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Ring of Endless Bottles
Items  (Jewelry)   (Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2016-08-28 09:46 AM

I like items, such as this one, that might encourage non-linear problem solving. I might attempt to engrave my ring with the "rune of two fisting"

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Fluorescent Alcoholic Fungus
Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (City/ Ruin)
axlerowes's comment on 2016-08-25 05:04 PM
The core idea is fun and the write up amusing. I could see these being a pain if you Accidently sat in a pile of these at the tavern and then tried to duck into the shadows with a glowing humming pile of fungus stuck to you rum soaked tunic.

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Pain Technician
NPCs  (Mythic/ Historical)   (Technical)
axlerowes's comment on 2016-12-29 01:31 PM
Basic idea here is a good one. A guild of people trained in torture. People who believe that torturte is useful art, but one that should be treated with caution and respect. This could be a great jumping off point for many ideas or s useful device in story telling. I have never encountered this specific idea before, pain guild.

But the write up feels more like notes on a write up then an actual write up. Facts are tossed in at seemingly random points, there is little structure, a poorly developed voice and little attempt at either world building, story telling or gaming integration. Focusing the above facts on one or more of those three things would make for stronger post.

But again, it is interesting idea, thanks for sharing it. Go to Comment
Twin Eye Spectacles
Items  (Other)   (Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2016-11-25 09:55 AM
Solid, I could see this being used to coordinate actions so that you can split the party without splitting the party. Or alternatively you could have a bit of a horror yarn with these: seeing somebody you care about face their doom without being able to intervene. Or alternatively you have a bit of detective yarn. The wearer of the spectacles could wittness a crime, but only get a few details: an oval shaped door painted yellow, a dagger with a rams headed hilt and a figure with long blonde hair present at the scene of the crime. Go to Comment
Life in this So Called Cosmic Era
Articles  (Resource)   (Gaming - Genre)
axlerowes's comment on 2016-08-17 09:08 PM

This is a good article, makes me want to write some Okelai about a cosmic era family. I love the shout you gave to Gengis Khan...the most successful human male since Adam.

This is really well written, the voice is solid, the asides are kept as asides...really nice article, nice format, and most importantly fun ideas.

Three Questions;

1) Cybertronians: how does family work with them, do they have souls (should I be worried about Starscream's ghost and can Arcee and Springer have a babybot?)

2) Value of children. I read a lot of history, and one the conceits that most historians make is the we must assume that people loved their children in the past just as much as we do now. While I am sure this is true, I think this looks over the fact that I think modern western society may value children more than historical western society. We rarely hear about "bad children", but we do hear about bad parents. Question, how much does the society-full recognition that their are different cultures in the CE-value children. Where do they put the weight of family responsibility?

3) Education and Career Choices: I may have missed this, but does the Monolithic and personalized education program attempt to respond to the perceived economic needs of the society. For example if the society needs welders (not likely in the CE, but bare with me) do the VR teachers try to push more kids to technical programs and away from academic or creative careers. How much choice does one have in choosing a career assuming you have the talent? How good are the educators at predicting and directing career path based on the pyscho/genetic analysis of the student?

I didn't proof read this, I am sorry.

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Secret Wizard Bases with Your Peace of Mind in Mind
Dungeons  (Underground)   (Rooms/ Halls)
axlerowes's comment on 2016-09-23 05:55 PM
A couple made me snicker, I am a sucker for anything that mocks gaming tropes. Go to Comment
25 Things to Find in a Nook, Alcove, or Grotto
Dungeons  (Underground)   (Traps)
axlerowes's comment on 2016-05-29 11:46 PM

Ah! That had a refreshingly classic feel. Made me want to dig up some graph paper, pencils and a copy of the monster manual. I enjoyed the none-to-serious tone and I liked the straight-taking unaffected voice.

Enterolans, nice one, I hope the PCs packed a lawn gnome*.

Oubliette has always been a disappointing word for me. It is just a hole in the ground! But the way Oubilette rolls of the tounge makes me think magical puzzle box, chamber of secrets or torture room. What is the etymology on that one?

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25 Things to Find in a Nook, Alcove, or Grotto
Dungeons  (Underground)   (Traps)
axlerowes's comment on 2016-05-30 01:18 PM
Caught in the Vortex
Articles  (Fiction)   (Gaming - Genre)
axlerowes's comment on 2016-09-01 01:28 PM
This is a nice piece of prose and it does a damn excellent job of giving is the perspective of the vortex. The first few paragraphs really put me in the vortex. I wonder if this was what it was like for Dr. Manhattan when he trying to assemble his body after the accident? I agree with valadaar, it lacks an ending or a pay-off. Go to Comment
Systems  (Societal/ Cultural)   (Specific)
axlerowes's comment on 2016-05-10 08:21 PM
Really great idea 5/5. I like the ideas and the idea that archeology residents go through withdraw. Philosophy in a bubble like the 5Ss is also something I enjoy reading.

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Fantasy Military Rankings
Systems  (Combat/ Warfare)   (General)
axlerowes's comment on 2016-05-05 05:05 PM
Nice idea, ranks and insignia are fun and help develop the world. We do get an indirect sense of the setting ( money economy, assocation of horses with social rank). But I would be much more interested to hear about these ranks and titles in historical in game context. We can always shave a way specific to use in our own settings, but you passed on a lot of world building opportunities here. Go to Comment
Items  (Computers)   (Non-Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2016-05-06 07:21 AM

These would be a great tool if you wanted to have a scooby-doo adventure to your CE saga. The players capture the phantom with a sack of flour, dry ice, fun house mirrors and a remote guided semi-intelligent tranquilizer darts (it is still the cosmic era). They then rip off the phantoms mask and ....nope that was his face.

I do admire the way this piece was written with the little asides and in world voices. It is a solid piece that is more about how this technology is integrated into the world and less about the technology itself: a good thing that. Nice merger of an item post and a world building post.

Couldn't you have Fascia that employs minimal or almost no software? The brain should do most of the interpretation of the sensors. I know a little bit about how vision works at the neurological level. I could either discuss this with you or point you to some references.

Some odd sentences:

The image of the faceless controllers guiding swarms of aerospace fights, mecha squadrons, and commanding gun and missile batteries.

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Items  (Computers)   (Non-Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2016-05-06 07:21 AM
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Ildas's Guildmasters
NPCs  (Major)   (Criminal/Espionage)
axlerowes's comment on 2016-05-04 12:38 PM

This is fantastic, I completely enjoyed reading it. The voice you used gives us another lay of information on top of the list of facts: we get to see these people in context. Plus the sinister considerations of the narrator add a layer of risk, suspense and intrigue to the piece. The structure is also excellent. Well done makes me want to read more.

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Ildas's Guildmasters
NPCs  (Major)   (Criminal/Espionage)
axlerowes's comment on 2016-05-04 06:44 PM
He or she (felt like a girl to me, Ida know why) is the leader of a "theives guild" and she is discussing and evaluating her subordinates. Go to Comment
Ildas's Guildmasters
NPCs  (Major)   (Criminal/Espionage)
axlerowes's comment on 2016-05-05 08:07 AM
But he is not like a super masculine dude right, I mean not like a dwarf or anything? I only ask cause I kind of have a crush on him now. Go to Comment
Ildas's Guildmasters
NPCs  (Major)   (Criminal/Espionage)
axlerowes's comment on 2016-05-05 11:56 AM
Now shopping for an Ildus lunch box. Go to Comment
Genome Computer
Items  (Computers)   (Villanous)
axlerowes's comment on 2016-04-29 08:28 AM
"Don't fire and Forget" That is a good line. Go to Comment
Genome Computer
Items  (Computers)   (Villanous)
axlerowes's comment on 2016-04-29 08:52 AM

I like this little write up. The interview log was fun to read, and while brief I thought that worked as is. I thought the descriptions given in the first person thought bubbles italics were quality. This is an idea seed with some little artistic flourishes. By why the term Genome computer? These types of computers have very little to do with the Genome and Cheka wouldn't be disappointed.

Also what do vending machines look like in the cosmic era? And children, is there a post about families and childrearing in the cosmic era?

Overall I am not sure the idea is developed enough. This is more like a foot note in some larger story Brain's in jar and machine man hybrid. That could have been a 100 word post. I feel like you were going for something larger here, maybe some world building or an atmospheric piece. We get a little mood stuff (which is good) and some world building references to the Tyco convention, a proper noun and the reveal in the CE there is something rotten in Antartica.

recommendations along these lines of brain/machine hybrids and/or brains in jars

There was an adventure story in Galaxy's Edge Magazine Issue 7 (amazon 3.99) called Pallbearers. It was about armored suits and their pilots. The crux of the story was one suit's "Dummy System" and the injured pilot in a suit trying to over come the dummy system.

For real old school dudes (Max) The Ship Who Sang by Anne McCaffery is about a brain in a jar in a ship, and her struggles with grief, art, love, loyalty and all that stuff.

For old school Horror there was Whispers in the Darkness, by H.P. Lovecraft. (A whole shelf full of brains in jar).

Finally in comedy, Steve Martin's movie "The Man with Two Brains"


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Cloak of the Thieving Hands
Items  (Clothes)   (Villanous)
axlerowes's comment on 2016-04-14 01:40 PM
This is fun.

Use it to frame somebody

Use to get extra milk money

Don't use it all, let it use you.

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A known immortal traveling with the PCs kills an attacker, and is arrested and charged with murder, since immortals cannot kill in self defense, being immortal.

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