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Old 08-30-2020, 02:35 PM
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September POTM

This is the place to nominate those posts in September games that rose above the humdrum and ordinary.

Go ahead. Nominate someone, it's easy. And it feels good. And it's free.

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Old 09-19-2020, 05:58 AM
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Nominee: SonofSamWich
Game: Tyrant's Grasp
System: PF 1E
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Post Link: Celeste's Hope and Despair

Reason for Nomination: The PCs have been trudging through a crypt hell-bent on returning to their town to right some wrongs, only to discover in shuddering detail that they are dead and their town has been destroyed. Moments after this terrible revelation, they actually discover that they themselves are not dead, they have survived in some strange way yet to be explained, but their friends, families and lovers are most certainly dead-dead. Confusing? Yes. Emotional roller-coaster? Most certainly.

Cue SonofSamWich's post. Not a word was spoken, yet the intense roiling emotions could be felt. The victories hard-fought for so far are meaningless when contemplating the void. Death feels so final, so much perhaps left unsaid. Celeste may have 5 other PCs nearby, but this post captures the cruel feelings that we can all feel so strongly and for all these reasons, this post moved me in particular. Beautifully poignant writing, short and simple, yet powerful!


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Old 09-22-2020, 06:24 AM
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Nominee: cottontailwind
Game: Niyaga's Silver Marches
System: D&D 5e
GM: Niyaga
Post Link: Varley-of-Tuesday

Context: The PC's are nearing the end of a battle. Nothing incredibly world-shattering is happening, just another day in the life of our adventurers. Varley the introspective-if-not-terribly-bright half-elf barbarian has been unconscious for several rounds of combat.

Reason: It's all too often that unconscious PC's get skipped over, both at the real-life table and in pbp games. Cottontailwind proves that there is perhaps more to be considered... much more... when it comes to experiencing the unconscious state that comes from getting beaten to a bloody pulp. The surface post is deceivingly basic, just one simple sentence, but mousing over the tooltip reveals a wealth of insight into the barbarian's mind! This was hands-down the best interpretation of being unconscious I have ever witnessed in 6 years of gaming. Bravo!

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Old 09-24-2020, 10:10 PM
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Nominee: PIG
Game: Legacy of Fire
System: PF 1E
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Reason for Nomination: This is a nomination on behalf of someone else who said:
Originally Posted by Anonymous nominator
I, for one, thought it was a wonderful piece of prose. I mean, I've studied Shakespeare and Proust, and this makes both look like cheeto dust on a yellow sticky note. And not even a 3M sticky note, but one of the cheap, generic knock-off ones. It might have been the best piece of writing I have ever encountered in my life, and I have read the Dead Sea Scrolls, in their original Aramaic. It made me cry, actually, big manly tears, it was that good.

Damn near shorted out my keyboard.
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Old 09-25-2020, 07:43 PM
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Nominee: The Rat Queen
Game: Contagion!
System: D&D 5e
GM: Fromthe1980s
Link: This is a closed game, so link only open to admins; original post included at end in spoiler button

Background: Contagion is a race against time and obstacles to bring a cure to a village struck by plague. In this adventure, The Rat Queen plays exiled wizard Najiba bint Farid—a slightly supercilious and vain scholar who is also a master strategist. The perfumed wizard has strangely enough befriended a party of comparatively low-brow locals (rangers, a druid and a monk) and often chides them for their crude songs or their unscientific approach to religion, which she sees as endless supplications for "handouts." These past observations come into play late into the game when we find Najiba bint Farid struggling with wounds from an attack and her life hanging in the balance.

Reason for Nomination: Not another death scene! I know, I know. Death scenes are overdone and oft-overblown. But The Rat Queen takes our expectations as readers, her character's personality, the colorization of text, and the pendulumlike results of her three-step saving roll to upend the tired tropes of a death scene and create a punch-pulling epitaph of a post. It's short, sudden and sharp—just like death.


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