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By: ephemeralstability

The characters are given the task of transporting a flask of highly volatile liquid a long distance. The flask cannot be shaken too much or it will explode. The adventure involves stormy sea-voyages, bumpy cart rides through densely populated towns and horseback combat. In short there are many opportunities for it to break and explode. View
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King Addas loves charades, and has a troupe of mimes in his harem. To ensure that they can never cheat he has had their tongues cut out, which is why they always look so miserable and never open their mouths (the stump of a tongue is not a pleasant sight). View
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On route from Geli to Nekrass the characters meet a peasant boy on the road. He's wandering in the direction from which they've just come. If this seems a little bit incongruous, they may wish to ask him a few questions. He's perfectly willing to talk: he's called Lamish and he's run away because he knows he is the heir to the throne of Geli and his parents didn't believe him. How far is his home? About five weeks walk from here. How much has he eaten? Nothing. Has he drunk? Only from the filthy roadside ditches. In short, it's a wonder he is still alive. And yet he seems perfectly healthy. Is he a thief, waiting for travellers to trick? Is he lying because there's something more sinister under all of this? Is he telling the truth? And anyway, what should the characters do? Do you take him to Geli? Do you try to find his parents? Or leave him to make his own way? View
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In Azur, the streets are crowded, and the PCs' poor grasp of Azuran makes it hard for them to find out why. Still, they shoulder their way through the crowds, trying to get to the house of the renowned wizard they seek, when suddenly they realise they are standing very much alone. The crowds have ceased their talking and their gazes are fixed on the PCs. The imperiously clothed man standing before them smiles and speaks in Azuran: "Ah! Volunteers! And so eager too!" View
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There are more ways than one to encounter a dragon. With a low level group it's obviously not feasible to meet one in its lair and fight it. But standing on a bleak moorland, utterly exposed and vulnerable, it can be a chilling experience to see something flying far far overhead. Something that could just be an eagle, but you never know... View

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Jack and the Icicle By: ephemeralstability
   2 Years, 6 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 11 Hours, 44 Minutes ago

A 100-word location, inspired by this (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_stalactite) and a classic fairytale.

The Shaolangan religion By: ephemeralstability
   2 Years, 6 Months, 1 Week, 2 Days, 12 Hours, 29 Minutes ago

A 100-word religion

Tunguska Dreaming By: ephemeralstability
   3 Years, 3 Months, 4 Days, 18 Hours, 2 Minutes ago

A (fairly sketchy) outline of a one-off adventure I ran based around the (time-honoured/hackneyed) Tunguska Event of 1908. As such it is quite specific (hopefully not hackneyed) and will probably best serve as a specimen for dissection to get those parts you can use in your own adventures. But then this is an Ideas Guild after all...

Helda's Seeds By: ephemeralstability
   6 Years, 4 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 9 Hours, 40 Minutes ago

Stand out in the wind on a hilltop where the grass is stirred by a starry sky and gaze into the black vault for long enough to witness Helda sow her seed.

The Cursed Twins of The Stalagmite King By: ephemeralstability
   6 Years, 4 Months, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 9 Hours, 54 Minutes ago

The genesis of Gurgustius and Gorboduc and the curse upon their father Brutus is a terrible legend. Who knows if it is true? But it is the only way to account for the hideous sutured spawn of the King who is hidden.

River Dragons By: ephemeralstability
   6 Years, 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 8 Hours, 41 Minutes ago

The River Dragons are a beautiful, sleek race. Their irridescent scales are soft and almost invisible under a fast-racing current. As long as a long riverboat, they propel themselves upstream with occasional flaps of their powerful wings.

Mad Magic By: ephemeralstability
   6 Years, 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 6 Days, 9 Hours, 3 Minutes ago

When wizards go mad, what curious ruins do they leave behind?

Trollisquarry By: ephemeralstability
   7 Years, 6 Months, 1 Week, 5 Days, 13 Hours, 22 Minutes ago

A mysterious quarry. Feel free to suggest explanations - it’s just an eerie thought that struck me that I intend to play with.

De Librorum By: ephemeralstability
   7 Years, 6 Months, 1 Week, 6 Days, 11 Hours, 49 Minutes ago

I don’t know if I posted about it before, but I have always wanted to run an adventure set in a library. The following is a sketch of an unusual premise and a possible plot-hook.

Local History By: ephemeralstability
   7 Years, 7 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 12 Hours, 32 Minutes ago

The addition of “irrelevant” details adds local colour to a campaign world, giving the impression that the DM has thought very deeply about the history of even the smallest architectural feature.

Character Hooks By: ephemeralstability
   8 Years, 5 Months, 1 Week, 1 Day, 2 Hours ago

I’m trying to think of alternatives for game-openings, to replace the standard “meet up in a tavern” or “adventuring group applying for a job” techniques. I know these can be easy ways to get people playing, but I’m certain there are more interesting ways…

Teaching the Rules By: ephemeralstability
   8 Years, 7 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 10 Hours, 25 Minutes ago

With first-time players, learning the rules may seem like a burden and rolling up characters can be glossed over. We used a new method for explaining the rules and creating characters which the Harry Potter-setting made possible and which I would recommend using in other adventures.

Authentic LARP 1: Cavern Systems By: ephemeralstability
   8 Years, 7 Months, 3 Weeks, 9 Hours, 42 Minutes ago

In a good LARP it is desirable to separate the players out individually at some stage, because they are more suggestible and afraid when they are alone. Some form of individual challenge is probably the best way of doing this. One possible setting for this is a cave system, and it is probably one of the easiest to recreate realistically, and one of the most perfect for playing on fears of claustrophobia and darkness.

Music during a game By: ephemeralstability
   8 Years, 7 Months, 3 Weeks, 10 Hours, 26 Minutes ago

Although it can be a distraction, it can also add atmosphere to an adventure to have music playing in the background. Here are some pieces I’d recommend for different situations.

Novel Musical Instruments By: ephemeralstability
   8 Years, 7 Months, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 6 Hours, 8 Minutes ago

To give a world a feeling of otherworldliness, it is best to replace some standard, everyday objects by imaginitive replacements. I thought I’d turn to musical instruments as music often defines (or embodies) a culture.

This is just a first idea, feel free to post some more, because I will…

Cups and Rings By: ephemeralstability
   8 Years, 7 Months, 4 Weeks, 6 Hours, 16 Minutes ago

Archaeologists have long wondered about the origins of “cup and ring-marked stones”, the mysterious rocks found on deserted tracts of moorland bearing markings resembling small shallow pits with concentric rings and dating to the Bronze-age.

Trollish Measurements By: ephemeralstability
   8 Years, 8 Months, 4 Days, 9 Hours, 39 Minutes ago

Hathalfar holds the writhing troll down with his gloved fist and sword. The beast squirms at the touch of metal. “How far is Kolm?” he demands for the third time. “I said! A long way away,” replies the troll.

The Carycian Calendar By: ephemeralstability
   8 Years, 8 Months, 1 Week, 9 Hours, 44 Minutes ago

The Carycian calendar has been adopted by many countries since its invention by the Blue Monk, Frezzi Alberto, in the year 1. It evolved from the wonderment Alberto felt for the natural cycles and his attempts to understand and predict them.

Fire ants By: ephemeralstability
   8 Years, 8 Months, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 23 Hours, 20 Minutes ago

The mystery of fyre is one which has much occupyed my studies and the studies of men before me. ... I have concluded that fyre is the product of Fyre Antes.

Professor J Klewlise, "On the nature and origin of fyre" (1542)

Insects (and Spiders and other creepy crawlies) By: ephemeralstability
   8 Years, 8 Months, 2 Weeks, 2 Days, 2 Minutes ago

Creepy, Crawley, Buzzing, Digging, Biting, Building, Sticking, Jumping, Clicking, and all the other things these small things do.



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       By: Michael Jotne Slayer

When the campfires grow dim, stories are told. Stories of lost cities, great heroes and legends of old. One of these is the story of Knurlheim. Once the proud capital of the Dwarfs, now a ruin- abandoned long ago. Filled with vast riches and treasure. It’s secrets forgotten with the decline of the Dwarfs, long ago. No one knows is certain if it ever exsisted at all.

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