have changed my comment accordingly. I cannot help noticing, however, that you did change Caramon Majere into a redirect on 27 April 2013, before that closure had taken place with the comment "Redirect per consensus". Daranios (talk) 15:49, 7 October 2013 (UTC)

External links[edit]

One of the criteria for being an external link is that it provides a unique resource. A simple google provides hundreds of similar pages of content. There is nothing exceptionally valuable about that site as compared to any of the others. -- TRPoD aka The Red Pen of Doom 15:48, 15 November 2013 (UTC)

Yes, I do mind reintroduction. I do not think that they appropriately qualify given the various issues and premises of WP:EL. "External links in an article can be helpful to the reader, but they should be kept minimal, meritable, and directly relevant to the article." We do not link just to have links. -- TRPoD aka The Red Pen of Doom 18:32, 17 November 2013 (UTC)

Merry Christmas![edit]

I'm wishing you a Merry Christmas, because that is what I celebrate. If you don't like Christmas or just don't celebrate it in any of its forms, then please accept a generic "Happy Holidays". If you celebrate no holidays at this time of year, then hopefully you will be satisfied with an even more generic "Season's Greetings".  :)

Re: Reorx in LPMud[edit]

It is not just Reorx that is used in Genesis LPMud, it is the entire world of Krynn, including all of the Gods. If Genesis LPMud is going to be referenced, it needs to be in a primary article on Krynn or Dragonlance, not a secondary page such as the List of the Gods, and it definitely shouldn't just be linked to only one individual God. As a long-time MUD player, I wish you luck in your quest to get Genesis LPMud some recognition. :) -- singed_light (talk) 22:47, 16 May 2014 (UTC)

I still do not think it fits. The page is specifically meant as a list of the Dragonlance deities and their direct story, not all the places they have been used or extended universe references. The majority of the people who visit the page are not interested in the errata, they want the basics of the Gods. Everything else we add pulls away from that focus.
Think of it this way: If we reference Genesis LPMud there, then we would for completeness need to reference all the other noteworthy places Reorx has been used: ArcticMUD, which was and is based entirely on Krynn. Multiple small video games in the 90s for PC. Multi-universe game systems, such as the incredibly popular Spelljammer setting for D&D. If we reference each of these places, then the article loses focus, and no longer is as effective at its goal: to be a list of the deities and what they stand for.
However, I admit it is possible that I am wrong, that I am being too narrow-minded in my definition of what should be in this type of page. Is there a way to petition for assistance from an administrator or a more experienced editor, to get an opinion on the "right" Wikipedia way to approach things such as this? I could just start posting on random senior people's talk pages, but there's gotta be a better way. :)
singed_light (talk) 03:50, 18 May 2014 (UTC)