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Cavern of Inane Natter / Re: Hi ho hi ho off to farm I go
« Last post by Scrasamax on April 17, 2016, 08:34:12 PM »
Busy day of gardening today.

Built a flower box (7 foot x 2 foot) for my wife. Filled it with soil, and now it has columbines and gerbera daisies in it. Flanked by more daisies in pots. It's pretty in front of the driveway.

More box spaces tilled in the back yard, but not boxes around the spots yet, almost out of pallet lumber. The stuff goes fast. The boxes have been planted with peppers (mostly hot, predominantly jalapenos and anaheims, but also some trinidad scorpions and carolina reapers, just for the lolz). Also put most of the tomatoes in the ground. Largest group is Cherokee purples, and there are 5-6 of them. Love the tomatoes they make, plus we have friends and family that we send them to.

Tilled up a strip for flowers, and planted nicotinia. Aka tobacco. Apparently it has very pretty flowers. Will be posting pictures on my facebook as they progress.

Lots of action in the garden from stuff already in the ground. The dragon tongue beans are coming up in force, counted 22 having already broken through the soil. Going to have beans coming out of my ears. The regular garlic is coming up in spades, and the shallots are really getting rolling.

Things would be going perfect if I could get the neighbor's cat to NOT s**t in my garden. I don't care about the poop, but I do care about it tearing up my seedlings and killing my freshly sprouted plants. If the small animal repellent doesn't work, it'll be time to get a BB gun.
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Cavern of Inane Natter / Re: Hi ho hi ho off to farm I go
« Last post by Dozus on April 17, 2016, 04:31:33 PM »
Well done, Scras! Live among those in the light!
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Cosmic Pluralism / Re: Cosmic Era Progress Log
« Last post by Aramax on April 17, 2016, 12:34:12 PM »
Alright Max so the basic arc of stories in the CE will be stalwart moral characters who maintain their heroic personas and eventually find a way to personally escape the horrors of the by retiring to places like Fiji or New Themysicara.
my kind of game
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Cosmic Pluralism / Re: Cosmic Era Progress Log
« Last post by axlerowes on April 17, 2016, 10:47:32 AM »
Alright Max so the basic arc of stories in the CE will be stalwart moral characters who maintain their heroic personas and eventually find a way to personally escape the horrors of the by retiring to places like Fiji or New Themysicara. 
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Cavern of Inane Natter / Re: Hi ho hi ho off to farm I go
« Last post by Aramax on April 17, 2016, 08:58:39 AM »
5-3 sucks! Good for you!!!!(I'm more of a Yog Sothoth man!)
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Cosmic Pluralism / Re: Cosmic Era Progress Log
« Last post by Aramax on April 17, 2016, 07:38:08 AM »
Okay so the NPCs are heroes and they represent a type of rebellion against the cosmic era and if the story line of the NPCs and (similar PCs) are followed to conclusion they will transcend the horror of the cosmic era and reform society?  So Max, do you see the cosmic era setting is a pallet into highlight the outlines of moral righteous characters?
I think I see it as Scras does(?).The heros fight is very lovecrftian, minor victorys but no real change. The struggles of the hero's are heroic for heroic sake, not that they could do anything other than maybe find an out of the way Place(Figi?, Beleze?, New Themisacra?) and retire after a minor victory or two.
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Cosmic Pluralism / Re: Cosmic Era Progress Log
« Last post by Scrasamax on April 16, 2016, 11:10:19 PM »
I have decided to leave the aliens on the shelf, and you can consider the Perpetual War and the Cosmic Era to no longer be canon.
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Cosmic Pluralism / Re: Cosmic Era Progress Log
« Last post by Scrasamax on April 16, 2016, 11:09:20 PM »
Re: The Whole Cloth stuff.

I've said this more than once, and hopefully I won't have to keep saying it.

I write a lot of the Cosmic Era stuff for the purpose of getting it out of my head. If I don't write things like the mortal kombat dossier, or the Harold Ramis tribute piece, it keeps tumbling around in my head. That means I don't sleep, it means I get distracted, and it takes up space for other ideas. So, I write it down.

For a while I went through the effort of filing off the serial numbers, but that took more time than it was worth. (the longer it takes to get out, the less likely it is to be finished). Once I switched over to 'whole cloth', the stuff gets out faster, the neat tidbit or cool idea is extracted, and I go on.

Let me give a specific example: two characters from the Gundam SEED section of the Character File submission are functionally broken and only continue on because they have teams of therapists, handlers, and so forth. That is the part that I found while I was writing, that the Federation will do horrific things like creating a duplicate of a person killed in battle, then keep them mentally stitched together because they are too valuable of a pilot to leave dead. The Neon Genesis Evangelion section let me vent some of my adoration for that series, as well as stumbling into the notion that that is what a reflex unit would look like, sortieing out on missions to stop monsters and breaches, and the clashes of personalities in an area full of bleeding edge tech and horrific slaughter.

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Cosmic Pluralism / Re: Cosmic Era Progress Log
« Last post by Scrasamax on April 16, 2016, 10:55:19 PM »
First I would want to cover the difference between horror and terror as I understand them. Terror is a visceral response, a reflexive action tied to the fight or flight mechanism. Gore, violence, and other traumatic events trigger the terror response. Horror is cerebral, and intellectual response that comes from the inability to change or accept something that is going to happen.

Terror is the zombie surging at you, teeth snapping and tearing at your flesh. Horror is sitting afterwards looking at the bite on your arm and knowing that in a few hours you are going to die a painful and horrible death and will become a mindless monster very likely to attack the people you care about, and the only way around that is to commit suicide in a fashion sufficient enough to prevent your reanimation.

Lovecraft

Smallness and Indifference

Despite the great accomplishments of the Cosmic Era, the Earth is a ghost of what it once was, and there are reminders all around. Empty cities, crumbling structures built to house billions now reduced to millions. All the epic level characters written up won't matter in the face of the enemies of the Era. Star Whales would pass through the massive and powerful Federation warships, stripping them of their crews, leaving the ships filled with only corpses. A strain of teratomorphic influenza, a dimensional fatigue event, the appearance of a cosmic horror, and it's all gone. The heroes who stand against the monsters aren't going to win. At best they can force a draw. The Liu Kangs, Ryus, General Dukes, and sundry anime characters aren't going to win. They are likely going to die, go insane, become corrupted, or otherwise fall or fail.

Huxley

Dehumanization

I agree, I think this is the point I have made the strongest, and it is the one I think I am the most familiar with. It is also drawing more strongly from my personal experiences, and observations on technology and culture. In my opinion, this is also tapping into my own personal projections and thoughts on what has happened to us as a society and culture.

Bradbury

Vicious Ignorance

Bradbury is a writer that I haven't drawn a lot of lines to, Fahrenheit 451 would fit solidly into my vision of the Cosmic Era, but not so much all the Mars stuff. I like the terms vicious ignorance, and it fits. Despite the advances in tech, the general population is dumb, complacent, and accepting. That being said, compared to our previous generations, while we may act and feel smarter, we are generally less capable than they were. As the tech grows more sophisticated, the number of people who understands it dwindles. As it becomes more ubiquitous, the more people become addicted to it and complacent to how it manipulates their lives, until we reach a point where we struggle to remember basic passwords and only retain the most vital of phone numbers when I can recall having quite a few phone numbers once memorized.

The cult of ignorance, believing celebrities over professionals and experts, etc

Arcanotech is a disaster, it rips holes in reality, releases anomalies, diseases, distortions, monsters, aliens, and other horrific stuff. After Chernobyl and Three Mile Island, there was a moratorium placed on nuclear power plants and we still haven't moved past it. Tens to hundreds of thousands of people have been killed, maimed, mutated, or otherwise disfigured by failures of this technology, the Cosmic Era is insane for still using it.

DFEs are lethal, and the majority of reflex teams and first responders who arrive at one are among the first to suffer it's effects.

Orwell

Brutal pragmatism

The Cosmic Era is brutally pragmatic. It sacrifices population centers to keep it's arcanotech infrastructure running. Clones are created for exploitation and experimentation in a manner that would leave the Tuskeegee researchers sick to their stomachs, on par with the acts perpetuated by the Nazis or the Japanese medical researchers. Dissidents are nerve stapled, the media is a leash on public opinion, and so forth. I think this ties in with Huxley's dehumanization, as I see a lot of this going on now, with media spin, and data mining.

Where's the HORROR

The horror is on the other side of the DM's screen. The players, the protagonists should build their kick ass characters, the sort that are broken out of the CE mold and are aware of the vicious stupidity, the conspiracies and manipulations, the scale and vastness of the setting, and their ultimate unimportance to it, and then try to be big d**n heroes.

The DM/storyteller then drives them insane (followed by psychotherapy, asylums, and medication) maims them (and replaces their broken bodies with cyborg parts, or grafted body parts, and more body horror) kills them (resurrecting them as clones, or robot copies) and eventually, they might succeed.

They close the DFE, but they haven't and cannot address the underlying cause, they cannot vanquish arcanotech anymore than the Amish can vanquish electricity. They defeated the conspiracy, but only a single layer of it, there are more.

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Cosmic Pluralism / Re: Cosmic Era Progress Log
« Last post by axlerowes on April 16, 2016, 02:31:11 PM »
Okay so the NPCs are heroes and they represent a type of rebellion against the cosmic era and if the story line of the NPCs and (similar PCs) are followed to conclusion they will transcend the horror of the cosmic era and reform society?  So Max, do you see the cosmic era setting is a pallet into highlight the outlines of moral righteous characters? 
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