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Creating Martial Art Styles
Articles  (Resource)   (Game Mastering)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-01-31 06:39 PM

If gaming system doesn't have a developed system for differentiating  combat styles and rewarding the use of or micro-managment of the knowledge pretaining to that system then you can be sure that at least one player will complain.  The is an excellent slap patch for one of the genre's most common "injuries". 

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Deathwalk Boots
Items  (Clothes)   (Villanous)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-03-30 04:23 PM
Evil perhaps, but evil with flair and slightly different style with a physicality that promotes a different style of roleplay than many items. This wouldn't work in some somber setting perhaps but in an RPG setting more styled of AFMBE or a Buffy premise then this would work fine. How hard raising the dead should be and how hard controlling them should be speaks to the tenants of the genre and this one clearly has a cross-over potential for modern horror/comedy. Often in those setups raising the dead is all too easy.

I can't believe you avoided all the soul/sole puns. Go to Comment
Malitazum one-eyed
Lifeforms  (Unique)   (Swamp)
axlerowes's comment on 2015-01-12 07:49 PM
This is really great and very concisely told.

One they challenges I had as a young DM was writing societies that could fit my a iron age tech aesthetic, but in which my PC could behave with roughly modern western values. Neyathis solves that problems with the transworld origin story. Thus in Neyathis it is entirely reasonable that somebody describing the savage beast-like god of a primitive tribal people could use terms like schizophrenic or micromanaging. Go to Comment
The Luminary
Lifeforms  (Ethereal)   (Any)
axlerowes's comment on 2015-01-27 10:13 PM
I guess this might be evidence (in game) of human's being in the prime form or form of god. If something were to have a soul, the part of them that was connected to god, then that soul would be humanoid. I pretty sure there was some part of my religious education that suggested this, demons look animalistic while the soul and angels appear as human.

Anyway it is nice idea, would have been better folded into some other sub than a sub on its own. Go to Comment
The Taxiad: History of the Wars against the Taxians
Items  (Books and Scrolls)   (Non-Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2010-10-13 08:34 AM


I think the use of this post to other campaigns is that outlines an academic treatment of a popular academic text.  Being that it is a history, then perhaps it could easily be translated into another world with a view word changes.  We want the characters in our worlds and campaigns to have access to a culture so that they can hang their personality quirks on it and to give them a chance to rally around or against something.   A book of the elite such as this which appears similar to The Persian Expedition, Parallels, War with Hannibal or the Mort de Arthur would be useful prop for a character.


However, I think this write up does not go far enough and that it lacks any real hook.  I understand the value of vagueness in RPG writing and I know that something suggestive is often more useful then something specific, but this item is too far into the specific realm to be suggestive.  Yet it also lacks details and a thesis, and therefore we come away with little sense of the intended or actual meaning of this work to the people that might right.  I hope that CP comes back to give us a more complete picture, because I like the idea behind this post. 

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Iceman's Lantern
Items  (Home/ Personal)   (Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2013-03-27 02:02 PM
Nice idea, good execution, simple but with a lot of subtle depth Go to Comment
30 Cheeses
Items  (Other)   (Non-Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-03-25 07:51 PM
excellent, I am putting this next to the beer list for this weekends game. Go to Comment
The Glacier's Fist
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Combat)
axlerowes's comment on 2014-04-05 08:32 PM
That is really well done, Go to Comment
Host of Battle
Society/ Organizations  (Travelers)   (World Wide)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-01-23 05:28 PM

I read this, I thought it was interesting and I enjoyed the details.


 I would have enjoyed to see some more specific notes on their culture and how they relate to each other personally.  You learn a lot from society by who they consider to be a crimminal and celebratity and it is hard to get a feeling for a culture when everything is so even keel.   If you spend you write a story about life at sea no reader will except that it was all smooth sailing. 

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Terrain Features
Locations  (Other)   (Any)
axlerowes's comment on 2011-05-26 05:52 PM

Damn useful sub and perfect use of the medium.

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ISSF-23 Wasp
Items  (SpaceShips)   (Combat)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-04-09 07:03 PM
"Because someone had a bunch of wannabe hotshot pilots and needed a cheap fighter."

I am already a little geeked about this one, and the above suggestion makes me think this could be a fun read. Go to Comment
Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Other)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-04-10 02:47 AM
I am not voting here, just an edit

"They are several evolutions beyond dolphins"

You can't say "evolutions" it implies a unit, and I don't think it is a word. Try saying derived. The use of the word "beyond" works if you have a defined starting point, an intermediate and a end point. Go to Comment
Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Other)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-04-10 08:04 PM
I knew what he meant, and that is exactly why I think he can't use the term "evolutions". My understanding is that evolution is on going process, and that during this process organisims derive novel traits that will eventually seperate them for their genetic ancestor or even their contemparies. You can't say a tree is several growths taller than another tree. Go to Comment
Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Other)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-04-13 01:29 PM
I suppose you could say evolutions if you are talking about several discrete paths. For example "Anaylsis of the gene pool of spotted moths, nonmigratory pigeons, and the common mouse species Mus musculus indicate that both moths and pigeons have been under intense selective pressure since at least 1700. The Mouse population however has maintained a degree of diversity predicted by our null hypothesis. The evolutions of the moth and pigeon population....."

Here you can use plural because you are discussing two evolutions, the evolution of the moth and the evolution of the pigeon. Above he is wants to state that his space dolphin shares a common ancestor with the earth dolphin. He a discussing a macro evolution relationship, the use of the terms "evolutions" and "beyond" should not be applied.
If the creature evolved from a dolphin population or reached a dolphin like state via convergent evolution then you are simply discussing the evolution of that population. They did not go through multiple evolutions. Beyond is unfortunate because it suggest a linear relationship, when really it is a branching relationship between related species. Beyond isn't wrong, I just think it should be used carefully.

Writers of speculative fiction deeply effect the general publics understanding of science. When discussing a topic such evolution is it not important that one deals carefully with academic question and considerations? Go to Comment
30 Bullets
Items  (Ranged Weapons)   (Combat)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-02-27 08:13 PM

Wow! This is a really well put together list with enough but not too much detail. Did depleted uranium not make it on the list? Did I miss it. Is it lumped with some other group?

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Artemius Coil, Physician
NPCs  (Minor)   (Knowledge/Lore)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-09-28 11:24 PM
I think this is really great, so well visualized and a very useful and complete side character. Nicely done thank you Go to Comment
Don't Forget the Coffin
Items  (Other)   (Non-Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-02-18 04:45 PM

of the tables I have seen this one isn't bad, most of the items are reasonable and suggest at larger story behind them which what we are all about right?


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Don't Forget the Coffin
Items  (Other)   (Non-Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-02-18 07:28 PM
Society/ Organizations  (Ethnic/Cultural)   (Country/ State)
axlerowes's comment on 2014-03-12 06:33 AM

Well now we are getting into the meat of this world. "The World of Neyathis has been populated by four major ‘invasions’ of humans from other worlds, including our (or an alternate) Earth, and so many of the peoples are strong analogs to known cultural groups" Did I some how miss this in the world of Neyathis write up. This discussion of why you wrote the world this way should be more prevalent if you are going write these meta-subs. But this is a neat idea and it us fun as a fellow dork to see why and how you wrote this.

However, this strikes me as no more developed than your Aldruku sub.

"their kingdom was shattered after a terrible defeat by their enemy" is this opposed to a a terrible defeat by their friends...

"As a dead people, they are little more then backstory, the creators of ruins and odd artifacts."

Are they a story worth telling or not?

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Headsmans Tree
Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Forest/ Jungle)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-09-28 10:57 PM
This is really nice piece of gaming flair, can really add style to a setting. Go to Comment
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