It's all about having a fleet-in-being vs decisive battle. It comes down to the doctrine at the time when they need to be deployed.
It's a little hard for me to imagine ships being so precipitously expensive to operate while still being constructible, but I suppose it could happen. Perhaps if most of the expense is in energy costs. Go to Comment
Conceptually, this is quite nice, but I struggled for a bit to think of how it might come up in a game. I think I would be inclined to say that it disappeared with that last explosion - perhaps vaporized, or perhaps teleported away. Then one can imagine people hunting for it as a sort of Once and Future King (of Battleships) in the future. Go to Comment
I think these feel very Post-Apocalyptic to me. That is, I can more easily imagine a giant stone statue of Marie Curie coming to life to kick some ass in a Thundarr the Barbarian type game than in the more seemingly Cyberpunk Anime vibe I get from the Cosmic Era (not that they don't fit the CE).
Also, I gotta say: when you have a giant statue named Venus, I just instantly assume that she has no arms. Go to Comment
I really like this one. There's enough here to give an idea of the setting, but I also think that angeloids are potentially generic enough to fit into a lot of different settings with virtual reality. The premise of VR police is, I think, a strong one, and I think that making them angelic is a nice touch. It's interesting to imagine that these might come from societies with certain cultures, and other entities might have their own "angels" with different presentations.
I like it a lot. I think it works well as a maddening, terrible location, for one thing. But I also rather like the notion of connecting the south pole (or just the antarctic), where every direction is north, to somewhere where every direction is back in time. That's very cool, and is an idea that I think could be extended toothier concepts, too. Go to Comment
I agree with Strolen that I like the visual. I might be inclined to make it technological undeath rather than requiring a spell, but that's an easy adjustment.
I also find the eye/ear/brain thing interesting, in that it to some degree suggests different vulnerabilities for a brass man than for a normal human. Sure he has no heart, but maybe if you cut his ear off.... Go to Comment
I think there's a lot of good stuff in this entry, in particular, I like the analysis of what might make a bow useful is good, and the fancy arrows are neat. I do think that they're kind of strange in connection with each other - Federation implies a big organization, and it seems odd they'd put so much effort into arrows. Maybe they have a lot of use for assassins and saboteurs? Go to Comment
This one brings a whole new meaning to talking to yourself. I agree with Dossta about liking the idea of a limited clone, but what really grabs me is the idea of it being a copy of your mind at a given time. I can imagine a busy scientist, say, working on a number of different projects, each with an egomorph of himself with a different train of thought associated with it. Go to Comment
In the Cosmic Era, this sort of finishing school seems almost mundane (though the execution here is nice), but I'm intrigued by the idea of seeing one of these introduced in a more modern environment. I think it's easy to imagine someone like Bond or Batman having to bring down such an institution.
Of course, in its rightful place, you could do something similar, but perhaps with more street level individuals. Go to Comment
I like the goat connection, which is a nice place to go with such a magic item. Functional, not too amazing. Nothing against it. That said, I agree with the others that it could use a bit more something. Go to Comment
Either way, it's an interesting idea. I wonder how, given that the road throws obstacles at you if you move quickly, e road speeds you up if you go too slowly. Someone offers you a ride? A tornado picks you up and drops you off at the far end?
And since you mention that it points to an abandoned castle, it makes me think that it could also work well as a way to send low level PCs to a dungeon. Guaranteed to get there in one piece and in a reasonable length of time. Go to Comment
I think this one still needs a bit of work - the style is good, but there's no substance. It's kind of like the trailer for a movie.
What I mean is "What's the plot here?" There was a woman, then her father died, then she cast some kind of spells, and now she was reborn? You make ominous references to her rebirth, but you haven't developed her or the event well enough to make them ominous.
Is she going to take over the world? Try to resurrect her father (and would that be bad)? Restore the apparently bad rule of the Mage-Kings? Is she a really powerful wizard? A goddess? A sign of the apocalypse? Go to Comment
Personally, I am intrigued by the notion of filling the gap in voluntary sacrifices. Unusual religious practices are always intriguing. Perhaps Buluc talks the depressed into suicide during the day and dreads those times when he must go out and fill the void. Perhaps he does the opposite, helping people in the name of one god and murdering them in the name of another. What if the law turns against honorable suicide - does that leave more of a gap to be filled? Go to Comment