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Enchantment: Reservoir Vessel
Items  (Other)   (Magical)
Mageek's comment on 2017-11-19 03:27 PM
Bag of Holding meets Flask. I like it! Go to Comment
Banshee Willow
Lifeforms  (Flora)   (Swamp)
Mageek's comment on 2017-11-19 03:28 PM

Straightforward idea. Would like to see more specific / original game mechanics or plot devices.

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The Well Lock
Dungeons  (Any)   (Puzzles)
Mageek's comment on 2017-07-12 11:41 AM

The opening lines are _so_ close to rhyming. How about:

A well to be filled,
from four statues spilled.
When leveled, tis shown,
the dark path unknown.

I like that the puzzle has a reset mechanism. Players who aren't into puzzles can pretty quickly try all of the options and move along.

This reminds me of water jar questions where you have to figure out how to measure X using jars of size A, B, C, etc. Seeing that all statues empty into the same 'jar', this problem is strictly easier. Go to Comment
Doppelganger Egg
Items  (Other)   (Magical)
Mageek's comment on 2017-03-01 01:57 PM
Neat idea! Short and to the point.
Would necessitate elaborating on what 'touching' involves. If it is really easy to activate, a slight brush of your fingertips, it would be useful for significantly different things than if it involved some sort of active effort on the imprinter's part.
I must complain that the examples are all examples that work with any doppleganger, and don't really require the egg. I see the value of the egg approach being a portable cloning device - sneak into the dungeons to copy the valuable prisoner sentenced there for eternal damnation (such as Loki?) or as a nuisance in which the dungeon design has a bunch of these and you don't know what a given egg might hatch into...
The dead/alive thing is AWESOME. Go to Comment
Liathghorm Salmon, or the Salmon of Knowledge
Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Water)
Mageek's comment on 2017-02-23 08:21 PM
There are tons of excellent ways to use this in a game! Perhaps some wizard is storing thoughts in salmon, or a wealthy queen keeps these in her gardens to absorb the gossip of her court whom she suspects of plotting against her, or a seer claiming they can judge the value of a Liathghorn fish without eating it. Go to Comment
30 or more Inferior Swords
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Combat)
Mageek's comment on 2017-02-09 10:19 AM
Most of these are simply not going to be used. Who would bother taking the rusted blade when they already have a nice magic sword?

I'd love to see a post on blades with both pros and cons - something that makes them intriguing but makes you think twice about the consequences. Better yet, I love items where the side effects can be used to your advantage with some creativity. Go to Comment
30 or more Inferior Swords
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Combat)
Mageek's comment on 2017-02-09 03:21 PM

I liked Pig Iron and Stuck in Scabbard best.

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The Sand Box RIddle
Dungeons  (Any)   (Doors)
Mageek's comment on 2016-12-31 04:50 PM
Neat entry method! I like drawing a lot and it makes the experience more interactive. Go to Comment
The Sand Box RIddle
Dungeons  (Any)   (Doors)
Mageek's comment on 2016-12-31 04:52 PM
Bind the penalty to what is drawn. For example, if the players draw a troll because they think that is the answer, it penalizes them by summoning a troll. Or the players need to draw a tool that helps them get past the objective, and maybe draw a piece of rope or something. Like with genies, the illustration could be misinterpreted (intentionally?) by the DM for good effect. "That's not a rope! That's a snake!" Go to Comment
7 Things About MacGuffins
Articles  (Rules and Advice)   (Gaming - Genre)
Mageek's comment on 2016-12-17 06:48 AM
Good thorough overview. Great concrete examples. Go to Comment
Conventions of Galactic Cartography
Systems  (Geological/ Geographical)   (General)
Mageek's comment on 2016-11-24 02:10 AM

Thanks Dozus!

I haven't gotten drag-and-drop working, so what I do is enter HTML mode (the button on the top-left), and then insert this where I want an image:

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You can replace the url with whatever links to your image. I have been using my own sites to host.

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Conventions of Galactic Cartography
Systems  (Geological/ Geographical)   (General)
Mageek's comment on 2016-11-24 06:20 AM
Nice write up that includes useful cartography material and an origin history.
I think one can define a somewhat common reference center of mass and orientation for the universe by looking at the cosmic microwave background. Could be the basis for a reference system.
Time is also an issue, since of course everything moves. I imagine players would not be directly exposed to the details, as flight computers would calculate everything for you. Go to Comment
Gléasanna an Cruthú, or the Instruments of Creation
Items  (Art and Music)   (Magical)
Mageek's comment on 2016-11-17 01:31 PM
This is legend. The way it is written feels like a vast adventure is opening up, the challenges and objectives clearly laid out before me. An excellent, excellent creation myth and world feel. The powers have clear applications in addition to flavor. I love the synergy between pairs of instruments given by the songs of creation. This is an entire world wrapped in one post. Go to Comment
Mind Control and You.... and Them...
Articles  (Rules and Advice)   (Game Mastering)
Mageek's comment on 2016-11-06 12:51 PM
Provides a great overview of a problem many players and DMs have run into, and then suggests a plethora of solutions (and their disadvantages). We need more posts like this!

I would like to add that giving the players mind-reading often has two big side effects - a taxing burden in terms of coming up with what the heck the player is thinking (being accurate) and the difficulty of not ruining the game in terms of whatever suspense the DM is trying to engineer.

The suggestion to do it on the NPC's turn is gold. Never considered it before, but it is solves a ton of problems. Having, say, the NPC relocate the player and then have the player waste their move on their turn just heading back to their previous position underpins the struggle that a player under mind control would engage in, while giving the players their agency back.
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30 Naval Officers
NPCs  (Scenario Based)   (Combative)
Mageek's comment on 2016-11-07 01:34 AM
Wow, that is actually a complete thirty! It is really hard to complete such a list.
A diverse collection - good coverage of captains. Go to Comment
The Book of Holding
Items  (Books and Scrolls)   (Magical)
Mageek's comment on 2016-11-06 12:44 PM
Love it! Sweet, simple, new, and opens a lot of possibilities. A novel novel. Go to Comment
How do you measure a year? Interstellar Chronologies.
Systems  (Technical/ Mechanical)   (Specific)
Mageek's comment on 2016-10-19 01:41 AM
Physics is hard!
Age might be measured in proper time (, whereas the suggested EST and LST sound good for deciding when (and where) to meet for events.
For some reason I find the idea of EMT across the universe based on Greenwich amusing. Go to Comment
Bull. Bear and Dragon Markets
Locations  (City)   (Any)
Mageek's comment on 2016-10-16 03:49 AM

The efreet can fulfill wishes. There is a limit to the power of the wish that can be fulfilled. Say it caps out at 1000gp, and a particular city has gotten a hold of a large number of efreet. Then, suddenly, everything in the city that costs less than 1000gp is free. Boom. Economy destroyed, and the new currency is based entirely off of things worth more than 1000gp (massive gems or magic items). This is more extreme, to be sure.

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Bull. Bear and Dragon Markets
Locations  (City)   (Any)
Mageek's comment on 2016-10-16 03:53 AM
Excellent real-world effect that demonstrates economical consequences and forces characters to think about their influence on local societies. There are also plenty of real-world examples that can be used for inspiration. Go to Comment
Able Blank
NPCs  (Scenario Based)   (Criminal/Espionage)
Mageek's comment on 2016-09-15 11:40 PM
This takes disposable mook to an entirely new level. I really, really dig the atmosphere that comes along with this. Go to Comment
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