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Averoth the Barbaric
Locations  (Country/ State)   (Plains)
Strolen's comment on 2012-09-12 01:32 PM
Any unstable poor country really. Trying to figure out why the peasants would stay for one. My second main question would be what keeps these lawless crews from constantly pillaging or invading the surrounding countries. Sure seems like they would be much easier targets than staying local with all the different enemies available.

Also, the king...wow. Place would be insane to be in. No friends anywhere and unless you can defend yourself, you are dead. Crazy.

Extra points for describing the bands, people and adding some plot ideas. I can see somebody using this, or at least parts of it, in a game! Go to Comment
Kyle DiGlado
NPCs  (Major)   (Criminal/Espionage)
Strolen's comment on 2012-08-12 11:49 AM
Great description of a gritty dude! Go to Comment
The Great Tree
Lifeforms  (Flora)   (Any)
Strolen's comment on 2012-08-12 11:55 AM
All said, I enjoyed reading it. I haven't seen the real legend so this is the only time I have really heard the story about it.

Neat. Go to Comment
Wall of buttons
Dungeons  (Any)   (Traps)
Strolen's comment on 2012-08-04 01:57 PM
I like the idea overall but am missing all the parts on how to use it.

Wouldn't the buttons be in different rooms that might open doors or trap them depending on their choice vs one long room of buttons? What forces them to actually have to push any of them?

Buttons should have the description on them too in order to show how they are a trap/puzzle. Just describing results is cool, but it doesn't help much with why the players would push that particular button.

Are their anti-buttons. Like can the cold button be corrected by the heat button? And are the button icons that obvious that you could quickly figure it out.

I enjoy the classic dungeoness of it, but I think it needs some work to be usable. Please give me some more information, I would really love to see your full thoughts behind it! Go to Comment
First Encounters with an Unknown Tribe
Articles  (Campaign)   (Gaming - In General)
Strolen's comment on 2012-08-05 07:17 AM
While I may also disagree with the finality of the statement, I actually like the thoughts behind it and if you put all this in a specific scenario then I think it could be a great post.

Might even be cool to do one for each scenario and how it might go. "Peaceful Encounters with an Unknown Tribe" and "Fighting Encounters with an Unknown Tribe" and play them both out.

I like the core idea if played out! I am not as much against it as the others if used more of a thought creator on how an encounter may progress. Go to Comment
The Hellephant
Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Any)
Strolen's comment on 2012-08-05 07:21 AM
Loved the origins!! Leaves it wide open for tons of creations. Go to Comment
The House of the King
Locations  (Establishment)   (Any)
Strolen's comment on 2012-07-29 09:51 AM
I like this as well. Very useful. One of those places in every city makes it easy and convenient in a game and I can see its merit. Useful for just starting out, clearing some woods and collecting some bounty, maybe making a name for themselves. Eventually, they may catch the eye of one of the bureaucrats in the house which will bring up their status and up the ante of their quests. Can see it working well for ongoing campaign usage and always useful to dole out some rumors or plot hints. Great idea! Go to Comment
Evoking Places in a Game
Articles  (Rules and Advice)   (Game Mastering)
Strolen's comment on 2012-07-29 09:08 AM
A sweet little checklist! Go to Comment
Magic: How it destroys conventional (medieval) seige
Articles  (Campaign)   (Gaming - In General)
Strolen's comment on 2012-07-29 09:04 AM
When you talk about your standard, generic D&D magic, I don't disagree at all and you point is fairly well made. You could also say another word too: dragon.

However, if you had a game or story that required a siege then there are also tons of ways to allow the incorporation of magic (or magical creatures) without overbalancing. They are way too numerous to mention and it doesn't really detract from your point.

I enjoyed going through it.

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10 Combat Obstacles
Plots  (Event)   (Encounter)
Strolen's comment on 2012-07-29 09:36 AM
((Fine, I will start it. ;) We are a site that is partial to the number 30 after all))


  1. A drunk barbarian thinks that one of the characters has stole his horse. His friends are just as drunk and are backing up his friend's words with metal.

  2. They get their pocket picked but, when the pocket picker gets pinched, his guild is there to claim the purse and the caught pick pocket....with force.

  3. A character's horse steps on a sharp nail in the road and bucks running into a family knocking them to the ground. The father doesn't stop to ask questions or listen to excuses, he attacks immediately. Let's see if they can be gentle with him.

  4. Initially thinking the items were legit, a shop owner buys some of the character's booty. Soon after he finds out it is a forgery/fake/illusion and sends his brute squad after them for "compensation."

  5. A man jumps out of a doorway and knocks the characters off their horse, punches them in the face and is off before the character knows his ups and downs. Soon after some others come out of the building and the chase is on.

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10 Combat Obstacles
Plots  (Event)   (Encounter)
Strolen's comment on 2012-07-29 09:37 AM
Good start, but not near enough. ;) Go to Comment
10 Combat Obstacles
Plots  (Event)   (Encounter)
Strolen's comment on 2012-09-18 01:02 PM
Mooooooaaaaaaarrrrrrrr!! Go to Comment
10 Combat Obstacles
Plots  (Event)   (Encounter)
Strolen's comment on 2012-09-18 01:46 PM

  1. A crazed leper is forcefully begging and trying to grab the players cloak to kiss> He seems legitimately sincere in his humbled comments and blissfully unaware that anything is wrong with him> After being treated rudely for a couple minutes he will suddenly turn crazed and lunge with a dagger>

  2. Their drinks have been drugged, but not professionally. They are conscience enough through the drugged haze to realize they are being rolled and robbed. the would be thieves are as inept at fighting as they are with drugs so it isn't that hard to escape...probably.

  3. A branch across the road. A detour through a tight trail with a trip rope. Some obvious signs of artificial camouflage on both sides of the road. Yet nobody is around.

  4. The sound of galloping horses quickly overtake the group. It would be a mini-stampede if it wasn't for the men controlling them. They wield large pikes and menacingly attempt to push the players off the road. If the players resist, it gets physical...fast. Unfortunately for the resisting players, these are the kings men and an even larger entourage plus one each king in a very big hurry.

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10 Chance Meetings
Plots  (Coincidence)   (Encounter)
Strolen's comment on 2012-07-29 12:03 PM
Good start....embrace the 30! ;) Go to Comment
The Quest Queue
Articles  (Other Gaming)   (Citadel Help)
Strolen's comment on 2012-07-06 05:38 AM
+25 XP for taking the challenge of putting together this list! Go to Comment
Clypse
Lifeforms  (Flora)   (Swamp)
Strolen's comment on 2012-06-25 11:02 AM
An interesting substance and pretty darn dangerous in the right circumstances. The signs and plot hooks pulled it all up for me.

Although I am curious if you could smoke or otherwise use the dried portions for something. Was thinking it would be more stable in its dried form and it was missing a use there. Additionally, how could I resist the thought of collecting some in pottery jugs with an ignition source and tossing them over the wall to burst into a chemical gas attack.

(For readability, I would prefer it broken up a bit so that it is easier to reference if I was to use it. It is difficult to slog through the large paragraphs to find, say what a high concentration would do and its separate stages of growth etc.) Go to Comment
Clypse
Lifeforms  (Flora)   (Swamp)
Strolen's comment on 2012-06-27 02:18 PM
With the reformat it is definitely easier to find and read! Good work with the changes. I must still agree it might be a little too heavy on the information but perhaps not. I think what is missing is a unique voice that most subs have. It is so drenched in detail that your creative style isn't coming out in it. Perhaps that is what I am sensing. But it is a great idea, just missing a little flair. I think each submission here requires fifteen pieces of flair. ;) Go to Comment
Eyre Magick - Introduction
Systems  (Mystical)   (Defining)
Strolen's comment on 2012-06-25 10:36 AM
Oh boy, I am liking this idea...A LOT. Mana, yeah, OK but this ore thing is a fascinating idea. When you hit surface-ore I physically moved closer to the monitor.

Can't wait to see how it is used in the world! I think the concepts will become much clearer and make this make more sense. Now, I am intrigued and want more and will almost immediately go to your next sub I noticed.

(PS. My inner hope is that every bold word/phrase will eventually be linked to another sub. :) ) Go to Comment
The Nexus
Locations  (City)   (Other)
Strolen's comment on 2012-09-08 04:29 AM
This is incredible. Sorry I missed it till now! I want to read a novel about it. Makes me think of the style of King or Koontz with all this crazy goodness and awesomeness. Go to Comment
Tuner Mages
Society/ Organizations  (Mystical)   (Country/ State)
Strolen's comment on 2012-09-18 01:57 PM
These are a great idea! Wonder if you could hire out some outcast Turner mage mercenaries for certain adventures when you know you will need a little more oompf to you mages current list of spells.

Love your thought that they could fix a cursed item!! Bonus points for that idea! Go to Comment
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