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The name of the game in 2044 was Combat Integration. The premise was meshing the technological power of emergent AIs with communications and forces on the ground, creating a military fighting force that could respond like it was a single cohesive organism with every unit connected.

CSAIS

CSAIS was predominantly a communications and information system and the main mode of interfacing with it was through what amounted to a smartphone. The AI was considered a floating system that existed within the servers closest to the military action, and was not actually housed in a specific location. This allowed for infantry on the ground to instantly access air recon and support, tanks could transition from assault vehicles to mobile artillery, and so forth.

Ultimately the CSAIS would be scrapped and most of the hardware was destroyed and recycled. The AI technology was at a sufficient level, but the programming of AI systems was still being done manually, before the current paradigm where AI systems are created from code 'seeds' which are germinated and brought up to operational status by existing AIs. The handful of systems that went active demonstrated that there were glaring flaws. CSAIS could be hacked, and could be compromised by viral attack. On a more basic level, if a unit with CSAIS interface was taken out, a smart foe could access the system, and then have intimate access to everyone else using the network. This could be exploited as easily as just using it as a recon system or as deviously as sending in false data, and setting up friendly fire incidents.

Basic Abilities

CSAIS connects the electronics systems of all units that are under its umbrella. In the former US military each soldier in a CSAIS net wore a 'smartphone' that had basic optics, microphone, mapping systems, and so forth. Vehicles could mount larger and more precise equipment. Using these overlapping fields of information, the CSAIS builds a composite virtual map of what the entire unit is doing. This information could be presented via a holo-projection table.

The CSAIS, running through a suitable system, could do more than compile and present data. When running in a 'War Room' setting, the CSAIS could build combat models on the fly and suggest courses of action. This information, so long as the network were uncompromised, could quickly turn battles in favor of the CSAIS forces.

During the Resource Wars, the US military scored decisive victories using the CSAIS and their operational AISCs Ares, Odin, and Vindicator. These machines powered multiple CSAIS zones, administered through a network of AWACS aircraft, spy drones, surface ships, and spy vehicles.

Creation

The CSAIS program was considered a waste of money and resources. It was the culmination of decades of AI and intelligence gathering technology, and had a long and problem filled history. There were multiple scandals, a large number of database breeches, and relentless senate hearings. The program was backloaded with large numbers of rules of engagement, and other non-combat relevant elements were rammed into it by the civilian government. So long as these rules were classified, everything was fine. When the media leaked various elements enemies of the US military discovered that these were hardwired loopholes they were quick to exploit them.

With computer systems making the decisions most of the time, the right symbols could turn a vehicle into a non-combatant. Once the American's enemies realized CSAIS forces wouldn't fire on medical and rescue vehicles, or they were not allowed to call in heavy support against them, they started painting combat vehicles like emergency response vehicles and hospitals. Local losses quickly became heavy when infantry were blocked from calling in airstrikes or artillery, and when tanks had their guns locked out when their smart systems identified a Russian T-14 with red crosses on it as an ambulance.

Military Legalism

The CSAIS worked most of the time. In large battles it was indispensable. In insurgencies and counter-terrorism, it was problematic. The designers of the CSAIS were repeatedly brought into legal proceedings where lawyers and politicians would wrangle and argue over the ethical use of the system, and how to use it to prevent civilian casualties and collateral damage
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Dwarven Guild / CLANG CLANG CLANG
« Last post by Scrasamax on May 12, 2019, 11:39:12 AM »
https://strolen.com/viewing/9159

The Gold Covered Skull of a Mad Dwarf King
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Tomes and Illusions / Re: The Youtubian Music Exchange
« Last post by EchoMirage on May 07, 2019, 11:41:02 AM »

It's Dad Metal! I grew an utilikilt and accidentally built a log cabin while listening to this!
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Tomes and Illusions / Re: The Youtubian Music Exchange
« Last post by Strolen on May 03, 2019, 04:39:00 PM »
As seen in our facebook group: 

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Tomes and Illusions / Re: The Youtubian Music Exchange
« Last post by valadaar on May 02, 2019, 01:17:43 PM »
And,


I AM THE HAMMER

"Born is the Hammer, one of three.
To strike the door, and Farick's free.
Not ill Nitaar, not Albrunn's spire
can stand against The Armor of Ire."

From the west I hear the riders of Tarsul have gone into the north, they join Haiklan in war. Let both rise up to meet my army, they are battle-starved and I promised them feast upon two nations blood.

For I am not to be crossed.
I command the Guards of Lourn.
I am The Hammer.

In the south Kynara forms her ranks 8000 strong, to meet the demon priests of ill Nitaar. I've warned them once I am The Hammer, they are like glowing iron. No sorcery can force the Pyre Forge!

I am not to be crossed.
I command the Guards of Lourn.
I am The Hammer.

Over the peaks frost-bitten riders of Tarsul have come. Haiklan has joined them at their own demise. Farick, I ask my steel is tempered true andarmor-strong, I've forged our brands in rites of Pyre Forge.

I am not to be crossed.
I command the Guards of Lour
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Tomes and Illusions / Re: The Youtubian Music Exchange
« Last post by valadaar on May 02, 2019, 01:14:34 PM »
Has it been 4 years? 



Deep in the tundra under hyperborean skies
The vile necromancer reaps from genocide
One warrior lives, his mind is burning as they fall
He will not rest until he has avenged them all

Hail! From the wastes of they North he rides
Hail! Crushing the earth with every stride

Tale of blood and might
Mammoth rider through the night
Ancient warrior
The spear of destiny
Eyes full of hate
Gored upon the lusks of fate
Fight against the gods
The mammoth rider comes

Armed with a spear whose blade was forged from meteors
Tempered in the blood of a thousand conquerors
Heart filled with hatred for the murder of his tribe
Against the sorcerer the mammoth warrior rides

Hail! From the wastes of the North he comes
Hail! Pounds at the earth like a battle-drum

Tale of blood and might
Mammoth rider through the night
Ancient warrior
The spear of destiny
Eyes full of hate
Gored upon the lusks of fate
Fight against the gods
The mammoth rider comes

[Thus spake the necromancer:]
"Your feeble flesh bends to my will!
I've seen your future in my crystal ball
Your beast of war won't save your skin
In shrouded magicks I've forseen your fall
Your end is nigh!"

[Solo: Leeland]

He rides out from the mountains with vengeance in his eyes
Across the rivers and valleys to where the ocean meets the skies
Against the sorcerer's army he raises his spear and shield
And calls upon his people's gods to bring him victory on the battlefield

And he rides to meet his fate

Evil magicks rend the sky
Bow to the wizard
Ancient, twisted necromancy
Spells of death

Tale of blood and might
Mammoth rider through the night
Ancient warrior
The spear of destiny
Eyes full of hate
Gored upon the lusks of fate
Fight against the gods
The mammoth rider comes
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Citadel Tavern / APRIL 2019 HIGHLIGHTS
« Last post by Kevin Cook on May 02, 2019, 12:59:11 PM »
If you are not interested in new or rare dice that were added to the worlds largest collection of dice this month ... Please ignore this post



Click on the Dice Envy Confetti die above to see the highlights of dice added in April 2019 



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OOC, Starters and Questions / Re: The Silk Road OOC Chat
« Last post by EchoMirage on May 02, 2019, 04:04:18 AM »
I mean, they were trading antimatter bombs or what-have-you disguised as pregnant wenches. What better "place" to do that, eh?
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OOC, Starters and Questions / Re: The Silk Road OOC Chat
« Last post by Scrasamax on April 23, 2019, 01:40:32 PM »
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OOC, Starters and Questions / Re: The Silk Road OOC Chat
« Last post by Ancient Gamer on April 21, 2019, 12:18:30 PM »
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