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August 18, 2012, 4:06 pm

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So you are here. You are brand new or have been browsing for years and you think you are ready to plunge in. DO IT!! Do it NOW!

Do check the place out! I can promise you these things: Great ideas to peruse at your leisure, great egos/friends to get to know, great feedback to your posts and... honest opionions. The honesty has gotten us in trouble in the past... You get to see small incidents every now and then, as people dislike having their pet ideas stomped upon, but that is kind of what we do here. We tell people what we think. It can be hard at times, but if you weather the storm, I am sure you will do alright! It always stings when we get bad feedback, but look at it like this: It stings for all of us and even our best writers get a blooded nose every now and then (except Iain, but he doesn't count.)   -Ancient Gamer

A lot of people admit they are a little bit intimidated when they think about posting. The first post here, they say, is like jumping off a cliff. It is a leap of faith and you are never sure about how your submission will be received. Hell, I still feel that way when I submit stuff sometimes. You gotta just let loose though!

Admittedly, we are a slightly heavy handed bunch that doesn't pull punches. You will get an  honest opinion of your submission. That is one of the main reasons I used Ancient Gamer’s quote above. We do try and be gentle with the new submissions but, yes, it is a bit of a initiation. If you can power through the first couple submissions, and work with us instead of against us, I can guarantee you that you will win over even the most stringent Strolenite to your side! 

The fact we don’t pull punches is probably the best thing about the site. If you want/need honest feedback, then you will get it. We want your posts to get better so we will ask questions and give hints on how to do just that. We will bend over backwards, actually we can't wait to bend over backwards, to help if you seem to truly care about your submissions! We LOVE creating stuff. We know not everything is going to be an outstanding post. We don't want every post to be outstanding, we just want it to be complete. 

A vote of three is a very satisfying vote which people sometimes don’t understand. Three is good, be happy. It takes a solid bit of information to earn a three so even that is not easy. Many voting systems quickly get over inflated but we try our best to keep it honest. Expect to earn what people truly think of it. Don't despair over lukewarm comments and medium votes, that is sometimes positive in itself and you are on the right track, it is to be expected on many submissions. When you hit a good one and the compliments flow it will all be worth it!  Unfortunately, many crumple under the initial constructive criticism and, possibly, low votes and once again disappear into the deep corners of the net.

Stick it out, it is worth it. If you truly want to improve your game world then this is the place that can help you!  

Post your ideas and accept honest, helpful, and good intentioned feedback...oh, and give some out yourself! Don't just accept it, dish out some of your own. We are an equal opportunity comment system. :)  

Go take a look at Not Sure What to Do? for some inspiration or to get your feet wet. We are excited to see what you have!

Yeah, rereading this a couple times I see that it is not much of a pep talk, but you need to know what you are in for. Too many people have come in here with their dark elf assassin wizard elves and don't understand why they get blasted for it. Better to be up front with what to expect so if it comes, at least we can say we warned you. We are an incredibly supportive group if you take your creations seriously!!


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Voted Scrasamax
August 18, 2012, 17:28
Very Good
Voted Kassy
August 20, 2012, 5:59
Only voted
Voted OmegaDraco
August 20, 2012, 9:22
I kinda wish I would have had this to read before my first post. I almost got my face chewed off, and it was quite the shock.

It would help me assimilate this sub if there were a few headers.

This has given me an idea for an improvement to the citadel. I'll think about it for a bit and post something on the forum.
Voted valadaar
August 22, 2012, 13:00
Agree completely!
Voted Murometz
September 15, 2012, 13:18
Oh, I missed this series of subs somehow. Good work Strolen! There will never come a time when this sub and its relatives, are not useful to our community.
Voted Dossta
September 20, 2012, 18:45
A warning and a promise. I like it! I STILL remember how much I agonized over that first submission, but as a result I spent a lot of time on it and it showed. Wish I could have read this first, though.
Voted Mourngrymn
September 20, 2012, 19:51
This somehow needs to be sent to all new members of the site in as a link in a PM somehow so they can read it. As a matter of fact a codec of helpful subs should be sent to every new members as a sort of required reading if you will to help them along. Possibly to help stave off those thinking they need to copy and paste other works to get good votes and focus more on their own work. I likes it... yess I's doos'
December 3, 2012, 12:53
I just listened to this and thought that it was a good resource for us all, but especially for authors new to this site:
How to Take Criticism
Voted Jordan_Grey
February 9, 2013, 20:00
Excellent article. This also served to remind me that I really need to write my first submission.
Voted Moonlake
July 4, 2013, 21:09
Personally, I get a little disappointed sometimes if I get an average less than 3.5 (and sometimes 4 for specific subs) on any of my subs that aren't 'abandoned ideas' . In this sense, the bit about the vote of three in this article helped me to realign my perspectives to a more realistic level (they tend to become skewed quite easily as I sometimes just set just so high an expectations for myself that it becomes unrealistic) and is my favourite. Anyway, a good article for newbies in term of preparing them for the site.
Voted Donutman3546
February 5, 2016, 14:45
Only voted

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       By: Monument

When the characters approach a clearing in the forest, they will see 4 ogres who are guarding, and preventing from escape, 4 human males, and 3 human females. The ogres will see the party and leap to attack. The females will scream "OUR SAVIORS!!" and run screaming straight across the currently forming battlefield, in between ogres and party members, to hide behind the rearmost party members. They will be safe there. The males will try to skirt the battle to the north side to join the women.

To the south, giants will be hiding in the thick underbrush until the party has engaged the ogres and then attack the most opportune target EXCEPT the ones that the females are next to.

It should be noted that the female commoners are not female commoners at all, nor are the male commoners actually male commoners. The female commoners are the hags, who have polymorphed themselves as the commoners in their stewpot to escape detection. The males skirting the battle are actually MORE ogres, the hags were in the process of polymorphing ALL the ogres into regular humans for ambush purposes. The REAL commoners are already dead, having found their way into the coven's cauldron for dinner.

The hags (the women) will position themselves near to any spellcasters in the rear first, and then near anyone else in the back of the fight. The ogres (the men) will wait until the hags shift form, and then attack first the rear folks, then shift into the melee.

It is possible that the characters, as they approach the ogres, will notice the giants in the bush, and be able to warn the others of the ambush.

GAME NOTES: If you sell the screaming women correctly, they will not even be suspected until it is too late. Therein lay the problem. This encounter is ESPECIALLY deadly to the rear eschelon of the party. It is entirely possible that the hags will finish off half the party before they even realize they have been duped. Caution is required if the game master wishes to avoid a TPK(total party kill).

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