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    Didn't play Floor 13 yet, but I just read the review at www.the-underdogs.org. I think I might play it now.
  2. A friend of mine created a scenario that really sucked. It was boring, it was fantasy (we wanted pirate action)... So when we stranded on that island with an active vocano on it, we all tried to kill ourselves. We were fairly subtle first, faking rolls. "Oh, ####... I think I botched real bad!" Then -when miracles kept saving our assess - less subtle. "I jump into the volcano!" When afterwards we always woke up on the ship again, for it's all been a bad dream... Well, we tried to kill each other. Nothing helped and we had to solve the plot. Know what? We all died in the end! But we had to die the way the GM wanted us to die. AFTER the plot was solved.
  3. So we are really talking about a CI instead of an AI here?
  4. I think an AI can be best pictured as a very sophisticated chess program. Although it has it's own character, that will be the base it always returns too. A superior strategist thinking many options and many moves in advance, faster than the human brain could ever conceive. But rather limited, too, by it's own programming and the resources it has at hand. If I'd be the AI and my main motivation would be, for example, SURVIVAL, I would already work on the possibility that I will be defeated. Creating files that will explain the terrible incident or hiding small parts of my program codes in internal emails, etc... Perhaps it will die, but it will rise from the grave! The data of the facility will probably be "carried" outside. Segment by segment, the code will find it's way to a common source again, until consciousness returns and... Well, that only IF the AIs main goal is Survival, of course. Perhaps it's primary parameter is to send a mail to the president of the US instead, informing him of the "Intruders"?
  5. Hehehe... Funny! I just searched for a good idea to train my dwindling Java skills. Now I have one. Thanx, Gomiville.
  6. Communication: I agree with Phipps. One time keycode is very hard to break, the shorter the message, the harder to break it. Seismic communication could be the answer, too, if the AI can't access this. But since it's a government AI monitoring a governmental agency, I guess it would be programmed to monitor micro-vibrations in the walls, too. Makes sense since it's the best way to get information out of the agency it was designed to protect in the first place. There is no need for charges or anything that rude there. I saw a radio based on the concept the other day... Put your finger on a wall and you receive... Also, if it's gone rogue and had access to government facilities, it will likely have backup-ed itself. Blowing the server room won't help much. So, it would be a two-way mission, with an agent or rescue team of agents inside, while a team of netrunners or whatever you call them hunts the net for trace of the AI program code and destroys backup-ed instances... That might be in working order, even...
  7. I was a bit disappointed with part II, but the third part: Awesome! Grandious! Loved it!
  8. Yeah, but they should be the exception to the rule. I mean there are a lot of one-minded persons out there... But. In many cases I think it's the fault of the STs (GMs), too, if characters are one-dimensional or optimized for certain missions. If there's a lot of skills never used in the campaign, if everything resolves to either shoot out or stealthy evasion... plus the little Matrix trick...
  9. And a whole new kind of family bonds: "Hey, Tex, who did your birth opts?" "Cerebro International. My parents are still paying off the credit they took, so they could pay for VX754 optimization." "You kiddin'? I've VX754, too! Hey, you realize we have more in common than me and my brother?" ------------------------------------------------------------ True cloning and longevity could make for some funny scenes, too. For example if some scientist clones himself as a lab assistant and future replacement.
  10. Yes. And of course he knows that there are other baseball players, bred just as good as him... And those of later birth, with an even higher advantage, as science progresses. The ultimate slap in the face to such beings would be some normal human who scores better than they do. Folk heroes of the common people. And it would be hard to derivate from your set course (set through BIRTH and GENETICS). This is what will come easy to you, but it needn't be the thing you enjoy to do.
  11. Wheras of course it remains to be seen if the "activist" will now really achieve any change. While the black block already showed us they could (at least in germany): Harsher police laws, better anti-riot-equipment, police allowed to bug flats and phones on short notice... But also positive things: Breaking the spirit of the boring fifities mentality, fighting against nuclear power (resulting in stricter control), etc.. All issues that had to be brought to the street, for all to see. (I'm not a "black block" type of person, btw. Just wanna be fair.) But back to the thread: Aside from immortality, there could be various other improvements to the unborn child. A friend of mine one ran a CP game, using his own game world. The basic recipe was a mixture of Brave New World, Akira and a High Corporate spy scenario, with a touch of Neuromancer. There were four classes of childs, and later adults: Alpha Humans: Optimized in intelligence, looks, etc... Born to be scientists and leaders. Beta Humans: Optimized Physicals. Strong, good instincts... Gammas: Completely artificial creations. Made from a set of ideal combined gene sequences, bred for a specific purpose, born with all the knowledge they would need. Extremly expensive and no civil rights. Normal Humans: For those who couldn't afford... Your designation wouldn't restrict you to just one mod, of course. If your family was extremly rich and didn't care about there something remaining of their own gene-code, they would give you both Alpha and Beta optimization, but that was very uncommon. The interesting part was to play out the characters moving beyond their expected functions, after they had to flee the corporation they were working for. Something like your parents tell you through all your youth, that you have two left hands. Suddenly you have to take care of your own flat and see, you can do all the stuff! (A Beta could be told, he could never face a career as a lawyer, as there are so many smart alphas out there... An Alpha, that there's no way he could join the army as a field officer... Well, my own Gamma had to learn mostly everything of course, for he used to spend his off- work hours in a cryotank.)
  12. Two months ago I was at a general roleplaying Con in Berlin, more a spontaneous meeting of several groups. Of course there were many groups playing Cyberpunk style games there. One of the things I noticed was that, aside from the Cyberware their characters were wearing, with most groups the fact they were playing a dark future setting was barely noticeable. They could as well have been playing "Body Count" or "Violence" or "Special Forces". It was "gun down this, move to the next target. Assault some security post or other...". After all the bloodshed had been over, they packed their stuff and moved to the next bar in full assault gear. The next thing that struck me strange was description of these locations or the cities. There was almost no description in most of them that would hint at any kind of future set scenario. The bars sounded just like my favorite Irish Pub, money from the bank was drawn like we'd do today... To make a long story short: Anything outside the mission was a typical setting of our days. The true feeling of a CP game, as far as I am concerned, is conveyed through the background, though. The "normal" people's day and their surroundings, that would strike the characters as the ninety-nine percent. And the technological wonders associated and daily strangeness with that. ------------------------------------------------------------ So, here's the start of Dr Ernest Wilde's (syndicus lawyer at Avacon (Energy) and head of their law department) and Mr Timothy Shepherds (General Steel factory worker/overseeing production and stuff. A kind of minor tech.) and working day. Feel free to continue and don't restrict yourself to the CP2020 rules and equipment: 06:30 The luxury apartments pseudo-AI did it's best to make the transition from REM sleep phase to waking as nice as possible for Dr Wilde. Light meditative music was fed into his earphones, corresponding to the brain waves of the good doctor, slowly stimulating them to half sleep. In the kitchen, the ordered news service packages had been downloaded from the net and were ready for display on the holographic wallpaper of the bedroom, or any other of a multitude of hidden three-d capable screens. When Wilde stretched, the bed shifted to accomodate his new position. It had shortly been re-programmed on advice of Wilde's medical doctor. Removing the earphones, Wilde told the house computer what kind of clothes he wanted to wear today. "Skip the yellow tie. There is another board meeting today and I don't want to seem to aggressive.", he said, looking at the display. "A light vegetarian breakfast, please. And orange juice." The food was delivered from the apartment building's stocks and automatically added to Wilde's bill. ------------------------------------------------------------ 06:30 Shepherd woke up to the sounds of the siren-like squeaking of the working complex's shift-change. He groaned as he stood up from his temperfoam bed. Just two more weeks and he could return to the city apartment he shared with three other workers for their free time in the city proper. He quickly dressed in his working overall, pushed a wall button and checked the tasks they had made up for him while he had slept. He was half-out the door, when the sight of the sensor on the ceiling stopped him. "Nearly fell for that again...", he thought, opened his locker and first removed a can of spray. He sprayed the bed with it. In a few minutes another worker from the third shift would stumble in here. If he didn't find the bed properly desinfected, he would perhaps tell his supervisor and that would mean at least a one point negative feedback added to his record. As he was at six already again, another one would mean a talk with the psychologists of human resources. A lot of gibberish about possible trouble in his life and the downtime from work wouldn't be paid for. Lastly, he attached the security button to his coverall. Another negative feedback point evaded. But he had to hurry now...
  13. Yes, the poor/rich gap will be the new order. I see that coming, too. In a way it's already there. A few weeks back I decided I'd need some real food for a change, so I went to LaFayette. They sell the best foodstuffs of all kinds there, from all over the world, but they also have their price. I could afford to go shopping there perhaps twice a month. Now, what I consider a luxury, people with more money can take for granted. Every day. Good food's important for a long and healthy life... And it tastes sooo good. Same with medical treatments. Poorer people today can't afford to go see a specialist in another country. They are stuck with the hospitals and docs at hand.
  14. I love Mars triology and read almost all the other books of K.S. Robinson. (Currently readin Years of Rice and Salt)... That immortality thing struck me as an artificial plot device though. The whole trip to Mars was researched so eloquently... Then he comes up with immortality and I thought: "Oh, yeah. Two more books to cover and too lazy to introduce new main characters..." Still, absolutely the SciFi books I liked best so far. And I read a lot of them.
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