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Evolutionary Theology
Articles  (Setting Building)   (Game Mastering)
manfred's comment on 2006-03-24 11:19 AM
Ow. Cold shower for this article. I have a feeling that it will be re-written, so I'll withdraw my vote until then.

Another thing: assumptions. I suggest to make mention of all the assumptions you work with - the existence of all the supernatural creatures for instance, their politicking, acting on behalf of their own believers, etc. If one or more of them are not true for a given game world, the article can break apart.

As for the demonic faiths, how do you recognize those? How many sacrifices needs a deity (or the ancestors, or the sacred lake, or the Only God, or...) to be listed as evil? I think it wasn't that rare for people to be sacrificed to higher beings, for reasons far more numerous than a simple demon sponsorship.


The topic really doesn't hurt me in any way, I would even prefer more of it! Go to Comment
Golden Golem
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (Any)
manfred's comment on 2014-03-28 05:03 PM
If there is enough gold to make these regularly, you can bet the local king will keep one of these as a sort of bodyguard, just to show off. Although locals keep mumbling that it's actually a copper golem with some golden paint on... Go to Comment
The Blackwings
Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Any)
manfred's comment on 2014-02-09 12:32 PM
A pretty colorful flock, these guys, and not exactly sympathetic!

Given their manipulative nature and tendency not to abuse others just for the sake of it, I would imagine a surprising number of their slaves might see them as good masters (at least compared to others...). There may be even rumors circulating among the most oppressed about how misunderstood Blackwings really are - likely spread by the Blackwings themselves. Go to Comment
Specialized Fungus Cultures
Plots  (Crisis)   (Single-Storyline)
manfred's comment on 2013-06-01 06:41 AM
Very nice work indeed, Elbin! Good stuff! Go to Comment
Furry Tree-Zombies!?!
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Gaming - In General)
manfred's comment on 2005-11-14 07:56 AM
*became victim of short attention span syndrome*

Please, cut out some parts of it, or warn that it is too long beforehand. Thanks. Go to Comment
Othamm, the God of Completion
Systems  (Divine/ Spirit)   (Defining)
manfred's comment on 2014-10-14 01:51 PM
Of course would Mathom would delay all of Othamm's work, he just hasn't caught up with him yet.

Love it! Go to Comment
Dwarven proverbs, sayings, quotes, anecdotes and euphemisms
Articles  (Resource)   (Gaming - In General)
manfred's comment on 2014-03-28 05:44 PM


66. Even a beardless one can give good advice. (Everything's possible, you know?)



67. Even the rat has courage in her den. (Equally about desperation giving power, and knowledge of a locale giving defenders an edge.)



68. Sleeping on a stone is easy with a clean conscience.



69. A dog knows who feeds him. (Multiple interpretations, mostly insulting; may be a hint the dwarf knows about your true loyalties, or is about to rent your services. Can also refer to the cunning of some creatures or their surprising loyalty.)



70. The belly is the best clock there is.



71. Can't buy honor in the market. (Obvious meaning; but also a sigh of some itinerant clanless dwarves that wish for a more proper life.)



72. The more you put in, the more it burns. (Feeding the wrong thing, arguments, hate, etc.)



73. Tall stairs make for heavy falls. (About the occasional tendency to overreach.)



74. A dwarf is a dwarf while he keeps his word.



75. Goblins took it. (It won't ever come back, at least not in the same shape.)



76. What he builds with one hand he breaks with the other. (Fool, incompetent, but also someone capable working against himself.)



77. Master of nine crafts makes poverty his tenth. (Can't be good at everything, those who try fail.)



78. Good work praises itself.



79. Keep to the new road and an old friend.



80. Eat the mushrooms but know their names. (Know what you are getting into.)

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Dwarven proverbs, sayings, quotes, anecdotes and euphemisms
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manfred's comment on 2014-03-28 05:45 PM
This needs to be a 101, people! Go to Comment
Tuner Mages
Society/ Organizations  (Mystical)   (Country/ State)
manfred's comment on 2009-03-14 03:04 AM
Maybe they could paint themselves as 'safe' mages. In a world, where there is plenty of magic items, there are also many quirky, dysfunctional and downright cursed or 'evil' items. And for that, you could call one of these mages to tune the magic item in question. They would have great abilities in identifying their properties and some potential to adjust them. They would be all about safety, that could make a good selling point. Go to Comment
A slight problem with Hell
Plots  (Travel)   (Encounter)
manfred's comment on 2008-07-27 03:39 PM
One should hope that most adventurers have more reason than to trust the words of the first peasant they come across, but hey, you never know. :)

If this obstacle is removed, the plot is usable. Go to Comment
The Twelve Days of Christmas-Strolen.com Style
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Gaming - In General)
manfred's comment on 2008-12-12 07:39 AM
Duplicates were removed and broken links fixed. Things should lead where they are supposed to.

Also, if your true love gave you four kegs of Time-Wine on the fourth day, she also gave you quite a headache on the fifth day. :) Go to Comment
The Twelve Days of Christmas-Strolen.com Style
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Gaming - In General)
manfred's comment on 2008-12-12 10:12 AM
Well, if it is a really good brand... Go to Comment
The Twelve Days of Christmas-Strolen.com Style
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Gaming - In General)
manfred's comment on 2008-12-12 11:12 AM
I was pondering, whether a silly freetext wasn't more appropriate to this. But then I noticed the Humor/Editorial category and had to admit it belongs there. So here goes the vote. Go to Comment
Character Background
Systems  (Technical/ Mechanical)   (General)
manfred's comment on 2006-09-04 03:37 AM
A nice set of ideas. Could be easily turned into a generator, so if you want to, feel free.

(Oh, and there are a few typos inside. But that's no wonder by that amount of text.) Go to Comment
Character Background
Systems  (Technical/ Mechanical)   (General)
manfred's comment on 2006-09-07 01:37 PM
A generator is indeed in the works, there is already a fully working version at http://generating.strolen.com/gen/charback.html . Have fun with it. Go to Comment
Character Background
Systems  (Technical/ Mechanical)   (General)
manfred's comment on 2006-09-07 01:39 PM
Oh, and: the "Other Race" option is inside, just not very likely to be generated with a 5% chance. ;) Go to Comment
Character Background
Systems  (Technical/ Mechanical)   (General)
manfred's comment on 2006-11-11 05:07 AM
And for the record, a Citadelised version exists as well: http://www.strolen.com/random.php?page=charback


BUMP! Go to Comment
Character Background
Systems  (Technical/ Mechanical)   (General)
manfred's comment on 2007-09-25 08:27 AM
I didn't notice any attack here, but for some reason legalese mumble tends to be very aggravating, not to mention any kind of hint of 'unoriginal' work. I've carried those shoes a few times as well, so I know how both claims can annoy. Please, don't get discouraged, and stay around.


Aside: we can get pretty harsh sometimes, but we don't delete here submissions based on moodswings, or what-ifs. Not ever. We don't want to lose anyone's work. Go to Comment
30 Small Town Horror Threads
Plots  (Mystical)   (Encounter)
manfred's comment on 2011-06-29 08:19 AM


That is indeed an excellent and creepy list! #7 did it to me, besides all the others. :)


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Use of Constellations
Articles  (Setting Building)   (Game Mastering)
manfred's comment on 2009-07-18 01:02 PM
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See it here. Go to Comment
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