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Articles  (Fiction)   (Gaming - In General)
axlerowes's comment on 2015-09-12 08:31 AM
I think what is great about the poem is that it tells a story vividly and concisely. You feel sympathy for both the beast and the hunter. We wanted to put stuff like this in the ePub. Go to Comment
Peresallapides Stones
Items  (Other)   (Campaign Defining)
axlerowes's comment on 2015-09-07 11:15 PM
so you have a finite number of stones, once a stone is used it is dead? Go to Comment
Peresallapides Stones
Items  (Other)   (Campaign Defining)
axlerowes's comment on 2015-09-07 08:53 PM

The teaser really made this for me. I am a sucker for in world voices and perspective.

But let me see if I get this right about the stones. A single stone exist in two realities but functions only as a one-way door. Thus stone A existing in reality A&B provides travel from reality A to B but does not provide travel from B to A. Or do you take the stone with you when you jump?

I like the idea of the stone existing in both realities at the same time, but working like a one-way door. That way they always have potential as a plot device Then these stones could used a form of execution or a religious object. Imagine a cult that had one of these stones and used it for human sacrfice. Sending each victim to another reality. But let us say one of these victims finds the return trip stone. Then you get the dead returning, maybe not in the same spot, maybe not in the same time, but into the same reality.

As game a tool these are a good kickstarters for a game or a character. Let us say one of your players wants to play an anthrpomorphic albino tiger who worships the God mistakes and confusion, doesn't work in your world until wait, Tony the Accident Prone cat/cleric stumbles upon a Peresallapides stone. Zap and he stumbles into the Inn.

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Idran Motaer
NPCs  (Major)   (Criminal/Espionage)
axlerowes's comment on 2015-09-04 04:49 PM
Solid NPC with some very nice bits of prose. I think the vivid description you gave of his physical appearance was extremely important for this guy, because the character (either in prose or in game) aren't going to catch this guy red (hot) handed. They are more likely to suspect through correlation and you have given us well written and clear description of the face that will be associated with the days or hours before the accidents. Go to Comment
Swarm Stump
Dungeons  (Any)   (Traps)
axlerowes's comment on 2015-08-23 03:03 PM
Swarm Stump. Nice one. Has a good 1st Ed feel to it. Go to Comment
Johnny's Sling
Items  (Ranged Weapons)   (Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2015-08-24 07:02 PM
Well why not....use of this sling kind of reminds of the climatic "battle" between the main character and her mother in the book "Among Other". You know when she is tearing pages of out of Lord fo the Rings and hurling them at her mom. The pages then shoot up into powerful tree...does the sling kind of work like that? Go to Comment
Items  (Transports)   (Combat)
axlerowes's comment on 2015-09-02 08:56 PM

Really? Is one of the characters in your imaginary military unit a socially awkward know-it-all who is going to lecture the other characters about the history all the minutia they encounter? Thus necessitating that all these facts about the broad strokes of economics and the second life of zepplins be written out before you could assemble the scene.

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Items  (Transports)   (Combat)
axlerowes's comment on 2015-09-02 08:57 PM

sample scene

Major Reagan rubbed his eight-day old beard in frustration. The Kommand had obtained good intelligence about the movements of a Fed-Atlantic special operations team, but a snowstorm had delayed his units march through the mountains.

Usually, the weather in the Rocky Mountains played into his favor and it was infuriating to be on the other side of the table.

“Intelligence decays exponentially, I doubt we are going find anything. My scouts should be back shortly. KOMMAND, COUNTRY, GOD. Reagan out.” Reagan had been talking to a Kommand dispatch officer through a hardwired handset. The Kommand had run old style telephone cables underground all over their territory. If you knew where to find one, all you had to was dig a little hole, splice in and you had communication unsnooppable without a direct line.

The phone placed back into the hand of his unit’s Televiper, Reagan stepped out of the camouflaged command tent and looked down into the small alpine valley before him. The storm hadn’t hit this side of the mountain and everything was green and still. The tree cover in that relatively small space before him was so dense and the ground so uneven that he wasn’t afforded a direct line of sight to any space large enough to stash a Fed-A VTOL destroyer. Reagan was certain that even though the intelligence said it had been there eight days ago, it was gone now or worse air borne ready to drop cloak and strafe his ass.

Coming up the slope at Reagan’s feet was a form; indistinguishable in color from the surrounding rocks, tree trunks and evergreen needles. Reagan was not alarmed. The form was Sargent Polk a member of Lieutenant Nixon’s scouting platoon. The short enlisted man removed his veil like helmet to reveal a pasty baldhead glistening with sweat. “Kommand, Country, God” saluted the thirty some year old solider.

Reagan assumed that Polk’s presence meant that Nixon was still securing the former location of the Fed-A team looking for listening devices or sleeper bots. “Report Sargent, what did the Fed’s leave us this time.”

“We were ambushed Major, only Jefferson and I got out. We found their camp this morning spent, two hours observing, thought we went undetected, then started to head back. They chased us far as our sentry guns, turned away just before they got in range.”

Reagan smiled in spite of losing 26 good Merican men. He smiled because he would avenge them. He brought with him a new weapon, something the Fed-As would not suspect. Something that knock a Fed-A destroyer out existence with one shot. “What kind of unit is it. How were they armed?”

Polk eyes sparked to life and slavia collected at the corners of his mouth as he started speaking rapidly, “They were wearing encounter suits, some had Mark 15 some had Mark 16s. Interestingly the Mark 16 was designed with an eye back towards the original Mk. I encounter suit. It was cheap, it was made of a single layer or reactive material, with some double layer reinforcement over vital areas and the boots and gauntlets were basic armored but non-reactive material, and the helmet supported minimal function beyond imaging, short range communication, and air filtration. The Mark 16 cost a fraction of what the Mark 14/15 cost and was an instant success among lower end operations. Professional security companies, corporate security companies, and other emergency responder organizations bough the suit in large numbers. They liked the protection, but didn't need the fancy gadgets or highfalutin styling. Street cops wore 16s, and it became synonymous with law enforcement, or the One-Six as referred to by officers. This is very different from the Mark 15. The Mark 15 is a slightly heavier version of the Mark 14, and retained many of it's features, and it had an improved thermoablative resistant material bringing it's laser and energy weapon resistance up to match improvements in laser and energy weapons. The Helmet, gauntlets, and boots are reinforced, and a utility belt/harness were added. The Mark 15 is commonly used by marines and other infantry not equipped with power armor suits, as the harness could be easily swapped out with heavier military equipment, and the SmartWire system and helmet targeting system worked with anything from civilian light pistols to infantry squad support weapons. The Mark 15 saw greater use on the Moon, Mars, and other non-terrestrial locations.”

Reagan started to thank the Sargent when the short awkward man began to relay another piece of information. “We also saw a UAC standard Multi-Role Power Armor Suit. The UAC Mk. 35 is the best example of the jack of all trades power armor suit. It has medium grade armor plating, and isn't designed for any single specific purpose. The Mk. 35 lacks integrated weaponry, and instead is supported by a large selection of bolt on equipment and oversized rifle style weapons for the suit wearer. The typical Mk. 35 mounts an over-under multi-weapon, typically a heavy automatic rifle and grenade launcher.”

“What of the Destroyer? Was there was just one Destroyer?”

“There was no Destroyer sir, six carry-alls.”

Reagan was shocked. Normally Fed-A teams were backed by destroyer, and before he could finish this thought Polk was already explaining just that fact. Reagan stated rhetorically. “Box humpers huh, ballsy move coming into our turf in slow moving cargo ships.” This was a mixed blessing. If there was a destroyer and he got here before it took off he could have knocked it down with the SilkWorm Quantum Cannon he hulled here. But with in Carry-alls they weren’t going to make a break for it. It was going to be fight or siege. Either way he was not sure…Reagan’s thought came to an end when he realized Polk was still talking.

“Carry-all aren’t that big a surprise sir. Not if you know UAC military history. The Atlantic Federation fielded the first military carry-alls, and currently maintain seven carry-all designs. The most common Federation carry-all is the ubiquitous Taurus. The Taurus has dozens of variants, but the most well known version is the mecha carrier. The Taurus-M carries a complement of 3-5 mecha and can deploy them from a low hover, or from an atmospheric drop. It has moderate armor and moderate firepower to defend itself, and is a staple of military entertainment shows. Other variants include a light freight model capable of hauling 600 tons of cargo, an open frame lifter that can move up to 900 tons of equipment in a sling under it, an infantry/power armor transport, and a coach class civilian air liner.

The Transom class carry-all is currently the most cost efficient transport in use by the Federation. It is not the largest, nor the most common, but in the cost per ton per mile calculation, it is the winner. Three times the size of the Taurus, the Transom can deliver a full mech platoon (10+ mecha) in the same manner at the Taurus, or carry up to 2100 tons of cargo. Transoms are heavily used by the logistics departments of most megacorps, and by the Federation military for it's high cost efficiency. The carry-all is disliked by it's crews, as the design is utilitarian, cramped, and uncomfortable, especially in light of the long hours that most Transoms run. The Transom-C gunship is a known and feared weapon in the Federation arsenal, as it can carry an impressive amount of weaponry with it's cargo capacity, and Transom-C's are commonly attached to military ground units that are not deemed important enough to field a supporting sky destroyer or frigate. Despite their high firepower, these are paper tigers and in actual ship to ship combat, are easily destroyed by actual destroyers and frigates.

The Warlord carry-all is the main combat carry-all of the Federation. The large vehicle can carry up to 30 or more mecha in it's cavernous holds, and the Overlord cargo version can carry over 10,000 tons of cargo. The only real variants of the Warlord are the Overlord cargo version, and the Warlord-C3, a mobile command and communications vehicle. The Warlord's profile is iconic to the Federation, and goes hand in hand with the Wolverine main battle mecha, and the Corsair III aerospace fighter in military iconography. Entertainment aside, very few Warlords are ever used to perform combat drops or evacuations, as the vehicle is large, a generous target, and slow compared to anything else in the air.

The Cambrai was built with a singular purpose, to deliver an infantry battalion to the ground, and remain in close support of this ground force. As such, the Cambrai is well armed and armored, which limits it's cargo capacity and ability to provide logistic support to it's battalion. The Cambrai is a newer design, and is being well received by the infantry forces. Prior to the Cambrai, the most common infantry support was a Transom-C gunship, or a modified ground assault Transom. The Cambrai has no real variants as it was purpose built for deploying infantry and power armor, and nothing else. Size wise, it is comparable to the Transom, but is faster, and more resilient.The Avenger class carry-all is a purpose built craft, functioning as a pocket aircraft carrier. A fraction of the size of the mighty Federation class Battlestar, the Avenger carries a single squadron of aircraft, typically helocraft or electrojets. These secondary air assets are used in support roles, or as air support for secondary operations where an actual aerospace carrier is not called for. The Federation doesn't have a many Avengers in service, and most that have been built have been sold to other nations, megacorps, or private interests.

The Humpback is a commonly seen carry-all despite there not being all that many of them. The Humpback was designed for heavy lifting, and is a military cargo hauler. Moderately armored, it can carry 40,000 tons of cargo at just over 180 mph. Humpbacks are used for providing fleet support, moving cargo from bases to ships, and vise versa, as well as moving stupendously large objects such as mobile bases, marine boats, or the frames and components of aerial warships during construction, battlefield recovery, or scrapping operations.

The largest carry-all in the Federation arsenal is the actually impressive Oceanic type. There are only a handful of these in service, and almost all are owned by ship builders and megascale engineering firms. The current heavy lift record is held by Oceanic-6 (AFS Behemoth) by lifting the wreckage of the Amerikka Command warship USS Valley Forge, at a listed weight of 382,000 tons. (The Valley Forge was the grandiosely named and poorly armed Ark class floating fortress). Oceanics are largely used for spaceframe construction, moving seacologies, and other monumental operations.”

Polk then started in on explaining the history of the Ark class transports.

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axlerowes's comment on 2015-09-02 09:02 PM
Another niche filled.

Could have spruced it up about with a little more slice of life imagery and less broad economic and historical strokes. Or telling the characters how to get one.

Even the old Battletech manuals gave you a little story in the combat history section of the units. Go to Comment
Items  (Transports)   (Combat)
axlerowes's comment on 2015-09-03 07:40 AM
I could see the freelance carry-all manager (pilot) being a fun character and having an interesting perspective on your world. Go to Comment
Items  (Transports)   (Combat)
axlerowes's comment on 2015-09-03 02:11 PM

I would say it is useful to world building. No I get it Scras likes inhuman facts described with hand of God certainty. Nothing wrong with that, but this just a very large footnote. So I tease. Agree with max, could have been folded into another sub or a story could have been folded into this or Scras could nut up and start stating up his sourcebook. That would increase the "play with me" factor of the posts. But don't misunderstand me, as to the post itself I think it is a solid write up. Useful stuff. Another niche filled.

Also, yeah it can be dry but Scras is a writer first who has spent years studying art and literature. He has more on his menu than toast.

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Systems  (Societal/ Cultural)   (General)
axlerowes's comment on 2015-08-19 10:06 PM
I love the teaser.

After then you have the idea, a simple one, useful as a plot device and background piece. The idea is presented smartly, offering us both an ideal and a reality. The voice you chose to use is interesting. The information is presented as being very specific but without ever breaking the fourth wall. Yet despite this wise-man all knowing tone the world is not developed.

I suppose it is to be set in your typical D&D world and these elves are hanging with the humans while looking to assist in anti-goblin pogroms?

A nice footnote, again I loved the teaser. Go to Comment
Demon Blood Sword
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2015-08-18 04:46 PM

so what is Balor like? is summoning him all that bad?

watch out Azuzu...they are coming for you.

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The Celestial Dragon Suit
Items  (Clothes)   (Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2015-08-17 12:14 PM

Quick suggestion, change the name. Google "Grand dragon costume" or grand dragon suit"

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The Celestial Dragon Suit
Items  (Clothes)   (Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2015-08-18 04:44 PM
This is okay, I want to like it more and with a little more love I think this could be a really great write up. It is pretty short on meat as is you could add visuals, history or game mechanics.

One thought about the drama of using the suit in game with die rolls and stuff is that the drama of failing the rain dance is little absolute and heavy handed. In combat the gamble of the dice works because usually you can adapt. If you fail at the luck dance, you fail at the luck dance, nothing you can do. Failing at the luck dance could be a great plot point, but do you want to leave that up to chance.

Example once in H.S. I was running S.W. campaign and had the characters go through some Jedi training. My first attempt at this was to have them make really unlikely die rolls. This became lame quickly. If your dragon dance game mechanic had a system of elevated risks and rewards that relied on the PCs all quickly agreeing to accept or avoid the risk you would have something that generated game-play drama. More so than the coin flip or 5% crit success vs 5% crit fail modell that d20 uses. Go to Comment
Goat Belt or Belt of Minor Levitation
Items  (Clothes)   (Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2015-08-18 07:23 PM
Decent item, reminds me of the dragon suit also on the main page at this time. We have a couple of lines of origin that don't really translate to a narrative, some arbitrary rules for using the item, very little physical description, and some crunchy game stats. But there is nothing wrong with it, using it as will be easy in a game and non-disruptive.

"For every uber weapon we should have ten of these ready to use magic items..." that will help character's solve problems creativitly. Go to Comment
Lifeforms  (Unique)   (Space)
axlerowes's comment on 2015-08-08 12:04 PM
This an interesting idea, one I have seen done before but not with this far reaching implementation and not with some of the nice touches you have added. But like you said it raises more questions than it answers.
First question that came up for me when reading this is who wrote this, what do they know and what is the authors intention. This is written in an “in world” perspective. And the first two paragraphs are discuss the information regarding these creature with fairly circumspect view. It is when third paragraph comes around that I began to question the author’s motives.
“ there was no panic among humanity” I find this hard to believe. This sounds more like a newsman or spin doctor telling people what they should think. He sites no sources and does not allow the audience to decide for themselves whether to panic or not. He simply tells them there has been no panic. How does he know premature births don’t happen? How do they know who old the baby in the earth is? What about the baby is the sun? Sounds like hand waiving to me. I do suppose that by looking at events at different points I the galaxy you could get a good deal of information about the life cycle of these eggs.

Another question, could you consider the entire a solar system part of a star egg shell?

As sci-fi geek my only complaint is that they form shells there mass will increase, and thus their gravity. The immense gravity argument masking the seeds doesn’t stand up. Perhaps once they form a shell the egg goes through “cooling period” in which it vents a great deal of gas and matter then condenses to the rock planet size.

Anyway nice abstract, like to see as part of a larger piece.
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USSS Ticonderoga
Locations  (Other)   (Space)
axlerowes's comment on 2015-08-06 11:44 AM
I think you missed my point....

I find it amusing and subversive that the USA would nuke Canada. The tyrannical USA ruled by a Bush dynasty is funny in a too close to the truth sort of way. Don't change a thing. Go to Comment
USSS Ticonderoga
Locations  (Other)   (Space)
axlerowes's comment on 2015-08-06 11:47 AM
And can we call Canada a civilization? More like they had a country and nobody came.

*i kid. Go maple leaves! Go to Comment
USSS Ticonderoga
Locations  (Other)   (Space)
axlerowes's comment on 2015-08-06 11:47 AM
Good one! Go to Comment
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