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Ogre Sports
Society/ Organizations  (Ethnic/Cultural)   (Local)
Mageek's comment on 2016-01-14 10:39 PM
I wonder how a party would respond to discovering ogre civilization and the cultural intricacies. I am certainly guilty of having ogres attack just because they are evil - one can certainly look deeper into this.
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7 Spells for Pompous Nobility
Systems  (Mystical)   (General)
Mageek's comment on 2016-01-08 10:05 AM

It is always interesting to build a setting and then flesh it out by asking the question "how would this evolve? How would people exploit it?"

This post asks how the well-to-do in a magic-heavy campaign might flaunt their magic. Great!

I imagine spells for pymgy-cute familiars, magically branding designer items ("Oh, she has the prada bag of holding"), and for making your mounts faster / more impressive.

Full-magic campaigns can be tricky if everyone has access to high-power magic. I'd imagine a lot of protection spells would abound.

I like the change of post name and feel that most of the spells fit the bill.

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7 Spells for Pompous Nobility
Systems  (Mystical)   (General)
Mageek's comment on 2016-01-10 06:06 PM
Flab to Fab

A pompous variation on flesh to stone, this spell converts unwanted calories to muscle. The affected gains a boost in physical stats and self-esteem for a few hours, after which the transmutation begins to slowly wear off. Those adept at spell crafting can fine-tune the spell to accentuate particular effects, giving the beneficiary the kind of build they desire.

Fab to flab is commonly used when hunting, at tournaments, and at galas. Repeated use begins to wear out the surrounding tissue, resulting in sagging skin. Go to Comment
Memetic Measurement
Systems  (Knowledge/Lore)   (Defining)
Mageek's comment on 2015-12-29 12:03 PM
I imagine entirely companies built around the idea of trawling the interwebs for fresh memes that haven't circulated yet, quickly buying them from their creators, and then selling them to the highest bidder for their next political campaign, ad run, etc. Go to Comment
Items  (Tools)   (Campaign Defining)
Mageek's comment on 2015-12-29 12:01 PM
True Fact: Elon Musk wants these on Mars so we can design organisms here (think, bacteria strains), transmit the build codes there, and then print whatever terraforming lifeform we need over there.

These will continue to take off IRL - definitely a staple of the future.

One game-play mechanic that this can play to is reusability. One future-trope is scavenging parts and stuff from space hulks and ruins. With a replicator you can easily fix machinery and/or convert scraps into building materials.

Regarding Scrasamax's comment about using only one material: I think one of the most useful things about 3D printing is that you can layer different materials. Think crazy composites, printing circuitry beneath the surface, and embedding mechanisms in hard-to-reach places. Sure, it will always be easier to only use one, and if you are building entire buildings you might not go for it, but making small, high-precision items with expensive 3D printing technology is something we can pretty much do today.

Hitchikers Guide: "He had found a Nutri-Matic machine which had provided him with a plastic cup filled with a liquid that was almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea." Go to Comment
Items  (Other)   (Campaign Defining)
Mageek's comment on 2015-12-29 11:54 AM
This really surprised me as something I had never imagined before but fits perfectly into a tech-driven future campaign. How it can fit into a game mechanically makes it even better; I see these as mental potions. All sorts can be created for all sorts of things, even as simple as:
- motivational feedback: "Bob, I value you as a person. Yay Bob."
- skill focus: getting in the 'zone' for something like picking locks or hacking
- empathy: it is much easier to interrogate someone who thinks you are their best friend

You can even do stuff with funny / marginal uses:
- today I am a turtle
- feel like your favorite performer did when they got that crowd applause
- record yourself for nostalgic purposes Go to Comment
7 Futurists Predict the Cosmic Era
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Gaming - Genre)
Mageek's comment on 2015-12-19 11:46 AM
I love taking real-world predictions and linking them so well to your fantasy world. Solid.

You can add:

"Elon Musk, CEO & Entrepreneur; Telsa, Space X, Solar City, and Open AI

- we will remain vigilant to guide research in ways to prevent a robotic apocalypse
- we be an interplanetary (and hopefully interstellar) civilization
- we will live in an electrified, automated world
- people and freight will get around in 750 mph bullet trains running in partially-evacuated tubes

He would have created a Dyson Sphere startup were he born in the Cosmic Era. Go to Comment
Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (City/ Ruin)
Mageek's comment on 2015-12-17 12:28 AM

I like it. The extra use for the spiders at the end is a good touch.

Seems a little OP except for the fact that they are just spiders. As Valadaar said, watch out for those who figure out how to duplicate the magical effect!

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Phantom Wood
Lifeforms  (Unique)   (Tundra/ Arctic)
Mageek's comment on 2015-12-17 12:22 AM
I really liked this submission.
Do the trees grow "through" other trees and structures? One could end up with a mixed forest that is impenetrable to those wearing magic items unless they cut their way through. Go to Comment
7 Rings
Items  (Jewelry)   (Magical)
Mageek's comment on 2015-12-09 10:05 PM

My favorites are pearl, pang, bang, and hang.

These are all especially great if you either (1) know the full set ahead of time but not which is which or (2) are trying to figure out what your new-fangled magic ring does without casting identify.

The rhyming makes it seem like they form a set. Their abilities don't really synchronize though, but I might very well use the naming idea.

Ring of Girl should have a male version - the Ring of Earl.

Great post!

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Ghost Wail Pass
Locations  (Area)   (Mountains)
Mageek's comment on 2015-11-28 01:00 PM
Welcome to the Citadel!
The entry is neat, but what I really enjoyed was the intro poem. That will definitely find its way into a future campaign of mine.
170 miles of at-most 30-ft wide pathway is quite a passage. An undead Thermopylae! Go to Comment
Spirit Spiders
Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Tundra/ Arctic)
Mageek's comment on 2015-11-26 07:43 PM
Wow. This is a really clever entry.
I really like the combat options, both positive and negative, and how you present options for them to affect the surrounding culture of the world.
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The Beaches of Snæfellsjökull
Locations  (Area)   (Tundra/ Arctic)
Mageek's comment on 2015-11-22 02:05 PM

Nice pun.

Fair statement. I played a great campaign based on Norse invaders who raided our village and ended up capturing and bringing us PCs back to their homeland. Interacting with the culture and having to play as an outsider learning how to interact in the bizarre and unforgiving world was a fantastic experience. This post is a very small part of that larger world.

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Allele la Creuset
NPCs  (Scenario Based)   (Combative)
Mageek's comment on 2015-11-12 11:35 AM
I like the hornet nest drone mod. It brings back memories of driving around in mario cart with 3x red shells. Definitely a piece of gear with many uses and flavors.

Samus Syndrome is an interesting concept. I have no idea to what extent it is true in real life or not, but the media certainly favors "attractive and highly sexualized women in their war machines". How common are attractive augmentations in the Cosmic Era? If it is common-place in specific communities you might have some interesting cultural shifts depending on where you are and who you talk to. Officers for instance, might have more modifications, making people biased towards assuming you are a higher-up. Go to Comment
The Guest Star Portends
Dungeons  (Desert)   (Puzzles)
Mageek's comment on 2015-11-04 01:23 AM
Upset Barbarian Horde can be (slightly) less upset Go to Comment
The Guest Star Portends
Dungeons  (Desert)   (Puzzles)
Mageek's comment on 2015-11-06 03:42 PM
So stoked! Thank you. Go to Comment
The Guest Star Portends
Dungeons  (Desert)   (Puzzles)
Mageek's comment on 2015-11-08 11:22 AM
Update: Added LaTeX source files for the graphics. Go to Comment
Cryptic Language - Tolkien Hobbit Runes
Articles  (Setting Building)   (Game Mastering)
Mageek's comment on 2015-10-24 10:29 PM

My first post that is not my own work. I figure the Citadel is a great place to bring in all sorts of useful info even if we ourselves didn't make it.

I included references and appropriate links.

Please let me know if this sort of post is wrong and I can remove it.

I am not really sure where to put this post. It is kind of a puzzle but also kind of an informative DMing post. Again, let me know if you recommend putting it elsewhere.

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Cryptic Language - Tolkien Hobbit Runes
Articles  (Setting Building)   (Game Mastering)
Mageek's comment on 2015-10-27 02:21 PM
Just that I am not Tolkien. I wrote the text.
All seems good then.
Thanks! Go to Comment
Wonder World LLC
Dungeons  (Other)   (Style)
Mageek's comment on 2015-10-18 03:55 PM
This takes the idea of resort planets and virtual vacations several steps further with the staging experience. Scrasamax covers the entire event in excellent detail, including the pre-event staging, the actual virtual park, and the final act of leaving. The methods behind optimizing your enjoyment while keeping the cost down (ie, sim vs. real attractions, cost for the consumer is still as high as possible) reflect what economic forces would do in real life.

Looking forward to the dark net section; I imagine that will present more role-playing opportunities. Go to Comment
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