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ephemeralstability
January 18, 2012
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Jack and the Icicle    Locations  (Regional)   (Tundra/ Arctic)

A 100-word location, inspired by this (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_stalactite) and a classic fairytale.

ephemeralstability
January 18, 2012
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The Shaolangan religion    Society/ Organizations  (Religious)   (Regional)

A 100-word religion

ephemeralstability
April 24, 2011
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Tunguska Dreaming    Plots  (Crisis)   (Mini-Campaign)

A (fairly sketchy) outline of a one-off adventure I ran based around the (time-honoured/hackneyed) Tunguska Event of 1908. As such it is quite specific (hopefully not hackneyed) and will probably best serve as a specimen for dissection to get those parts you can use in your own adventures. But then this is an Ideas Guild after all...

ephemeralstability
March 10, 2008
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Helda's Seeds    Items  (Other)   (Campaign Defining)

Stand out in the wind on a hilltop where the grass is stirred by a starry sky and gaze into the black vault for long enough to witness Helda sow her seed.

ephemeralstability
March 10, 2008
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The Cursed Twins of The Stalagmite King    Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Mountains)

The genesis of Gurgustius and Gorboduc and the curse upon their father Brutus is a terrible legend. Who knows if it is true? But it is the only way to account for the hideous sutured spawn of the King who is hidden.

ephemeralstability
March 2, 2008
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River Dragons    Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Water)

The River Dragons are a beautiful, sleek race. Their irridescent scales are soft and almost invisible under a fast-racing current. As long as a long riverboat, they propel themselves upstream with occasional flaps of their powerful wings.

ephemeralstability
March 2, 2008
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Ideas: 3
Votes: 7 / 4.285714
Mad Magic    Locations  (Other)   (Other)

When wizards go mad, what curious ruins do they leave behind?

ephemeralstability
January 16, 2007
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Ideas: 10
Votes: 7 / 4.071429
Trollisquarry    Locations  (Other)   (Any)

A mysterious quarry. Feel free to suggest explanations - it’s just an eerie thought that struck me that I intend to play with.

ephemeralstability
January 15, 2007
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De Librorum    Plots  (Crisis)   (Single-Storyline)

I don’t know if I posted about it before, but I have always wanted to run an adventure set in a library. The following is a sketch of an unusual premise and a possible plot-hook.

ephemeralstability
December 21, 2006
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Ideas: 17
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Local History    Locations  (City)   (Any)

The addition of “irrelevant” details adds local colour to a campaign world, giving the impression that the DM has thought very deeply about the history of even the smallest architectural feature.

ephemeralstability
February 20, 2006
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Ideas: 26
Votes: 7 / 4.428571
Character Hooks    Articles  (Resource)   (Game Mastering)

I’m trying to think of alternatives for game-openings, to replace the standard “meet up in a tavern” or “adventuring group applying for a job” techniques. I know these can be easy ways to get people playing, but I’m certain there are more interesting ways…

ephemeralstability
December 14, 2005
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Teaching the Rules    Articles  (Rules and Advice)   (Game Mastering)

With first-time players, learning the rules may seem like a burden and rolling up characters can be glossed over. We used a new method for explaining the rules and creating characters which the Harry Potter-setting made possible and which I would recommend using in other adventures.

ephemeralstability
December 8, 2005
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Authentic LARP 1: Cavern Systems    Articles  (Other Gaming)   (Game Mastering)

In a good LARP it is desirable to separate the players out individually at some stage, because they are more suggestible and afraid when they are alone. Some form of individual challenge is probably the best way of doing this. One possible setting for this is a cave system, and it is probably one of the easiest to recreate realistically, and one of the most perfect for playing on fears of claustrophobia and darkness.

ephemeralstability
December 8, 2005
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Music during a game    Articles  (At Table)   (Game Mastering)

Although it can be a distraction, it can also add atmosphere to an adventure to have music playing in the background. Here are some pieces I’d recommend for different situations.

ephemeralstability
December 4, 2005
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Ideas: 14
Votes: 5 / 4.300000
Novel Musical Instruments    Items  (Art and Music)   (Non-Magical)

To give a world a feeling of otherworldliness, it is best to replace some standard, everyday objects by imaginitive replacements. I thought I’d turn to musical instruments as music often defines (or embodies) a culture.

This is just a first idea, feel free to post some more, because I will…

ephemeralstability
December 1, 2005
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Ideas: 10
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Cups and Rings    Items  (Other)   (Magical)

Archaeologists have long wondered about the origins of “cup and ring-marked stones”, the mysterious rocks found on deserted tracts of moorland bearing markings resembling small shallow pits with concentric rings and dating to the Bronze-age.

ephemeralstability
November 25, 2005
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Trollish Measurements    Systems  (Technical/ Mechanical)   (General)

Hathalfar holds the writhing troll down with his gloved fist and sword. The beast squirms at the touch of metal. “How far is Kolm?” he demands for the third time. “I said! A long way away,” replies the troll.

ephemeralstability
November 22, 2005
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The Carycian Calendar    Systems  (Societal/ Cultural)   (Defining)

The Carycian calendar has been adopted by many countries since its invention by the Blue Monk, Frezzi Alberto, in the year 1. It evolved from the wonderment Alberto felt for the natural cycles and his attempts to understand and predict them.

ephemeralstability
November 13, 2005
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Fire ants    Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Plains)

The mystery of fyre is one which has much occupyed my studies and the studies of men before me. ... I have concluded that fyre is the product of Fyre Antes.

Professor J Klewlise, "On the nature and origin of fyre" (1542)

ephemeralstability
November 13, 2005
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Insects (and Spiders and other creepy crawlies)    Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Any)

Creepy, Crawley, Buzzing, Digging, Biting, Building, Sticking, Jumping, Clicking, and all the other things these small things do.

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       By: young0ne2

A group of adventurers come across a child’s body on their adventures, odd being such a remote location. Their is no detectable sign of violence to the child, nor are their any signs of life. Suddenly the child opens its eyes, looks towards the group and introduces themselves to the adventures.
If this wasn’t odd enough, the child can’t remember where they are from, only their name and age. Stranger yet, the child has a tattoo on their right shoulder of a family crest, to a family that died out over 200 years ago.

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