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30 Sceptres
Items  (Wand/Staff/ Arcane)   (Magical)
Roack's comment on 2017-02-11 02:14 AM
I like the physical details on these, it gives the kind of impression that these sceptres, as individual items, are all unique and have a place in the world around them. The frequency of referencing other posts (always a plus!) makes it seem like you're building these and other 30s into a particular setting you're working on. I think we'd all be excited to see more of that! Go to Comment
30 Problems With Swords
Articles  (Scenario)   (Citadel Help)
Roack's comment on 2017-01-25 12:01 AM
I love that you've taken the time to detail the practical reality of sword use. I - and I'm sure a lot of other roleplayers - tend to get caught in the trap of thinking of objects as platonic: A sword is a functional sword until it becomes so broken it fails, or it descends the tier of disrepair marks. Even as soon as item 2: Chipped Edges, you had forced me out of that box.

The cursed and glow swords seem a bit like filer to reach thirty to me though. The first I find too nebulous, the second too little of a problem, and both too short. I think these can be expanded, though. For instance: it always bothered me that glowing swords aren't typically considered a big liability. If a sword glows in the presence of Monster X, aren't you as likely to alert it to your presence as the other way around? And if you don't want to, you have to keep it sheathed, and therefore not at the ready.

Between all that, I think this is a solid 4.5, but I'm going to bump you up to 5 because you did you tied your post into other ideas. That's a great way to be more active in the community, and something I'd love to see a lot more of. Go to Comment
Anemone Hydra
Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Water)
Roack's comment on 2017-02-08 02:53 AM
Only voted Go to Comment
Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Forest/ Jungle)
Roack's comment on 2007-03-31 04:38 PM
Actually they've been shifted into a different world, now. Go to Comment
Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Forest/ Jungle)
Roack's comment on 2016-11-25 03:03 AM
You're so impatient, it only took me over ten and a half years to finish this. Go to Comment
Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Forest/ Jungle)
Roack's comment on 2016-11-26 08:10 PM
Yeah, that is a weirdly obtuse sentence. I should take another crack at it. Go to Comment
Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Forest/ Jungle)
Roack's comment on 2016-11-29 02:54 AM
Thank you! My first task upon my return is to clear out my in-work pile. Go to Comment
Cloud in A Jar
Items  (Other)   (Magical)
Roack's comment on 2016-11-08 12:29 PM
I like the idea that the magic is tied to the jar itself. It leaves the implication that the cloud is trapped inside somehow. Maybe it's a nascent air elemental, just about to acheive consciousness? Go to Comment
Dress Code of the Guild of Adventurers Upon Return
Society/ Organizations  (Ethnic/Cultural)   (Country/ State)
Roack's comment on 2016-11-05 01:09 AM
It never even occurred to me to supply a dress code for adventurers, but this is precisely the kind of world-building detail that really gets players immersed. Also I'm a sucker for color coding. I think it needs to be a little longer, though. Maybe some additional restrictions to garb based on orders within the guild, or exceptions for very specific honors. I'm also not fond of the mention of alignments and beef/cheesecakery, those seem like system-specific meta statuses, and otherwise this has the makings of an excellent first-hand document. Go to Comment
Red Sun
Society/ Organizations  (Mercantile)   (World Wide)
Roack's comment on 2012-05-29 06:22 AM
I love how you've blended the corporate and imperial structures, the Red Sun and Japan came to coexist with each other so naturally. It really seems like they grew out of each other, both birthed from Modern Japan.

There's something about Theodore that reminds me very much of Mech Warrior. His family history, his money, his foreign birth all make him seem very much apart of a sort of Globalist Nobility. I can imagine the world he lives in is lush with subtle financial and political intrigue.

This post really hits home with it's ties to the worlds current financial woes, it's a scary and incredibly verisimilitudinous depiction of our future. It deserves nothing less than 5/5. Go to Comment
Surgeon Birds
Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Swamp)
Roack's comment on 2012-05-29 06:00 AM
Awesome! Ever-so reminiscent of the stirge, original, and absolutely terrifying. I can see them fitting pretty flexibly into encounters. On the one hand they be seen like giant mosquitoes, harassing characters and generally being hard to hit. On the other, more harrowing hand they can be avian-piranhas, swiftly killing when in flocks.

Their ties to civilization are what really set them apart, though. I love seeing fauna incorporated into the culture and ecology of a game. Also, who doesn't love the image of a Plague Doctor? Go to Comment
Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Swamp)
Roack's comment on 2012-04-13 06:20 AM

This is a great take on the "Peaceful Alien" archetype, it's interesting to see what would happen to such a culture after such a long period of brutality. It ties in well to the Chellis, too. Are they a byproduct of alien intervention? Or perhaps the Chelonians themselves were deposited on their world from another place.

And please tell me you're not going to dangle Gypsy Space Vampires out there and not write them up, too.

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Altar of Grilling
Items  (Tools)   (Villanous)
Roack's comment on 2012-03-20 11:55 AM

I've always been fascinated with the idea, almost universal in primitive cultures, that the consumption flesh is a means of power. This is an excellent example of how to take such a belief and turn it into something even more awesome.

Besides that, this is just some plain ol' good writing. Considering the title and subject, this post could have been a lot sillier (not that that would necessarily be a bad thing,) but despite being slightly more serious and usable, it's still pretty danged funny, and that opening prose was a good read.

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The Festival of Prataan
Systems  (Divine/ Spirit)   (General)
Roack's comment on 2012-03-14 07:25 PM

It's easy to think of this as an awesome, believable superstition for a culture, but I like the idea of it potentially being very real. I'm hung up on the concept of a fixed number of deaths of each type, so cool! What if it didn't (or stopped) changing throughout the years? How would characters deal with the ensuing population explosion, and the potentially apalling outcomes Silveressa pointed out?

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Sidjir Towers
Locations  (Fortification)   (Any)
Roack's comment on 2012-02-21 02:40 AM

Wow, that was not what I was expecting.

Muro brings up a great point, buildings that influential would most certainly cause an impact. I mean, you know, an historical one. After their deaths, and the immediate collapses, I could see an endless parade of revivalists, archiechtural taboos, and official investigations. Survivors would be left wondering, did Sid and Jir really sabotage their own masterpieces? Did one of them do it? Was could cause them to do such a thing?

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Turtle Lotus
Lifeforms  (Flora)   (Water)
Roack's comment on 2012-02-10 01:31 PM

I see what you mean by victim of a bad edit. It's certainly more than a little chunky. I'll take a look at it at fix the spelling errors here sooner than later.

You actually had more to do with this post than you think. You asked a lot of good questions in chat the other day. The answers are there; on the surface, lurking in the shadows, and in the developing world around the lotus.

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Turtle Lotus
Lifeforms  (Flora)   (Water)
Roack's comment on 2012-02-10 02:06 PM
Update: First paragraph re-edited. I don't know why I kept putting an extra "u" in "enormous." Nor why I kept using the word "enormous." Go to Comment
Turtle Lotus
Lifeforms  (Flora)   (Water)
Roack's comment on 2012-02-10 03:52 PM
No, but apparently I did so. I'm in the process of rewriting that paragraph now. Go to Comment
Turtle Lotus
Lifeforms  (Flora)   (Water)
Roack's comment on 2012-02-10 04:47 PM
Update: The Mystery of the Missing Paragraph has been solved, ( actually I just rewrote it and added some new detail, but if you didn't read the first, you'll never know!)

While I was at it, I added the last paragraph in. I had conceived of it before publishing, but didn't manage to work it in. I have since found a way. Go to Comment
Turtle Lotus
Lifeforms  (Flora)   (Water)
Roack's comment on 2012-02-10 04:50 PM
Yes, exactly like the Bladderwort. apparently this was another paragraph that went missing in the editing process. Back to writing... Go to Comment
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