Reading Material Week of October 17th

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I read a lot of random things to help generate ideas. Here are the things I have been reading in the past week:

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You need something from other worlds that is different from typical D&D Outer Planes stuff? There are so many adventure seeds that come to mind from some of the creatures I've generated with this.

Steel Miner

The Steel Miner has been seen from time to time near the entrance to the mine. Encounters are rare as the mine has been closed for several years, but some foolish souls visit from time to time hoping to glean a bit more silver from the depleted cavern.

It is described as a ghostly metallic man with thick arms and legs trudging through the tunnels. It disappears by going through a cave wall. A few have attempted to attack the creature, but any non-magical implements pass through the shadowy figure.

It is believed to wield several powers, but the most notable is the beam of burning like that comes from its mouth. Using the beam, the lumbering man carves deep gouges into the cave walls. It is believed that the apparition is searching for another vein of silver.

Steel Miner: HD 5; AC 2 [17]; Atk Beam of Light (2d6+2); Move 6; Save 12; AL N; CL/XP 12/2,000; Special: Darkness 15' radius, Feeblemind, Magic Missile, Polymorph Other, Telekineses, Can only be harmed by magic weapons.

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Who doesn't want to make cool inscriptions? I am thinking about using this font for White Star or magical circles. One of the things I like about it is that this could be a system that the players could learn over time. For someone with a thief, I would pass along certain clues as they got closer to 9th level.

Snowflake Settings! (Couldn't create a content card for this, so go read hillcantons.blogspot.com for everything. Really. Go. Now.

Long live the Snowflake Settings! Holy cow, I come up with a new one every month or so, but only sketch out many one every two years or so.  I look forward to more settings like this. Maybe I will eventually finish one. 🙂

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Latin meters strike me for all the vocabulary words in here. In a perfect world, I would write spell descriptions based on these meters (changing long/short vowel to stress/unstressed).

Anapest Animal Growth

Spell Level: Druid, 5th Level; Magic-User, 5th Level
Range: 120 feet
Duration: 2 hours

Up to six creatures grow to the size of a troll. While it lasts they hit hard, double dice of the norm.

I do not always hear the rhythms correctly, so feel free to correct any errors.

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Forty-eight pages is a noble goal. I would love to make my game that uses six-siders and a deck of cards into only 48 pages.

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I think about stuff like this to help me organize all the time. I still have to chew on this. I love the idea, especially the note that an NPC really only needs one mannerism.

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Making 360 locations feels to me like an massive sandbox. Would I make that many locations into a railroad? Still so much to ponder on this one, too.

That's what I'm reading this week. This is an irregular type of post, so I may not make another one of these until November.

Listed on Links To Wisdom

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In the Player Character section of Links to Wisdom (an OSR House Rules Wiki), there is a link to my post about Building Mecha. Since the post was made back in April, I have no idea how long it has been there.

Thanks for the link!

If you like Building Mecha, here are all the links for Lorica, the name I use to group my mecha for S&W posts.

Maybe I've been reading CM4 Earthshaker too much lately, but I will throw a mech into a fantasy game. I actually had a location in my campaign world I ran in high school that featured a centuries old mecha "ruin". The secret was that one of the missiles still worked, everything else was pretty much non-functional.

Lots of NaGa Demon Stuff Going On

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A hodgepodge of information about the writing contest for games. Latter parts of the post are quite linky, mostly so that I can have a reference point for the next month.

My Plans

I plan on having a few hangouts on Google to provide a space for others to talk about their projects, and maybe get help or encouragement. My time is limited, so I hope others will have Hangouts on G+ with similar aims. I hope the community can make these successful.

Playtesting will be the most difficult part for me. I am a newbie at running an ACKS game. If I can only run one playtest, it will be for Tanah Con-Rahn.

Aside from this, I hope to post word counts on this site, if possible. Otherwise, I'll just update G+ and Twitter.

Others' Thoughts

Michael Wolf, as always, shares his excellent thoughts. Here is a link to his post on NaGa DeMon.

Board Game Geek has a lively discussion that goes beyond RPGs. You can find the discussion here.

Free RPG Champion and all around great guy, Rob Lang also muses on the subject. If you get a chance, here is a link to Cloudship Atlantis, an RPG created in 24 hours that is quite excellent. I won't be able to do better with an extra 696 hours.

Social Media

On Google Plus, you can find the NaGa Demon page here. If you want to keep up with folks on Google Plus doing work for NaGa Demon, here is a link to a search on the tag #nagademon.

On Twitter, follow along with all the fun on nagademon. You can also follow Nathan Russell on his website to keep up with NaGa Demon as well as Nathan's own progress throughout the month.

Nathan prefers Facebook for group discussion, so here is the Facebook group page.

Feel free to hit me up here or on my Google Plus page if you find more interesting things. See you in a Hangout soon!