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In Moot Member Blogs The ideal SF RPG Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #619 New April 20th, 2021 08:14 PM
To me the only thing needed for this "game" is for the old rules to be tweaked to include an armor mechanic for combat, and a task resolution system to be reprinted or included in a reissue of the old LBBs. Basic (non-High Guard) starship combat could be more fleshed out some ... i.e. does the ship's power plant or maneuvre driver ever explode or what? How do you calculate crew casualties? Stuff like that.

Things my groups cobbled together for this and other games;

Laser SMG; half Uzi, ...More Read More
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In Moot Member Blogs Criminality in fiction. Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #618 New April 17th, 2021 12:10 PM
One of the reasons there are so many police shows on TV is because they're designed to drive home the message "crime doesn't pay".

The people who make those shows and films try to dress it up to make it look interesting or appealing, and the stories are also often designed to release fantasies for people who have been victimized such that they feel like something similar to what happened to them was addressed in another existence; i.e. the fiction of the TV show they're watching.

And t ...More Read More
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In Moot Member Blogs Sorry Mister Spielberg Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #617 New April 17th, 2021 11:40 AM
For calling you an ass-hole. What you have to understand is that I've had forty ▮▮▮▮▮▮n years of behavioral science injected into me, and it has only caused me to lose everything, as may have been by design.

The films I wanted to make out of the games I played were not pre-teen or teenage oriented adventure films, but stuff that had a little more weight and was more adult in nature. Films like "Outland", "The Road Warrior", "RAN", "Alien" or its sequel, and a host of others.

Like I sa ...More Read More
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In Moot Member Blogs Zhodani and Hivers Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #616 New April 16th, 2021 05:12 AM
The Zho are an allegory for psychiatrists. Medical doctors who look at the physical operations of your brain, and determine whether you need meds to mitigate your behavior because all that therapy isn't doing you any good. Ergo, it's not your thoughts, feelings or the logic behind them that's causing you issues, but how your neurons are misfiring.

Hivers are an allegory for therapists (doctor grade therapists, not some school counselor or life coach with an associates degree, but someone w ...More Read More
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In Moot Member Blogs Films and games Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #615 New April 15th, 2021 06:28 AM
So I contemplated the film industry around 6th or 7th grade when my yearbook teacher offered my friend and I a couple of cameras. He got a regular 8mm camera, and I got a large format camera--the kind you look down in. We swapped cameras, and I contemplated a career in film. In retrospect that was a psychological ploy, but whatever.

As school wore on, as I went through various tutors, as I tried to indulge in chemistry sets, reading books on astronomy, physics, dinosaurs, watching Sagan ...More Read More
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In Moot Member Blogs Moral Ambiguity 2 Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #614 New April 14th, 2021 02:08 PM
Gaming sessions can bring out the worst in people. We've all witnessed some pretty underhanded tactics in warsims or reprehensible behavior in RP sessions. Personally during one D&D session our cleric, with his plus 1 mace, perpetually hung to the rear for every encounter. His excuse was that "I'll heal you" by invoking his god's healing prayer. Anyway, I got so angry that I had my 100 strength character grab him by his clerical robes, and throw him towards that pack of undead skeletons tha ...More Read More
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In Moot Member Blogs Going faster the C 4 Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #613 New April 14th, 2021 01:52 PM
So, C4 is a military grade explosive, and that's not what I'm going to talk about here.

As I stated in my previous web log entry, if quantum loop gravity theory is correct in that the graviton carries the gravitational force, then, in principle, it may be possible to go faster than C if that carrier can be shunted. It would be something akin to Lionel Jeffries' character from "First Men in the Moon" with "cavorite" which blocks gravity like a window shade or curtain blocks light.

The i ...More Read More
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In Moot Member Blogs Moral ambiguity in games. Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #612 New April 13th, 2021 07:19 PM
Way back in high school when I decided to change course from science and engineering to the arts and commercial feature films, one of the big issues was finding or creating the right story for the right game that I was going to shoot.

The white elephant in the room was that most gaming sessions have a portion of moral ambiguity to them. Whether your dealing with hack-n-slashers in 3e AD&D or some very "moral oriented" players with that one goof ball who thinks it's funny to open fire on any ...More Read More
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In Moot Member Blogs My Car Wars' films Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #611 New April 12th, 2021 01:41 PM
Finding the right story for a screenplay based off of anything is hard work. You can't just port a gaming session to story or screenplay format. Not because of any difficulty in translating action, but because most warsim gaming sessions (and a large chunk of RP sessions) are morally ambiguous, or just downright amoral or even rarely immoral.

Using actions from a gaming session can be used as a basis for a plot template. Rarely can does a gaming session have a good moral structure to it ...More Read More
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In Moot Member Blogs C cubed and Hawking Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #610 New April 11th, 2021 11:40 PM
So I'm trying to wrap up this web log with a smattering of closing issues. One of which is going faster than C inspired by not just Trek but a plethora of scifi properties and a general desire to get to places distant within a life time.

I finished Carlo Rovelli's book "Reality isn't what it Seems" on quantum loop gravity. The idea here is that gravity or the gravitational force is carried by the graviton. If that's true, then, in principle, if may be possible to go faster than light by sh ...More Read More
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