Not all of the 30 Lists have been NPCs, and thus have not benefitted from a splendid codex such as MoonHunter's the 30 Codex which puts all those lists of NPCs in one handy place. These other 30s have a wider base, ranging from 30 natural disasters, 30 thieves' plots, to collections of books and such.
To be admitted to this Codex, a submission must have 30 sub-entries and cannot be NPCs, those go to the other codex. This codex is for lists of 30 items, 30 locations, 30 plot ideas, and the like.
Trying to link a sub tothis codex, instead i do this. Gah!
Items • Art and Music • Non-Magical
A collection of 30 bardic tales you may hear sung in the local tavern or empresses' court, complete with bardic verse excerpts from all 30 tales themselves.
Many of these tales can also be used as quick plug in adventures for Gm's looking for a side quest. (And let the players exploits be turned into the song by a near by bard perhaps?)
Lifeforms • Intelligent Species • Any
A list of thirty different dragon flavours, in no particular order, just waiting for your campaign to give them life. (although I really wanted to, you will find no 'Tandoori Dragon' or 'Barbecue Dragon' or 'Egg Salad Dragon' here. Not that kind of 'flavour')
Systems • Societal/ Cultural • Defining
After Buddha died, his shadow was still shown for centuries in a cave—a tremendous, gruesome shadow. God is dead; but given the way of man, there may still be caves for thousands of years in which his shadow will be shown. And we—we still have to vanquish his shadow, too.
Items • Books and Scrolls • Non-Magical
Hot off the Press! These are not your eldritch manuals or ancient folios of doom. These are random books, a GM can use whenever a PC reaches for a shelf, which usually happens when said GM is least expecting it. These can be found in most libraries, many private homes, and anywhere else one could expect to find a book. More than a few have some built-in plot hooklings as well, while others, like many books of our age, are plain drivel.
Articles • Resource • Game Mastering
"Prophecy today is hardly the romantic business that it used to be. The old tools of the trade, like the sword, the hair shirt, and the long fast in the wilderness, have given way to more contemporary, mundane instruments of doom --the book, the picket and the petition, the sit-in at City Hall."
- Jane Kramer
Plots • Coincidence • Encounter
Dragons are truly awesome creatures. Too awesome in a lot of ways, really. Because of their power, their magnificence and their near-immortal lifespans, a GM might hesitate to include one in a campaign as anything other than an end boss. Here are 30 non-traditional ways to bring these wonderful beasts into your own campaign.
Items • Other • Heroic
The Dwarves are often thought to be a greedy and miserly race, but there are times when they will give rewards to those who have genuinely earned them.
(OOC-I added the names of all those who did submissions but only mine has shown up, for some reason. The others are the following; axlerowes, Echomirage, Ancient Gamer ,Dossta , Pariah.)
Locations • TransWorld • Any
As long as any can remember, these certain paths allowed one to travel up to and over 20 extra miles a day by using them. One moment one was deep along a small trail, the next he would find himself 20 or more miles farther down the path without realizing it. All was fine until recently. Reports returned talking of the failure of these areas which revealed miles of ancient paths. The protection hiding them has finally failed. Will it release monsters of ages past or reveal magic of unknown worth?
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Thanks for bringing these to the light! Not the massive collection the other one is, but quite a bit more colorful, and I'm sure this will grow some more yet.
A deep and useless question plagues me now... is 30 the lucky number of the Citadel?
Thirties, Thirties everywhere
over here and over there
on the ground and in the air
You've just found the thirties lair!
Thirty wolves and thirty bears
Thirty rabbits and thirty hares
Thirties make our eyes light up
Thirties pour forth from our cup
Thirties, Thirties all around
stack em, rack em, build a mound!
Thirty woman, thirty men
Thirty is the way of Zen!
Thirty tips for a thirties writer,
Post a thirty, you'll feel brighter!
Why do we have this when we have the 30 freetext linking all of these, including the other things?
30 has evolved into a good benchmark number. It started with the 30 of (insert type). Then it started being used for other things. All in all, it is a good benchmark. Thirty parts make a good submissions list, 30 posts of a given type make a good "region" and such.
because you came up with the 30 codex for NPCs before I did :D
Codexes are a strange beast. They have little content themselves, and rely on the strength of the subs they inspire. When a codex has inspired THIS many submissions and has been viewed this many times, it has really proven its worth. This is still one of my absolute favorite lists on the site -- both to read off of and to contribute to. Glad you made a home for all these disparate lists, Scras.