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    Cyberpunk<br />Sci Fi / Speculative Fiction<br /><br />I *try* & write in both styles, just for fun. I Love strange ideas and being philosophical...I'm the kinda person who'd volunteer for an upload experiment.<br /><br />I like any kind of electronic music - from Fear Factory to madison avenue, and particularly IDM.

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  1. Hang on - 3D6 I'm all over - that's ok, I also muck around with GURPS... What I've looked at is D6 times D6. So, roll 3 & 4, 3x4 = 12. The graph looks like this: A terrifying mess to be sure, but closer to a Poisson distribution than not. And I need a Poisson. From dice.
  2. That's how I rolled on Sunday. It worked well enough. There are some issues of 'which D10 for which D6'...which I'm still thinking through. What is this LUYPS system? Yup. Absolutely. And I think that actually benefits the story. I'm inclined to knock a few +1's and +2's off the damage to compensate though - both because of the likely dmg increase, and to keep the maths simple. Aww... If you're any good with that - I need a Poisson Distribution out of dice. The closest I've got: D6 x D6 is sort've along the lines of what I need, except it h
  3. So I FINALLY got to run Cyberpunk again (hurrah!) and have a new tweak to suggest. When rolling damage, instead of rolling 3D6... ...Roll D6 x 3! Pros: 1. 1 bullet, 1 dice 2. Easy maths = less table-time spent on addition "So, 3 +2 +4 +1 +6...16" vs "So, 4 x4 = 16" Cons: 3. Changes the damage output a bit. Lets look at a graph. Blue is the old 3D6, orange is the new D6x3. Over 10,000 rolls provided courtesy =randbetween(1,6) in Excel, we can see that the output is very different. 3D6 has a nice bell curve to it, clustering the most
  4. I had a game idea once; what if sea level rise caused 5% of the SE.Asian population to want to move to higher ground, i.e., North Australia? The answer had too many zeroes. I thought I'd screwed up my maths. So I tried again at 1%. A disruption to 1 in 100 people in S.E.Asia could displace 50 million+ people. Something is going to give, sometime, somewhere. And the old rules and borders and expectations are not going to cope.
  5. So now Herr Drumpf has got shouty and hung up on the Australian PM over an Obama-era deal re illegal refugees. (Who shouldn't be in a feffing gulag in the first place you bastard PMs), and Bannon thinks a war with China is inevitable (possibly due to his horoscope-like interpretation of American history - Fourth Turning/Strauss-Howe) and the Trump (mal)administration is shouting down the Judiciary, blaming them for potential future attacks...which is a mind boggling attack the separation of legislature/judiciary, but hey, no one voted for me. Meanwhile, I peeked over at the other bubble,
  6. LOL...yeah...ouch. A few years braindance doesn't sound so bad, does it...that is of course making the bet things get better in the intervening period. Just now, down under, there's plenty of political air-time about how 'Australia stands with Trump's strong border stance' which is either lauded by scary people (and championed by dodgy newspapers) and generally met with horror by everyone else, meanwhile, a pregnant asylum seeker in the Nauruan gulag desperately needs a c-section, but for that, she'd have to come to Australia...oh noes... Meanwhile. The term 'Strong Leader' is p
  7. It's day 3 and I'm struggling to get my jaw off the floor... What's the atmosphere like over there in the USA? Think of this not so much as a discussion, but stream-of-consciousness "What does the mood feel like today", because change, it's a comin', and it will be very interesting to look back on it. (From your fellow Cyberpunker in his own nation of WTFistan, with its gulags for asylum seekers and hell bent desperation to frack its largest most agriculturally sensitive artesian basin. Since when did Cyberpunk become a f***in' handbook? Arg.)
  8. Pike isn't alone : Switchblade - Kamikaze drone in use in Syria. Pike does seem to be the ideal thing to put on a drone platform though. Imagine a drone missile bus, carrying a rack of four. It'd be like having helicopter CAS from the back of a ute! And this thing : uvision IDF drone/missile It's a UAV with 30 min loiter time, video feed, and 1lb/half kilo warhead. Think of the tactical uses!
  9. Y'know, I don't think I've ever had PC's go to a strip club...there's a disjoint between what's legitimately fun at the table (buying guns. Shooting guns. Buying more guns.) and what you'd do as a cashed-up bad-guy on the run. (Buy guns, girls and goon...) And it's kinda disappointing...I've occasionally thought of a type of nihilist Edgerunner who literally lives as nomad-player-hitter who just never stops. Something happens, they give up on the future of humanity or their own life or any kind of meaning, and live only to maintain a constant flow of intense sensation. Imagine that.
  10. If you have the time to do a realistic simulationist game, I'd be tempted to just put %ages next to the real codes and roll for that...which is a surprisingly awesome idea... But! It might help the game if the codes called in were actually game-pushing. Given you have limited time for a game, there should be some design to the options, and a layout of locations, perps and witnesses. I've been fiddling with an idea of a 3D encounter table of Risk * Reward * Location as a way of filling in daily life and economic possibilities in a location. This would be made in Excel of course,
  11. If I'm 'reading' the instruction pamphlet right... ...the whole point of this thing is that it didn't eject brass?
  12. So I'm thinking about games again now my course is nearly over. A recurrent subject of consideration is what kind of projectile 'propellant' options are there other than exploding chemical powders...specifically, their performance relative to conventional propellants. How powerful could an air-rifle 'be compared to conventional 5.56? Could an air-rifle ever equivalent in performance to an M16? Think of ratios - double the size? Half the muzzle velocity? How well do spear-guns perform? It seems like modern rubber compounds could make for Cross-bow equivalent launchers, without th
  13. I've always been 'troubled' by the militarised-hobo aspect of Edgerunners... I think of them as travelling 'consultants' who are just very, very hard to arrest, because to do so would unearth such a tangle of alliances and crime that it would embarrass everyone. Better to just bait them into a gunfight and shoot them in self defence. I want them to be living a high life of golden credit cards, expensive toys and dramatic crashes to Earth...fear of failure & desperation makes them more pliant, the better for their Corporate overlord's will...
  14. Zero-ing, whilst appealing to paranoid Survivalists, is primarily about being an administrative nuisance. Whatever the bureaucracy is, poor data on an individual hampers that bureaucracy's enforcement mechanisms. Makes an individual hard to tax, fine, serve notice on, or match to related incident records. Each data point remains in isolation, and a complete pattern can't be adequately created. A 'Zero' company, able to earn money and have financial power without the burden of taxation is a wonderful boon to its operator, a target for enforcement, and an upraised middle finger to
  15. Spartan/Helot/Barbarian Elite/Citizen/Immigrant Agent/Civilian/Zero ...a world with an elaborate but shriveling economic/social model could see a desperate 'enfranchised' Elite societies shedding failed citizens (those no longer able to maintain the charade of wealth), into a world no longer concerned with legacy-corporate-governance systems. Faith-birth/Zeros would then begin to coalesce a new society. The old-legacy world would argue whether to go out and 'harvest' the Zeroes, ignore or destroy them...
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