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September 5, 2007, 5:45 pm

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Overclocked Perception


"With the OP(im) implant you can be the master of your own space and time!" - Advertisement

With Overclocked Perception (inter-medulla) you can make those critical moments, or just those special ones, last almost as long as you want! Next time a fight breaks out, you’ll have the edge to keep ahead of the next guy. Wish you could have more time with your favorite partner? Now you can, and without having to take time off! All this and more is possible with your new OP(im) implant! Get yours today!

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There are full body implants that can actually make a character move faster, but they are highly invasive, replacing large portions of the nervous system with artificial materials and bypassing higher functions to route responses directly into the quicker animal reactions, the basic instincts. These modifications result in "people" that are barely human anymore, and accidents from reactions that would have normally been kept in check no longer having the option to be stopped. Like putting three rounds into your friend who surprised you at your surprise party.

Overclocked Perception doesn’t actually make you any faster at all, it’s simply a small processor in your brain that "opens up" the speed at which you perceive things. You get to see things at ‘Matrix-style bullet time’ but you don’t get to react any faster than normal. If you see someone drawing a gun, you can kick these on and have plenty of time to react, getting to cover or shooting first, whatever you need, but if all you see is someone pointing a gun at you with a bullet leaving the barrel, you’re not going to be able to dodge that, sorry.

Users often find themselves leaving their Overclocked Perception on all the time, to let themselves get more out of life, they tell themselves, but the sensation gets addictive as well as produces phobias in many users. Semi-voluntary reactions, like blinking or breathing, can become out of synch, and users can become terrified if anything interrupts their senses.

A person viewing the world through overclocked senses may feel like it’s been a half hour since they took a breath, since they aren’t breathing faster than normal. A flash-bang grenade would leave them blind for what feels like days. A knife wound would be aching for years before it heals, and could lead to becoming addicted to pain killers.

Super senses aren’t endowed with Overclocked Perception. You can’t speed read, in the usual sense, your eyes aren’t moving any faster than normal, but you can focus more or the whole page rather than just one word, letting you read more, quicker than normal.

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Voted manfred
September 3, 2007, 12:28
Now, this just reeks of cyberpunk - an elegant human modification that is useful, and at the same time twisting the very human soul... very fitting the genre (and of course it could be turned into fantasy magical item or spell with the same problems attached).

A few things:
- we have already a 'Cyberpunk' freetext with a few items items, you might want to use that
- how is it precisely controlled? Is there a switch, or merely a mental command? And most importantly: how many settings are available - is it only 'normal' vs. slowed, or are there several to choose from; or can be the perception adjusted on a scale?

The OP might be immensely useful back at school... I would be tempted to try it. :)
Voted Ancient Gamer
September 3, 2007, 12:29
Innovative, gadget-y, fun.

It read like an advertisement from the sixties (I actually read it with a "sixties commercial voice" in "the back of my head").
Voted valadaar
September 3, 2007, 13:39
I think this is great!

And yes, there are times when I'd want this one as well.
Voted Chaosmark
September 3, 2007, 15:43
Wow. I'm not sure whether this would be worth the cost, in terms of paranoia and other mental issues. Besides, I pride myself on my natural speed of mind and body. I'm sure there would be at least one or two people in any cyberpunk scenario who would feel the same way. "I might not have my original arm, but at least my brain is all mine."

Very creative idea though. I kinda wish there was some more meat, but this one does get across the concept and purpose.
Voted Scrasamax
September 4, 2007, 0:30
Well done wetware submission, and the checks and balances for cyberpunk are all there, improved reations at the cost of your sanity. I like how it is also presented as an alternative to more invasive options. Kudos.
Voted Cheka Man
September 4, 2007, 11:43
Best to turn it off if you get hurt.

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Hooper McFin's Two Shot Portal

       By: dudeington

Now, this ol' ramblin fellow tends to walk his talk a bit too far down the train sometimes.. So I'll be brief in my recantin' of how it was my Tavern "came to bein'" on the multiverse as a weave of it's own spell.. And how I'm even alive to tell the story!

You see it's simple really, trust me.. that's my specialty, keepin it elementary. And you can trust this old Bard.

Anyway, this one night these wizards get a ramblin' on about the temporal exististance of space and time and how it could be manifested in a weave of super dimensional space. whereupon the folded space would give rise to an infinite number of entrances and exits to one or many spaces. Now, seein' how my talkin' sometimes get's locked into the way us folks used to talk back in the ol' west. These wizards didn't know I was a master of the word. and I had heard everything they said. They were also a bit over the wagon, while I was steerin' the show.

So that's how it came to pass, I struck a bargain with the wizards. They come to me in the morning and conjure up their idea into reality and I'd pledge them my life, my existance.. in essence my soul. but in a much nicer sense of the word. So they came by in the morning a half remembering our talks the prior evenin'. And I recanted their words verbatum, and that's how it came to be. The spell was complete that afternoon. My tavern would be the super dimensional cube that would exist in this weave of space and time, folks could come and go as they please, knowin in mind some of the rules and limitations set forth.

A few of 'em as follows.

No feller can be causin a ruckus inside any of my fine establishments, as always rule number one god damnit.

n' second the portal works kinda tricky. When ya outside ya cast the spell and lend your will to luck a bit and regardless the doors to the bar will appear, the windows a luminescent amber.. you can hear the chattee but ya can't see in. And the catch is the door might be locked, in which case you chalk it up to lady luck and go walk off and try again in an hour. Now most times the door pops right open and from the outside you always come in the front door, immediately greeted by myself or one of our many fine patrons of Hooper McFin's Ale & Steakhouse.

Now when ya cast the spell from inside the Tavern, another catch comes up. The back door is mainly a secret for the non-initiated staff and the regulars but for sake of the prose let's assume we all know there's a secret door in the back with a portal there. Now when you go on through this one, you got two scenario's you oughta be aware of. One is ya pop outside relative to the same spot you came out. The other is, you walk back on into this one or another of our many Hooper McFin's Ale & Steakhouse.

so it's a clever quantum railroad I got my tavern and my people's caught on. But, Hey the show's sure as always goin. ohhh' rutin tootin skidoodle -

** And that's it.. that's the only notes I found on the spell, apparently out there somewhere is a Tavern caught on the mighty ebb and flow of the multiverse. Well. at least I can put to rest my torment as to the condition now referred to as "Hooper McFin's Teleportation Paranoia".

Dr. Clarke T. Mulligan - Professional researcher of Time & Space.

Hooper McFin's Ale & Steakhouse

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