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Memetic Measurement
Systems  (Knowledge/Lore)   (Defining)
Dossta's comment on 2015-12-28 02:19 PM
As with many of the Cosmic Era subs, I can see this being used very shortly in the ad biz or with governments. Already we experience kilomemes and megamemes, with even a few gigamemes (a la Gangnam Style), sprinkled in.

Are the various parodies, modifications, and remixes considered part of the original meme, in this system? Do they add a modifier to its score, or are they considered separate entities? Go to Comment
Memetic Measurement
Systems  (Knowledge/Lore)   (Defining)
Mageek's comment on 2015-12-29 12:03 PM
I imagine entirely companies built around the idea of trawling the interwebs for fresh memes that haven't circulated yet, quickly buying them from their creators, and then selling them to the highest bidder for their next political campaign, ad run, etc. Go to Comment
Zherebetz Zimna
Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Tundra/ Arctic)
Murometz's comment on 2015-12-22 09:22 AM
...And as the legends of horned, ghost Zherebetz spread farther south, they give rise to myths of the great northern "unicorns".

Nicely detailed animal. I like that there is nothing sinister, or overly weird, about them. Go to Comment
Zherebetz Zimna
Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Tundra/ Arctic)
Moonlake's comment on 2016-02-02 09:21 PM
This is a very good and wholly unexpected adaption of the magic item template to a lifeform. And the lifeform itself has good merits on its own. Go to Comment
Zherebetz Zimna
Lifeforms  (Fauna)   (Tundra/ Arctic)
Dossta's comment on 2015-12-28 02:02 PM
A perfect addition to any fantasy setting, though it could also find a home in "weird" post-appoc futures as well. Would love to put these into any game that involves arctic travel, as a fun alternative to sled dogs, yak, or or other mounts. Go to Comment
Polyforge
Items  (Tools)   (Campaign Defining)
Scrasamax's comment on 2015-12-28 03:52 PM
Most things are only going to be made of one material, and stuff like metal is going to be very fine powder suspended in a gel. The cartridges is accurate, but larger forges are likely to use holding tanks or material hoppers to feed them, but these are machines that aren't printing out pens and paperclips, but armor in pieces and other pre-fab construction materials. A liquid hauling vehicle could offload it's cargo, cement truck style, into an industrial hopper, which feeds the forge, and on the other side, construction mecha remove the extruded girders, because again like cement, it's all in the mix. Go to Comment
Polyforge
Items  (Tools)   (Campaign Defining)
Dossta's comment on 2015-12-28 01:57 PM
A nice take on the replicator idea, with basis in real technology. The only problem would be supplying the various pastes and mixtures that a polyforge requires. Perhaps eventually it would be possible to just keep "cartridges" of different elements -- carbon, iron, etc -- that can be mixed at the elemental layer before being fed into the machine? Go to Comment
Polyforge
Items  (Tools)   (Campaign Defining)
Mageek's comment on 2015-12-29 12:01 PM
True Fact: Elon Musk wants these on Mars so we can design organisms here (think, bacteria strains), transmit the build codes there, and then print whatever terraforming lifeform we need over there.

These will continue to take off IRL - definitely a staple of the future.

One game-play mechanic that this can play to is reusability. One future-trope is scavenging parts and stuff from space hulks and ruins. With a replicator you can easily fix machinery and/or convert scraps into building materials.

Regarding Scrasamax's comment about using only one material: I think one of the most useful things about 3D printing is that you can layer different materials. Think crazy composites, printing circuitry beneath the surface, and embedding mechanisms in hard-to-reach places. Sure, it will always be easier to only use one, and if you are building entire buildings you might not go for it, but making small, high-precision items with expensive 3D printing technology is something we can pretty much do today.

Hitchikers Guide: "He had found a Nutri-Matic machine which had provided him with a plastic cup filled with a liquid that was almost, but not quite, entirely unlike tea." Go to Comment
Archery in the Cosmic Era
Items  (Ranged Weapons)   (Combat)
Scrasamax's comment on 2015-12-26 09:49 AM
The Atlantic Federation is very large, and while it might seem like a lot has gone into their archery program, it's a drop in the ocean compared to the funding that's gone into flying warships, space stations, supersoldier programs and so forth. Go to Comment
Archery in the Cosmic Era
Items  (Ranged Weapons)   (Combat)
Dragonlordmax's comment on 2015-12-25 05:33 PM
I think there's a lot of good stuff in this entry, in particular, I like the analysis of what might make a bow useful is good, and the fancy arrows are neat. I do think that they're kind of strange in connection with each other - Federation implies a big organization, and it seems odd they'd put so much effort into arrows. Maybe they have a lot of use for assassins and saboteurs? Go to Comment
Archery in the Cosmic Era
Items  (Ranged Weapons)   (Combat)
Dossta's comment on 2015-12-28 01:49 PM
*low whistle* Fuck yes. Love this sub, and all the thought put into it. Really makes me wish we'd finished that Cosmic Era RP in the forums, actually. My favorites are probably the EMP and Grappling varieties, though the Anvil Arrow is an insanely cool visual. Will have to look up the rest of your stuff on the Atlantic Federation now. Go to Comment
Kakugram
Items  (Other)   (Campaign Defining)
Scrasamax's comment on 2015-12-28 03:48 PM
If we can genetically engineer plants to be sterile and self-terminating, I see no reason for why in 350 years we can't make a flash drive that deletes itself the first time you use it, or a program that one of the core codes is deletion while it is running. You can't run it without deleting it, and it's not corps running this DRM, it's the hackers and other underground groups doing it, so there is every chance that if you did manage to get around the self-deletion, there is likely a nasty virus or hack waiting for you. Go to Comment
Kakugram
Items  (Other)   (Campaign Defining)
Dossta's comment on 2015-12-28 01:28 PM
Ick (in the very best way). As disturbing and exploitable as everything else in this setting. The one thing I don't buy is that DRM tech is able to keep these things from being reused, not unless there have been extreme advances in that tech. People always find a way to crack DRM, even for just a limited time, and the hyper-intelligent AI of the Cosmic Era would probably have even less difficulty with that task.

Oooh, there's an idea -- using this tech to make AI even more "lifelike". No idea how it would translate, given that bots usually don't have glands or hormones to affect, but it might be another use for it. Go to Comment
Kakugram
Items  (Other)   (Campaign Defining)
Mageek's comment on 2015-12-29 11:54 AM
This really surprised me as something I had never imagined before but fits perfectly into a tech-driven future campaign. How it can fit into a game mechanically makes it even better; I see these as mental potions. All sorts can be created for all sorts of things, even as simple as:
- motivational feedback: "Bob, I value you as a person. Yay Bob."
- skill focus: getting in the 'zone' for something like picking locks or hacking
- empathy: it is much easier to interrogate someone who thinks you are their best friend

You can even do stuff with funny / marginal uses:
- today I am a turtle
- feel like your favorite performer did when they got that crowd applause
- record yourself for nostalgic purposes Go to Comment
7 Futurists Predict the Cosmic Era
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Gaming - Genre)
Scrasamax's comment on 2015-12-28 12:52 PM
The Cosmic Era is how I sleep at night. When it's out on the Citadel, in a binder, or written in Evernote, It's out of my head. Go to Comment
7 Futurists Predict the Cosmic Era
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Gaming - Genre)
Murometz's comment on 2015-12-18 10:57 PM

This is a very clever idea for an article, comparing and contrasting their predictions with your own world and vision. And providing much linkage. Nicely done! Also shows just how rich the Cosmic Era has become through your efforts that you can do this sort of them/me thing in the first place.

Silva seems just a tad overly optimistic in general to me. Still torn on my thoughts regarding the Singularity. I've been to a Kaku lecture (on YouTube :p) and imho he's slightly coo-coo for Cocoa Puffs.

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7 Futurists Predict the Cosmic Era
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Gaming - Genre)
Dossta's comment on 2015-12-28 12:11 PM
Honestly, Scras, this is a terrifying article. I would much rather assume that things go the way of the Star Trek universe than towards the dystopia of your setting. The self-driving cars alone pose huge problems: http://arstechnica.com/security/2015/08/highway-to-hack-why-were-just-at-the-beginning-of-the-auto-hacking-era/ Even today, nothing with an internet connection can be implicitly trusted, because someone will always find a way in. I can only imagine the horror of a world where EVERYTHING -- robots, buildings, even our own bodies -- is exploitable, nothing is private, and the value of human life becomes negligible.

Almost makes me want to develop a setting where things veer in the opposite direction, just to help me sleep at night. Go to Comment
7 Futurists Predict the Cosmic Era
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Gaming - Genre)
Mageek's comment on 2015-12-19 11:46 AM
I love taking real-world predictions and linking them so well to your fantasy world. Solid.

You can add:

"Elon Musk, CEO & Entrepreneur; Telsa, Space X, Solar City, and Open AI

- we will remain vigilant to guide research in ways to prevent a robotic apocalypse
- we be an interplanetary (and hopefully interstellar) civilization
- we will live in an electrified, automated world
- people and freight will get around in 750 mph bullet trains running in partially-evacuated tubes

He would have created a Dyson Sphere startup were he born in the Cosmic Era. Go to Comment
Egomorph
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (Any)
Scrasamax's comment on 2015-11-30 03:05 PM
When I get a couple of interns, an artist, and an editor, lol Go to Comment
Egomorph
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (Any)
Dragonlordmax's comment on 2015-12-11 09:25 PM
This one brings a whole new meaning to talking to yourself. I agree with Dossta about liking the idea of a limited clone, but what really grabs me is the idea of it being a copy of your mind at a given time. I can imagine a busy scientist, say, working on a number of different projects, each with an egomorph of himself with a different train of thought associated with it. Go to Comment
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