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    Warning! exposure to mort may lead to sideffects including, but not limited to, dizziness, confusion, short term memory loss, epileptic fits, insanity, insomnia, facial ticks, a strong sense of annoyance, kitten huffing addiction, a craving for chocolate, severe adrenaline overdose, logic deficiency, scurvy and/or fnord overload.<br /><br />(Not suitable for children under the age of ten. May contain traces amounts of sanity. May cause free will, consult your local government before use.)
  1. Looks fun, though I can clearly spot that it's still far cry 3. Pretty blatantly so, tbh. Here's the full 30 minutes in two videos, not taken down. Though I find the guy playing it to abuse "bro" to levels unseen previously. http://www.joystiq.com/2013/04/09/far-cry-...ne-looks-crazy/
  2. Well, there's no real reason that I've seen why skill chips (or at least the data on them) shouldn't be downloadable. Apart from the fact that being able to get +3 to every skill through an evening on the piratebay is rather destabilizing for most games, and yes, the risk of malware. But since when has that stopped anyone? That said, yeah, people would pay attention if you ordered 144 demolitions +3 chips. But 1, or asking if there's one for nuclear science? I'm doubtful that's likely to really raise any eyebrows. Because, in the end, skillchips save you time, training material and little
  3. Got a source for those rules? As for the Brainiacs, they supposedly just deal in skillchips (a cool angle), are major-league smart and chip to 10. Somehow. As for nuclear weapons tech etc, I'm not sure those chips should warrant that much attention. Hard to find, sure, but +3 is barely enough tech knowledge to fix a car. +3 in nuclear weapons tech is not more than you can get spending too much time on Wikipedia, and nanoassembler reprogramming is quite likely to be a valid everyday skill in any world that has it. As for applied virology? A skill chip useful for every ER doctor when a
  4. So, I was rereading the good ol' Cp2020 rulebook and I noticed something that, for some reason, clicked in my brain. Skillchips are capped at +3. The Brainiacs in Night City explicitly chip to +10. Was there ever another ruleset published that allowed you to chip to maximum power somehow, or is it just a massive rules oversight?
  5. And the progress continues... http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/03...ver-600-rounds/
  6. Yeah, it's always fun to have more gang diversity than just a multitude of murderers! And I do agree that FBC's as more maintenance heavy, more low-cost systems make a lot more sense than a thing limited exclusively to the ultra-rich and strangely combat-obsessed & the military-grade psychos.
  7. An awesome and hilarious read, and I'm always fond of seeing the Jattenhand show up anywhere, if only to fuel my own ego
  8. Why? We're talking high-end, extremely expensive combat machines here. A man in a machine which, total, easily reaches hundreds of thousands or even millions in cost. Combat borgs are incredibly expensive, precision-engineered killing machines built to be the very pinnacle of infantry or even mechanized warfare depending on size. If one man, with some nifty gadgets, could instantly and quietly neutralize two of them without making a sound or raising an alarm or facing any massive physical risk, why on Earth would anyone invest in them? I think a better question is what exactly it is
  9. Connecting support and control systems to your net accessible computer OS feels like the epitome of retarded engineering. Especially on a combat model. If you got any sense at all, you put any and all vital systems you have on a separate system, with no wireless access, accessibly only from your meat brain and a usb equivalent port hidden under a armored metal lid that opens only with a key code or your own mental command. That way, while you can get access and operate your body, and it can project information to you over your cybereyes etc, it can't be accessed except by your direct
  10. On the other hand, a smaller size offers other advantages, such as being harder to hit and requiring less effort to move more. Presumably, martial arts experts know how to capitalize on their strength and negate their weaknesses. Throwing in bonuses due to how you've physically described yourself feels, to me, like fidelity that is hardly needed and is very likely to frustrate players who feel they're getting unfairly penalized just because they decided to describe themselves as Jet Lee instead of Jason Statham.
  11. And that negates my point about the net having listed uses beyond hacking... how? Are you now saying the book can't be trusted because the game people used it to play was not the game the designer originally intended? Yes, because saying that what the game is about gets more space of course translates to a utterly literal interpretation where word count is a perfect and precise indicator of importance. And if what the writers wrote matters so little to how it's played, why do you even care that the book says something? It's utterly unimportant, so change it. In fact,
  12. If you did buy the hacking-only idea, there's an answer to that question... ...why can you buy a bewildering variety of anti-tank rockets and light armoured vehicles? The Cyberpunk universe has dozens and dozens of paramilitary corporate/agency/cultural militia forces who need hackers for "legal" reasons. There's a lot of room for a competitive market! I thought about that. The way the Net of 2020 seems to be designed exclusively to be used with these crazy expensive boxes plus some very expensive cybernetics makes that idea unlikely. It's almost as if it was designed to be coo
  13. My reasoning: You can. But, if you're gonna build something that uses mental interface... why waste space in the design for screens, keyboards and all that junk that the mental interface makes utterly pointless? Why not just remove it, and use all that extra space and the ability to have a far more efficient design to, you know, squeeze in more computing power, make it more compact and then just sell that? Voila. a Cyberdeck. A computer designed purely for the use of the DNI in mind. And, since DNI is SOOO superior to keyboards, every hacker and programmer worth his salt will be usin
  14. Sorry, that was me, decided to download CheapFBC 500 times. Because, you know, it's worth it!
  15. That you say this after 5 years of gaming with me is nothing short of a personal failure on my part. Least as far as balance is concerned The cooler bit just means I'm doing something right!
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