This is a fantastic roleplaying tool. It deserves more of a write up then I am giving it. This sets the narrative of the cosmic era well above a justification for the convergence of genre, nostalgic extrapolations and specific media references that is much of the content. It deserves a longer commentary which I will get to, but a game that sets out to explore these topics is more than a game and it is more than fantasy and escapism. Go to Comment
At least until the alien invasion hits and the it is a flat out war for survival. Indeed it is war humanity is alway fighting via proxy. It is obvious that the A.I.s have managed to find ways to wed war and profit but what if war became less profitable. Would M12 allow peace to reign, all be it a profitable peace, if it made the planet more vunerable?
2. Life is Cheap
Yes because M12 has done a cost benifet analysis and found that millions of deaths now will save billions upon billions in generations to come. It is not so much cheap as it already been borrowed against by the powers behind the thrones.
3. Sex is in Everything
Keeps people distracted from the alien invasion...I guess...which has very little to do with sex...unless the aliens are going weaponize sex.
4. Frantic Pacing
-except for the alien invasion and the M12 conspiracy, that is glacial
5. Our Values are Antique
I love that your values stared with home and car ownership...did you vote for Ron Paul?
6.Nothing is real
Except the alien invasion
7.Everything under the surface is horrible
Yes, but as Cheka says it is a necessary evil...defeat the alien threat. So i suppose it isn't completely horrible. Go to Comment
Are we thinking the pyro's just catalyze stuff to heat it up and catch it on fire, cause the way you seem to describe they are creating "fuelless" fires, which would suggest direct energy...something EMish. Does this mean they can create or channel energy? Could they make beams of light or gamma radiation? Go to Comment
"The Federation is known for it's unabashed militarism, space exploration program and being the first NEG, the pioneer of hypertechnology, and the point of origin for the CogNet. "
Who know these things? Your fictional geo-political summaries would carry more verisimilitude for me if they were less demonstrative and more controvertible. It would be more telling I believe to have two or three informed citizens of Scras's mind sit around and discuss the Atlantic Federation than these primary school textbok style summations that have single point of few for millions of people.
Having the enemy subs having free reign of the ocean provides a great story telling leaver, I like the idea of being able to drop agents from foreign powers in with relative ease. Go to Comment
You just laid out the "facts" to justify a feudal Japan culture in the futuristic game world. It had to be done. A personal vignette to give us feeling how this manifests in life could be fun, but I suppose that will happen in game.
As for the writing, you have a lot of proper nouns that you never mention again, thus in the context of the post they are non-information. To be fair that is staple of the genre, somebody mentions a Kessel run and boom the Fans take off. So have at it! Pacific Rim Coalition, Republic of California, Union Aerospace, Omni Consumer,Cyberdyne* Systems, Urban Knights, Arcoboys.