I think this is well done. It presents an interesting idea in an equally interesting way, leaving a lot of leeway for a GM to fit this into his own work. It has a sweet (pun intended) "Stand Alone Complex" vibe I can see fitting in to any story set in a less-than-perfect future - which is all of them really.
The block quotes make the individual posts seem more forum-like, too.
There are a few typos, but they actually work perfectly here, because they're all in forum posts. Those are always riddled with errors. I'm not sure of you did it on purpose or not, but don't correct them. :P
My only beef is all the extra reading I had to do on the Eclipse Phase site. :P Go to Comment
Awesome list that I can see holds a lot of thought! Plenty of possible plot points and teasers, relationships. I like all the little details that you can't help but wonder about. Fascinating list! Go to Comment
This is the file a particular person keeps on all of her 'associates'; the people she frequently calls on for favors and who call on her for favors. They fall into a nebulous area between NPC and cohort.
Minor elements of this sub are based on the eclipse phase setting. Here are some phrases that may not be understood from in-line context:
Muse - An AI assistant which develops a personality modeld after what methods are most effective at influencing you to make the best possible decisions.
Uplift - An animal or AI which has been given sapience through modern technology.
The Fall - The singularity, where technology becomes self-aware and destroys most of humanity.
Barsoomian - A person who lives on Mars, also a grass-roots movement against hypercorp opression on Mars.
Biochauvinist - Someone who believes people who inhait mechanical bodies are inferior to those in biological bodies.
Forking - The act of splitting a conciousness (ego). The conciousness may or may not be given a body (morph).
Cortical stack - A small computer placed in the spine which houses your ego in case of bodily death.
Gatecrasher - A modern interstellar explorer.
Async - Someone infected by a computer/boiological hybrid virus that has unlocked powers rather than killed/enslaved its host as is typical. Go to Comment
Thanks! I'm a little sad Zeus didn't make the cut since his favor list read as follows:
+ Loaned 8,000 credits at 35% APY
+ Retrieved from Lavender Finch outpost
+ Hushed incident with Autonomist Genehacker
+ Played wingman at le Château
- Repaid loan and interest with added kneecap value Go to Comment
I think this is great, well conceived, well formatted, and found the written descriptions of the physical as good as any writing I have paid for.
I agree with Moonlake: culture could use some more...culture. I know it may seem silly to ask for more because this is a very complete sub. But it is ambitious, and that ambition means it might need more.
A very comprehensive sub on a location. The formatting is good and makes it extremely easy to read thru despite the length. I think the Legend, the Persons of Note and Plot Hook sections are done very well but I like the other sections quite a bit less. In particular, I have the following issues with them:
1. Recent History: it's still well-written but I would have appreciated more sign-posting (i.e. tell me to refer to persons of note section for the personages). Currently, the various names mentioned in a short paragraph has a slightly overwhelming effect on me
2. Culture: currently, the majority of the section is concerned with what garb ppl of this city wears. I agree that's one part of culture but I would have appreciated sth more in-depth on cultural aspects. You did go into mindsets of the ppl and beliefs in after-life later but I guess what's bugging me is the inbalance b/w the more 'shallow' aspects of culture (what they wear) and these more in-depth aspects.
Overall, a high quality sub that achieves its purpose of describing the city very well. Go to Comment
Update: This city was created for a campaign based on a world shaped like a tetrahedron, with several moons, several suns, and each side named relative to the prevailing element. Hotside, Coldside, Pointyside, and Flatside for Fire, Water, Earth, and Air respectively. Go to Comment
What makes you say that? I'm not a huge fan of the series, so I don't remember anything from the movies nor have I read the books. I would have thought it would be more like Dune but then again I haven't read that either. Go to Comment
I had one or two thoughts on the sands. The first is that it could be an entirely natural process based upon the weather; in fact the idea of the expanding sands came from the Sahara growing by n square miles per year.
The other more interesting theory is that 'nature spirit' the rangers were sent to destroy is somehow related to the desertification. This explains how the fourth ranger was able to predict that the island would turn to sand and why the third ranger refused the coin - from guilt knowing that what he had done would eventually destroy the island ecosystem.
I say 'nature spirit' because it is never actually revealed what the rangers encountered or did while on the island. Xen'ari assumed it was a nature spirit and hired the people he thought would be best suited to the assumed task. Whatever it is might still be on the island, slowly and vengefully grinding the city of its imprisonment into dust. Go to Comment
Hey guys I just found this forum thread and reposted it here, it’s got the latest track.
Uugh, I’ll be honest I’ve wasted way too much time reading through threads on Sugar trying to come up with something but I think L1v3tehB347 is right. The best I’ve got is that this all started with the twins Pali mentioned. There was a lot of death in the Futura project so I wouldn’t be surprised if one of them lost their body and the two tried to live in the same morph and ended up merging egos. It would explain why they refer to themselves in the plural and the gender fluidity. They did what the Lost generation was meant to do: they thrived. They started making their music which attracted their async brothers and sisters to them. Spread asyncs throughout a crowd like at a rave and they can amplify the psychic waves Sugar is laying down and turn it into sort of an anarchist hive mind. They’re not dumb though, like lovelylemonlimes pointed out being so high profile is super dangerous for an async which is why they are so interested in giving this persona its own life as a symbol of anarchist freedom. That way if they get caught they can either deny it or have someone else take up the mantle.
Who do you think Sugar is, if you even think Sugar is real and not a collective delusion? Go to Comment