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EchoMirage's comment on 2006-04-02 02:20 PM
Well, just because he's a halfling, comical on his own, doesn't mean he has to have a name fit for a comedy character.

Other that that... why does a halfling make a Potion of Monster Morphing? Aren't halflings usually the ones who get eaten by monsters? Go to Comment
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Ancient Gamer's comment on 2006-04-03 03:46 PM
The "stupidname" comment was unnecessary, I will give you that, but the rest seems purty okay with me. I may be hardened by the fact that I have seen a lot worse, but still... I think BH meant this seriously, but got a little carried away with his criticism. Go to Comment
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Ancient Gamer's comment on 2006-04-04 04:56 AM
Pseudo intellectual pedantic babble is a pain! It hounds roleplaying circles like a rabid dog out of Hades. You should have visited the norwegian roleplaying forums... There some prominent persons spend their time basking in the sad fact that they are leading personages in the roleplaying community of a very, very minor nation. To these quasi intellectuals, pedantic babble is a natural state and their excessively long debates on this or that utterly boring and uninteresting aspect of roleplaying theory will certainly make you want to consider suicide, or more probably homocide.

No, I am not targetting the helpful Strolenites here. I am targetting roleplaying theory pedantic babblers. People trying to be important, while in fact they are seriously and utterly boring! Go to Comment
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Pariah's comment on 2006-03-31 08:21 PM
Maybe he's brewing out in the woods because what he's brewing is illegal. He could be a moonshiner, making illegal alchohol, part time.

I agree that not telling them is a bad idea. I know that if I was in an abandoned piece of woods, and I was stupid enough to drink from an unknown person's cauldron, and then I sprouted wings, claws, and a really bad temper I wouldn't hold back. In fact I'd probably be taking the hobbit with me until I washed the blood/guts off of me.

Also, maybe the robbers are after the potion cuase they know what it does. And they want some of it so they can harrass poor, cuddly adventurers. Go to Comment
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Murometz's comment on 2006-04-01 02:09 PM
damn it! I'm starting to like the name...Grinning Bibbleflibble Go to Comment
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Murometz's comment on 2006-04-03 03:41 PM
you'd be suspicious? yeah, so? ever hear of pc curiousity?

the "stupidname" comment is just stupid...take a look at some 4.5 and 5 vote posts BH, and you'll see that names here at Strolens run the gamut. It would have been much nicer to simply say, You weren't crazy about the name!

Your third paragraph I have no issue with.

Fourth paragraph is once again, unnecessarily cruel!

Use your powers of perception for chrissakes! Does this look like it will ever be a masterpiece? Obviously not!...but there's no reason for these type of comments. You may think your "helping" the guy get better, but you are simply deriding him, and extinguishing his enthusiasm!

See Scrasamax' and Moon's comments above for whats known as "constructive criticism"

If you feel like Drackler isnt "learning"...then simply let it go!

Sorry, but this is getting me riled up! Leave the guy alone! He's young, he's new, and at least he's semi-trying. And he happens to be a nice guy to boot! Go to Comment
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Murometz's comment on 2006-04-03 04:03 PM
sorry...still riled up.

its the phrases he uses..."led by the nose" being my main pet peeve!

No matter how many paragraphs of pseudo-intellectual pedantic babble is posted on this sub, its obvious by now, that this one is what it is!

AG- your a human nature buff right? It just pisses me off, that its so much more pleasurable for some people to look down from high above and try to "educate" others and sounding needlessly pompous, while being anonymous no less!

GRRRR...ok counting to ten slowly...feeling better. I'll stop now. :P Go to Comment
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Drackler's comment on 2006-03-31 08:55 PM
Updated: Thanks guys Go to Comment
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Drackler's comment on 2006-11-17 09:07 AM
Updated: Rewrite Go to Comment
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Drackler's comment on 2009-03-28 08:31 PM
Updated: Rewrite: better grammar and flow over-all. More fleshed out. Go to Comment
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Silveressa's comment on 2011-07-12 10:40 PM


A nice effort put into the rewrite, and over all much improved from its original incarnation. (Read way back and never voted on it.) A few paragraph breaks in the initial  plot description would be a nice finishing touch and make the a touch piece easier to read ;)



Other then that it's an interesting sub plot, and worth tossing into an otherwise slow overland travel session.

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Rod of Age Switching.
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Barbarian Horde's comment on 2006-04-01 01:49 PM
you have offended no one my man! Everyone sees potential and wants you to reach it! dont stop dont give up, just expand your thought more in future posts. The more info the better!

for some reason its not letting me vote! Go to Comment
Rod of Age Switching.
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manfred's comment on 2006-04-01 05:24 AM
The history may need more detail, but at least two things should be clearer - usage and limits.

For usage, it is likely not enough to point it - the goblins would have found out this sooner or later. Perhaps you have to concentrate on the target (even if not knowing the power of the wand). Aside, as I see it, you could accidentally use the power on an _older_ person than yourself, and switch ages, too! The wand could be then seen as a cursed item.

Also, the process of suddenly getting decades younger (or older) should be very stressing to both the target and the wand's wielder. (Maybe this is what creates the uncurable disease? Several shocks to your very life force?)


Then, there should be a limit to its powers - what if it is only usable once per month, or per year? The wand is pretty powerful, and you should not be able to create the effect too often (the wand just recharges in the mean time). The wasting disease can be made _much_ slower then, but getting faster with each use of the wand.


On the whole, I do not like items that grant immortality, but this one _merely_ gives you more time among the Living. Death cannot be refused, but it can be delayed for a time. There could be stories of a mighty wizard stealing youth from others to prolong his life, only to end horribly distorted. Fairy tales, one could say.

It is funny how we pick on this, to make it better. An imperfect post, but there is a solid idea behind it. An interesting start, Drackler!

2/5 Shows some Definite Promise (and has potential for more) Go to Comment
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MoonHunter's comment on 2006-03-31 02:23 PM
Updated: edited to fix bold Go to Comment
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MoonHunter's comment on 2006-04-01 11:27 AM
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They are hitting upon all the basic points. I think you need to expand it, adding more description to your post. It is really too incomplete to be useful as anything other than a good idea. Go to Comment
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MoonHunter's comment on 2006-04-01 05:03 PM
Better rewrite. See new vote.

It is more of a plot than an item. The item is something of a McGuffin, something to motivate people... rather than being important in and of itself.

Of course, why did he dump it down the wishing well? Go to Comment
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Cheka Man's comment on 2006-03-31 04:51 PM
I won't vote on this until it has a proper backstory. It could be a 5/5, Hall of Honour item with a proper story behind it. Go to Comment
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Cheka Man's comment on 2006-03-31 06:25 PM
Still no good. If I voted I'd have to give it a 1.5. Go to Comment
Rod of Age Switching.
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Pariah's comment on 2006-03-31 08:13 PM
*twitch, twitch*
All right, my two cents. For what they're worth.
Oh and read this too: Moonhunter's Tips

An old mage was dying and he knew it so he made his salvation, this rod. Every time he got to old, or to sick, he could simply point the rod at a younger man(or woman) and become that young once more.
Okay, I'd like to see more than just a name, even Glibberyworts would do for me. Also, how did he know he was dying, was it just he was old, or did he see the future? You don't need to include the pointing at people part here, move that down into Magical Properties.

But then came the curse, and the rod was lost in the dark forest.
I know that the curse is mentioned later, but when I first read this I thought that the curse was that the item enjoyed getting lost. Mention that a strange malady came over him, and that he was no longer able to recover from it with the staff's powers like he was before. He still got younger but continued wasting away... Or something like that.

Then one day a goblin cheiftan found it in a wishing well. It was handed down through generations of the creatures until, finally, it fell back into the hands of a human (because of a war).
Kay, so the goblin chieften Wortyfoot the Third found the item in a puddle that his tribe held to be holy/wishgranting, fine I can live with that. What did they think of it? was it kept amoung the cheiftens of the tribe? did the tribe grow stronger and take over the surronding areas because of the strength of their Elder Chief? was this last one the reason why the war happened? did some arch-duke somewhere not like the little goblin tribe growing too powerful so close to his land, so he hired some bloodthirsty adventurers to kill them all? did the person who got the sword realize it's power and start a war of his own, conquering as much land as he could and setting himself up as the Eternal Emperor?


When pointed at someone it switches the age of both people, thus an old wizened warlock could, by simply pointing, switch ages with a twenty-something fighter.
Okay, this is really straight forward, but one thing to clear up. Do you have to be able to use 'magic' to use this item or can any mo pick it up off the street say the magic word and switch age with someone?

But there is a price when the one with the rod changes ages to many times then they contract a very deadly, and irreversible disease that very slowly eats away at his constitution, by about three points every day wich includes boosts from magical items.
So they catch a bad wasting disease, but you're 'slowly' obviously implies that the victim gets somewhere in the 20+ range. While I might not have played many different systems, wouldn't that leave most people dead within a week, and on some systems I've played that leave a battle-hardened barbarian nicknamed Sherman dead in 3 days? That isn't that slow. But that's just technicalities. ;) Go to Comment
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Pariah's comment on 2006-03-31 08:29 PM
SORRY?!?!? Don't be sorry, not when someone's offering you advice. I was throwing ideas out for you, not yelling or berating you. You don't even need to take anything I say there seriously. One more piece of advice though, read through some of the posts here, some of them are better than this, some are, quite frankly worse. When you read through and see what the people want then it might be easier to get them to leave you alone about the mindless details. Go to Comment
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