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The Wheezing Dragon
Plots  (Discovery)   (Side-Quest)
axlerowes's comment on 2006-09-30 03:01 PM
I going to try this, my party would be divided between talking the gold, killing the dragon some combination of the two, but really an open-end conclusion and a classic set up makes for good and unpredictable roleplaying. Go to Comment
The Sword Elanzer
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Heroic)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-01-27 10:33 AM

Ah yes the fabled sword of dragon slaying.  It might be interesting to place in your game world a magic sword of absurd but finite power and then apply all the sword stories on strolen's citadel to it.  A sword that had some many different yet similar tales would indeed be ancient and enigmatic.

 The text was a little disjointed, and it brings nothing new to the magic sword genre, but I like that you came back four years later to update it.  

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The Charter
Plots  (Discovery)   (Single-Storyline)
axlerowes's comment on 2013-01-06 02:39 PM
I know I have read this before, sorry I didn't vote. Anyway as they (they being manfred say short direct plot setup. Go to Comment
Haven Fortress
Locations  (Fortification)   (Water)
axlerowes's comment on 2010-10-20 04:51 PM
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Chimeric Ring
Items  (Jewelry)   (Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2006-09-22 12:42 PM
Shadoweagle raised some strong points, but what roleplaying opportunities does the use of the item provide a PC.

Example A: A virtuous character gets the ring and now can kick some major ass, and get his bling on at the same time. Sometimes loading up your character with magic is a good way to light a fire under their ass. But this would hold true for all powerful magic items.,

Example B: A good meaning but flawed character gets the ring, and the ring locks the character in a closet with a box of cigars-so to speak. So the character must quest to lift the curse or be stuck an having item rewrite his character. Maybe this good be interesting, (i.e. you could give the Laconic character a chance to chase women) but what roleplayer likes to have their character's persona affected by an item.

Example C: A base character gets the item, and notices when he hads another vice or his vices ridden impulses get stronger. Then the ring kills him. Go to Comment
Fontis Stone
Items  (Home/ Personal)   (Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2011-05-16 04:04 PM
Very nice item, but just on thing bugs me "glows but gives off no light".

Other than that verbal fender bender this is a nice one. These things make nice flavor and set a tone for world and people. You know a

"The work of the people is seen not in the pyramids but in the pottery shards"

take on culture.

Plus, I could certainly see some "Pasta Pot" type disasters springing from these stones were a player or gm in a puckish mood.

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Reverend Fury
NPCs  (Scenario Based)   (Knowledge/Lore)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-01-08 05:02 PM

the name is a bit cliche, but is easy to remeber and clearly presents the character as righteous and angry and thus is successful.  Indeed the whole character is nothing new, but as a example of an archetype this is good and the details are fairly unique.  I also enjoyed the prose.



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Knockers Dirty Clothes Place
Locations  (Establishment)   (Any)
axlerowes's comment on 2013-01-05 11:05 PM
Well executed, amusing, and to the point. Go to Comment
Plots  (Discovery)   (Side-Quest)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-02-23 04:31 PM

There is spark here, something to build on but nothing to play with

Maybe if the Paladin was fully fleshed out character, maybe if there was some character that could give voice to the significance of the statue then perhaps the need to intervine would pop more. If there was both a Paladin that had worth while traits and an advocate for the statues return that had worth while traits then maybe we would have something to play with. 


Then there is the Volcano, I like the idea fo the PCs taking all these risk, betraying their Paladin to commander and traveling miles only to return the statue to a town and culture that is about to be wiped out. That is nice, really nice situation actually. you should really punch that up. 

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Elspeth Kalamath
NPCs  (Major)   (Political)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-03-02 04:06 PM

The name alone is a worth a sub.  

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NPCs  (Mythic/ Historical)   (Mystical)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-03-16 06:25 PM
This is terrific, at first I was turned off by the name, but then I thought of Puck. Really a great submission and I love the way its written 5 of 5. Next time I make a new fantasy world I hope that I can fit this into it.

Oh and the tower that floats cause the god of earth can't see it. Really fantastic touch, has that been done before? Go to Comment
A Gaggle of Wizards
Plots  (Duty)   (Multi-Storyline)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-01-27 05:17 PM

This has very classic feel to it, so much that I can almost taste the adolescent game table irony along with flat mountain dew and crap take out food.  Thank you for that.  


Fun and playful. 

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Orb of Knowledge Absorption
Items  (Wand/Staff/ Arcane)   (Sentient)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-04-13 11:15 PM
I think you under estimate how much RPG fans enjoy armchair philosophical babel, and discussions of semantics. Go to Comment
Orb of Knowledge Absorption
Items  (Wand/Staff/ Arcane)   (Sentient)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-03-25 05:09 PM
I like this one, it is clear, well written and would be central to any number of plots. However it does require you to accept the conceit that nobody in the library has found its true nature yet. The more I read of the Corvus setting the more I enjoy it. It has as very classic style to it. But again there are questions. This Orb is just a knowledge sponge, not a scientist. If it tests not knowledge and performs no empirical studies of things how does it organize and rank the knowledge? How does it seperate fact from lore etc?

So if I ask the Orb "Does prolactin passed through the breast milk effect thymus development in young males?" How will it answer. Go to Comment
Orb of Knowledge Absorption
Items  (Wand/Staff/ Arcane)   (Sentient)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-04-10 01:39 AM
Remember, this is on a pre-industrial age world (like most fantasies are), thus we can not apply Industrial, Modern, and Post-Modern filters to them.

Isn't saying we need to consider the setting and the source before determining meaning and value a Post-modern filter? Go to Comment
Orb of Knowledge Absorption
Items  (Wand/Staff/ Arcane)   (Sentient)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-04-10 05:26 PM
if you want to go down this road....

weren't you asking that we seek meaning or at least find our standard for meaning and thus reality in a contextual light (i.e. within a fantasy setting)?

can you answer question about his post definitively even though you didn't write and thus may not understand the vision of its creator?

Can you explain how Derrida would have approached the question of what it means to know something, and would his definition be different if the subject he was describing existed in different periods of popular thought (he actually dealt with I believe)?

at any rate, i dig that the it is just a ball of limited knowledge, not a ball of truth. Go to Comment
Orb of Knowledge Absorption
Items  (Wand/Staff/ Arcane)   (Sentient)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-04-13 05:48 PM
Thus does understanding the piece require an understanding of and a relationship with the author?

Does it enhance one's understanding of the piece?

This piece deals with knowledge and perhaps truth, have you been saying to that to truth and knowledge are based upon the context?

How is context different then a paradigm? Go to Comment
Get Smarty
Plots  (Duty)   (Encounter)
axlerowes's comment on 2006-09-14 01:41 PM
I like that this would give the PCs both a personal interest quest and a light hearted quest.

Idea: What if they are hired to find Spellshaper, and track him to some dangerous maze somewhere (dungeon, catacomb fortress etc). They manage to secure the horse, but then they have to get it back to race on time and uninjured. Combat when you have to protect a big dumb supernatural animal as well as yourself could provide a unique challenge. Go to Comment
Horse Brass
Items  (Other)   (Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-09-30 12:37 PM
I love this and I am going to steal it.
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Dranothoin's mace
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Non-Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-09-23 11:27 AM
"All dwarves that revolted were burnt to a crisp" This one line amused me more than the rest of the post...since Elfkin is gone I will not pick this one a part other than to say perhaps this would be better presented as myth, with the action working more as parable then facts to be considered literally. From that you could gather the value of the dwarves: Forging their own weapon-self reliance, pragmatic first, emotionally repressed,,,, Go to Comment
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