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Vince Appelhof
NPCs  (Scenario Based)   (Criminal/Espionage)
valadaar's comment on 2016-04-01 11:19 AM
Not bad - a very good supporting character! Go to Comment
Vince Appelhof
NPCs  (Scenario Based)   (Criminal/Espionage)
Mageek's comment on 2016-03-05 12:42 PM
I like the twist to introspection rather than aggression. I kind of get the godfather vibe - being inundated by a life of crime, coming out mostly on top, and yet possessing a desire to surround oneself with one's family and enjoy a peaceful afternoon. Go to Comment
Trojan Corp
Society/ Organizations  (Mercantile)   (Trans World)
Cheka Man's comment on 2016-03-01 08:26 PM
I doubt there are any leaks from the Trojan Corp. (lol) I want a sexbot. Go to Comment
Trojan Corp
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Aramax's comment on 2016-04-02 09:50 AM
Pervy Perfection! I am loathe to say this but this could easily be the future Go to Comment
7 Things About Food in the Cosmic Era
Articles  (Setting Building)   (Gaming - Genre)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-02-22 04:54 PM
Yeah, on the carcinoprotein, NASA is working on cultured salmon tumors to provide a self replenishing food supply for astronauts bound for Mars. I thought it was horrific, and something the CE would totally exploit for a food source. There is no reason to eat people when you can culture and cultivate tumors Go to Comment
7 Things About Food in the Cosmic Era
Articles  (Setting Building)   (Gaming - Genre)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-02-23 06:53 AM
Transitioning from a corporeal lifestyle to a digital one, voluntarily entering the Matrix as a social and economic decision. A renaissance of virtual culture following the death of the previous physical/analog world culture Go to Comment
7 Things About Food in the Cosmic Era
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Murometz's comment on 2016-02-22 06:52 PM

This is horrible, revolting, depressing and gross. And a really fun article to read! Some great lines like..."it's good for environment and "ok" for you"..."a mold is sprayed with cellulose resin..."....."printed food"...."tumors!!!!". It just gets worse and worse lol

The mycoproteins one is interesting. That stuff is available in Europe. Called Quorn. Could also be expanded into other meat analogues; soy, tempeh, gluten, and all that jazz. And in-vitro meat of course reminds of carcinoproteins.

Fascinated by that Versace strawberry! The only thing here I wouldn't mind trying. :)

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7 Things About Food in the Cosmic Era
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Murometz's comment on 2016-02-22 11:15 PM

Forgot to mention "virtual" food freaks me out. Is it *possible* that humans evolve in a sort of reverse psychosomatic way and come to accept the nothingness while *not* physically starving to death?? We are what we eat sure, but how about the power of mind over matter and all that? Over a long period of time I mean. I guess my question is, let's say that the virtual food experience proliferates in the future. What would be virtual food's "natural" progression seven-eight hundred years later? Would it come to be obsolete? Or would lifeforms accept it as "real" eventually? Does this question makes sense?

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7 Things About Food in the Cosmic Era
Articles  (Setting Building)   (Gaming - Genre)
valadaar's comment on 2016-02-22 09:39 AM
Good article, though the carciomeat seems a bit unnecessarily grim - cultured meat is getting close to being a real thing now, and to my understanding, they have not needed to defeat the bioregulation of cell growth. I would expect that such tissue would make very poor 'meat' due to the chaotic nature of cancer cells.

Also, I would add Designer Game creatures to the list. Related to the GE plants, we have GE animals now, and I expect the cosmic era would allow for even more strange and exotics beasts to eat.

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7 Things About Food in the Cosmic Era
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Aramax's comment on 2016-02-27 07:03 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
7 Things About Food in the Cosmic Era
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Mageek's comment on 2016-02-26 10:06 AM
The article paints a great picture of food to come. I was genuinely surprised by a few of the culinary concepts - a bit morbid but it totally makes sense. I personally hope that soylent + virtual food is not the staple of tomorrow, but hey, if they make the experience good enough I could very well eat my words.

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Freemium Economy
Systems  (Mercantile)   (Specific)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-02-09 04:56 PM
There have been plenty of cashless societies, with Star Trek being a good example of a positive example and the slave based economies of the past being negative examples. And that's what the freemium economy is, it is a form of economic slavery. It doesn't matter what the people do, they cannot do business between themselves, everything has to go to the credit system, to the corporate exchanges and such.

Cash is a relic of the Petroleum Era, and it is offensive.

Asking a resident of the Cosmic Era if they would like some money, some cold hard cash, is the same as asking Native Americans if they would like some trade beads or horse blankets. Capitalism and the personal pursuit of wealth is considered crude, barbaric, and destructive. Go to Comment
Freemium Economy
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Scrasamax's comment on 2016-02-11 04:47 PM
Rodenberry was a progressive liberal hippie, and TNG greatly improved when he was no longer hands on involved in the show. While he had some good ideas, like racial integration and international cooperation (it's easy to forget that Uhura was among the first if not the first black female characters in an ensemble cast show, and the Russian Chekov was an officer on what was tantamount to an American spaceship, during the Cold War). He also had some bad ideas that hamstrung the show, like the Federation having a no currency economy, everyone just did what they wanted, and that basic elements of human conflict were verbotten, as a hallmark of his utopian ideals

But it was the first and biggest example I could think of where people did their jobs and there was no paycheck. Federation has rank, but there is no pay grade.

Ugh, latinum, that was a joke. Go to Comment
Freemium Economy
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Scrasamax's comment on 2016-02-11 04:55 PM
Harsh is fine, because harsh is typically honest.

The emergence of the freemium economy is not a natural evolution. It is what happens when you have a coalition of oligarchs, backed by secret societies (the more spook like Anunnaki) and bound by a broken world economy and a population that is small, predominantly socialist, and supported by massive industrial automation and replicator like polyforges.

There is a smear campaign against capitalism, and despite all the bells and whistles, technogadgets and wizardry, the Cosmic Era is functionally feudal in nature. Wealth is concentrated exclusively at the top, and everyone else is a serf (restricted in movement, restricted in what they can possess, stuck in whatever position they are born in). Fitting in with the Ocaslan model, society is made static to ensure longterm stability, and capitalism runs contrary to this. Capitalism allows people to change their economic status, and large numbers of people can force changes in the market, despite each having not that much. This can be a good thing, driving economic engines, and it can be bad like student loan debt and the housing bubble.

So, the past, the economic wealth and prosperity of the capitalist free world is burdened with the blame for the disasters that befell the world, from the Resource Wars, to the environmental disasters that followed. The pursuit of wealth and personal property is shown to be hand in hand with burning the world and poisoning the sky. Go to Comment
Freemium Economy
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Murometz's comment on 2016-02-09 10:49 PM

Oh Lordy. It's your world, can be whatever you say it is, and I see the impetus for this society based on your many CE posts, but...

This is not the future. Star Trek isn't an "example", it's one hollywood liberal's fantasy. The Native American analogy makes no sense.

Paint me a disgusting capitalist if you must, but no, this is not a natural evolution of the world economy.

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Freemium Economy
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Murometz's comment on 2016-02-09 10:51 PM
Having said that, this sub is still head and shoulders above most. Love the thinking involved! Go to Comment
Freemium Economy
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Murometz's comment on 2016-02-10 11:59 AM

Hmm, looking at my comment by light of day, this probably came across as harsh. Sorry, was just spouting away and "knee-jerk philosophizing" :-)

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Freemium Economy
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Murometz's comment on 2016-02-11 05:00 PM
Makes much more sense to me now, thank you. Go to Comment
Freemium Economy
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Aramax's comment on 2016-02-06 12:02 PM
4/5 I dislike anything that says there is no(or in this case,limited) cash. The idea that there is no cash suspends my disbelief. HOWEVER the sub is well thought out and if a cashless society did exist it might look something like this Go to Comment
Freemium Economy
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Aramax's comment on 2016-02-10 08:14 AM
Star Trek is an example of "hypocrisy". I could list episode after episode from classic trek through the money heavy DS9 of when they used money. They can't just have money dealing with other societies. That's just silly. Go to Comment
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