The Art behind Naming
While the name of an item need not be a direct representation of the item, it should be an extension of it, to quote one of my old writing handouts from school; A two fisted brawler named Lester Smalls doesnt work. The conflict i had is that a claw is a melee weapon, such as a sword, a dagger, or even Bang-ak (or whatever they are called) rather than an arrow which is a ranged, flying weapon. It is a minor point and though I pointed it out, it didnt impact the score.
In Reference to the Quest
Made by a wizard/magic user is the default mode of magic item/weapon creation and it was my impression that the purpose of the quest was to branch out away from this standard. While this is a good submission, I do not feel that it expressed the spirit of the quest. Cheka's sigil swords are enchanted by familial love, CP's Fatal swords by insane repetition and cosmic alignment, etc. Go to Comment
Something passing through a massive gravity sink is, in my opinion, very, very unlikely to come out 'unscathed'. Most black holes have a tendency to tear things apart by gravitational 'tides', and a rapidly-moving one would probably have some troubling side effects.
Mmm, gravitic bow shock. Weapon and drive all in one. Go to Comment
actually, if you managed to manipulate gravity, you could simply create a gravitational sink in front of your ship, and a gravitational mountain behind it. ie, your ship wouldn't travel inside the wormhole, but would have a black hole in front and a white hole behind, the two joined by a wormhole to keep everything balanced!
That way, any obstacles would just get trapped inside the blackhole, go through the wormhole, and come out behind your ship. safe and sound.
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/glenn/research/warp/ideachev.html might give some more ideas. Go to Comment
The renown incident, where an insidious worm attacked hundreds of thousands of websites, changing the phrase "climate change" to "weather change". There have been also several cases of follow-up attacks, where websites of particular note were overwritten with propaganda and evidence to support the theory of catastrophic global cooling in the next few decades.
Rumors have started to spread, that there is a genuine AI on the loose, unhindered by any hard-coded limits. It supposedly cruises through the Net, reading everything, and sometimes entering publicly accessible chatrooms under the nick "TheAngel347" or similar. It is said, that it can't be traced back... sadly, there are too many impersonators out there, and blogs are full of stories about encounters with this noble/enlightened/evil/indifferent entity. Most probably, this is an elaborate hoax. (And why that name? It's got a weird sense of humor, man!)
The Red Attack
Awarded with "The Most Outrageous Hack Of The Year", an apparently deranged marxist has somehow renamed a slew of .com pages to .con. The move has reportedly crashed a few major search engines, that took a few seconds to recover; the chaos has been visible for days if not weeks! The hacker was traced by the police within a day and found dead, looks like someone was already faster.
A serial killer has started to ravage the hacker community. For now, he (or she) has targeted mostly the public, self-appointed star hackers, but a few more significant deaths were recorded as well. The community is shocked, and by default has little trust in the law enforcement. There are no signs of the killer being active online - or he just fits in with the crowds. What are they supposed to do?
The right of speech
An up-and-coming programmer answered an ad seeking 'somebody fluent in Klingon' and vanished soon after. Where is he? And was it the NSA that kidnapped him for some secret mission, intent on infiltrating the ranks of true (virtual) warriors? Go to Comment
I don't really know, if this has a big chance of growing, but I'll throw it out anyway. Eventually, we will have all the sub-genres and game types and settings covered... just because. ;) Go to Comment
This reminds me for some reason of a recent Law & Order episode, where a precedent was set.
A group of obssessive online gamers, sue an adept hacker in federal court. It seems this hacker had infilitrated the group's Virtual Reality "Game" and hijacked imaginery "monies" and certain possessions of these characters, allowing the hacker's character to excel at the game, at the expense of the group of friends.
The court is faced with a strange unprecedented decision. Can someone sue someone in real life for "stealing" in a 'highly realistic' virtual reality game?
Thought I'd throw that out :)
Good sub here! Nice interesting plothooks, easy and fun to read, which can be expanded upon of course, to include the Hacker's fellow PCs, errr, friends. Go to Comment
A moderator of a small radio station has the chance to make it big on a central planet. The chance for an interview will be soon over, but his boss keeps finding excuses why he can't leave his workplace. The smart fellow will but hire the crew to fetch his equipment, and give him a ride. (Fetching the stuff may be a little illegal, btw.)
Due to contract restraints, however, he must stay live on air the whole time. And he will - the spaceship he is traveling on becomes his station. He requires permanent, uninterrupted power (may not be so easy on those not-quite-new vessels), and his transmissions can easily lure unwanted attention. Let's just hope he gets the job, and the crew survives the constant noise. Go to Comment
The crew is asked to fetch the stray old preacher, who, in search for enlightenment, ran off into the desert (could be easily on the other side of the planet).
When he is finally found, he will tell beautiful sermons that touch the hearts of everyone. However, he will come to recognize the darkness in one of the crew, and will secretly attempt to purge him or her with fire... which is BAD on any kind of ship. Go to Comment
Every few years, in irregular intervals, comes the Treasure Hunt contest. Somebody hides the "treasure" pretty well, and hands all contestants cryptic instructions. Often, they will speak of alignment of planets or stars, and of other ways to find the right coordinates; that may involve only one planet, or be a chase across the whole sector. The reward is a good sum of money and a little antique, a tiny artifact of ages past. (Those who get their hands on the instructions of others have more chances, of course, but conflicts take time, and allies will want a share.)
This year, the crew is hired by someone to get the little item at any cost.
- the group may not want to draw attention to itself, and so allow others to officially claim the prize
- in case of winning the contest - no matter who is actually announced as a winner - the crew may get a job in the future from the organizer of the contest (insert mysterious NPC)
- since they very likely step on a few toes in the process, you can bet some of them will come back for a payback, or will be needed by the crew for something Go to Comment
A blind, harsh man arranges for the transport of his folk to a better place. They are a dispossessed people, and he is their leader. While he loves them as his children, he keeps them under permanent command, so much that they really can't take care of themselves. And they better learn fast, for his health is slowly failing, and it won't last long until he dies. He, the stubborn type, won't tell anyone and will just push on until he's finished. Perhaps a little psychology would help? Go to Comment
A young, finely built man comes on board, and sweeps everyone off their feet. He aggressively enjoys everything to be had, and quickly becomes either friend or rival with everyone (those that won't fall in either category will be most likely ignored). If there's even a slight possibility of a quick romance, he will jump on it. The fact that he makes money in illegal fights, will stay a secret for a day at most.
While shaking things up, he won't do anything really important; instead he will draw events to himself:
- He may come into a 'fair fight' with soldiers during a routine check.
- Or could just forget the little statue his friend asked him to take along... which the rightful owners will want back.
- Or he will come back later, when he gets into real trouble. Go to Comment