Were Gebbeth the / an origin of Intellect Devourers?

On this blog, a response posting from one Michael Rooney makes the claim (05/10/2019)

[The nature of the Intellect Devourer] was reshaped by Dave Trampier’s art. If you read the original description (in the little brown books—most of which is the same as the 1e MM’s), there’s nothing about it looking like a brain, only the legs are described. That’s because the original monster is an emulation of the gebbeth in LeGuin’s A Wizard of Earthsea: a taloned, faceless thing that possesses its victims’ bodies. Interestingly, LeGuin got the idea for a gebbeth after looking at a microscopic tardigrade (the water bear), with its hook-like legs and no head.

Apart from this quote (and another citing it), I haven’t found any references on the internet connecting Intellect Devourers to gebbeth, and I haven’t read Earthsea.

Does anyone have a source confirming or refuting this?

Related: Do Intellect Devourers need to Eat?
Related: Were Illithids inspired by Cthulu?

Why were there two ongoing D&D magazines, and what distinguished them?

D&D has over its history been accompanied by two core supplemental magazines:

  • Dragon magazine, starting in March 1975.
  • Dungeon magazine, starting in September/October 1986.

Both went on hiatus in December 2013, Dragon pausing at issue 450 and Dungeon at issue 221, enjoying an impressive lifetime of 38 and 27 years respectively. (Dragon was later reincarnated in the form of “Dragon+”.)

Something’s always nagged at me me: why were there two magazines, and what was different about them?

What had them start up Dungeon magazine, and also keep it around for so long? What was different about them such that they didn’t just publish more Dragon issues? Was there some substantial characteristic difference in their content, release schedules, etc? Were there substantial market pressures which had them continue two side-by-side magazines instead of just the one?

Was it just “we’d like to sell more magazines, and our game has a second word in it we can use”, or was there far more to it than that?

What does GoDaddy do with their expiring domains that were registered before 2005?

In https://godaddy.com/help/bid-on-expiring-domains-893, GoDaddy say:

If a domain name registered with us after May 2, 2005 expires, we automatically list it for auction on GoDaddy Auctions® 25 days later. You can bid on any expiring domain name listed at GoDaddy Auctions.

They don’t explain what happens with domains registered before 2005. Does anyone have experience with this?

What were the names of the colored bolt spells of old D&D?

I remember hearing from people who played old D&D about a group of spells that were effective at destroying whatever they were aimed at. I think they were called something like black bolt, green bolt, and blue bolt, and they were pretty much the DMs tool for scaring the players… Or the epic players’ tool for scaring the GM. Does anyone know what I’m taking about?

What were the shortcomings of Robinson’s resolution procedure?

Paulson et alii. From LCF to Isabelle/HOL say:

Resolution for first-order logic, complete in principle but frequently disappointing in practice.

I think complete means they can proof any true formula in first-order logic correct. In the Handbook of Automated Reasoning I find:

Resolution is a refutationally complete theorem proving method: a contradiction (i.e., the empty clause) can be deduced from any unsatisfiable set of clauses.

From Wikipedia:

Attempting to prove a satisfiable first-order formula as unsatisfiable may result in a nonterminating computation

Why is that disappointing?

Multiple clients sites were de-indexed from yahoo/bing – what is going on?

In the last few days I have had multiple client sites de-indexed from yahoo/bing and there seems to be no rhyme or reason to it. Some sites were done completely white hat and others were black hat sites with completely different themes, owners and linking strategies done. Has anyone else had their site de-indexed from yahoo/bing recently? If so please post the details here so we can figure out what is going on.

How were play-by-mail quest tournaments judged?

The January 1984 edition of Dragon advertised the "SILVERDAWN Quest Tournament". The ad features a $ 5,000 cash prize. In a previous question I was introduced to the mechanics of play-by-mail games from the period, as well as how D&D tournaments of the time were being judged.

How were these play by mail tournaments being judged?

It seems unlikely that these play-by-mail "quest tournaments" worked like in-person D&D tournaments did. For one thing, D&D tournaments featured teams competing against each other. The SILVERDAWN ad seems to solicit individual participants and doesn’t mention teams. Second, the ad is pretty clear that this is some kind of quest, not just a dungeon crawl. Finally, my impression is the mechanics of play-by-mail mean that the same kind of tactical dungeon crawl competition would be less likely, but I’m not sure.

I’ve tried searching online for information about the SILVERDAWN competition, but the search was confounded by a World of Warcraft quest by the same name.


How were play by mail games played in the 1980s?

How were Dungeons and Dragons tournaments judged?

Why were Orcs changed from lawful evil in AD&D 2e to chaotic evil by D&D 5e? [closed]

When I played AD&D 1e and 2e Orcs were listed as lawful evil in the Monster Manual. Lawful Evil as their alignment was consistent with other similar races like Goblins, Hobgoblins, and Bugbears. To my surprise the D&D 5e Monster Manual lists Orcs alignment as chaotic evil, with a description of how Orc tribes work. Why was the Orc alignment changed?

Plenty of AD&D 1e and 2e adventures had Orcs as mercenaries which fit the LE willingness to follow orders. Orcs as CE seem unsuited to organization beyond a tribe as they follow only the strong. The AD&D 2e Monster Manual even suggested that trade was possible with Orcs if you had a well defended enough settlement that trade would be easier than conquest.