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by Kingmaker
Mon Feb 15, 2010 6:08 pm
Forum: Worldbuilding General Topics
Topic: I can feel it, coming in the air tonight
Replies: 50
Views: 13244

Re: I can feel it, coming in the air tonight

Did somebody say cute but treacherous and violent aliens? If you're new here, the bad guys are the cute furry ones. You should be cheering for the pile of crap. Tausennigans! Damn, powered armored hobbits are the coolest thing since sliced Jesus. Do they use their powered armor to compensate for the...
by Kingmaker
Sat Feb 13, 2010 11:56 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Transhumanism: how would you enhance yourself?
Replies: 126
Views: 31231

Re: Transhumanism: how would you enhance yourself?

it would be a nightmare if someone chucked an EMP a bomb into a cybernetic utopia city. Fixed. To quote/paraphrase... someone... on dumpshock, in reference to Shadowrun, "Any situation in which your cybereyes can be disabled, you are in a situation where your meat eyes can be gouged out with red-ho...
by Kingmaker
Sat Feb 13, 2010 9:16 am
Forum: Arcane Steel
Topic: The Culture Forge
Replies: 15
Views: 11151

Re: The Culture Forge

I like your article on life extension, but I have a question. You mention that nations such as Tyrre had been forced to modify their cultural and legal norms to account for the vastly increased lifespan/outright immortality of their subjects. Precisely what does that mean, though, in terms of speci...
by Kingmaker
Sat Feb 13, 2010 8:59 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Transhumanism: how would you enhance yourself?
Replies: 126
Views: 31231

Re: Transhumanism: how would you enhance yourself?

Gogo gadget #2, although I think to a certain degree there is no necessary dichotomy between #1 and #2. An upload could jump between the infosphere and a jarhead cyborg body without necessarily encountering much difficulty. That said, disembodiment doesn't really appeal to me, even if it has general...
by Kingmaker
Tue Feb 09, 2010 4:58 am
Forum: Arcane Steel
Topic: Persons of Interest
Replies: 13
Views: 6817

Re: Persons of Interest

Acatalepsy wrote:There are the guys from Wolfhounds, no?
Yeah. Sort of. I should get around to updating that at some point. College has been slowing me down. :|
by Kingmaker
Tue Feb 09, 2010 4:44 am
Forum: Arcane Steel
Topic: The Culture Forge
Replies: 15
Views: 11151

Re: The Culture Forge

That's really cool, a variation of the Church Militant "trope" (ick, tropes) It gets easier the longer you read TVtropes. :mrgreen: I like how the seemingly Very Catholic guys do follow the very Catholic tradition of having people pick and choose the particular saint they worship, and how these sai...
by Kingmaker
Tue Feb 09, 2010 4:13 am
Forum: Arcane Steel
Topic: The Culture Forge
Replies: 15
Views: 11151

Re: The Culture Forge

Life Extension Magic and Technology Michelle Leoncor glanced up at the sickly man who had just been deposited in the seat across from her. It was another supplicant and a rather desperate one at that, from his expression. He looked both fearful and pleading. Desperate was a good thing for Michelle’...
by Kingmaker
Mon Feb 08, 2010 9:35 am
Forum: Arcane Steel
Topic: Persons of Interest
Replies: 13
Views: 6817

Re: Persons of Interest

The Errynt Twins “Listen up, Rangers.” All conversation in the room ceased as a pair of officers entered. Lieutenant Commanders Silvia and Andrew Errynt looked remarkably similar, standing six feet with dark reddish-brown hair grown out even farther past regulations than was normal even for Special...
by Kingmaker
Mon Feb 08, 2010 9:31 am
Forum: Arcane Steel
Topic: Persons of Interest
Replies: 13
Views: 6817

Persons of Interest

Inspired by Comix and a desire to focus more on individuals that will appear in my fiction or at least play a significant role in the setting, I have created the Persons of Interest thread. Ideally, this thread will add flavor to the setting while establishing who major political, arcane, and econom...
by Kingmaker
Sun Feb 07, 2010 10:32 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Book Thread
Replies: 203
Views: 76888

Re: The Book Thread

James Marsters reads the audiobooks? 8-) Besides, the Dresden Files are awesome because they conclusively prove that Chicago is the most awesomest city in the whole world (my standards for proof are pretty low). Also, the stuff that happens is pretty cool. White Night (one of the later books in the ...
by Kingmaker
Sun Feb 07, 2010 8:18 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: The Book Thread
Replies: 203
Views: 76888

Re: The Book Thread

In which I ramble and rant about the stuff I've been reading. I've been reading a lot of fantasy in the last year, which is odd since I'm normally a sci-fi-guy. Chronicles of the Black Company : A series by Glen Cook that can only be described as epic military fantasy. It's about the eponymous merce...
by Kingmaker
Sun Feb 07, 2010 1:40 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Post Your Desktops!
Replies: 126
Views: 42157

Re: Post Your Desktops!

I'm glad the Soviet nuclear command center-thing is linguistically accessible to both standard operators and Anglo-American spies.
by Kingmaker
Sun Feb 07, 2010 1:05 am
Forum: Literature
Topic: Welcome to the Jungle
Replies: 5
Views: 4330

Re: Welcome to the Jungle

And once again we see that there is nothing nature can create that sufficiently inflammatory technology cannot destroy. :twisted:
by Kingmaker
Sat Feb 06, 2010 1:27 am
Forum: Literature & RPGs
Topic: The Nature of My Game [Arcane Steel short story]
Replies: 11
Views: 4365

Re: The Nature of My Game [Arcane Steel short story]

You should have Muses, as the anti-faust patron entities for artists and other pleasant hippie folks bringing good to the universe. Whereas criminals and monsters of men make devil deals with the fausts, the muses on the other hand inspire creators and geniuses and artists! Oh, they exist. You can ...
by Kingmaker
Sat Feb 06, 2010 1:22 am
Forum: Literature & RPGs
Topic: ITT AMERICA
Replies: 6
Views: 2938

Re: ITT AMERICA

I was actually planning on this just being a short one shot. It was inspired by a bunch of people shit talking Reagan. I got back at them the internet--by posting something on a forum none of them have heard of. FUCK YEAH! Plus Reagan with a lightsaber. "Mr. Gorbachev, This. Is. SPARTA! Tear. Down. ...
by Kingmaker
Sat Feb 06, 2010 12:58 am
Forum: The Eternal Game
Topic: On Naval Warfare
Replies: 14
Views: 7840

Re: On Naval Warfare

Hey, this looks pretty cool. Question about tactics: what role does maneuver play in battle compared to speed, numbers, individual unit superiority and/or firepower? Also, how are battles fought? Do the fleets take a pass at each other at full speed and then spend a long time decelerating and revers...
by Kingmaker
Wed Feb 03, 2010 3:56 am
Forum: Literature & RPGs
Topic: ITT AMERICA
Replies: 6
Views: 2938

ITT AMERICA

I was in a whimsical state of mind __ Red sirens blared as an elevator descended into the depths of the Washington D.C. section of the Secret American Secret Bunker Defense Complex. Instead of the usual ding, the Star - Spangled Banner played as the doors open, confirming to security that the occupa...
by Kingmaker
Tue Feb 02, 2010 5:46 am
Forum: Arcane Steel
Topic: The Culture Forge
Replies: 15
Views: 11151

Re: The Culture Forge

This is what happens when you read the Iliad while listening to power metal. Cult of the Iron Maiden The growl of Zipacnans filled the crags that trapped us. Hundreds of the demons, reminiscent of Outremeran crocodiles, closed in on us from nearly every direction. Dozens advanced up the slope toward...
by Kingmaker
Mon Feb 01, 2010 6:35 pm
Forum: Arcane Steel
Topic: The Culture Forge
Replies: 15
Views: 11151

Re: The Culture Forge

What are the consequences of burning out in the wannabe up and comers? Does it just mean they can't pilot robots any more or do they suffer more serious medical conditions like actual Death? Psychological burnout, mostly. Using a psycho-projector has no significant side effects, but constantly gett...
by Kingmaker
Mon Feb 01, 2010 2:29 am
Forum: Arcane Steel
Topic: Human Variations
Replies: 17
Views: 7987

Re: Human Variations

Oh, I'm not disputing the point that they won't be oppressed (if they are at all, it will probably be terribly ineffectual), merely pointing out that the first wave of transhumans we see in the real world will be almost entirely upper-class and probably resented/hated/envied.
by Kingmaker
Mon Feb 01, 2010 1:45 am
Forum: Arcane Steel
Topic: The Culture Forge
Replies: 15
Views: 11151

Re: The Culture Forge

The Automata Combat League There was a dull flash of pain and a screech of tearing metal. I saw my arm on the sand of the arena, arcaulic wires and clockwork gears spilling out of the severed limb. Without even thinking, I slammed my remaining arm into my opponent’s bronze chest, sending him reelin...
by Kingmaker
Mon Feb 01, 2010 1:41 am
Forum: Arcane Steel
Topic: The Culture Forge
Replies: 15
Views: 11151

The Culture Forge

Taking a cue from Shroomy, I'm going to use this thread to post shorts and bits of flash fiction detailing various aspects of world culture, such as sports, religion, art, and so on. The idea is to build up the setting in a more flavorful way that encyclopedia entries. There probably won't be any te...
by Kingmaker
Fri Jan 29, 2010 10:10 pm
Forum: Worldbuilding General Topics
Topic: I can feel it, coming in the air tonight
Replies: 50
Views: 13244

Re: I can feel it, coming in the air tonight

I'm actually asking about the fictional Prussian Empire of Siege's Old Familiars universe, more than the real world. That said, your knowledge of obscure European rulers is impressive. :) Every Prussian Kaiser should be named Frederick or Frederick William. Kind of like how every king of Denmark is...
by Kingmaker
Fri Jan 29, 2010 9:18 pm
Forum: Literature & RPGs
Topic: The Nature of My Game [Arcane Steel short story]
Replies: 11
Views: 4365

Re: The Nature of My Game [Arcane Steel short story]

On the other hand, without Rezan his influence of the material world is weakened - at the very least he's lost his empire. Of course, this being magicpunk the defeat of his criminal cartel just means that some other, worse criminal cartel moves in, right? Can't do -punk without a few helpings of gr...
by Kingmaker
Thu Jan 28, 2010 8:45 pm
Forum: Arcane Steel
Topic: The Major Powers
Replies: 19
Views: 8714

Re: The Major Powers

How big are the affairs of these corporatocracies? How do these guys, who seem like mini-states, conduct their business? Is it like today where they just buy and sell stuff, make deals, and everything or do they actually go on and act like real states and wage war, make treaties, send diplomats and...