Point of Order, young man I feel the need to point out the Bedazzler existed long before the 1990s.
Nice footnote, as some color to the setting (and for some reason strikes me as icky).
Might they use this technology in prisons, militaries or cults. If you can tie the color threads to the CNS it might make easier to control and monitor the moods of your members and/or prisoners. What is the underground city you made up? The one in the middle east run by a torture cult that uses human suffering to power their technology? I could see those guys putting this stuff into themselves and their prisoners (ie show off how much pain they are really in and push button suffering complete with black light effects and strobes)Go to Comment
This is a neat one. I like the torture fueled technologies...
well I am not literally fond of or excited by the idea, but I like seeing sadistic evil finally having practical applications...
well not that I think we should find practical uses for sadism-seriously Scras all praise for this may put me on a watch list.
There are all also some really great pieces of descriptive writing in here as well. Example: "The walls are metal that sweats, there are damp pools, there are scuttling things, and the constant grind of hum of alien machinery"
Animism and tribalism are also interesting concepts that present one with something that could be expanded upon.
It took me a couple of tries to get this, the structure is a little clunky and it lacks a human touch aka lacks characters or personality. It would be enhanced by more detailed ethnographies of the notable tribes, subcultures or some notable figures.Go to Comment
This is a good article, makes me want to write some Okelai about a cosmic era family. I love the shout you gave to Gengis Khan...the most successful human male since Adam.
This is really well written, the voice is solid, the asides are kept as asides...really nice article, nice format, and most importantly fun ideas.
1) Cybertronians: how does family work with them, do they have souls (should I be worried about Starscream's ghost and can Arcee and Springer have a babybot?)
2) Value of children. I read a lot of history, and one the conceits that most historians make is the we must assume that people loved their children in the past just as much as we do now. While I am sure this is true, I think this looks over the fact that I think modern western society may value children more than historical western society. We rarely hear about "bad children", but we do hear about bad parents. Question, how much does the society-full recognition that their are different cultures in the CE-value children. Where do they put the weight of family responsibility?
3) Education and Career Choices: I may have missed this, but does the Monolithic and personalized education program attempt to respond to the perceived economic needs of the society. For example if the society needs welders (not likely in the CE, but bare with me) do the VR teachers try to push more kids to technical programs and away from academic or creative careers. How much choice does one have in choosing a career assuming you have the talent? How good are the educators at predicting and directing career path based on the pyscho/genetic analysis of the student?
I didn't proof read this, I am sorry.Go to Comment
Ah! That had a refreshingly classic feel. Made me want to dig up some graph paper, pencils and a copy of the monster manual. I enjoyed the none-to-serious tone and I liked the straight-taking unaffected voice.
Enterolans, nice one, I hope the PCs packed a lawn gnome*.
Oubliette has always been a disappointing word for me. It is just a hole in the ground! But the way Oubilette rolls of the tounge makes me think magical puzzle box, chamber of secrets or torture room. What is the etymology on that one?Go to Comment
These would be a great tool if you wanted to have a scooby-doo adventure to your CE saga. The players capture the phantom with a sack of flour, dry ice, fun house mirrors and a remote guided semi-intelligent tranquilizer darts (it is still the cosmic era). They then rip off the phantoms mask and ....nope that was his face.
I do admire the way this piece was written with the little asides and in world voices. It is a solid piece that is more about how this technology is integrated into the world and less about the technology itself: a good thing that. Nice merger of an item post and a world building post.
Couldn't you have Fascia that employs minimal or almost no software? The brain should do most of the interpretation of the sensors. I know a little bit about how vision works at the neurological level. I could either discuss this with you or point you to some references.
Some odd sentences:
The image of the faceless controllers guiding swarms of aerospace fights, mecha squadrons, and commanding gun and missile batteries.Go to Comment