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Muse
Items  (Wand/Staff/ Arcane)   (Campaign Defining)
Mageek's comment on 2015-10-06 11:03 PM
I want one.

Having a Cathex / Muse seems like having a familiar, but in the digital world of the Cosmic Era such a familiar would have access to an entire world of information and resources through the internet. This makes them much more complicated from a role-playing and game design perspective; that comes with great potential.

A slight comment - projecting something a few inches in front of your face seems less useful than onto your retina or directly into your visual cortex via your brain interface.

Is the internet in the Cosmic Era driven by advertising money in the same way it is in the modern world? One could conceivably download `skins' for your Cathex that replicates characters from your favorite shows, business mascots, etc. Your brain interface might also constantly give you annoying ads you can't get rid of unless you upgrade to a subscription model. Go to Comment
Looking Up, Life from the Geofront
Locations  (Neighborhoods)   (Underground)
Cheka Man's comment on 2015-09-28 04:18 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
Looking Up, Life from the Geofront
Locations  (Neighborhoods)   (Underground)
Murometz's comment on 2015-10-08 06:30 PM
  • Great job on this one. The words flow, the setting is rife with realism and sci-fi in equal measures. There was a movie not too long ago that reminds me of this place, but I can't remember the name of it.


Love the paranoia of the residents based on the "here you can die slowly of suffocation..." comparison

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Looking Up, Life from the Geofront
Locations  (Neighborhoods)   (Underground)
Mageek's comment on 2015-09-27 06:59 PM
This submission is ripe with setting. The writing style really brings the sights and sounds of the Geofront to play out and flow uninterrupted.
The communities you create fit into the setting in a sort of balanced, justified manner. One can see not only why they persist and what their motives are but also what chain of events over the ages brought the mixing pot into the state it is now.
Inclusion of the Pandor box is a particularly great touch.
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8/30 Cathexes
NPCs  (Extras)   (Knowledge/Lore)
Scrasamax's comment on 2015-10-05 08:27 AM
The central idea of the cathex (terrible name) is the personal companion program. These programs are typically only capable of interacting with their owner, and are virtual guides, constant companions, and protectors. This would range from the 'imaginary' friends of children expanding out into entourages of personas swirling around powerful people, to the custom built speciality programs that work for shadow ops and shadowrunners Go to Comment
8/30 Cathexes
NPCs  (Extras)   (Knowledge/Lore)
EchoMirage's comment on 2015-10-30 05:04 AM
Slotted into mechanical bodies, Ghost OS can be rather unpleasant.

I'd add a psychological note - the OS could replace an authority figure for the purpose of removing responsibility for one's own actions, such as in the Milgram Experiment. I'm looking at you, Fury. Go to Comment
8/30 Cathexes
NPCs  (Extras)   (Knowledge/Lore)
Cheka Man's comment on 2015-10-04 08:31 PM
I misread this for a moment as 8/30 Catheters! And thought..ewww Go to Comment
8/30 Cathexes
NPCs  (Extras)   (Knowledge/Lore)
Mageek's comment on 2015-10-04 03:03 PM
@Scrasamax: are these akin to deities in non-tech settings? As in, are these beings that are worshiped? Or, by avatar, do you mean more like what people show up like when you plug into the matrix / online interaction? Go to Comment
8/30 Cathexes
NPCs  (Extras)   (Knowledge/Lore)
Mageek's comment on 2015-10-05 11:11 AM
Cathex is actually a pretty good name. (I looked up the definition of cathexis). After your comment everything makes sense. Go to Comment
Cosmic Era: Terminator Technical Readout
Items  (Armor)   (Combat)
Scrasamax's comment on 2015-11-01 12:18 PM
Good request, I'll work on it Go to Comment
Cosmic Era: Terminator Technical Readout
Items  (Armor)   (Combat)
Mageek's comment on 2015-11-01 11:50 AM

I thought your intro paragraph in italics was hilarious and well crafted. Boeing-Grumman is a great possibility, as are the other 'nations.'

The title made me think this was going to be about visual overlays - the HUDs they get in Terminator movies where you get facts and scans of things in the environment. The submission is actually about what Cyberdyne offers. I looked up the term - I guess it is correct.

As always, I love the backstory asides you put in and the wealth of links and references to the rest of your world.

One thing I'd like to see are orbital weapons and surveillance options. Does Cyberdyne offer 'god rods' and NSA satellites?

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Vision Technologies
Locations  (TransWorld)   (Space)
Scrasamax's comment on 2015-11-13 08:49 AM
The observatories have orbits that keep them in the shadow of the large planets in the solar system. This isn't to hide them from Earth, but rather protect them and block out radiation and light from the sun. The hiding aspect just works in their favor, plus most of the high end secret stuff is out past the asteroid belt, far away from Earth. There are ships and people flying around in them but something like a flight out to Saturn or further is similar to a modern trip to Antarctica, something generally only done by the military and scientists. Go to Comment
Vision Technologies
Locations  (TransWorld)   (Space)
Mageek's comment on 2015-11-12 06:37 PM
This post is solid. It covers a wide range of mega observatories and scanning technologies which I frankly would not have thought of.
My favorite line: "the Covenant Processor is an L/AISC that was designed by L/AISCs".

A few of the stations are located in the shadows of planets. Does this just mean they are in orbit around those planets, or that they are in orbits designed such that they are never in view from Earth? I would assume that in the Cosmic Age people fly around in space ships so there would not be such a shadow. Go to Comment
The Patchwork Men
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (City/ Ruin)
Scrasamax's comment on 2015-09-22 11:11 AM
I'd say it's 90% abstract, and as such they cannot find it, because it's not an it to be found. Go to Comment
The Patchwork Men
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (City/ Ruin)
Murometz's comment on 2015-09-25 07:09 PM
Great writing here! From the tag line on, makes me sit up and pay attention. Can't help but feel sorry for these guys. Good job in bringing out the emotional angle. Good voice in this piece! Here's hoping that someday they'll find their Paradiso, be it real or abstract.

Love every word here. Have a 5'er.

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The Patchwork Men
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (City/ Ruin)
Mageek's comment on 2015-09-22 09:49 AM
This post made me think of the Morlocks from The Time Machine. Subterranean dwellers who were once the servant class and over millenia developed to prey upon those who live on the surface.

The patchwork men seek Paradisio - is that the surface world (which they could probably easily reach) or more of an abstract concept?

Patchwork men conjure up some good images. Hacking and piecing together components is a great way to develop regional differences and allow for variety among patchwork men of a certain area. The big boss might have taken apart some sort of high-profile target, for instance, and would have their weapons systems embedded in its hulk. Go to Comment
Minerva Bustier
Items  (Armor)   (Combat)
Siren no Orakio's comment on 2015-09-25 07:40 PM
.. No Lasso option? :sad:

Though, I see you do have room for it in the psi options, more or less.
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Dakimakura
Items  (Home/ Personal)   (Campaign Defining)
Cheka Man's comment on 2015-09-12 08:32 PM
I want one of those. A lot more fun then taking years to win a girl's love and then many more years to meet her offline. Go to Comment
Dakimakura
Items  (Home/ Personal)   (Campaign Defining)
Dozus's comment on 2015-09-24 08:26 AM
Reminds me of Teddy from A.I. Artificial Intelligence. I like the exploration of how widespread usage of these bots could impact society. Go to Comment
Dakimakura
Items  (Home/ Personal)   (Campaign Defining)
Aramax's comment on 2015-09-12 04:07 PM
5/5 says it all,fantastic fluff for any cyberpunk background, I think Scras said something somewhere about a new tone to his submisions,if I'm right and the last couple have set the new tone, I so aprove! Go to Comment
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