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Panoply of Sorcery
Items  (Equipment Listing)   (Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2014-04-13 12:58 PM
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Panoply of Sorcery
Items  (Equipment Listing)   (Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2014-04-13 01:00 PM
5. Material Component: Many spell require a few mundane items to complete the ritual. A wizards staff, made from properly selected wood, carefully rendered and personalized can allow the wizard to cast his or spells without these items. Go to Comment
Observer Beetles
Lifeforms  (Unique)   (Swamp)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-12-04 09:40 PM
I can buy it, could use a little more finesse in the delivery, but a nice idea. I am a sucker for hive minds. Though we learn painfully little about their back story or personality. If it is indeed intelligent, we are not sure about its intelligence either, than it may have personality worth discussing. Go to Comment
Tooky Bird
Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Any)
axlerowes's comment on 2015-01-11 05:45 PM
solid bird Go to Comment
Bridgeton Asylum
Articles  (Fiction)   (Gaming - In General)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-10-28 10:24 PM
First, I just want to share one little journey I went on with this story. I first thought it was silly that the reporter was carrying a pistol in a shoulder harness and I thought it unreasonable that she was then shocked at Luther's shotgun. Then later when she shot Luther in the leg by accident, I realized that the character having a gun was silly and stupid. The catch was she didn't realize it. I always enjoy it when a story engages me like that. Thanks.

It is was interesting choice to write it as a series of really short paragraphs. That probably helps internet readers and young readers who tend to skim things. Some physical descriptions of Luther and Rachel would have helped me get into the story, but I also understand the choice of keeping the character's somewhat blank so the reader can more easily relate to them.

The only thing that holds me back on this is that you didn't finish it.

Also is it Bridgeton or Bridgewater? Because at one point Rachel mentions Bridgewater and we can't be sure if she is talking about the asylum directly or some larger organization like say the county or city government. Go to Comment
Kalashnikov AK-217
Items  (Ranged Weapons)   (Non-Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-04-29 08:38 PM
Very nice, the history adds flavor the description is complete. Go to Comment
Silver Oak
Locations  (City)   (Any)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-11-10 09:27 PM
This has a very classic D&D type feel to it. As a resource it is well put together and well organized. Go to Comment
Mulavian Arrow Bags
Items  (Ranged Weapons)   (Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2011-01-22 10:42 AM

The pulling of the 1 of 20 to 200 (depending on the campaign)  arrows from a 30 sp quiver smoothly and without error has always bothered me.   PCs would have to spend hours carefully loading their arrows.  I like anything that makes the game easier  for everyone without sacrificing depth or detail.  

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The Bag of Maggots
Items  (Other)   (Villanous)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-04-01 02:06 AM
When you ask somebody what there favorite sub is and they point you here...well you really know what page you are on after that.

Games need gags like this, gags that can be both useful and horrible. A nice item, I can think of half a dozen players who would love to have this item. I am sorry I didn't see it years ago. Go to Comment
Sonic Bell
Items  (Wand/Staff/ Arcane)   (Combat)
axlerowes's comment on 2013-01-02 11:11 AM
are not all bells sonic?

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The Grave Of Major Tom
Locations  (Other)   (Space)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-03-02 10:52 AM

"Newly discovered, the ancient treasures have sparked the desires and imaginations of a hundred thousand archaeologists and paelontologists across the galaxy, and the race of discovery is on."


That pretty much sums up the effect that this post had on me, very nice!

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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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Great Magic and Ruination

       By: rickster

With a huge number of sacrificial victims, another realm long ago secretly bound a Prince of the land spirits, Iorstonn by name, thus ensuring the fertility, and improving the magical defences, of their realm. But binding that Prince to one spot has disrupted the weather and magical patterns (ley lines?) over half the continent. Things have become bad enough that a coalition has been formed to rectify the situation, once divinations have established the cause.

Your party is one of the teams assembled to do the rectification: find the binding object and steal it ("so that we can destroy it here in our realm, of course"...*) or destroy it over there. Presumably the Prince will be grateful to his rescuers and angry at the binders, but with a greater spirit like Iorstonn one can never be sure: such beings are "tricksy".

* Of course, the rulers of our realm might want to control Iorstonn for their own ends...

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