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[livejournal.com profile] weregamer and [livejournal.com profile] tara_knight kindly lent us their X-box and KOTOR and its sequel; [livejournal.com profile] obsessivewoman and I had fun playing the games, and they doubled as research for Rise of the Jedi. I’ve been musing on the details of 25,000-year-old galactic civilizations and the way that the galaxy can seem so similar in two different eras separated by four millennia.

Equilibrium technology levels )

mithriltabby: Ancient Roman icosahedral die (Game)
In doing the research for Rise of the Jedi, I’ve been contemplating how an interstellar culture can hover around an equilibrium point of technology for 25,000 years. (The Star Wars universe isn’t the only one with long-term stable galactic culture; Asimov’s Foundation books are another galactic empire.) Living as we do in a time of technological acceleration, that kind of stability is a contrast to our daily lives. I have some plans for looking at mechanisms behind equilibrium technology levels, but first I’d like to deal with what Charlie Stross called the “turd that Vernor Vinge crapped into the punchbowl of SF writing, and now nobody wanting to take a drink can ignore it”: the Singularity.

Post-Singularity Encounters )

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In the Frasassi cave system in Italy, scientists have found biofilms full of sulfur-consuming bacteria that eat hydrogen sulfide and excrete sulfuric acid. These can then erode the limestone walls of caves. If you’re the sort of game master who likes to brush up on geology before sending a scenario into a cave system, this could be a useful source of inspiration. (If elves can culture trees into cities, shouldn’t dark elves be able to herd biofilms to sculpt their caves?)
mithriltabby: Ancient Roman icosahedral die (Game)
Not your usual sorts of twins )
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Given how much of CSI is fantasy already... )
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Another roleplaying challenge )
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The Borg go to the spin doctor )
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Luxury goods )
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The Ring of Sartorial Entropy and Kirmisina's Earring )
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Shadowrunner meet sites )
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One of my more successful memes; I was delighted when I found this idea was turning up in the campaigns of other game masters at UCSB after I introduced it.

The Sword and Pentacle Inn )

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[livejournal.com profile] divertimento, has Alan Moore done something like this in Top 10 yet?

Psychic Pizza )

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While I’m waiting for a build...

The Goat of Infinite Haruspication )

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This test run is not likely to complete any time soon.

Fortean necromantic supplies )

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