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Genome Computer
Items  (Computers)   (Villanous)
Cheka Man's comment on 2016-04-27 01:19 PM
I read this at first as "Gnome Computer" and imagined gnomes with modern tech. Go to Comment
Genome Computer
Items  (Computers)   (Villanous)
axlerowes's comment on 2016-04-29 08:28 AM
"Don't fire and Forget" That is a good line. Go to Comment
Genome Computer
Items  (Computers)   (Villanous)
axlerowes's comment on 2016-04-29 08:52 AM

I like this little write up. The interview log was fun to read, and while brief I thought that worked as is. I thought the descriptions given in the first person thought bubbles italics were quality. This is an idea seed with some little artistic flourishes. By why the term Genome computer? These types of computers have very little to do with the Genome and Cheka wouldn't be disappointed.

Also what do vending machines look like in the cosmic era? And children, is there a post about families and childrearing in the cosmic era?

Overall I am not sure the idea is developed enough. This is more like a foot note in some larger story Brain's in jar and machine man hybrid. That could have been a 100 word post. I feel like you were going for something larger here, maybe some world building or an atmospheric piece. We get a little mood stuff (which is good) and some world building references to the Tyco convention, a proper noun and the reveal in the CE there is something rotten in Antartica.

recommendations along these lines of brain/machine hybrids and/or brains in jars

There was an adventure story in Galaxy's Edge Magazine Issue 7 (amazon 3.99) called Pallbearers. It was about armored suits and their pilots. The crux of the story was one suit's "Dummy System" and the injured pilot in a suit trying to over come the dummy system.

For real old school dudes (Max) The Ship Who Sang by Anne McCaffery is about a brain in a jar in a ship, and her struggles with grief, art, love, loyalty and all that stuff.

For old school Horror there was Whispers in the Darkness, by H.P. Lovecraft. (A whole shelf full of brains in jar).

Finally in comedy, Steve Martin's movie "The Man with Two Brains"

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Genome Computer
Items  (Computers)   (Villanous)
Aramax's comment on 2016-04-28 08:15 AM
Withholding vote. This has AMAZING potential. Don't "fire and forget" PLEASE come back to this and give us MORE!!!!!!!!!! Go to Comment
Genome Computer
Items  (Computers)   (Villanous)
Mageek's comment on 2016-04-27 10:58 PM
I love the concept of a brain-in-a-jar and think that there is a lot that can be done with it. Not really sold on calling it a genome computer (it's neither a computer crunching genomes nor a compute made of genomes, not really), but the concept is great and it is widely useful.

Shaddack Transfigurations are a great touch. Note that they are not really necessary for a brain-in-a-jar, but they do make for a great backstory.

If brain-in-jars lose their emotions but retain human pattern recognition abilities they would make for excellent computers. Recommender systems, online help-desks, vehicle drivers, Jarvis, etc. Warhammer 40k has some fallen space marines cased in metal dreadnoughts and continue to fight. Futurama keeps Nixon around. Gurren Lagann has a bio-computer made from a fallen big-baddy. Neuromancer had some sort of scripted persona-on-a-stick.

Mechanics-wise one can do some neat things as well. Perhaps someone the players know has been jar'd. Maybe being jar'd allows one to drop the burden of emotion and ascend to a higher plane of thought and existence. Maybe one can cleverly interact with brain-in-jars to trigger responses based on their has-been-selves to get special reactions.

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Caryatid System
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (Any)
Siren no Orakio's comment on 2016-04-16 05:05 PM
Yeah, I felt the Blue Steel thread running through it. Good job working it into your setting. Go to Comment
Caryatid System
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (Any)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-04-16 08:40 PM
One of the big things about the Tycho Convention ban on sentient weapons is basically an anti-Skynet protocol. On military terms, multiple intelligences making decisions are more random and chaotic than a central AI. That makes it harder to predict. Things like the big AISCs know each other, and if you successfully profile a computer intelligence I would say you could easily predict and counter it's moves and gambits. Go to Comment
Caryatid System
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (Any)
Mageek's comment on 2016-04-16 02:29 PM

The thought of a sentient war machine does not lead me to think of a female combat bot, but rather more like Skynet; a single entity simultaneously controlling a large number of auton combatants + tanks + equipment etc.

I found the author's note extremely valuable, and feel that should be at the top, or even in the description blurb. If I understand correctly, a caryatid system is an anime character with combat weapon styling. I love the name btw, and the term 'to greeble'.

The GEAS is neat - sort of like Asimov's laws. I can see opposing sides trying to bug the opposing side's GEAS or some military developers trying to get a more effective combat system by bending the rules. That, and playing as a Caryatid character would give you a sort of paladin code-of-honor.

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Pribnow Dummy
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (City/ Ruin)
Murometz's comment on 2016-03-28 08:34 PM
Robots for luddites! I approve. Also can't help but think that they fill the mongrelman role in the CE. Lame sauce, sure, but someday they will rise up! Go to Comment
Pribnow Dummy
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (City/ Ruin)
Mageek's comment on 2016-04-01 12:02 PM
Good selection of names, as always.
These "top-half" robots show up all over the place but I didn't have a name for them - until now. Reminds me of some of Geiger's work, with humans half-emerged from a technological monstrosity. Also standard fare for things like stationary ship AIs.

Pribnow Dummies could also let you make monsters similar to the Chaos Witch Quelaag in Dark Souls. You choose the top half and the bottom half separately. Perhaps this is useful for cyborgs who need different locomotion capabilities depending on the time.



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Col. Michelle Inoue
NPCs  (Scenario Based)   (Combative)
axlerowes's comment on 2016-04-11 07:53 PM

I like this one, but what I like about it is less the character (she is almost all history and equipment with no direct view of personality. Very much a Scras character.) and more the glimpse into a world. I'm with Mageek, the use of Remora title was cool.

This reminds me of that god awful Battletech novel, "Close Quarters" in which the main character was a female scout who ran along side the mechs with a rifle and a radio (looking for the mech that killed her parents). But unlike this character, the battletech scout does wear a bikini (at least in the first battle).

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Col. Michelle Inoue
NPCs  (Scenario Based)   (Combative)
Aramax's comment on 2016-04-03 08:19 AM
Col. Michelle Inoue
NPCs  (Scenario Based)   (Combative)
Mageek's comment on 2016-04-01 12:07 PM
I like the use of "remora."
You did a great job of adding game mechanics to this post, as in actually giving me rules for "sniper babe". A good combination of character background, lore, connection to your overarching lore, and mechanics. Go to Comment
Nipponese Augment Ranks
Systems  (Technical/ Mechanical)   (Specific)
Cheka Man's comment on 2016-03-19 03:06 PM
Only voted Go to Comment
Nipponese Augment Ranks
Systems  (Technical/ Mechanical)   (Specific)
Mageek's comment on 2016-04-02 12:31 PM
Lots of definitions that fit within the overarching Cosmic Era. Honestly, sounds kind of game breaking.
I do like the concept of the Nirvana dilemma. An entity with too much power could perceive the world and what is important in a very different manner than we do today. Its perspective could lead it to do things that we find completely irrational or mysterious, and it may be extremely difficult to relate. That concept is explored with Dr. Manhattan's character in Watchmen. Giving players that sort of power is tricky, and giving opponents that sort of power somewhat necessitates giving players that sort of power.
Would love to see a source book / Cosmic Era collection some time. Go to Comment
Yuna Aoki
NPCs  (Scenario Based)   (Mystical)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-04-15 03:48 PM
To answer the questions:

1. Her taste in art is serene and zen, favoring traditional Japanese art, like painting kanji, flower arrangement, etc. Her playlist is likely an eclectic mix of soft pop, synthesizer, and whatever is trendy. One person's serenity is another person's noise. Yuna likes ska-pop, I find dubstep soothing.

2. The Amero-Nipponese phenotype is widely presented in anime. Predominantly white with large eyes and vaguely Asian features. That comes from the other side of the Pacific, not this side.

3. Her role in research is as a test subject, demonstrating her abilities under scientific observation. As for the nostril comment, that's taking pot-shots at monsters and bogeymen, not so much shooting other people. What would push a moral character to put a bullet up a monster's snout? Preventing said monster from eating her and the rest of her team, or turning them into incubators, or building material, or the 1001 other horrible things that an aberrant invasive species from a another dimension would want to do to people.

4. One of the things about the Cosmic Era is that it is a scary batpoop crazy place. She summons and controls cosmic horrors because she can, and that is the best way she can use her talents to help others and protect humanity. If you have the ability to protect large numbers of people, can you refuse to? Can you reject the moral responsibility to help and care for others who have no other defense than the organization you work for?

5. More than she cares to have been involved in. She's stoic, pragmatic, and if a cosmic horror doesn't eat her soul and puppeteer her body first, she will eventually burn out.

Bonus: Puerto Rico and Monopoly would be offensive games in the Cosmic Era, rooted as they are in the mindset that lead to the near destruction of the biosphere and humanity in general, much like breaking out some Jim Crow racist slave chasing boardgame would be today. Apples to Apples and Cranium would be too frivolous and light-hearted. Scrabble is the most appealing of the games listed, but she is also likely to be interested in classical games like Chess and Go. Go to Comment
Yuna Aoki
NPCs  (Scenario Based)   (Mystical)
axlerowes's comment on 2016-04-15 01:41 PM
Never played final fantasy X.

This post begs so many questions. Here are my top five.

What is on Yuna's playlists. How does she wed her proclivity for serene zen music with her desire to play Japanese ska-pop?

What are the "best features" of the Japanese and american "races"?

What kind of research does she do-actually never mind that she can bullets up people's noses. What would push these very moral character to put a bullet up somebody's nose?

If she is terrified of cosmic horrors, does she still use her power to summon them and if so ain't that a little bat poop crazy?

How many scraps this girl been in, you attribute a lot of violent potential to a non violent character?

Bonus question: which of the five her board games would she prefer: apples to apples, scrabble, cranium, puerto Rico or Monopoly

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Yuna Aoki
NPCs  (Scenario Based)   (Mystical)
axlerowes's comment on 2016-04-15 05:25 PM
I don't know, is the cosmic era that much more horrible than today. Yeah you have potentially world ending magic and a masses of moral bankrupt sheep, but don't we have that now? We have boko haram, ISIS, crazed shooters, nuclear weapons, global warming and Donald Trump. We have exploitive and empty forms of entertainment and plaques of our making. Often it sounds like the near apocalypse of post-pertolem era put the citizens of the cosmic era into the mindset that they need to be a little more responsible and less greedy. Does the average citizen of the cosmic era live in reasonable fear of chthulu eating their soul or starvation or death through violence? Which is scarier a species eating star whale a group of people that feel justified in rape and genocide? Go to Comment
Yuna Aoki
NPCs  (Scenario Based)   (Mystical)
Aramax's comment on 2016-04-02 09:57 AM
Nice NPC, Could be easily adapted to most any setting. Go to Comment
30 Amazons
NPCs  (Scenario Based)   (Combative)
Scrasamax's comment on 2016-03-10 04:30 PM
Update: Two horrific years, TWO YEARS, sitting in the in work folder.

I can't bring myself to delete this. Go to Comment
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