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30 More Kings
NPCs  (Scenario Based)   (Political)
axlerowes's comment on 2017-07-18 11:02 PM
I take it you're not Irish. Go to Comment
7 Things About Fate of the Furious
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Gaming - Genre)
axlerowes's comment on 2017-04-23 01:23 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
7 Things About The Fast and the Furious
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Gaming - In General)
axlerowes's comment on 2017-04-14 12:06 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
7 Things About Beauty and the Beast
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Gaming - In General)
axlerowes's comment on 2017-04-14 12:07 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
JOSH-Annex 1
Locations  (Fortification)   (Space)
axlerowes's comment on 2017-03-29 07:36 PM
Good one, what does it look like when you're driving west toward Denver on a clear day? Go to Comment
30 Arcology Modules
Items  (Home/ Personal)   (Campaign Defining)
axlerowes's comment on 2017-03-29 07:45 PM
This is a good and useful resource for understanding the cosmic era life in the arcos, I liked the part about the maintence worker mafias, the new focus on mental health and the bromance stuff.

How long can you leave your kid in the daycare?

The classified bay...kind of felt tacked on and underdeveloped. You don't have to stop at 30. Go to Comment
Items  (Jewelry)   (Villanous)
Items  (Jewelry)   (Villanous)
axlerowes's comment on 2017-03-08 09:48 PM
Why would any of the Machiavellian rulers in the Pacific Rim or the Atlantic Confederation think twice about installing these in all the plebs? Who are these moral voices judging things as barbaric? Go to Comment
Items  (Jewelry)   (Villanous)
axlerowes's comment on 2017-03-09 07:26 AM
You didn't answer the question at all. you went on to some tangent on the USA's moral failings. In your response you have argued, and I accept, that it is possible to have a regime that is on one hand morally and socially progressive and then brutally oppressive with the other hand. But that is not what i asked. I asked why?

I could attempt to explain the sources of contradiction in modern western social policy, but that may not be directly applicable to this fictional setting you have been pontificating on for ten years. And I wonder why, without an involved populace, elections, nepotism, spiritual or philosophical institutions, or a free consumer based economy why the ATfed or PRR would be the moral torchbears?

On another level how does having these moral institutions or sensibilities fit into your storytelling? Do you need social definitions of human rights thrown into the cosmic era?

But again, I only give as much of shit about this as much as you do. So if you are fine with it, cool, but if you want to play back-and-forth with this setting I am here.
so lets try again,
What are the social and economic forces that push the Atlantic federation to be the torch bears of western civilization?

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Items  (Jewelry)   (Villanous)
axlerowes's comment on 2017-03-10 06:29 AM

that would be a sub worth talking about, but what if we extrapolate from Cheka's idea a bit. As has been pointed before, one of the big differences being a man and a women is that if you are a woman roughly half the population can overpower you and/or kill you with their bare hands. This is not a speculative concern, more than that woman (on a worldwide population level) have been beaten and murdered by their intimate partners consistently throughout recorded human history (with many such events going unrecorded). Did the choir get all that?

Back to the agonizer, so what if your well-meaning social justice warriors decided that the agonizer was the solution to this problem, a way to level the playing field. When a couple forms a commited relationship or an intimate relationship starts (monogamous coupling rarely survives the vision of futurists, Scras is no different) what if instead of rings or keys they exchange agonizer codes. Or perhaps only men get agonizers implants. The agonizer gets implemented with the best of intentions.

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Order of Ixium
Society/ Organizations  (Criminal/Espionage)   (Trans World)
axlerowes's comment on 2017-04-10 08:12 AM
I read this a couple of days ago on my phone. This are very specific piece of meta-fiction. I think this narrative would make an interesting backstory for a character or NPC. A former member of the Order of Ixium could have a quite the history under that restructured personality and the physical mask. The association with the Order would also provide such a character with air of tragedy, hubris and violence.

The write up is a little inaccessible. Take the first sentence "The Order of Ixium was founded by the House of the Forsaken Lord Demandred" There is very little inform in that sentence, which in itself is okay if we later learned to what all those proper nouns were referring. We never get definitions for the "House of the Forsaken" and Lord Demandred and since that is how you start the definition the order of Ixium, we never truly get a definition of them either. We can make assumptions, Lord Demandred sounds like a skinny imperious fellow in a high necked collar and cape, and House of the Forsaken sounds like a bunch of supervillain wannabes. But I suggest either explicit definitions or a longer piece from which we could extract more information from context. Go to Comment
Doppelganger Egg
Items  (Other)   (Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2017-03-02 08:41 PM
Good one. The Greater Doppelganger egg presents some interesting social, psychological and neurological problems. If you have all the memories of angry bitter judgemental person, but the personality of a logical happy individual how will you behave? You know the kind of stuff older roleplayers like to play with...

On a meta level could you use the True Doppleganger egg as a save point in Game. If your PCs are dedicated enough, they could make this happen once you enter it into the game world.

"Okay, get your eggs out and touch them before we raid the inner sanctum of Donald the Golden Wind Dragon."
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Mobile Mine
Items  (Other)   (Combat)
axlerowes's comment on 2017-03-04 05:51 PM
"If that's Olham, then I must be"

At some point we are just have to take for granted that any given sci-fi trope is present in the cosmic era.

Some things to do with this that I have seen in the past and thought where fun

The bomb droid has a 'trigger phrase' that when that phrase is heard the droid explodes. See the line from the P.k. Dick story above.

The Main character/s have to try and talk the bomb into not exploding.

I think this would be fun to play s character that is the bomb. The droid was given a eleborate personality and adaptive intelligence but then for some reason the target was removed. Is there a point to life besides blowing up? Go to Comment
Mobile Mine
Items  (Other)   (Combat)
axlerowes's comment on 2017-03-05 09:00 AM
I can see that conversation happening,

General to Engineer: "Why did you make Re.alistic D.eterrent D.elivery S.ystem (called ReDDS for short) responsive to alcohol?"

Engineer to General: "I just feel more comfortable working with them after they have had a few drinks." Go to Comment
The History of Humanity in Space
Plots  (Event)   (Multi-Storyline)
axlerowes's comment on 2017-02-27 09:22 PM

Solid bit of work, and I like the approach you are taking: lay out the logic of the setting and then put out the details. I think many people work the other way . They start with the glowing axes, the bad guy in pink spandex and the hyper intelligent shades of blue and work backwards to justify the existence of these things.

I too have been using the citadel to work on a galactic sized human civilization. But while there is some overlap, what these ideas and your style of writing reminds me off is Scrasamax and his Cosmic Era setting. His stuff is fairly Earthbound and relatively near future but you should check it out. There might be some overlaps you can exploit and adapt into your setting.

But you asked for feedback

Some things to think about:

How are you can to manage the deep space travel?

What type of tone (i.e. Grimdark, Macho-adventure, Cherry flavored space Opera) do you want to set? *

Who are the five most interesting people in your universe?

Are you bringing characters straight out of mythology like Zeus, Oden, Hercules and/or Shiva?

Pro-tip: If you are looking for lots of feedback and interaction about this, start a forum thread, the comments section can become unweildly.

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axlerowes's comment on 2017-04-08 11:39 AM
I thought this was pretty good, never played magic, but I can appreciate what you did with the setting Go to Comment
7 Mermaids
Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Water)
axlerowes's comment on 2017-03-09 10:28 PM

1- I don't know why but "Sporty" really won me over, I chuckled, nice

2-Sea foam baby, Sea Foam

3-have very little mermaid specific stuff about her, I don't want to put all merpeople in the same wet box, but this could be any princess.

4-I am tempted to say build on this, but the concept is communicated pretty clearly

5-that is terrible, but it is an interesting back story, Maybe she hangs on! Learns the language, gains some confidences, starts playing people off each other, and over time her innocent and honest attempts at survival turn to ruthless bitter ambition. Next time those fisherman come to town they find a welcome that is all too warm. Because our little landlocked mermaid is now running that brothel and the gangs of thugs it attracts. She is jabba the hut with seashell bra and a purpose: to net those that netted her.

6-Garrison Keller? Seriously have seen pictures of that dude....half carp at least

7-Gamers love hoarders.

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7 Mermaids
Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Water)
axlerowes's comment on 2017-03-09 10:28 PM
what inspired this recent mer-person direction? Go to Comment
Normandy Class
Items  (SpaceShips)   (Combat)
axlerowes's comment on 2017-05-25 07:52 PM
Say what?
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Normandy Class
Items  (SpaceShips)   (Combat)
axlerowes's comment on 2017-05-25 08:21 PM
Pretty scattered, could use more descriptions and info focuses on personal interactions with the ship rather than military historical and economical stuff. Go to Comment
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