Holy carp! This is the best flying machines ever! Beer-Jets, Ahoy! The letter was a great intro. I was reading, wondering what a gnome opening up a store/bat could have to do with a flying machine, then the ever-full mug, then the flying ever-full mug, and the transition from mug to machine was so gnomishly appropriate that I had to read it twice. This is great stuff!
It's a fantasy virtual reality helmet? Interesting idea, and nice execution, but I'm not sure I would want to use it. Much like I don't tend to use drugs or addiction in most of my fantasy games, this feels like it would hinder the game more than help it. Not bad.
Good one to bring up, Val. But I noticed something very odd here... and not do to with the submission itself. Take a look at when this was last updated. I'm sure I'm not the only only one who sees something wrong with that.
It appears Manfred is some sort of time-traveller. Good job, Man.
I agree with Axle, the tone really makes this sub. It was a fun little read; the kind I enjoy. This is another great little gem brought to the surface by the Daily Highlight.
Elemental Gems though... Harnessing the power of nature in a pretty rock. I really like that it isn't just a magical amplifier, it's affects nature. This either implies that the mages of the setting manipulate nature itself, or that this item is more intended for nature-themed spellcasters (Like Druidic or Shamanistic types).
Too often we see Magic as a force that binds the world together, I think. This piece makes me see a world where Magic is a byproduct of the natural world. To make a flame grow, to increase the force of a previously gentle breeze, summoning storms, calling lightning strikes, altering river currents, rapid plant growth, and such.
Good stuff, this is.