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Michael Lubbers
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Submit your ideas here for the official theme of Monolith! We are looking for the best Monolith theme submission which will be featured in our second printing of the game. The winner will have their submission and credits featured in the next rulebook along with some other very cool perks!!!
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“You are rival wizards using your spells and will to crush your opponents by amassing untold power. You must survive by cunning and a bit of luck to ascend the great monolith and be crowned the title of grand wizard!”

-Mike Beiter
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Don Riddle
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here's my idea.
the feel i get from monolith is not of the "fireball" type of drama, but more of the "snide remark" flavor, with things like Belittle and Befuddle, etc.

instead of dueling sorcercers, i'd take a more sly approach:
The King's Court jester has died, and he has decided to hold a tournament of sorts to determine the poor fellow's successor. Thus, the players are rival Jesters trying to impress the King with tricks and jokes and songs, occassionally at the expense of their rivals. "Skills" and " Powers" would become "Tricks" and "Treachery." Gems would become "Gifts" to be given to the King. VP would become King's Favor. The Runes could have names like.. "Really Naughty Joke" "Song about the King's Bravery" "Itching Powder" (an attack), etc...

A further idea would be to set it all in feudal era Japan. Feudal lords trying to impress the Emperor. The dice sent on "missions" (Runes). Skills and Powers as Ninja and Samurai cards.
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Shaun Guth
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While exploring a long-forgotten valley, you and your friends stumble across an ancient monolithic rune surrounded by gems. Gems that are filled with ancient and raw power. As you approach, your minds expand and a new power surges through your body -- the universe becomes small and calculable. Your friends have changed too. It is clear that the monolith is the source of ultimate power. Use your wits and new-found abilities to avoid their treachery and deceit, for you must reach the monolith first!
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Elhannan Lloyd Keller
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You've felt it all your life. You don't know why, but you've never been able to DENY that you've felt it. It's an energy. It's not just Chi or life force or some supernatural presence. It's a power that's there in the very tiniest atoms that make up every molecule of matter in our physical plane. You know what it feels like - the good energy and the bad.

When you were little, the kids at school just thought you were weird. Too overly sensitive to the bad energy coming from the sea of emotions and drama contained in your elementary school, you kept to yourself. Your parents thought that your anti-social behavior could be treated with medication. You remember that the pills had an energy, too. You took them because they made your mom and dad feel better about you, and they would give off more of the good energy at home. And this was how you lived... for a while.

As you grew, your ability to feel and discern the energy grew with you. You recognized the manipulation of this energy from individuals around you. That football player who was so fast - he brought the crowd to its feet. Not because he caught the winning touchdown, but because the good energy that radiated from his body and cleats and jersey was like a drug to the crowd. The Pastor who preached as if the Lord himself was sitting in the front row, the bully whose very entrance into the lunchroom sent waves of students moving to farther tables to eat, and the senior trumpet player who managed to pass every college audition he played - they pulsed with the energy enough to give you migraine. Could they feel it just as you did? Or were they unaware that they were subtly controlling it?

You were first aware of the Earth's energy as an adult. The planet itself was teeming with both the good and bad energies, in constant conflict. The rocks themselves, being the oldest matter on the planet, were natural conduits. In an effort to understand why and how you've been able to feel this energy all your life, you've journeyed to the Black Hills of Wyoming to experience the Earth's energy through the land itself. The Devil's Tower, a monolith reaching over 1,200 feet into the sky stands before you. The energy is electric - and it feels incredible. And for the first time, you feel as if you can actually HARNESS the energy...
 
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this is kind of an amalgamation of and my take on what's gone before...

"On a hiking trip with friends through the Scottish lowlands, your party finds itself lost in the darkening forest. Afraid for what beasts might come out at nightfall, you and your companions start to run to a bluish light in the distance, barely seen through the trees. As you approach, the light grows brighter and a slight hum can be heard. Suddenly, you break through the trees into a light-flooded clearing. You can barely keep your eyes open in the glare, but are able to make out a ring of man-sized stones standing in a circle at the center of the clearing. The hum has grown louder and sounds like some sort of animal keening or strange singing. It feels as if the light which is all around is somehow pushing you towards the circle of stones... or is it pulling you? You can see your friends lost in the trance too, all of you slowly walking towards the stones which, as you pass them, appear to be covered in ancient runes whose origin is unfamiliar to you. You turn from them to see that at the center of the circle is a giant Monolith, twice as tall as the other stones, encrusted with glittering crystals, and somehow glowing, so brightly that the gigantic stone itself could not be seen until you were this close. Without intending it, you reach out your hand, as do your friends in unison, and lay it on the Monolith's surface. In a flash, you are transported... not in place, but in time and form...
You can feel your new power rushing through you as you harness the energies of the universe to your will. Your friends have transformed as well and their energy-bodies float above the stone circle with yours. With this energy comes knowledge, ancient secrets, and you become aware that you are all now involved in a mystical trial to determine who shall wield the ultimate energy... the energy of the Monolith."
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