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Cosmic Pluralism / Re: Cosmic Era Progress Log
« Last post by Aramax on April 16, 2016, 02:00:25 PM »
I see your point axle but not sure if I agree with it. The NPCs you site are the exceptions to the rule and are diametrically opposed to the dystopian setting, yet help define it. The tales so far have deeply dealt with the horror of the setting, the NPCs have escaped this. It's not a setting where you are going to play a prole. Things (my 80 yr old mother just completely put me off track on this, lol)
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Cosmic Pluralism / Re: Cosmic Era Progress Log
« Last post by axlerowes on April 16, 2016, 11:30:17 AM »
I have been thinking about the cosmic era stuff again.  I think you have stated in the in the past that there two main goals to the setting.  The idea is to have a world that has the opportunity to mix genres and setting but is centered around a “apple-slick post-consumer  ” dystopian world in which people are dehumanized but the masses (like ourselves) don’t realize it.   The theme of this central setting (aside from technology and structure that provide ultraconvenient satisfaction of basic needs that leads a strong disconnect of the individual from reality) is that reality is horrible.  Thus a conceit of the setting is that if somebody unplugged from their enhanced reality games long enough to look around they would realize how vapid  they are and how the technology they are using is bringing about their own destruction.

 (lets leave the alien invasion and the puppet master AIs on the shelf for the time being)

 The second major engine of the setting seems to be to drawnin all the wish fulfillment concepts and stories of 80s and 90s media directed to your typical male pre and post adolescent (transformers, battletech, robotech, video games such as street fighter, GI Joe and many more).  This second point has the potential to directly conflict and negate the horror and dystopian themes of the cosmic era.  It is not really dystopia or horror if our hero gets to fly around with a super cool jet backs and use their superpowers for moral purposes that they ultimately find uplifting.  I think your attempts to fuse almost all media characters into the cosmic era is ultimately damaging to the setting. 

Lets take for examples something you fused with cosmic era that I think did work really well: GI Joe.  With GI Joe you turned Cobra into Amerika Command (a pro-classic United States rogue state) and you reboot the GI Joe characters as limited personality clones.  I found this to be brilliantly subversive, speaking directly to the corruption of the setting  and retaining the rule-of-cool fetishizing of pseudo-military technology and fashion  that was fun about GI Joe. 

Other stuff you have dropped in was done almost whole cloth without respect to the setting.  (Yuna Aoki, cosmic era avengers, Agamemnon Spengler, Tekken Characters, Mortal Combat characters) Where is the horror?  All these characters seemed self-possessed and very much in possession of their own fate.  That is when the character’s place in the world is described at al.  The characters are often just given new “cosmic era” technobabble to describe them.  Don’t get me wrong the cosmic era technobabble always refers to the horror just beneath the surface, but the end result is fun wish fulfillment characters.   Maybe in your head there is horror, but often in the write ups it is just high kicks, hot chicks and cool weapons.   Yuna Aoki is the best new example of this.  If New Themiscyra  exists and there is a haven for the morally upright types such as Yuna Aoki are we leaving the horror behind in favor of a good versus evil morality stories?  Did Yuna Aoki escape the horror of the cosmic era except for when she gambles with martyr style for a good cause? 

Don’t get me wrong either, if you tone down the dystopian aspects in favor of the rule-of-cool fun stuff, it doesn’t undercut the setting-it just changes it. 

 I believe you have spent more time on the uplifting parts of the cosmic era and less on the dystopian parts.  I also feel like you haven’t pushed the “human experience” in the cosmic era to something that merits a horror setting.    Are you trying to create a feeling of frailty, smallness and paranoia like Lovecraft, embracing the dehumanizing vapidness of Huxley’s world (there you have come closet), the vicious ignorance of Raybradury’s future,  or the ruthless, cynical, sadistic pragmatism  of 1984.       

Can you give us a cosmic era yarn that takes something people loved (i.e. Teddy Ruxbin, A-team, the care bears, Zelda or Megaman)  and use it a tell us a story that is both subversive, a little disturbing but still pretty cool. 
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Cavern of Inane Natter / Re: Hi ho hi ho off to farm I go
« Last post by Scrasamax on April 15, 2016, 04:18:46 PM »
Garden update:

Picked up a truckload of discarded lumber from the hosiery mill last week, including nine sheets of 8x4 plywood. Going to be building a chicken coop shaped like a classic red barn, and the wife is already looking at where she is going to get her Americaunas chickens to live in it. They are cold hardy, have a docile disposition, and lay pastel green and blue eggs.

Some major good news:

I was looking at the daunting and unpleasant prospect of returning to my old position at work (2nd shift fixer, mundane work and a deplorable and inhumane 5pm-3am shift. I had previously petitioned to remain in the maintenance department and was declined. One of my fellow workers returned to the fixer position early, and another full time maintenance person accepted a higher paying job closer to his home, and the department couldn't handle losing 3 people in one week. I have been granted more than a reprieve. It looks like I have made the jump from fixing to maintenance.

I am still on dayshift, and I was given a company phone. Next week it's forklift operator training.

I think I've done it.

After nine and a half years, I think I have finally escaped the off shift.

Praise Cthulu
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Cavern of Inane Natter / Re: I am using a LOT of Strolen material in my Home game!
« Last post by Aramax on April 12, 2016, 05:27:33 AM »
Purism is overrated. Make Taqukaq as grim as needed for the setting. And do tell how it all goes!  :thumbup:
I'm really torn on this . Altering the material I'm using from here defeats my purpose.
I can't, of course, speak for your purposes specifically, but making alterations as needed is part and parcel of what this place is for. I'd hardly expect any of my idea to fit in someone else's game unaltered.
Oh I know I can do what ever I want(I'm honestly only interested in pleasing myself). I'm just sort of thinking that I WANT to make as little alteration as poss.Making it a TRUE Stolen (Strolen) World.
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Purism is overrated. Make Taqukaq as grim as needed for the setting. And do tell how it all goes!  :thumbup:
I'm really torn on this . Altering the material I'm using from here defeats my purpose.
I can't, of course, speak for your purposes specifically, but making alterations as needed is part and parcel of what this place is for. I'd hardly expect any of my idea to fit in someone else's game unaltered.
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Cavern of Inane Natter / Re: Mini-Con June Central Jersey
« Last post by Aramax on April 11, 2016, 02:08:49 PM »
If I get enough out of towners will provide entertainment Fri night or poss Sun morning/early afternoon
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Cavern of Inane Natter / Re: Mini-Con June Central Jersey
« Last post by Aramax on April 11, 2016, 02:05:12 PM »
OK June def, My House in Mt Holly(Basement is moldy)
Wait, is this a warning, or an advertisement? Moldy basements could make for an impressive gaming atmosphere/respiratory infection!
warning, lol peeps w/bad lungs need not apply!
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Cavern of Inane Natter / Re: Mini-Con June Central Jersey
« Last post by Dozus on April 11, 2016, 02:01:58 PM »
OK June def, My House in Mt Holly(Basement is moldy)
Wait, is this a warning, or an advertisement? Moldy basements could make for an impressive gaming atmosphere/respiratory infection!
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Cavern of Inane Natter / Re: Mini-Con June Central Jersey
« Last post by Aramax on April 11, 2016, 01:15:39 PM »
OK June def, My House in Mt Holly(Basement is moldy)
@muro Looking for a noon start prob midnight or so finish, give me best weekend days for you(First SAt in JUne would be ideal, but whole month is open)
got to coordinate w/ 2 other peeps(I know 1 can def make it first Sat)
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Cavern of Inane Natter / Re: Mini-Con June Central Jersey
« Last post by Aramax on April 11, 2016, 12:11:35 PM »
Working on details now, but it will be in Princeton area or Mt Holly on the weekend, Bob Runs LONG epic games and this is gonna be like a mini Spanish Armada Battle(Option to rewind on where we left game at end of Con) System is heavily modified 3.5 with AWESOME custom magic point system for mages and clerics. I posted this early to see what days work better for peeps.
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