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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1814 Posts

Posted - 12 Jan 2015 :  14:17:40  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
My novel THE REAVER: THE SUNDERING BOOK IV was a runner-up in Diehard GameFAN's 2014 Tabletop Awards in the game-based fiction category. I'm honored!

http://diehardgamefan.com/2015/01/12/diehard-gamefans-2014-tabletop-gaming-awards/
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1814 Posts

Posted - 25 Jan 2015 :  20:56:55  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Gen Con Roommate(s) Wanted!

I have reserved a hotel room for Gen Con.

It’s at the Baymont Inn & Suites Plainfield/Indianapolis Airport Area. Here’s their website.

http://www.baymontinns.com/…/baymont-inn-and…/hotel-overview

The room’s reserved for Wednesday check-in, Sunday checkout.

My total bill is $396.86. Pretty cheap for Gen Con!

But it could be a lot cheaper, and to that end, I’m looking for a person or person to share the room and cut my cost in half or into thirds. The room’s got two double beds in it. If two people are comfortable sharing the bed that is not mine, we can do thirds.

The bad news is that this hotel is 14 miles and change away from the convention center. It is, however, on the con’s Green shuttle route. Here’s the current info on the con shuttle system, which I anticipate using. You’ll notice they haven’t posted a price for this year’s all-weekend ticket yet. Last year it was $50. I trust it won’t be too much higher this year.

http://genconshuttle.com

Here’s info on taxi fares in Indianapolis. It looks like you could make a cab trip from the Baymont to the con or vice versa for around $35 including tip. Obviously, share the cab with fellow con members and that starts looking more viable.

http://www.ycindy.com/fare_estimator/

Here’s info on Indianapolis’s Uber rides. It looks to me like they would make the trip for around $20. Again, share the ride and this looks better.

https://www.uber.com/cities/indianapolis

So, any interest?
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1814 Posts

Posted - 02 Feb 2015 :  16:17:21  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I reviewed THE LOFT for the Dirge Magazine website. You can read that here:

http://www.dirgemag.com
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1814 Posts

Posted - 18 Feb 2015 :  14:45:06  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
IRON KINGDOMS EXCURSIONS SEASON 2 VOLUME 4 is available for preorder and includes new stories by Josh Vogt, Orrin Grey, and me. Check it out:

https://skullislandx.com/iron-kingdoms/iron-kingdoms-excursions-season-two-volume-four

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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1814 Posts

Posted - 26 Feb 2015 :  16:38:20  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I contributed to another writers’ roundtable discussion on Sean Taylor’s blog. This was the new topic:

What is your favorite genre to read? To write? If they're not the same, why is that?

Check it out here:

http://seanhtaylor.blogspot.com/2015/02/do-your-read-write-faves-connect.html?spref=fb
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xaeyruudh
Master of Realmslore

USA
1853 Posts

Posted - 27 Feb 2015 :  03:24:37  Show Profile  Visit xaeyruudh's Homepage Send xaeyruudh a Private Message  Reply with Quote
A treasure trove of thoughts on writing. Nice! I particularly relate with wanting to read something outside the genre you're writing in. It's like Monty Python: "..and now for something completely different." Thanks for sharing, Richard!
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1814 Posts

Posted - 27 Feb 2015 :  14:46:50  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Glad you found it interesting.
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1814 Posts

Posted - 28 Feb 2015 :  21:29:43  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Here's a kind review of the new horror anthology RESONATOR: NEW LOVECRAFTIAN TALES FROM BEYOND (in which I have a story):

http://muzzlelandpress.com/2015/02/28/book-review-resonator-new-lovecraftian-tales-from-beyond/
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1814 Posts

Posted - 04 Mar 2015 :  17:38:15  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I reviewed THE LAZARUS EFFECT for Dirge Magazine. You can read that here:

http://www.dirgemag.com/movie-review-the-lazarus-effect/
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Barastir
Master of Realmslore

Brazil
1600 Posts

Posted - 05 Mar 2015 :  17:52:06  Show Profile Send Barastir a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Dear Mr. Byers,

I've written this question in a thread here in Candlekeep. Since I still haven't read your Rage of Dragons' trilogy (which I still intend to buy, BTW), and one of the characters in the books is an avariel bladesinger, Maybe you could help me with my questions:

"Hi, fellow sages!

I was looking for information on winged elven bladesingers, since this is the racial prestige class of the avariel in Races of Faerûn. I was intrigued about their existence, since I read somewhere that most avariel disappeared at the time of the establishment of the Dracorage Mythal, and that Bladesong was supposedly created a thousand years after that. But then I found out these informations were not in canonic material, but in the (excellent, I'd say) Elves of Faerûn PDFs.

Are there canonical sources for the disappearance of the avariel (I think it was probably kind of gradual, but when would one consider them "lost", or already seen as legend)? What about the origins of bladesong, are they mentioned officially anywhere? If so, could you please indicate those sources?

And for our musings: would avariel bladesong styles be different from land-bound elf styles? Maybe more related to birds than to mammals?"


Could you please bring me some light over these questions? Thank you in advance!

"Goodness is not a natural state, but must be
fought for to be attained and maintained.
Lead by example.
Let your deeds speak your intentions.
Goodness radiated from the heart."

The Paladin's Virtues, excerpt from the "Quentin's Monograph"
(by Ed Greenwood)
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1814 Posts

Posted - 06 Mar 2015 :  15:45:45  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Barastir, there is some info on avariel in one or more of the FR sourcebooks, but at this late date, I no longer remember which. I'm sorry, but it's been a long time since I wrote THE YEAR OF ROGUE DRAGONS, and I've written millions of words of material since.

I can tell you that I tried to be consistent with everything that had been established and then extrapolated from it to a degree. WotC accepted my extrapolations (which are in the novels) which in theory makes them canon now as well.

I can also tell you that I used the general information on bladesingers to create my character. I don't recall finding any info on avariel blade singers specifically.
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1814 Posts

Posted - 06 Mar 2015 :  15:46:30  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I'm delighted to announce that I will be writing three Iron Kingdoms novels for Privateer Press#8203;.

The novels will star the Black River Irregulars, who previously appeared in my novella "Murder in Corvis." If you haven't read that one and would like to, you can find it here:

https://skullislandx.com/iron-kingdoms/murder-in-corvis
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Wooly Rupert
Master of Mischief
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Posted - 06 Mar 2015 :  18:32:15  Show Profile Send Wooly Rupert a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Richard Lee Byers

I'm delighted to announce that I will be writing three Iron Kingdoms novels for Privateer Press#8203;.

The novels will star the Black River Irregulars, who previously appeared in my novella "Murder in Corvis." If you haven't read that one and would like to, you can find it here:

https://skullislandx.com/iron-kingdoms/murder-in-corvis



Awesome! Are these going to be actual dead tree publications? So far, they've only given us one of those...

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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1814 Posts

Posted - 07 Mar 2015 :  15:00:16  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Not sure yet. Stay tuned for further details.
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Barastir
Master of Realmslore

Brazil
1600 Posts

Posted - 08 Mar 2015 :  14:58:18  Show Profile Send Barastir a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Ok, Mr. Byers, and thank you very much for your answers, anyway!

"Goodness is not a natural state, but must be
fought for to be attained and maintained.
Lead by example.
Let your deeds speak your intentions.
Goodness radiated from the heart."

The Paladin's Virtues, excerpt from the "Quentin's Monograph"
(by Ed Greenwood)
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1814 Posts

Posted - 12 Mar 2015 :  15:33:10  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Check out the Kickstarter for SHADOW OF THE DEMON LORD, the new RPG by Robert J Schwalb#8203;. You will note that the Stretch Goals include new fiction by Erin M. Evans#8203;, Erik Scott de Bie#8203;, James Lowder#8203;, Elizabeth Bear, and me.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/432417423/shadow-of-the-demon-lord
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1814 Posts

Posted - 13 Mar 2015 :  14:07:02  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The horror anthology RESONATOR: NEW LOVECRAFTIAN TALES FROM BEYOND (in which I have a story) is available now. You can get it on Amazon or straight from the publisher Martian Migraine Press;. Here's a link to the latter:

http://martianmigrainepress.com/RESONATOR-New-Lovecraftian-Tales-From-Beyond

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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1814 Posts

Posted - 15 Mar 2015 :  03:27:22  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I see that the SHADOW OF THE DEMON LORD Kickstarter has hit the Stretch Goal that is a new short story by me. I'm excited to get a chance to play in this cool new dark fantasy universe.

If you haven't gotten around to checking out the Kickstarter yet, you can do that via this link:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/432417423/shadow-of-the-demon-lord
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1814 Posts

Posted - 03 Apr 2015 :  20:15:11  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Convention plans pretty much finalized for 2015. Barring catastrophe, I will definitely be at the World Horror Convention/Bram Stoker Awards Weekend, Oasis, Gen Con;, Dragon Con, and Necronomicon Convention;. Hope to see many of you fine people at one or another of them.

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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1814 Posts

Posted - 10 Apr 2015 :  16:50:53  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
According to Amazon, the anthology THE FALL OF CTHULHU has been available for a month. How did that slip past me? Anyway, I have a story in it, and I hope you'll check it out.

http://www.amazon.com/Fall-Cthulhu-Horrifi…/…/ref=sr_1_cc_2…
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1814 Posts

Posted - 16 Apr 2015 :  18:07:24  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Check out this Kickstarter for a new RPG product. One of the Stretch Goals is a new story by me.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1418216834/witch-hunter-grand-tome-of-adversaries-rpg-sourceb
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1814 Posts

Posted - 24 Apr 2015 :  23:58:28  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Interested parties can now preorder the audiobook edition of BLACKGUARDS, a sword-and-sorcery anthology in which I am proud to have a story, from Audible.

http://www.audible.com/pd/Sci-Fi-Fantasy/Blackguards-Audiobook/B00W5YGXUU
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1814 Posts

Posted - 27 Apr 2015 :  18:41:48  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The heroic fantasy anthology BLACKGUARDS (in which I have a story) now available for Kindle:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00WQJOCX4
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1814 Posts

Posted - 12 May 2015 :  18:24:06  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Project Radio interviewed me at the World Horror Convention. Check it out:

http://www.projectiradio.com/richard-lee-byers-interview-world-horror-con-2015/
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1814 Posts

Posted - 14 May 2015 :  23:41:29  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
An in-depth review of the heroic fantasy anthology BLACKGUARDS (in which Jean Rabe, Paul S. Kemp, and I have stories):

http://unitedfederationofcharles.blogspot.com/2015/05/blackguards-tales-of-assassins.html
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1814 Posts

Posted - 15 May 2015 :  15:41:27  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I'm on Episode 50 of Armand Rosamilia's podcast, recorded at the World Horror Convention. You can listen to that here:

http://armcastpodcast.libsyn.com

Edited by - Richard Lee Byers on 15 May 2015 15:42:32
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1814 Posts

Posted - 17 May 2015 :  23:11:14  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
What professional events am I doing at Gen Con;, you ask? So far, these. (This is all my Gen Con Writer's Symposium stuff. Editors and publishers may ask me to do additional panels, signings, or whatever closer to the time.)

THURSDAY

Business of Writing 101 - 9 AM
Where to Start the Story - 11 AM
When to Show, When to Tell - 2 PM
Writer's Organizations (SFWA, IAMTW, and More) - 3 PM

FRIDAY

Authors to Inspire You - 3 PM
Characters: Epiphanies and Defining Moments - 6 PM

SATURDAY

Sentient Non-Humans - 2 PM

SUNDAY

Satisfying Conclusions - Noon

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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1814 Posts

Posted - 18 May 2015 :  14:56:26  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
BLACKGUARDS (in which I have a story) is now available in both print and electronic editions.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1941987060/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=1941987060&linkCode=as2&tag=darkandempty-20&linkId=IQQ77SQI4BVDJGBG
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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1814 Posts

Posted - 18 May 2015 :  19:28:55  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Check out the Kickstarter for the fantasy anthology CHAMPIONS OF AETALTIS. I will have a new story in it. So will a bunch of excellent writers including Erin M. Evans, Ed Greenwood;, Bill Willingham, Dave Gross;, Elaine Cunningham;, Mel Odom, Cat Rambo, and Marc Tassin.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1486366537/champions-of-aetaltis-a-heroic-fantasy-anthology

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Richard Lee Byers
Forgotten Realms Author

USA
1814 Posts

Posted - 20 May 2015 :  15:10:21  Show Profile  Visit Richard Lee Byers's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The Reddit AMA for the CHAMPIONS OF AETALTIS anthology is now live. Join a bunch of the contributors (including Elaine Cunningham, Dave Gross, and me) here:

http://www.reddit.com/r/Fantasy/comments/36mh9m/we_are_authors_and_publishing_industry_pros_with/
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