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30 Ways to Live
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slartibartfast's comment on 2010-11-01 01:18 PM


21. Go for a motorcycle ride cross country



Don't bring maps; drive until you hit a coast.  Don't let rain or even snow slow you down (well, maybe a little... watch out for slick pavement and road construction)


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30 Ways to Live
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slartibartfast's comment on 2010-11-01 01:28 PM


22. Volunteer at a shelter full-time



Wanna learn to really appreciate the simple things; like having teeth and a warm place to sleep?  Go work at a homeless shelter/ worker house/ battered women's shelter.  I'm not talking volunteering an hour, a day, or even a week; take a couple months (maybe a year if you can hack it) to volunteer and live there full time.  After the first couple days, the "warm fuzzies" you get from being a good samaritan melt away, to be replaced by some stark realizations you can't learn from documentaries.


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slartibartfast's comment on 2010-11-01 01:32 PM


23. Work with terminally ill kids



Haven't had the chance to experience this firsthand, but I'm told it's a real rollercoaster of emotions.


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30 Ways to Live
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slartibartfast's comment on 2010-11-01 01:38 PM


24. Raise some kids



Hope you aren't too hip on keeping that full, thick head of hair; what doesn't fall out goes gray fast.  Still; ain't no better way to push your sanity and patience to the edge.  Dirty diapers, late nights, and Barney marathons are rough; but it's all worth it.


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slartibartfast's comment on 2010-11-01 01:43 PM


25. Ask hard questions; look for answers



"The unexamined life is not worth living".  'nuff said.  Don't just question authority; that's far too easy.  Question yourself!  What makes you tick?  What drives you?  What do you really believe in?  Follow up on it too.


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30 Ways to Live
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slartibartfast's comment on 2010-11-01 01:47 PM


26. Run a marathon



...or some other activity where you REALLY have to push way past where you thought your limits were.


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30 Ways to Live
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slartibartfast's comment on 2010-11-01 01:55 PM


27. Conquer your fear



Pick one thing that really scares you (public speaking, heights, spiders, claustrophobia,water, certain people) and force yourself into a situation where you are confronted by it.  When you get through it, you'll feel really alive.

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30 Ways to Live
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slartibartfast's comment on 2010-11-01 01:57 PM


28. (Ties in with hallucinating) Fast for a week.



The first several days you won't be able to stop thinking of food.  but after 4 days or so, something else sets in...  (make sure you still drink water during this time)


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30 Ways to Live
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slartibartfast's comment on 2010-11-01 02:00 PM


29. Watch an entire sunrise or sunset. 



Stay up late or get up early just to watch the night and day completely change places.  Don't do anything else, just observe.


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30 Ways to Live
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slartibartfast's comment on 2010-11-01 02:04 PM


30. Breathe



Take 30 minutes or so to just breathe.  Don't think about anything else, don't do anything else; just focus on your breathing.  This can either be an awareness exercise, where you simply observe your breathing, or you could make it an active meditation where you focus on breath control (in through the nose, use your diaphram rather than your chest)



-There, I believe that brings the list to 30.


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Blast Cane
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slartibartfast's comment on 2010-10-24 05:25 PM


Nice idea; good way to bolster combat abilities of the typical mage.


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30 Tieflings and the Gifts they bestow
NPCs  (Extras)   (Criminal/Espionage)
slartibartfast's comment on 2010-10-24 05:32 PM


Awesome!  I thought all thirty (actually 31, considering the twins) were very colorful and unique.   What I particularly liked was that you were able to really capture  these characters without having to go into exhaustive detail or backstories; making them highly usable on a moment's notice.  Some of these guys'll definitely make it in my campaign.


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Magical Songs
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slartibartfast's comment on 2010-10-24 05:39 PM


A couple years back I had burned a bunch of songs of varying flavors for my own campaign (combat, defeat, travelling, high seas, blizzard, strange magic, etc).  Took me a while to compile.  Pity this wasn't available back then; would've saved me a lot of time and headache (particularly since I'm not all that musically inclined).


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Odinsteed
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slartibartfast's comment on 2010-10-24 05:44 PM


Oh my!  this really tickles my funnybone; the spawn of horses and spiders, passed of as ancient, noble beasts.  Very original!


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The Resource Wars
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slartibartfast's comment on 2010-10-24 05:49 PM


Nice, solid background for an alternate reality (although frighteningly close to our current reality in a couple ways).  Perfectly usable as the backdrop for a more straight-style Paranoia campaign.  Well-written setting.  I liked.


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Four 5s (A Puzzle Dungeon)
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slartibartfast's comment on 2010-10-24 05:18 PM


Nice job!  Some interesting puzzles to consider either as you have them laid out or on their own.


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Grandfather Pestilence
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slartibartfast's comment on 2010-10-15 05:45 AM


Very nice.  As you mentioned, I can easily see this as a background piece or red herring in a campaign, where, say, a village is subject to a strange plague, and the PCs might have a part in trying to alleviate it.  The locals continue to blame Grandfather Pest in hushed tones, distracting the PCs from the true source.


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D.V. Agina: Modern Rage Mages
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slartibartfast's comment on 2010-10-15 05:35 AM


Nice job.  Very interesting and colorful character, this A.V.Agina.  Although I'd suspect that, for players to take him seriously, I'd need to change the name.  One question which arises is, what would be an example of what might happen when you "feed the rage" too much?  (To the point where, as AngryScottsman alluded in his post, rational judgement clouds over and reason gives way to barbarism.)  I'm assuming that a well-trained mage rage would have tools in place to handle that, such as incantations which burn off rage, but have little outward effect?


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D.V. Agina: Modern Rage Mages
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slartibartfast's comment on 2010-10-15 09:47 AM
Now that I think about it more, perhaps that could be the rage mage's achilles tendon; pushing a rage mage past a certain point, and their rage-fueled incantations become too powerful for them to control. Go to Comment
Rage Mages
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slartibartfast's comment on 2010-10-14 06:22 AM


Very nice!  Well written and thought out.  Sorta like what the sith might have been in a fantasy setting? 5/5


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