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I know I have been away for some time - my ongoing job hunt, moving to a new city, and starting work in a new job have preoccupied me as of late.

But I wanted to give some advance warning that there will be some downtime for this site. You see, my current (paid) Wikidot.com account expires on Monday. Unfortunately, I cannot pay for renewing it until this month's wages arrive on my bank account… which will be on Monday. Hopefully.

I will try to pay for the account extension as soon as possible, but I can't say yet exactly when that will be - so if you can't edit this site, just wait for a while.


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That looks fine to me…

Re: Question about states by The ColonelThe Colonel, 03 Oct 2017 16:31

Just as a sample how does this look? It's rough but to give you an idea of what I'm doing.

  • Boll Weevil Monument

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Basic information:

Alabama has a long history of cotton production. However, the town of Enterprise has a monument to a well-known threat to the plant. Erected in 1919 it is located in the city’s downtown.

The monument depicts a female figure in a flowing gown with arms stretched above her head. Above her she raises a trophy topped by a Boll Weevil.

The inscription for the monument reads: “In profound appreciation of the Boll Weevil and what it has done as the herald of prosperity this monument was erected by the citizens of Enterprise, Coffee County, Alabama.”

It is the first monument built to honor an agricultural pest. Why a town would build a statute to a pest? It goes back to 1915 when the Boll Weevil first appeared in Alabama. When it appeared, it devastated the local cotton crops and for Enterprise force them to switch to other crops. The town’s farmers discovered that crop rotation actually proved to be more profitable. In appreciation they built the statue and eventually a member of the town found it odd the Boll Weevil monument had no Boll Weevil. So he crafted brass bug to sit at the height of the construction.

Those that came after did not treat the moment well. It was vandalized and even stolen a few times. Each time it was found and repaired until 1998 when someone stole the Boll Weevil. This caused the town to replace it with a resin copy and to secure the actual stature in the town’s museum.

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Game and Story Use:

-In a game set after the end finding such a statue might lead to some interesting misconceptions about era.
*Or maybe a cult has popped up around it.
- Two words: Unknown Armies.
-It might also be a placeholder representing some other entity. The benign Boll Weevil is actually a front for some eldritch abomination. A cult is worshiping in broad daylight with no one the wiser.
-The brass Boll Weevil that crowned the statute was stolen in 1998. That seems to be an interesting plot hook right there.
*Players need it for something.
*They are tasked with recovering it.
*It’s found among the loot of another adventure. Which prompts the players to dig and find out what it is. Which still doesn’t answer why the bad guys had it.

Re: Question about states by TheFourthmanTheFourthman, 27 Sep 2017 19:26

Okay. I can work with that until I hear otherwise.

Re: Question about states by TheFourthmanTheFourthman, 22 Sep 2017 17:32

I'm not part of the management here, but in the spirit of the site, I would suggest somewhere in between, keeping to generalities unless the detail is likely to be useful for RPGs, fiction writing etc.
Ideally we want stuff that you can't just get from looking at Wikipedia - and a resident's perspective on things could be useful … we can put up with far less encyclopaedic content than Wikipedia.
That said we'll take a stub with a couple of links stapled to it over a red-link … assuming that the links aren't spam or suchlike.

Re: Question about states by The ColonelThe Colonel, 22 Sep 2017 16:02

I've seen a couple of states which have long descriptions of them and their history and many more which are just the bare bones. Which one would you guys prefer I emulate?

Question about states by TheFourthmanTheFourthman, 20 Sep 2017 19:48
The ColonelThe Colonel 25 Jul 2017 09:36
in discussion Meta Forums / Per page discussions » Gellerese

Could we bung a "culture" tab under people to include languages etc.? Or should it be more of a metagaming/setting building thing?

by The ColonelThe Colonel, 25 Jul 2017 09:36
quarkstomperquarkstomper 23 Jul 2017 04:42
in discussion Meta Forums / Per page discussions » Gellerese

Any thoughts as how to link this into the Breadcrumb navigation? The best idea I've come up with so far is to link it to Fictional Places but that's not exactly accurate.


"All the World's a Stage and Everyone's a Critic" — Mervyn Alquist

by quarkstomperquarkstomper, 23 Jul 2017 04:42

…and the redirect page is now in place.

by The ColonelThe Colonel, 30 May 2017 12:34
jhubertjhubert 30 May 2017 12:08
in discussion Meta Forums / Per page discussions » Olgoi-khorkhoi

The draft page only had a basic template, so I deleted it.


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by jhubertjhubert, 30 May 2017 12:08

I was going to set up a re-direct page from Mongolian Death Worm, but the wiki claims that there's already a draft of it in place so I decided not to mess with it…

by The ColonelThe Colonel, 30 May 2017 08:46
The ColonelThe Colonel 17 May 2017 15:39
in discussion Meta Forums / Per page discussions » Urchin

Anyone know how to re-size that image?
…assuming that it's not just me for whom it's immense…

by The ColonelThe Colonel, 17 May 2017 15:39
quarkstomperquarkstomper 29 Nov 2016 11:32
in discussion Meta Forums / Per page discussions » Fakelore

I added a few bits to "Game and Adventure Use" to address this. Feel free to add to it if you think of any other ideas.


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by quarkstomperquarkstomper, 29 Nov 2016 11:32

That would make this entry more useful from a gaming perspective. And then we could also link this page to Library of Lost Books


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Good Point by quarkstomperquarkstomper, 29 Nov 2016 11:19
The ColonelThe Colonel 29 Nov 2016 10:23
in discussion Meta Forums / Per page discussions » Fakelore

?Should this cover the sort of meta-Narritive that we use to illustrate our campaign settings?
I'm thinking of the "in game" works that NPCs quote at the characters - prophecies, histories, badly disguised Sun-Tzu knock offs etc. … including stuff like the biographical quotes used as chapter headers in Dune, purportedly taken from the works of Princess Irulian.

by The ColonelThe Colonel, 29 Nov 2016 10:23
The ColonelThe Colonel 19 Sep 2016 12:43
in discussion Meta Forums / Per page discussions » Mithridatism

…I forgot the Princess Bride could supply flavour text … I had been wrestling with the idea of the Housman quote, but it goes on for ages…

by The ColonelThe Colonel, 19 Sep 2016 12:43

Are we sure that human waste was used in wattle and daub? Cow crap I've heard of being used, but human waste seems unlikely due to the smell, if nothing else.

Gong in wattle and daub? by The ColonelThe Colonel, 15 Apr 2016 09:54

…just opened this and got "Eunuch" "Ferret legging" "raccoons rescued from vending machine" - not so much an adventure seed but a hilarious character background (emasculated in a ferret-legging accident, he became a skunk whisperer…).

by The ColonelThe Colonel, 30 Mar 2016 16:14

If the guy who spammed our other page really did find a blog entry about Francisco at "Makepocketpussy.com" then we can always revert it.

Over to the mods to deal with the poster in question.

...so I removed it. by The ColonelThe Colonel, 10 Feb 2016 10:37

Don't like the look of the URL for that "blog" re. Peter Franciso … given that the same poster's other visit to the site added three spam links to a page, I think we might usefully remove it. And him.

Probably spam... by The ColonelThe Colonel, 09 Feb 2016 11:39
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