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The Kingmakers, Session 4
Articles  (At Table)   (Game Mastering)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-10-26 10:34 PM
The first part, before the dialog was a little hard to follow. Go to Comment
The Kingmakers, Session 4
Articles  (At Table)   (Game Mastering)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-10-28 08:31 PM
That is clearer, thanks. Go to Comment
30 Things That Grow in a Dwarven Beard
Systems  (Agriculture/ Husbandry)   (General)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-10-26 03:45 PM
This is a fun list, if only we had illustrations, cause I think this would make a great coffee table book!

.....for shameless dorks. Go to Comment
30 Things That Grow in a Dwarven Beard
Systems  (Agriculture/ Husbandry)   (General)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-10-26 04:19 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
The Kingmakers, Session 3
Articles  (At Table)   (Game Mastering)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-10-26 04:07 PM
I too love the delusion of the Captain, a somebody pretending to be somebody who is pretending to be somebody....woah Go to Comment
30 Sob Stories
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Gaming - In General)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-10-31 07:08 AM
It reminds me of the character generation lists in traveller. Just a nudge more towards satire and this list would be really funny and amusing, but I chuckled a couple of times. Nice list. Go to Comment
Cela Ardonyth
NPCs  (Major)   (Mystical)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-11-17 09:15 AM
I do not have much to say, it is fairly complete and a really good idea. I really like her journal excerpt. Though it does remind me of the princess bride, "All dead or mostly dead" . Mr. Mark, I think this is a great idea Extremely useable and you should add more (because I am sure you have more). It is not nearly close to being too long.

As a painting of a person, we a get a feel for intellectual motivations, but not for her personal style, tone or behavior. Does she make eye contact or have a distant look in her eye? Does she laugh or keep a poker face? She takes an interest in perserving life, but she does take an interest in the content of those lives? Is she interested in the maundane stories of peoples life, their grief, their romances and their observations? What does she do when she needs to unwind? You have a whole section on personality and you don't describe a personality. It is just an extension of her motivation section. If my half-Orc barbarian comes up to a isolated country well, a strings of ears around his neck and sees an albino chic making notes in codex, how will she respond when he wants to regale her with his war poetry? Or other less specific examples....

Minor Questions:
How does she deal with aging?

How does she eat? Does she gather and hunt, does trade in cash?


The attack:
I think the rape and murder scene would be more horrific and thus effective if more details were added. Is this her talking in these scenes? Does she start referring to herself in third person after the event? If you gave the rapist and the event more details I think he would be more disturbing. What if he is a boy, what does she see in his eyes, is he smiling while he does these awful things, does he have a mustard stain on his shirt, does he thank god when he enters her? Is their a member of her clan, who is not quite dead, who she sees as she is being attacked, and thus this second violation becomes not just of her but of her family members last memories.

First Paragraph:
Rain fell and thunder crashed. This sentence would be interesting and necessary only if rain and thunder did something unusual….

“The rain was standing suspended in the air and the lightening appeared to hold its breath unable to speak its thunder clap after pushing back the darkness for this field of slaughter”

As it is I would drop it, we don’t know if it is day or night, winter or summer, hilly or flat, costal or inland (though we learn later it must be the plains). The only important details are that the ground is trampled, telling of us that was much activity, and it is flowing the blood. The first sentence should make you want to read the second sentence. I would drop the first two sentences, and start with rivulets of blood. This paragraph is about what Cela is observing, so you could start the paragraph with what is important her. Building a scene, by giving the readers details and then revealing the horror or the beauty of the scene at the end, work best when the reader is already invested in the outcome of the scene. Perhaps a better opener would be scene of Cela and her clan before the attack.

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Cela Ardonyth
NPCs  (Major)   (Mystical)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-12-15 01:40 PM
Muro, what do you think Cela would think of this piece and the comments? Go to Comment
Cela Ardonyth
NPCs  (Major)   (Mystical)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-12-15 02:37 PM
So are these plains like a wet cold plain or hot dry plain? I am picturing a wet cold sort of thing, like the steppes.  Go to Comment
The Kingmakers, Session 2
Articles  (At Table)   (Game Mastering)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-10-26 04:03 PM
I love reading about other peoples games, seriously I do, keep em coming. Go to Comment
Items  (Potion)   (Non-Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-10-26 04:01 PM
This is great each one of these could be sub in and of itself, and you really paint a picture of how the every day joe interacts with chrome and its brands. As roleplaying or story telling tool once you have these laid out for the player/reader you could use these to put a mood on a person or place. Go to Comment
Levels of Engagement
Articles  (Setting Building)   (Gaming - In General)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-10-18 11:25 AM
cyber fights?
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Dwarven Heraldry
Systems  (Combat/ Warfare)   (General)
axlerowes's comment on 2013-03-17 12:29 PM
I really like this idea Go to Comment
Reginald, the Heir
NPCs  (Major)   (Political)
axlerowes's comment on 2013-01-08 05:49 PM
I can certainly buy and understand a young man getting swept up in all this and not understanding the risks. He is a nice character, and I applaud your bold and graphic use of in game stats on top of the character write up. Keeping pushing the envelope sir! Go to Comment
Seven Wonders of the Dwarven World
Locations  (Other)   (Other)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-10-16 10:02 PM
I really like this idea and all the ideas, you didn't quite paint us visuals of anything.  You would expect, maybe even demand some more descriptive entries from a list of wonders. But I am sucker for enigma gods and dwarves. Go to Comment
Seven Wonders of the Dwarven World
Locations  (Other)   (Other)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-11-12 06:46 PM question Go to Comment
The Kingmakers, Session 1
Articles  (At Table)   (Game Mastering)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-10-26 04:05 PM
The Hydro Club
Locations  (Establishment)   (Water)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-10-14 08:59 AM
A very nice location, well formatted and well presented. The encounter ideas do as much to paint an image of the place as the descriptions themselves. Nicely done, thank you. Go to Comment
Baroness Anastasia
NPCs  (Major)   (Mercantile)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-10-13 04:41 PM
I really like what you have here, what would be an interesting if that she imagined most of these insults or exaggerates them. Maybe this is already there and I just missed it, anyway a fun start and I like the voice and perspective of the piece. Go to Comment
Types of Transformers
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (Any)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-10-13 04:21 PM
Often times, certainly in my case, all it takes to get a fanboy excited about an idea is a phrase: like the "Martin Luther of Autobot philosophy". I find that this sub certainly, as all your posts do and this is why I am such a big fan of your writing, has the spark of fanboydom that could spring board 1000 ideas. But I find it lacks any ideas or imagination of its own.

This sub, feels like a kid sorting his toys into piles. Do you feel like you have added level of depth to transformers or expanded on the transformers mythos setting in a meaningful way with this post? I do not feel like this gives any depth to nor does it add anew dimension to the transformer mythos. or the audiences ability to conceptualize the transformers.

An example of something that added to the audience's understanding of transformer was the quintesson story line from the G1 series. You had a interesting enough concept of giant intelligent robots that adapted to their surroundings by transforming into local vehicles. The quintesson story line by providing an origin story for the transformers add depth and created a story line from which fans could imagine explanations for transformer behavior.

In this post you have listed out the type of transformers, and with out explanation assigned general personalities to these types. In your vision of transformers how is the alternate form selected? How does the alternate form influence the transformers personality? The main goal of this articles strikes me as the introduction of a new vocabulary. This article offers not written explanation of what a transformer is and thus is only accessible to people with a preexisting knowledge of transformers. That makes the content of this post either redundant, for example

The majority of Vehitrons are Autobots, though there are vehicles on the Decepticon side as well. They do not have built in weaponry, generally, and instead favor hand held rifles, pistols, and melee weapons.

or the content is limiting and unsupported by a novel narrative.

Insectitrons: They respect and fear strength, so most aligned insectitrons serve under Decepticon coercion.


I suggest using these terms in a transformers narrative that you are working on or i the context of other transformer posts. The phrases will take your meanings over time. I will try to do the same if and when I post another transformer sub. Go to Comment
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