Interesting, but difficult to really do anything with on its own. Compared to the Bucky Batteries that brimmed with possible applicaitons and uses in a sci fi game, this one feels a little open and shut.
A good GM can use this as the explaination behind sudden emergence of AI in an characters computer/ship/etc.. or it could work well as the spring board to an Ai related sub plot, but over all it's application feels somewhat limited in scope.
Well written though, it can be tough to deliver something in only 100 words that feels complete.
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I think you need to define SAP. I can get general meaning from the body of the sub, but using an acronym right in the title that not everyone is familiar with, is not a good thing.
For example, I did not know what SAP stood for in the RPG domain and had to read into the article to get the 'gist' of it. It was distracting and I was doing more scanning of the article for a denition rather then actually *reading* the artical.
This is a very interesting post. I've never recognized this genre before, but I can certainly see the common elements you describe in those films that I am familiar with. Even with my introductory understanding of the genre, I think that the obstacles to implementation of this genre in a game that you've listed above can be easily overcome. Where characters are concerned it is easy to imagine diminishing the impact of character advancement, removing it as much as possible from character control, and at the same time emphasizing the character's personal development through roleplay. Where the storyline is concerned, advancement can come from characters learning more about the supernatural nature of their situation. The climax of this advancement being when each characters learns enough to realize that they must give up the their personal development or face disaster. Whether RPGs are serial and how many storylines are involved is a choice made by the GM. My suggestions only apply to a game where SAP, as you've described it, is the main genre and I can certainly see how it would be difficult to blend with a traditional/stereotypical RPG.
I'm guessing that these are ment to harvest energy from a star, placed somewhere in the orbit of a planet, or perhaps arranged in a dyson sphere around the star itself, but this isn't made very clear. I see a lot of interesting science, I'm especially intrigued by the phospholipid discs. I wonder why manufactured cells would be more efficient than their biological analogues. Hopefully that's something we'll see expanded in the future.
I think there's a strong, innovative idea here, but right now it looks more like just that, an idea, rather than a post. Perhaps this is just too technical of a subject to encompass in a 100-word post. There's some awesome hard sci-fi here, it's just waiting to happen.