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Admiral Edwin Turner
NPCs  (Campaign)   (Political)
axlerowes's comment on 2013-01-04 03:54 PM
I am still working on your novel cheka....

this is a good sardonic tool. Go to Comment
Floating Marches
Systems  (Ecological)   (General)
axlerowes's comment on 2010-10-20 08:10 PM

Rafting is accepted theory for the spread of many species, New World Monkeys for example.  Of course in a fantasy realm you take any natural event and turn the volume up to 11.  So you get elephants rafting, of course why not make it a huge fantasy animal?


Why raft?  Without natural predators, elephant populations can be very destructive to the ecosystem, a population which thins its number from time may actually prove to be more stable over the long term.  Thus the rafting herds would over take the boom crash herds over many years.  But you could make up other reasons...

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You've GOT to play it in character!
Articles  (Rules and Advice)   (Game Mastering)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-11-09 12:21 PM
well i guess as long the GMing doesn't go to your head, one should threaten and prod the players into form Go to Comment
The Great Demon of the Ocean
Lifeforms  (Ethereal)   (Water)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-09-30 02:16 PM
Nice lovecraftian demon, I found the description of the demon in the Child's story particularly fantastic. The use of "texts" to describe something is one of my favorite conceits, it puts the subject matter into the context of larger world that is only hinted at. Really well done. Go to Comment
Psychic Cell Phone
Items  (Computers)   (Cursed)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-04-29 08:20 PM
I like the starting tone, it touches on the absurdity of a technology fantasy mix. In the flavor text you bring up psychic hotlines and hint that the guy was talking on the phone in the bathroom. You fold in both the invasiveness ubiquitousness of mass media and information in our age, and how it allows us to seek ridiculous high tech solutions to real life problem. Then you touch on the false warmth and friendliness of technology with the user friendly welcome. Great setup. But then you just don't go anywhere with it.

This is on the cusp of being something. It is kind of a plot, and like much good speculative fiction it hints at greater something beyond the norm. But the hints are all over the place and the result is a lack of tone. One could build something off this idea, but as an idea or an item as written it is a dead end. You end it with a shotgun of little ideas for using mystical phones in game settings. Perhaps you should end with more about the nature of the characters potential interactions with the phone or plot ideas. Go to Comment
Psychic Cell Phone
Items  (Computers)   (Cursed)
axlerowes's comment on 2014-03-08 06:42 PM
a long over due revisit

I think the text is a little inaccessable and it is difficult to get a clear picture of what is going in the first few sections. I like that a lot, well done.

The powers also hold a lot of in-game promise as well. Go to Comment
Society/ Organizations  (Ethnic/Cultural)   (Country/ State)
axlerowes's comment on 2014-03-12 06:09 AM
this reads like a lot of the GM notes in my old note books, very meta, just facts and without a clear voice or tone.

I like the ideas in this a lot, and its useful stuff for understanding your world. You should man up Valadaar, and write this up proper or take a stand in favor of this kind of content. Because I think the message is clear and you get your point across even f you don't have a narrative and mention stuff like Viking long ships. Go to Comment
Chapter 3: The Ivanvil
Society/ Organizations  (Ethnic/Cultural)   (Regional)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-09-24 07:57 PM

I am preparing to put another chapter into this and I think you are right on with every observation except ditching the first person. We have to make a choice with regard to perspective and I reject this idea of non-biased or "factual" perspective. I am writing this for my game world, to make sure that I have the depth there if it comes up, if the players chose to explore it. I think it a great compliment to compare it to the Silmarillion, this is not the story, the players are the story: I will try more stories in the future. Also I think your advice is citadel geared, getting more responses from the citadel, and this is for my game. While you may be right about the Citadel, your advice is not helpful regarding gaming. But I am glad you read it and thanks for the feedback.

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Chapter 3: The Ivanvil
Society/ Organizations  (Ethnic/Cultural)   (Regional)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-10-26 11:01 AM
Did you see Post# 5750? Go to Comment
Chapter 3: The Ivanvil
Society/ Organizations  (Ethnic/Cultural)   (Regional)
axlerowes's comment on 2014-03-02 08:53 PM

"I'm not clear how they fit into the rest of the world, though. What interactions do they have with the rest of the world besides robbing them? We get some idea with the merchants and the military aid."

The author notes that they will take part in the some of the church activities, they have been promoted to the peerage and that a member of their tribe acted as regeant for a while. But how the various tribes of Parna fit together was one of the over arching themes of the campaign (which is now over). Even the in game author of this write up asserts a view on this topic which he states is contentous. But at the game table we did a lot work on how the various tribes worked together or did not, it was a source of conflict. So good catch, I am very thankful for smart thoughtful readers who leave insightful comments (sincerely) !

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Chapter 3: The Ivanvil
Society/ Organizations  (Ethnic/Cultural)   (Regional)
axlerowes's comment on 2015-02-11 08:57 PM
I really enjoyed running a game in this world, and having all this stuff written out really helped me. For this write up I expanded on my notes quite a bit beyond what I needed to run the game. So I think it would be more the fair to frame Valadaar's point in a different light. This is very self indulgent writing. Looking back on this now, I think that is what Val means and now I realize he is right. This allows me to play the tourist in my imaginary world without concerns such as story or character. It is nothing like my notes, which were just clothing, values, industries, social strata...all laid out in bullets points.
Self-indulgent though it may be I really enjoyed writing it and I am glad you read it. Go to Comment
The Nation of Parna
Society/ Organizations  (Ethnic/Cultural)   (Country/ State)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-04-24 02:12 AM
got em,

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30 Fountains of Youth
Locations  (City)   (Any)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-04-20 12:27 PM
These are great. Like Dozus when I read the title I thought, "now the lists of 30 have jumped the shark". But you managed to pull together 30 interesting entries many with varying definition of youth, and some with real depth ;)

26 is a wonderful idea, that I hope use

and for the record children have terrible immune systems. Go to Comment
NPCs  (Minor)   (Mystical)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-04-16 08:41 PM
Sorry I was just messing around with this and wanted to see if could change my vote, you can't without cost yourself exp by the way.

Oh well I get to vote again. Go to Comment
NPCs  (Minor)   (Mystical)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-04-14 01:30 PM
I have always a had weak spot for demons. Particularly the demons that don't really enjoy their job.

One question, how common did you envision the knowledge of Belephegor to be, is his name used as an insult or curse? Go to Comment
NPCs  (Minor)   (Mystical)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-04-14 07:03 PM
Plot idea:

The cult that worships the exiled demon nation is ready to open up the gates of hell and bring about the destruction of the universe. But Belephegor is not interested in doing that much work, so he begins to lazily and indirectly lead the PCs into a quest to stop the invasion. Belephegor's plan has no regard for the PCs souls or well being, and he is trying to get this done with the least amount of personal effort and without upsetting his fine and dandy hell-side set up. Go to Comment
Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Water)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-04-08 10:30 PM
No county is immune to necromancy.

Is your county infested?

Look for the warning signs. Go to Comment
Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Water)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-04-13 02:05 PM
why did you move this to the in work pile? Go to Comment
Wakazashi the Ooze Hunter
NPCs  (Minor)   (Knowledge/Lore)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-04-08 01:54 AM
Is an essay on Juiblex somewhere in the vatican? Why when a 7th level party is traveling through a 1st edition dungeon are they more likely to encounter a Black Pudding (5% chance) than any other single monster? I think here we have the answer. Because until now there was no answer to ooze, slimes and jellys? There is nothing which kills a game faster then trying to beat ochre jelly with a quarter staff. Or worse running from the cold breath of a black pudding. Thank you for dealing with this Pieh. This has been the skeleton in the closet of D&D for too long. (actually we would be okay with a skeleton, just look at how much stuff deals with the undead) Go to Comment
Arista the Protector
Items  (Armor)   (Sentient)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-04-07 06:45 PM
First, this is a fun read that jumps from funny to morbid and back. I found the style of writing smooth and a pint of brown ale or a stout....served cool but not cold, particularly that first sip when there is so much head in the glass you can't give it more than a slight tilt.

but I digress, the back-up personality to the Heart of Gold has been a comedy surething in all my sci-fi games. This lets me bring it to a fantasy game thankyou. Go to Comment
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Don't go to Behar!

       By: Murometz

In the province of Behar in India, there is a bizarre custom that persists to the present day. Young men are kidnapped at knife (gun) point, and forced into marriage. If they refuse or cause trouble upon meeting their blushing bride-to-be, they are told that their family members will come to harm or even be killed if they resist. Some manage to fall in love or accept their fate. This scenario can be adapted to any rpg, ideally with a pc in the role of the abducted future husband!

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