Notes from the author: I see Urooj as not a ‘villain’ per se but more a man ‘driven’ to committing villainous deeds by the penchant to adopt pragmatism to the extreme. In essence, that is not evil by itself. Then again, one can argue that that’s the way it is with most villains that are ‘human’. Despite an avid fan of fantasy, I’ve never had much empathy with the ‘mindless evil’ villain archetype that is rampart in this genre. Anyway, characterization has always been a weak point of mine and in creating Urooj, I’m just experimenting with a villain driven by a trait/motivation that doesn’t normally fall under a stereotype under existing fantasy novels like ambition and the like. Go to Comment
A very neat puzzle and easy to understand with the pic illustrations. This might just be me but how does the pic before the solution come about? I thought that if player b turned onto an activated grid (one of the grey cells) which I presumed was that move that he made, the puzzle would deactivate but in the pic it showed that the shadow player B would step onto the mirror grid to the always-active grey grid? Go to Comment
As I was reading this sub, mainly the section on construction projects, my mind was constantly under threat of blowing up but then I would encounter something about a particular prototype that tied really nicely and neatly into the underlying world. Anyhow, I felt like I was pulled on two sides a bit while reading cos I have a personal difficulty with the sci-fi genre. But I really liked how at the beginning, there was the reference to how the Maw had been incorporated into everyday language in jest. And I must say that despite being a non-fan of sci fi, this is a very complete piece that is already ready to be dropped into a sci-fi game. So full marks. Go to Comment
I haven't really started dedicated gaming yet (will start next Thurs or Wed over at the US) so this article isn't directly useful for me. But I think it has great utility value for most of the members of this site and it's written very succinctly as an article. That I've always liked and appreciated, possibly because I have the tendency to write long unwieldy things myself. Go to Comment
I had actually used Google Docs for brainstorm for a collaborative sub for the Citadel before and it was an enjoyable experience. Like you had pointed out, multiple people could be updating different sections at the same time and we had experienced the slow moving problem (or at least me, I had to keep refreshing the browser after a while else the 'session' would just freeze up). Go to Comment
I get where you're coming from, Muro, but I'm iffy cos the title would then become massive i.e.
Chinese Lore- Weapons (Blades, Spears and Bows), String Instruments, Horses, Myths (creation myths, legendary figures and folklore stories) and Others
I can fully nominate such a title for a Muro award for longest submission title if it exists :P Go to Comment
The Drunken Bats are nice as well but my absolute fav. is the Carcass Thrice-Worms and then the Shadow-Ox. I'm obviously not unbiased but like you said, to hell with unbiasedness and objectivity! Go to Comment
Like Muro said, the first thing this reminds me of is the Internet addiction problem and the Hikikomori is what the Chinese call "home boy/girl" (literal translation here). And yugen makes me think of meditation.
This is a good sub for showcasing and linking to the other subs of the Cosmic Era (even though I haven't read all the linked ones). I esp. liked the contrast b/w Ukiyo (Floating World) and the French word meaning sinking world that have come to represent virtual reality versus the real world. However, what I felt a little weird about this sub is that it felt like details are missing (at least to me). Or rather, I should say that I somehow expected that the sub would dive into some of the more important/signature social groups floating around in Ukiyo. That might not be your intention and I understand that. It's just that the sub is feeling more like an overview atm. Go to Comment
The actual source I used is a Wiki so yes to what you detected.
As to what you could use these for besides as just McGuffins/random loot, I guess I was mainly thinking that these would be helpful if someone wanted to introduce a new area into their game that's Oriental themed in which case they could just pluck these in and no need to research themselves. One could use these as an excuse to introduce meta-game info in the form of the history/mythology surrounding these weapons. You could even use them to introduce a quest that leads the PCs to discover the truth about a certain section of Chinese history (probably too much work for anyone not ethnically Chinese but I don't know, there might be some Chinese history enthusiasts among the Strolenatis.)
To be honest, my interest in compiling arises purely from my writer's whim so while I do think this would be a kind of utility sub, I haven't really thought much about exactly how the utility would materalise. Go to Comment
Swallow-ox it is, not shadow. But go ahead with the compulsion, would be interesting to see what came up cos my research came up null on these two lifeforms (that's why I had to do literal translations). Go to Comment
I know, think Val expressed this sentiment for one of the life-forms. Personally, I would also love to see some of these promising short entries to be expanded upon by the Strolenati but sadly I've always got a backlog of projects as have most others (and then we all have terrible wanderlust aka Writers' whims).
For the Thorn-Elk, I first have this idea of thorns growing on its horns and then somehow get a vague picture of thorns growing on its body instead. For the Swallow-Ox, I somehow got the idea that it would be more bizarre to have a Ox-Swallow and then we could explain the diff. b/w a Swallow-Ox and an Ox-Swallow as an entry for your Lock. Diary (btw, not sure how you interpreted it but swallow here referred to the bird type, not the verb) Go to Comment