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  1. Hi all. New chrome for October 2019! We have moved house but all the old threads and posts came with us - was a big van. No more crazy tech errors as we have upgraded the backend of the forum and should be good till 2077 now...
  2. Wraiths story - I deleted the two additional threads: ---------------------------------------------------------- The man woke up in a darkened hallway sitting on his ass back against the wall. He hurt all over. He tries to stand once but the combat armor he's wearing is just to heavy for him. After a few seconds he tries again and with help from the wall he is able to stand on his own until the dizziness hits him. After a moment it pass's and he begins to walk down the hallway towards the light, stumbling once because somethings wrong with his left foot. As he get's closer to the light there's a snap and hiss as a pressurized door opens to your right. A dirty light flickers on and off randomly in this new hallway. Trash litters the floor and a teddy bear sits on the floor leaning against the wall with it's left foot nearly torn off. After a few seconds the smell of death comes from this new hallway and wraps around you like a long lost lover. There are four open doors down this way. He turns away to face the bright light and start walking again but he hare's something. At first he think it's his imagination then he hears it again. Like whispering. Whispering in a female voice. The whispering get's louder and and can hear her whispering his name. The whispers turn into her softly calling his name. Suddenly a name enters his mind and he can't help but ask “Hanna...?” He enter's the new hallway sweeping his Chadran Arms City Reaper SMG left to right checking the other door ways. They happen to be dormitory style bedrooms that have not been used in a very long time. Trash litters the floor and the walls show of years of no upkeep. Once you get up to the flickering light you see a hallway going to your right. You start walking towards the hallway and stop as you notice movement. The female voice softly calls your name in a questioning manner. A woman steps out of the darkened hallway and a rush of emotions fill him. Love, heartbreak, sorrow, hope all fight for dominance inside you. She smiles and say's “Welcome home, we've missed you.” and the lights flicker off. When they flicker back on the the beautiful woman is gone and standing in her place is a skinless corpse standing directly in front of him and reach's out for him and embrace's him. Her bloody cheek press's against his and he can feel her hot breath on his ear and neck. “Welcome home, the children have missed you.” and lights in the darkened doorway light up allowing you to see several misshapen bodies, bodies from his worst nightmare come stumbling towards him from on the other side of the open doorway. The woman disengages from the embrace and gives a bright smile “Children, come welcome your father home.” and with that the misshapen bodies begin to move faster towards him and he screams.... …. waking up and smashing his already aching forehead into something about 2 feet above his head. Something wet lands on his cheek the cheek that woman touched. After a second you feel something fall on that same cheek and then he notices the sound hitting the roof of whatever he was in. The sound of rain hitting cement came from outside and a slight rumble of thunder in the distance. Feeling around he discovered that he was in a metallic box roughly 4 feet in length and 4 feet wide. Three sides were metal and behind him was some kind of cushioning that refused to move. Laying on his side he realized that he barely had room to roll over on his back. Doing so caused him a lot of pain as his back, chest and neck felt like they suddenly exploded. In the spasm of pain his legs shot out and kicked the metal wall. As it bowed out slightly he recoiled again as his left ankle flared up in pain. After a minute or two the pain receded. While waiting for the pain to subside he activated his cyber eyes. Low light showed very weak pin points of light streaming in from different points in his box. Slowly the man looked around and turned his head. To his left where the cushioning was he could make out thin bands of metal going from side to side like a winding road. The man slowly turn onto his left side so not to cause himself any more pain. Once comfortable he reached out with his hands to feel the cushioning and metal bands. He noticed that this time the cushioning was wet. Gritting his teeth, he pushed on the cushioning a few centimeters out until it stopped. He gritted again and pushed harder thanking the makers of his advanced muscle and bone lacing as the top of the cushioning gave way and folded out and down. The flare comp option in his cyber eye's kicked in and the low light option turned off at the sudden appearance of light. He blinked a couple of times before peering out of opening. The back side of a drivers seat greeted him. As he crawled slowly he heard something metallic move down by his feet. He ducked back in his hole and slowly turned over and engaged his low light vision and notice a heavy pistol down by his feet. He tried to bend down and reach for the weapon but the pain in his chest and abdomen stopped him. Breathing hard and holding his breath he reached again pain igniting and he felt the butt of the weapon as he moved it away from himself and then he jerked forward and reached the weapon pulling it towards him. Bringing the weapon to his chest he breathed through clenched teeth until once again the pain receded. With eye's closed, he tried to remember how he ended up in this situation but nothing came. With effort he called up a menu in his times square marquee + and ran down his cybercafe listing and saw that all was functioning normally. He focused on the Wet Drive Link option and tried to access an data that was within but found out it was empty. With a sigh he slowly rolled over to face the cushions and began to fold down the back of the passengers side back seat and slowly crawled out into the backseat. Laying on his back and staring up he noticed that the vehicle was striped down on the inside and was missing the front passengers seat. Rain was coming in through the missing windows. The man slowly reached for the door handle which was missing and again sighed and reached for the open window and pulled himself up with a grunt. Turning over, he fitted himself through the missing window and crawled out. He landed on the wet cement with grunt and could see spots in his vision and the sudden pain nearly knocked him unconscious. Breathing heavily the stared up into a dark over caste sky as the rain fell on him. Once the pain passed, he eased himself up and slid around to rest his back on the car door. In front of him about five feet away from him was slightly overgrown brown grass and weeds sprouted. This went on for about six feet then ducked down and rose again a few away and went slightly up hill where a thin woods began. He stood up slowly and looked down the road in confusion. He currently was standing in the outside lane of a four lane highway. Abandoned and striped vehicles littered the road on both sides of the highway behind the car he he had climbed out of. Some were on their sides, some flipped completely over. In front of the car were more vehicles all the same shape and a couple of miles down the road stood a wall. The height of the wall wasn't what amazed him but the monumental building going on miles behind it. Going several hundreds of feet into the air it penetrated the low hanging clouds and was nearly incalculable to determine it's width. From what he could see the structure was was dome like. In several places there was like indents or openings into the structure and in other places there was outcroppings. A word, a name formed in his mind unbidden and he mumbled “Arcology...”
  3. Well as people will have been able to tell it went really well. Not. and we are not out of the woods yet but wee are running on the new servers. I just have to go and tweak loads of things to make them work now. - If you can see a load of errors at the top of the page - thats what I am trying to sort out first. Any other new issues you come across please let me know via PM.
  4. We are moving servers as the one we are on is past it and everything is being upgraded - bigger fatter faster more. So I will be shutting down the site for a short while at some point in the next few days - possibly even tonight. If you see a message saying the website account is suspended then that will be DNS servers at your ISP with the old IP information but I am doing some testing on other websites to make sure that the transition is as smooth as possible.
  5. Comp I think you have a balanced view on the ethos of the site. You have my support.
  6. OK - I just added a new forum under general where we can move threads from General chat that are contentious. Lets try and keep religion and politics out of General - move them into the smoking room and if they get out of hand in there then slaps and bans should be handed out. Question is is this the right approach - as moderators i woudl like your views and suggestions.
  7. This site is about Cyberpunk culture and gaming - not about Real Life but as in any community people getting together will occasionally find that others views are not in line with theirs. We ask that you keep discussions civil and mature - that has always been a trademark of these forums. We will close or even remove topics where they get out of hand - where that line is is down to the moderators and not for you to try and find. Please respect ALL who post on the VftE forums and their views.
  8. I see he ha posted back stating he will tone it down or as Camp has suggested make them more relevant. He is keen I will give him that and youthful exuberance can't be a bad thing so lets see how it rides out. If necessary we could set up a separate forum for non CP2020 chrome.
  9. Looks like the new security measures we put in place to stop the spambots have worked so I have turned back on the ability for all members to post new topics - new members had to reply to several topics before they could start a new one.
  10. You could ask me to update the software we use - its 5 years old now! However I am taking the stance of if it ain't broke...
  11. OK Good news! I have just updated the registration form with a couple of modifications. One will currently stop spam bots dead in thier tracks and if they ever figure this out then the second will immediatly flag to me that they are a spam bot or cannot read (its a good filter either way!). I have another trick up my sleeve as well at the moment but I will not introduce it unless things don't get any better. Fingers crossed we should see a great deal less naughty activity! This is what we are up against: http://www.icontool.com/fp/ http://www.getafreelancer.com/projects/Dat...ve-CAPTCHA.html I don't swear often and never say the c word but these poeple are utter comtemptible cunts. There - I feel a lot better. I will have a look see in a month and if we have no spam registrations then I will change the Members structure so that Members can actually start threads again. Senior members are not affected.
  12. There have been a great deal of spam 'attacks' on our community and we have had to bring in some seemingly harsh preventative measures. Whilst this might seem onerous to you it does ensure that the quality of our community is kept at the highest levels. When you register you will be required to click a link in an email we send to the email address you sign up with. Please don't forget to do this else your new account will be automatically deleted. When you have become a member you will only be able to post to other peoples topics - you cannot start any of your own. Once you have made a certain number of posts you will be upgraded to a senior member and will have full access. We have a new members thread in General - please introduce yourself there. We can no longer support non posting members - there are some shy people that prefer to read than post. We cannot tell if these are dormant sleeper spam accounts waiting to be used, so we will delete accounts that don't post. If you want to be a part of our community please post. After all that all we can say is we do hope you join and become part of the fascinating culture of cyberpunk.
  13. You will notice our member numbers have decreased dramatically. We have pruned a lot of accounts that have not posted ever to the forum and we will asking new members to join into the community and post or expect their accounts to be deleted. Its a bit harsh but its the best way to stop the spammers and keep the quality of Views from the Edge.
  14. Guys - sorry I have not been so attentive - today is my first day off work for 19 days in a row and most of them have been 12 hours plus. I picked up suggestions recently that spammers are now paying teams in third world countries to log into forums and post - its very cheap and very effective. There is a new major version of the forum software available now and I was just waiting for it to bed in properly and any problems get ironed out before we migrate. In the meantime I will continue to vet anything you send me. Simon
  15. OK how about this - if you think a topic should be closed drop me a PM and I will close it. I value your judgements on what transgresses decency and I will take the heat for the closures. If people don't like I will be explaining that they can go set up their own forum.
  16. Some members, those who are in the 'Members group' will have noticed problems starting a thread. We have had to introduce a policy of prevention due to those delightfull chocolate starfish lickers known who are registering just to spam the forum with links. If you have just joined and have authorised your account from the automated email you will have recieved then you will have to make a handfull of posts before you are able to start a thread - just join in some threads. For those that have members for a while you may need to make one more reply post before the system realises you have reached the threshold for an upgrade to 'Senior Member'. I have recently discovered a better method of preventing spammers - very simular to the one we have and I am tempted to introduce it but there is an iminent upgrade to the Forums system (yet again) that may include better spam control. Any one have any issues just email me - webmaster@ this domain that your on (another anti spam attempt by me!)
  17. Official Cyberpunk paper minis hit the Net Politically Incorrect Games has released its second set of Disposable Heroes paper miniatures for use with the Cyberpunk roleplaying game, under license from R. Talsorian Games. Perfect not only for Cyberpunk gaming, these new minis will also work well with other modern and cyber-themed roleplaying and miniatures games. This set lets you select, customize, and download paper miniatures and counters to enhance your Cyberpunk V.3 gaming experience. Cyberpunk is the original roleplaying game of the dark future; a world of corporate assassins, heavy-metal heroes and brain-burning cyberhackers, packed with cutting-edge technology and intense urban action. In this game you'll find everything you need to tackle the mean streets of the 2000's - in a game system that combines the best in realistic action and playability. Disposable Heroes are full color, downloadable paper miniatures that can be customized through an online interface. You can specify which figures are downloaded to a PDF file, as well as whether or not they are labeled and/or numbered. In addition, entire pages of duplicate figures can be downloaded, making the creation of armies a breeze. Plus, flat counters can also be created. When printed, the minis are sharp and detailed (black & white figures can also be downloaded for those with older non-color printers). The next generation of downloadable paper minis are here -- affordable and customizable, you can't go wrong with Disposable Heroes. R. Talsorian Games is responsible for a number of critically-acclaimed and award-winning roleplaying games, including Cyberpunk, Mekton Zeta, Castle Falkenstein, Bubblegum Crisis: Megatoyko--the Roleplaying Game, DragonBall Z, Armored Trooper Votoms, Teenagers From Outer Space and others. For more information, visit their web site at http://www.talsorian.com Incorporating one of the first e-publishing RPG companies, Politically Incorrect Games is known for its diverse line-up of clear and concise roleplaying games, and its commitment for developing new ways of working with downloadable content. PIG's current lines include genreDiversion games such as HardNova 2 and Coyote Trail for low-cost, ready-to-play entertainment; Iron Gauntlets for customizable heroic fantasy gaming; Active Exploits Diceless for universal diceless roleplaying with that familiar 'dice' feel; Two-Fisted Tales, Rune Stryders, and the re-release of Story Engine and Maelstrom Storytelling. Disposable Heroes fantasy, critters, pulp, western, modern, and Cyberpunk sets are available directly from Politically Incorrect Games, with other sets in development. For more information, visit Politically Incorrect Games website.
  18. After many years of being on the dark side Murph has cybered up at last and is a born again Murph. For those of you wondering who this CyberMuph chap is... well its DarthMurph in his new shoes. And before you all go clamouring for a name change, I will only do it if you are a long term member and you bribe me lots.
  19. Far, far too much special effects going on - it just makes listening difficult - but give it a chance because underneath I think there is some interesting content so go for it! These guys have obviously put some effort in and are getting better and better so I say support it and give the podcasts a listen. It almost makes me want to start up the VftE radio station again! Or do our opwn podcasts. Ah if only I had the time or a huge team of willing volunteers!!
  20. Pants. Got there before 10:30 as stated in the leaflet but it was already full at the Ritzy in Brixton. Ah well - I will have to watch it at the big cinema when its released.
  21. As Mrs CJ has pointed out its Sunday morning not evening...
  22. Philip K Dicks novel A scanner Darkly gets its first film outing! The Guardian are doing free screenings on Sunday night for those of us in the UK - more information and the pdf you need to print out to get free tickets at the Guardian website. I will try and take Mrs CJ and myself along to the Brixton showing. See you there!
  23. For the Role Players we have just opened a new forum for discussing / revisiting the Talsorian Cyberpunk V3 rules with a long term possibility of producing alternatives you can use - like no one ever did that anyway... Redux V3 rules.
  24. Chats back and I apologise for the delay. It was a technical issue that the geeks sorted out and now I know why most members could not post -but you should be able to now! Hurrah!
  25. Key concepts: ethanol, biomass, alternative fuels, energy crises, microbes, cellulose, biotech solutions Attention Conservation Notice: It might take you a couple of beers' worth of ethanol to work your way through all of this. Links: The US is broke on oil costs, knee-deep in blood and unable to provide security even for Israel == so why not join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the hot new AntiTerror Bloc for oil-rich Communists? It's like the old Warsaw Pact, only with Exxon's money! Will Serbia join? Will India? http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/eng/topics/sco/t57970.htm http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shanghai_Coop...on_Organization People in the USA know nothing of Brazilian ethanol. The Brazilians been running on rum for years. So there's the proof-of-concept. http://ethablog.blogspot.com/2006/07/what-...inks-about.html Brazil doesn't merely have ethanol, it�s got a different breed of car. Not a hybrid, but a "trybrid." The Obvio runs on ethanol, gasoline or electrical wall-power. http://www.obvio.ind.br/obviona/news%20004.htm Any ethanol plug-in "trybrid" could run on wind-power as well as ethanol. That could be handy indeed. http://www.earth-policy.org/Books/PB2/PB2ch10_ss4.htm The Brazilian Obvio is not as fast or sexy as this Tesla all-electric sports car, but its fuel-tank is full of pure booze. You get some mint and crushed ice, it's a rolling caipirinha. http://www.teslamotors.com/blog1/index.php?js_enabled=1 Our beloved Viridian Mascot, "Big Mike" the microbe, is unsurprised to learn that the planet Earth is a cosmic magnetic pump for interplanetary sepsis. How long has the planet Earth been saturating outer space with electrically charged microbes? If you went past the orbit of Neptune, would you find Devonian microbes floating there? Microbes are full of surprises! Compared to them, we know nothing! http://www.earth-policy.org/Books/PB2/PB2ch10_ss4.htm Is there a cloud of dust anywhere in this galaxy that isn't soaked in microbes? Is Thomas Gold chuckling in his abiotic petroleum grave? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Gold It comes down to this. Since it's lethal to dig up and burn the planet's reserves of fossil carbon, why not burn the living biomass that's on the planet's surface today? Because most of it is cellulose, that's why. Cellulose is hard and dry and resists decay and fermentation. It is straw. It's wood. It's solid and recalcitrant. It burns badly! Still, if you could somehow turn that hard straw into a liquid fuel, in the way that yeasts brew starch and sugar into booze.... http://www.thedartmouth.com/article.php?aid=2006040401030 And then get some venture angel to evangelize that... http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/12676374/ http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-570288889128950913 Of course, you'd have to go head to head with the Forces of Darkness. So, start in California. The Californians may be smart enough to realize that the oil companies are doing to California just what the power companies did to California. Exxon, Enron, same thing, really. http://www.yeson87.org/page/content/home/ http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctime...te/15110994.htm Did I mention it was 122 degrees Fahrenheit in Palm Springs, California this week? http://www.planetark.com/dailynewsstory.cf...37388/story.htm It was so hot in California that MySpace blew out. MySpace collapsed from the Greenhouse Effect. In today's grim climate, is it even possible to be a dotcom guy without also being a green fuels guy? Do you think blackouts are good for your business? http://news.com.com/MySpace+feels+the+heat..._3-6097798.html Rather than fight with Vinod Khosla and his Silicon Valley pals in California energy-politics, DuPont and Shell are busily brewing a rival to ethanol, bio-butanol. Do you think Shell and DuPont are trying to 'greenwash' each other here? Or do you think maybe they can do math? http://www2.dupont.com/Biofuels/en_US/FAQ.html Russians, being Russians, can make alcohol out of sawdust. They've been doing that for decades. Of course, with crude Soviet microbes and tons of sulphuric acid, that's a messy, polluting process. You'd have to really want that alcohol. Which they do. http://www.distill.com/woodhydrolysis/woodprocess.html (((You wanna seriously chew up and then burn cellulosic biomass, you've got to deal with the world experts: fungi and yeasts. If it weren't for fungi and yeasts, this planet would be stacked miles high in undecaying timber. The problem is that microbes have their own agenda, and it doesn't include powering our cars.))) Link: http://www.technologyreview.com/read_artic...=17052&pg=1 "Converting cellulose to ethanol involves two fundamental steps: breaking the long chains of cellulose molecules into glucose and other sugars, and fermenting those sugars into ethanol. In nature, these processes are performed by different organisms: fungi and bacteria that use enzymes (cellulases) to 'free' the sugar in cellulose, and other microbes, primarily yeasts, that ferment sugars into alcohol. "The ideal organism would do it all == break down cellulose like a bacterium, ferment sugar like a yeast, tolerate high concentrations of ethanol, and devote most of its metabolic resources to producing just ethanol. (((And this boozy 'ideal organism' would make more money than OPEC and the coal lobby put together.))) There are two strategies for creating such an all-purpose bug. One is to modify an existing microbe by adding desired genetic pathways from other organisms and 'knocking out' undesirable ones; the other is to start with the clean slate of a stripped-down synthetic cell and build a custom genome almost from scratch." (((A pretty bold declaration of intent, eh? Do you think the 21st century can do this? An all-purpose bug would be a biotech hack big enough to transform the planet. Military, economically, financially, industrially, the works.))) (((Nobody has ever bred or engineered a native American prairie plant such as switchgrass so as to turn it into an ultra-flammable fuel-heavy crackable super-grass. Attempts are under way, though.)) http://bioenergy.ornl.gov/reports/vogel/index.html http://www.hort.purdue.edu/newcrop/proceed...999/v4-282.html (((Switchgrass is also aptly known as "Panic Grass," a pretty good coinage for an attempt to run a superpower on hay.))) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Switchgrass (((If switchgrass looks vaguely familiar, that's because it already grows all over the place. Switchgrass grows much faster than windmills or nuclear power plants. It's a native American weed.))) http://www.earthlygoods.com/grasses/switchgrass.html (((The kicker? Switchgrass adds carbon to the soil through its dense prairie roots. So it's a car fuel that actually *subtracts* carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Especially if you zap the grass with RuBisCo genes, not too much of a step if you're also cracking straw with genetically altered microbes.))) http://www.worldchanging.com/archives/004137.html (((So what we have here is a weird, historically unprecedented, gene-altered biofuels scheme that tackles the planet's most pressing environmental, economic and military problems, and also looks like a business plan. Sort of. I know that "grasping at straw" is the desperate act of a drowning man, so let�s deal with a few of the obvious deal breakers first. Is there any substance here?))) (A.) Most cars don't burn fuels that are rich in ethanol. That's true. You'd need a new flexfuel fleet and "trybrids" would be even better. On the plus side, it's a positive advantage if these new cars are huge SUVs. The automobile majors are already selling flexfuel cars in Brazil. They know how to do it, unlike with fuel-cell cars. They can make money. (B.) What about the many energy needs that aren't transportation fuel? You can burn the grass directly as boiler fuel, or even make electricity with microbes eating grass. http://www.carbonfree.co.uk/cf/news/wk30-0001.htm http://www.whatsnextnetwork.com/technology...onvert_corn_was (C.) Ethanol raises the cost of corn and starves poor people in order to fill rich guy's gas tanks. That's only true of the *starch* ethanol that comes from edible grains. Cellulosic ethanol comes from grass, cornstalks and leftover sugarcane bagasse. Poor people don't eat those. (D.) Ethanol takes more energy to make than it contributes to our society. This is a largely academic distinction. Furthermore, it isn't true even of old-school corn ethanol, while cellulosic ethanol is a new, unheard-of process, that, if it really worked, would be hugely efficient at turning solar radiation right into booze. (E.) If this cellulosic microbe cracking worked, somebody would be selling me booze made of their lawn clippings now. So where are the big cellulosic refineries? They don't even exist. Show me. We'll have to take that pressing issue up with Novozyme, Danisco, Diversa, Abengoa, and Acciona EnergÖa. These new cellulosic startups may all pop just like dotbombs. On the other hand, if we don't somehow rapidly solve soaring oil costs and the climate crisis, there won't be any conventional economy left either. There are a lot of methods of going after the knotty problem of cracking cellulose, and we're getting better at most of them. This scheme is not yet prime-time, but it's not cold-fusion, either. (F.) When you burn ethanol, carbon dioxide goes into our sky. That's bad, isn't it? You're not getting it yet. This scheme means covering the USA with a Saudi Arabia of prairie. That means sucking CO2 *out* of the air and turning into a vast sea of sod. Most of the fuel plant is roots, so it remains *underground.* You're not going to burn that part. You're using green plants to suck the burnt coal and crude-oil out of the sky and turn it into topsoil. Unlike nuclear power, this scheme is a chance to actively grab the excess CO2 out of the sky and get rid of it. It's better than a closed carbon loop. It's carbon sequestration. (G). Fuel-cell hydrogen is a much cooler idea than this hick-centric hay-bale nonsense. Yeah, it is, but there is no giant Brazil already running on fuel-cells. By the way, Brazilian sugarcane consists of cellulose besides the sugar than makes rum, so Brazil's vast, well-established fuel canefields ought to at least triple in value under this dispensation. The Brazilians become the new Saudis. At least voodoo freaks don't blow themselves up. (H). There's not enough room in the croplands to grow endless multitons of biofuels. We'll all starve! It's not about fermenting our edible crops. It's about fermenting hay. There's plenty of room for hay. Hay grows where crops can't grow. (I). Genetically modified organisms are the work of Satan! So are heatwaves, warfare and genocide. We're getting way past the point of being picky here. If you really want to see renewable, sustainable solutions to vast, planetary-scale crises, there has to be some time and place where you are willing to take "yes" for an answer. The best is the enemy of the good, while the status quo will kill us. This is a very innovative game plan which could expand with great speed and which, at its basis, is all about grass. Are you really afraid of grass? O=c=O O=c=O O=c=O O=c=O O=c=O LOOK OUTSIDE THE WINDOW AT THE THERMOMETER. THEN IMAGINE TWENTY YEARS FROM NOW O=c=O O=c=O O=c=O O=c=O O=c=O
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