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Fields of Challenge / Re: Strolenati Sunday
« Last post by Moonlake on June 21, 2015, 02:39:11 AM »
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Fields of Challenge / Re: Freetext Friday
« Last post by Dragonlordmax on June 19, 2015, 06:42:20 PM »
I'd prefer to stick with literal meanings rather than puns, but I'm hardly the boss of freetexts.

I do get to pick what's next, though, and I choose Gladiator.
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Fields of Challenge / Re: "Where's Waldo" Quiz #1
« Last post by Ancient Gamer on June 17, 2015, 04:42:29 PM »
Also, the geography quiz is over and Dozus is the winner.

#10 was from St. Petersburg and I don't even remember where #14 is from anymore.

Well done, Dozus!
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Fields of Challenge / Re: "Where's Waldo" Quiz #1
« Last post by Ancient Gamer on June 17, 2015, 04:33:33 PM »
Answer: Lake Baikal, Russia.

A truly cool place:
http://mysteriousuniverse.org/2014/12/the-deep-mysteries-of-the-worlds-deepest-lake/

Take the info with a pinch of salt, like the loch ness monster ;)
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Sagely Advice / Re: Zackhar the Jaded Shaman
« Last post by Rizaleous on June 17, 2015, 09:45:46 AM »
Awesome ideas! Thanks for the responses. These characters were definitely entertaining to develop and i'll definitely consider some of the comments here when developing them further. Very fun quirks to be sure.
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Fields of Challenge / Re: Moonlake's workpile
« Last post by Moonlake on June 16, 2015, 09:17:07 PM »
Started working on the Villain quest on the train today, and it looks like I have to post another society stub to go with it.... *sigh* more work, will also do Legendary Chinese strings this weekend and then release the Chinese Lore codex.
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Fields of Challenge / Re: "Where's Waldo" Quiz #1
« Last post by Ancient Gamer on June 16, 2015, 09:58:04 AM »
The curious geographer pop quiz, in the mid of another quiz, #1:

By which enormous freshwater lake is this picture taken?
Which country is this in?

https://static.panoramio.com.storage.googleapis.com/photos/large/81465926.jpg
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Sagely Advice / Re: Zackhar the Jaded Shaman
« Last post by Scrasamax on June 16, 2015, 12:17:24 AM »
The pair sounds fascinating, and as I read through their story I kept coming back to Jerry Seinfeld and George Costanza as Zackhar and the Prince, with his spirit scorpion shooting off the one liners and jokes, with Zackhar picking up the punchlines, or doing the breaking the fourth wall bits. I enjoy both what you've written, and cracked up putting Costanza in a frog suit and making him the Prince
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Sagely Advice / Re: Zackhar the Jaded Shaman
« Last post by Strolen on June 15, 2015, 07:33:30 PM »
Allow the spirit animal to spy on the PCs and then whisper "nonsensical" things in Zackhar's ear in which he may mumble aloud within earshot of the characters. These nonsensical things either deepen the mystery the PCs are dealing with, allude to something in their future that they realize Zachhar has predicted or maybe the spirit animal wants to help these PCs for some selfish reason and bugs the hell out of Zackhar till he gruffly gives the PCs something they need (directions, an item, a contact's name) and then tells them to leave him alone. Just odd, off the wall comments. Then when the PCs beseech him for more he gets more and more pissed at them. PCs have no idea why he is helpful but then pissed when they acknowledge it.

Trying to figure out the Gippli relationship in it. I see Gippli as the kind of nice old woman (i know it is "male") but provides a "Zackhar, now don't be so rude" type thing. The Good Cop to his Bad Cop. If Zackhar refuses any compensation or thanks, Gippli always implies a drink would be welcome and leads them to a House of Ill Repute and tries to score another kiss. The PCs can usually find them again if they need to in one of those houses. Zackhar is so crabby and unhappy that maybe he doesn't care where he goes, it is all crap. Perhaps he becomes an unwilling protector of some of the Houses too. Through Gippli's interactions with the women, missteps with other clients and Zackhar's grumpyness that it is easier to sve Gipplie, protect the women and satisfy the sentient voice in his ear than to refuse.

Zackhar needs some motivation though that matches with Gippli I think. Why are they traveling? What purpose binds them. Zachar might be after revenge from a womanizer of some type (just happens to be a womanizer, not the reason he is after him) which allows him to not like ruffians, would have a little interest in protecting the girls and a reason for them to travel together.

Anyway, just a few random thoughts. Sound fun!
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Sagely Advice / Re: Cool sub systems in RPGs question
« Last post by Scrasamax on June 15, 2015, 10:02:53 AM »
The other house rule I use comes from the White Wolf World of Darkness games. You can roll a critical success or a critical failure. Roll the handful of dice, and if you have no successes and any 1's showing you've botched, and it's a critical failure. The gun jams in the firefight, the thrown punch hits a wall and you break your hand, in the car chase you blow the engine or dump the clutch. It doesn't happen very often, but when it does it can really slew the action off to one side. It can also be fun for information gathered, research, etc with the rolls being concealed from the player. This can lead to launching raids against the wrong targets, to a Police Chief Wiggum level calling an informant on the phone and asking how the snitching is going...while they are in a mafia meeting.

Critical success is the same thing, but not as awesome. WoD uses D10s so rolled 0's are counted twice for successes, or can be rolled open ended, if you roll another 0, you roll again, until you don't get another 0. I have seen a player roll 8 successes on 5 dice doing this.
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