Dreams are Stars

       By: Spark

A society in which people believe that the hundreds of stars that dot the sky are the dreams of the sleeping. When the sun goes down, and the people of the world rest, the dreams begin to seed the sky, disappearing in the morning as the populace awakes once more. It could be just a folk tale, or it could be real...

Ideas  ( System ) | January 25, 2006 | View | UpVote 1xp

Hive Magic

       By: Cheka Man

A world where most people know a few cantrips and even non-magical people can help to cast spells. Which is just as well because the big spells can only be cast with the help of large numbers of people.Most large spells tend to protect borders and stop earthquakes as they can be done legally, but there are those willing to cast bad large spells s well.A major part of law enforcement in this world is preventing evil magic.

Ideas  ( System ) | January 7, 2006 | View | UpVote 1xp

Have a cold?

       By: MoonHunter

When was the last time a character caught a cold or flu? Real people get them every now and again even with solid heating and dry interiors. Your characters are out in the cold and wet, and even inside is not always dry and warm. Imagine having to stop your dungeon crawl, sitting in a tight defensive position, while you all are feverish.

Ideas  ( Lifeforms ) | January 5, 2006 | View | UpVote 0xp

Punishment

       By: manfred

There are crimes for which a man is not killed, but chased into the wilds, away from his home and country, to not return or be killed on the spot. In one culture is the condemned mutilated, and even his vocal cords are damaged so that the voice is unrecognizable to his friends and family. This is the punishment for people too obsessed with their own prestige.

Ideas  ( Society/ Organization ) | December 30, 2005 | View | UpVote 1xp

Charging Magic Swords

       By: MoonHunter

If a fighter has a +1 sword that only gives that plus one if he does an exhausting practice routine in the morning, he's liable to ditch the magic sword and just use an old fashioned chunk of steel. Rather than being wore out and need to rest a couple hours before he gets started just in case he needs that plus one, he could just strap on a blade and ride off without having to deal with all the issues. (From Something Agar said)

Ideas  ( System ) | December 10, 2005 | View | UpVote 2xp

       By: manfred

What about a 'criminal' society with distinct laws - for stealing, the larger the value of something stolen, the less punishment the courageous thief recieves (but must return it of course). For this pirates(?) caught petty thieves deserve to be punished harshly. If you take, you better take a lot.

Ideas  ( Society/ Organization ) | November 28, 2005 | View | UpVote 0xp

Balance Rather than Conflict

       By: Spark

A world based not on light and dark in conflict, but light and dark in balance. A world governed by a giver and a taker, rather than a creator and a destroyer. A world where evil is as much a corruption of light as it is darkness. Conflict arises out of a will to upset the balance.

Ideas  ( Locations ) | October 30, 2005 | View | UpVote 4xp

       By: MoonHunter

I was in a game with a GM that had a Masters in History, who made is a point to mention that the local peasants didn't have wheelbarrows. The rest of the players just shrugged that off but I knew that the GM was trying to tell us the peasants were on the knife edge of starvation.

All that from wheelbarrows? Yes, because before the invention of the wheelbarrow it took two men to carry that load. In it's time the wheelbarrow was the most explosive production multiplier that the peasantry could get their hands on.

This is worth two tips: One about the power of the Wheelbarrow and the other is the moral of the story...that people need to know the point you are trying to make.

Ideas  ( Society/ Organization ) | October 20, 2005 | View | UpVote 2xp

       By: Cheka Man

A place where a fertility spell has gone wrong.Kisses can lead to pregnancy, any fungus infection runs rampant, corn grows as soon as it is planted,ect.

Ideas  ( Locations ) | October 10, 2005 | View | UpVote 2xp

       By: Cheka Man

A place where for those who sleep in it,the real life and dream world is blurred-so nightmares can be deadly.

Ideas  ( Locations ) | October 9, 2005 | View | UpVote 0xp

       By: CaptainPenguin

"The Cetemi have a most curious custom that in their celebrations must all men don the garb of women and women... the garb of men, to the aim that none shall... know another." -An Account of Barbarian Lands, Lord Shakthur

Ideas  ( Society/ Organization ) | October 1, 2005 | View | UpVote 0xp

       By: Cheka Man

A demagogue imimates the warrior-king or military officer of a long past age-his followers have the uniforms and weapons of that past time and are a dangerous group.

Ideas  ( Society/ Organization ) | September 28, 2005 | View | UpVote 0xp

       By: MoonHunter

Carnival revelers wear masks and concealing clothes. (Wearing of masks in Venice was first documented in the late 1200s) It allows for the social classes to mix, easing social tensions.

Ideas  ( Society/ Organization ) | September 22, 2005 | View | UpVote 1xp

       By: Cheka Man

One day a year is the Day of Turning where those on the bottom of the heap for the rest of the year get to live like Kings. Privates question Generals, the people get a say in running things and there is great merriment and gift giving.

Ideas  ( Society/ Organization ) | September 17, 2005 | View | UpVote 1xp

       By: CaptainPenguin

A civilization which constructs of irregular shapes constructed of a light metal, heaped together so that they stand on each other; these structures rattle and bend in the wind or at a push, but ultimately hang together except under heavy force (such as cannonballs, falling stones, floods)

Ideas  ( Locations ) | September 12, 2005 | View | UpVote 0xp

       By: MoonHunter

The Omen Star: In the West, in what appears to be an eccentric orbit, appears the Omen Star. The appearance of the Omen Star in the first house of the sky bodes "great things" for good or ill are about to happen. It is the rest of the stars that determine if it is for good and ill. Thus people are always looking for things to happen during the time of the Omen Star.

Ideas  ( System ) | September 11, 2005 | View | UpVote 0xp

       By: CaptainPenguin

"It is said that among those people they have a loathsome custom- that they keep a spotted dog always waiting beside the gate of the yard where they bury the dead, and that in every funeral they allow this spotted dog to feast upon the dead, so that it grows fat and wise with the knowledge of the dead... Many necromancers do seek out these spotted dogs, and ask of them sciomantic knowledge, or take them as familiars." -Author unknown, "The Ways of the Necromancers"

Ideas  ( Society/ Organization ) | September 4, 2005 | View | UpVote 2xp

       By: Siren no Orakio

A terrible teleportation incident makes inter-demihuman chimaera of all the PCs. Quoth Master Adams: 'I teleported home one night / with Ron and Sid and Meg / Ron stole Meg's heart away / and I got Sidney's leg.'

Ideas  ( Plots ) | August 23, 2005 | View | UpVote 1xp

       By: Cheka Man

The PC's end up in a strange world where the very rocks are made of gold and jewels.As such gold and jewels is worth very little, but the iron in their swords and belt buckles is suddenly worth a LOT.

Ideas  ( Locations ) | August 21, 2005 | View | UpVote 2xp

       By: Cheka Man

A cave full of what appears to be gold nuggets-the nuggets are in fact radioactive and will poison whoever takes them.

Ideas  ( Locations ) | August 21, 2005 | View | UpVote 1xp

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Boots Of Ennui

       By: Murometz

These magical boots empower the wearer with several abilities at once. Wondrous leaping, water-walking, and even flying! Yet the boots possess an insidious curse upon them as well. A deep and almost unfathomable (by others) feeling of listlessness, boredom, and even apathy affects the boots' wearer at all times whenever they are donned. Magic will not dispel the effects.

And so while the wearer of the boots can perform great feats of action during combat or at other opportune times and key moments, they'll never really want to do so, complaining "Meh, what's the point of it all anyway?" or "I would fly up and save us all guys, but sigh, maybe uhm, soonish, mkay? Bit bored by this whole burning tower at the moment."

Naturally the boots wearer's fellow PCs will grow quickly frustrated with this arrangement. There have been numerous occasions when one angry PC literally tears off the boots from his companion's feet in anger, and dons them in turn, only to immediately suffer from the same effects.

The solution lies in constantly "motivating" the boots' wearer with successful rolls, involving threats, flattery, fiery speeches, or even bribery.

Ideas  ( Items ) | January 20, 2014 | View | UpVote 7xp


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