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Thunderstones
Items  (Other)   (Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-02-05 06:58 PM


God help me, the backstory was rambaling and completely useless, but it was so werid that I enjoyed it and would fully expect this to be actual myth or folk tale. Why would somebody tell that story unless they believed it to be true? It is like a story that game to us through a long line of telling and retelling.



 The thunderstones may  not be an original idea, at least the backstory gave us something different.  

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The Deserts of the Heart
Articles  (Fiction)   (Gaming - In General)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-10-08 11:38 AM
That certainly was bloody, but I loved it, I would love to spend some time taking the story apart talking about what was cliche, what was original, but if I want to make any single point (and I am no artist so take this worth a grain of salt) I would say the descriptive writing is excellent and the visuals clear and engaging. Thank you for writing this, and letting us read it for free.


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Romantic Love
Articles  (Character)   (Players)
axlerowes's comment on 2006-10-13 10:41 AM
Thus being in love can help the PC kill opponents and take their stuff.

sarcasism is lost on you manfred, but other than your humorless attitude your post really got the point I was trying to make. Go to Comment
Romantic Love
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axlerowes's comment on 2006-10-13 11:30 AM
I thought about stretching out the post and discussing various stages of love, possible scenario's. . .for example the young squire has fallen quietly in love with the knight he supports. And when the knight encourages his work at the sword or his skill with the lance the squire is the best of the boys in the castle. But when the Knight goes to court a young Lady, the squire becomes sullen, jealous (those have to be roleplayed) but he also responds slower to threats and forgets his tasks (dice failings). And when the knight, squire and the Lady are ambushed on the road the squire does not take notice fast enough and the party is caught off guard. Worse even is that when the squire helped his lord into armor, he left glasps undone and knots lose. The knight falls in battle leaving the squire alone to defend the lady, and there in lies the conflict. What kinda of bonuses or penalties would he suffer?

But I really thought it was a simple idea, and didn't need all that explaination or pontification. Besides talking about love is like dancing about microbiology after all. Manfred did add some useful notes however that I think flesh it out more. Go to Comment
Romantic Love
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axlerowes's comment on 2006-10-13 03:35 PM
Fair enough MH, this is the first thing I have written entirely for this site, and I will take a stab at adding some content to it this decade. Check back with this post Monday November 1st 2010. Go to Comment
Romantic Love
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axlerowes's comment on 2010-11-01 11:13 AM


I have never forgotten about this one.  But today it was brought to my specific attention. I have made some changes.


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Romantic Love
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axlerowes's comment on 2010-11-02 08:53 AM
I am sorry this didn't come across clearly, this is not about players that want to roleplay romantic love. I want this to be about putting romantic love to the game as a challenge, and making love a force in the game world.

But this also not argument as to something you should do, but a discussion of something you could do. Go to Comment
P'Cheela - People of the Supreme Truth
Society/ Organizations  (Religious)   (Regional)
axlerowes's comment on 2015-01-27 09:39 PM
I loved the voice and the tone, because it gave us a window not only into the world of the P'Chela but also the writer. You may or may not think of yourself and an imaginative intellectual, but I think presenting your ideas in such an immersive fashion takes a more developed creative process. Cheers

Also the story of the guy/god mating with Mantis, excellent mythology tab, it is like you struck the "you can't make this stuff up" bell, and it set the tone for the rest of an expressive but economically written piece. Go to Comment
The Resource Wars
Articles  (Setting Building)   (Gaming - Genre)
axlerowes's comment on 2010-10-23 03:31 PM


A nice command of detail and a concise summary of (imaginary) events. It reads like the intro to a video game or board game manual. But without either a human element or a fun speculative fiction hook it is a little dry. It sound like some think tank's economic-military scenario, and I am not sure those are supposed to be fiction. Even though they likely are.

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The Resource Wars
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axlerowes's comment on 2010-10-25 10:32 AM
Yeah, I read the outline and commented on it. Go to Comment
The Resource Wars
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axlerowes's comment on 2010-10-26 04:59 PM
I can't find it now, but I swear SWEAR there was an outline in your "in work section" that started with Resource Wars and ended with Space Warfare of some sort. Go to Comment
The Resource Wars
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Four 5s (A Puzzle Dungeon)
Dungeons  (Underground)   (Puzzles)
axlerowes's comment on 2010-10-21 11:25 AM
Update: There was a mistake in the symbols for the 5 digit problem. I am sorry if anyone else tried to solve the problem. It is now corrected and should be use able.


A+A+A=##

this is correct. Go to Comment
Four 5s (A Puzzle Dungeon)
Dungeons  (Underground)   (Puzzles)
axlerowes's comment on 2010-10-23 09:26 PM
Only the 4th problem really involves any math.

The first problem is data management.

Second problem is a trick question.

Third problem is a puzzle. Go to Comment
BattleSteeds
Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Plains)
axlerowes's comment on 2010-10-20 02:34 PM


This obviously part of a larger stream of information.  The question always comes up, where do you break off things into discrete posts.  If you have a society of wizards that carries glass daggers filled with poison, do you make a post just for the glass daggers?    Maybe this should be just folded into a discussion of the cat people.  If not this bare bones list of facts should be developed to really be a whole image of how battlesteeds work and interact with Catpeople (Furrys).  There is obviously a culture that goes with the battlesteed breeding.  



Perhaps a love story, a battle steed has an arranged mating with another battlesteed, it all seems perfect, their children will add strength to the Catfolk (Furrys) fur generations. But instead, the battlesteed falls for donkey. 



 



Or what if the battle steed fall for his Catfolk (Furry) master, Robert Silverberg handled that one. 



http://escapepod.org/2007/07/05/ep113-ishmael-in-love/



 

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BattleSteeds
Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Plains)
axlerowes's comment on 2010-10-20 03:05 PM
I don't know the Catfolk (Furrys) may love their Battlesteeds, but there seems to be unwritten rule that they are second class citizens. Why can't they be full members of the clan?

But sverigesson is right, they breed to regular horses which they in turn respect less. This is one hell of a caste system you have here.

Perhaps there is a plot where a young Battlesteed refuses the saddle. Despite his father's request that he honor the Battlesteed tradition he runs off the human lands and get a job as an accountant. Then some liberal human writes a fictional book called "Mr. Ed's Stable" about a stoic and kind hearted Battlesteed who is ridden to death by his Catfolk (Furrys) senior tribesmen. Soon Battlesteeds start staging protests, and yelling (through snorts and neighs of course) that they ARE NOT GOING TO PULL THE CABOSE OF SOCIETY ANY LONGER!! Go to Comment
BattleSteeds
Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Plains)
axlerowes's comment on 2010-10-20 03:33 PM
IQ testing is just another way the MAN (or the CAT) tries to keep the Battlesteeds down. Everybody knows segregation is damaging to the IQ scores.

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BattleSteeds
Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Plains)
axlerowes's comment on 2010-10-20 05:03 PM
If you are really interested in putting a quantitative stamp on Intelligence perhaps you should try using Howard Gardner's 8 forms of intelligence.

http://www.infed.org/thinkers/gardner.htm


I think investing in more grey area and implied abilities and less concrete "facts" will improve the presentation of the idea and allow readers to meet the idea halfway. Or you could just say Battlebeasts are like Smartsharks.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0149261/
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BattleSteeds
Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Plains)
axlerowes's comment on 2010-10-20 05:28 PM
First time I laughed today: "I can only picture a cat ass stacked on top of a horse ass. And that makes me feel unclean."

Well played sir, well played Go to Comment
BattleSteeds
Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Plains)
axlerowes's comment on 2010-10-21 05:52 AM
But do they have their own language? Go to Comment
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