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Cavern of Inane Natter / Re: Why aren't you HERE??????
« Last post by Murometz on Yesterday at 08:32:12 PM »
With this thread title popping up repeatedly...

How about a "Why Are You Here??!" companion thread :P wherein Strolenites, new and old, wax poetic about why they *are* here.
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Cavern of Inane Natter / Re: Why aren't you HERE??????
« Last post by Kassy on Yesterday at 05:33:13 AM »
Much soul-searching / self-contemplation. << Hazardous to health, keep away  :razz:

Other than that, the sun's out and I've been distracted by TV and other mindnumbing crap. However, I hope to make a gradual return, to both "normality" and the site.
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Cavern of Inane Natter / Interesting shows for ideas
« Last post by valadaar on April 17, 2015, 02:22:39 PM »
I'm on a bit of a writing hiatus, but have started watching random stuff on Netflix.  If I run into something noteworthy, I'll add it to this thread.

To start with, I'm looking at Attack on titan

From wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Attack_on_Titan)

“The series began in Kodansha'sBessatsu Shōnen Magazine on September 9, 2009, and has been collected into 15 tankōbon volumes as of December 9, 2014. It is set in a world where humanity lives inside cities surrounded by enormous walls as a defense against the Titans, gigantic humanoid creatures who eat humans seemingly without reason. The story initially centers on Eren Yeager, his adopted sister Mikasa Ackerman, and their childhood friend Armin Arlert, who join the military to fight the Titans after <redacted>. However, as the story progresses and the truths about the Titans are slowly revealed to the reader, the main narrative shifts, centering increasingly more around Historia Reiss, one of the top soldiers from the Survey Corps and the youngest child of the ruling family within the walls, of which the long-kept secrets are directly connected to the origin of the Titans and the lost history of the world.”

This series is currently on Netflix Canada (no idea about the US) and is very intense - or at least I found it so.  Its difficult to discuss without venturing into spoilers but let’s say s**t gets real, really fast. So far it does not pull punches and thats with me being two episodes in.

I find the premise could easily be adapted into an RPG campaign - choose your era - fantasy/steam-punk/sci-fie - you have humanity trapped inside walls, with an implacable enemy outside.  The PCs may need to overcome political resistance to be allowed to sally forth to explore, learn out their foes, gather resources, etc.  Perhaps the abandoned remains of prior attempts to settle outside the walls may be found. Maybe another - breached- ring of walls exists outside of the known ones.

In some ways, I attempted something vaguely similar in my Neyanthis world, but not as well paced :)  Humanity and other nations are relatively small in comparison to the amount of wild lands surroundings, with their expansion knocked back time to time by threats from outside.






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OOC, Starters and Questions / Re: Prehistoric Pitch
« Last post by Gossamer on April 17, 2015, 08:55:54 AM »
Hallo! Uhm technically yes, though it seems my one player has gotten mired in real life stuff. So I dunno if it would be such a good idea for you to catch up with her. Maybe we could start you off somewhere else, and then if and when ML comes back, you can join up.

Okay, maybe we should focus a bit more on the gluttonous side then, since we already have one curious pc. Unless you wanna be pushing all errant buttons together, metaphorically speaking.
If you originally come from a different tribe, it might be a good idea to start you out as an Omega, though that would mean you'd be struggling a bit more.

So your high concept would be gluttonous/spontaneous or something like that then? Or would that be your trouble? As of right now, there are no chefs, no preparation of food whatsoever, it's all raw.

http://strolen.com/guild/index.php/topic,7178.msg87395.html#msg87395
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Cavern of Inane Natter / Re: Why aren't you HERE??????
« Last post by Strolen on April 16, 2015, 09:10:11 PM »
This is me. Is that you?
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Here it is
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Therafter / Re: Chapter 3: Choices
« Last post by valadaar on April 15, 2015, 08:11:32 PM »
The first locker put up quite the fight. As she pried at the door, there was a mild tingle, followed almost instantly by a powerful zap.

Asha, D20 Roll please, Adding Dex mod.

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Wizards of the Coast posted a section on mass combat and the roles of player characters in massive battles in 5e D&D about a month ago on their website that is a free pdf download. Shoot me a message so I do not forget and I will try to find it once I get home
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Therafter / Re: Chapter 3: Choices
« Last post by Tusserk on April 15, 2015, 05:33:02 PM »
"It was my father's. A treaty on warfare in all of its forms. He used the wisdom he gained from it to lead the guards that patrolled the caverns. I grew up listening to him read it and then inherited it upon his death." Creed flips the book book over and run his hand along the front cover. "The tunnels collapsed and several of the guards died. I found my father at the head of the collapse, surrounded by several raiders that had perished as well. He gave his life to save the community, and his family."

His fingers slid along the ripped spine as he continued. "I wandered afterwards, far enough and long enough to have lost my way. I was picked up by raiders and joined their gang. I repaired their weapons for food. I helped train some of their men in hand to hand combat, the ones that were able to remain calm and were prone to thinking. The leader decided that I was undermining his authority, that I was trying to steal his gang from him. He was wrong, I did not want to lead his gang, I wanted to develop a devout following among his men... and destroy the gang from the inside. He challenged me to a duel. He knew the book, this book, was the reason people were listening to me. He tried to take it during the fight. It ripped and I was able to escape. He has the last third of the book while I retain the first two thirds."

Wrapping the book back into its protective cloth and sliding it into its case, Creed stands to prepare to watch over the group once more. "I have read every word in this book however the missing section is slowly fading from my memories. I fear no man on this earth, but I am afraid of what he has done with the knowledge he has gained from the book. The section he has deals with the use of fire in warfare, and the proper use of spies and saboteurs when infiltrating a city to prepare for the cities downfall before war even begins."
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Therafter / Re: Chapter 3: Choices
« Last post by Asha on April 15, 2015, 04:36:23 PM »
Asha took the crowbar with a nod of thanks, pausing for a second to eye the damaged book before returning her attention to the locker and trying to pry it open. "So Mr. Creed, what's the story behind that book? Ever read the missing parts?"
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