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Longspeak's comment on 2014-04-21 12:35 PM
Interesting. I'd have liked to hear more about these cities in the deep, and the society they've created, but I can easily see this appearing in a seagoing Everway adventure. Go to Comment
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axlerowes's comment on 2014-04-14 10:50 AM
Valadaar suggests that it would be fun to for make table top RPGs more video game like and about 1000 words later we have Valadaar's outline how to install a "turbo" button on your character sheet. The claim that a table top mechanic is "video game like" is often used pejoratively, but I reject such ideas as biased snobbery. If you enjoy your games to be dice driven versions of Dynasty Warriors than why shouldn't you make that happen?

I think it is easy to overlook how this would be a useful RP tool. Anything that makes a character see combat as more than hit and miss ratios expands the game world. This will force the characters to be more vested in the events around them.

Consider the following scenario:

GM: the Sith Lord Baron Hideous slices through the lifting droid KV-zero-N with his orange light saber.

Player 1: "Not Kevon! NOOOOOOOO!" I add plus 3 to rage tests.

GM: He was just a lifting droid.

Player 1: My character loved that droid.

Player 2: Yeah don't disrespect the dead, "Lets win this one for Kevon!!!!" Go to Comment
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axlerowes's comment on 2014-04-14 12:00 PM

Perhaps you could expand this to include a more modern dynamic



































































Event




Modifier




Amplifier




Mini van doing 50 mphs pulls into left lane on I-65




+1




The woman driving failed to signal and is on the phone x2




Parking ticket




+1




You were just there for 5 minutes x2




Ex-spouse comments on your weight gain




+1




They look fantastic x2 and so does their new partner x4




The lid on your coffee cup pops off and scalding hot coffee stains your shirt and pants




+2




The barista warns you that it is hot after you have spilled the drink x4




In a mirthful sing-song voice your opponent in some complex game informs you that you have just lost the game by making a blinding stupid move




+2




They are right x3




Your co-worker uncuts you in a meeting by saying “I don’t think you have everything right there (your first name).




+3




You did have everything right x3




A player in your RPG writes you a 4000 word email complaining about the way you give out experience points




+4




His arguments consist of asking himself questions and then answering them without discussion x2.




You stay up late in a chat room discussing how vaccination is causing humanity to de-evolve.




+4




The people in chat claim to have a “working knowledge of science” and they use the phrase “if you think about logically” x5




A player in your on-line RPG is threatening to quit unless the other players are nicer to him




+4




Some other mook who wasn’t even involved mocks your anger in an unfunny way x2




Your cell phone data plan has additional $400 charge for texting numbers with the numeral 7 in them




+10




The 23 year old sales man who sold you the plan talked you out of your old plan into this new with the promise of saving money x5




The nurse at the hospital to which an ambulance took you injured son has never heard of him




+10




She asks you if “Are you sure that is how you spell his name?” x100


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valadaar's comment on 2014-04-10 12:16 PM
I'm interesting in seeing what you all think of this idea, including pointing out systems where such a thing exists - I have a fairly small breadth of systems I am familiar with.

I'd like to see:

Additional Rage Effects
Magic items detailed with what Rage Effects they may unlock. Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2014-04-10 03:51 PM
Certainly - this has only a little besides crunch, though I hope it is generic enough to be usable. Go to Comment
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Silveressa's comment on 2014-04-10 11:07 PM
The crunchy bits seem to be the start of a new trend in the Citadel. (which I noticed began with the d20 conversion stats included in the Ysra Fulsven Vineblud sub by Axlerowes)

Personally i approve wholeheartedly of a bit of (or in this subs case) a lot of crunch in subs where appropriate, since it gives the reader a ready to use baseline from which they can easily convert things to their rule set of choice.

As far as the sub itself, laying out rage in such a clear and easy to use manner is welcome change from the rather bland versions of barbaric/bestial rage seen in most RPG's.

The table and lay out is generic enough to be easily adapted to most any setting, and one can use the table with some modification to represent the building rage of wild animals or supernatural predators as well, giving them an added threat in combat. Go to Comment
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Longspeak's comment on 2014-04-10 02:56 PM
A bit crunchy for my personal taste, but that in no way detracts for the quality of the sub. Well done, well presented. Excellent sub. Go to Comment
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Stork's comment on 2014-04-11 10:41 PM
I do not think I would use this. But, I think that using this 'build up' to activate an item that players have acquired would be interesting. A sudden unexpected action that helps the party during combat could be played as an unexplained mystery or subplot. Add to it, the fact that the action might not be the same each time. Go to Comment
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Scrasamax's comment on 2014-03-11 04:16 PM
Solid advice and well presented. Go to Comment
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Cheka Man's comment on 2016-06-13 07:03 PM
This is very useful for all new writers on this site. 5/5 Go to Comment
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Dozus's comment on 2014-03-11 04:10 PM
This is good starter advice. The content suggestions aren't bad, though as you say it's hard to set iron-clad rules for content. A first-time poster would do well to follow this advice.

I'm almost taking the "Self-named Characters" issue as a challenge, since Dozus was one of my first fantasy RP character, but on further review I remember he's a Drizzt clone and better left unspoken of. Go to Comment
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Murometz's comment on 2014-03-13 11:50 AM
Good, solid points across the board. These tips can only be helpful to first-time posters, even if a few can be debated. Go to Comment
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Murometz's comment on 2014-03-18 11:04 AM
I smell a potential "comment of the year" here, Ls. :) Go to Comment
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axlerowes's comment on 2014-03-11 03:47 PM
"not that harmful, they cause a sub to drag on, and can seem condescending"

Welcome to the dark side buddy! Go to Comment
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axlerowes's comment on 2014-04-11 12:49 PM

Edit Reposted Orginal comment:

I agree with the basic sentiments "of putting as much or more effort as you would like readers to put into understanding it". And I also think the notes you have made about formatting are really helpful. I also like that you put Longspeak's encouraging not at the beginning. But it makes really sad that you wrote this at all. You state at the beginning that this is what you have learned about the Citadel based on all your readings. What you learned was a list of things not to do and a list of things not to write about. All this time among the Citadel community and the only advice you choose to give is sticks and not carrots. What has the citadel done to you to make you so bitter? Are we that awful? Are we that biased? Do the scores matter that much? The scores shouldn't matter right? Are they a just a bit of social currency to make the Citadel more interactive or they genuine judgement of you as writer or thinker. By saying that these are things you shouldn't write about to achieve success at the citadel you are placing the "game of the citadel" above the voice of the author. Shouldn't we give every author and idea a chance? I am not saying everything is good or everything is worthwhile or we shouldn't be critical. I am saying let us keep an open mind and, once again, it is depressing that you had only negative advice. What is more shocking and sad is that everyone here loves this. People love a list of things they hate.


But I surrender on this point though. It is the internet and we are playing a game with nerfed consequences. If this 'content club' is what you want the Citadel to be then that is what it is. The community can use the scoring system to enforce the norms. I recognize that I may be attacked for voicing descent, and I accept that. Finally, I think the best advice you give somebody who wants to "succeed" at the scores is that they have to play the social game of the Citadel. If you want higher average scores get people to vote for 'you' and not your content.


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axlerowes's comment on 2016-01-29 04:07 PM

I changed my vote to a 5 on this to try and placate Longspeak who asserts that anyone that doesn't agree with him is an idiot. I am sorry you got so angry. I hope the 5 makes you feel better or least encourages you to engage in a repsectful back forth instead of insults. But as I revisit this in 2017, am I the only one that sees the attitude of this post as unwelcoming. When I read this it is like reading a formalized version of the critiques this following post got

https://strolen.com/viewing/Attack_on_TitanTales_o...

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valadaar's comment on 2014-03-11 01:25 PM


It must be said that this has been in my work folder for a very, very long time and is not in response to any recent submissions.



Also, Moonhunter has a wide range of excellent advice columns you can peruse, especially if you are seeking the Golden Standard.



These are also my own Opinions, not hard and fast rules, and come from my observations looking at thousands of submissions.

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valadaar's comment on 2014-03-13 12:03 PM
Update: Fixed some formatting in the section on ....formatting. Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2014-03-18 09:06 AM
Incorporated Longspeak's addition into the main text - thanks Longspeak!

If anyone else wants to sound off on things to avoid on your first sub, feel free to add em! Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2016-01-28 03:26 PM
As mentioned at the start of the submission, these are quips and comments. If you consider those to be Conclusions, you are going to be disappointed.

If my summary was "Rules for 1st time posters" or something like that, you would be correct in your assessment.

And, I'm happy to debate any of these points :)



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This tome looks like a haphazard collection of random notes on different types of paper stitched together and bound within a wooden cover. The pages describe all of the 300,000 gods of the world, each in the language of the people who worship them. The book is stored high in the mountains, kept safe by an order of monks. Reading the entire book confers a deep understanding on the nature of the cosmos and access to incredible power. This only works, however, if it is read without translation, meaning that the reader must master each language contained within. The various monks know these languages but there is typically only one alive at a time who knows them all. This monk would be an excellent source of information and/or magic. IF the PCs learn about it; IF they can find the monastery; IF they can convince the monks to help them; AND if they can understand the convoluted riddle given as an answer.

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