Another good post. I like the whole story competition - could be great if the PCs arrive then and listen to it, a chance to slot in all sorts of legends, myths etc. about the world, some of which might be significant later in the campaign.
I assume that Baduk, the black and white stones game is Go (if you use your hook of making the PCs play it)? I thought of backgammon first, but there's no way someone can always win that, due to the luck element.
Question: does Unquis have a wife or any children? If so, are they involved in the inn? Go to Comment
Aside from a web site (which is probably NOT what Scras meant)?
C'mon... It is the stereotypical fantasy tavern, where the Barbarian hits on the voluptous barmaid and then gets into a fistfight. Sailors lie drunken outside if the tavern is at the docks. Over the fireplace the owner, who was an adventurer in his younger days, has mounted the head of the small red dragon he killed in single combat.
This was slow going for me at first but it picked up speed and tempo toward the end. I wasn't expecting the challange to be directed toward Uncle, but that makes a good sense.
The flavor you gave the judges, while short, and to the point it is definately colorful. One question, is splinter skinyn because of his wife? Does she eat the food from his plate? Worry him so much he eats little? The victim of some bad vote he gave to a contestant one year and they cursed him or did something to him so he has no appetite or never gains weight. Just curious.
The magic button idea is classic I love it. I always look for the odd and mundane things to throw at people.
Good Job. The cloak of Hor... wasn't that bad really, just a bit... Um. It was a solid post. I like Splinter, I know a lot of people like him. Hanging around with the Comp Sci kids and all. Go to Comment
As always, a good long description and story packed with detail! Cute name, and I really loved all the names and descriptions of the regulars, particularly Dogbreath. Euck. The joke system could be a little hard to work into gamaing rules, but it works great for pure roleplaying purposes, as well as for world-building, to stuff into a small town to really give it flavor. To pick out something I really liked here -
"the one about the baker's wife, the bag of flour, and the spatula."
I love how you didn't explain the joke itself - it works much better this way, allowing us sick people to cook up our own endings. Again, great stuff! Go to Comment
Fell in love with this one. I can see a few uses for it in my campaign. Get the players there, have them enter the contest and tell a story so they can try to win the prize. That would make for some great RP. And, if they are smart, perhaps they will think to ask him about his maps. Perhaps they will find that rare old one they will need...
All the NPCs are brilliant. Funny, unique, but real, too. Excellent job. Go to Comment
Iain- yessir, Baduk is Go! (in Korean). "Go", some say, is the most cerebral of the four "brain games" 1-Go 2-Shogi 3-Chess 4-Bridge
Unquis is a lifelong bachelor. His wife is his inn, and his kids are his staff.
Mourngrymn- you made my day! After my Cloak of Hor..Horr..Hor, oh whatever, I thought you gave up on me. :) ;)
Your Splinter comments are funny! He's based on my friend Ajay, who despite being of ideal health, looks like a skeleton with some skin stretched over him. I guess it's fast metabolism or something, and of course his overbearing wife, hehe. I love the jilted contestant idea too! Like Stephen King's "Thinner".
CAN SOMEONE HELP ME! Why does every apostrophe, quotation, or ellipsis appear as a QUESTION MARK??!! I'm not the most technically advanced individual, but I didn't do anything different on this one, than my other posts, and yet all these DARN ???????'s Go to Comment
As some of the others have said, I think this item would work better as an adventure or NPC idea. I do like the idea of a magical item that makes people nervous all the time, which could lead to some interesting situations if someone had the cloak and didn't know what they had. Maybe someone important suddenly becomes very, very paranoid... this could easily be a plot in the making. Go to Comment