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Cosmic Era Source Book
« on: April 27, 2013, 03:12:26 AM »
Cosmic Era Source Book

standard introduction
Fluffy Fluff McFlufferson

What is a RPG for gamers with brain damage

Roleplaying the Cosmic Era
Action Oriented: Shadowrunning and criminal/underground themes. Space Exploration and colonial/frontier based conflicts, freelancing jobs such as bounty hunting, corporate security. Military and paramilitary campaigns scaling from infantry to battlemech sized engagements.

Technology Oriented: Campaigns in the CogNet, virtual realms and horizons, manifest destiny of technology, all that. Memory manipulation, hacking, cyberwarfare, Lawnmower Man, TRON, and Total Recall.

Horror: Revealing the ugliness and fleeing it, the monsters in the shadows, storm rifts, mutation, contamination and survival in the face of horrible odds. Body horror, identity issues, and societal abominations.

Arcologies, the urban Sprawl and favelas: Living life in the massive hives of humanity

Seacologies and Raft Cities: Life in and under the sea

Geocities and Geofronts: Out of sight, out of mind, the oubliettes of the Cosmic Era, where the toilets flush to.

Space Stations, Habitats, and Non-terrestrial colonies: The Wild Black Beyond, space and true cosmic horror

CogNet: The virtual realm, remnants of 3rdNet, dimensional anomalies in the system

History of the Cosmic Era

Petroleum Era and the Resource Wars
Power armor replaces tanks
The Second Dark Age and the Population Contraction
Arcological construction and collectivism
The Second Renaissance and Arcanotechnology
3rdNet and CogNet
Colonization of Space

Daily Life

Personal lodging and materialism
Shopping, food, entertainment
Personal transportation
Medical tech
Biotechnology, augmentation, cybernetics
Neo-Ethnics, Clones, and tailored augment packages
Androids, gynoids, and mechanoids
CogNet, S3 technology
(music, holovids, simsense, virtual vacations, radio,sports, etc)
Everything is for sale
Sex, sex, sex

Politics and Business
The MegaCorps
Energy, communications, finance
The Corps
weapons, biotech, electronics, machines
Corporate Political Parties
Global Finance, the multiple stock markets

Criminal Factions:
Gangs and Ganglands
Mercenaries and Bandits
Organized Crime Syndicates
Corporate Raiders

Neo-Ethnic Hate, and Neo-Ethnic Pride
Human-Robot relations
Clone Rights
Religious sects
Religious Political Parties
Ecological Groups

The Nations
Atlantic Federation
Eurasian Alliance
Pacific Rim Coalition
United States of South America (Amazon League)
South African United Republics
Kingdom of Scandanavia
The Middle Eastern Wastelands
Free India

Fluffer Nutter Cookies

Actual dice and system mechanics, lists of skills, attributes and the engine behind it. Haven't thought on this, not planning on it either

Arcanotech, Parapsychics and the River of Sorrows
dice rules
Dimensional Engines
Dimensional Batteries
Dimensional Heat Sinks
Exotic Energy Weaponry
The seibertronian neo-cortex and machine intelligence
Stealth Technology
Elementalism and telekinesis
Mind and emotion manipulation
Clairvoyance and astral seeking
Martial Parapsychics
Physical Adepts
Prop Adepts
Unique Parapsychics

Super Soldiers
Parapsychic Martial Artists

The River of Sorrows and Hyperdimensional Space and Hyperdimensional Objects
The Human Soul

The CogNet

How it looks and how it works
Accessing the 'Net
Skimming, Browsing, Immersion
Datastreams and Zones
Safe, Gray, and Black Datastreams

Accessing devices:
Rigging and surrogacy
Electronic Warfare

Hacking and programs
Cybercombat and the CCG
Ghosts in the Machine
Viral Intelligence


Running in the Cosmic Era

Health and Healing
Magic Medicine
Drugs and Brain Alteration
Physical drugs
Electronic drugs
Simsense addiction
Holodeck Syndrome

institutionalized criminal and insane

Friends and Foes
Grunts and Minions
Untrained, Semi-trained, Trained, Elite

CorpSecurity, Gangs, Police, Paramilitary, Military, Mercenary, bounty hunters, street samurai

The Fixer
Mr. Johnson
Information Gathering
Swag and Favors

Gear and Goods
Requisition, buy, sell and trade
Black Market

Cyberware, Bioware, Genetic Augmentation
CogNet Gadgets
Melee Weapons
Civilian Grade Weaponry
Military Grade Weaponry
Magnetic Weaponry
Energy Weapons
High Energy Weapons
Heavy Weapons
Chemical Weapons
Biological Weapons
Atomic and Nuclear Weapons

SmartGun System

Clothing and Armor

Modern Fashion
Encounter Suit
Stealth Suit
Standard Light Ablative/Ballistic Armor
Mercenary Custom Armor
Royal/Black Armor

ComLink (trektalker)
S3 Full Rig
S3 basic
S3 Light (band)
Wachowski Probe
Artificial Brain
SkillSofts, Chip based skills, DLC abilities
Recorded Memories
Electric Paper

Electronic Warfare
Stealth Kit

Artificial Brain, brain augmentation, sense augmentation
Body Armor
Laced skeletons
Myomer muscle replacement
Traced nerves
Civilian prosthetics, military prosthetics, criminal prosthetics
Gun Arms and concealed weapons

BioWare and Genetic Mods
Bone and muscle improvement
Endocrine enhancement
Body Transplant
Grown Organs

Vehicles, machines and Drones

Surrogates and personal drones
Motorcycles and hoverbikes
Police and para-military APCs and light craft
VTOLs and Electrofan craft
Power Armor Suits
Military Drones
Personal Boats
Personal submersibles
Military Warships (guided missile and gauss battleships)
Capital submarines
Hypersonic Aerospace craft
LAI Pilots, the Dummy Plug and Astromech option
Eye-Borgs and small drones
Animal robot drones
Predator and Global Hawk, full size drones
Aquatic mecha and power armor
Marine drones
Space Mecha, power armor and drones
Dragoon gun drone system
Space Warships
Space Civilian ships (cruise liner, cargo hauler, mining)


Robot pets, iKids
The Horse
Wild Dogs and Ferals

Genetic Augment
Smart Dogs
Rat Bombs
Robot warhounds
Smart Dolphins

Instrumentality Project

Storm Tainted
Storm tainted animals
Storm tainted humans

Ghosts, souls, and astral shadows
Dragons, Vampires and Immortals

« Last Edit: May 08, 2013, 01:36:50 AM by Scrasamax »
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Re: Cosmic Era Source Book
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2013, 10:47:07 AM »
I believe that with that much content, it has exceeded the allowances of a "book" and qualifies for the label "tome".
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Re: Cosmic Era Source Book
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2013, 10:37:12 PM »
Though if anyone on this site is capable of single-handedly writing a tome, it would be Scras.  The outline itself could use a little formatting for clarity -- it's kind of hard to parse as is, since the varying sections are not clearly deliminated.  If you're looking for comments on the organization of the information, that would make it a lot easier for us.  The content headings themselves look sound, though.  Can't remember anything in particular you left out (except perhaps your one-page note on "writing for the cosmic era").

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Re: Cosmic Era Source Book
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2014, 01:28:00 AM »
Androids, Gynoids and Mechanoids

First generation 'droids are the Autons

These primitive droids do much of the heavy lifting raising the world out of the Second Dark Age, and into the Second Renaissance. They are eventually phased out, as their low end design leaves much to be desired, and the population begins to recover from the population contraction.

The Auton passes on it's 'genes' to the mass produced Police issue Wojeks. The law enforcement droids benefit from the faceless design of the Autons, but are stylized to be impersonal and intimidating.

The Skeletron and other minimalist combat robots also trace lineage back to the Auton. While more advanced than the Auton, they are effectively no different. Minimal design, mass produced.

The artificial blank nature of the auton is not desirable in units for more personal relations with humans. Humans are accustomed to nuances of facial expression, vocal inflection, and body language, and the machines that interact on this level have to not just be humanoid, but very lifelike. The almost lifelike, or wax-face, rubber skin droids fall into the uncanny valley and are poorly received. Thus, the normal business level L Type Gynoid (aka Flo) and the sex bot Hitome Unit both grew from the need for lifelike robots, albeit for different reasons.

From this basic pattern, there are going to be varieties of androids, and gynoids manufactured in varying numbers for varying purposes.
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