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On the Construction of Swords
Articles  (Resource)   (Gaming - In General)
epsilon's comment on 2007-07-22 10:16 PM
Excellent work. I always like to drop in some "real" information in my sessions, encapsulated in the fiction and fantasy. Submissions like these are just wonderful and certainly saves me digesting netwash and looking it up myself. Hadn't thought of describing a sword in this detail in an encounter before, but me thinks I will shortly ;) Go to Comment
Rhaphi -large cave insect
Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Underground)
epsilon's comment on 2007-07-10 05:36 PM
Updated: added freetext link Go to Comment
Rhaphi -large cave insect
Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Underground)
epsilon's comment on 2007-07-10 05:44 PM
thanks all,
Scrasamax
re typos.. Really erm i have the spell check always on.. I just ran it again, looks good. There maybe some grammatical and incorrect word choices tho Ill send a Rhaphi to graze through it :) ta

I left a few doors open too, some people have found :) We cant have a totally useless beastie can we. Ill leave that up to the GMs to play with.
Even a gummy shark can give ya a nasty nip:) Go to Comment
Unic Horn
Items  (Books and Scrolls)   (Magical)
epsilon's comment on 2007-07-09 02:33 AM
Updated: included a clarifying summary Go to Comment
Unic Horn
Items  (Books and Scrolls)   (Magical)
epsilon's comment on 2007-07-09 06:54 PM
sorry about the marriage, my daughter made me do it :)
Wild Empathy,, yes sorry possibly too specific to 3.5? Not being aware, at this early point in my RPG travels, of other systems Its a little hard to un-specify something Im not sure is specified:) hmm even I didnt get that sorry.
Maybe Animal Empathy? Befriend animals?

Dark spells , hah you found a whole thanks.. I made sure that the "un reeded uses"
were all "nice" like things as they were directly horn related almost.
But didnt think about a bad spell on a reed being blown thru it..
My intention, in the game where it is being currently used, was as a druids aid.
Your right I must expand it to handle the dark side...
cheers Go to Comment
Unic Horn
Items  (Books and Scrolls)   (Magical)
epsilon's comment on 2007-07-10 06:13 PM
Updated: added some freetext Go to Comment
Unic Horn
Items  (Books and Scrolls)   (Magical)
epsilon's comment on 2007-07-10 06:54 PM
Updated: added Maintenance and dark spells Go to Comment
Red Dog's Antiques
Locations  (Establishment)   (Any)
epsilon's comment on 2007-07-09 07:30 PM
Me likes the idea. Its wide enough to allow a meeting place where all sorts of things can be gleamed. In the endless search for new and obscure places, where PC's can gain information and gadgets, this place helps a little further and gives us an interesting option.

Its a shame its not real! It would be the kind of place you would find me digging about :) Go to Comment
The Idols of Na'Shithiran
Plots  (Crisis)   (Side-Quest)
epsilon's comment on 2007-07-04 06:23 PM
Thanks all If only my fingers worked as quickly as my mind :) Id answer all your questions. For now let me say I have already started to edit my local copy, I will refresh as time permits. It turned out allot better than I anticipated and I feel, with your encouragement, its worthy of some polish.
I had "stolen" certain characters from a current campaign I'm running and yes Ifrengal is one of my "pops up" on various occasions villain. Starting life as a background filler NPC a few campaigns ago he has matured into a classic returning villain. (my players shudder when I drop his name) :)

Alas I waffle.
I intend to answer your thoughts, after I have had some of my own.
Cheers
and yes feel free to point the submission to a better local, Im still learning the citadel labyrinth.
As for grammar, my humble apologies, you should have seen it before I ran it through word:) I will do better. Go to Comment
The Idols of Na'Shithiran
Plots  (Crisis)   (Side-Quest)
epsilon's comment on 2007-07-09 09:30 PM
Updated: Added some detail and a little polish. Go to Comment
The Idols of Na'Shithiran
Plots  (Crisis)   (Side-Quest)
epsilon's comment on 2007-07-10 06:07 PM
Updated: fixed freetext Go to Comment
The Unseen Fortress
Locations  (Fortification)   (Forest/ Jungle)
epsilon's comment on 2007-08-20 12:38 AM
Once again I am humbled by my colleagues here at the Citadel:)

Amazing sub and I admit having only read it, to see where and how my 'crumb' was involved. But having done so I am the benefactor. Many thanks for drawing my attention to it. Go to Comment
The Lady Tantalia
Plots  (Coincidence)   (Encounter)
epsilon's comment on 2007-07-09 08:13 PM
Neat thoughts and merge with the gorgon and pirate theme. Could be bent in any direction.
Pulled their own eyes out to stop themselves seeing the missus.. Brilliant tee hee Go to Comment
The Bamboo Rats
Plots  (Crisis)   (Single-Storyline)
epsilon's comment on 2007-07-03 10:21 PM
Wow I know now what I have been missing out on. A great work that oozes inspiration and enthusiasm for the rest of us peasants to follow. Go to Comment
Running Tactical Scenes at Lightning Speeds with Many Players
Articles  (Rules and Advice)   (Game Mastering)
epsilon's comment on 2007-08-23 02:00 PM
I agree with the computer comment. As a newbie I thought it would be easier to use a laptop for everything but it was just too slow.

For GM notes (I hyper link my notes to the various online or self made NPC sheets.) I generate the notes in a doc writer so may as well leave it on the pc. It is quicker to word search for obscure things. But I tell ya flippin pages in a hard copy also has its advantages.

Magic board is brill!! I have two and have always used them, gald to see my idea matches others :) In fact ill go one better. I purchased a few magnetic whiteboards. Like the tabbed initiative cards I have little mag id tags I can move easy on the board.I tick each one as it gets its turn, If someone is not ready I dont rearrange I just dont tick. at the end I check to see all are ticked then wipe and start again.

I did keep all this in excell once including damage and a die roller but to be honest it slowed things down filling in all the boxes. I admit the die roller was text input ie 2d6+2 a push button type might be quicker but you still have to add offsets anyway. Im playing with kids so math isnt great but its also one of the reasons we play.. to help their math. So die roll has been the best.

To check their sums I use a python terminal for math processing. or calculators in windows. I may have 6 calc windows up. One for each players HP and the NPC's HP. Very simple for them to roll damage, tell me and I just enter it "-6" on the appropriate calc. I find keeping my brain away from calculating the math allows me to focus on the narration and having a "calculator" stops any arguments. The calcs have a history too so its easy to see what happend, when.

But everything else is on the mag/white board.
I have some laminated sheets to with various quick ref and combat stuff on it.

Minatures are simply 30mm printed and laminated images of characters. (I actually use the image rather than an ID number, brains match images far quicker than letters/numbers) I have built up a decent collection of NPC's and I have some blank laminated ones just in case, that I can write on with a whiteboard marker. The miniature (stand up image) matches the initiative tags on my mag board.

At first I did use these boards in vertical mode, like a GM screen but found it was a lot easier and faster to use as a normal notepad. My quick ref sheets are the screen now. Go to Comment
Everything I Learned About Raising Children I Learned From Gaming
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Game Mastering)
epsilon's comment on 2007-08-06 12:17 AM
Neat. Having two kids myself I'm nodding continually while reading;)
Its one of the reasons I game with my kids. Sometimes the crossover from the game situation to their unkept bedroom and chores ..is not very gray :) Go to Comment
Winter is a Character
Articles  (At Table)   (Game Mastering)
epsilon's comment on 2007-07-25 06:55 PM
Its articles like this that humble men such as myself, we hold the tips of our fingers on the bridge of our nose, resting our chins in our thumbs in a mock prayer like gesture. Mumbling words of, "why has it taken me this long to find such gold? why is this not advertised on prime time TV? Why did I not have the presence of mind to search for it long ago?" Deep in my soul I know these words, relate immediately, as each letter forms its part in the sentence. And yet I would never have retracted them from my inner self.

The light just came on!!
Thanks for bringing them to the surface. Go to Comment
Running a Game, the MoonHunter way
Articles  (At Table)   (Game Mastering)
epsilon's comment on 2007-07-25 06:35 PM
Another great read, if only I could assimilate this info quicker ;)
One thing I can say in response is the plan vs experience ratio. That is the more experienced you are the better you can wing it. Some, like myself, love to thrash out details and get annoyed and "grumpy" when others miss these wonderments or worse still, don't put similar work into their own parts. Like anything as a beginner we fall back on pre planning, attempting to ensure that all possible routes are covered. However, protecting our pride in this way does not always make for the "fun" game.

As a beginner tho, it is this copious amount of pre-planning which eventually sinks into our deepest recess of the mind and becomes experience. This experience we can then fall back on with ease, when placed in the situation of, playing on the wing and prayer. As you build up the library of information, both as paperwork or files and as memories, at some point it becomes a little easier, the mechanics are water brushed on in sweeping, foundation building, strokes and the "fun" part the "artistic license", the poetry of the encounters can then be given the prime time of our mind. Go to Comment
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