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30 reasons why magic is mostly used for good
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Gaming - In General)
valadaar's comment on 2013-10-09 09:22 AM
Interesting. This actually could be written as an article without the use of the 30 format.

That might have provided a stronger discussion, and there would be less pressure to fill in the full 30 with weaker entries.

That said, this is an excellent collection of impediments on black magic - nicely done.
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The Clowns Gang
Society/ Organizations  (Criminal/Espionage)   (Area)
valadaar's comment on 2013-10-08 08:05 PM
Brutal in a good way. Great use of pictures.

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Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Any)
valadaar's comment on 2013-10-08 08:02 PM
A good explanation of the demons of your world, though the first section is a little rough and needs to be reread.

Some is a little confusing:


Likewise, though the daimons will usually be a minor threat as they can't rejuvenate themselves in their home, some were originally powerful enough to be a significant threat in their time spent as a daimon.

So, even though they cannot recover from injury while on Atheus, they start off powerful enough to remain formidable for quite some time?

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Operation Slander
Plots  (Hired)   (Multi-Storyline)
valadaar's comment on 2013-10-08 07:52 PM
A great workup, but he seems rather vulnerable to those that would simply blow him up.

In which case, his clues would go poof too, so there is that. Go to Comment
Locations  (Country/ State)   (Any)
valadaar's comment on 2013-10-07 01:25 PM
It would be interesting to see a king arise that held power not through his impotent army, and figurehead status, but through ties to the underworld. Blackmail, careful manoeuvring, intrigue. Keeping to the appearances of a lame duck, he would actually hold significant power. How the PC's play a role in this, perhaps they could give the impetus to change.

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Operation Black Rain
Plots  (Hired)   (Multi-Storyline)
valadaar's comment on 2013-09-24 01:45 PM
Its pretty good, though I would expect there to be more than one door between room 1 and the outside world, ideally with all access points provided with an airlock.

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Items  (Armor)   (Villanous)
valadaar's comment on 2013-09-24 01:15 PM
This submission is like the universe itself - pulling in bits and pieces everywhere into a cohesive whole.

These are great and form instant adventures for the game. Playing a mechwarrior/battletech campaign in this world would be wild fun.

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Budiansky Drone
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (Plains)
valadaar's comment on 2013-09-23 01:44 PM
Another great element for the Cosmic Era! I do like the old-school transformers a bit more then the current ones.

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Desert Rose
Locations  (Regional)   (Desert)
valadaar's comment on 2013-09-20 02:20 PM
I really like the strong story-telling side to your submissions, and I like plant related submissions quite a bit. Good job on this one! Go to Comment
Dragon's Wake
Locations  (City)   (Water)
valadaar's comment on 2013-09-20 11:30 AM
A great tale, either to use as actual history, or at least a local legend.

Well written and I see how it ties into the Order of the Ivory Tower.

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Shardis, the Shining City
Locations  (City)   (Plains)
valadaar's comment on 2013-09-20 09:51 AM
The Eclipse certainly makes this submission - the city as it was was a nice high-magic city, but not overly remarkable. The transformation into the war zone gives it a desperate air and like Gossamer said, having the PCs there when all hell breaks loose would make the greatest impact.

Well done! This would make a very interesting mini-campaign. Go to Comment
Winter's Gem
Items  (Jewelry)   (Sentient)
valadaar's comment on 2013-09-19 03:42 PM

Very, very good! Love the tale and the idea of a perpetual storm.

This appears like it would be compatible with the Shards of the Storm set of items, from the ancient days of Strolens.

Shards of the Storm

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The Five Orders of Ivory Tower
Society/ Organizations  (Political)   (Country/ State)
valadaar's comment on 2013-09-19 12:17 PM
This is quite good and these are interesting orders.

I noticed some odd sentences in the first paragraph, such as

"Built around the base of the mesa is another city Blessed Gathering is a home to many people and a center for trade and a stop along most of the safe routes through the desert."

I think the following sounds a little better:

"Built around the base of the mesa is another city called Blessed Gathering. This city is...."

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30 Dimensional Fatigue Events
Plots  (Crisis)   (Encounter)
valadaar's comment on 2013-09-12 10:31 AM
Was this _meant_ to fall into public view? :)
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30 Dimensional Fatigue Events
Plots  (Crisis)   (Encounter)
valadaar's comment on 2013-09-16 01:35 PM
A very well executed 30. So many ideas here :)

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Eshnes Pehe - The Blood Drinker
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Magical)
valadaar's comment on 2013-09-19 03:32 PM
This could easily work in Urban fantasy, perhaps even more so.

Someone like Hannibal Lecter (sp?) would be the perfect owner of this item, found during his years as a grad student screening artefacts. No one ever found his fellow student who disappeared on the dig...
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Devouring Fire
Lifeforms  (Third Kingdom)   (Other)
valadaar's comment on 2013-09-11 07:38 PM
One and a bit sittings on this one. Bit of a record for me. Go to Comment
Devouring Fire
Lifeforms  (Third Kingdom)   (Other)
valadaar's comment on 2013-09-11 08:51 PM
Thanks! I'm trying to shorten the time it takes for me to make subs by a few months.. :)
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Reliquary of the Rotting Legion
Items  (Wand/Staff/ Arcane)   (Villanous)
valadaar's comment on 2013-09-19 03:25 PM
A decent item, with lots of potential uses.

For a long-term plot, the spirit inside the box would want to get _out_. For a powerful necromancer, not having a physical body once he does so many not be that big a deal - many undead are non-corporeal. The trick would be how to get out without being drawn off to the afterlife and probably consignment to Hell or its equivalent.

Perhaps a plot could be an infernal being looking to collect the 'overdue' soul of the necromancer. Maybe even recruiting the PCs to this end.

As for why it is not more common - I'd say it could in fact be more common as making magic items by binding spirits within is a perfectly reasonable way to go.

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Demonic Pipe Organ
Dungeons  (Underground)   (Puzzles)
valadaar's comment on 2013-09-18 10:40 PM
Yes Muro - keep going!:)

This is interesting, but would need the right game and players to use.
Id use it with the demonic appearance toned down, or perhaps hidden until it is played with intensity by someone who knows how to play.
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