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The Magic of Food
Articles  (Resource)   (Gaming - In General)
manfred's comment on 2008-10-04 03:37 PM
Drat, now I can't think of anything to add. :)

Excellent submission! I'll be sure to steal something of it. Go to Comment
Stalagmen
Lifeforms  (Third Kingdom)   (Underground)
manfred's comment on 2008-09-30 05:25 PM
They seem to be fun, you basic stone elementals given a good overhaul. If nothing else, they can be used as a spooky story about the dangers of the depths. Go to Comment
Ring of Heaven
Items  (Jewelry)   (Magical)
manfred's comment on 2008-09-30 05:19 PM
This one has potential... not one for meddling with afterlife existence too easily, you could have fun with it!

Oh, and: if there is any sort of balance in the universe, you can bet demons and their like will be attracted to the ring like moths. Go to Comment
New Earth-That-Was
Locations  (World)   (Space)
manfred's comment on 2008-10-02 09:12 AM
Firefly!

And quite a resource, too. I was reminded of a few wikis out there. I am not such a huge fan nowadays, but it tickles me quite a lot and makes me consider posting something... at least a scroll, if nothing else. :)


One for Firefly, on of the better universes of last few years. Go to Comment
Lewiston - Rim
Locations  (World)   (Space)
manfred's comment on 2008-10-02 08:56 AM
An okay place to visit while hunting some dingus. (Note: there is some duplication around paragraph three.)

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The Horton Family was a group of late comers, dubbed after their initial speaker, the name refuses to go despite the many families that make it. They had difficulty to find a large prosperous area, so they turned to fishing on a large scale, with little agriculture to round things out. They need to do a lot of trading, so they try to be friendly with everyone, but their sort-of-claim on the seas doesn't help it. True enough, they are quietly planning to take over this industry completely and style themselves as the best sailors and fishers anywhere.

With some of their catch exported, they are wealthier than the average. It's all because of the risk they say. Go to Comment
Maug, The Bitter God
Society/ Organizations  (Religious)   (Country/ State)
manfred's comment on 2008-09-30 04:43 PM
Now you're talking! I like gods that are unusual as this one.

Why would people follow these teachings (note that I'm not talking about worship)? Because this is the truth, this is how the world works, they say. And they are straight at the source of adversity. Besides making them better prepared, they just may happen to learn of the challenges when they come.

I would also say the psychological boost can be the most important advantage a religion can bring. It is true: too often reduced to a list of spells, it loses much of its edge.


Very usable. Go to Comment
Torture and Execution--Devices and Methods
Items  (Other)   (Villanous)
manfred's comment on 2008-09-30 03:37 PM
Though I'm not sure about all of these, the collection is sufficiently wrong for its stated purpose. The Smallest of Worlds was the one for me, with its natural effect and no need for any gore. Keep at it... or better don't. Go to Comment
Four Rings
Items  (Jewelry)   (Magical)
manfred's comment on 2008-09-30 03:20 PM
I concur with the others, it is a good set worth having. The issue with the fourth ring could be solved by a bit of background. You can see a healer, that through own power, or more likely, through favors of his patients, made the rings to aid him. But it is not only work that keeps a man alive; he liked to sing, though few liked his voice. And so he made a final ring to help him with this problem.

And then they could be called the Four Rings of Healing.:) Go to Comment
Four Rings
Items  (Jewelry)   (Magical)
manfred's comment on 2008-10-02 06:02 AM
Of course they are fine items for everyone and anyone, it is an optional background if they are to be an actual set, hence the past tense. :) Go to Comment
Suicide flies
Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Plains)
manfred's comment on 2008-09-30 03:04 PM
Well, if you happened to feed somebody with a dozen of the flies or more, they could really have an impact on your health. Or imagine a swarm of these happening on a sleeping person... annoying, and potentially dangerous. Always mind those little caveats. :)

Ugly writing, but very logical and I like that. Go to Comment
Away From Table Chart
Plots  (Travel)   (Side-Quest)
manfred's comment on 2008-09-30 02:53 PM
Do we have somewhere an article on how to deal with absentee players? If so, linking the two together would boost the usefulness of both.

Oh, and you know this could be the ultimate Excuses Table for the PCs. ;) Go to Comment
30 Bottles of Wine
Items  (Potion)   (Heroic)
manfred's comment on 2008-09-30 02:50 PM
A nice collection I have to say! Built a bit heavily on the standard group of races, but the ideas are certainly applicable in other places. Good work. Go to Comment
30 Bottles of Wine
Items  (Potion)   (Heroic)
manfred's comment on 2009-03-10 07:05 PM
(Psst, we have also a large collection of fantasy recipes somewhere, if you are into the culinary stuff. You can have it really cheap, just your lucky day!) Go to Comment
30 Bottles of Wine
Items  (Potion)   (Heroic)
manfred's comment on 2010-05-09 05:45 PM
This article has been featured on Roleplayingtips.com, Issue 485. Congratulations to the author - on your health!

See it here. Go to Comment
Bloody-Beard Borsht
NPCs  (Minor)   (Combative)
manfred's comment on 2008-10-02 07:21 AM
Indeed, why would they have to be the good guys all the time. There is enough darkness to be found in their hearts, and if they fall for it, it may look just like this.

In another NPC, you mentioned a certain liking that he has for the undead workers that never tire or complain, that should be included here. It is a great detail that rounds him up well.

Worth using, especially if there are other dwarves in the party. Go to Comment
Umo Cinzento
NPCs  (Extras)   (Domestic/ Craft)
manfred's comment on 2008-10-02 07:14 AM
This hurt. Not much love for the fellow, but he is a very real person to contend with at some point. Good work.

A plus for the cruel dwarf alone. Link him here. Go to Comment
Synths
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (Any)
manfred's comment on 2008-09-19 06:36 PM
Good piece of color. It is the details, like the laws surrounding them, their chance to buy themselves out to freeedom, and their 'brand' appearance that seals the deal. Very usable.

Now imagine if someone happens to look like one of those copyrighted looks... :) Go to Comment
Blimp Dragon
Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Other)
manfred's comment on 2008-09-18 07:14 AM
...or rooms dug into its flesh? I bet there is some interesting way to bypass the creature's immune system and defensive reactions. Go to Comment
Crystal Dragons of Sogth VII
Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Mountains)
manfred's comment on 2008-09-16 04:47 PM
Not bad at all! I like the sci-fish take on the green beast. And if they derive sustenance from metals, they must have some pretty strange metabolism indeed!

Good work, Siren. Go to Comment
The Green Dragon Challenge
Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Any)
manfred's comment on 2008-09-15 03:51 PM
Can't we have dragons breeding people instead? That sounds much more logical to me, even according to the principles you have set down. :)

But it makes an interesting challenge, worth thinking about. One beginning of the chain of reasoning could be elephants... also large herbivores, easily dangerous, but very useful to humans in their environments. Got to figure that one out more. Go to Comment
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