View Full Version : May Entry: Mordenkainen's Force Disc in the Infinite Astral Nebulae

Aval Penworth
05-15-2010, 08:21 AM
Okay, so you reappear on a glowing translucent force disc, about 30 metres across. All you can see are distant spiraling nebulae in all directions. What do you do?:P

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05-15-2010, 08:48 AM
very nice... he could use a little more grounding though so he looks more like he actually is standing on the disc :)

05-15-2010, 09:23 AM
I take out my fishing pole and sit at the edge for a few hours and see what's biting. Cool idea.

05-15-2010, 12:32 PM
I think the disk is more like 12 metres, whatever a metre is. I don't speak British :). The good news is that I measured the outside dimensions and they are indeed one infinity wide, plus or minus five metres.

05-15-2010, 12:54 PM
I think the disk is more like 12 metres, whatever a metre is. I don't speak British :). The good news is that I measured the outside dimensions and they are indeed one infinity wide, plus or minus five metres.

A metre is a meter :o

05-15-2010, 02:12 PM
I think the disk is more like 12 metres, whatever a metre is. I don't speak British :). The good news is that I measured the outside dimensions and they are indeed one infinity wide, plus or minus five metres.

I believe +/- 5 metres are a very acceptable varians on infinity.. ;) ... And I'd like to see that tape measure some day ;)

05-15-2010, 02:36 PM
I think he means he doesn't actually know how long a meter is, seeing as he is of the imperial persuasion. Silly Americans.

05-15-2010, 02:49 PM
Hey now, the Imperial system is British, that's where us silly Americans got the idea in the first place - inches, feet and yards is by its nature British. It's not our fault, you guys decided to dump your own system of measurement :P

Nice colors - er, colours?? :)


PS: looks good AvalP!

05-16-2010, 02:31 AM
yeah, it would be a lot easier if we all had the same system, points in typography is another examples of an old system that stuck, InDesign calculates all in millimeters and then sweetly converts to points for its users *lol*. That being said, I do think that inches, feet, yards and miles are very fitting for fantasy roleplaying - and I do believe that even many americans think meters are fitting for sci-fi roleplaying? All about setting the feel of the game. But enough thread "stealing" *lol*... what up AVAL!!! stop sleeping and post some more.. ;)

Aval Penworth
05-16-2010, 04:23 AM
All measurements are in Astral Metres. The Astral Plane having converted to the xeno-metric system earlier this week.

But for the sake of "fantasyfying" the feel of the image I could change it to feet.

Aval Penworth
05-16-2010, 08:24 AM
I take out my fishing pole and sit at the edge for a few hours and see what's biting. Cool idea.

Okay, you sit down, eternity goes by, but you don't catch anything. Now what do you do? :?:

05-16-2010, 08:31 AM
reminds me of an old dragon article where 4 immortal characters came to their ending.... so my answer will be ... "write across character sheet RETIRED, and roll up new character" ;)

05-16-2010, 09:00 AM
Over here in Brittyland its all crazy. We have meters all over the place like if you buy a sheet of plywood or plasterboard its a standard 2440mm long. Yes nice standard that. Oh that just happens to be 8ft of course... then we buy all our petrol in litres but all the cars print up fuel consumption in miles per gallon on the dash. The speed limits are all in miles per hour, your odometer is in miles only and your tyre pressures are always in pounds per square inch. Your engine capacity will be in cubic centimeters but its output is always quoted in horse power tho lighbulbs and almost every other power unit is done in Watts. Talking more of pressure, the weather reports list pressure in Bar not Pascals but the temperature is in Celcius tho half the population talk about the weather being warm only in the 80's or 90's like we would all boil to death. We buy milk in cartons of 2.27 litres or 3.4 litres but you have to be careful cos some places like small corner shops sell it for the same price in 3 ltr cartons too. Also, unless you have a penchant for getting your head kicked in, you don't go to the pub and ask for a litre of Dry Blackthorn either though if you go to the supermarket and get some, then it will come in a 2 litre bottle. Thou is still used a lot in engineering tolerances but I would say the majority of engineering and science are all metric now. Land is still sold in Acres, office rental space and house floor areas still quoted in feet square tho carpet to cover that same space will be sold per meter square. And even if you go to the horse races and get the race length then its in Furlongs and the horse itself is measured in Hands. Energy is done in Calories, Therms, BTUs and Joules with almost equal mix. There's almost no instance where if we have the option of using imperial or metric that we don't in fact use both and we use almost every variety of every possible unit we have available.

So less of the stupid non British !

05-16-2010, 09:20 AM
wow... nice summary redrobes.. now if you could just start driving in the right side of the road, your life would be perfect *lol*
It just goes to tell that changing from imperial to metric is no small deal ... all those standards through hundreds of years that suddenly has to change ... well in Denmark/Sweden (and guessing most of europe) we have:
Sodas in , 1, 2 liters
Beer in ,33 liter or ,66 liter (don't ask me why) ... but in bars you just ask for a small or big beer
booze in ,7 and 1 liters
wood per meter but plumming is measured in inches (they won't give in those plummers)
land is in m2 and so is housing
Celsius - yep (so I prefer mid twenties so my beer don't get to warm)
fuel in liters also in the cars ... although I do believe my car can switch between miles and km an hour in settings
tyrepressure in bar
engine in cubic centimeters but nobody understand that - they all use Horse power
energy in food is calories in physics its joules

guess that sums it up...
and D&D is still imperial ;)

Aval Penworth
05-16-2010, 09:21 AM
Hello!!!! Challenge thread here!!! *LMAO*:P

05-16-2010, 09:30 AM
no need to thank us for pulling in the crowd ;)
but.. to be serious for a moment... the shadow is better now - but try making it a bit darker where the feet hits the ground. And love you've put Ascension in there... *rofl*, I'm guessing he's going to leave before the competion ends or you would have made nicer writing ;)

05-17-2010, 05:14 AM
Yeah - Ahem - yeah... nice shadows !... :D

Aval Penworth
05-17-2010, 08:36 PM
Okay, to continue with the concept...

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Aval Penworth
05-17-2010, 10:01 PM
Can you follow the runic progression to the dimesion door? The runes will disappear when you step on each section. If you fail to follow the progression exactly escape is impossible.

05-17-2010, 11:23 PM
Oh, that's cool! I was wondering where you were going with the radial grid; I like this idea a lot. On the disc they look awesome, but I could wish for a bit more contrast in the key.

Aval Penworth
05-17-2010, 11:45 PM
I actually wanted to have the runes glow on the key. I am stuggling to get the effect I want, but I will get there.

How about this?

05-18-2010, 02:23 AM
they seem a little pixelated - and not that glowing and by the way, you still need to add a little extra shadow under the feet of the character. But very nice idea with the runes ... to bad if you're a fighter with WIS + INT 8 *lol*

Aval Penworth
05-18-2010, 02:43 AM
they seem a little pixelated - and not that glowing and by the way,

I know, darn it! :shock: It shouldn't be hard. But I've had a few attempts and can't get it right.

With regard to the little dude, I'm not sure if the character is going to stay. Or perhaps I'll find a character with "C-cups" to up the ante on GP. We'll see.
Your tenacity on the shadow, however is noted and applauded.;)

05-18-2010, 03:06 AM
concerning the character he also seems a little out of place - stylewise (the lines are to neat, the colors to smooth)

Aval Penworth
05-18-2010, 10:06 AM
@tilt I'm not sure what you think would suit better. Open to suggestion.

I've tried to make the key clearer. Any outer glow or stroke I apply seems to reduce the clarity of the runes. So I went with just whitening them up a bit.

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05-18-2010, 10:41 AM
honestly I have no idea... I just call them as I see them *lol*.. but way better shadow now.. and the runes are good too :)

05-18-2010, 06:45 PM
Ah, yes, runes are much better. Looking good, Aval :)

05-18-2010, 10:32 PM
Forgive this critcism, but the wizard at the center, per size of his head, his arms are too long. Also I would think Mordenkainen would be much older, in my thinking. Other than that, I like what you going here. Have some REP.


Aval Penworth
05-19-2010, 01:20 AM
Another wizard will chance his skills on the Astral Force Disc.
He must follow the runic progression to the dimension door back to his home plane. The runes will glow for a moment then disappear as he steps on each section. If he fails to follow the progression exactly, escape is impossible.

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05-19-2010, 08:28 AM
looking much better - and I don't know if I got this wrong - but I never saw it as Mordenkainen on the disc but just as his spell behind it... right?

Aval Penworth
05-19-2010, 09:25 AM
Right. I imagined it would be a magical trap or spell that zapped the characters onto the disc, if they can't figure it out...game over. Cruel but if youv'e made it to 18th level and you can't figure out a straightforward pattern progression, you deserve your fate.

edit: Is it clear what the key insert is for or do I need an explaination on the map?

05-19-2010, 10:10 AM
good thing my character is more intelligent than me... I would never leave *lol*

05-19-2010, 07:57 PM
I like the new character on the disc better, and I think it's plain what the insert is for. Looking great, Aval :)