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The Spirit Never Dies
Plots  (Hired)   (Single-Storyline)
Dossta's comment on 2010-09-11 01:24 AM
A fun, ready-made adventure with minimal hack n' slash. I like plots which force characters to use diplomacy at times and flex their role-playing muscles. If they don't kill Ennis, this could also be used as a starting point for a side-quest ("We'll agree to to leave these bodies if you bring our murderer to justice", etc). Go to Comment
Establishments of the Future
Locations  (Establishment)   (Any)
Dossta's comment on 2013-05-10 06:42 PM
Was going to add to this 30, the entry got too long, so I made a whole submission out of it. Guess that means the codex is doing its job! There are some really neat ideas in this piece, thank you for sharing. Go to Comment
5 Room Dungeon
Articles  (Setting Building)   (Game Mastering)
Dossta's comment on 2011-02-07 06:19 PM

Very, very good.  I'm surprised, however, that the entries to the 5-Room Dungeon Quest haven't been linked to this directly.  Seems like it would be an ideal place for it.

5/5 and my patented "Smashing Sub of the Day" award.  Have an HoH!

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Pegoran Spirit Room
Dungeons  (Any)   (Rooms/ Halls)
Dossta's comment on 2011-12-22 04:30 PM

I can imagine the uses such a room could be put to by a later culture.  They could barricade the convicted inside for a time to let them suffer, or perhaps throw newly initiated paladins or priestesses into the room as a sort of "test of purity."  Hell, this could even make for a very interesting cell in a high-security prison.  The person inside would be forced to remain in a near-constant state of meditation to avoid going insane.

Spawning lots of ideas, which is the important part.  Well done!

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30 Prostitutes
NPCs  (Extras)   (Artistic/Performance)
Dossta's comment on 2013-05-08 05:11 PM
A highly detailed, very human 30. It would really benefit from another read-through for dropped and repeated words and the occasional misspelling (Abba instead of Adda), but the typos were only minorly distracting. Go to Comment
Unguent of Desire
Items  (Potion)   (Magical)
Dossta's comment on 2010-11-02 02:16 PM

*shudders*  A subtle way to ruin a neighboring kingdom, or to have your revenge.  Is there a cure?

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Chards Folly
Plots  (Mystical)   (Side-Quest)
Dossta's comment on 2010-10-25 05:48 PM

This is beautiful.  I've always had a soft spot for dragons, and a quest that doesn't necessarily involve killing one is a treat.  5/5

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30 of the Arcade District
NPCs  (Extras)   (Artistic/Performance)
Dossta's comment on 2013-05-08 04:27 PM
Wow, wish I had found this one sooner! There are a bunch of carnival/gypsy style submissions here that would really benefit from a link to this wonderful list. The name is a little obscure, but that is a minor nitpick. I may have to add to this one in the future. Go to Comment
Gomeral Sword
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Magical)
Dossta's comment on 2010-11-10 12:49 PM

Good premise, though I second Black Jack.  If these swords fell out of use decades ago, I wonder if any of the younger generation would recognize them at all.  Perhaps they will only carry a stigma around the old or the wealthy.


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30 Prison Guards
NPCs  (Extras)   (Combative)
Dossta's comment on 2013-05-08 02:46 PM
This is useful, and easily adapted to less modern games with a little imagination. The core personality is what really matters. If my PCs ever end up in prison (in ANY genre), I will be pulling this list out to help color their interactions with the guards.

The only major point against this piece is the amount you borrow from your OTHER 30s -- like Mr. Average and Mr. Racist. They appear in pretty much all of your lists, and it gets old when you read as many of these as I do.

P.S. Not sure if you've heard it, but here's a song about Old Red: Go to Comment
30 Musicians
NPCs  (Extras)   (Artistic/Performance)
Dossta's comment on 2013-05-08 02:21 PM
It has enough to be useful, but not enough to be really substantive. Still, there are some gems in here (I especially loved The Wizard). One quick note on The Brawler: I can't imagine willingly using my instrument in a fight -- even a tuba. Most musicians are far too protective of their tools for that. Maybe it's a custom-designed tuba with extra plating for protection? Go to Comment
The Other 30s
Articles  (Other Gaming)   (Gaming - In General)
Dossta's comment on 2013-04-24 04:42 PM
Codexes are a strange beast. They have little content themselves, and rely on the strength of the subs they inspire. When a codex has inspired THIS many submissions and has been viewed this many times, it has really proven its worth. This is still one of my absolute favorite lists on the site -- both to read off of and to contribute to. Glad you made a home for all these disparate lists, Scras. Go to Comment
30 Princes
NPCs  (Minor)   (Political)
Dossta's comment on 2011-01-12 05:23 PM

Another of those I found before becoming a member of the Citadel.  Great list -- I especially like the twins.

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Unic Horn
Items  (Books and Scrolls)   (Magical)
Dossta's comment on 2010-10-25 02:48 PM

Of all the magic items that I have perused on the citadel, this is one of my absolute favorites.  The detail is rich, but not overwhelmed with fluff.  The power is unique, and the limitations on its use creative and logical.  I simply cannot say enough good about this item, so well done!  I must find a way to use this one day.

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NPCs  (Major)   (Religious)
Dossta's comment on 2013-03-12 05:09 PM
I enjoyed this piece. I do wonder how a man could stay sane after spending centuries in solitude, however -- one would think that he'd like to take the occasional apprentice, or perhaps try to teach others of his goddess. Go to Comment
Wands of Soul Rending
Items  (Wand/Staff/ Arcane)   (Villanous)
Dossta's comment on 2011-12-22 04:57 PM

Ouch.  I like the imagery of the item itself, but the power itself is a bit "meh".  It's basically an instant-death rod, with the added side effect of being unable to resurrect the person afterwards without great difficulty.  Though I will say that the soul-shard undead could make for a fairly interesting lot, if played correctly.

Just an idea, but if I were to use these I would make the wand tear the soul from the mortal and manifest it as a sort of physical object -- perhaps a crystal or a glass globe.  The attacker could then do with the soul what he wishes.  He could shatter it into a hundred pieces and scatter them to the four corners of the world (good backstory for a campaign), or he could simply be a sicko who collects souls and keeps them in a room somewhere.  Maybe he fancies himself to be a sort of god -- perhaps he even has a cult following whose souls he "harvests".

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30 Henchmen
NPCs  (Extras)   (Domestic/ Craft)
Dossta's comment on 2013-05-07 08:25 PM
Does what it set out to do. Go to Comment
The God of Small Things
Systems  (Divine/ Spirit)   (Defining)
Dossta's comment on 2012-10-16 12:01 PM
Huh, kind of like Murphy's Law personified. I read this a long time ago but forgot to comment -- a grave oversight that I'm correcting now. This is one of my favorite articles on the Citadel. If I ever ran a game with Placeholder Gods, I would definitely include Arkon. Thanks for writing this, Cheka. Go to Comment
30 Villians and Fiends
NPCs  (Major)   (Combative)
Dossta's comment on 2013-05-07 02:24 PM
Not your best 30, Scras, but definitely usable to some. I particularly liked the colorful names, and will probably steal a few of them in the future. There were a LOT of sorcerors/magi/wizards, etc -- perhaps a few too many for my tastes. Would have liked to see a few more from non-fantasy genres, as well. On a different note, I really liked the "Baron of the Blades". He reminded me of Shredder from TMNT. :D Go to Comment
30 Druids
Society/ Organizations  (Natural)   (Area)
Dossta's comment on 2013-05-06 06:18 PM
The length of this 30 made me put off reading it for a long while, but I'm glad I finally got through it all. I, too, love the interconnectedness of the entries and am fascinated by the sheer variety you managed to work in -- everything from sprites to dragons. Separating them into groups based on region was a particularly nice touch. Well done! Go to Comment
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