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Observer Beetles
Lifeforms  (Unique)   (Swamp)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-12-04 08:40 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
Bridgeton Asylum
Articles  (Fiction)   (Gaming - In General)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-10-28 09:24 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 07:38 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 08:27 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 09:42 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 01:06 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 10:11 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 09:52 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 05:39 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 03:23 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
The Taxiad: History of the Wars against the Taxians
Items  (Books and Scrolls)   (Non-Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2010-10-13 07:34 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 01:02 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 06:51 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 07:32 PM
That is really well done, Go to Comment
Host of Battle
Society/ Organizations  (Travelers)   (World Wide)
axlerowes's comment on 2012-01-23 04:28 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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Terrain Features
Locations  (Other)   (Any)
axlerowes's comment on 2011-05-26 04:52 PM


Damn useful sub and perfect use of the medium.


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ISSF-23 Wasp
Items  (SpaceShips)   (Combat)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-04-09 06:03 PM
"Because someone had a bunch of wannabe hotshot pilots and needed a cheap fighter."


I am already a little geeked about this one, and the above suggestion makes me think this could be a fun read. Go to Comment
Aerophin
Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Other)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-04-10 01:47 AM
I am not voting here, just an edit

"They are several evolutions beyond dolphins"

You can't say "evolutions" it implies a unit, and I don't think it is a word. Try saying derived. The use of the word "beyond" works if you have a defined starting point, an intermediate and a end point. Go to Comment
Aerophin
Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Other)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-04-10 07:04 PM
I knew what he meant, and that is exactly why I think he can't use the term "evolutions". My understanding is that evolution is on going process, and that during this process organisims derive novel traits that will eventually seperate them for their genetic ancestor or even their contemparies. You can't say a tree is several growths taller than another tree. Go to Comment
Aerophin
Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Other)
axlerowes's comment on 2009-04-13 12:29 PM
I suppose you could say evolutions if you are talking about several discrete paths. For example "Anaylsis of the gene pool of spotted moths, nonmigratory pigeons, and the common mouse species Mus musculus indicate that both moths and pigeons have been under intense selective pressure since at least 1700. The Mouse population however has maintained a degree of diversity predicted by our null hypothesis. The evolutions of the moth and pigeon population....."

Here you can use plural because you are discussing two evolutions, the evolution of the moth and the evolution of the pigeon. Above he is wants to state that his space dolphin shares a common ancestor with the earth dolphin. He a discussing a macro evolution relationship, the use of the terms "evolutions" and "beyond" should not be applied.
If the creature evolved from a dolphin population or reached a dolphin like state via convergent evolution then you are simply discussing the evolution of that population. They did not go through multiple evolutions. Beyond is unfortunate because it suggest a linear relationship, when really it is a branching relationship between related species. Beyond isn't wrong, I just think it should be used carefully.

Writers of speculative fiction deeply effect the general publics understanding of science. When discussing a topic such evolution is it not important that one deals carefully with academic question and considerations? Go to Comment
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