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Adam Smith
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Murometz's comment on 2012-09-21 05:46 PM
Wow, so he's not the Father of Modern Economics I was expecting :-)

Do expand the tale at some point. Somewhat reminiscent of that Kevin Spacey character in "Se7en" Go to Comment
Adam Smith
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Murometz's comment on 2012-09-22 01:54 AM
Its axle. He doesn't just comment, he comments with commitment :) Go to Comment
Adam Smith
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axlerowes's comment on 2012-09-21 07:53 PM

"Elizabeth, 3, blood loss from removed limbs."


That is a little graphic no? Nobody says s**t about this but people get all huffy if you type f**k. Darn backward moral code if you asked me.


Overall this reminds of the anti-batman character from the comic Nemesis (thanks A.B.) and of course the character from Se7en (with the single finger print and all).


As to Adam Smith, I like this version of him and his blood thirsty capital_crimes_list. Get it Adam Smith wrote "The wealth of nations" and this Adam Smith made a lot of deposits in the blood bank.....no?....bah


Again like the others I would like to know more, write now it is all flair and no depth.

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Adam Smith
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axlerowes's comment on 2012-09-22 09:09 AM
no hurry the citadel will wait
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Adam Smith
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axlerowes's comment on 2012-09-22 12:25 PM
Here is a question: Some villains and heros, are more effective and more interesting if you don't know their backstory. Kevin Spacey's character from Se7en, the Jackel (as not represented by Bruce Willis), or the Joker as seen in the latest Batman movies.
The lack of a back story for Smith may make him all the more terrifying, but does the GM need to know his backstory to run him effectively?

When you want to run a soulless unattached deviant with no real connection to the world save a desire to hurt, it what more can you say about him. Perhaps it is all style?

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Adam Smith
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axlerowes's comment on 2012-09-22 01:58 PM

Tragedy Plus Time:


Adam Smith escapes from prison and travels to new town and starts up his murderous spree again. Little does Adam Smith expect that he will finally meet his match, the world’s most incompetent police force and unmotivated journalistic community. Try as Adam Smith might to stake out (literally he put a stake into somebody) a reputation and inspire fear in people he just can’t get these badge totting morons to connect even the most obvious dots. Murders go unnoticed or misunderstood. The local PETA president eaten by rescue kittens was never discovered. The couple buried alive under a ton coal was declared an accident, the detailed calling card describing how he killed a local vicar with a high pressure liquid nitrogen enema was declared a suicide note, and the investigation of the man tricked into to eating ball bearings before the MRI was derailed by poor paper work and a mix up at the morgue. They dismissed that calling card as a prank cause autopsy ruled it a hearth attack. Just last week Adam Smith went to the police station to inquire about the how the investigation into that “terrible trebuchet and sewing needle related death” was going and the duty sergeant paused from her texting long enough to point at the chalk board listing open cases. His latest masterpiece was beneath “tire fire”.


Truly, Adam Smith was put out. He could move to new town, but then what about all the work he put into this mid-size town. He would just have to play both sides. So Mr. Smith goes to hire the some professionals. The PCs are brought in to town with the promise of money and the goal of getting these investigations back on track. Then the "action" starts.


1) The PCs have to wrestle the case away from the momentum of incompetence that currently holds them.


2) Another elaborate murder occurs (sort of) but even the PCs will find convincing evidence that this was an accident, all be it, a freakish one. There is the absence of the dragon card, which their employer insists would be there. The hitch is that local minister and his friend the town’s largest landowner, both ex-spies or cops, have been working to cover up the murders. a. Minister “This would just ruin the town, a few accidents we can handle but serial killer…no thank you…they never make you look good.” b. Land Owner: “Best just to ignore these types, they will move along or die, at least he doesn’t do it on the street. ”


3) Smith starts cracking up, he is practically confessing to crimes, finding evidence and insisting that crime scenes have been tampered with. The PCs will no doubt be putting things together. If they do “catch” Smith I can imagine the confrontation going something like this.


Smith-“Hello, my friends, I suppose this isn’t really what you expected is it.”


PC 1- “Well….uh…you kind of told us where to look for stuff”


PC 2- “Wait, are we still getting paid?”


Smith-“I think a certain payment will be delivered, perhaps not what you expected, but a man can only do so much from jail. Of course I have been know to plan ahead as Judge Rudolph would attest”


PC 1- “Who?”


PC 3- “Listen bud we work for you, no reason to send you up the river”


PC 2- “I forget did he pay us”


Smith-sipping his brandy, “I suppose you will want toknow how the undertaker’s fingers ended up in the boot of that volkswagon.”


All PCs- “Nah”


PC 3- “You said there would be a reward if we got the guy, is that still tr-”


PC 4 I shoot Smith in the head


GM-wait you don’t know how the fish monger ended up glued to the wrecking ball


PC4-Head. * rattle * SWEET a crit!

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Adam Smith
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axlerowes's comment on 2012-09-22 02:03 PM
this has grown on me Go to Comment
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axlerowes's comment on 2012-09-22 04:33 PM
I could see arguments for both sides and I wasn't taking a position. I would want to know all the details if running it as well. You never know if a player is going to do something unexpected and it is always nice if players have a more existential world to play in. Go to Comment
Adam Smith
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axlerowes's comment on 2012-09-23 05:16 PM

If I play basketball and D&D then my motivation may be the same, I enjoy it or find it rewarding. But what I find rewarding about the two is very different in some respects and overlapping in others. Enjoyment is the conclusion or cumulative response to experince, but stating that I enjoy it does nothing to detail my motivation behind it. "he enjoys it" is no answer at all

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caesar193's comment on 2012-09-20 03:52 PM
Yeah, I thought him up as more of a fiction. I was (sadly) mowing the lawn, and my brain wasn't exactly required. I think that I'll expand the fiction piece of it at some point Go to Comment
Adam Smith
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caesar193's comment on 2012-09-21 10:51 PM
Adam Smith's an actual figure in history? I guess its true that you learn something new each day. I actually just thought of two random, common names, not the Father of Modern Economics. Anyway. Right now, Adam Smith is defined by his murders. Maybe I should make a list of crimes he's committed, or a short bio (detailing the huge inheritance he got, sustaining all his plans- what, you thought napalm came cheap?). But if I do do that, it will happen tomorrow. Or the day after that at the latest. Go to Comment
Adam Smith
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caesar193's comment on 2012-09-22 03:30 PM
Update: added crime list. Go to Comment
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caesar193's comment on 2012-09-23 01:49 PM
Update: Added Rudolph's family to crimes and backstory. Go to Comment
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caesar193's comment on 2012-09-23 05:11 PM
His reason for killing? What's your reason for being a GM? What's your reason for, in short, having fun? All have the same(ish) answer. Go to Comment
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caesar193's comment on 2012-09-23 05:40 PM
What is enjoyment? What is happiness? Why do you like the taste of pizza? Why do you like the color blue? Adam Smith has no motivation to kill. If you want to say that it makes him feel more powerful than everyone else, fine. If you want to give him a reason to kill, fine. But my Adam Smith enjoys, for hobbies, making bird houses, cooking and decorating cakes, and killing random strangers. Go to Comment
Rune Lore
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Strolen's comment on 2012-09-03 03:28 AM
Good solid start to a magic system. Would be even more awesome if you had a graphic with the different symbols on it to use as reference. But a somewhat normal rune system.

Where does the magic for the runes come from would be good to see. And can anybody draw the runes once they know them? This isn't that complex so not hard to memorize. What keeps others from using it, what needs to be done to complete the rune to make it active...stuff like that.

Excellent start though! Go to Comment
Rune Lore
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Scrasamax's comment on 2012-09-07 10:21 PM
Whats the difference between spurting and shooting?
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Rune Lore
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Mourngrymn's comment on 2012-09-08 12:53 AM
Palladium uses a system very similar to this and is Extremely detailed... to much so IMHO. But just to get a better idea on how they implemented it you should look that up for what to do, and what NOT to do. Go to Comment
Rune Lore
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Moonlake's comment on 2013-06-21 01:18 AM
As it is, it still feels somewhat less comprehensive than it could have been. For example, there is no information on how to tune magnitude of spells or is there no way of doing so? This sub doesn't really say. Can one craft something more complex from using more than 1 rune?

Overall, though, I do like this particular rune system and the way you have written it up, I esp. like the history section.
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Dossta's comment on 2013-06-21 12:50 PM
I think the most useful part of this is the clear separation of responsibility between the runelets -- the "noun" + "verb" + "trigger" idea is rather nifty, and gives me some ideas to use in the future. I don't think this is really a full system as it stands, but it's definitely a great start.

I would also like the graphics, but that's because I'm a sadistic GM, and would actually make my players memorize and draw them if they wanted to cast spells. Go to Comment
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