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Ted
September 6, 2010
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Webs of Intrigue    Articles  (Setting Building)   (Game Mastering)

Creating a specific Web of Intrigue for a social situation players will encounter can be a very strong aid towards immersing players in a social quagmire they will have to navigate. In this article I will articulate how I have created a web of intrigue for my current campaign, and how I plan to continue the trend.

ArchPegasus
September 25, 2008
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Magic as a Cause for Technology    Articles  (Setting Building)   (Gaming - In General)

Sticks.. vines.. simple engineering… hut!  Coconut… scry magic..  Radio!!

Scrasamax
February 17, 2008
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Votes: 2 / 4.250000
A boring factual retelling of the complete history of the world    Articles  (Setting Building)   (Game Mastering)

A boring factual retelling of the complete history of the world

JohnnFour
September 3, 2007
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5 Room Dungeon    Articles  (Setting Building)   (Game Mastering)

Tips on how to create five room dungeons that can be used for any location, are short, are quick to plan, easy to polish and plan, flexible in size and easy to integrate into your campaign.

MoonHunter
January 12, 2007
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Votes: 5 / 4.100000
Worksheet Settings    Articles  (Setting Building)   (Game Mastering)

One of the most powerful tools found in the World Building 102b article is the Worksheet. Here is a place to put the settings you might make with them.

manfred
October 9, 2006
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Afterlife    Articles  (Setting Building)   (Gaming - In General)

What kind of interesting Afterlife(s) do the people have in your game world(s), whether they believe in it or for real? Is there hell(s), or paradise(s), or something in-between? What happens when people die?

B9anders
May 6, 2006
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Four Maxims for World Building    Articles  (Setting Building)   (Game Mastering)

Four maxims to remember at all times when creating a fantasy world.

Scrasamax
March 29, 2006
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Votes: 10 / 4.700000
The Old World    Articles  (Setting Building)   (Gaming - In General)

Many times the Old World has been mentioned in my works. Submitted for your approval…The Old World.

Druid_Wiking
February 14, 2006
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Legal Codes    Articles  (Setting Building)   (Gaming - In General)

A guide on creating legal codes for games, history, examples, and why bother?

MoonHunter
December 15, 2005
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It is a Small World    Articles  (Setting Building)   (Game Mastering)

This article is also know as World Building 1A.

MoonHunter
December 15, 2005
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Dip Happen    Articles  (Setting Building)   (Game Mastering)

I personally always recomend creating your own game worlds for your campaigns.  It makes the game your own, rather than something you are just using.  Most people will not run characters that other people create. why should game worlds be any different.

Siren no Orakio
November 23, 2005
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Creeds    Articles  (Setting Building)   (Game Mastering)

While we’re talking about the subject of constructing religions, I’d like to bring up the concept of the Creed. The creed is nothing more than a simple statement of the religion’s beliefs, meant to be recited. If you cannot write a creed for your monotheistic religion, it probably needs work on internal consistency. Creed examples:

MoonHunter
November 22, 2005
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Hey, Cool! An Ice Age.    Articles  (Setting Building)   (Game Mastering)

Do you ever give ice ages a thought?

MoonHunter
October 24, 2005
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World Building 102: Environment building the MoonHunter way    Articles  (Setting Building)   (Game Mastering)

Game environments are not built with a ruler and some tape, they are built with imagination and an understanding of what is needed to make the game environment. If you take the time to learn about what you will need to do before you being the process, it will make for better results in less time with less work.

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       By: Raptyr

Nine times out of ten, it’s the undead that do the running.

Not strictly animal or vegetable, the Corpse bud is a peculiar individual that shares characteristics from multiple kingdoms and species. In appearance, all corpse buds bear a shape of a large rounded top bud divided into four lateral segments, and a much longer, narrower bottom bud, also divided into four segments. Between the two halves are a set of four radial limbs, rounded on top and flat on the bottom, covered with tiny serrated hooks facing towards the body. In overall size, it’s limbs reach as wide as a spread hand, with the body being as thick as a fist. It is as long as a human hand from top to bottom.

Internally, the top bud of the corpse bud contains a bacteria filled membrane that produces the hydrogen that the corpse bud uses to stay aloft, and a series of fungal gills for the dispersal of spores for reproduction. The lower half of the bud contains a number of fine filaments, as well as a sharp barbed stinger containing a powerful local anaesthesia.

The Corpse Bud mobilizes by inflating its top bud, and steers by rotating its arms rapidly about its body. The corpse bud ordinarily drifts with the wind, orienting towards the scent of recent decay and death. It preys on the recently dead, burrowing the lower bud into the victim, using the anaesthesia in case the victim is dying, and not truly deceased. Once embedded, it releases its filaments into the body, replacing the current nervous system. This gives it full animation of the body, and allows the corpse bud to direct it.

Corpse buds are not a malevolent species, being primarily concerned with breaking down the host body for food, and infecting the reproductive cycle with spores in order to mate with other corpse-bud bodies. To preserve the corpse for this purpose, Corpse buds will seek out dry locations to prevent bacteria from destroying the corpses. This often causes a large number of corpse buds to gather in a single location.

In culture, Corpse buds are used to repair broken spines or degenerative diseases, as the sentient mind will easily overcome the mind of the non-sentient corpse bud. Once infected by a corpse bud, however, removal is usually fatal, and the infected individual cannot reproduce, or risk infecting another. Thus, it is a technique often reserved for the elderly, or a last resort.

Necromancers and other dark sorcerers will often preserve the corpses of their victims magically, and infect them with corpse buds, creating traditional undead as well, so as to seed their lairs with undead both offensive and non, in order to throw their enemies off balance. They will also enslave the rudimentary minds of the corpse buds, and transform the docile things into a plague. There have also been accounts of magically transformed corpse buds with stronger minds and a taste for living flesh, but thus far all accounts are unproven rumors.

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