Strolen\s Citadel content. 
Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Tundra/ Arctic)
axlerowes's comment on 2014-03-18 09:21 PM
Neat idea, certainly plays fast and loose with PCs would have had hella fun time manipulating the physics of this system. You are also pretty scatter shot with the piece's perspective. Go to Comment
Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Tundra/ Arctic)
axlerowes's comment on 2014-03-18 10:55 PM
Nope, you're right, on the reread the perspective is pretty solid and consistent. Go to Comment
Ring of Heaven
Items  (Jewelry)   (Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2015-01-27 08:51 PM
First the idea of personal heaven is interesting one. Can you be in heaven when isolated? There is something that strikes me as so very hedonistic about a heaven where there is no commune with the divine and no reunion with your loved. Now if this ring may provide the experience of being united with the divine and your loved ones does that diminish the value of this heaven? Or do we take the tact that there is no memory in heaven?

Where do souls belong?

Anyway tons of potential, written in a very coarse and site specific style, but communicative. Go to Comment
The Banhammer
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2018-04-06 09:53 PM
The story of the Teeth, is an interesting one as is the story fo the dwarves and their terrible treatment of their women ('pathetically grateful' was a little harsh). Though the story has little to do with the hammer, it is just weird enough to have the "you can't make this stuff up' feel to it. I really enjoyed it.

I also like the powers of hammer, sending people randomly 500 ft away. It will suck when that Orc drops on your head, be awkward when you teleport behind enemy line and frustrating when you end up back at the foot of the walls. Go to Comment
Deseret -- Rim
Locations  (World)   (Space)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-03-16 07:00 PM
So is did you have an idea regarding a charismatic figure or leader of this planet?

How about the history of the planet?

Who is that 0.01% of the population?

Does the alliance recruit from or tax this planet?

What if some valuable mineral was discovered on the planet? Do you think the populace would seek to exploit the wealth or avoid it?

Is charity still one of the virtues upheld by this faith?

The strict and potentially oppressive religious setting has its place in any game that champions the roving adventurer. I just didn't think this setting or its presentation did a lot improve on this Utah in space idea. But assuming you are GM who wants random setting this one gives just enough details to be save you some time, and it is a familiar enough idea to most western fanboys that it doesn't require a lot of explaining. It wouldn't have taken much to push this into a really interesting idea.

What if this use to be a Casino planet but got reformed. So you got a lot of reformed whores and gunmen hanging around the church socials?
What if there are still old prospectors out in the hills who hate this town and church crap and they make up sort of shadow society?
What if one of the old Primus rewrote parts of the bible and then rather deny him and change there way of life they some start worshiping him? Go to Comment
Suicide flies
Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Plains)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-09-18 06:53 PM
This is a really fun idea, and I think it could be great life form with some revisiting. Go to Comment
Away From Table Chart
Plots  (Travel)   (Side-Quest)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-04-14 02:41 PM
I like this, its funny and it doesn't have to be in game literal.

And if need be you could build a plot out of bird watching. Go to Comment
Bloody-Beard Borsht
NPCs  (Minor)   (Combative)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-09-23 12:05 PM
I like this a one a good bit, it has nice enough backstory that tells you in a few brief paragraphs what you need to know about the character. He is a leader, but also a follower, a number 2 man if you will, somebody who needs others to define his purpose and position. Nicely done, wish I could use his someday.
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Contemporary Magical Organizations
Society/ Organizations  (Mystical)   (World Wide)
axlerowes's comment on 2016-11-28 09:31 AM
This was a fun one to read, thanks for sharing this Go to Comment
Monastic Religious Order Ranks and Titles
Systems  (Societal/ Cultural)   (General)
axlerowes's comment on 2018-04-11 08:19 PM
Lists like this are handy to have around Go to Comment
Sumo Ranking
Systems  (Societal/ Cultural)   (General)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-03-01 06:05 AM

You could always take some of the traits of this system and drop it into a culture you are writing up.  In that case nice well organized cultural systems are useful to have. Besides there is a history of posting these sortss of ranking systems on the site for use in games.  

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Naval Ranks and Titles
Systems  (Societal/ Cultural)   (General)
axlerowes's comment on 2010-10-21 08:51 PM

Well formatted and useful

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Hydra Keep
Dungeons  (Mountains)   (Rooms/ Halls)
axlerowes's comment on 2017-11-02 06:24 PM
Solid idea Go to Comment
Bracelet of Iniquity
Items  (Jewelry)   (Villanous)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-03-27 04:01 PM
Nice idea...I have often employed something similar...Party Favor's given out bad guys to their legions of terror. It doesn't tilt the game but it gives the bad guys are great air of power and mysticism.

Also this gives the PCs one of several details to lock onto about the villians, (i.e. the herbs in rosemary's baby) so a nice plot device as well.

Is this called a BUMP? Go to Comment
The Galactic Empire Scroll
Society/ Organizations  (Political)   (Trans World)
axlerowes's comment on 2011-04-14 07:07 AM
I have read this and I don't yet understand the authors intent. Is this a discussion of the aspects one might need to design a "realistic" galactic empire? Is this a discussion of one specific galactic empire? It seems to be more of the later because it states certain things as facts; armies don't have the option to bring their wives and girlfriends with them. While indeed the british army use to drag the wives of their troops around with them. Our it states things such as bullet's are cheaper than beams, and they might be unless you have a tech level which provides excess energy (some sort of fusion thing) but in which hard resources are still obtained by a search and physical extraction method.

If this is a guide to producing a galactic empire, then I suggest you open this up, take several things into consideration, such as what would be the driving force behind the formation of such an empire. Then use your thought experiments to explore how that might come to pass.

If this about a specific empire, then go ahead and make all the statements you want about the nature of star to star trade, real time communication or the physics of subspace. But you might as well get more specific.

Third if this is just a discussion of the common themes and troupes of galatic empires from popular fiction that players may find easier to pallet, then I suggest diving right into that. A well thought out review of the how the sci-fi popular fiction has given us a galactic empire archetype.

What ever the discussion ends up you could also add how empires tend export their culture, and perhaps go more into what a transpecies empire might look like.

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Rockwell's Pistol
Items  (Ranged Weapons)   (Combat)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-09-30 01:30 PM
very nice item, with both unique and mundane qualities, the post itself provides a platform and a push for a GM to develop dozens of similar items for a sci-fi setting Go to Comment
Random Business Generator
Locations  (Establishment)   (Any)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-02-29 06:17 PM

Wow this is a very useful sub, wish i had found it years ago

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Under the track
Plots  (Discovery)   (Single-Storyline)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-02-23 04:53 PM

I really like the lead in, this solid intro and plot set up.  A great write up.  It is more atmosphere than plot, but you could go a lot places with it.  It even be sci-fi adventure, mad researcher, alien space landing and all that. 

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The Press Gang
Society/ Organizations  (Criminal/Espionage)   (Local)
axlerowes's comment on 2016-03-13 09:51 PM
I have not seen or read journalism approached in the steam punk genre. I have read steam punk stories about cops, thieves, priests, industrialists, spies soldiers, scientists, knights and explorers, but never journalists. It seems so obvious it must be out there somewhere.

As a roleplaying or storytelling tool this is nice because it gives mechanism for the formation of a mixed party of truth seekers and some less savory elements.

Also it is a nice worid building note about Vallermoore. Go to Comment
Vulcan's Walking Stick
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-03-31 05:25 PM
A magical item for a Craftsman. I like this a lot. And its history is compact but complete. Go to Comment
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