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Maranesh's Challenge
Dungeons  (Any)   (Puzzles)
Iain's comment on 2005-11-24 02:47 PM
Thanks for the compliment - though if you like this style, you should check out some of Captain Penguin's work, of which this is but a pale imitation. To answer the question: yes, I did make all of this myself, if you mean the intro and the puzzle itself. I did steal a couple of quotes:
"Beware the boar, beware the swan/The salt sea bore her body on" is from the Fionavar Tapestry.
"East is east and west is west and ne'er the twain shall meet" is from a poem by Kipling.
"Climb every mountain/Ford every stream/Follow every rainbow/Till you find your dream" is from The Sound of Music.
"To long they delved, and too deeply, till they awoke what lay sleeping beneath its roots" is a paraphrase of a comment made in Lord of the Rings.
The rest I either made up or else are just general sayings (e.g. "Silence is Golden"). Go to Comment
Maranesh's Challenge
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Cheka Man's comment on 2005-11-18 03:19 PM
I normally tend to find puzzles dull but I like this one. Go to Comment
Maranesh's Challenge
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Zylithan's comment on 2005-11-24 12:20 PM
You're writing style is great. I love the intro (although it belongs more in another category as its own post to me). Did you make this all yourself? I like it a lot. Go to Comment
Maranesh's Challenge
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valadaar's comment on 2008-04-23 07:15 PM
An interesting encounter - there could be some more formatting and there are few spelling errors, but otherwise an effective post! Go to Comment
Wall of Insight
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CaptainPenguin's comment on 2006-03-24 10:29 PM
Goddamn, man.
I can't do puzzles like this, I just don't think that way.

4/5. Go to Comment
Wall of Insight
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Iain's comment on 2005-11-24 02:50 PM
I don't think you're the first person to be thrown for loops on how to rate it, as it had almost 150 hits before there were any votes or comments! That's a great idea about using it as lock to guard a treasure to be opened at any time: if I ever use it again, that's definitely how I'll use it so thanks for suggesting it!

P.S. Yes, I did come up with it myself. However, as with Maranesh's Challenge, I stole a couple of quotes:
The bottom right poem is from The Lord of the Rings.
The top centre poem is heavily inspired by a poem in Memory, Sorrow and Thorn.
The rest I made up. Go to Comment
Wall of Insight
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Zylithan's comment on 2005-11-24 12:08 PM
This one throws me for loops on how to rate it. Did you come up with this yourself? If so, WOW! I can guarantee my players would never figure it out, although it is "obvious" once you've seen it. I could imagine using this as a lock puzzle to guard a treasure that no one had ever opened since it was made or something like that. A big treasure players could get when they figured it out... and that could happen any time during a campaign. And if they weren't getting it at all, maybe I could insert some subtle hints into the campaign...

It's not in character of course (as with almost all puzzles).

Great puzzle though, for real people in real life! Go to Comment
Wall of Insight
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Murometz's comment on 2006-03-24 02:43 PM
Wall of Insight
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valadaar's comment on 2008-04-23 08:27 PM
A nice puzzle in itself, but unless it was used in a modern era, you are relying on too much trivia for my taste and many are fairly modern in origin.

Still, it is well done. Go to Comment
The Variscan War
Plots  (Event)   (Mini-Campaign)
ephemeralstability's comment on 2005-11-14 06:44 AM
5/5 for sheer scope and breadth. +1 for the ending.

ephe! Go to Comment
The Variscan War
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CaptainPenguin's comment on 2006-06-22 11:41 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
The Variscan War
Plots  (Event)   (Mini-Campaign)
Cheka Man's comment on 2005-11-13 09:10 AM
I like it and I like the time you put into it too. Go to Comment
The Variscan War
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Chaosmark's comment on 2007-07-14 06:24 PM
Daaaaaaaang. Very nicely done. Go to Comment
The Variscan War
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Murometz's comment on 2006-03-08 09:23 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
The Variscan War
Plots  (Event)   (Mini-Campaign)
Murometz's comment on 2006-06-22 07:09 PM
WOW! Truly impressive! And what ephe said too! Go to Comment
Codex Seraphinianus
Items  (Books and Scrolls)   (Non-Magical)
ephemeralstability's comment on 2005-11-15 09:21 AM
Incidentally, another similar (and older) manuscript on which Serafini's was based was the yet-untranslated medieval 'Voynich' manuscript, which is available in scanned form from the Yale Rare Books Library.

http://beinecke.library.yale.edu/brbldl/SearchExec.asp

How Cthulhu! Go to Comment
Codex Seraphinianus
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MoonHunter's comment on 2005-11-11 04:44 PM
I am witholding vote on this for personal reasons. It deserves to be voted on. So go do it people! Go to Comment
Codex Seraphinianus
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Cheka Man's comment on 2005-11-11 05:26 PM
Another possible HoH candidate tomorrow.Now this I really like.I wish I could do the same with one of my worlds. Go to Comment
Codex Seraphinianus
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Ancient Gamer's comment on 2005-11-13 06:14 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
Codex Seraphinianus
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Murometz's comment on 2008-02-29 02:35 PM
Just for the record, the Voynich manuscript has recently been proven to be poopoo and a made-up fake :)

How human nature! :) Go to Comment
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