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- What is Sorcerer's Place and/or SP?
- Who created Sorcerer's Place, and why?
- How often is Sorcerer's Place updated?
- Which resolution & browser was Sorcerer's Place
- Can I mail the staff of Sorcerer's Place about
a problem/issue I'm having with a certain game covered on the
- The files I downloaded from Sorcerer's Place have
.zip or .rar extensions. How do I open them?
- Where can I download the official patches for the
games covered on SP?
- How can I apply to join your staff?
- What is the history of Sorcerer's Place?
- What is the purpose of Sorcerer's Place?
- Why do you need all the ads on Sorcerer's Place?
- How can I buy advertising space on Sorcerer's
- Who designed the Sorcerer's Place merchandise,
and what exactly is the creature on it supposed to be?
- How can I show my appreciation and help support
- How does Sorcerer's Place decide which games and
fantasy books to cover?
- Where does Sorcerer's Place get all its news scoops
- Do you host any other websites?
- Are you accepting any hosting requests?
- How can I link to Sorcerer's Place?
- What are those orange XML buttons I see on the
front page of the site & boards?
- How do I report broken links?
is Sorcerer's Place and/or SP?
Place is the website you are currently browsing. Throughout the
site and our message boards, you will commonly see it abbreviated
created Sorcerer's Place, and why?
Place was created by Sorcerer, a.k.a. Taluntain. See here
for more information about the SP staff.
for why... The initial reason was practical necessity. Back in 1999
I was one of the operators/owners of the Baldur's Gate channel on
IRC's oldest network (EFnet), and since Baldur's Gate had just been
released, people needing information about the game were swarming
the channel. Numbers in the range of 100-150 at a time were quite
common. The channel operators were people very knowledgeable about
the game, and were helping people in the channel constantly. I was
particularly active in this role back then. Early on, however, I
noticed that there was no single complete reference site for Baldur's
Gate, which would contain everything that I and the majority of
people visiting the channel expected. If someone wanted an editor,
they had to go to one site, if another wanted news, there was another
site for that, yet a third for cheats, etc.
I eventually tired of bombarding people with a bunch of different
links so that they could get all they wanted, I decided to put together
a small website with the most commonly requested items, such as
walkthroughs, hacks, editors and so on. People liked it and encouraged
me to continue to work on it, and this, besides the challenge of
maintaining and developing a website for so long, is pretty much
the reason why SP is still around today.
often is Sorcerer's Place updated?
parts of SP are updated at different intervals.
- The general D&D/gaming news on the front page is posted on a daily basis.
- Weekly Wizards of the Coast News Round-up is usually posted over the weekend.
- A new
poll is posted whenever the previous one has run its course.
- The results of the previous
poll usually accompany the posting of a new poll.
- A new screenshot is posted every few weeks.
- The SP Happenings editorial is
- Site content updates are not on a fixed schedule,
but occur whenever there is enough time and/or material to warrant an update.
Site content updates are usually announced at least a few days in
advance in the SP Happenings editorial.
resolution & browser was Sorcerer's Place designed for?
site was designed for 1024×768 or higher resolution (the layout
is scalable) in any of the current browsers, barring Safari. You
preferences to access certain parts of the site, or to automate
I mail the staff of Sorcerer's Place about a problem/issue I'm having
with a certain game covered on the site?
don't e-mail us with game-related queries. The whole staff of SP regularly visit our message
boards and the specific game forums there. If you post there
and we can help you with something, we will do so. Not only will
your problem there ensure a faster response (since the people online
can help you right away), but you will also gain feedback from more
than one source, and potentially help other people with the same
problem/issue looking for a solution on the boards.
files I downloaded from Sorcerer's Place have .zip or .rar extensions.
How do I open them?
of the files that can be downloaded from Sorcerer's Place are compressed
to save on space and bandwidth. This means that once you download
them, you need a program that can extract, or decompress them. We
as it supports creation and extraction of both .zip and .rar files.
can I download the official patches for the games covered on SP?
official patches for every game covered on SP can be found in every
game's respective Official Patches & Miscellanea subsection.
can I apply to join your staff?
far as our message boards
are concerned, you can't - people on the staff there are usually
people who have been very active (and exemplary in the following
of our forum rules) in the forums and have been noticed by the existing
staff at a time when we were looking for some help with moderation
on the boards. We don't accept applications for staff members to
work directly on the site unless we have a specific need for help,
in which case you will see notices about it posted on the site.
You can check what we're looking for at the moment here.
is the history of Sorcerer's Place?
has been around since 1999, and its birthday officially set at June
10. It went through the first major redesign in June 2000, and the
latest in 2004.
has changed since the time the first version of Sorcerer's Place
went online. The initial attempt was nothing more than a few html
pages with but one major section (Baldur's Gate), a few links to
other sites of interest, some more or less personal miscellanea,
and that was about it. In time, the sections expanded to cover all
the upcoming PC (A)D&D games and their expansions, new content
was being added constantly, and the first poll followed soon after.
Back then the visits Sorcerer's Place was getting daily were measured
days Sorcerer's Place is getting several dozen thousand page views
per day. With daily gaming news coverage, huge amount of content
and features, plus a vibrant community, SP is a resource treasured
by thousands of gamers. Something to be proud of is also the fact
that since 2002, Sorcerer's Place has been completely independent.
It is a fact, however, that the true independence we are enjoying
now (on our own server) could not have been gained without the continued
support (monetary and otherwise) of many people who appreciate what
SP has to offer, and the efforts of everyone involved in its maintenance.
is the purpose of Sorcerer's Place?
goal from day one has been to bring the PC D&D gamers as much
relevant and useful information, content and downloads, all in one
place, as possible. We are glad that, judging by the hundreds of
positive reactions from gamers, we can consider ourselves successful
in our mission.
do you need all the ads on Sorcerer's Place?
Place is an independent website. As such, we get no official support
from anyone. No one pays our expenses, which, considering Sorcerer's
Place requires a dedicated server, are substantial. The SP server
hosting costs alone amount to several hundred dollars every month.
Donations we receive from our grateful community supporters help
pay a part of the SP monthly bills, but not all by far. Unfortunately,
advertising is the only other way for us to make money that will
help us stay afloat.
can I buy advertising space on Sorcerer's Place?
see our advertising page for
designed the Sorcerer's
Place merchandise, and what exactly is the creature on it supposed
merchandise was designed by Gopher (Jay Hills), according to the
instructions of Taluntain (SP founder). What exactly the creature
is is open to interpretation, though most likely he is a goblin.
We call him a munchkin. He is a bit of a parody of a well-known
Forgotten Realms hero. You will notice that the munchkin, too, sports
scimitars he dual-wields. ;)
can I show my appreciation and help support Sorcerer's Place?
are numerous ways in which you can help support SP. Click here
to find out more.
does Sorcerer's Place decide which games and fantasy books to cover?
Place covers all PC D&D games and their expansions, from the
original Baldur's Gate onward (and
certain non-D&D games on a case per case basis).
As far as books are concerned, they get listed in order of our visitors'
common preference - since SP is a D&D website, books set in
the Wizards of the Coast's D&D settings get priority listing.
However, in time, more various fantasy books sections will be added.
does Sorcerer's Place get all its news scoops from?
can send us news to post, so a lot of articles get posted after
their authors (or readers) send us notifications about them. However,
our news posters also scour dozens of different gaming news websites,
and then post what is relevant to our readers.
you host any other websites?
simply click on the "Hosted Sites" link in the Features
column on the right side of every page to see the full list.
you accepting any hosting requests?
are always on the lookout for quality sites to host. If you have
a quality website you would like to have hosted with us, please
can I link to Sorcerer's Place?
you are linking to SP, please link either to the front page (http://www.sorcerers.net),
to an individual page on SP, or to a file's download page and not
the files directly. Bandwidth costs money, and when people link
directly to files stored on the site, it becomes both a financial
and resource drain for us. Direct linking (a.k.a. "hotlinking")
is a bandwidth and administrative hassle, whereas linking to a page
ensures that your links remain valid even if the download links
are those orange buttons I see on the front page of the site
buttons are there to let you know that Sorcerer's Place now provides
RSS feeds of the headlines of all the news we post, and to help
you subscribe to the feeds. But first things first.
(Really Simple Syndication) is an easy way to have information
come to you. Web sites can put their news, forum postings, and other
new information in RSS XML format so that your RSS reader can periodically
check for it and let you know when new things become available.
RSS reader is a program that displays the information published
by your favourite, RSS-enabled web sites, usually in a format that
includes headline, blurb, and a link. This lets you quickly skim
a list of what's new without having to check each web site or forum
individually for updates. If you frequent many web sites, RSS can
be a handy and time-saving tool to help you keep track of their
news without having the load up every site individually to check
it. Note, however, that it does require an internet connection so
that it can retrieve the updates you've requested and to visit any
sites you click on while reading your latest RSS updates.
is a whole slew of various RSS readers available, from commercial
to free ones, and from standalone applications to the kind that
integrate into your browser. You can find lists of RSS news aggregators
Directory. All modern browsers have integrated RSS readers, so you don't need to download anything for RSS to work in your browser.
Sorcerer's Place RSS feeds will currently display news headlines
and links to the news items posted on our message boards. The following
RSS feeds are available at this time:
General News (what appears on our front
Infinity Engine Modding News (what appears on our IE modding news page)
you have an RSS reader installed, the goal is to get the url of
our feeds into it. Most modern readers will have the option to scan
the page you are on for RSS feeds (scanning any of our pages where
the orange buttons are will work), and will automatically add our feeds
to your list. In case that you need to add the feeds manually, simply
copy the url links on the orange buttons and paste them into your RSS
reader, and you're good to go.
do I report broken links?
use our contact
form to notify us of any broken links.