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The Window of the Mind
Items  (Wand/Staff/ Arcane)   (Cursed)
Strolen's comment on 2004-05-03 08:08 AM
The 5 minute limitation. How useful would that have really been to the king. It seems that 5 minutes is pretty short of a time and not sure if that works. In 5 minutes there is very little foresite that can be gained realistically. For instance, if somebody were to try and slay a dragon, to see the future they would have to be right outside the 'cave' (assuming all dragons live in caves) and perhaps see what was going to happen, and then I think it would be very rare that a slaying could be accomplished in 5 minutes so what could they see. Himself walking in. Once there it would be foolish to watch what would happen in 5 minutes, too busy dealing with a dragon attacking you.

The limitations are immense. And to sit and stare in it for 20 minutes? It would sort of make you a fool, after all if you were going to sit and stare for that long, you would sort of know you were going to just sit there so watching yourself sit there isn't the most entertaining thing. Oh wait, going to the bathroom....oh yes, I am getting that feeling now.

Limited uses, perhaps audiences. You could see who you were going to meet. If there were sound or you got a lip reader, you could do some party tricks and tell them what they are going to ask. But I think the king would have taken this TRUE seer and made him make something a little more useful.

Maybe I am too harsh because it is an excellently detailed item....just not sure of the utility of it. I dwell on the 5 minutes, and that is trully the thing that I think needs to be changed somehow.... -witholding vote for now- Go to Comment
Kerchief Blade
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Magical)
Strolen's comment on 2004-05-02 07:33 PM
I really like this item. Weapons are a good default use, but more immediately pop out for me.

-Smuggling any number of items. Could have an entire box of napkins with untold amounts of stash.
-Thieves. Carry tools, poisons, etc, and put it folded in the bottom of their shoe or in their sock and it would be very hard to detect, even if searched.
-Couriers for the king of important transcripts/messages.

Great item with LOTS of possibilities.
5/5 Go to Comment
Kerchief Blade
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Magical)
Strolen's comment on 2004-05-05 12:59 AM
I honestly didn't even think of the bag of holding concept. I was thinking of more elegant uses then just another...style over substance is aptly put. This is, indeed, in a league of its own. Go to Comment
The Isles of Ithaca
Locations  (Water)   (Regional)
Strolen's comment on 2004-04-29 07:59 PM
Definately a great idea. Check out http://www.strolen.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=13614 for some more ideas on adding a comet to your campaign.

Putting it in orbit is an interesting twist for sure but I would probably give them magic for a few hours of the day...that changes everyday. Who knows what the comet is doing to the magical forces and how they are affected. Go to Comment
Graf Malin
Items  (Other)   (Magical)
Strolen's comment on 2008-04-20 12:04 PM
Very weird to the point of MADNESS!

I like SE as BH's comment about 'loading' the golem to attack the current enemy. That makes such incomprehensible sense.

I wouldn't have it speak in puzzles in riddles, I would have it speak utter nonsense and people try to put meaning to it. Perhaps this things words have somehow come true and they think it is an oracle...little do they know it is just random. Go to Comment
Land of the Yale Riders
Locations  (Country/ State)   (Mountains)
Strolen's comment on 2004-04-19 06:04 AM
Outstanding. Feel like I am reading a National Geographic article. I think you cover every question I had as I read it leaving me with nothing to say except Thank You!!!

Heavens forgive the wayward PC that kills a Yale. Go to Comment
Longbow of Light
Items  (Ranged Weapons)   (Heroic)
Strolen's comment on 2004-04-18 07:23 AM
Great idea. I used to know a player that this would have been perfect for, as well as an excellent history and a great power/curse, hence an instant 5/5.

I wonder about the cure though. Once cherished correctly for a given amount of time perhaps the bow returns normal vision to the user? Go to Comment
Urk
NPCs  (Minor)   (Mystical)
Strolen's comment on 2004-04-17 06:15 PM
Man, I LOVE IT. The usage of him is wonderful but I can instantly see his novelty being used in dozens of different ways.

-Librarian with Piecewise (the animated hand)
-Specialized and well sought over alchemist of rare potions with any number of helpers (or PCs) gathering ingredients.
-Loremaster of kings.
-Dumb him down a little and make him the best cook in the kingdom owning a large restraunt tavern that the king even visits.

More more more. The creature can just add so much color and uniqueness to a game that I love it! Go to Comment
Urk
NPCs  (Minor)   (Mystical)
Strolen's comment on 2007-02-11 09:20 AM
Another chance to vote in the new system. I will take it! Go to Comment
Urk
NPCs  (Minor)   (Mystical)
Strolen's comment on 2008-04-23 07:45 PM
The roleplaying story really makes this one! Go to Comment
One-Thousand Groans for A Laugh
Items  (Armor)   (Cursed)
Strolen's comment on 2004-04-17 06:02 PM
It is definately classic CP. I think I can tell most of you posts now without the name. I love the mythic, legendary quality of them and this is no exception. I think that is it's strongest point too though.

For it to work, Smile Frown or somebody else would have to give it to the revenge seeker otherwise it is a cool helm that the player will want to use for themselves. If given to somebody, that person could never have heard of it otherwise they would be insane to use it.

I am finding it hard to figure out a way to use it in a game. Go to Comment
Claw of the heart
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Cursed)
Strolen's comment on 2004-04-13 07:00 PM
Why? That is my main question, as the others saw as well...although this thing is way too powerful to be useful anyway. What is the fun of it if it works so fast with no hope? Everything is too extreme and overbearing leaving no room to actually use it or attempt to cure the curse.

But back to why. These things make no sense to me because I see no reason for it. Was there a jealous magician that wanted to ruin a rival? Backfire of another weapon? With no reason and no history it makes no sense. 2/5 because it has some potential but unuseable in its current state. Go to Comment
Potion of Mis Understanding Languages
Items  (Potion)   (Magical)
Strolen's comment on 2005-11-27 07:48 AM
Irresistable. How could you not try this? Go to Comment
Forgotton Summer
Plots  (Duty)   (Single-Storyline)
Strolen's comment on 2004-03-28 02:50 AM
I will give it a 4 since it takes the the PC amnesia to whole other level. Never thought of taking it that far, and somebody with that kind of power.....could be a campaign of constantly being mind-wiped forcing a new genre of protection magic and items. Go to Comment
The Ancient Mariner
Plots  (Travel)   (Single-Storyline)
Strolen's comment on 2004-03-28 02:56 AM
All the ideas inside the overall plot are all perfectly useable on any sea adventure, in whole or in part. Would be nice to have a little more background on the Captain if the PCs were to be pressed into serving, but otherwise there are some good ideas to 'hijack.' Go to Comment
Look Before You Leap
Plots  (Discovery)   (Side-Quest)
Strolen's comment on 2004-02-14 05:31 AM
Barebones could be good if you already had a world to plop this into. I am giving a 5 because I wouldn't have to change anything to use it. Great player tamer! Go to Comment
Look Before You Leap
Plots  (Discovery)   (Side-Quest)
Strolen's comment on 2004-02-18 02:38 PM
Although CP's point doesn't make a point...does it? Your idea is a whole other plot, and a rather cliche and boring one as far as that goes because there is no depth to it. How do you hadd a human dimesion by taking the human element out of it and adding a 'monster' that is almost always 'evil' and is always good to kill? It makes more sense to have human warriors in a morality tale. Seasoned warriors would IMMEDIATELY be able to tell experience when the first exchange is made and if they choose to kill them all it would indeed be simply a slaughter. I disagree with your post in its entirety. Go to Comment
Band of the Revenant
Items  (Jewelry)   (Cursed)
Strolen's comment on 2007-05-27 09:21 AM
Tons of available options!! Go to Comment
Xarlith
NPCs  (Major)   (Mystical)
Strolen's comment on 2004-02-07 01:37 AM
Solid reason for a percieved bad guy to be bad. With his long experience and powers he could be putting things into movement all over the place in order to get him back to his true form. Could be used as the main antagonist with all his minions doing seemingly unconnected things till they come together to form the spell that is able to turn him back. Great history and a reason for his actions. Not motivated by wealth so his motivations can be more obscure and more mysterious to the players. Great detail! Now we just need to find some plots to use him in. Go to Comment
Raiders
Plots  (Hired)   (Single-Storyline)
Strolen's comment on 2004-02-14 06:27 AM
Boy, this one is just a great thing to play with.

Another twist perhaps. Have another set of kidnappers beat the players to it. These kidnappers are a third entity actually after the defense secrets in hopes of bribing the enemy, the kingdom, or both. Go to Comment
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