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25 Things to Find in a Nook, Alcove, or Grotto
Dungeons  (Underground)   (Traps)
Cheka Man's comment on 2016-05-30 11:38 PM
26-Urn Beast

The PCs find a number of sealed urns in the alcove, and if being PCs they decide to smash them open, several will contain gold coins, until the last one, which contains a furious Urn Beast , the undead soul of somebody who was really against cremation in life. It's touch causes burns, weapons do it no damage, fire spells just make it angry, and only water, or spells of ice, will put it out and effectively kill it, at least until someday it dries again and re-ignites.

27-Giant Centipede

The PCs find a huge centipede the size of a cobra in the alcove, and it strikes out at the nearest one. Whilst it has no webbing, and a strike or two with a sword will kill it, it is very hard to hit and it's bite is very poisonous indeed. In stats terms, it has low stamina but a high skill, and it's bite does a lot of hit point damage.

28-Potions

The PCs find a large number of different potions, but sadly, they are all Flawed Potions and do not have the expected effects when drunk.

It's a trap!

29-The PCs find a large amount of gold, but the first one to try and get it will fall into a six foot deep pit trap with a number of spikes at the bottom.

30-Distressed Damsel

The PCs find a bound and gagged young woman in the alcove. Assuming they ungag and untie her, who she is and why she is tied up is up to the GM. Go to Comment
25 Things to Find in a Nook, Alcove, or Grotto
Dungeons  (Underground)   (Traps)
Cheka Man's comment on 2016-05-30 11:40 PM
A very fun submission and I added 5 things to it to make it into a 30. Go to Comment
25 Things to Find in a Nook, Alcove, or Grotto
Dungeons  (Underground)   (Traps)
axlerowes's comment on 2016-05-29 11:46 PM

Ah! That had a refreshingly classic feel. Made me want to dig up some graph paper, pencils and a copy of the monster manual. I enjoyed the none-to-serious tone and I liked the straight-taking unaffected voice.

Enterolans, nice one, I hope the PCs packed a lawn gnome*.

Oubliette has always been a disappointing word for me. It is just a hole in the ground! But the way Oubilette rolls of the tounge makes me think magical puzzle box, chamber of secrets or torture room. What is the etymology on that one?

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25 Things to Find in a Nook, Alcove, or Grotto
Dungeons  (Underground)   (Traps)
axlerowes's comment on 2016-05-30 01:18 PM
25 Things to Find in a Nook, Alcove, or Grotto
Dungeons  (Underground)   (Traps)
valadaar's comment on 2016-05-30 08:31 AM
Indeed, very old school! Awesome, dreadful stuff here!

Oubliette is of French origin - to forget. Lock em up and throw away the key.

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25 Things to Find in a Nook, Alcove, or Grotto
Dungeons  (Underground)   (Traps)
Mageek's comment on 2016-05-30 02:16 PM
Good collection of dungeon elements. My only reservation is that pretty much anything could fall into this list. I'd really like to see this broken down into several collections. One could, for instance, distinguish between monsters, items, traps, and dungeon features.

Limbo is great. Go to Comment
Caught in the Vortex
Articles  (Fiction)   (Gaming - Genre)
Murometz's comment on 2016-05-19 03:54 PM
Good read! Great example of insanity's internal dialogue. Madness, thy name is this guy.

Mu Reaction!! Go to Comment
Caught in the Vortex
Articles  (Fiction)   (Gaming - Genre)
valadaar's comment on 2016-05-18 08:32 AM
This does a great job of conjuring up madness. As a piece, I guess it lacks a final punch/twist that would put it over the top.

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Caught in the Vortex
Articles  (Fiction)   (Gaming - Genre)
custos's comment on 2016-05-18 03:00 PM
I loved it, it reminded me of all the HP Lovecraft novels I've read Go to Comment
Anthropotronics
Systems  (Societal/ Cultural)   (Specific)
Siren no Orakio's comment on 2016-05-10 06:12 PM
Ford's in his flivver, and all is right with the world. Have another soma, brother. Go to Comment
Anthropotronics
Systems  (Societal/ Cultural)   (Specific)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-05-15 04:07 PM
I have heard of it, and was a big inspiration behind the Freemium Econony submission, which should be linked to this sub. Go to Comment
Anthropotronics
Systems  (Societal/ Cultural)   (Specific)
axlerowes's comment on 2016-05-10 08:21 PM
Really great idea 5/5. I like the ideas and the idea that archeology residents go through withdraw. Philosophy in a bubble like the 5Ss is also something I enjoy reading.

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Anthropotronics
Systems  (Societal/ Cultural)   (Specific)
valadaar's comment on 2016-05-10 09:06 AM
Of all of Cosmic Era submissions, I find this one the scariest.
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Anthropotronics
Systems  (Societal/ Cultural)   (Specific)
Mageek's comment on 2016-05-14 05:15 PM
Have you heard of Sesame Credit? This is happening in real life right now. Users are encouraged to perform pro-government tasks such as posting pro-government statements, and their score is tied to perks. Your score decreases if you are affiliated with others with low scores, so you get a feedback effect where you encourage your friends to conform or you simply disassociate from them.

You've crafted quite an elaborate yet condensed system. I can certainly see myself using it. Go to Comment
Fascia
Items  (Computers)   (Non-Magical)
Cheka Man's comment on 2016-05-04 07:55 PM
Useful for sci-fi games. Go to Comment
Fascia
Items  (Computers)   (Non-Magical)
Dozus's comment on 2016-05-12 08:32 AM
Solid explanation for a common sight in cyberpunk/future settings. Go to Comment
Fascia
Items  (Computers)   (Non-Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2016-05-06 07:21 AM

These would be a great tool if you wanted to have a scooby-doo adventure to your CE saga. The players capture the phantom with a sack of flour, dry ice, fun house mirrors and a remote guided semi-intelligent tranquilizer darts (it is still the cosmic era). They then rip off the phantoms mask and ....nope that was his face.

I do admire the way this piece was written with the little asides and in world voices. It is a solid piece that is more about how this technology is integrated into the world and less about the technology itself: a good thing that. Nice merger of an item post and a world building post.

Couldn't you have Fascia that employs minimal or almost no software? The brain should do most of the interpretation of the sensors. I know a little bit about how vision works at the neurological level. I could either discuss this with you or point you to some references.

Some odd sentences:

The image of the faceless controllers guiding swarms of aerospace fights, mecha squadrons, and commanding gun and missile batteries.

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Fascia
Items  (Computers)   (Non-Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2016-05-06 07:21 AM
Only voted Go to Comment
Fascia
Items  (Computers)   (Non-Magical)
valadaar's comment on 2016-05-06 09:21 AM

This is one way to make the Oculas a lot more practical. Thinner, lighter, more durable. Really its a logical progression.

As for vulnerability to digital hacking, it would not be hard to work in analog displays as well as non-digital fiber optic channels.

You could also have smart materials which can shift between opaque and clear, which could switch between full VR (full opacity with display), none (full transparency) or augmented reality (full transparency + display).

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Genome Computer
Items  (Computers)   (Villanous)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-04-29 03:17 PM
The visual that gave the idea for the device was Lord Genome's head grafted into the control system of the Cathedral Terra/Super Galaxy Gurren Lagann ship from the Gurren Lagann anime. I've never really gotten the best vibe off of the head in the jar riff, even though it's an old one (Lovecraft, Futurama, etc) but the visuals of the various members of the crew interacting with and talking to the reanimated but still technically dead head of their former rival was just too cool to ignore.

Kiosk droids have replaced stationary vending machines. (Sub pending)

There is currently not a thread about families and child rearing in the CE, but sufficed to say, it would look horrific and bleak. You plug your kids into the CogNet for their indoctrination/education/entertainment, and only interact with them when you aren't plugged in yourself. That's assuming you went with the biological option to have organic children and not iKid droids, or cloned offspring, avoiding that whole pregnancy thing that used to plague mankind. Woman is truly free, now that the glass womb bears the burden of reproduction.

The Tycho Conventions have been mentioned regularly in the setting (ref: MiB) and is the CE version of the Geneva Convention, just upgraded for the setting. No nukes, no bioweapons, no genetic caste cloning (re: alphas, epsilons, double epsilons) no genetic super soldiers, no autonomous weapon systems, No uplifting animal species to sentience, etc. Basically a bunch of stuff that most major powers ignore, or use as accusations to hurl at each other.

Antarctica has something rotten and foul under it, why else would their be an entire continent crushed under ice, with sub-zero deserts, massive ice sheets and auroras flickering over it. It is the creepy, evil basement of Planet Earth.

As per the Dummy System, Neon Genesis Evangelion had the Dummy Plug system, which was later revealed to be (spoilers!) clones of two eva pilots who were programmed to act as auto-pilots for the eldritch horrors should their pilots become incapacitated or refuse to follow orders. Empty, soulless, these artificial pilots demonstrated barbarism and violence that was sickening even to hardened operatives, including ripping pilots out of their mecha and devouring them.

As per the 100 Word Submissions, I appreciate the suggestion, but no. Go to Comment
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