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<![CDATA[Pen & Paper Games - Blogs - Utgardloki]]> http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/blog.php/8615-Utgardloki Pen and Paper Games hosts a very powerful, but easy to seach and join database of players and game masters in the United States and Canada. Our forums are also a great place to find the most recent news, product releases, tips, and rpg discussion. en Fri, 15 Dec 2017 06:44:55 GMT vBulletin 60 http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/pnpg_style/misc/rss.jpg <![CDATA[Pen & Paper Games - Blogs - Utgardloki]]> http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/blog.php/8615-Utgardloki Voyage of the Novemberweed http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/entry.php/1876-Voyage-of-the-Novemberweed Sun, 22 Jun 2014 03:40:07 GMT This is the first draft of a short story I wrote for a contest. Anybody who wants to comment on it is welcome to. Voyage of the Novemberweed ... This is the first draft of a short story I wrote for a contest. Anybody who wants to comment on it is welcome to.

Voyage of the Novemberweed

Jupiter loomed beyond the helium tanks outside the window of the Novemberweed. The Kind of Planets was still eighty times more massive than the Earth, and it was still the most impressive thing in what was left of the Solar System.

The Novemberweed was somehow going leave Jupiter’s orbit today. A Venusian spy named Rodri Pietro was to find out how they were going to do it. He also wanted to get off the ship, today, because once the ship reached its cruising speed of 500 miles a second, it would be difficult to get back to any planet in the Solar System.

A thousand years ago, fusion rockets connected the planets and stars. But now most of the hydrogen in the solar system had been turned to helium, and what was left was reserved for essential chemical processes – such as making up about 10% of every human’s mass. Rodri could find neither traditional fusion rockets, nor any tanks of hydrogen for use as fuel.

“I found a way to get you off this ship.” Rodri turned around, and there was Caroline Groziak. Rodri spent the next two seconds dark black hair and dark black skin, and a dark brown tightly-fitting tunic and a short copper-colored skirt worn under a gold trenchcoat.

“How?” he asked her.

“This way.” Walking gracefully in magnetic boots, she led Rodri to the Morgue.

“I prepared this coffin especially for you.” A titanium coffin with a transparent window slid out of the wall.

“I’m not dead yet.”

“Don’t worry,” she said, opening the lid. She then paused, just long enough to make him nervous. “I put in thruster controls, a two-way radio, and enough oxygen to get to Io.” The interior was well padded. Not be the most comfortable way to travel, but it beat a two thousand year trip to Alpha Centauri.

“This is big enough for the two of us,” Rodri said.

“No, I’m leaving the solar system if it will takes the rest of my life.”

“It will.”

“I know.”

“Io is not bad.”

“I can’t stand it here! Every drop of water is weighed and ransomed. My own sister was liquidated because she couldn’t pay the water tax.”

“If it’s the political system you object to -”

“It’s not politics. We’ve squandered this solar system. Do you understand what the Earth used to be like? It had oceans!”

“The simulations are better than the oceans really were.”

“Out there we can get a fresh start.”

“Or start the whole thing all over again.” A magenta indicator on the wall turned on.

“You have to go now,” she said.

“Come with me,” Rodri said as he settled into the coffin, leaving space for her to settle in next to him. “What do you have here that I can’t get you at Io?”

“Freedom,” she said as she closed the lid.

Pneumatic seals hissed. The coffin slid back into the wall. Then he waited so long that he was starting to wonder if Caroline had double-crossed him. Finally the coffin started to move, as magnetic rails and shot it clear of the ship.

About fifteen minutes later, many of the helium tanks on the back of the Novemberweed erupted, becoming rockets. Each rocket only fired a moment before it was jettisoned, but then another tank became a rocket to take its place. The Novemberweed was on its way. ]]>
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Random Superhero Campaign ideas http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/entry.php/1582-Random-Superhero-Campaign-ideas Fri, 01 Apr 2011 05:55:25 GMT ---Quote (Originally by Utgardloki)--- I turned on the TV, and the guy on TV was talking about how many bridges there are in the United States that...
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I turned on the TV, and the guy on TV was talking about how many bridges there are in the United States that are in danger of collapsing because of lack of maintenance. That got me thinking of an idea for a character in a superheroes campaign.

An engineer knows that a bridge is likely to collapse, but she can't get the government to spend the money to fix it. So she blows it up herself, blocking up traffic first and working late at night so that innocent people are not hurt.

Then she goes around the country, looking for other bridges that are about to fail, and blowing them up. This gets the PCs involved in catching the latest supervillian, since they don't know why she is doing this.

I have no plans to use this idea any time soon, but thought I'd offer it up in case somebody needs something for their superheroes to do.
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Audor D20 -- Rebooting my homebrew of Audor http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/entry.php/1296-Audor-D20-Rebooting-my-homebrew-of-Audor Sat, 14 Aug 2010 23:42:23 GMT Since they announced that 4th Edition was coming out, I've been debating what to do with my homebrew Audor campaign. Do I upgrade? Keep it 3.5? Update to Pathfinder? Go my own way.

My final decision is to go my own way. I will be keeping very close to 3.5 rules, but changing only what needs to be changed.

This will require writing up a new Players Handbook for my setting, and deciding what to change.

Let's start blogging.

The first chapter, of course, has to be the introduction to the setting. This is a basic "Dungeons and Dragons" setting loosely based on the Norse mythology, with an eclectic mix of additional material. Audor is the country in the north-west of the Arollian continent, about the lattitude of Alaska, but warmer because of ocean currents and because Arol is a bit warmer than Earth at the same lattitude. Winters are long and cold. Summers are short and cool. Springs are wet and muddy -- wherever you are when the spring rains it is where you are going to be for the next three months. The northern boundary of Audor is the Arctic Circle.

To the north of Audor are the Dotun Mountains, cold, arctic, inhabited by the wily Dora-Tachuks, who more closely follow the Viking stereotypes, especially along the coast.

To the east are the Dosa Mountains, and then the Kosa Plains, inhabited by the nomadic Kosaka, who are nomadic gold-skinned horse-riders worshipping a god of the sun and a goddess of the wind. I added the Kosaka wind goddess, Neryia, to the Vanarian pantheon as a "lost" sister of Freya.

To the south are the Dorak Mountains, an almost impassible chain inhabited by powerful and evil creatures. South of the Doraks are various lands such as Valdez, Faerl, Zane, and Toran. Toran is a desert kingdom from which the Toranians came to conquer the entire world (including Audor), spreading their monotheistic religion. When the Toranian Empire imploded with the death of their wizard-king, contact with the southern lands was lost and the Toranians and Nobeni left in Audor were stranded there.

To the west is the Great Ocean. It is through this ocean that contact with the southern lands can be made.

I'll have to put the history of Audor in a later post. This is just the introductory one for my blog.

My intent in this blog is to examine my process of creating a fantasy world and updating it. Future blog posts will have more emphasis on philosophy and my creative process instead of a relatively dry "this is this" like all the other this's around.

Now if only I can get some players for this game... ]]>
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Deities Wanted -- Apply Within http://www.penandpapergames.com/forums/entry.php/660-Deities-Wanted-Apply-Within Wed, 26 Aug 2009 03:26:20 GMT I am starting a new Pathfinder world, and am opening it up for ideas for deities. If you wish to contribute any deity ideas, comment on this post. ... I am starting a new Pathfinder world, and am opening it up for ideas for deities. If you wish to contribute any deity ideas, comment on this post.

This world is a ringworld, which makes it kind of unusual. The inhabitants experience 180 hours of day, followed by 180 hours of night. There are no seasons, although in many places it gets hot during the day and cold during the night, and different lands have different climates. There are millions of deities in this world, and none of them have complete command of their domain.

Have fun. ]]>
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