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    The surinam toad

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    There's a general design rule established early on that creatures with pouches still get them when appropriate. Female kangaroos still have a pouch on the animal template within the Basic Compendium. They have a pouch even though they don't have nipples in there and no little grub-like offspring to crawl up and at'em. Since the marsupials have them, might as well give the Surinam pouches too--despite the fact that it isn't a pouch in the same way marsupials have pouches. Otherwise why play a Sur…

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    Remaining 2 Books?

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    Quote from Teenage Mutant Sarpah: “I'm looking forward to seeing what many of the species will Look like in Janah form I'm assuming that a Ring-Neck Snake would be classified under Snake Ground S Would a Woodcock be classified as a Shorebird or a Wading Bird? And has Sianthe's Species the Water Snake been already covered or is her exact species coming in Magic & Martial Arts?” I'd go with Snake, Ground S for Ring-neck snakes. They're such little cuties. Woodcock's are shorebirds that live away f…

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    Quote from griffin: “This is so amazing I cannot believe it actually exists in our world... I could easily see many different adventures centered around this location... If you do not mind I may write some mini adventures for some of these locations to be posted at a later date...” I very much hope you and others do. I have a dozen more of these to post and the purpose is to inspire GM's. What's very handy with many of the places that I'll post is that you can find loads of images of them online…

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    "All around us we saw tier on tier of lofty sand-hills, giving the lie to our quest, yet when, with a final desperate effort, we hoisted ourselves over the last ridge and looked down on what lay beyond, we saw the lake below, and its beauty was entrancing." - Mildred Cable with Francesca French, The Gobi Desert 212.jpg Also known as Yueyaquan, you can find the Crescent Lake Oasis within China's Genshu province. The tiny lake spring fed lake is approximately 715ft (218m) long from east to west an…

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    Quote from Scott Jones: “We're so close!” So close we can taste it. It tastes a bit like vanilla ice-cream seasoned with saffron, rosewater, and thin slices of almond.

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    Some of the best settings in fiction are often inspired by real places. Once a week I'm going to post a real place and some commentary on how GM's can use those places as a basis for story locations within their own game. This week's gem is the extinct volcano Aogashima off the coast of Japan. A small island at 3.38 square miles (8.75 square kilometers), less than 200 people currently dwell on the island. tumblr_mmkb0dCzOr1qemajro1_1280.jpg In the Visedi Sea, this could be the ancestral home of …

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    Quote from Teenage Mutant Sarpah: “Oh Boy! I'd love to see a new template! Maybe Flamingo?” Here you go! 18449379_10155448774164589_2083132491571204322_o.jpg

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    Quote from griffin: “keeping in mind that the concept of what it means to be a GOD is somewhat subjective and could be any thing to which a group or individual pays homage... great food for thought!!!” That's a good question. What would the character sheet of Kramah look like? And do the Devah have characteristics higher than 12?

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    Quote from Teenage Mutant Sarpah: “In the immortal words of Freddie Prinz LOOOOKIN' GOOD!” More to come. Perhaps an new animal template next. Perhaps.

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    Quote from Sydonai: “Huh, I had been uncertain as to whether or not they had really survived, and was assuming that the impression of them as Creator Deities was an exaggeration of some recollections of them. I guess things are a bit more complicated than I thought, and the "myths" were a bit more literal.” I like to think of it as a special kind of leveling up. The Mother and Father became a special kind of god. The animals leveled up into a sentient anthropomorphic form, and some of those orig…

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    Are Herbvores Underrated?

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    There are plenty of cultural reasons that herbivores are held in such high esteem. Various animals have associations...baggage. Goats eat tin cans, owls are wise, pigs are filthy. Some of that baggage even went into the writing of the animal templates themselves. Owls are not the sharpest tools in the shed on earth and yet they're a little smarter in Shard. When I was writing the next 90 templates, often I was at a loss. What cultural associations does a nuthatch have in my culture? That being s…

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    I'd be happy for an animated series. While 3D CGI can do the most amazing things now at insane frame rates and super details, I'd love to see some animation from a studio like Bones (Cowboy Bepbop the movie, Space Dandy) or even Studio Ghibili. I think 2D anime could really do both the environmentals, the characters and high flying martial arts in a way that 3D or live action can't as cost effectively do.

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    So how did it go?

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    Integrating the animal

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    What kinds of things do you players out there do to reflect you're playing a certain type of Zoic? In my own writing and art endeavors that involve anthropomorphic animals, I try and integrate as much of the animal's bestial natures into the mannerisms and behaviors without getting too silly. There are some short cuts I use that I guess you could kind of call "tics". These can certainly apply to on-fly role-playing. Make a list of the more animal-like things your character would do and now and t…

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    Juvenile Paksin

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    I wonder if the ugly duckling story could apply to an orphan Paksin.

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    Gluttony Roleplaying

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    Roleplaying any of the drawbacks can be a great source of fun, especially if the GM has planned ahead and includes drawbacks as part of the plot. I don't know if character with a gluttony drawback could so much be bribed by a big fancy meal. In the role of GM, I'd use the failure of a character in resisting their gluttony drawback to give extra dice to someone making a persuasion roll. In a more direct way, I'd use a character's gluttony against them by setting a trap with it. In espionage there…

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    I know its been a while since you posted this question, but no, you shouldn't take dwarfism if you want to play a miniature horse-- unless you want dwarfish characteristics. Dwarfism is most common amongst the miniature horse breed but dwarf miniatures themselves are not within the breed's confirmation and health standards. That doesn't stop plenty of backyard breeders and pony mills from selling dwarves to those looking for a pet. It would suggest modifying the horse template. All the talents, …

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    Hello?

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    Perhaps the long winter finally gives way to Spring and new growth. I am optimistic.

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    I think its possible to reject the notion of caste system as being a good or healthy thing and yet still run an RPG where such a social hierarchy exists. When I used to run the old Chaosium Call of Cthulhu RPG, I made it a point to use the racism and sexism of the historical era as a tool for highlighting how destructive and frustrating discrimination can be. AS a GM you can totally create stories that hammer home how bad a Caste system can be, especially for the under-privileged. Most works of …

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    No Peace

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    No Peace. This digital painting is of my boar character, Puk'a. Artwork by the amazing Kirsten Harper of clockworkbee.com. Puk'a (or just Puk) is a semi-reformed bandit/marauder-type. He was taken from a small farming village as a child and raised by the bandits to be one of their number. After spending years learning how to be a heartless monster, a series of unfortunate and strange events have sent him spiraling into a deep self-awareness of the terrible things he has done. Violence and debauc…