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7 Things About Old School Gaming
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Gaming - In General)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-11-29 05:52 PM
I'd avoid making it a personal narrative because for the most part we never bought anything past the core books. We never bought adventures, or modules, we made up the rest as we went along. Go to Comment
7 Things About Old School Gaming
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Gaming - In General)
axlerowes's comment on 2014-11-29 11:35 AM
That is seven things about gaming.

In the first edition Advanced D&D manual the most likely monster to encounter on the random dungeon table was a Black Pudding.

Some references and factoids like that might add to this, make it more of article. You could also turn this into a personal narrative. Go to Comment
7 Things About Old School Gaming
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Gaming - In General)
axlerowes's comment on 2014-11-29 10:33 PM
I didn't realize that these were seven observations made about "old school" gaming adventures/modules. Because lines like this "You could often tell the quality of a game simply by the amount of time an energy the GM put into his or her map." make me think this is your own personal recollection on gaming. Go to Comment
7 Things About Old School Gaming
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Gaming - In General)
Moonlake's comment on 2014-11-28 03:43 PM
Given that I'm non-gamer, I'm probably not the best person to vote on this since I'm clearly not part of the targeted audience. Nevertheless, I did find it a solid article. Go to Comment
7 Things About Old School Gaming
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Gaming - In General)
PoisonAlchemist's comment on 2014-11-28 03:14 PM


Unhelpful tirade snipped. Vote abstained.



Edit: In retrospect this ^ seems even more jerkish, I basically wanted to let you know that I read the article but didn't have anything constructive to say and felt my opinions on the subject might color my vote.

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Inemuri Salon
Locations  (Establishment)   (CyberSpace)
EchoMirage's comment on 2014-11-22 03:51 PM
I'd expand on the Puppet Master.
> Brute control is crude. For a twist, the AI might just help them to catharsis, to understand what's wrong in their lives... and suddenly, they abandon the Zaibatsu, or see their sins and dishonor, and kill themselves. The AI may even be well-meaning.

And, I'd add The Prophet.
> A wise man died during his dream session - but he persevered in the dreamscape, and speaks to dreamers. He may even attract a cult and following. Go to Comment
Inemuri Salon
Locations  (Establishment)   (CyberSpace)
EchoMirage's comment on 2014-11-22 03:53 PM
A worthy addition to the Cosmic era, and helps illustrate the culture of Nippon well.
I like how the idea of dreams for sale exceeded the established trope of addiction and withdrawal from reality, and became an artistic experience. Go to Comment
Inemuri Salon
Locations  (Establishment)   (CyberSpace)
Murometz's comment on 2014-12-17 02:50 PM
Sexy, exotic, and fun to ponder! Go to Comment
Myzrym
NPCs  (Major)   (Knowledge/Lore)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-11-23 09:04 AM
I am going completely old school on this one's motivation, because I wanted to make a baddie for the PCs to fight. Myzrym should be sandwiched in a high school binder between the map of the Castle of Desolation, and a collection of random encounter tables. Her motivation is to kill PCs, this is a good old fashioned dungeon crawl, not an existential dutch film about finding the meaning of life working in a tulip nursery. Here, let me show you some sketches I did in homeroom. Go to Comment
Myzrym
NPCs  (Major)   (Knowledge/Lore)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-11-23 11:37 AM
It would to be written out on notebook paper and posted as a series of images, but nice idea Go to Comment
Myzrym
NPCs  (Major)   (Knowledge/Lore)
EchoMirage's comment on 2014-11-22 04:07 PM
I like cheese, and this is a very cheesy treat indeed. My favourite part is the soul gem placement though.
I know that old-school often had no motivation for villains, but what is she using all that power for? Or is she evil for the sake of evil and power? Go to Comment
Myzrym
NPCs  (Major)   (Knowledge/Lore)
Murometz's comment on 2014-12-04 01:53 PM
Drow, Lolth, Beholders, immense powers...certainly reminiscent of old-schooly mega-villains.

I agree with val...i begin imagining the 'powered-up' PCs that can actually take this thing on and beat it. :)

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Myzrym
NPCs  (Major)   (Knowledge/Lore)
axlerowes's comment on 2014-11-23 09:56 AM
Solid.

I would challenge you to write it up high school style. Maybe not as you wrote in High School, but as those you knew in high school wrote..lost of disjointed and unnecessary purple prose...implied rather than stated encounters and great sense of self importance.

You have all that here...unnecessary lore and such...but it is a little too polished to be real satire, but doesn't have enough love to real nostalgia. Go to Comment
Myzrym
NPCs  (Major)   (Knowledge/Lore)
valadaar's comment on 2014-11-17 01:19 PM
Well, that is very Old School indeed! Reminds me of some of the PC's I've seen from that era.... :)

I think it needs a magic ring that replicates a Deck of Many Things and to somehow mix in a Sphere of Annihilation.



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Myzrym
NPCs  (Major)   (Knowledge/Lore)
Silveressa's comment on 2014-12-05 02:26 AM
Definitely captures the old school feel of a traditional campaign big bad evil girl, just the kind of villain to threat a group of adventures, since without team work the chance of defeating her is minimal. Go to Comment
Myzrym
NPCs  (Major)   (Knowledge/Lore)
Aramax's comment on 2014-12-01 06:57 AM
Only voted Go to Comment
Myzrym
NPCs  (Major)   (Knowledge/Lore)
Moonlake's comment on 2014-11-24 10:46 PM
This reminds me very much of R.A. Salvatore's Drizzt books and a 4 for this solid sub very much in spirit of the current quest. Go to Comment
The Totem of Nahual
Items  (Wand/Staff/ Arcane)   (Cursed)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-11-17 12:17 PM
A. You don't, power corrupts
B. The priesthood of Nahual is restored and a Cult of the Catwomen is born
C. Strength of Will, a powerful woman becomes the Catwoman and resists the effects of the idol. Go to Comment
The Totem of Nahual
Items  (Wand/Staff/ Arcane)   (Cursed)
valadaar's comment on 2014-11-17 11:36 AM
That is certainly a cool take on Catwoman. Given how it destroys the host, how would you end up with Catwoman lasting long enough to become a fixture?

I hope, however, the Penguin won't get quite the same treatment :)



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Plutopolis
Locations  (City)   (Any)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-11-11 07:37 AM
There is more to Plutopolis than meets the eye, and everything was simply too much to put into a single mega submission.

Plutopolis is a world city, in that the players of a game are never going to leave the city because there is no reason to, this isn't a function like Dark City, there is a world that exists outside of it's borders, but aside from rare and specific missions there is nothing of interest outside.

Regarding positives for living in the Plutopolis: there are plenty of them.

Outside of the city, life is different, Plutopolis doesn't exist in our world, and traveling across the continents is going to reveal a landscape ravaged by violent wars, rampant poverty and banditry, and for the resident country (America) it is an absentee police state, there is no civil protection unless it's coming down on you. The American dream isn't to own a home, and have 2.5 kids, it's to move to Plutopolis, because the City of Riches, crime ridden as it may be, will never taste the misery of war or genocide.

Likewise, Plutopolis is plutocratic democracy, and the government changes, mayors come and go, and various other offices rotate, meaning that there are no petty tyrants lording over the city. The powers that be rather than embrace the innate and latent negativity of the city have a strong desire to see good people, honest people find their way to positions of power, and be replaced before they succumb to the corruption innate to the station.

Holidays in Plutopolis put our holidays to shame. Christmas sees the black buildings lit with holiday colors, and the corps and wealthy families put out their charity, and there are many public Christmas displays (heavy on the pagan aspect, light on the Jesus aspect). Same goes for other holidays, with parades, and ticker tape, and again the giant corps pumping money into said parades. On the downside that means there is corporate ownership and sponsorship of holidays (Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade) but on the upside, it has made these holidays more commercial, and more strongly recognized.

Out in the farmland, the government is holding farmers hostage for their food, and in the mountains there are tiny sectarian wars, and the air is smoke and the water is poisoned, but in Plutopolis there is a 97 float, balloon and marching band parade going on for St. Patricks day. Go to Comment
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