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The Firstborn - The Untold War
Lifeforms  (Third Kingdom)   (Other)
MysticMoon's comment on 2011-04-19 02:33 PM


A good start. I especially like the physical descriptions and personalities. I look forward to reading more.


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The Ocular Court
Society/ Organizations  (Religious)   (Trans World)
MysticMoon's comment on 2011-04-18 11:39 AM


The format seems a little confusing. I had to read it through a couple of times to grok it. I agree with the others that this could use some fleshing out.



I could see the priests of Percepticus being the philosophers with those of Visax having more of a scientific bent.



Overall, a creative piece.


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The Twin Orbs of Poverty and Wealth
Items  (Jewelry)   (Cursed)
MysticMoon's comment on 2011-04-18 11:29 AM


Does this mean the meager currency of the beggars ends up in a cave full of riches? How ironic that they use it as a symbol of hope.



I like the symbolism of the rich stealing from the poor.


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Submission Respect
Articles  (Rules and Advice)   (Citadel Help)
MysticMoon's comment on 2011-04-11 03:09 PM


I heartily agree. The collaborative nature of Strolen's is one of the primary reasons I am here. I feel that receiving helpful comments has helped to make me a better writer overall. On the flip side, it can be awfully demoralizing to spend several days toiling over a sub only to watch it fade off of the front page with nary a word.



Before I wrote my first sub I spent a fair amount of time reading sub after sub. I learned a lot from both the subs and the comments, such as things to avoid and tips on how to do better. I think the comments, being public, help more than just the author. In addition, I felt comfortable posting my own work because the comments were so constructive rather than confrontational. I received some good feedback on that first sub and that gave me the confidence to keep going.


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Submission Respect
Articles  (Rules and Advice)   (Citadel Help)
MysticMoon's comment on 2014-10-22 12:58 PM
Once you achieve level 4, you gain Hall of Honor votes. It's a way of marking subs as really standing out to you (though not necessarily the best of the best, which is what Gold votes are for). Each time someone votes HoH on a sub, it gets promoted to the front page for a period of time. You can browse all of them at http://strolen.com/browsing/Honour . Go to Comment
30 Ways To Be A Good Strolenite
Articles  (Rules and Advice)   (Gaming - In General)
MysticMoon's comment on 2011-04-11 04:28 PM


What is a gift sub (#27)?


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The Crowns of Glory
Items  (Jewelry)   (Campaign Defining)
MysticMoon's comment on 2011-04-17 05:11 AM


Most excellent and an enthralling read. 5/5


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30 Sheaths
Items  (Equipment Listing)   (Combat)
MysticMoon's comment on 2011-04-09 10:23 PM


Creative.


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The Gateway of Empire
Locations  (Fortification)   (Mountains)
MysticMoon's comment on 2011-04-05 11:55 PM


An excellent first sub. It is tightly focused on the one subject while hinting at a greater world full of history and a blend of cultures. The narrative is well-written; the characters come through strong and give a human face to the structure.



I suppose there could have been more detail on the empire itself, although that wasn't the direct subject of the sub and could be a whole new one on its own (hint, hint....)



There are plenty of subs on Strolen's that run the gamut from high and low fantasy to steampunk and science fiction, so I wouldn't worry about the genre. I think creativity gets rewarded more than sticking to cliches.


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30 Books from the Fallen Library
Items  (Books and Scrolls)   (Non-Magical)
MysticMoon's comment on 2011-04-03 07:28 PM


Excellent. I can't wait to see more of these.


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The Observer's Paradox
Items  (Other)   (Campaign Defining)
MysticMoon's comment on 2011-04-03 07:17 PM


Dangerous, indeed. An interesting way to blend magic and a psychological concept.


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Dust of Sages
Lifeforms  (Unique)   (Underground)
MysticMoon's comment on 2011-04-03 06:59 PM


This would be a good source of clues for a larger quest. How to extract an important bit of information or lore from such a creature without going mad in the process?


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The Barrows of the Forest Lords
Dungeons  (Forest/ Jungle)   (Puzzles)
MysticMoon's comment on 2011-04-03 04:03 PM


Overall, I like this. The puzzles are interesting and practical and I think there is enough description to carry it through.



I probably wouldn't use it myself. While I see the challenge in making a single player face a barrow alone (and I would applaud a GM who could pull it off), I don't like the idea of making the rest of the players wait around. The few times I've ever done something like this, I've lost control of the group (players would lose interest, get up and wander around, and have trouble getting back into play.) Maybe that says more about my limitations as a GM, but I have more success when I keep as many players involved as possible. Plus, I like seeing how a group responds to a challenge. That kind of group energy is the reason I play so few video games (and I'm too set in my ways to try those new-fangled MMORPGS.)



While I could be wrong, I think Echo's point is that this feels a little contrived. Your point about the classic dungeon being far more unrealistic and contrived is a good one that I fully agree with, which is why I don't run them.



I do prefer subs with some extra prose. Even though I would never read stuff like that off to the players, I find that that extra bit of flavor helps bring the ideas to life for me. I understand that that is a personal preference, so I don't knock off points for subs that don't do it. You provided enough detail to make it understandable and I commend you for that.



And bonus points for using barrow mounds. I've always been fascinated by them.


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The Standard
Items  (Other)   (Heroic)
MysticMoon's comment on 2011-03-29 05:39 PM


An effective item whose strategic value would have to be weighed before use.



I like the irony of an army marching under a banner not their own.


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The Blood Beast
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (Other)
MysticMoon's comment on 2011-04-03 07:08 PM


It seems to me that with these creatures being so powerful, so difficult to kill, and so easy to multiply, that they would quickly overrun an area. That would definitely be a good plot hook on its own. The players could be given clues as to the wizard who created them and then try to find something in his notes to help destroy the blood beast infestation.


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The Three Cities of Dusk, Dawn, and Luna
Locations  (City)   (Mountains)
MysticMoon's comment on 2011-04-16 05:56 PM
I didn't actually want to write this one but it kept pestering me while I was working on The Lost Imperial City. I finally promised that I would at least do a short writeup if it would leave me alone until I was finished. So, I'm not really sure where to go with it. Any ideas are welcome.

I'm not familiar with Tanelorn. I was inspired by Ultima III (oh, maybe just a few years ago...) Go to Comment
The Lost Imperial City
Dungeons  (Plains)   (Rooms/ Halls)
MysticMoon's comment on 2011-03-29 06:48 PM
Thanks. I appreciate the feedback. Go to Comment
The Lost Imperial City
Dungeons  (Plains)   (Rooms/ Halls)
MysticMoon's comment on 2011-04-16 06:26 PM
Is there anything specific you feel could be improved upon? I really struggled with this one and only posted it when I felt I'd done as well as I could (plus I could barely stand to look at the thing by then.)

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The Lost Imperial City
Dungeons  (Plains)   (Rooms/ Halls)
MysticMoon's comment on 2011-04-25 09:04 AM
Some good food for thought. I will go back through this from the perspective of the PCs and see if I can make improvements. Go to Comment
Corran's Cooking Set
Items  (Home/ Personal)   (Magical)
MysticMoon's comment on 2011-03-27 03:57 PM


Good characterization of Corran. The link to Vulcan's Walking Stick was broken but I was able to find it through search.



This was an entertaining read. Characters and items like these can definitely be used to "flavor" a campaign.



I do have one question. How was the cooking set created? That part seems a little vague but is key to the whole piece. Did it originally belong to the royal chef? Was the walking stick somehow involved?


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