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Aetherschreiber
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CaptainPenguin's comment on 2005-06-09 07:41 PM
This is the best of your steampunk-ish items yet. Basically, fantasy steampunk telephones. I like it!

4/5. Go to Comment
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MoonHunter's comment on 2005-06-10 08:43 AM
They should fall into the hands of a Rebellion, or perhaps someone has seen their potential and is planning a coup?

ah... Modern military theory in application.

A couple of these devices would give any military an unfair advantage over another. Even given similar armaments, communication and logistics are key to superior effectiveness in the field... able to rapidly give location information and re-direct troops and supplies would make a small force able to take down a larger force (even though that larger force might be superior on the battlefield). The command lag of a few minutes should be compared to the command lag of a couple of days between the riding of scouts and the riding of messengers. The smaller force could out manuver the larger force (by letting scouting unit cut their information lag to nothing), cut supply lines, and take out elements of the force as they were re-deployed away from the main force. Sure they are not a panacea and will not ensure victory, but it will give a small force a decisive edge. Besides if they have these, what other marvelous toys will they have? Go to Comment
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Cheka Man's comment on 2005-06-10 11:42 AM
I real like this and hope for more items of this time. A great addition to a steampunk world. 4/5 Go to Comment
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Ancient Gamer's comment on 2005-11-28 09:43 AM
I like this a lot! It is short, perhaps too short, but the idea is definitely cool! While I am not into steampunk, I have elements of it in my setting (one city to be exact). The Aetherschreiber will definitely be found in AGfied form within important offices of that city. Go to Comment
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Dragon Lord's comment on 2005-06-10 08:06 AM
Actually Cap I think this is closer to a telegraph than a telephone, but basically I agree with you.

That fact that each is attuned to only one other crystal is a limitation, but with the proper organisation this can be overcome relatively easily (one machine in each village and a central exchange in the local market town with machines linked to each of them)

Anteaus, this is the best yet - keep up the good work - 4/5 Go to Comment
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Anteaus's comment on 2005-06-09 07:38 PM
well that is the point..it being hard to use/carry but just imagine giving the bad guys a few of these...and let them always know where the players are... Go to Comment
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Lucint's comment on 2005-06-09 07:34 PM
This is an interesting item in and of itself. Though I am having a small bit of trouble thinking of pratical uses for this. I imagine it would be quite large so it's not as if the players could take it with them. Which would mean that they would either have to travel back to it constantly, or if there was some way a player could tap into one of the crystals and tell it what to send from a distance it would be easier too.

Another issue would be that they are ony keyed to one other crystal, which means that even if the device were common it doesn't help much.

With a few minor tweaks though, this could be quite the creation. Go to Comment
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Roack's comment on 2005-07-28 08:31 PM
This is almost perfectly engineered for my campaign, Kepp it up Anteaus. Go to Comment
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Zylithan's comment on 2005-11-27 08:08 PM
A good solid idea. It's nice that it has limitations, but Dragon Lord's post shows how it can be used to great means if done properly. Go to Comment
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Murometz's comment on 2007-04-12 07:45 PM
far-out! short but endlessly intriguing! Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2013-04-29 08:32 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
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sverigesson's comment on 2008-12-15 07:12 AM
Pretty decent sub. I would expect a longer write up given its unoriginal nature, but a good idea nonetheless. (btw, its been done in Sci-Fi as well... you may recall the ansible from Orson Scott Card's Ender books. Almost identical to this.) Go to Comment
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manfred's comment on 2005-11-30 04:06 AM
Thanks for noting. Links updated. Go to Comment
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CaptainPenguin's comment on 2005-06-08 11:29 PM
Just to note, "aquarespublica" would translate from Latin as "the commonthingwater"... Go to Comment
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CaptainPenguin's comment on 2005-06-09 01:42 PM
"res publica"- Latin, meaning, the people's thing, or the common thing; origin of the English word "republic". Go to Comment
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CaptainPenguin's comment on 2005-06-10 07:30 AM
Naw, man, doesn't matter, I'm just giving you a hard time.
Cool concept, dig the steampunk (or.. uh... alchemy-punk?), plus one for effort gives you a...

4/5. Go to Comment
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CaptainPenguin's comment on 2005-06-27 08:59 PM
The fact that such a thing wouldn't work in real life is a poor reason to rate this item badly.
I mean, think about it- almost all of the items on our boards are MAGIC for Cthulhu's sake, and you decry this one for not being true to real-life physics?
I dunno', man, I dunno'.
To each his own, Stormy. (Can I call you Stormy?) Go to Comment
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MoonHunter's comment on 2005-06-09 09:55 AM
This what I love about alchemy, we all try to wrap our scientific mind around the magic. If someone said it was magic runes that did this, we would all go "oh. okay." Go to Comment
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Maggot's comment on 2005-06-27 08:37 AM
A little uncharitable,don't you think? Even if the science of it is a little wonky,it still deserves at least 2/5 for the sheer creativity involved. 1/5 is just miserly. Go to Comment
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EchoMirage's comment on 2005-06-09 12:52 PM
'Repel' is certainly NOT res publica in Latin, but - an interesting approach to hovercraft. I guess the oarsmen are expected to sing, loudly ...
"What shall we do with a drunken sailor?" Go to Comment
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