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The Last Submission About Voting and Commenting
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Citadel Help)
Moonlake's comment on 2015-08-31 07:51 PM
Longspeak, I've been meaning to tell you this but somehow didn't feel the opportunity to. I think part of the reason you were disenchanted with voting could be to do with the new system of voting you were experimenting with: the 5 criteria vote with breakdown attached. Personally, I like to be somewhat consistent in my votes and that's why I put up my own voting practice (well, not my own sub but my own voting scroll attached to Forganthus's sub titled "How I vote") but I'm never one for detailed breakdowns. I mean, if I've got some issue that I want to discuss in details then I just say it. But I don't have a personal thing for a criteria-based vote with detailed breakdown. Reminds me too much of assignment marking in uni and such and just too a 'scientific' approach for me (okay, so I'm not internally consistent given that I was the one so hung on the concept that my votes have to be 'consistent' from day to day). I don't know whether the same applies to you but I thought such an approach sapped too much energy out of you. In contrast, if you were to vote the way that you previously voted which was basically a numeric score plus whatever else you wanted to say about the sub, then voting would require less energy and 'effort'. Go to Comment
The Immortal Worms
Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Underground)
Moonlake's comment on 2015-08-30 08:27 PM
A decent utility sub. Go to Comment
The Immortal Worms
Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Underground)
Moonlake's comment on 2015-08-31 07:43 PM
Val, on the worms passing through solid materials part, it came off as being mechancial to me as a reader. I suspect that Scras might have felt that too from his comment above. Go to Comment
Idran Motaer
NPCs  (Major)   (Criminal/Espionage)
Moonlake's comment on 2015-08-30 08:34 PM
A solid NPC and I see him in a modern setting. Go to Comment
Voting
Articles  (Rules and Advice)   (Citadel Help)
Moonlake's comment on 2015-08-26 07:43 PM
A very honest sub on your own voting practices and I appreciate that, thank you. Go to Comment
25 Horses
Dungeons  (Any)   (Puzzles)
Moonlake's comment on 2015-08-02 03:43 AM
Like Muro, I didn't get the solution at all upon first reading. Specifically, as the sub currently stands, it somehow read as if the dot and lines on each status should have sth to do with the distance of 10 and 15 feet requirement you talked about in the solution but they didn't so that confused me. On 2nd reading now, I get it now. Suggestion for improving readability: either put in a pic showing all the horses on the chessboard (the solution) OR put in brackets that a distance of between 10 and 15 feet corresponds to two squares distance away diagonally. This's also a slight readability issue with the sentence "To complete this puzzle they'll have to place every statue, in order, a knight's move from each other...." I completely glossed over the "in order" bit on the first read which was another reason that I didn't get the solution at all.

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Tangrams (or Seven Piece Puzzles)
Dungeons  (Any)   (Puzzles)
Moonlake's comment on 2015-07-10 07:06 PM


Browser is playing up over at my end so I can't upload graphics but I copied and pasted a copy up on Google docs with the pics: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1r8__KsAx45tDBk1RzvGvwbzxc2gr-3lHXXeket7vT28

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Urooj
NPCs  (Major)   (Political)
Moonlake's comment on 2015-07-05 04:13 AM
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
Urooj
NPCs  (Major)   (Political)
Moonlake's comment on 2015-08-02 09:38 PM

The idea for defining the character through the lens of different people who know him (or the revealing character in layers anyway) actually came from Longspeak's Organic NPC sub. I was using this NPC sub as the fore-runner to get me into practice for the Organic NPC quest but yes, this way of creating a NPC sub sort of grew on me as I write.

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Phantom Paths
Dungeons  (Any)   (Puzzles)
Moonlake's comment on 2015-07-03 09:04 PM
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
Phantom Paths
Dungeons  (Any)   (Puzzles)
Moonlake's comment on 2015-07-04 12:42 AM
oh I see, I got it the other way around. Ah it all makes sense now. Go to Comment
The Maw Installation
Locations  (TransWorld)   (Space)
Moonlake's comment on 2015-07-03 02:01 AM
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
Collaborative Storytelling Through Google Docs
Articles  (Rules and Advice)   (Gaming - In General)
Moonlake's comment on 2015-06-28 08:28 PM
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
Collaborative Storytelling Through Google Docs
Articles  (Rules and Advice)   (Gaming - In General)
Moonlake's comment on 2015-06-29 03:06 AM
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
Legendary Chinese Broadswords (Daos)
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Combat)
Moonlake's comment on 2015-06-28 12:00 AM
Update: 4 more legendary/fabled broadswords to come but I had enough of Chinese translation for now. Probably in the coming weekend. Go to Comment
Legendary Chinese Broadswords (Daos)
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Combat)
Moonlake's comment on 2015-06-28 08:05 PM
I merely meant that some of the names were more unassuming but I think the lore more than made up for that. Go to Comment
Legendary Chinese Broadswords (Daos)
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Combat)
Moonlake's comment on 2015-07-03 11:32 PM
Update: Added fabled broadsword section and added pic link to Dragon Tooth Go to Comment
Legendary Chinese Broadswords (Daos)
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Combat)
Moonlake's comment on 2015-07-15 09:48 PM
Update: Added Mandarin spelling to names as requested Go to Comment
Steam Mice
Articles  (Setting Building)   (Gaming - Genre)
Moonlake's comment on 2015-07-03 11:53 PM
I'm a non-fan of sci-fi and steampunk but this mice setting where human are stealing tech from mice are quite interesting. Go to Comment
Chinese Lore- Weapons, Myths and Others
Articles  (Campaign)   (Gaming - Genre)
Moonlake's comment on 2015-06-23 08:23 PM
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
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