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7 Things About Writing for the Cosmic Era
Articles  (Setting Building)   (Gaming - Genre)
axlerowes's comment on 2013-01-30 09:00 PM
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
7 Things About Writing for the Cosmic Era
Articles  (Setting Building)   (Gaming - Genre)
axlerowes's comment on 2013-03-29 09:15 AM
1. Everything is for Sale

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
Environmental Parapsychic Powers
Systems  (Mystical)   (Specific)
axlerowes's comment on 2013-01-29 05:22 PM
This is clearly written, well formatted and fun.

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
Environmental Parapsychic Powers
Systems  (Mystical)   (Specific)
axlerowes's comment on 2013-01-29 05:23 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
Environmental Parapsychic Powers
Systems  (Mystical)   (Specific)
axlerowes's comment on 2013-01-30 10:22 AM
In a sci-fi setting though people will ask what is that energy. Could these fuelless flames work in a vacuum? Go to Comment
Atlantic Federation
Locations  (TransWorld)   (Any)
axlerowes's comment on 2013-01-16 10:21 PM
Who is the novel about? Go to Comment
Atlantic Federation
Locations  (TransWorld)   (Any)
axlerowes's comment on 2013-01-16 10:37 PM
"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
Atlantic Federation
Locations  (TransWorld)   (Any)
axlerowes's comment on 2013-01-16 10:38 PM
Well played sir Go to Comment
Omni-Consumer Products
Society/ Organizations  (Mercantile)   (World Wide)
axlerowes's comment on 2013-01-14 01:18 PM
First, the one has a lot of fun imagery and a punchy bemused wording that I really enjoyed.

"megacorp sprawled like a kraken flailing around the Great Lakes"


"These are not automatically human brains, but some are."

"megacorporation to make all the stuff that people needed, but really didnt need to be marketed, like the afore mentioned asswipe, toothpaste, furniture, and so on"


The format of the wedding limerick also was both accessible and clever.

Fun stuff.

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Union Aerospace Corporation
Society/ Organizations  (Mercantile)   (Trans World)
axlerowes's comment on 2013-01-14 02:40 PM
Also a fun one, I think we just mapped the Kessel run! Go to Comment
Pacific Rim Coalition
Locations  (Other)   (Water)
axlerowes's comment on 2013-01-13 11:24 PM
Useful stuff, if I were to play a character from there what was the PRC stance on Neo-ethnic group and mystics? Who benefitted from the PRC's formation? Any not able personalities? Go to Comment
North American Congressional Army (NACA or Nay-Say)
Society/ Organizations  (Combative)   (World Wide)
axlerowes's comment on 2013-01-11 10:35 PM
Update: Just joined Drunk writer's guild, there is no way this comes out formatted....holding my breath and my drink while I hit submit. Go to Comment
North American Congressional Army (NACA or Nay-Say)
Society/ Organizations  (Combative)   (World Wide)
axlerowes's comment on 2013-01-11 10:36 PM
Update: Just joined Drunk writer's guild, there is no way this comes out formatted....holding my breath and my drink while I hit submit. Go to Comment
North American Congressional Army (NACA or Nay-Say)
Society/ Organizations  (Combative)   (World Wide)
axlerowes's comment on 2013-01-12 09:08 AM
made few changes, I am okay with it Go to Comment
North American Congressional Army (NACA or Nay-Say)
Society/ Organizations  (Combative)   (World Wide)
axlerowes's comment on 2013-02-08 08:59 AM
Update: I just happen to look at this an realized a whole paragraph was missing. Go to Comment
North American Congressional Army (NACA or Nay-Say)
Society/ Organizations  (Combative)   (World Wide)
axlerowes's comment on 2014-03-10 08:34 PM
that is exactly what this was Go to Comment
Nipponism
Society/ Organizations  (Combative)   (World Wide)
axlerowes's comment on 2013-01-12 09:43 AM
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.

*tread lightly Go to Comment
Maire's Monsters
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (Any)
axlerowes's comment on 2013-01-09 08:22 PM
With regard to the metaphysics that imagine herein, what is a soul? Go to Comment
Maire's Monsters
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (Any)
axlerowes's comment on 2013-01-09 08:32 PM
Even with the personal details I still think these could be combined with the first post. Go to Comment
Maire's Monsters
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (Any)
axlerowes's comment on 2013-01-09 09:50 PM
Could two of this siblings conceive a child, maybe that child would more Mother Monster could stand and she would have to call the PCs to deal with it? Actually I now have an idea for that... Go to Comment
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