elementals are yes indeedy spirits of the natural elements (so things like wood are mixed with the air earth fire water)... but the reason they're elementals is not because they come from some 'elemental plane' where everything is like them, but because they are the creative/generative force behind existence. Thus everything that is has/had a form on one of the higher planes. Elementals basically take generative ("positive") energy, use it to create ... things... like plants, water, fire, wind, storms, animals, magic, emotions and so forth. Smaller elementals are responsible for smaller things - a tiny earth one might be responsible for the creation of pebbles, whereas a giant earth elemental may have once created mountains (or maybe is just a smaller one that has fed on/funneled more energies). demons are their polar opposites. spirits of entropy that feed on these 'basic energies' breaking them down before energy goes into the Void. so, there are frost, water, fire, lava, earth, plant (etc etc) demons as well. Go to Comment
A quite useful item for limiting magic within your world. Great for those of us who don't rely on components getting rarer as time flies, as it explains the general lack of magic items. A good encounter for your players if they happen to hit on the untouched magical trove of coolness. Go to Comment
I like it. I imagine these buggers might beeline for large cities where there's tons of good eating! Better have good guards at night or your magic shop might depreciate while you sleep. Oh you set an alarm spell and magical traps? Yeah, I'm sure it will be fine ;-p Go to Comment
The nice part of "The Maze" is that it can not unbalance a campaign. If it is the only "dungeon", the magic swag and cool tchotchkes will have limited effect outside The Maze. It will give people a place to gain experience and skills that they can take out into the world. Go to Comment
Actually, it would work well in an Urban Fantasy game, being the "doorway to magic" so to speak. Some "Evil Lord" has an army in the maze looking for a key or the door the players are using to get in and out of. Now they have to stop these guys on the maze side of the door, because they still have their magic and powers when they exit into our world (being innate to them, not gifted by the maze).
Horror could be applicable if you turn up the ick and esher-esk qualities of the maze, add more horror and unexplained elemenets.
The Ochre door, or something much like it, was there in Antioch for a while. They charged a toll for people who entered in. And they taxed what they could take out (as it did not dissappear there). Go to Comment
I would have to say that this is an idea worth doing. It smacks of player frustration. Send them in as a task to a King, or for their redemption for a crime. If they return they are set free, but they have to bring back a special key.
This is an interesting, if not simple idea turned evil and malicious. I like it. Go to Comment
My immediate thoughts were - this is something created by a (possibly sadistic) Trickster God
Would fit nicely, with little or modification, into almost any fantasy game-world, as well as most horror or dark fantasy settings (come to think of it, I'm almost certain I've seen something similar for CoC but I couldn't swear to it)
I like it! It's a way to inject videogame mechanics into DnD, which could be really fun if it was played straight. If you wanted to go for broke, you could make the front of the door a high score board (Conan got 22,000 XP in ONE run?) and give the players extra lives. And you could reskin sections of it to different themes (Greek, Aztec, Necropolis, Prehistoric).
Just the same, this is just an application of video game logic to a tabletop game, which DMs usually strive to avoid. Taking the opposite approach is kinda cool. Go to Comment