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Longspeak's comment on 2014-04-10 01:56 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 09:41 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
Valadaars First Submission Advice
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Scrasamax's comment on 2014-03-11 03:16 PM
Solid advice and well presented. Go to Comment
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Dozus's comment on 2014-03-11 03:10 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 10:50 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 10:04 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 02:47 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 11:49 AM


This a lot of dogma and bias presented as conclusions. It is more about "playing the game" of the Citadel than sharing ideas, because the author is trying to head what he believes to be bad ideas off at the pass.



Formatting and structure are helpful points, reading on the web is easier with varied text (I find)

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valadaar's comment on 2014-03-11 12:25 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 11:03 AM
Update: Fixed some formatting in the section on ....formatting. Go to Comment
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valadaar's comment on 2014-03-18 08:06 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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Kassy's comment on 2014-04-11 11:26 AM
4.0/5

Brilliant advice, and not just for starters.

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Longspeak's comment on 2014-03-12 12:13 PM
"I'm almost taking the "Self-named Characters" issue as a challenge..."

That's exactly what ran through my head. I've never considered a self-named character before, and now I wanna try making one. :P Go to Comment
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Longspeak's comment on 2014-03-12 12:26 PM
A suggestion to put before all others, in my admittedly not very humble opinion:

Just Do It!!!!
For some people, making that first submission can be daunting. Having people looking over and judging your work can cause anxiety, which might keep you from posting it.

Just Do It! Ignore the voice that says no, and share your ideas. Don't be afraid of honest criticism. Follow all the other advice to make it the best you can, but remember the old saying "Perfect is the enemy of Good." Do your best and then GET THAT SUB OUT THERE! Go to Comment
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Longspeak's comment on 2014-03-12 12:26 PM
Good thoughts. I've added one of my own. Go to Comment
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Longspeak's comment on 2014-04-11 11:57 AM
Only voted Go to Comment
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Stork's comment on 2014-03-11 07:18 PM
This is another that should almost be required reading. These are simple things to do and Valadaar gives excellent reasons behind each one.

Well done! Go to Comment
The Vile Vial
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Shadoweagle's comment on 2013-05-08 07:17 AM
This is one 100 word challenge which I think would have had much more potential expanded.- at the moment it just appears to be a general thrown potion which will cause weakness and possible blindness, and perhaps suffocation.
I get the feeling that you are maybe trying to suggest that the goop is somewhat sentient/intelligent and will intentionally soak anything it's thrown at, but i feel it's not explained enough in the post.
I'd like to know where the goop came from: Is it a tar-like chemical mixture? Is it a stoppered sludge-creature? Is is a mixture of herbs/reagents?

The Vile Vial is a cool name, however! I know it defeats the purpose of the 100-word post, but more info would be awesome. Go to Comment
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Dozus's comment on 2014-03-11 03:12 PM
Did you take it from in-work to regular? That spits it out onto the front page.

I think this might have been better left a 100. It's short and kind of fun, but for a full sub it doesn't have a lot to it. Go to Comment
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Murometz's comment on 2013-05-10 06:40 PM
Now see, i read the name (great name) and figured the vial *itself* would be vile. In other words, an evil, sentient glass container that can either corrupt whichever liquid (magical or otherwise) is placed inside, or worse yet, it doesn't mater whats inside! You can throw the vile vial at a fleshy opponent, and upon breaking, the glass shards worm their way and "crawl" deep inside flesh, severing arteries and causing great damage otherwise. Later, the glass shards seek each other out again, and re-form the glass vial, complete with evil sentience again. Go to Comment
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