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Nipponism
Society/ Organizations  (Combative)   (World Wide)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-01-13 07:21 AM
Did submissions for The PRC, didn't do one for Republic of California as it is pretty much covered as a member nation of the PRC, Union Aerospace and Omni-Consumer. Then I ran out of beer and went to bed.

Cyberdyne is the placeholder for the Republic of California's tech powerhouse megacorp.

Urban Knights was a private security firm that used medieval stylized light power armor. The RenFaire approach to morale and discipline for the power suit operators really didn't pan out so well.

ArcoBoys was a very small, but unfortunately very public PR disaster. The Arcoboys were a self-imagined group of badasses who decided to do some hellraising. The end result was collateral damage, unintended casualties and the term Arcoboy being used in the derogatory to describe a Keystone Cop, or Stormtrooper Marksman Academy. Go to Comment
Maire's Monsters
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (Any)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-01-01 06:04 PM
I would actually combine this sub with the other, considering how intertwined they are. I was actually hoping for some personal details about the first Six Go to Comment
Maire's Monsters
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (Any)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-01-02 10:34 AM
Since they were artificially conceived by a mad necromancer, they can all have meaningful names drawn from mythology. It would also be fun to invert positive deities into defiled versions, such as a rotting zombie warrior named after the god of health, or a hideous she zombie named after the goddess of love.
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L Type Gynoid
NPCs  (Extras-Horde)   (Mercantile)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-01-11 12:40 PM
I did leave that out, but I took that for granted. The gynoid is not sentient, it is merely a clever machine. If it were sentient, it would legally be classified as a Seibertronian, or sentient machine. It has no goals or feelings of its own, other than dictated by it's programming. Under the Tycho Conventions, androids, gynoids, and mechanoids have no legal standing beyond being property. Seibertronians and other sentient machines have the same legal rights and obligations as humans Go to Comment
The Saulberry
Lifeforms  (Flora)   (Plains)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-01-09 07:10 AM
Not what I was expecting. I do like that this is a mundane berry that has a major backstory. Go to Comment
Venator's Necropolis
Locations  (Ruins)   (Space)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-01-04 08:27 AM
I don't know if this was an inspiration (and I know that sometimes I get annoyed when a comment points out This is Just Like insert comic/novel/movie/game/etc) but I am getting an awesome Star Wars vibe from this. What would it be like for the ruins of the second Death Star to be found? Eventually gravity would pool the millions of tons of debris into certain stable places and then thousands of years later, the wreckage is found... Awesome.

I enjoyed this. Go to Comment
Chromids
Society/ Organizations  (Artistic/Performance)   (Area)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-08-21 09:13 AM
Update: Major update, brought into line with Cosmic Era source material and expanded to add in eye and hair augmentation to go along with the major theme, skin pigmentation. Go to Comment
Mainstream Consumer Phenomenon
Articles  (Resource)   (Gaming - Genre)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-01-03 10:43 AM
Update: Formatting looks like assburgers, the submission toolbars are MIA, and manual formatting doesn't seem to be working so well. Initially wrote this on my Kindle, and can't clean it up at the current time. I will address the appearance when everything is working correctly again. Go to Comment
Mother Monster
NPCs  (Major)   (Mystical)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-01-01 06:00 PM
Twisted and perverse, I approve. Go to Comment
Fetting
Plots  (Event)   (Encounter)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-01-01 05:34 PM
The idea isn't new in the slightest. But the concept to my knowledge doesn't have a concise name. The term 'cloned' or 'cloning' doesn't quite fit in a world setting where clones and cloning are not new and shocking technologies. The issue is that most terms and phrases are not mechanically creatable, they are products of a people and culture.

So, you've got a prospective highly trained and skilled shadowrunner. To protect you're multi-million dollar investment, you have the person vetted and fetted (they are legit and approved as well as having a back up copy in case they are killed) Go to Comment
Bachsel
NPCs  (Extras-Horde)   (Artistic/Performance)
Scrasamax's comment on 2012-12-30 04:01 PM
The term damsel is tied back to mesdemoiselles, a term for an unmarried woman, later abbreviated to 'Damsel'. The term for an unmarried man is bachelor, the root being bache (you can google the etymology of the word if you like) so creating a diminutive form of bachelor, reduce to two syllables and make phonetically similar to damsel equals bachsel. Go to Comment
Bachsel
NPCs  (Extras-Horde)   (Artistic/Performance)
Scrasamax's comment on 2012-12-30 06:22 PM
And you can pronounce it BACH-sel, or BASH-el Go to Comment
30 Programs from the Cosmic Era
Articles  (Fiction)   (Gaming - Genre)
Scrasamax's comment on 2012-12-30 10:51 AM

31. The Slob

The Slob follows the comically depressing life of a Joe Everyman who has just about every socioeconomic problem imaginable. The Slob stumbles through life, cracking crude jokes, groping strangers and generally being the asshole that everyone really wants to be but is either afraid to be, or too considerate to be.

32. Pastville

A time travel machine malfunctions and sends a comic buffoon everyman back to the days before the Resource Wars, where he tries to fit in and live in a society that he doesn't fit in. The residents of Pastville are cartoonishly puritan and offensively militaristic/Christian while keeping up the common trope of the Petroleum era being computer free. 

33. The Man with the Mop

The Man with the Mop is a eco-crusading janitor who fights evil polluters and waste dumping industrialists. The show is heavy on action and violence and features caricatures rather than characters. The villains are little more than fat versions of Snidely Whiplash, twirling waxed mustaches and rolling in money in pushbutton empires. 

34. The Psi-Men

A group of parapsychic misfits, the Psi-Men are men and women who could pass for fashion models who fight evil parapsychic baddies. A fair number of their parapsychic powers revolve around stripping clothes off and seduction. Robots are frequently blown up for seldom if any reason.

35. The Sharks

The Sharks are an aquatic gang of well meaning canal punks who venture between the beach life, night clubbing, and fighting serial killers and monsters that threaten said coastal areas. They are augmens and have shark tattoos and are surfers.

36. Rita's Cosmic Life

A transition story, Rita is a Federation citizen who makes the move to a big swanky space habitat and deals with the translation from planetdweller to space woman. Rather than being a situational drama, it has been called Rita's Dating and Sex Life in Space. Regardless it remains a popular show for a largely fashion conscious female audience.

37. The Bert & Sledge Show

The gross out show Bert & Sledge follows the misadventures and criminal activities of drug fiend and hyperactive sex addict Bert and borderline retard genetic accident Sledge. The two are obnoxious, racist, hyperviolent and endorse negative sexual behavior. The show routinely gets high ratings.


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30 Programs from the Cosmic Era
Articles  (Fiction)   (Gaming - Genre)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-01-02 10:30 PM
I've thought about laying out some guidelines and seeing if anyone would be interested in adding to the Cosmic Era
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30 Programs from the Cosmic Era
Articles  (Fiction)   (Gaming - Genre)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-04-07 11:44 PM
I've never made any point about hiding the 80s and 90s nostalgia in the Cosmic Era setting.

One of the things I have been pondering is where the moral middle is, and what is liberal and progressive version what is conservative and traditional. But, the points I come up with is that the liberal and progressive values are tied up in clone and machine rights, and the Conservative values are tied to religion.

You do think much more deeply and critically on the Cosmic Era than I do, but this is something i do for fun, not to write a doctorate thesis.

Another thing I was pondering was the impact of media and entertainment on culture in general. Go to Comment
Power Armors
Items  (Armor)   (Combat)
Scrasamax's comment on 2012-12-30 06:57 AM

Ctesibius Hard Suit

The Ctesbius hard suit was developed originally in Japan, where it was used to respond to natural disasters and fires. The hard suit was fully enclosed and had a breather system to protect the occupant from fire and debris as well a ventilation system to keep the suit bearable  when fighting fires. It was discovered that it could rapidly overheat the firefighter inside it. 

The Ctesibius, or C-Tes hard suit has a mounting system to carry a conventional fire hose, as well as the ability to carry compressed chemical canisters. The best model of the C-Tes has a double nozzle pump system mounted in each arm and a wide bore hook up point for a water supply umbilical. 

The Yakuza appropriated several of these suits and retrofitted them with weapons and oni masks. The few that survive are museum pieces, or trophies in retired oyabun mansions.

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Power Armors
Items  (Armor)   (Combat)
Scrasamax's comment on 2012-12-30 07:12 AM

Prefect Chu and Prefect Jin

The Prefect series of hard suits was pioneered by China, which would go on to become the core of the ACPS. The Prefect was created as a police and law enforcement power suit, and carried substantial ballistic armor against small arms. The design was quickly exported/stolen to other countries where the power suit would be put into production, usually with cosmetic modifications. The Chu model is a standard form and can use paramilitary firearms, but can also use manual tools with both of it's hands. It was the more common model outside of China. The non-Chinese Chus were commonly given cosmetic upgrades to their appearance, with the most obvious and perhaps over the top going to the British 'Bobby' which while effective, was ruthlessly mocked for basically being a power suit with a hat.

The Jin model was used by paramilitary police organizations and it carried an offhand armor shield that was able to stop almost all small arms fire as well as some vehicle scale weapons. The main arm had a hard mounted forearm grenade launcher that had a variable loader system and could swap between two different types of grenades. Flash bangs and gas grenades were the main types used but in several riots there are horrific videos of Jins using what are obviously concussion and fragmentation grenades against rioters.

The two types of police hard suit are still in use, though no longer the Chinese sources Chu and Jin. There is a common Patrol type and a paramilitary SWAT type. Unlike the non-modular Chu and Jin, most modern police armors can chose to equip a shield and anti-riot and pacification systems are now generally shoulder mounted.

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AgroGnomes of Beta Arconis
Locations  (World)   (Any)
Scrasamax's comment on 2012-12-30 07:27 AM
The biggest obstacle to the domestication of elephants is the long amount of time it takes for an elephant to reach maturity. For humans to domesticate an animal, it needs to be relatively fast growing, reaching breeding age in less than 5 years. Horses and cattle do it in 3-4 years for examples of our largest domesticated animals. Economically we don't have the time to wait out 20 years for a baby elephant to become a bull.

So the space gnomes create GMO elephants, and they just happen to grow faster and reach maturity sooner. Its still an elephant the same way Monsanto's non-fertile self terminating insect repellent poison resistant product is still legally corn.

So normally I side with realism and functional mechanics, but this time I've absolutely got to side with fantasy space opera. If there is faster than light travel and planetary scale terraforming, then there is no reason to not techno-handwave domesticated elephants into existence.

The same goes for molten salt batteries, does it sound cool? Does it sound like it has some crunchy science nuggets in it? Go for it. The batteries are composed of a polymer casing and contain metallic salts in a molten state blah blah technobabble. If laser swords and telekinesis are good to go in Space Opera, then tasty hot batteries and space elephants are good too Go to Comment
Candenheim
Locations  (City)   (Tundra/ Arctic)
Scrasamax's comment on 2013-12-07 10:35 AM
Shameless self bump. Going to be writing some seasonal stuff, and I'm going to link it back to this sub. Go to Comment
The Strange People of Khor Kal'ah
Lifeforms  (Intelligent Species)   (Desert)
Scrasamax's comment on 2012-12-13 11:36 AM
Well, I hadn't thought of them for these guys, but they are written down in my notebook at work
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