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SR/L-1 Ostrich
Items  (Armor)   (Combat)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-03-03 09:11 PM
Don't tell your inner cynic about the hover bikes and hovercraft which can do the recon job just as well but cheaper.

There isn't an Ostrich replacement seriously on the table because it is not economically feasible to replace the mech. Better mechs can be made, but they are dramatically more expensive. It's the situation the US is facing with the B-52. The bomber is pretty much as good a bomber as you are going to get (altitude, payload, range, speed) and any attempt to replace is doomed pretty much to fail because any replacement is dramatically more expensive. The potential replacements are all also invariably inferior to the Stratofortress in some aspect.

As for the the Lion's Share, its an expression that means the biggest piece. The majority of Ostriches are built in Michigan. Go to Comment
Is Anybody Out There?
Articles  (Fiction)   (Gaming - In General)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-02-20 08:13 AM
we have met the alien, and the alien is us.

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Griven Smartstaff, Scholar of Small Proportions
NPCs  (Minor)   (Knowledge/Lore)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-02-19 03:04 PM
A very gnomish gnome (without venturing into the realm of the tinker) who has some interesting motivation and use in a game. I particularly like his tiny bookshelf, and that if it tips over all the books fall out regular size.

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Encounter Suit
Items  (Armor)   (Combat)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-03-08 10:32 PM
Make it drab colored, gray green or black and boom, what commando force in the world wouldn't use them? Go to Comment
Mag Guns
Items  (Ranged Weapons)   (Combat)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-02-14 11:07 AM
Learning how to use a magnetic weapon is pretty much the same as using a conventional weapon. I would in a metagame level have the firearms skill apply equally to both conventional and magnetics. Now, breaking down, cleaning and repairing I would have separate skills.
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The Last Tank
Articles  (Fiction)   (Gaming - Genre)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-02-03 09:40 AM
You ask a very good question, and by the time of the St. Louis Riots, the price of fuel was so high that food trucks were starting to sit because there was no gas (diesel, biodiesel, ethanol) to move them. The military has always gotten the first choice, so the tanks would have fuel. Just another reason the riots got worse, the govt has gas for a dozen super tanks but not for a food truck? Screw those guys! Go to Comment
The Last Tank
Articles  (Fiction)   (Gaming - Genre)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-02-03 09:51 AM
Also: the end of the Petroleum Era is a slight misnomer. The production of actual petroleum spikes and then rapidly starts to decline before the end. There is certainly development of alternative fuels and power sources but there isn't an alternative liquid fuel (ethanol, alcohol, biodiesel) that is able to be produced in the quantities needed. Ethanol is good, but we can't produce 20+ million barrels of ethanol a day. Electric cars suffer from battery issues, and the electric grid itself simply cannot support the demands of an electric vehicle fleet.

This also shouldn't be surprising, while the fuel supply is shrinking like a noose around a neck, conservation has totally failed. Fuel saving technology is present, but not appreciated. The collectivism of the Arcology projects are decried as communist, socialist, and elitist. Rail systems fail in massive nations, massive infrastructures collapse because there simply isn't money to fix them. Instead of consumption slowing down, it spikes at the end, because everyone wants to make sure they get their fair share.

And then it's gone. Go to Comment
The Last Tank
Articles  (Fiction)   (Gaming - Genre)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-02-03 09:53 AM
You are correct, and instead of cutting off her head, she was hung in front of the peasant masses. I did some google searching for exotic tanks, and came across that thing and I really liked it. The Winson needed a face. I do want the kit to built it. Go to Comment
The Last Tank
Articles  (Fiction)   (Gaming - Genre)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-02-03 09:57 AM

To underscore the core of the submission, this is the reason that there are mecha. Without this banning of the tank, the battles of the Cosmic Era would be fought with tanks and NOT mecha. But the mech (in the Cosmic Era few weigh in at more than 50-55 tons) is publicly acceptable as a tool of war.

Nations who use tanks are considered barbaric. 

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7 Things About Writing for the Cosmic Era
Articles  (Setting Building)   (Gaming - Genre)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-01-29 06:59 AM
I'm thinking of instead of adding more specific detail, I would add a fluff paragraph to each entry as a physical demonstration of each of the seven principles listed Go to Comment
7 Things About Writing for the Cosmic Era
Articles  (Setting Building)   (Gaming - Genre)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-01-29 04:10 PM
I fully intend to answer both of your requests, and I want to add both fluff text and concrete narrative and fundamental goals Go to Comment
7 Things About Writing for the Cosmic Era
Articles  (Setting Building)   (Gaming - Genre)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-01-31 11:23 AM

Justice - Civilization

I looked up the video and it is awesome

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVq2yMuAMVQ

Justice - One Minute to Midnight

No video, but this is the theme song of the Cosmic Era aerospace corps. Cue music, image is a  variable tech fighter, wings raked back and engines tucked tight against the fuselage. It seems to be hanging perfectly still, but its creeping up on hypersonic velocity as it hurdles through a blacksky

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wXp1C6Byd2E

Skrillex - Reptile's Theme

Video is an excellent demonstration of the concept of Escalation in the Cosmic Era. Also, seibertronians, cyborgs and the inhumanity shown to man, friend and foe alike. The song carries the tone and the implied violence as well.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spitVENkpgw

Skrillex - Bangarang

The Peter Pan sampling and video theme are interesting, and the recurrent theme of lawless behavior just growing fit. I dig the song as well

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJVmu6yttiw

Trailer for Tron Legacy feat Daft Punk - Derezzed

CogNet, and finding legacy caches from the fallen 3rdNet, arcologies, hyperlighting, and of course, the Armory Sirens

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6Afc2uzw4g

Deadmau5 - Moar Ghosts'n'Such

After I am gone, your earth will be free to go on as one of my satellites and just how its going to be

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGtcJCzB9cU


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Environmental Parapsychic Powers
Systems  (Mystical)   (Specific)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-01-30 08:28 AM
They are channeling energy from the River of Sorrow which manifests as flames in the case of pyros and the other direct energy parapsychics. Go to Comment
Environmental Parapsychic Powers
Systems  (Mystical)   (Specific)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-01-30 10:36 AM
Pyrokinesis is the manifestation of light and heat that appears as flame, but lacks fuel. It is not consuming either solid fuel or oxygen from the atmosphere. So, yes, it could be manifested in a vacuum.

These parapsychic abilities within the setting of the Cosmic Era are a function of arcanotech which in and of itself is neither technology nor magic but something unwholesomely between the two. Go to Comment
Atlantic Federation
Locations  (TransWorld)   (Any)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-01-16 08:45 AM
I am writing a novel Go to Comment
Atlantic Federation
Locations  (TransWorld)   (Any)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-01-16 10:27 PM
The main character, lol Go to Comment
Atlantic Federation
Locations  (TransWorld)   (Any)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-01-16 11:08 PM
You are right, presenting this as a conversation, a round table between several people with different positions would be a more interesting and variegated submission. It also would likely end up in the forgotten wasteland of the In Work box.

The format isn't the best, but it's out there, and it's effectively done.

To answer the first part of your question: The things I have presented in the submission are demonstrable facts, and not biased in favor of, or against the Atlantic Federation.

It's unabashed militarism is present in it's foreign policy that is predominantly shoot first, worry about why later, it's large military, active propaganda, and an entertainment culture that is much more 1980s (pro-military GI Joe, A-Team, Airwolf, etc) than would be perceived as tolerable today. The proof of it's space exploration program is that the Atlantic Federation has cities on the Moon, Mars, Ganymede, as well as full size city habitats in Earth and Lunar orbit. It also has the largest space fleet of commercial, civilian, exploration, and military spacecraft. The Atlantic Federation designed and built the Arc reactor, which is the centerpiece of hypertechnology, as well as things like Battlemechs and so on. As for the CogNet, it's technology was developed primarily in the European side of the Federation, and the first node of the CogNet, the 0.0 location is in Switzerland, and the CogNet expanded from there. Go to Comment
Timeline of the Cosmic Era
Society/ Organizations  (Political)   (World Wide)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-01-14 11:34 AM
Will keep working on this, and will format later Go to Comment
Timeline of the Cosmic Era
Society/ Organizations  (Political)   (World Wide)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-01-14 12:44 PM
Ran out of time, will add more when free. Go to Comment
Novo São Paulo
Locations  (City)   (Plains)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-01-15 08:10 AM
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