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Carry-All
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axlerowes's comment on 2015-09-03 07:40 AM
I could see the freelance carry-all manager (pilot) being a fun character and having an interesting perspective on your world. Go to Comment
Carry-All
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axlerowes's comment on 2015-09-03 02:11 PM


I would say it is useful to world building. No I get it Scras likes inhuman facts described with hand of God certainty. Nothing wrong with that, but this just a very large footnote. So I tease. Agree with max, could have been folded into another sub or a story could have been folded into this or Scras could nut up and start stating up his sourcebook. That would increase the "play with me" factor of the posts. But don't misunderstand me, as to the post itself I think it is a solid write up. Useful stuff. Another niche filled.

Also, yeah it can be dry but Scras is a writer first who has spent years studying art and literature. He has more on his menu than toast.

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Carry-All
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valadaar's comment on 2015-09-03 12:58 PM
Its source material, not exposition. It can be dry and technical and detailed. In his comment above he never said this text would ever show up in the actual novel - its just stuff to keep his own head straight on his final product.

For that matter, the entire idea could end up on the cutting room floor, but that doesn't mean its useful for him to put here to fill out his universe.

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Carry-All
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Aramax's comment on 2015-09-01 08:59 AM
4/5 prob would go for a higher vote but without a combat role these craft are almost but not quite fluff. Linited use in gaming also gets it a slightly lower vote(pretty much just usable asa "victim" in need of rescue) Prob should have been attached to a more usefull sub. That being said there is a lot of room for rping potential in this and does fillin the CE nicely Go to Comment
Of Domes
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Strolen's comment on 2015-08-02 12:45 PM
Satisfying education on domes! Go to Comment
Of Domes
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Scrasamax's comment on 2015-07-09 12:13 AM
I had to Google Paletes, and read up on the anime and manga from wiki. In the Cosmic Era, people on the Moon, or Mars, or any of the offworld colonies do not grow to extreme height because of the lack of gravity. They can and do alter their physical appearance, including height, weight, etc, but this is a function of genetic manipulation and deliberate augmentation. Go to Comment
Of Domes
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Murometz's comment on 2015-07-12 03:19 PM
I enjoy minutae like this because I am not an expert on how "sci-fi" domes actually operate or the different types. Thanks for the knowledge. Now I can use domes in my futuristic games and stories, without just saying "umm, it's a dome. What more do you want to know?!" Go to Comment
Of Domes
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fantomx11's comment on 2015-07-08 06:36 PM
One of the things I really liked about Planetes was it's depiction of people that were born and raised on the moon. Does the Cosmic Era have any of those side effects? Go to Comment
The Maw Installation
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Murometz's comment on 2015-07-02 04:05 PM
This is a beaut!! You don't have to incorporate the entire Cosmic Era foundation, in order to run a great game/campaign based on the Maw. Everything id need as a gm is here.

Love the shout-outs to the various ships of sci-fi and I learned a new word today. Hoopty.

I'd run a combination of Area 51 and into the dragon's jaws plot hooks. And I just might. Seeing some "PCs" this weekend who love the sci-fi. Go to Comment
The Maw Installation
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axlerowes's comment on 2015-07-16 11:27 AM

This is a fun idea. A little known place where they build real life versions of the space craft from popular science fiction (aka the conceit from Galaxy Quest raised to nth degree). That would be a great idea seed. You have taken that idea seed a step farther and tried to realize the Maw in the cosmic era setting. To this end you outline the numerical dimensions of the place, drop is some proper nouns, link it to other cosmic era content and the list some more numerical dimensions. You also add some choice details that really put steps forward towards immersion in the world. I like how each “pod” has its own insignia and that you explained (in your first blurb) how the Maw is subtle part of the collective consciousness. You passed on some easy laughs by not including Pod 6, and writing about “those jerks from Pod-6”.

But I don’t think the Maw is fully realized. You give us a lot of numbers and often give us dry impersonal facts. Numbers that might be more descriptive if you told us the ratio clones to people, the ratio droids to people, the ratio of sheep to people and so on. This kind of reminds of the RPG you ran and when scouted the archeology you told me the design history the archeology but nothing about the current state of the archeology. You are just throwing facts up there rather than “mechanically” using those facts to build a point.

There are 2000 workers on Aleph station, but so what? Is it cramped? Do they monitor their droids from one central control room like NASA or are the labs and departments modular? Is there a cafeteria? Which clones are these? (I hope the the crew is 75% Shipwrecks and Roadblocks) Yes we could answer these questions but the gaps don’t fit with pedantic tone of the piece. You scale down the size of the ships for what? Is it going to ruin your RPG if the star destroyer is over 2 kilometers long? Point is you tell us a lot about what this place needs to be to fit into the cosmic era setting, but you don’t tell us what the place is actually like. It is impossible that your imagination begins with a ship we have already seen in another and ends with a number. I assume there is stuff you planned that didn't make into the post. You mention a shipwright in the blurb, while that could be a description of the place, I assume denotes specific person. Did you intended to write up the chief designer of the station? So how about some personalities or people in here? A place where a bunch of dorks have a huge budget to realize their geeky daydreams? There has to be interesting culture on that station. When and how did the Maw transition from clandestine ship tending to think tank?

All these fact about numbers, discussions of budgets and resources bring up another question. Do you intend for economic game play to be part of the cosmic era? Such rule sets have been a part of many RPG systems. In second ed D&D you had the castle guide which allowed you to budget construction of a castle and tax the peasants. . Battletech has a whole arm of core rules for managing a unit, paying salaries and upkeep costs. Westend Star Wars had the Smuggler’s guide which detailed rules for speculative trading and the economics of playing a working space merchant. I think developing your system along those lines might be fun for you.

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The Maw Installation
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Moonlake's comment on 2015-07-03 02:01 AM
As I was reading this sub, mainly the section on construction projects, my mind was constantly under threat of blowing up but then I would encounter something about a particular prototype that tied really nicely and neatly into the underlying world. Anyhow, I felt like I was pulled on two sides a bit while reading cos I have a personal difficulty with the sci-fi genre. But I really liked how at the beginning, there was the reference to how the Maw had been incorporated into everyday language in jest. And I must say that despite being a non-fan of sci fi, this is a very complete piece that is already ready to be dropped into a sci-fi game. So full marks. Go to Comment
The Obliteratrix
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Strolen's comment on 2015-07-04 12:44 PM
Good night! A self sustaining planet eater. Your destruction will be assimilated. Go to Comment
Cadaverous Companion
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Cheka Man's comment on 2015-07-01 11:48 PM
I'd like an Undead dog to walk and cuddle without it pooing where it shouldn't or needing food. Go to Comment
Cadaverous Companion
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Murometz's comment on 2015-06-29 06:42 PM


"Is that...is that an undead giraffe?!" {Russian mobster accent} "Opulence, I has it."



"Mmmm, I smell herbs. Lovely aroma. Is that potpourri?" "No, that's my dead cat."



"And what the hell is THAT thing?!" "It's my deceased, featherless parrot. Be nice."

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Cadaverous Companion
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valadaar's comment on 2015-06-30 11:38 AM
Great stuff(ed) here:) Some of these, especially with the mandibulectomy, would have suitably horrible visuals.



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Cadaverous Companion
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Mageek's comment on 2015-07-07 12:16 AM
I am totally going to use this in my future campaigns in mage-friendly societies.
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30 Cybernetic Eyes
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fantomx11's comment on 2015-06-28 11:00 AM
Augmented Eye

Most consumer goods these days include RFID tags. The augmented eye is able to detect the RFID tags and can, upon request, display information about the item that appears to be hovering near it. Go to Comment
30 Cybernetic Eyes
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fantomx11's comment on 2015-06-28 11:01 AM
Only voted Go to Comment
The Electric Eye
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Scrasamax's comment on 2015-06-26 05:17 PM
The world is much changed, but yes it is still relatively backwards in that part of the world. That is relevant of course, because in the more advanced parts of the world, the doctors and cyberneticists are going to look at things like liability and lawsuits, and they are just going to say no. Go to a backwater place, and give the doctors and cigarette smoking cyborg mechanics enough money and they'll shrug, say it's your funeral, and start hacking. The same general vibe from Elysium when the guys who fix the exoskeleton to Max's body, but are covered in tattoos, and they pass around a joint before picking up a bonesaw. Go to Comment
The Electric Eye
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Murometz's comment on 2015-06-26 04:03 PM


I really like the interplay here between the esoteric third eye of perception mythology and the near-future techno. Great read!! And is it crazy to say, I can see this happening in a few decades?!



Only thing that rang weird was "medical experts of Tajikistan". I wouldnt trust them to apply a band-aid on a booboo lol. Even in the future. Bit too backward over there for them to take any kind of scientific/medical "leap" ahead anytime soon.

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