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18 Gifts from Elder Gods, Outer Gods, and Cosmic Horrors
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Gaming - Genre)
Cheka Man's comment on 2014-04-25 09:29 PM
Very interesting. Can I add more ideas to this sub to try and make it into a new 30? Go to Comment
18 Gifts from Elder Gods, Outer Gods, and Cosmic Horrors
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Gaming - Genre)
Chaosmark's comment on 2014-05-28 08:56 PM
I'm loving this. It's the perfect grab-bag for "how do I want to screw over my players tonight?"

It also provides some good ideas for cursed items. Not everything you pick up is harmless, of course. And in a setting where dark gods of madness and chaos want to influence the world, you can bet they'd be spreading these suckers around like candy on Halloween. Go to Comment
18 Gifts from Elder Gods, Outer Gods, and Cosmic Horrors
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Gaming - Genre)
Dozus's comment on 2014-04-26 08:16 PM
The Ancient Ones are not bound by your mortal numbers. Indeed, their 18 is superior to your human 30. You could not begin to comprehend the Cosmic 30.

A fine selection presented here. I like the the "gifts" are not so often physical things but abominable curses. Go to Comment
18 Gifts from Elder Gods, Outer Gods, and Cosmic Horrors
Articles  (Humor/ Editorial)   (Gaming - Genre)
valadaar's comment on 2014-05-02 02:35 PM
Very good! Love it!

No need to reward me though! Go to Comment
30 Genetic Mods
Systems  (Technical/ Mechanical)   (Specific)
Silveressa's comment on 2014-04-25 08:22 PM
Some amusing, some practical, some actually very useful for spies/Shadowrunners, all in all one of my favorite 30's lists to day and an entertaining read to boot. Go to Comment
30 Genetic Mods
Systems  (Technical/ Mechanical)   (Specific)
Kassy's comment on 2014-05-01 05:32 AM
5.0/5

Pretty much what Sil has said. Also how I found that Zoe 3000 sub the other day, now that was, messed up. Go to Comment
Augscannen
Items  (Computers)   (Non-Magical)
axlerowes's comment on 2014-04-03 02:45 PM
easier to carry around than a german shepherd I suppose (that is a terminator reference for you wee children out there).

One of the challenges for writing sci-fi stuff is the need to full realize all the minutia of the an advanced and rapidly evolving world. I think sci-fi world building requires a lot of posts like this one. Go to Comment
Augscannen
Items  (Computers)   (Non-Magical)
eleclipse's comment on 2014-04-03 03:51 AM
A solid item.

The only question that popped in my mind is why not upgrade it to function also as an eye-scanner. Go to Comment
Star Whale
Lifeforms  (Third Kingdom)   (Space)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-04-03 10:38 PM
Excellent commentary.

The main inspiration behind the Star Whales was the plankton like nature of the Larvae of the Outer Gods, and the terrestrial concept of the worlds largest creatures subsist on eating some of the world's smallest creatures. Move everything up to the space scale, and the star whales are large predators in a galaxy wide sea of stars.

Moving back to your commentary, no there cannot be any sort of personal relationship between a star whale and a human. While they are untouchable and unknowable, this is a function of the setting and technology. The advances in arcanotechnology might appear to have exploded outwards like a technological big bang, the Star Whales and their utterly alien existence are a demonstration that rather than being masters of technology and space, we are much closer to the ancient Greeks discussing the theorems of the six simple machines but rather than the Inclined Plane, Wedge, Screw, lever, wheel and axle, and pulley we looking at Dimensional Tap Reactors, Dimensional Heat Sinks, the AISC, and so forth. Eventually, should the stars align right, mankind will have all sorts of ships and technology to find the Star Whales, and follow them, and hunt them, and render them for their exotic aphaisic organs and all the horrible things that we are pretty good at doing.

But that's 10,000 years down the line, figuratively speaking.

Another concept is the depth of time. The Lovecraft mythos discussed things eons in the past and millennia in the future. The lifecycle of the larvae of the outer gods is tens of millions of years, and the star whales hundreds of millions of years, and the galaxy has it's own megascale 'ecosystem' where we are barely aware of just the luminous stuff in said galaxy, let alone the things we don't yet have the ability to comprehend. Go to Comment
Star Whale
Lifeforms  (Third Kingdom)   (Space)
axlerowes's comment on 2014-04-03 02:28 PM


I liked the lecture, perhaps the Golgafrinchan's didn't make up that whole space goat idea. You give us the concept of the space whale. It is an interesting idea for explaining mass extinctions because it forces a view human existence that includes the humanity as citizens of the galaxy. But because the space whale is so difficult for humanity or any person to interact with the idea it is difficult to engage with. Thus like the lecturer we are left with nothing to do but throw up the hands of imaginations.



What can you say about giant untouchable (almost unknowable) space whales ( that treat our planet like a cookie jar) that sucks.



Perhaps Moby Dick and the space whale are the last elements of nature that man can not conquer and thus must turn to religion in order to understand his role in the universe? But Moby Dick and Ahab had history, a relationship. There can be no personal relationships with a star whale.



You could go out and look for Moby Dick. You could look for and physically wrestle with the embodiment of natural death living among man's violent oppression and exploitation of the natural world.

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7 Things About GI Joe
Articles  (Resource)   (Gaming - Genre)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-03-10 09:12 AM
If there is a comic book it is a safe assumption that I have not read it, I don't read comics as I do not appreciate the medium.

The Cosmic Era is meta material, and I am building it, I haven't quite wrapped a skin around it, but I am trying. This all started under the pretense of being a game that I and fellow nerds could play at the bar while our wives and SOs did their thing at a horse show. It's been a long sustained effort.

i am planning on writing stories from this material, and a lot of this is a mixture of world building, integrating things I want to integrate into the setting, and exorcising ideas from my head so that I can go to sleep. This submission was written in one sitting after two drinks, so there is nothing that some editing or a second draft shouldn't fix.

What do I want from this? I want a slick RPG core book. I want 80s influenced splatbooks that fall into the GURPS feel (Cosmic Era: GI Joe sourcebook, Cosmic Era: COBRA! Sourcebook) but keep the Apple slick, anime bright, cleavage flashing, hypertech feel of the Cosmic Era. I want a novel that doesn't get put into the Sci-Fi section, I want a novel like Vonnegut, that gets filed in the Fiction section.

I want people to play the Cosmic Era, and build Cloud Strife, Liu Kang, and Lady Jaye go rampaging on a mission to stop Soundwave's plan to deploy a sonic mind control generator. Go to Comment
7 Things About GI Joe
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Scrasamax's comment on 2014-03-10 12:32 PM
My audience here at the Citadel?

In a nutshell, peers. I see everyone as being equally involved in writing, creative exercises, and world building.

Goals inside the Citadel? That is another good question, mostly because I don't have a good answer to that, other than I would like to see the Cosmic Era 'finished' in that there is a central submission that flows out to other submissions, and eventually that be turned into a PDF for online distribution.
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7 Things About GI Joe
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axlerowes's comment on 2014-03-10 09:01 AM
I am not quite sure I understand this.

Aside from the intro and the conclusion it reads like a check list on whether or not Joe fits the comsic era. You have sold me, I think it does.

Are we discussing how the GI Joe cartoon (you didn't read the comics?) influenced the cosmic era? I think that is interesting topic, discussing your creative and writers process.

Are we discussing how the GI JOE characters are realized and integrated into the cosmic era? I feel like this is more about the Joe cartoon as it was truly in the 80s, and not so much the joe story is re-told in the cosmic era.

Sentences that confuse me are like this one
"Cobra and the Joes both had full access to arcanotech, Cobra used it to make wonder weapons, and exotic devices, and bases in the middle of nowhere, and have things like a leader with a chrome head. "
Because you discuss this in a past tense and as if the world of the Cosmic Era and Joes were already one.

Then you have sentences such as this one in which you discuss the cartoon in the voice of fan or critic.
"While there were plenty of normal episodes, a very large number of GI Joe episodes dealt with abnormal situations, from being shrunk to diminutive size in one episode, to exploring the Himalayas and encountered yetis, and alien dimensions."

Then you sentences like this
"In the Cosmic Era TPK isn't uncommon. With levels of engagement, TPKs can potentially be common. a group of infantry encountering a squad of power armor troopers are going to be smeared like bugs, while a single mech is going to stomp all of them like a man crushing insects under his boots. "

This is an even tougher sell, and here is my big point.
The cosmic era stuff (I have not read it all) as far as I can see is all meta-material. It is material generated that is peripheral or an accessory to the stories and the narrative. For example the clone list, you not telling the story of the Jo clones, you are telling us about the way they may be integrated into another story. You have "the last tank" story, which is still written as analysis of another narrative (the mockumentry is a powerful technique..I am not knocking it).

The actual medium in which the cosmic era will be realized will either be at the game table or in some other form: a story or novel. We have yet to see the pieces put together into some working apparatus. How do you see your audience for the cosmic era? Are you talking to us as fellow story tellers?

I all for dissection of the work and the influences: Well done sir.
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7 Things About GI Joe
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axlerowes's comment on 2014-03-10 09:48 AM


To be fair I never really read the joe comics either, there was a lot material in them and I always felt like I was stepping in mid stream, but all friends I grade school read the comics, so I picked up a few and you had some cosmic era type stuff in there as well. There were clones and space travel, people got shot and blown up. It was more military though than the tv show which had stronger sci-fi element. But there were GI joe transformer cross over comic which I also never read. I have tried to get into comics as Adult but just can't do it. I feel like you would really enjoy the newish transformers comic, they have adult retro- selective retelling and rationalization that is part of the cosmic era narrative .



But my real question regarding goals and audience is how do you view your audience at the citadel with regard to this post?

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Arcanotech
Systems  (Knowledge/Lore)   (Specific)
Scrasamax's comment on 2014-03-05 12:59 PM
One of the things about this submission is that I wrote it in the hopes of pulling some of these different threads together and give them some cohesion. This is also written from the hopeful perspective of putting the setting together into some sort of publishable format, and if it does end up a book, there would pretty much have to be a chapter on how arcanotech works and why it does.

Unfortunately I don't enjoy this aspect because it feels like I am showing my hand, and showing how I do things and make them work on a mechanical level, a functional level and that ruins the magic. Go to Comment
Arcanotech
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Cheka Man's comment on 2014-03-05 11:16 AM
Only voted Go to Comment
Arcanotech
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axlerowes's comment on 2014-03-05 11:36 AM
I think I get it now!

Thanks. Go to Comment
Arcanotech
Systems  (Knowledge/Lore)   (Specific)
axlerowes's comment on 2014-03-06 06:06 AM
If there was really no magic in this you would have published this article in Nature and not roleplaying website. I like it, and this stuff is a necessary tool for deep fiction (by deep I mean complicated). Go to Comment
The Nind Tah'Siltrin
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (Underground)
Cheka Man's comment on 2014-03-02 01:56 PM
A new take on the skeleton undead. 5/5 Go to Comment
The Nind Tah'Siltrin
Lifeforms  (Constructed)   (Underground)
custos's comment on 2014-06-30 02:12 AM
Only voted Go to Comment
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