This month, Mike and Roger talk with
Nick Marsh, consider the ending of
Roger's Torg game (and what's likely to follow it), and anatomise
Michael's engagement with this year's Game Chef.
YSDC's play of Horror on the Orient Express,
The Express Diaries,
Roger's earlier thoughts on some different invading realities: part 1 and
Nexus: The Infinite City,
our discussion of Amazing Engine,
The Mountain Witch,
The Machine Stops,
The Incomplete Enchanter,
A Miracle of Science,
GURPS Disasters: Meltdown and Fallout,
Music by Kevin MacLeod at incompetech.com.
- Posted by David Cantrell at
04 July 2016
The piece about Game Chef immediately made me think of that ridiculous (and misreported) story about a US town that had supposedly banned solar energy because it would steal sunlight from crops. What if it were true? There's sunlight and alarm straight away.
- Posted by Phil Masters at
05 July 2016
If I give the impression of knowing a lot, it suggests to me that the main thing I learned from studying Economics was how to look like I knew what the heck I was talking about...
The idea of a character's gear being the main characters in a game comes up a fair bit in Transhuman Space, though in that setting it's fairly rare for portable equipment to have full human sapience. I'm also reminded of a French fantasy game I heard of in which everyone played two characters; a barbarian hero (almost disposable and interchangeable, there's plenty more where he came from) and the magic sword he's carrying (the fully developed character with a back story and cool powers).
Funnily enough, though, jokes aside, I haven't often noticed SF characters being defined primarily in terms of their equipment lists, though I won't say that it never happens. It's really much more a dungeon fantasy thing, surely. SF gear is mostly available for cash, so anyone can become Mr. Fusion Gun if they really want, so no one person is defined as Mr. Fusion Gun. (Though one can be noted for being really good with fusion guns.) Mr. +2 Vorpal Sword, on the other hand, usually has some niche protection.
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