Numerous questions and comments about Gemstone

Lars Jensen lpj at
Thu Apr 21 23:17:52 CEST 2005

Dean Rekich wrote:

> While the interview on says that the upcoming
> World of the Dragon Lords will be by Ferioli, I think this is a
> mistake and the story was done by Cavazzano.  Can anyone confirm this?

Ferioli is a member of this list, so it's easy enough to find out.
Cesar, did you have anything to do with the Dragonlord stories?

Jano Rohleder wrote:

> I'm also quite disappointed in DDA and MMA (especially as MMA was once
> announced to feature great Italian stories). They include mostly very
> poor Egmont productions by Bancells & Co with idiotic plots.
> Well, I guess it's simply for the reason that it's cheaper to use
> Egmont productions. While those are produced in English (and therefore
> have to be modified only a litte for publication), the Italian stories
> would have to be translated first, as they are entirely Italian. And a
> translator is an additional cost factor which is probably unprofitable
> for Gemstone.

So to sum up: Gemstone are cheapskates, and I and most other Egmont
creators who work on the pocketbook stories are hacks, non-talents
and/or idiots. And you give Bancells an honorary mention.

You know, sometimes I wonder whether certain people have had all traces
of common decency surgically removed. What kind of person would post a
blanket statement like the one quoted above on a message board where
several of said creators and publishers are members? Do you also phone
up TV writers and tell them they suck if you don't like their work?
Somehow I doubt it.

If you are dissatisfied with the quality of stories being produced by
ECN, then why don't you voice those dissatisfactions here where you can
actually interact with some of the relevant creators? Let DCML know what
you like, what you don't like and what you would prefer to see. I can't
guarantee writers and artists (including me) will follow your wishes, or
will even reply to your postings, but at least there's a chance somebody
will think you have a point. I know I'm always interested in
constructive input. (As long as we're not talking about story ideas!!!)
Just telling creators their work sucks won't lead to better stories.

Lars Jensen

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