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Phantom Paths
Dungeons  (Any)   (Puzzles)
Murometz's comment on 2015-07-02 10:17 AM

Another nice dungeon room puzzle. Great visuals as usual help. I got it all on the second read-thru. Those gray boxes are key.

This was the last thing I read last night before passing out, so naturally I dreamed of it. Somehow I ended up battling my shadow-twin as we lunged from tile to tile, but that's a different story.

I remember when the "ancient modules" all had at least one such puzzle room to solve in every dungeon. Miss those.

designing puzzle rooms is not a strength of mine as a gm, so I can greatly appreciate your skill at creating them.

Mageek the Puzzle-Master!! More!!!

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The Maw Installation
Locations  (TransWorld)   (Space)
Murometz's comment on 2015-07-02 04:05 PM
This is a beaut!! You don't have to incorporate the entire Cosmic Era foundation, in order to run a great game/campaign based on the Maw. Everything id need as a gm is here.

Love the shout-outs to the various ships of sci-fi and I learned a new word today. Hoopty.

I'd run a combination of Area 51 and into the dragon's jaws plot hooks. And I just might. Seeing some "PCs" this weekend who love the sci-fi. Go to Comment
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (Any)
Murometz's comment on 2015-07-02 10:28 AM
Well, this is different. My initial reaction was "Modron" (tsr) meets the black box of an airplane :)

Short and sweet but they intrigue me. Want to know more. Go to Comment
Cadaverous Companion
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (City/ Ruin)
Murometz's comment on 2015-06-29 06:42 PM

"Is that an undead giraffe?!" {Russian mobster accent} "Opulence, I has it."

"Mmmm, I smell herbs. Lovely aroma. Is that potpourri?" "No, that's my dead cat."

"And what the hell is THAT thing?!" "It's my deceased, featherless parrot. Be nice."

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Collaborative Storytelling Through Google Docs
Articles  (Rules and Advice)   (Gaming - In General)
Murometz's comment on 2015-06-29 11:09 AM

I found this interesting, as I no longer gm table top games :(

Not sure if this is pertinent to this post or not but my group had been using Roll20 and we love it. It also has a dice-roller, campaign notes, and maps.

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Steam Mice
Articles  (Setting Building)   (Gaming - Genre)
Murometz's comment on 2015-06-29 11:15 AM
Ha! The mice seem a tad Dickensian which is a nice touch. Will add ideas when they come to me. I did something similar with a race of Victorian-era flies, clad in top hats, wearing monocles, fighting with sword canes, and basically plotting world domination... they don't fly because they think flying is "beneath" them. They also dominate a servile race of tiny chalk-white humans, who pull their carriages, run errands, and act as man-servants. Ok, I'll stop now :) Go to Comment
Murometz's comment on 2015-06-26 06:06 PM
started scribbling after watching Norrell and Strange episode 1. Not sure where I'm going with this, but I'm going somewhere! Go to Comment
Murometz's comment on 2015-08-19 12:23 PM
Nice additions guys!! This seems to have some storytelling potential. Now have to think on it some more...

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The Electric Eye
Items  (Home/ Personal)   (Campaign Defining)
Murometz's comment on 2015-06-26 04:03 PM

I really like the interplay here between the esoteric third eye of perception mythology and the near-future techno. Great read!! And is it crazy to say, I can see this happening in a few decades?!

Only thing that rang weird was "medical experts of Tajikistan". I wouldnt trust them to apply a band-aid on a booboo lol. Even in the future. Bit too backward over there for them to take any kind of scientific/medical "leap" ahead anytime soon.

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The Electric Eye
Items  (Home/ Personal)   (Campaign Defining)
Murometz's comment on 2015-06-26 05:24 PM

Well, that's about as good an explanation as I can imagine.(Hope I don't get hate mail from Tajikistan :P)

Also, Triclops!1!1!

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Magitech Space Opera
Articles  (Setting Building)   (Gaming - Genre)
Murometz's comment on 2015-06-26 04:09 PM
The "space opera" part caught my eye. That is the kind of hard sci-fi I can get behind :)

This seems to be rather original to me with the demons and mana and aerstones gaining sentience (love that part.)

Interesting Cosmology you have going here! Go to Comment
Magitech Space Opera
Articles  (Setting Building)   (Gaming - Genre)
Murometz's comment on 2015-06-26 05:41 PM
Well I'll be a monkey's uncle. I didn't even know we can do that (question mark thingies--designer notes) and I've been here 9 years :/ Go to Comment
Magitech Space Opera
Articles  (Setting Building)   (Gaming - Genre)
Murometz's comment on 2015-06-26 06:38 PM
You can edit comments. Just click on the all-seeing EYE to the left, under your user name. Go to Comment
Chinese Lore- Weapons, Myths and Others
Articles  (Campaign)   (Gaming - Genre)
Murometz's comment on 2015-06-23 06:48 PM

Giving this an overall codex vote. Another great collection!! I'd rename this...Chinese Lore--Swords, Bows, and Instruments, or something similar, just so you know what is in here when browsing titles, or searching for said bows, swords, instruments, or what have you.

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Chinese Lore- Weapons, Myths and Others
Articles  (Campaign)   (Gaming - Genre)
Murometz's comment on 2015-06-23 06:48 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
Legendary Chinese Strings (guqin)
Items  (Art and Music)   (Non-Magical)
Murometz's comment on 2015-07-02 04:15 PM

I also liked the Pillar Circler. As mentioned in chat earlier, I keep picturing this thing when I think about these instruments...

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Legendary Chinese Strings (guqin)
Items  (Art and Music)   (Non-Magical)
Murometz's comment on 2015-07-10 10:31 PM
You mean like Xi equals "She" and what not. Great point. Go to Comment
Legendary Chinese Strings (guqin)
Items  (Art and Music)   (Non-Magical)
Murometz's comment on 2015-07-10 10:59 PM
I'm your huckleberry. I can do that with you Moon. Go to Comment
Din-Bak and Barbo's Bestiary
Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Any)
Murometz's comment on 2015-06-19 01:54 AM

Shadow-Ox of Pao-Du Mountain

"The Shadow-Ox looms above all but the Mountain itself." --Hagaanite saying.

Entry 473, chapter titled, "The Endless Plateau, and the queer red mountains", wherein we see with our own eyes the world's largest bovine, and Mhug-Altla'r manages to evade Barbo's grasp yet again.

Thrice the size of a common ox and more, this sedate creature appeared both fearsome and majestic, as we approached it at last, having arrived in Hagaan-beside-the-Mountain.

Weighing eight tons if a pound and standing thirty five feet at the shoulder, one could only but imagine an antediluvian race of mega-giants who once bred these creatures eons ago. Alas, but the one survives to this day, and the people of Hagaan and Pao-Du Mountain have named it the Shadow-Ox for the great shadow that its massive form casts, whenever the Sun shines upon it.

We studied the sedate behemoth as best we could for several days. Well, I did, Barbo mostly drank the local spirits and complained.

The Shadow-Ox, or the over-grown Yak as I began to think of it after a few days, moved little, if at all. It spent most of its time grazing on the vast fields of red and green lichen, carpeting the stony lands.

No doubt the reader is waiting to read about some amazing quality or anecdote involving the Shadow-Ox. There is none of interest to share. Giant and somewhat useless it is. You may presume that the Hagaanites of Pao-Du Mountain shear the beast for wool, but no, they do not molest the sloth-like bovine in any way. They simply leave it alone to eat its lichen. During summer, as the sun scorches the plateau, the Hagaanites rest and idle in the shade the beast creates. In coldest winter, they have been known to warm themselves beneath and between the many matted and braided folds of fur, which hang down from the Shadow-Ox's belly like vines.

The Hagaanites do however consider the creature a treasured symbol of luck and good fortune. Mistreating the behemoth in any way will invite immediate wrath and rebuke.

We inquired as to the age of this creature, and were told it had grazed in this valley for ten thousand years and twenty. This I simply did not believe.

It is a common theme in my notes I am afraid, that once dear Barbo and I stumble upon some legendary, fantastic beast of legend, ascribed great powers or wondrous ecology, more often than not, the creature in question turns out to be somewhat mundane.

Alas, such is life.

We continue from the base of Pao-Du Mountian on the morrow, heading further north to investigate and document, hopefully amicably, the Riders of Lesser Oq, and their ferocious Thorn-Elk mounts. This should prove to be a more exhilarating experience than our encounter with the ennui-inducing Shadow-Ox.

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Din-Bak and Barbo's Bestiary
Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Any)
Murometz's comment on 2015-06-19 04:39 PM

Carcass Thrice-Worm of Reng

Entry 552, chapter titled, "A disturbing encounter while traversing the inhospitable deserts of Reng" wherein we learn of a horrifying creature, an esoteric order, and how Barbo came so close to confronting the Mhug-Atla'r, only to have it evade him at the last, crucial moment.

We braved the wastes of Reng as we did all challenging terrain. Methodically and ably. Barbo needed less water than a camel, and I for my part, was not without certain ascetic training. One foot in front of the other.

Before long, we found ourselves sharing water and conversation with a small group of caravan traders beneath an olive moon. It was here that we first heard the dreaded name of the nightmarish Carcass Thrice-Worm. At least that was the literal translation I gathered from the dervish.

Weeks later we encountered several monks belonging to an unusual order, who not only shared knowledge of the Carcass Thrice-Worm, but showed us the creatures during a particularly gory display!

The monks had come out to the wastes in order to enact a ritual, upon one of their own. Apparently, one of the monks was deemed ready and volunteered to have his "three worms" removed to show his utter devotion to the order's tenets and codes. This involved a gruesome surgery, performed upon him by his fellow monks, that even made Barbo look away.

Now I must add that according to these monks the three worms live inside us all. The Upper Worm, resides somewhere inside the throat area, and governs the emotion of gluttony. The Middle Worm resides somewhere within the large intestine, and governs greed and envy. The Lower Worm resides somewhere inside the groin and governs lust and lasciviousness. This I learned and more. Whenever someone dies, according to these same monks, the Thrice-Worm escapes the carcass, and take on a swollen form. While inside the living host they are nigh invisible to the eye, but when they crawl forth from a corpse they swell to resemble fattened earthworm/cicada hybrids, mauve, indigo, and ebon-black respectively. They crawl off and bury themselves deep inside the earth, and nothing more is known of them, even by the monks.

We half-watched somewhat revolted by the sights and sounds of the surgery. Three operating monks gathered about their prone fellow, and went to work on him, each monk using cruel looking metallic implements to delve deep inside their brother's flesh. The sounds of his screams that day, stayed with us long after we left the wastes of Reng behind.

At the ultimate moment, the monks gestured for us to look, and look we did, and could see to our horror, that three finger-sized disgusting creatures described above, crawled forth from the monk's flesh (who was passed out by now), and wriggled away, squirming beneath the blazing sun, and leaving wet stains in their wake upon the sands.

The monks then insisted that their de-wormed brother would recover in time, and rise reborn, incapable of surrendering to the baser and uglier emotions.

The monks then asked if Barbo or I would care to have our Thrice-Worms removed. They had the gall to smile as they did so.

Barbo and I looked at one another, then politely declined the honor, thanked the brothers for their time, and quickly went on our way.

Needless to say we had no appetites for days after, and spoke little, each one of us disturbed now of course by the sensation of feeling Carcass Thrice-Worms wriggling inside of us.

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