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 know I love the cosmic era, and on the whole I think your writing is insightful regarding the different media streams the Cosmic Era seeks to combines. You have also imbedded in the cosmic era a lot of intellectual goals both in terms of satire and expanding on the media of the 80s and 90s. I respect and admire that bar you have set for your work. I also hope that my comments give you new sympathy for George Lucas.
The problems with relating “demonstrable facts” as broad sweeping conclusions you have made in this post are two fold.
First, it undercuts the stated themes of the cosmic era. The cosmic era is defined in part by surrealism and corruption: points six and seven of (http://strolen.com/viewing/7_Things_About_Writing_for_the_Cosmic_Era). Thus any presented reality has to be viewed as dubious at best. You even make statements about this relationship when you characterize the human rights orientated policy making of the different republics as “lip service”. A demonstrable fact would be if there was a disconnect between the desired outcomes of a policy and the state goal of a policy. Example: insider trading still happens or wild cougar populations are still decreasing despite new laws. Calling a policy lip service implies a knowledge of the policy makers intent. And while you may have such knowledge, is this knowledge or judgment something widely agree with and where do the promises of government break down? Isn’t reality in the cosmic era, and certainly at a game table, part of a collective agreement? Does it matter why the policies break down? Is it truly lips service or just systemic failure to the systems of government. If the cosmic era is as duplicitous and double speaky as you assert that it should be than how can you present a cosmic era reality with demonstrable facts? Nothing is real.
Second the idea of finding demonstrable facts beyond borders and the measurable events regarding geo-political stuff like this is sophomoric, unintellectual and diluted. Take this statement “The Atlantic Federation has as it's greatest strength it's Space Program.” Could you say for certain what the USA’s greatest strength is today? Is it that the USA has a lot of natural resources within its boarders? Is it the size of the USA’s military? Is it the number of middle class that fuel the economy? How would you respond to somebody who told what the USA’s greatest strength was the Hollywood media empire? Even if they had a convincing argument would you believe it to be a demonstrable fact or just a conclusion gained from single perspective? Do you want your readers to view this as the word of God or a piece of perspective? Go to Comment
You wake in a pub and see that it's full of were creatures, and they're all staring at you with a scared look on their faces. As you continue on into the pub you look at your arm. You notice that your arm is covered in thick brown hair. As you continue on into the pub you look in a mirror, and staring back at you is a 7 foot werebear. As you continue into the pub people start to shy away form you. Once you go the bar you ask the weretigress that's the bartender and begin to ask her why everyone is shying away from you, and she begins ro tell you why.