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Queen Nekcrola the 47th (a Tale of Mysantia)
NPCs  (Campaign)   (Political)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-10-28 08:29 AM
A fun read, and I can feel elements of Elric of Melnibone, and you probably shouldn't pick up Exalted, or you should, but it unfolds like Nekcrola's story.

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The Heads of Zaid
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (Any)
Scrasamax's comment on 2015-02-01 11:31 AM
Love it, eternal stone watchers who predate dragons and gods. This is the sort of Easter Island Egg I would run through the games I run. Imagine the players feelings when their shadowrun job takes them to a museum where one of the nameless relics recovered from the Pacific sits, when in the previous game they know the Zaid to be immensely powerful from dealing with dragons. Go to Comment
Civilian Craft in the Cosmic Era
Items  (Transports)   (Campaign Defining)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-10-28 05:26 PM
I'm not happy with this sub, what would you like to see to make it better? Go to Comment
Civilian Craft in the Cosmic Era
Items  (Transports)   (Campaign Defining)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-08-13 08:08 AM

Sleepers

A Sleeper Ship is a small to medium sized ship that handles the issue of keeping the crew alive for the duration of a mission by using suspended animation or hibernation technologies. A person in suspension uses drastically less food, water, and oxygen, reducing the amount of those goods that a ship has to carry.

Snooze Freighters - also known as a Triple Z Hauler, these are freight craft that keep a rotating human crew, but are running either long runs or slow runs. Snooze freighters typically are associated with bulk cargos (the sort worth so little that they aren't going to be hijacked, like raw ore or ice) or with independent operators who can't afford the newer faster ships.

Sleep-port - the sleeper transport, these craft carry large numbers of people too and from destinations, contrary to cruise lines, these are working class crews, and are being ferried to and from home ports to their working stations and offworld colonies. A single Sleepport might have several hundred people aboard it, in hibernation pods, while a small crew trucks them out to their destination. Without the sleep component, the ship would easily be a dozen times larger and much more expensive to operate.

Contrary to the popular tradition of spending long trips connected to the CogNet in digital dreams, suspended animation sleep is hard sleep. In hard sleep, the brain is greatly reduced in activity, and is not connected to the net for anything other than biomonitoring.

Generational Sleeper - a concept ship, the generational sleeper has a two tiered crew, one that is born and raised on the generational ship, and a command crew that rotates through suspension cycles to maintain the integrity of the mission. The ideal is that such a ship could leave the solar system and reach a distant star while retaining it's ethnic and cultural identity, ensuring that the fledgling colony would remain a loyal part of the nation that launched it.

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The Singing Children
Lifeforms  (Third Kingdom)   (City/ Ruin)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-10-08 10:09 PM
I had a Lovecraftian unspeakable horror in mind, something that used the children as conduits. Go to Comment
Imbrian Culture
Society/ Organizations  (Ethnic/Cultural)   (Trans World)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-10-12 08:42 AM
Which sections would you like more detail in?
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30 Sea-bottom Encounters
Plots  (Discovery)   (Encounter)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-08-28 09:10 AM
Only voted Go to Comment
Luna Ring
Items  (Jewelry)   (Magical)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-08-28 09:13 AM
Interesting item, well balanced and I like the fact that the side effects of the ring are easily counteracted by mundane rites and rituals that are no longer known. It gives it a sort of power through the ignorance of those who wear it. Go to Comment
7 Things about Team Building
Articles  (Fiction)   (Game Mastering)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-08-21 11:58 PM
I'm glad, and thank you for the solid comment Go to Comment
Beans - Magic Beans!
Items  (Other)   (Magical)
Scrasamax's comment on 2015-08-29 02:01 AM
LOVE IT!

There are not nearly enough magic beans going around these days. Go to Comment
Teratology
Systems  (Mystical)   (Defining)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-08-12 10:36 AM
I'm sure you are aware of pink slime and mechanically separated meat, I had the same food horror vibe in mind with the noxious flesh of the kaiju being rendered and chemically treated to render it safe for human consumption. Add in the whole process of the Japanese whaling with with harvesting and processing ship, or the other ships that catch and tin fish while at sea, and it all just came together.

Once properly treated with a bleach wash (which creates its own toxic fumes combining with chemical agents in the kaiju flesh) the meat is then heat sterilized and given a second treatment of gassing to kill any thermophilic bacteria still in the product. Large grinders and chippers then reduce the muscle fibers into smaller pieces where it is treated to a 24 stint in a MRSA fermenter where flesh eating bacteria break down the tough tissue. A blast of radiation to kill the microbes, then another trip through the grinders and it is ready to be tinned and distributed to the food manufacturers who use the lowest grade meat products, ala fast food joints, cafeterias in poor slums, and emergency food rations. Go to Comment
Heraldry of the Underworld
Articles  (Resource)   (Gaming - Genre)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-08-06 12:23 AM
One of the ideas that fed into this was the symbolism and whatnot that is used in gang tattoos. Thusly, various gang members have tattoos on their body that demonstrate the sort of things that they have done, from crimes to jail time, and so forth. There was an article on a prison inmate who was actually found guilty of an initially unrelated crime, but was incriminated by his own tattoos because he basically bragged in permanent ink about how he killed another man, on his chest. To the average person, the meanings behind the symbols are unknown, or only the most rudimentary are known. It takes professionals to break down the internal language of symbols used, and the symbols and iconography change from gang to gang, from prison to prison, and from country to country. In contemporary fantasy, thieves guilds are the norm, functioning like the Mafia or the Yakuza, and being large and established, they would have their own sets of symbols and such to use for many purposes.

The fun part could be using the internally consistent symbol set, but not telling the players and letting them map it out. Go to Comment
The Black Leviathans
Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Water)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-06-30 09:49 PM
The evil shark people link is broken, but I like this idea, but I just happen to like the idea of whales as being more powerful and a threat to humanity, rather than it's victim. I can see the black leviathans coexisting in varying states of peace and war with things like Cheka's krakens.

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The connected
Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Any)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-07-03 08:01 PM
I like this idea, and while most of the information wasn't new (zombies are zombies are zombies) but the notion of them growing as a group mind, gaining skills as they amass greater and greater numbers. The less important members, the mental patients and whatnot are going to gravitate to the outside of the herd, while the more important members are going to be pulled to the center, like an organism protecting it's more valuable organs at the expense of the less valuable.

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Derran Thurswrat
NPCs  (Minor)   (Combative)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-06-26 03:58 PM
Solid character, good backstory and explanation for what could otherwise be an easily overlooked character. Instead of a fence, or a plot point, Derran can end up with his own agenda, especially when passing on jobs and information through the tavern.

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500 Word Submission
Articles  (Rules and Advice)   (Citadel Help)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-06-20 12:35 AM
Somehow this one slipped under my less than vigilant radar. I like this. Go to Comment
Wastelander Armor
Items  (Armor)   (Combat)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-01-15 03:19 PM
I ride shiny and chrome!!! Go to Comment
Inns to remember
Locations  (Establishment)   (Any)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-05-23 01:48 PM
Excellent submission, and I like that the inns themselves are presented not as destinations, but as places you pass through going somewhere. It is fairly common that we write up and present inns and taverns as end points, rather than as the cliche presents, starting points, or as they appear in stories and games, points between those two.

I liked reading this, and Eastern Spices made me think of mixing a tea house, a spice shop, and my favorite indian restaurant.

I'll have a chai, and has the dragonblood come in yet? I hate having to use the old dry bark when there is fresh to be had. Go to Comment
30 Fantastic Locations
Locations  (Area)   (Any)
Scrasamax's comment on 2015-01-21 07:34 PM
Freemium CCG for smartphones Go to Comment
RoboSports
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (City/ Ruin)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-05-12 01:42 PM
Also a huge secondary market for surplus military hardware, and a market to move obsolete equipment. Why just toss the obsolete skeletron models when you can get a few tens of thousands of credits each, rather than the few hundred credits they might be worth in scrap and recycled parts.

And on the human side, once someone is too old to work in the military, they go into the robo leagues, and start training the kids, the up and comers, and whatnot. Go to Comment
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