Farcast - An Eclipse Phase Yearblog

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Farcast - An Eclipse Phase Yearblog

How many ideas do you have in a year? How many in a day? Could you think of just one good idea, each day? I'm going to find out.

Farcast is a yearblog for the Eclipse Phase roleplaying game by Posthuman Studios. A new idea, a new entry every day for 2013 - new locations, groups, NPCs, artifacts, morphs, tech, events, weapons, drugs, diseases, and plot seeds for players and gamemasters to use as they would, or take inspiration from in their own games.

The target wordcount for each entry is around 500, and will rely primarily on the material in the Eclipse Phase main book. This is all completely unofficial fan material; I have no affiliation with Posthuman Studios, though I think they're a great bunch.

A Word on Language
When referring to genderless or intersex characters, I've chosen to use the formulation ze/hir/hirs/hirself rather than he/him/his/himself or she/her/hers/herself. Hopefully this won't cause too much confusion.

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500 words of stuff from AH

500 words of stuff from AH every day? Dear god... it's so beautiful.

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Every day I'm postin'...

Every day I'm postin'...

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Nice! Do you accept guest

Nice! Do you accept guest contributions? :)

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Nope. At least, not yet. I

Nope. At least, not yet. I start running dry and maybe we'll talk. :P

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First NPC. The current plan

First NPC. The current plan is to have two-a-week, total around 100 - but we'll see how it goes.

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Yoink!

Yoink!
Staks just got egoknapped. He's going in my game tomorrow. Thanks :D

Um.. are you interested in comments/questions on farcast entries?

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Absolutely!

Absolutely!

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I won't be viewing everyday,

I won't be viewing everyday, but Farcast has been bookmarked for times when I need inspiration.

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I like the jellybone suit and

I like the jellybone suit and plan to adopt it. What would you say is the threshold DV for failure of the suit? For instance, standard vac suits fail at 20 or 30 points of damage in a single attack.

Also, what keeps void station on station?

Thanks for Rimwalkers, the outer system needs more criminals and outcasts. Would they qualify as Brinkers?

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OneTrikPony wrote:I like the

OneTrikPony wrote:
I like the jellybone suit and plan to adopt it. What would you say is the threshold DV for failure of the suit? For instance, standard vac suits fail at 20 or 30 points of damage in a single attack.

30 points. Suppose I should mention that...

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Also, what keeps void station on station?

Very carefully controlled correctional thrusters to counteract cosmic wind and momentum from docking vehicles, mainly. Absolute position probably varies by a couple kilometers a year, but there's nothing else nearby since it's off the plane of the ecliptic.

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Thanks for Rimwalkers, the outer system needs more criminals and outcasts. Would they qualify as Brinkers?

If'n you like.
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http://www.farcastblog.com

http://www.farcastblog.com/2013/01/012-face-of-man.html

This is one of my favorite ones to write so far.

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A little silly, but I do like

A little silly, but I do like The Mighty Bu.

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Good stuff, AH. Keep it up, I

Good stuff, AH. Keep it up, I read them every day.

"It's a poor sort of memory that only works backwards." --The White Queen, Through The Looking-Glass

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Thanks Jay! :)

Thanks Jay! :)

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Whoot

One month down, 11 to go!

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Octopus Slipper

033: Octopus Slipper

I don't talk about my process for writing these much, but the way it works is that I don't write them the same day I post them, so this was actually the very first entry I wrote.

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Farcast Review

Frank Trollman posted a review of the first month of Farcast over at The Gaming Den: http://tgdmb.com/viewtopic.php?t=54010

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Ancient History wrote:Frank

Ancient History wrote:
Frank Trollman posted a review of the first month of Farcast over at The Gaming Den: http://tgdmb.com/viewtopic.php?t=54010

Well that was basically everything I expected it to be.

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http://www.farcastblog.com
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A quick sugestion

Can you please please please switch to the the They pronoun system that is used in the EP books instead of the hir, sheir shar thinger?

It is just that as I read ever time I see one of the gender obfuscating pronouns it completely pulls me out of my reading thought train.

It is almost as if I am bumping into unnecessary techno babble and it just messes me up.

I don't know why it does this but it does.

But instead of just requesting that you change things I'll volunteer if you want to go back and edit the past 55 entries for you because other then my one tiny gripe of the language throwing me off the blog is fantastic and ambitious and I am definitely incorporating your ideas into my game as I discover places to toss them.

William

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You're not the only one who

You're not the only one who has complained about it, and I've been giving it some consideration. I initially chose to use it here because that's what I had used in my EP fanfic - there are, I feel, some benefits to ze/hir/hirs/hirself than they/their/theirs/theirself - but given the confusion I'll probably go back and change it.

The thing is that I typically run a 4-6 week lead, so the number of entries that need to be amended is currently closer to 85. We'll see if I can make the time in between my other projects (in addition to Farcast, I have a weekly fiction blog, a book-length Lovecraft/Mythos essay, occasional freelance work, and my full-time employment...so a bit busy busy.)

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I like the gender neutral

I like the gender neutral pronouns. I'm still appreciative that you introduced me to this option for the universal They with some of your fiction here.

I've experienced Kindalas' problem of getting knocked out of the story by alt.pronouns. My eye catches them as spelling problems. (yes that's very ironic I know!) But I've found that with increased exposure my eye accepts them. I found it helps if you've written a story or two using them.

The problem I have with reading them now is that my mind puts a character described with GN pronouns in the chick category. Apparently my mind has pattern recognizers for; "Dude", "Female/sexual", "Female/non-sexual" and no way to deal with the None-of-the-above. It's pretty frustrating on a couple of levels.

I say it's a good thing to let It's be ze as long as you let He's be he, and she's be she when it's appropriate. For that mater the sentient it is sometimes appropriate too.

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I would just like to add,

I would just like to add, while I have no real issue with the gender neutral pronouns, I agree with the general consensus that I could do without them. I understand why certain people might really like them, not having a pronoun that accurately reflects ones gender outside of 'they' must be frustrating, I do much prefer 'they' or the sentient 'it'.

Either way, keep at it. The blog has been fantastic so far, one of those things I have an alert on to remind me to check it everyday.

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Switch to singular they is

Switch to singular they is almost complete - though I might have missed a few instances. It's a bit clunky for some things, but this whole project is for the fans, so as long as it makes things easier to read all's well.

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Very Nice

I've been reading it every day. I was getting frustrated with the 'official' content release rate, (Quality is exceptional, I just want MOAR!) so it's really nice to have EP content come out more often, though I'm worried I will get spoiled... :P

-Joe

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Thanks Joe!

Thanks Joe!

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Wormfeed

http://www.farcastblog.com/2013/03/061-wormfeed.html

A little silly, but I really like this one.

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Silly my ___

That's the creepiest (pun unintended) entry I've seen. An excellent way to remind characters of the horror side of the game. Very nice!

-Joe

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Just a FYI

Just a point for clarity as of the 3rd printing the Init values are now the old values divided by 10 rounded up.

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Dammit

Bugger. I can fix that.

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Heeheehee

http://www.farcastblog.com/2013/03/069-elder-argentgrodd.html

I will fix the initiatives...but first...forgive me.

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Bit more mature

Today's entry deals with sex a bit. So, fair warnin'.

http://www.farcastblog.com/2013/03/079-starmothers.html

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The Pearlworks

http://www.farcastblog.com/2013/03/085-pearlworks.html

Someone will probably jump me for the geophysics, but I really like this one.

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Orcamorphs

http://www.farcastblog.com/2013/04/095-orcamorphs.html

I still can't decide if this is cool, silly, or just plain weird.

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Unfortunately already covered in Panopticon

Unfortunately the Neo-Beluga, Neo-Dolphin, Neo-Hominid (Gorilla), Neo-Orca, Neo-Pig, Neo-Porpoise, and Neo-Whale are all presented in Panopticon, with the Takko (synth octopus) and some habitats that they live in. Rimward has some additional stuff related to Ceres and Europa and the adaptation of some of the above mentioned morphs to those environments, as well as some additional habitats. (There are also the Surya: sun whales in Sunward...)

Regardless, I think that without anyplace for them to live, it would be wierd/silly, but because the habitats and alien ocean adaptations were included, it is cool.

-Joe

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Bugger.

Bugger.

Okay, after some debate I have made a brief addendum addressing the issue.

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100

In honor of Big Round Numbers, today's entry is a twofer:

http://www.farcastblog.com/2013/04/100-cousin-program-commserv.html

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For Chase-san
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FORBIDDEN REACH

I don't like to post these so close together, but I really like this one. The stars are almost right...

http://www.farcastblog.com/2013/04/103-forbidden-reach.html

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Lord of the Flies in spaaaaace...
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I Just started reading your

I Just started reading your blog and I am pretty amazed! Great work and so much of it!
Big thanks to you.

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Welcome

I just hope I can keep it up and on schedule.

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If you need help...

Ancient History wrote:
I just hope I can keep it up and on schedule.

If you need help I have filler in my notes somewhere that could/should add up to a blog post.

William

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Hope's End was really, really

Hope's End was really, really cool :)

Your blog is on my "open every morning" tab now.

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Thanks

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If you need help I have filler in my notes somewhere that could/should add up to a blog post.

William


Don't need it yet, but we'll see how it goes! Thanks for offering!

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Hope's End was really, really cool :)

Your blog is on my "open every morning" tab now.


Glad you like it! I can't promise they'll always be good, but I'll at least try for weird!
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122/366
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A Mystery

http://www.farcastblog.com/2013/05/130-stars-less-bright.html

Trying something a little different, bit of an extended seed.

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A Little Silly

http://www.farcastblog.com/2013/05/131-locker.html

Bonus points if anybody can guess the inspiration for that one. I might revisit it at some point.

I've been looking back a bit and trying to decide what entries so far work or don't work, and why. Anyone have any suggestions or comments on entries they did/did not like?

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Feedback

It's really hard for me to find anything substantially bad with any of your posts (aside from the whale one I'd pointed out earlier.) The biggest fault I can find is grammar, and a) that's not really important, and b) consistent with most of the EP published books, so it's really a non-issue. None of the posts are things I would have thought of, so I'm just grateful you're doing it, and hope you continue.

-Joe

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Well, I appreciate that!

Well, I appreciate that!

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