Hey, Sterling, my friend! It’s great to see you back here at the old Town Square! How has the ol’ CoP been doing for the past years? I’d ask you to give my love to War Scribe, but I suspect that that would end in the amputation of one or more extremities and the necessity of learning to sing soprano parts.
I have long heard rumors that working at TSR and WotC was an adventure of the most unpleasant kind. The place seems to have been riddled with highly creative and highly temperamental people with little sense of business constantly clashing with the more plodding and practical types with little sense of creative work, appalling idiocy and internecine malice being distressingly common on both sides. (The painful case of David Trampier comes to mind.) This seems a not uncommon phenomenon; I have heard of the same sort of thing happening at Disney and at Warner’s animation, in the cases of The Black Cauldron and Quest for Camelot, respectively.
I am just glad that in this case, creativity seems to be winning out, inasmuch as if some boob had not destroyed Mr. Dee’s original art, he might not have been impelled to re-create it, and indeed add to it, in a rather improved style. Semper vinceant artes Minervæ — well, not Martem this time — more like Coalemum.
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