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Spritestones
Items  (Materials)   (Sentient)
MysticMoon's comment on 2014-10-22 05:17 PM
I like this, it's a good flavor piece for a setting that can be used in many subtle ways. Any supernatural source of information becomes a good means of bringing things into the game, whether it be clues in the form of a riddle or something that requires effort on the part of the PCs to acquire. Go to Comment
Silverfox Mill - Part I
Locations  (City)   (Forest/ Jungle)
MysticMoon's comment on 2014-10-21 11:56 PM
So many creative bits and pieces, all woven together, The story of the necromancer, Black Anna, etc; each of those things could be expanded into a sub all its own, yet they are blended really nicely here. While splitting it up further would make it more convenient to read, I think I understand the effect of it all presented together.

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The Threat of Sugar
NPCs  (Mythic/ Historical)   (Artistic/Performance)
MysticMoon's comment on 2014-10-17 02:26 PM
Eclipse Phase FTW! I love it. Still hoping to play that game at some point, but this is a nice taste. Go to Comment
The Residents of Oldport
Society/ Organizations  (Combative)   (Local)
MysticMoon's comment on 2014-10-16 09:34 AM

Not only is this creative and pretty well fleshed out as an idea, it just begs to be used in a game. The opening pulled me in, the main content delivered, and there were some nice gems (like the vicious toddler attacks).

5/5


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The Ruins of Oldport
Locations  (Ruins)   (Plains)
MysticMoon's comment on 2014-10-16 10:04 AM

Didn't see this one before I read the Residents sub, so this answered most of my lingering questions.

I do have a couple, though. If the city is only rebuilt at night, does that mean invaders only attack then? What do they do during the day and why would they wait around to attack in the darkness when there are so many effective defenders? (80 guards seem like an easier task for an invading army.) What would happen if they were to swarm the main dais and destroy the board with all the names?

Aside from the above questions, I absolutely love the idea and the atmosphere.

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Mien Endsieg
Items  (Books and Scrolls)   (Campaign Defining)
MysticMoon's comment on 2014-10-14 09:53 PM
I don't really follow, Aramax. I haven't seen enough of you to become aware of any square pegs. I certainly had my moments early on of feeling like I didn't fit in / was ignored (nothing like the feeling of commenting all over the place while watching my own subs fall off the page without a single vote) / was misunderstood, but that eventually passed. It can be kind of a crazy place here and we're all a pretty wacky bunch, but it's really worth it to stick around and figure it all out.

My advice to you is: relax, really listen to the comments, and try again. Go to Comment
Mien Endsieg
Items  (Books and Scrolls)   (Campaign Defining)
MysticMoon's comment on 2014-10-14 09:55 PM
Completely agree with Muro's comments. Not going to vote, because I feel it could use some fleshing out, but I really dig the core idea. Go to Comment
30 Dragon Flavours
Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Any)
MysticMoon's comment on 2014-10-14 10:54 PM

I had my doubts at the first one, since it seemed like the cliche Tolkienesque idea of a dragon. But, my doubts were quickly stripped away when reading the rest. Nicely done, very creative.

My favorites were: prehistoric, sea, mammalian, earshatter, salt, pen, tandoori (but many of the others were also fun).

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Impossible Iron
NPCs  (Campaign)   (Criminal/Espionage)
MysticMoon's comment on 2014-10-16 10:43 AM
A fun read that hints at a larger universe of heroes and villains. Go to Comment
Impossible Iron
NPCs  (Campaign)   (Criminal/Espionage)
MysticMoon's comment on 2014-10-16 10:42 AM
Definitely the goatee ;)

I like your definition of the difference between hero and villain, cruc. I've often read that villains *believe* they are the heroes. That fits in this case. Go to Comment
Legacy, Part II - Bloody
Articles  (Fiction)   (Gaming - Genre)
MysticMoon's comment on 2014-10-17 10:01 AM
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Legacy, Part I - Goodbye
Articles  (Fiction)   (Gaming - Genre)
MysticMoon's comment on 2014-10-16 12:26 PM

This is a good length, I think. I applaud your decision to break it up into parts. Now on to the next...

Oh, and I enjoy your narrative style. It really pulls me in.

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The Heads of Zaid
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (Any)
MysticMoon's comment on 2014-10-16 10:53 AM
Sarah Voltaire
NPCs  (Major)   (Combative)
MysticMoon's comment on 2014-04-22 02:48 PM
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Snow Devil
Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Any)
MysticMoon's comment on 2014-03-27 08:00 AM

Good questions

  • Yes, each of the forms bleed.
  • If the tall, skinny albino is too much of a giveaway, feel free to change things up and turn that form into something less obvious. That form should be the last one that anyone suspects of being capable of the killings, so make whatever changes are necessary for that to happen. (I'm not sure why, but I kind of had Bruce Spence in mind when I wrote that part.)
  • The Cadaverous Old Man is the least affected by warmth. In fact, with his "ill health" he may appear to be constantly cold and seeking to be warm. He may even be the most vocal about how the cold weather "hurts his bones" and appear to avoid going out into the storms for any reason.
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Monks of the Bearded Moon
Society/ Organizations  (Mystical)   (Regional)
MysticMoon's comment on 2014-01-20 09:00 PM

I have valadaar to thank for the shaving and moss ideas. I was stuck on where to go with the whole bearded moon thing until he threw out some ideas in chat.

Glad you liked it. I will ponder what kind of mysterious little bits I might add.


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River Horses
Lifeforms  (Ethereal)   (Water)
MysticMoon's comment on 2014-01-18 06:59 AM
I was definitely aiming for high fantasy and that surreal feeling. Glad it came through :)

Anything above water is horse and anything below is fish. This means that as they move up and down in the water parts of them change to accommodate this, which should add to their surreal nature. Go to Comment
Winter's Gem
Items  (Jewelry)   (Sentient)
MysticMoon's comment on 2013-09-15 05:27 PM

An interesting question. Most likely it would require the gem to consciously create bad weather inside of a cave, but in all likelihood it would be a safe haven from the weather. There may be ice golems or other nasties patrolling such an area, however.

As far as being used by PCs: Being intelligent, the gem would only be useful to a party if it wished to be. Its powers are entirely under its own control so it would be useful only under circumstances it agreed with. In fact, it could make life very difficult for a party it did not wish to be a part of. As such, it is far more likely to be useful to a GM as a particular plot device, as you say.

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Winter's Gem
Items  (Jewelry)   (Sentient)
MysticMoon's comment on 2013-09-15 08:09 PM

I like the idea of the mysterious storm; it fits in with how I envisioned it.

This sub is kind of a departure from the last few I've done. I'll admit I was more into the narrative than considering how it could be used in a game. For a storytelling fix it was an interesting exploration :)

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Winter's Gem
Items  (Jewelry)   (Sentient)
MysticMoon's comment on 2014-10-22 04:39 PM

While I enjoy being lighthearted and joke a lot in chat, I do tend to go to very dark places when I write. Sort of cathartic, I suppose, but you're not the first to say that it goes a bit far. (And you may want to avoid my journey into hell piece)

I'll explain some of my thought processes and how those map to what I was probably trying to express (though I usually have to guess after the fact; I never quite understand my creative side):

The gem took the brightness of her mind for granted at first, which is why it never called her to it before. It only called to her once her light became darkness, in order to regain the bright soul it had lost. I have felt that frustration, seeing bright people grow into broken adults because of traumas they survived, and I have wished for the power to banish that darkness. I've also realized that most people can only find salvation after they've broken free on their own to a certain degree. (And talk about a horrific challenge...)

I would say that it is possible to have a functional relationship, though even with the best of help, some scars will always show through. Of course, I skipped over 2 years worth of Karina gaining back her own power and having her mind magically healed to a degree by the gem. Still, if I was to go more in depth, I probably would need to show some jagged pieces of her past that poked through into her fairy-tale marriage.

Looking more closely at this, I can see some strong parallels with some real life events experienced by people I've known (though it's a bit of a mish-mash and more metaphor than literal). Not going into details, but it's bizarre how the mind transforms the mundane into the fictional.

You are probably correct that it becomes a trope at some point, and shouldn't be overdone. This was one of those subs that I pretty much barfed out in one sitting without having any real clue what was going to come out. I just knew I was feeling the urge to express something and I couldn't find any better medium. I wouldn't have consciously chosen this topic, as I've seen it done to death myself. But, when the muse stamps her impatient little feet, I come running ;)

In any case, I appreciate the thoughtful feedback

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