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Nice inspiration for an adventure or a campaign.
Skeletal trees of Borth forest, last alive 4,500 years ago and linked to lost kingdom of Cantre'r Gwaelod, appear at shoreline
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My first thought when I saw it too! 
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Before I hack up my own, has anyone built a seafaring move a la Perilous Journey that has some fun outcomes?  I know you can just use PJ and maybe substitute Captain for Scout or whatever, but I bet someone has come up with something more fun.
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Great. I'll have it quickly redrafted and send it to you later tonight; I'd love to hear how it goes!
Liking the idea seems to be a fairly common reaction, I love that everyone seems as excited to play pirates as I am!
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File this one under adventure/NPC/character inspiration.

"My book is based on the personal journal that German executioner Frantz Schmidt (aka Meister Frantz) kept during his forty-five years in the profession, from 1573-1618. During this time, he executed 394 individuals by various methods, and also flogged, disfigured, or tortured many hundreds more. This was clearly an amazingly prolific executioner, but what has been even more intriguing to me since my first encounter of this manuscript is the unexpected portrait of Meister Frantz that emerges: a man forced into an unsavory occupation, who appears to never lose his commitment to fairness, forgiveness, and other humane values. 

Excerpt for non-Longreads members:
http://us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=1854296747731744c923a33ef&id=c62c8f0b96&e=1917a06b3f
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Indeed:  

"Only during the past year had father considered son capable and worthy of wielding his cherished "judgment sword," an engraved and elegantly crafted seven-pound weapon that spent most of its time hanging in an honored spot over their fireplace."
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Anyone gritted up DW?  I'm not sure 'gritted' is a word but that won't stop me.  The system is generally set up for fairly epic or high fantasy play, but our group is considering a darker and grittier world with few magic items, high deadliness, etc.  

Anyone done a Warhammer-grit level game with DW?  Obviously the system is flexible but curious about actual play lessons.  
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In my games, "a handful of goblins" can be a life-or-death scenario. It's all about working together with the players to create a well-understood fictional positioning for everyone that says they aren't superheroes, but just some mere mortals with a sliver of power. As the GM, describe a 10+ as a lucky break or a moment of surety, and describe a 6- as the inevitable, awful reality coming to pass. Position every monster as though you were emulating the 16hp dragon, and the message you're looking for will come through.

Just make sure your players are on-board, first.
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Any Brooklyn based players looking for a game?

I am running one which is a lot of fun but is very infrequent (maybe once every 6 weeks or so).  I'd love to run a game for a few folks closer to every 3 weeks or so.  

Prefer to play semiseriously, meaning actually investing a bit in the story, characters and world.  I am in my mid-30s and prefer to play with folks who are post-college age because I am old and find your youthful energy repulsive.  

I can host or travel (within my sweet home borough).  

I'll try the standard forums, but have had no luck with them in the past.  If people have other suggestions for places to post I'm definitely open to it.
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I'm down to just try it out. I played a bunch of pickup games at PAX East so I'm used to diving in. Character creation is part of the process and only takes 15 mins... so why not? I could potentially host around Union Square on days other than Sun/Mon. I also have one other guy interested who played with me at PAX East.
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wow.
 
No, this picture isn't computer generated. It's a photo of New York-based graphic designer and artist Mike Doyle's latest piece, titled Contact 1, which employs over 200,000 Lego bricks and took him over 600 hours to build. More pics: http://blog.makezine.com/2013/04/22/200000-piece-lego-sci-fi-jaw-dropper/
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That's incredible. Awesome inspiration for Dungeon Planet too. :)
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Just ran into a problem, and was wondering how other GMs handle this kind of thing.  

The 'say what you want to do and roll' mechanic works beautifully most of the time.  But this situation stumped me:  a warrior in full plate mail wanted to try to climb a wall.  I'd usually say roll+Dex or maybe Con due to the weight, but realistically there is no way you can climb a wall in plate mail.  I'd prefer to just say "impossible!  what do you do instead?" but I'm wondering if others have used a different strategy.  

In other systems, say D20 or percentile systems, you'd just make the difficulty very very high.  Meaning that the chance of success was vanishingly small, but hey, maybe.  Which is kind of fun.  In DW I'm not sure how to give my fighter his chance at his absurd request.
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Oh, the bet is still on.  I want the video footage.
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Are there favorite examples of in-game fights besides the 16-hp Dragon?

I'm looking to spice up our melees a bit and my struggle is to come up with clever moves when a character roles sub-10 beyond the standard damage roll or 'you lose your sword!' stuff.  Looking for inspiring examples of combat play.
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Hehehe, I'm in Cape Town, Darkest Africa....
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A song by COIL, my inspiration on vampires in fantasy gaming.  Long intro, but the lyrics are great.  I try to mix up the standard monsters as much as I can.  What are your influences for new takes on old monsters?



"You know the living.  We know the dead."

Coil - Tenderness of Wolves
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Some song lyrics that can be converted into adventures, many practically self-written fronts:

http://www.darklyrics.com/lyrics/thesword/ageofwinters.html#2

And for Dungeon Planet:

http://www.songmeanings.net/songs/view/3530822107859433181/

Any others?
THE SWORD lyrics - "Age Of Winters" (2006) album, including "Ebethron", "March Of The Lor (Instrumental In Eight Movements)", "Lament For The Aurochs"...
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I knew +Adam Koebel was a Sword fan, and then was like "Wait, wasn't that EXACT SONG a Rock Out Friday thing once?"
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Trey is an amazing photographer, and many of his photos can be used for adventure inspiration.  I love this one he just posted.  Castle of the Crab Men!
 
A strange and faraway place...
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I fully agree! Trey is a graet photographer and his HDR work has such a beautiful render.
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Wow, this post brings back some memories...
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