Strolen\s Citadel content. 
Silveressa's comment on 2010-12-22 08:49 AM

An interesting slice of land that fits smoothly into virtually any fantasy setting. However I find myself curious behind the reasons the humans and elves don't mix and the elves are so protective of their land to kill human travelers who are without escort.

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The Mad Queen and her Daughter
Articles  (Fiction)   (Gaming - In General)
Silveressa's comment on 2011-01-16 12:31 PM

An enjoyable short story that read much like like an anecdotal legend you'd hear around the fireside from a amateur bard. (which in this case is an excellent thing)

One could easily use this piece as a chunk of the worlds history, or even as a mini campaign for a single player.

I agree it's a bit rough in places, (especially compared to your latest works,) but over all the piece holds up well, and has a certain fairytale like charm to it that really appeals.

5/5 and a HOH, hopefully this will get some more votes and publicity.

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Systems  (Mystical)   (General)
Silveressa's comment on 2014-12-04 08:35 AM


Makes a single object or five to ten foot swath of fabric completely waterproof for up to an hour, (d6x10 minutes) great for keeping one self dry when caught in an unexpected shower or keeping the contents of ones backpack dry while fording a deep stream.


Makes a small five foot area of ground fertile, allowing anything planted in the area to grow readily. If cast upon a living creature the chances of conception should it have intercourse within the next hour is dramatically increased.

Repel Insects-

Works like a top quality topical insect repellent, preventing the target from being fed upon by flea, ticks, mosquitoes etc, very popular among mages that live in swampy areas.

Attract Insects-

makes the object/person or area highly attractive to all varieties of insects (and arachnids) causing them to gather in the area. useful for annoying a group of people or making a market stall appear unattractive it can also prove handy to disrupt someones restful sleep and potentially even deadly if poisonous spiders happen to be in the vicinity.

It can also be used beneficially to concentrate a swarm of bees or other insects for easy capture or eradication or to generate a feeding ground for bats and birds to more easily collect their guano for alchemical purposes.

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Systems  (Mystical)   (General)
Silveressa's comment on 2014-12-04 08:36 AM
Really handy list, great stuff for making a spell caster just a little more unique and useful. Go to Comment
A perfect gamer is
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Gaming - In General)
Silveressa's comment on 2008-12-13 11:11 AM
Not to derail the thread but th comment of Spielberg reminded me or an interview I read with the actress who played Princess Leia. She likened Spielberg's directing style and ability to that of a porn star director. Nearly all he ever told any of the cast was "Harder! With more Emotion next time!" (Not a quality I'd want in a gm lol)

As for the piece itself, it's excellent. Short and easy to remember. It should be printed on the first page of every players handbook for every game ever written. Go to Comment
A perfect gamer is
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Gaming - In General)
Silveressa's comment on 2008-12-13 11:14 AM
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Spectacles of All Seeing
Items  (Jewelry)   (Villanous)
Silveressa's comment on 2011-07-25 11:57 PM

A neat magic item, and with a back story that can make for a good piece of history to plug into a kingdom the characters frequent. 

How it ends, with the glasses sold to mere merchant makes for a nice plot hook, and can allow for these glasses to fall into a characters hands rather cheaply, only to cause unknown troubles opver time. Very nice and original.

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The Dunshar
Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Any)
Silveressa's comment on 2011-02-05 02:24 AM

An interesting creature, and easily mistaken for a golem by those less educated or perceptive. Very unique and intriguing.

As for the sub itself, it has a few spelling errors, and could use some spacing between the paragraphs to break up the wall of text, but given it hasn't been updated since 2005, that's s a bit understandable.

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The Omen Plague
Systems  (Ecological)   (Specific)
Silveressa's comment on 2014-11-22 12:19 PM
Definitely a lot of game potential here, and also rather frightening to have affecting the chars beloved home, great motivation to shift those lazy high level characters off their backsides to ride out for one last adventure to literally save the world. Go to Comment
Hollywood's Musical Movie Magic
Articles  (At Table)   (Game Mastering)
Silveressa's comment on 2014-12-22 11:51 PM
Meant to vote on this last night when I HoH'd it.

Music is one of the best tools in my GM arsenal for keeping the players focused at the table, the theme music for the sessions beginning and ending works especially well.

These days there's also a plethora of ambient video game music available easily, most games from Steam and Good old Games ( often include free soundtracks in .mp3 which are perfect for setting the mood, and even games that don't often have music files located in their directory that can be played with VLC media player (a free program) or converted to .mp3 easily enough.

Personally I try to avoid all music with lyrics during the play session (the intro/credits theme song is fine with lyrics however) since just like in movies, voiced lyrics often means everyone has to talk over the music and if it's someones favorite song it can prove a major distraction.

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Hollywood's Musical Movie Magic
Articles  (At Table)   (Game Mastering)
Silveressa's comment on 2014-12-22 11:53 PM
You can do it with forum games too easily enough, like the various You Tube music videos Echo includes in his game, they add nicely to the thread/scene. ;) Go to Comment
Weapons and Realism
Articles  (Resource)   (Gaming - In General)
Silveressa's comment on 2008-12-07 09:16 PM
Nice sub, gives a good lay out of info and is a worthy read for gms and players that are keen on having their chars craft their own weapons.

One small nit pick: One sentence made little sense to me: "Making a curved sword makes little sense in a society that uses plate mail regularly makes little sense."

(Leaving off the last "makes little sense" bit would fix the issue nicely.)

All in all, nice article I look forward to more of these types from you. Go to Comment
Everything I Learned About Raising Children I Learned From Gaming
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Game Mastering)
Silveressa's comment on 2008-12-12 01:10 AM
A fun read; and while I don't have kids myself, (stupid laws against lesbians adopting bah!) I babysit the neighbors kids often enough to be nodding in agreement throughout the entire article.

Best of all, now when someone complains to me rping is a waste of time and has no practical use whatsoever I can just smile and point them to this thread. :) Go to Comment
Gamer's Dictionary of Measurements
Articles  (Resource)   (Game Mastering)
Silveressa's comment on 2008-10-03 05:09 AM
It speaks of a labor of love for all the rpg fans out there that have been wanting for just such a list to add a touch of realism (or simply make sense of) different units of measurements found in various rpg/historical/foreign settings.

A well organized layout and an easy reference. The only thing I wish it had was an option to download it as a pdf for ease of offline use.

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The Worship of Mothon
Society/ Organizations  (Religious)   (World Wide)
Silveressa's comment on 2011-01-25 05:54 PM

I'd have to second  Muro, the sub would work equally well appended to the original since it 's mostly extra background and detail.

That bit aside though, it;s useful additional info and helps round out the original sub.

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Wild West - A Genre Untapped
Articles  (Resource)   (Game Mastering)
Silveressa's comment on 2008-05-19 12:12 AM
Excellent article and gives some great advice/ideas on what it takes to make a good western campaign that'll last for a while.

So far from my experience, the games that offer something more than "generic western" settings are much more fun to play in the long term and interest fantasy players in. (Deadlands, Were wolf wasted west, Serenity etc..) Go to Comment
The Helm of Shump Thokk
Items  (Armor)   (Sentient)
Silveressa's comment on 2011-07-20 07:56 PM

When I first read the name I envisioned some sort of ship helm, (I play too much 7th sea/ Warhammer 40k) the actual sub was far more interesting then what I initially imagined.

A kind hearted slightly passive orc barbarian spirit that unintentionally gives bad advice, sort of like a rune swords personality but without all the epic powers, very cool, and much more readily useful by a GM for low level characters.

I like the uniqueness of a personality not being the traditional "Hulk kill! smash! bash!" That one would expect from such a item/barbarian. If paired with a young or inexperienced character (or player) it can provide some life saving advice and help keep an inexperienced player from making obviously stupid/suicidal mistakes. (well most of the time anyway lol)

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Khawarezmian Papersword
Items  (Melee Weapons)   (Non-Magical)
Silveressa's comment on 2011-01-20 02:09 PM

An interesting concept, and I can;t help but wonder if they could  perhaps reinforce these blades for stabbing by placing a slightly thicker slab of fire hardened wood (or obsidian stone?) at the center.

These would make for a memorable and interesting addition to any traders weapon inventory.

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Winter is a Character
Articles  (At Table)   (Game Mastering)
Silveressa's comment on 2010-12-21 09:09 PM

Excellent concepts, and it's easy to work into just about any setting. Even space has weather of a sort. (Solar flares, asteroid showers, solar winds, nebula storms etc..)

A great book for people to read if they;re looking for  inspiration on personifying weather is Sigmet Active by Thomas Page. it deals with a havoc wreaking science crafted storm, and written in part from the storms perspective as it hunts down  its creators. Well worth a look to get an example of the technique.

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Manna Fleas
Lifeforms  (Ethereal)   (Any)
Silveressa's comment on 2011-07-15 04:24 PM

These fleas could be a nice counter to take a group of enemy mages out of battle before a major conflict. (enough of these and the mages would be so busy scratching themselves casting would be hard, plus the glowing would make them marked targets at night for enemy archers.

I can also imagine some of these being used as pranks in a magic academy to get back at the snotty professor or rude classmate.

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