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Din-Bak and Barbo's Bestiary
Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Any)
Strolen's comment on 2015-07-05 12:33 PM

Did they, by chance, discover the origin of the species and confirm that a Griffon came from the mating of a lion and an eagle? Go to Comment
7 Things Wrong with Transformers: Age of Extinction
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Gaming - In General)
Strolen's comment on 2015-04-07 08:03 PM
Comments removed as totally inappropriate.

You forgot a couple things in the review.

Many big bang. Show. Boom. Make big noise and much confusion. Fight, gooooooood.

I really wanted to like them but the main thing that turned me off was the huge complexity of the robots themselves. They are only Transformers in so much as they can alter themselves into any form vs. actually transforming into the form they have parts for. Might as well be Terminator and it loses the childhood enjoyment I had in the complex parts that would form the gun, truck, etc.

I love action movies, but I like them more when the effects support the story vs. the effects being the story.

I lost interest after the second one.

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The First of Cities
Locations  (City)   (Other)
Strolen's comment on 2015-09-05 07:31 AM

I think one of the main points to understand is that this submission was probably not written for you. Perhaps it is a world being fleshed out still and the backstory is important to other interconnected ideas that never made it. Or perhaps it was just an idea that was sitting in the brain and must be got out. We don't expect everything to be the pinnacle of world building.

The purpose of the site is not to provide game ready ideas and scenarios, it is "is a place of creative freedom for role players and game masters with awesome ideas. Over time, the Citadel has turned into a bottomless resource of creativity and inspiration for thousands." Obviously you have a ton of issues with it, but nothing in the writing that sparked an idea or anything else to add or share?

So, I get bothered by inflammatory comments like your opening volley. "This isn't a usable city" and "players don't give a damn." Seriously? Apparently other commenters accepted it for what it was, a shared creative idea. If the author asked for an editor to review the material, some of your other comments would be more welcome but I think you expect too much sometimes for a site that wants to be a creative outlet. This is simply somebody's idea that they were willing to share, not the next LotR, so shouldn't be condemned for sharing.

Maybe you didn't mean it as critically as you wrote. But read it from the author's perspective and some empathy and maybe you will better see how it comes across.

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The First of Cities
Locations  (City)   (Other)
Strolen's comment on 2015-09-05 07:46 AM
Through the ages, the city continued to get elevated...which, to me, means TONS of dungeons, caves and secret passage ways underneath the city. Many would be destroyed and filled in but many would not be or could be excavated by enterprising folks. There would be issues with the rivers and extended systems leaving the city, but a great opportunity for yet another section of the city.

Also got me thinking about the pontoon bridge parts. Not sure I have seen much like that around. That is a fun, stealable idea for another type town built in a marsh or a Waterworld type thing. Go to Comment
The First of Cities
Locations  (City)   (Other)
Strolen's comment on 2015-09-05 11:01 AM
Castle Kaukenn
Dungeons  (Other)   (Rooms/ Halls)
Strolen's comment on 2012-03-06 01:28 PM

Honestly, Haukagaron was my favorite part of this. I would have been willing to learn much more about him! I feel similar about the difficulty of the location but it is easy enough to pull out of the abyss and use it as is in some other random location. Enjoyable location. Would be willing to visit but wouldn't spend the night.

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The Cattle Raid
Plots  (Hired)   (Mini-Campaign)
Strolen's comment on 2015-06-07 05:57 PM
So where are all the cows?

It is a great piece of world building. In just the little amount of time there is an understanding of the pirates, motivation and reality of raids. I thought 2000 people seemed a lot, but I am of the Firefly generation and wasn't into Battletech too much. I see the ease of fast movement around would make planet raids very risky...even if all they had to deal with was the planetary defense. Hit and run and get beyond where they can follow.

Pretty fun! Go to Comment
The Legend of Still and Limbo
Systems  (Knowledge/Lore)   (General)
Strolen's comment on 2015-06-07 05:37 PM
I loved the summary. Honestly, I think that said it all. The rest was good and I liked the story parts but the summary is what got my mind rolling. I am not sure even the PCs should be able to escape from this place regardless of how they would get in there though. Go to Comment
The Legend of Still and Limbo
Systems  (Knowledge/Lore)   (General)
Strolen's comment on 2015-06-07 05:46 PM
Encroachment and Collapse are the ones that I see the most value in for an adventure.

Encroachment: The hidden entry to one of the lands has weakened and the Still or Limbo are slowly expanding beyond their previous restrictions. Somewhat like accidental entry where people are finding themselves (or are unknowingly) trapped in an offshoot of the Still. Almost like a statue, they are trapped in a between state. Powerful magical protection can allow some to enter and rescue them. They will have noticed no time passed and they are unaged. Could find some long lost children from decades ago or parents who got trapped who are now younger than their children.

With the Limbo, depending on how long somebody has been in there, they could be a blank zombie slate or have just enough to function on day to day tasks and start over. It could be that villagers have been using it as a "cleanse" for evil criminals. A punishment would be to be put into this partial Limbo for a set amount of time that has proven they are erased. They are then brought back into the town and "retrained" as they see fit. But not only criminals have been using this.... Imagine the power of erasing all that a person is and being able to reset them in your image. Go to Comment
Gark'ng, the Man who Burned
NPCs  (Campaign)   (Combative)
Strolen's comment on 2014-10-20 08:08 PM
Wow, what an insane idea. Was drew in and wondering what was going all the way to the end.

But this is just the beginning and it begs for more. We can come up with the answers but I am very curious as to how you thought to handle it. Who gave him the power and his new name? Why? Would he not be shot by archers at some point? Arrows made of wood have the obvious ending but how? How is at happening.

You have me by the throat gasping for more. Go to Comment
Seven Forms Ascendant Hunter
NPCs  (Major)   (Combative)
Strolen's comment on 2014-10-21 06:12 PM
I think Hunter is an awesome character. The story is well grounded and well explained. Gives us enough information about the societies that it didn't leave me with any nagging questions about it, gave me what I needed to keep up with her progress.

Very enjoyable and would be a fun character to encounter and RP. Love the internal complications synopsis at the end too. Great character! Go to Comment
Introducing Generators!
Articles  (Other Gaming)   (Citadel Help)
Strolen's comment on 2014-10-21 06:14 PM
Dang. And an extra boost for being an author of bunches of them! Go to Comment
NPCs  (Extras)   (Travelers)
Strolen's comment on 2014-09-01 01:49 PM

Some of the names were very fun!

Awesome list that I can see holds a lot of thought! Plenty of possible plot points and teasers, relationships. I like all the little details that you can't help but wonder about. Fascinating list! Go to Comment
Dungeons  (Underground)   (Puzzles)
Strolen's comment on 2014-08-17 06:56 PM
I actually don't mind this type of sub when it comes down to it. A warning that it is a 52MB zip file might help though. That is huge!!

I would have liked a few examples from the attachment though. The purpose of the site is to share ideas so not having some examples and such in the submission is a little annoying to me.

If I had my way, I would ask that you pick a riddle or a portion that represents the attached. Then at the end invite the reader to download the file after giving some content. Go to Comment
Beans - Magic Beans!
Items  (Other)   (Magical)
Strolen's comment on 2014-08-17 07:00 PM
Couldn't put a 30 on this one. :)

A bunch of awesome ones in there and enough variance to entertain anybody with a sack of beans!! Go to Comment
Lightning Steel & Sundries
Items  (Materials)   (Magical)
Strolen's comment on 2015-06-07 06:27 PM
Lightning Steel & Sundries
Items  (Materials)   (Magical)
Strolen's comment on 2015-06-07 06:30 PM
I would say that they may attract lightning as a side effect of the power they hold. Even heat lightning would be drawn to it. During any normal rain, the odds of getting struck by lightning are greatly increased. If in a thunderstorm, you can pretty much guarantee they will get struck.

The affect would be much like a discharge when getting struck. The wielder is totally unaffected except for the flash but those around them could get hit by the random balls of lightning and have to deal with the concussion.
During a fight, this would be an awesome sight.

If you are trying to sneak up on somebody or are on the run, well, it is basically a beacon to where you are.

All said, during the raining season, you would be a very lonely traveler as I wouldn't go anywhere near you. Go to Comment
Constantine Mauro
NPCs  (Minor)   (Religious)
Strolen's comment on 2014-05-24 06:26 AM
Cult of Done!

Glad you put it out in the wild. It does need some work but being about a devout of Mathom in a sub about Mathom, I don't think there is any other better offering than this. :)

I can hang with the rest, but that last sentence tugs at my curiosity. Go to Comment
Inns to remember
Locations  (Establishment)   (Any)
Strolen's comment on 2014-05-25 02:05 AM
I enjoyed reading these as well. Inns with personalities that can help any world grow. Often times, places like these turn into player comfort zones where they will continue to return too because they enjoyed the experience of it. Go to Comment
3 coins
Items  (Other)   (Magical)
Strolen's comment on 2014-03-28 03:55 AM
Well thought out idea I thought. I had a few questions that were quickly answered and it all came together for me. I had a distinct Twilight Zone voice over effect in my head during the first bit and the intro. That set the tone for the rest of the piece for me. Go to Comment
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