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A Dash of Salt
Articles  (Resource)   (Gaming - In General)
Silveressa's comment on 2011-01-28 12:30 AM


Fun stuff, it promises to be even more special when they all stop to eat at the next inn and I serve my players what their chars ordered. (They 99% of the time, without fail, order the "house special" usually without even asking what it is first.) 

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A Dash of Salt
Articles  (Resource)   (Gaming - In General)
Silveressa's comment on 2011-01-28 12:31 AM


Forgot to vote.


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A Dash of Salt
Articles  (Resource)   (Gaming - In General)
Silveressa's comment on 2012-08-08 06:33 PM


Rim world Settler Sweetbread



Originally created by rim world colonists in the 'verse as a nutritious, but easy to make dessert, often served with sweet butter cream and caramel nut sauce, this bread quickly became a favorite of of both Firefly ship captains and companions alike.



Ingredients



2 cups warm water (heat to 110 degrees F/45 degrees C)



1/4 cup of clover honey (or alternatively 2tbsp of honey, 2tbsp cup of real maple syrup)



1 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast



1 1/2 teaspoons salt



1/4 cup virgin olive oil



6 cups unbleached bread flour



Directions



In a large bowl, dissolve the honey/maple syrup in warm water, and then stir in yeast. Allow to proof until yeast resembles a creamy foam. (approximately 5-10 minutes)



Mix salt and oil into the yeast. Mix in flour one cup at a time. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth. (Rubber gloves or well floured hands is recommended to prevent sticking.)



Place in a well oiled bowl, and turn dough to coat. Cover with a damp cloth. Allow to rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.



Punch dough down. Knead for a few minutes, and divide in half. Shape into loaves, and place into two well oiled 9x5 inch loaf pans. Allow to rise for 30 minutes, or until dough has risen 1 inch above pans.



Sprinkle generously with sesame seeds along the tops



Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes.



Recipe Variations



For a more meaty and filling bread that goes well with Stews and rich meats, reduce the amount of honey to 4 tablespoons and substitute 1/4 cup of bacon grease in place of olive oil.

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A Dash of Salt
Articles  (Resource)   (Gaming - In General)
Silveressa's comment on 2014-04-09 01:12 AM


Grimlock's Garlic Butter



A famed recipe of Grilock, Dwarven cook of the Icebeard army. He Successfully used this recipe to not only provide flavor to otherwise bland meals, but also improve the breath of some of his less hygienic battle companions.



Ingredients: 3-4 cloves of fresh garlic 1 & 1/4 stick of salted butter 1/4 cup of cream cheese 1 tsp of pepper (optional) 1/4 tsp- 1 tsp of salt (depends on how salty you want the garlic butter less if you're cooking with it, more if you plan to put it on Italian bread or as a dipping sauce for pizza.)



Preparation:



Preheat oven to 375 F



Slice the tops of the garlic cloves off about 1/6th of the way down so the tops of each individual garlic piece inside the clove is visible



Place cloves in small baking dish and cover the top of each one with a small pat of butter (this is where the quarter stick comes in although you prolly won't use that much)



Set out the stick of butter and cheese to soften while the garlic cooks.



Cover and bake @ 375f for approximately 40-50 minutes (until the butter has caramelized the garlic and is a light golden brown.)



Warning! The smell of roasting garlic will give you a major case of the munchies so do it right before dinner.



Remove from oven and allow to cool, then remove the individual pieces of garlic from the clove with a fork, tweezers, or tooth pick (they should slide out easily, I prefer to wear rubber gloves and remove them by hand, it's quicker.)



Mash garlic into a paste with a fork, add salt, pepper, butter and cream cheese, mix with a spoon until fully blended.



Refrigerate and enjoy! It should keep for around 3-4 weeks + without any issue, although it will get stronger after the 3rd week.



(You can also freeze it for a few months if you see a need, but it tastes better when made fresh as needed)



You can also skip the cheese if you'd prefer and the garlic butter will be nearly as good.

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The Mogrolyth
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (City/ Ruin)
Silveressa's comment on 2008-12-24 11:09 PM
A nasty and useful piece of work, perfect to throw against any undead hunter that's getting "too big for their britches."

I also particularly like the plot line you provided in your later reply; I'm thinking of using it for a one shot advneture sometime soon.

All the praise aside I did notice one small technical error with the sub:

The mogrolyth cannot be dismembered, - any object is able to pierce through the flesh, but the bone cannot be shattered or cut.


The human skeleton is not actually held together by the bones themselves, but by the tendons and muscles surrounding them. (as anyone who has dislocated a shoulder or cut up a thanksgiving turkey can attest to)

Thus after killing it, a knowledgeable char (any char that's butchered an animal for food) could dismember it with a little gruesome work and a few minutes of effort.

Of course the chances of the heroes knowing dismemberment is the only way to destroy the creature are pretty slim. (although the second time they face it they'll likely decapitate it after death knowing most chars.)

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The Poison Eaters Tribe
Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Forest/ Jungle)
Silveressa's comment on 2011-01-29 02:14 AM


A useful and nasty addition to any jungle, given their non magical nature they work equally well in post apocalypse and sci-fi campaigns too, which is a nice plus.


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Campaigns are like Plants
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Game Mastering)
Silveressa's comment on 2011-01-23 03:51 PM


Did this get corrupted/cut off somewhere before the end?



 



The last sentence: "If you don't the scenario might be stale and the run go" seems to be left hanging and that paragraph unfinished. (with holding my vote and feedback until I can read the entire thing.).


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Silveressa's comment on 2010-12-22 07:49 AM


An interesting slice of land that fits smoothly into virtually any fantasy setting. However I find myself curious behind the reasons the humans and elves don't mix and the elves are so protective of their land to kill human travelers who are without escort.


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The Mad Queen and her Daughter
Articles  (Fiction)   (Gaming - In General)
Silveressa's comment on 2011-01-16 11:31 AM


An enjoyable short story that read much like like an anecdotal legend you'd hear around the fireside from a amateur bard. (which in this case is an excellent thing)



One could easily use this piece as a chunk of the worlds history, or even as a mini campaign for a single player.



I agree it's a bit rough in places, (especially compared to your latest works,) but over all the piece holds up well, and has a certain fairytale like charm to it that really appeals.



5/5 and a HOH, hopefully this will get some more votes and publicity.

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A perfect gamer is
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Gaming - In General)
Silveressa's comment on 2008-12-13 10:11 AM
Not to derail the thread but th comment of Spielberg reminded me or an interview I read with the actress who played Princess Leia. She likened Spielberg's directing style and ability to that of a porn star director. Nearly all he ever told any of the cast was "Harder! With more Emotion next time!" (Not a quality I'd want in a gm lol)

As for the piece itself, it's excellent. Short and easy to remember. It should be printed on the first page of every players handbook for every game ever written. Go to Comment
A perfect gamer is
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Gaming - In General)
Silveressa's comment on 2008-12-13 10:14 AM
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Spectacles of All Seeing
Items  (Jewelry)   (Villanous)
Silveressa's comment on 2011-07-25 10:57 PM


A neat magic item, and with a back story that can make for a good piece of history to plug into a kingdom the characters frequent. 



How it ends, with the glasses sold to mere merchant makes for a nice plot hook, and can allow for these glasses to fall into a characters hands rather cheaply, only to cause unknown troubles opver time. Very nice and original.


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The Dunshar
Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Any)
Silveressa's comment on 2011-02-05 01:24 AM


An interesting creature, and easily mistaken for a golem by those less educated or perceptive. Very unique and intriguing.



As for the sub itself, it has a few spelling errors, and could use some spacing between the paragraphs to break up the wall of text, but given it hasn't been updated since 2005, that's s a bit understandable.


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Weapons and Realism
Articles  (Resource)   (Gaming - In General)
Silveressa's comment on 2008-12-07 08:16 PM
Nice sub, gives a good lay out of info and is a worthy read for gms and players that are keen on having their chars craft their own weapons.

One small nit pick: One sentence made little sense to me: "Making a curved sword makes little sense in a society that uses plate mail regularly makes little sense."

(Leaving off the last "makes little sense" bit would fix the issue nicely.)

All in all, nice article I look forward to more of these types from you. Go to Comment
Everything I Learned About Raising Children I Learned From Gaming
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Game Mastering)
Silveressa's comment on 2008-12-12 12:10 AM
A fun read; and while I don't have kids myself, (stupid laws against lesbians adopting bah!) I babysit the neighbors kids often enough to be nodding in agreement throughout the entire article.

Best of all, now when someone complains to me rping is a waste of time and has no practical use whatsoever I can just smile and point them to this thread. :) Go to Comment
Gamer's Dictionary of Measurements
Articles  (Resource)   (Game Mastering)
Silveressa's comment on 2008-10-03 04:09 AM
It speaks of a labor of love for all the rpg fans out there that have been wanting for just such a list to add a touch of realism (or simply make sense of) different units of measurements found in various rpg/historical/foreign settings.

A well organized layout and an easy reference. The only thing I wish it had was an option to download it as a pdf for ease of offline use.

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The Worship of Mothon
Society/ Organizations  (Religious)   (World Wide)
Silveressa's comment on 2011-01-25 04:54 PM


I'd have to second  Muro, the sub would work equally well appended to the original since it 's mostly extra background and detail.



That bit aside though, it;s useful additional info and helps round out the original sub.


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Wild West - A Genre Untapped
Articles  (Resource)   (Game Mastering)
Silveressa's comment on 2008-05-18 11:12 PM
Excellent article and gives some great advice/ideas on what it takes to make a good western campaign that'll last for a while.

So far from my experience, the games that offer something more than "generic western" settings are much more fun to play in the long term and interest fantasy players in. (Deadlands, Were wolf wasted west, Serenity etc..) Go to Comment
The Helm of Shump Thokk
Items  (Armor)   (Sentient)
Silveressa's comment on 2011-07-20 06:56 PM


When I first read the name I envisioned some sort of ship helm, (I play too much 7th sea/ Warhammer 40k) the actual sub was far more interesting then what I initially imagined.



A kind hearted slightly passive orc barbarian spirit that unintentionally gives bad advice, sort of like a rune swords personality but without all the epic powers, very cool, and much more readily useful by a GM for low level characters.



I like the uniqueness of a personality not being the traditional "Hulk kill! smash! bash!" That one would expect from such a item/barbarian. If paired with a young or inexperienced character (or player) it can provide some life saving advice and help keep an inexperienced player from making obviously stupid/suicidal mistakes. (well most of the time anyway lol)

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Khawarezmian Papersword
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Non-Magical)
Silveressa's comment on 2011-01-20 01:09 PM


An interesting concept, and I can;t help but wonder if they could  perhaps reinforce these blades for stabbing by placing a slightly thicker slab of fire hardened wood (or obsidian stone?) at the center.



These would make for a memorable and interesting addition to any traders weapon inventory.


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