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axlerowes's comment on 2012-02-18 04:37 PM
I think it is fair to call this a subgenre of the coming of age story, but in sense that the anti-western is still a western. In these movies, I found that the kids in general did not come of age, or blossom. Rather at end they often chose to or were forced to return to their life before the supernatural events. Take the story Carrie for example. You have Carrie blossoming and maturing, but in the end she cannot embody that fully matured powerful person.
In other coming of age stories, like Great Expectations, or Stand By Me or even Dune or the Lord of the RIngs the young characters go through a change and can't come back from it, but instead must go on as adults. The childhood is lost In these movies the choice seems to be going back to childhood or death. In stuff like Teenwolf or the Craft, there is return to teenage normalcy at the end. I think these are stories about the ongoing state of adolscents. None of the kids in these stories are popular or well liked at the begining of the story, but deep done they are really special. Not just your mom loves you special, but super human special. What kids wouldn't want to think that. Also as teenager you get taste power, your a little smarter, a little stronger and more independent, perhaps these stories are also cautionary tales about the abuse of that power. Go to Comment
Sidjir Towers
Locations  (Fortification)   (Any)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-02-18 10:21 AM


I had been thinking about this, not specific co-dependant brother builders, but a post that doesn't just present a moment in time to be used.  Your story gives us the all the information we need to understand the ambition of the character, the social view of thier works and the evntual consequences of what will happen.  But your plots hooks suggest a use of the general concepts.  By providing us with a complete time line, you give us the option to insert the characters at any point during the time.  The magic itself is like an item.  



 



Plot Hook: To aid in a rebellion, the hero must try and sow a rift between Sid and Jir in order make the evil over lord vunerable


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Peculiar Flask of Ever-Changing Oddities
Items  (Potion)   (Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-02-17 12:41 PM


I have played and GMed with these types of lists before. Most recently with women who insisted she have a "wild magic misshap list".  I find that these things tend to be show stoppers.  (Aside from Echo's point that the game play should be about heroic choices....which I completely argee with and thought was well said.)  You have to stop the scene, roll on the list bring about the results and when the results are this powerful it can really structure the whole scene.  I guess you could do this as something the PCs do to NPCs, as a joke or cruel trick.



 



But as everyone has said, these thing have been around since GG gave us the deck of many things.  There is a place for them in the gaming world, and this is simply your take on it. 


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Peculiar Flask of Ever-Changing Oddities
Items  (Potion)   (Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-02-17 02:57 PM
Nothing says 1st edition to me like a deck of many things it is the most random of the random encounter tables, I really saddened to learn that. I feel like my neighbor felt when I explained to him about time zones.

Ax "Well Rob, it wasn't really 4:20 everywhere, you know cause of time of time zones."

Rob "Oh man ...that is lot less cool."

Eventually I guessing he learned that it was always 4:20 somewhere, and perked up...or just forgot the conversation. Go to Comment
Peculiar Flask of Ever-Changing Oddities
Items  (Potion)   (Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-02-21 06:29 AM
Like I said....time zones Go to Comment
Stuffy Dinner Party Guests
NPCs  (Major)   (Political)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-02-12 04:23 PM


I have actually done this in a game!  There was crime and a piece of evidence was based on who sat where at infamous dinner party 20 year prior.  The PCs had to reassemble the guest list and then figure out the seating chart. Lke most logic problems, and I do like to put them in my games,  it was very popular with some the players and others found the end result boring. 



 



"Lord and Lady Brennan must sit together" really?  Married couples must never sit together at fancy dinners ;) 

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Stuffy Dinner Party Guests
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axlerowes's comment on 2012-02-12 04:39 PM


 



Ambassador Finkvskyl



The alliance with his country means that the whaling and seal hunting interests stay in the black.  It also means that rotten toothed long haired heathen lechers such as Finkvskyl have to be entertained at dinner parties.  Finkvskyl would prefer to be surrounded by beautiful women, but most beautiful women would prefer drunken sailors to the likes of Finkvskyl.  Putting him next to cabinet ministers leads to the dullest conversations about tariffs, and true men or women of birth would be offended to offer up their ear for half an evening.  Best to put him next to military men, they are use to rough talk, and his uncouthness confirms their assumptions about his country.

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Stuffy Dinner Party Guests
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axlerowes's comment on 2012-02-12 05:02 PM


The Widow McIntyre



It pains a soul to think of a fine young flower like the Baroness a widow at only three and twenty years. Here introduction to society made for one of the most exciting social seasons in the last decade, her physical charms, her poised manners, her literary wit and her graceful dancing excited the entire court. Every ball that season was an adventure with all the eligible Knights and Lords falling about for her favor. It was almost a scandal when her engagement to Baron McIntyre was announced. He was more than twice her age, he was twice married before with no children and all his wealth and lands were in northern cattle interests and island estates respectively. His passing must have been so hard on the young Baroness, because she now must manage all that land and wealth on her own with out any man to lean on. As a rich beautiful young widow she is chased by the most unscrupulous of social climbing noblemen. Best sit her next to some one kind if you want to impress her, but sit her next to a money grubbing rake if you want to impress the cad.

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Stuffy Dinner Party Guests
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axlerowes's comment on 2012-02-13 08:32 PM
nicely done, a equally interesting logic problem could be the worst dinner party ever, in which you demonstrate that you have achieved the max. level of displeasure for all your guests. Go to Comment
Turtle Lotus
Lifeforms  (Flora)   (Water)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-02-10 01:13 PM


I had very little to do with this exceptional write up or this wonderful world you have created.  But this fantastic, I  loved it when you told me about it and I love it now. 



 



The first paragraph has a number of errors in it and doesn't flow as well as the rest of the piece.  The second sentence for example seems to be the victim of a bad edit.  



But after the second paragraph the whole piece moves really smoothly and clearly . 


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Turtle Lotus
Lifeforms  (Flora)   (Water)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-02-10 03:19 PM
It looks like you cut out a lot of the sub, did you mean to do that? Go to Comment
Green Sleeves
Items  (SpaceShips)   (Non-Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-02-12 12:03 AM
It was really hard to get this down to 100 words. I had to cut a lot info. about molecular transport in the sleeves, free radical sinks and why multi cellular sleeve cultures are less efficient then cell free sleeves. I just don't think flat floating greenhouses are worth more than 100 words. Go to Comment
Green Sleeves
Items  (SpaceShips)   (Non-Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-12-10 10:23 PM
Green Sleeves
Items  (SpaceShips)   (Non-Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-12-11 05:10 PM
carefully? Go to Comment
Green Sleeves
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axlerowes's comment on 2012-12-11 08:34 PM
I think you failed to grasp the nature of what I wished to describe. My fault, maybe it does need to be longer than 100 words. Go to Comment
Icegate
Dungeons  (Tundra/ Arctic)   (Doors)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-02-11 10:00 PM
Perhaps when saying any other frozen liquid he is referring to a temperature/pressure relationship. In some game worlds i've read of ice can be a primal force, like fire, electricity , sound or ...eh...acid.

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Icegate
Dungeons  (Tundra/ Arctic)   (Doors)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-02-11 10:01 PM


This is a really great idea, I ran glacier dungeon twice, two years ago. I wish I had this item for that one. 


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Hanetta's Millstone
Items  (Tools)   (Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-02-10 08:47 AM


Nice item. Items like this are more common in the mytho-historical record than the uber-swords. I read once a myth about a viking Grotte (I think) who had mill stone that would turn anything into anything. Eventually the stone was captured and the naive new owner asked for salt. Of course things went wrong and now the oceans are salty. Then there was the Strega Nona's pasta pot. You stone here will be a nice item for players because it doesn't have a down side or relgious trappings. I can see the players messing with it.



Excitable Player: "If we hook this up to a wind mill and maybe a sand chute, we could make a kiling selling grain."



Roleplaying Player: "By the Gods dear sir, you would take Hannetta's blessings to all men and use it for such base self-advancement."



Meta-player Number 1: "Yeah, if we do that the GM will have us drown in grain or something."

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Corran's Scribe
Items  (Tools)   (Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-02-08 08:03 AM


 



This one started out really well, we have another amusing story of Beth and Corran, and we have the imagery of Corran with a Doc Brown style colander on his head. But the end result of the item is one that is dull, inaccessible and unnecessarily limited.   I was surprised you end with this



“However, the Scribe does not work for other users. Believed to be a problem with the collector assembly and its compatibility with Corran's thoughts specifically, all attempts to modify the Scribe to accommodate another user have failed.”



How about giving the hand a little personality, a little bit of that puckish mischievousness that often seems to grow out of Corran’s quiet and domestic ambitions.   You could give the hand some of Bethany’s traits so that it will change the wording to fit her sensibilities.  Perhaps Bethany is more polite than Corran. 



“I am not writing the phrase ‘demonic crap box’, how about ‘an item from my privy’.” 



Or perhaps Bethany has a little more attitude then Corran.



“I am not addressing Veracit as ‘his Grace’ I don’t care how many Dukedom’s he is granted.  I shall instead write ‘Mr. Veracit who stayed at our home for 6-months without offer of rent or compensation’.”



I know I could change it if I use it and I will, but I would let my players have a go with this. It be could useful for a mage so that they can be sure to take notes while working on spells. I would also give the hand a bit of personality.  

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Corran's Scribe
Items  (Tools)   (Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-02-09 06:40 PM
I could imagine this scribe system being used to create a mimic of somebody else's handwriting. Perhaps a key piece of evidence in a case of treason was generated by somebody using a hand like this. Imagine if Iago had one of these made with Desdemona's hand.

But perhaps Corran could use it for marital instead martial power plays,
"I am sorry Beth but I have the shopping list right here in your hand writing and eye of newt isn't on it." Go to Comment
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