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The Wu Xing Beasts
Lifeforms  (Unique)   (Any)
Dozus's comment on 2015-04-24 09:01 AM
Not only well-written and complex, but excellently presented. I can see how the system would be a turn-off for some, but it feels organic as part of the sub. Well done. Go to Comment
Lazarus Lightward
NPCs  (Major)   (Religious)
Dozus's comment on 2014-10-14 09:22 AM
Excellent Go to Comment
The Helmet Of BEES!
Items  (Armor)   (Magical)
Dozus's comment on 2014-02-03 04:35 PM
This is great! It's just ridiculous enough to work. Go to Comment
Locations  (Establishment)   (Any)
Dozus's comment on 2016-12-08 02:28 PM
24) Borellian MagSpheres

Physical Description: A number of shiny metallic spheres, one centimeter in wideth and varying in color from whitish silver to colbalt blue, arranged in various geometric figures.

Borel was an industrial colony that experienced a nightmarish robotic mishap: the patented MagSpheres that were used to attach to and recycle metals had their AI corrupted, their self-replicating subroutine taking top programming priority. As a result, Borel collapsed under a swarm of little metal balls. A recovery operation successfully shut down the AI with a virus, leaving the MagSpheres able only to repair themselves when damaged rather than reproduce in endless number. Researchers also found the AI had learned to modify itself, essentially becoming a self-aware organism.

Borellian MagSpheres gradually found their way off world by collectors, and PetDex made a significant investment in a collection of several billion. They are essentially a colony organism, the MagSpheres attaching to one another to form geometric figures, typically cubes but they can relign their magnetic poles to create any closed geometric figure. MagSpheres are intelligent and can respond to commands, and can sense the world around them with internal sensors and recording devices. They are mostly enjoyed by collectors as decorative curios, a reminder of AI gone awry, but they can be useful in spacecraft as diagnostic tools, able to clink down narrow passageways with their tiny bodies and rearrangeable formats. MagSpheres self-soothe when bored or frightened by slowly arranging themselves and rearranging into favored arrangements. Go to Comment
Locations  (Establishment)   (Any)
Dozus's comment on 2016-12-08 02:30 PM
I kind of wanted to not like this, since a sci-fi Pokemon just didn't appeal to me. But danged if this isn't a lot of fun. Go to Comment
Plots  (Crisis)   (Single-Storyline)
Dozus's comment on 2013-04-19 08:50 AM
Sort of feels like the setup of one of those cerebral Twilight Zone episodes that stay in a single shot until the final scene when something crazy happens. I'm curious as to how they all ended up in jail, particularly the clergy (harboring criminals in sanctuary? religion persecuted?). Go to Comment
Npc Generator Pirates
NPCs  (Extras)   (Mercantile)
Dozus's comment on 2014-09-08 04:49 PM
So cool. And useful. And rad. And pirates! Go to Comment
Npc History Generator
NPCs  (Mythic/ Historical)   (Political)
Dozus's comment on 2013-04-17 03:27 PM
43. Kidnapped by rivals
44. Converted to a different faith
45. Became patron of scientific works
46. Married a political rival's relative
47. Banished significant ethnic group from territory
48. Scandalized by false accusations
49. Foiled assassination attempted
50. Divorced from spouse
51. Produced illegitimate children
52. Crushed popular rebellion
53. Seized control of rival territory Go to Comment
Perpetual War and the Cosmic Era
Articles  (Setting Building)   (Gaming - Genre)
Dozus's comment on 2013-03-27 12:04 PM
Whoa. Unexpected twist.

I like pairing these various elements of fascism, alien invasion, and post-human cognition. It reminds me of a number of various books I've read before, but none putting together quite this combination of ideas. It's delightfully complex. Go to Comment
Perpetual War and the Cosmic Era
Articles  (Setting Building)   (Gaming - Genre)
Dozus's comment on 2013-03-28 07:44 AM
I think I disagree with you. As the article suggests, the number of intelligences who are aware of the alien threat are limited to tiny handful. That group, while having a hand in some of the events of the Era, doesn't appear to have direct or total control. And given that they're superintelligent AIs, most of the events in the Cosmic Era happened before their existence. Thus the chaotic and existential portions of the Cosmic Era existed without the interference of the intelligences that were aware of the extraterrestrials. All they do is nudge things a bit. I think to suggest they're the entire architects of global affairs in the Cosmic Era is equating them to the Machines of the Matrix, when they're more akin to a super CIA/KGB in the Cold War: moving things behind the scenes while humanity takes its course. Go to Comment
The Kingmakers: Machias NPCs #1
NPCs  (Extras)   (Political)
Dozus's comment on 2013-03-25 08:09 AM
I like the details outlining the high barons. The somewhat imperious title of "Dragon" is pretty rad too - I like the implications of not only a bodyguard, but a personal assistant and killer. You've left some to the imagination with that position, but I like the ambiguity and the implications it has.

The other various personalities round it out well. Go to Comment
Valadaar, Hand of Ashantar
Articles  (Character)   (Players)
Dozus's comment on 2013-03-23 07:23 PM
Excellent quest idea! Go to Comment
The Citadels Name Exchange
Articles  (Resource)   (Gaming - In General)
Dozus's comment on 2013-03-22 11:45 PM
Very practical. Like PA, I'd like to see some categories. Go to Comment
The Citadels Name Exchange
Articles  (Resource)   (Gaming - In General)
Dozus's comment on 2013-03-26 12:00 PM

The following is from a text file on my backup drive simply entitled "names":

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The Citadels Name Exchange
Articles  (Resource)   (Gaming - In General)
Dozus's comment on 2013-03-26 12:00 PM
Ardanath Selgard
Eloria Noyesi
Gnisnal Cetla
Neelloc Sumaes
Darth Flammus
Darth Malus
Darth Mortis
Darth Nex/Nexis
Darth Morbus
Darth Odiosus
Rage Frost
Swift Water
Nikita & Tikita
Baron Alaan Alios
Adsair Typhaeus Go to Comment
But they're only minions...
Articles  (Character)   (Game Mastering)
Dozus's comment on 2013-03-20 10:00 AM
These may seem common sense on the outset, but as it's said, common sense is increasingly uncommon. It's an important reminder in fleshing game worlds to make them more tangible and real.

You hit the application of these common sense ideas well. I especially like the idea of having PCs be the NPCs. I can see where it could indeed go disastrous, given a bad role-player or a spiteful one trying to game the system. But it's also a great exercise in character building, even if that character won't last two rounds with the PCs.

A very nice first post, Gossamer. Hope to see more from you. Go to Comment
But they're only minions...
Articles  (Character)   (Game Mastering)
Dozus's comment on 2013-03-20 12:40 PM
In that case, a "Gaming the System" penalty might be instituted. It would certainly negatively impact experience or at least alignment, in being so inconsistent in character. Go to Comment
But they're only minions...
Articles  (Character)   (Game Mastering)
Dozus's comment on 2013-03-21 11:45 AM
Your comment makes me think of the game roguelike game Dwarf Fortress. The game populates the world with thousands of individuals, each who have names, parents, lovers, lives, and deaths. When you come across a camp of bandits or goblins, they're not nameless nobodies, and when they are killed, you can go back and look at their personal histories to see who exactly they were.

Conversely, there's a glitch that will sometimes randomly spawn a castle with no name, populated by dozens of nameless opponents who have no skills, weapons, or equipment. They just randomly attack you and they fall by the wayside meaninglessly.

More of the former and less of the latter should be a rule of thumb. Go to Comment
But they're only minions...
Articles  (Character)   (Game Mastering)
Dozus's comment on 2013-03-25 10:05 AM
My (completely unsolicited!) advice on sub editing:

Read the comments and weigh them against your own thoughts. If you both agree and think it relevant, edit. If you don't, don't. Take everyone's opinions in the highest respect, but don't let other's comments dictate what you post.

/unsolicited advice Go to Comment
Farons, the Voidwalkers
Lifeforms  (Unique)   (Any)
Dozus's comment on 2013-03-18 12:45 PM
The mythology bit about Imsir's creation and the writing of the Book of Knowledge was quite interesting.

It seems Farons have no weakness. Is this true? If they're totally invincible with their Runix armor, have an army with fantastic weapons, and know everything there is to know about anything - how are they to be interacted with? What could possibly defeat them, or even gain anything of use from them? Go to Comment
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Found on the Road Dead

       By: rickster

Just off the road a man lies dead, pierced through the heart from behind by an expertly thrown and ornate dagger which remains in the body. A long strip of cloth torn from the man's shirt has been tied around his neck; on the tag end an unknown hand has written a cryptic inscription: "For Djaygo."

When you get to the next town, everyone is talking about a mercenary woman found slain in exactly the same fashion in her room at the inn where she was staying.

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