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Standard Issue Escape Goat, EXTREME
Items  (Other)   (Combat)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-01-17 12:03 PM
I cracked up reading this one. Go to Comment
Standard Issue Escape Goat
Items  (Other)   (Combat)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-01-16 10:04 AM
I'm not sure what to do with this, LoL Go to Comment
The Belts of Parkour
Items  (Clothes)   (Magical)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-01-15 03:52 PM
I absolutely love it. It brings something unique to the fantasy realm in a replicable and very usable fashion. Great for thieves, acrobats, assassins, ninjas and even more adventurous characters.

Humor: dwarf parkour
horror: tiefling parlour
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The Second Renaissance
Articles  (Resource)   (Gaming - Genre)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-01-14 02:14 AM

Author's Note: It is easy to point out that the idea of the O2 towers, and the cooperation fostered by their construction, and the fact that they worked goes against the grain of the Cosmic Era setting and the writing guide. While it is true, there was a beneficial outcome, there is a certain degree of cost involved. The collectivism and the human hives are a direct result of the towers and the O2 scare. The financial cost of building the processing towers was immense, and their operating budget, along with the 3rdNet that grew from them was also stunning.

The Shinjuku Tower cost Nippon close to $1 trillion dollars to construct, and had an operational budget of $125 billion a year afterwards. The island nation staggered through several economic defaults before being propped up by the Red Sun bank and electing the Emperor to replace the existing government. Hundreds died in riots, and several hundreds more committed suicide in varying fashions (alcoholism, drug overdose, seppuku) over the economic flounderings.

The entire Pan-Asian basin went through an economic collapse as they struggled to support the cost of the mammoth towers, along with the continual construction of arcologies, seacologies, geofronts and participating in the space race. As the Renaissance lurched forward, an increasing number of people were born into what will become generational poverty, filling the favelas, creating the hive like urban rims, and feeding into the criminal underground and illegal syndicates.

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The Second Renaissance
Articles  (Resource)   (Gaming - Genre)
Scrasamax's comment on 2015-07-05 02:05 AM
I've not done a good job of linking the submissions together, and that is probably the biggest problem I have with the Cosmic Era as a setting. I've not gone back and tried to remedy this because it's simply more than I want to tackle, I've been working on the setting for several years and there are just too many submissions. I'd have to make a serial killer note wall to get it all organized.

Arcanotech is basically a new expression of math and science that doesn't exist, and it adds new variables to numbers. An example, 2+2=4 basic math. +2 + -2 = 0 numbers can be positive or negative (meaning the potential answer for 2+2 can be -4, 0, or 4) In arcanotech (which has it's own submission) a number can have values such as spin, age, color, etc meaning that the answer to that basic math equation can have answers that can unravel your sanity. Applied to technology it creates dimensional technology, entirely new ways to make things, etc that we haven't thought of because since there hasn't been that eureka moment, we simply cannot imagine.

Where has the unskilled labor gone? Fantastic question. The unskilled labor has been pushed out into the favelas, and urban rim, it's not needed and it's gone, like gas station attendants. People are either employed by the megacorps, public sector, beneficiaries of the new welfare state, or are part of the unemployed overlooked masses. Unskilled labor wasn't eradicated by education or technology, it was made obsolete, and with it many people became part of a permanently unemployed caste, living in the shadows of the towers and under the cities. Sorry, sucks to be them.

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Pakint Dragongroom
NPCs  (Major)   (Combative)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-01-15 10:27 AM
Indeed it was my intent, and my thanks for noticing Go to Comment
Prosperity Christian Convention
Society/ Organizations  (Religious)   (Trans World)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-01-11 12:55 PM
Because it exists now. The Osteen Malachi Bible is a direct reference to Megapastor Joel Osteen and the Book of Malachi. Go to Comment
database alpha
Articles  (At Table)   (Citadel Help)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-01-11 12:31 AM
Author's Note: The CogNet and previous 3rdNet were more than just exchanges of electronic information. Tied into the paranormal nature of arcanotechnology, the electronics and hardware are nothing more than gateways. The amount of data floating in the net far surpasses the storage capacity of the planet, and its only increasing. How can this be? The CogNet is a portal/gateway to the Dreamlands of the Lovecraft Mythos. The hardware functions as borders, and while the various constructs and programs floating around have their very obvious purposes, their very ordered and static patterns serve to transmute the wild and mutable ephemera of the Dreamlands into a cognitive material

Accessing the CogNet is easy, tons of things and people do it constantly, but these interactions are just skimming the surface of the system, and are the side where there can be connection issues, and bandwidth and all sorts of other technical jargon. Entering the CogNet ala a S3 rig, or other immersion device, like a Wachowski probe, typically puts the cybernaut (The term before home immersion systems became affordable) in a lucid dreaming state. While alert and responsive, the cybernaut is largely unaware of their physical surrounding, or people around them, unless they are disturbed. This is how the user forms the connection to the Dreamlands through the arcanotech hardware. Go to Comment
Variable-Frame Aerospace Fighter
Items  (SpaceShips)   (Combat)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-12-29 07:54 PM

This gallery demonstrates the visual appeal and aesthetic of traditional aerospace fighters in the setting, with dynamic appearances. color schemes, and overall visual appeal. The more exotic fighters such as those in Yukikaze embody the bleeding edge, while these above represent the main line of what everyone can field, from the Federation aerospace reserve units to the SAUR and Indian aerospace forces. Go to Comment
Variable-Frame Aerospace Fighter
Items  (SpaceShips)   (Combat)
Scrasamax's comment on 2015-01-08 12:18 PM
3 Dorky Answers: the Corsairs destroyed most of the Zondas on the ground, and the few that did get into the air were outnumbered, outgunned and outmatched, leading to their quick destruction, arcanotech exists to break the laws of physics including the manipulation of gravity (there are greater applications, but we spent a long time flying kites before we figured out how to break the sound barrier and that's where arcanotech is currently, flying kites), it doesn't, but it needs an edit for repetitive word use. It's technobabble.

As for the voice of the piece, I am inclined to belief that at the time I was writing this, it was to simply get it out of my head, and voice was not nearly as pressing an issue so much as it was getting it done and out. I needs a revision, and fluff text added, with the canon material supported with game stats and such. Go to Comment
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (Any)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-01-01 05:32 PM
I was largely inspired by the ghola of the Dune universe, and the tigers from Babylon A.D. They're not real, they are clones.

i'm open to suggestions, because I do agree, this is very much lacking in the drama department, and it is rather lacking in grimness. The only point I can offer is that the pursuit of the green movement and bioecology has a much greater impact in the Cosmic Era than today. But in the CE there isn't a question of the impact of human climate and environment destruction because there is deforestation, wasteland zones, and areas that are afflicted by storm rifts that release toxic fumes, mutants, and invasive species. Go to Comment
Genetic Castes
Systems  (Societal/ Cultural)   (Specific)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-12-19 01:07 PM
The categories are vague, and the path should be littered with dozens of examples of the process going wrong. The path to getting those basic genetic defect screens and fixes would have footnotes of where test groups all ended up with the affliction ramped up to 10, or unexpected genetic expression. This would all be tied into the cosmetic genetic augmentation in the setting (breast enlargement therapy, changing hair color, extreme skin pigmentation) where people in the early phases go in to get their baldness cured and come out blind, or some shadowrunner goes in to get enhanced reflexes and comes out with a slow onset neurological disease, etc.

As for creating genetic abominations and monstrosities, certainly, but these are more commonly going to be one off and government/megacorp special projects rather than a mainstream consumer product. They aren't going to make an over the counter genetic hair dye kit that has a 2-4% chance of turning users into She-Hulks. (they would exploit that tech to make mass produced she-hulks for the military) Go to Comment
A/BM-1 Stoudenmire
Items  (Ranged Weapons)   (Combat)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-12-18 11:28 AM
I was drinking when I wrote this and that is an embarrassing mistake. I am lurching about for a catchall term for propellant based firearms as opposed to magnetic ones. Go to Comment
New Themyscira
Locations  (Country/ State)   (Water)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-12-10 05:25 PM
Thank you for the link and yes she is very fitting, and I would use her as a mech unit commander our the commander of a power armor company. Go to Comment
Ssacha a'Karliik
Items  (Other)   (Cursed)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-12-05 10:28 AM
Edited to emphasize the magic of the bag rather than the magic being in the head. Go to Comment
Father Titus, Resurrection Man
NPCs  (Major)   (Religious)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-12-03 10:22 AM
I imagine Titus does most if not all of his hunting in urban environments. Actual battles on open plans he probably is going to tap former military contracts to get reinforcements and support. The vamp has a sniper rifle, Titus has a special forces team, and a helicopter. Networking, planning, and the protection of the Lord.

Protection versus Missiles works against bullets lol Go to Comment
Cessna and Piper Aldean
NPCs  (Minor)   (Travelers)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-12-03 11:41 AM
I needed a method for the main character to move back and forth rapidly from LA to Colorado, and other places, and driving wasn't going to be a viable option. We've got to get there ASAP! To the Hunter-Mobile, drive non stop for 2 days? I don't think so.

So from a meta level they are totally supporting characters. Piper has seen gameplay, as she has a lot in common with the MC, albeit a somewhat different skillset, and has been close to being an NPC minion to the PC. Go to Comment
Ms. Carlyle
NPCs  (Minor)   (Technical)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-11-25 10:27 AM
I like Aunt Carlyle, good use of images, and I second the Fallout vibe and I totally approve. Go to Comment
Subdermal Monitor
Items  (Tools)   (Non-Magical)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-11-17 01:17 PM
I like the idea, subdermal monitors. I can see this technology being used for performance artists, contracted employees, and so forth. Go to Comment
Fort Hard
Locations  (Fortification)   (Other)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-11-17 02:11 PM
This is an awesome item to find in the forgotten castle or the evil wizards yard sale. I like the spell only works on humans and not other animals. A rat or stoat is a beast, and small poisonous things like snakes or lizards. .. lots of potential for serious games or silly or whimsical settings. Go to Comment
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