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The Den: Introductions & General Socializing Thread

Welcome to The Den, the EP Forum Introductions and General Socializing Thread!

Introduce yourselves, talk about whatever, make friends, and generally socialize to your hearts' content.

I'll go first, to set the trend.

I'm bibliophile20 (IRL a.k.a. Joseph), which is a screenname I've been using around the web for close to a decade now, on many other gaming forums, writing forums and other websites. I'm a latecomer to the RPG hobby, having only gotten into it since my early 20s, but I've been making up for lost time over the last couple of years; I've been GMing pretty much weekly for the last half-decade-plus continuously, and playing in other RPGs as well. The list has gotten fairly extensive, but there's always something else that's really awesome that I want to try!

Also, if my screenname wasn't enough of a giveaway, I'm the kind of person that, given a choice between a novel and watching TV, will pick the novel. :) My libraries, both digital and physical, are extensive, and the only reason that they aren't larger is because I was raised in Cleveland, Ohio, which, for all of its extensive faults as a city, had, hands down, the best public library system in the United States during the time of my childhood. My sisters and I knew the librarians by name at all of the local branches which we could reach on foot or by bike. I also am taking the References list from the back of the EP core book as a challenge/checklist. I'm currently about 2/3 of the way done with the Fiction section.

I'm currently 0.28 centuries old and reside in upstate NY; I walk a few miles north, and I hit Great Lake. I'm trained as a general science teacher, and I currently work as a tutor (for various and complex reasons, not the least being that I refuse to work in the public school system while No Child Left Behind--aka No School Left Standing--is still on the law books), helping everyone from middle school on up to college with math, science (psych, bio, chem, geo, astro, eco) and even English and history. I consider my training to be a walking challenge to biblical literalism, which is a mantle that I accept with great glee.

I consider myself to be ethnically, culturally and socially Jewish, but I identify with Humanist Judaism, as an atheist that considers my cultural and historical background to be of immense importance to my identity. However, I am an atheist, and I say the following without hesitation: There are no gods, and even if there was such an entity, I would not worship the insecure, violent and generally abusive deity as described in the Torah. That being said, if someone has decided that they wish to worship the deity of their choice, I will fight to the bitter end in support of their free choice to do so, even as I myself disapprove of that choice.

In regards to EP, I more strongly identify with anarcho-socialism than any of the other social structures presented, but I'm the kind of person who sees other people and immediately starts plotting on how to feed them and help with problems. :) So, I find as more attractive the ideal of a society where it is your worth as a person, not the worth of your bank account, by which your value is judged to society.

That being said, I would probably end up drifting into one of the slightly more structured an-soc societies, or perhaps the Titanian Commonwealth. I also find space exploration and settlement to be fascinating and full of possibilities, and I want, in my lifetime, to see humanity become more than a single planet species. I want to see us build large and dare greatly and to expand as far as we can. I wouldn't be the first to upload as an infomorph, but if I was dying and had the choice between experimental upload or death, it wouldn't even be a choice. And, once the process was perfected, well, yeah. Sign me up. :)

Also, and most lately, I've been made the latest moderator for this forum. I'm friendly and people keep telling me that I'm level-headed, so I'll believe them. Most of the time, I'm just another poster, but if there are problems, 'ware the orange text! ^_^

The games list:
D&D 3.5
Shadowrun 4th ed
oWoD (Vampire)
nWoD (Geist, Mage, Changeling, Vampire, & Werewolf)
Pathfinder
Dresden Files RPG
Diaspora FATE
Call Of Cthulhu
Paranoia
Eclipse Phase
(the only reason there isn't more on this list is because I tend towards year-long games with a stable gaming group, so there's less turnover!)

The RPG Bucket List:
Star Wars (just once, for flavor)
Mutants And Masterminds
nWoD: Genius: The Transgression
CthulhuTech
d20 Modern
Babylon 5
Discworld
Earthdawn
Exalted
Scion
Iron Kingdoms
Don't Rest Your Head
GURPS (once, for flavor)
Savage Worlds
Spirit Of The Century
Pathfinder (other settings that I've been developing)
Various custom settings, campaigns and systems that I've been developing

And, finally, a very different "About me" that I wrote up years ago and still consider quite relevant:

Spoiler: Highlight to view

My reason? "Tell me a story."
"Tell me stories of great deeds and simple pleasures,
of love and hate,
of epic quests and personal searches,
of free will and manipulation,
of small men and big hearts,
of evil kings and noble villains,
of conquest and creation,
of great battles and individual missions,
of pride and perseverance,
of those that hold worlds in their hands and the lone soldier on whom the battle turns,
of broken hearts and healed souls,
of lasting happiness and bitter tears,
of old mentors and the birth of the next generation,
of unrequited love and soul mates growing old together,
of great armies and small squads, of honor and cowardice,
of intricate plots and excessively large explosions,
of personal growth and immaturity,
of prophecies and clutching onto the past,
of corruption and redemption,
of hard choices and single-minded determination,
of dreams of power and love,
of toasts to the dead and celebrations of life,
of sailing among the stars and exploring the deep sea,
of vendettas and adventures,
of clever solutions and being completely unsubtle,
of betrayals and hard-won honor,
of circles of hell and personal heavens,
of long buried evil and newborn innocence,
of veterans gathering together for one last battle and everyone standing together against the foe,
of lines against the darkness and surrender to personal demons,
of damaged warriors and flawed heroes,
of atonement and forgiveness,
of innate talent and hard-fought skill,
of deals with the devil and second chances,
of..."
"Tell me a story."

So, who'll be next to introduce themselves? Step up, don't be shy. Tell us about yourselves, and we'll all just talk. This is a no-judgement thread. Personal attacks will not be tolerated here, so come on in.

"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." -Benjamin Franklin

Smokeskin Smokeskin's picture
I'm Smokeskin. I'm 36 years

I'm Smokeskin. I'm from Denmark, 36 years old, living with my gf of 10 years (I call her my wife because the only reason we're not married is that if I go bankrupt I'd likely end up with tax debt which your spouse is liable for here). We have two children, 2 and 5 years old, and two whippets (that's a lazy racing dog breed).

One of my main hobbies are MMA. It's just a hobby, I don't fight competitively, though I am planning to take an amateur fight (against someone else at my level of course, the competitive amateur fighters would walk right over me). It's just for the challenge and experience, I want to try it before I get too old. It was supposed to happen this spring, but I've been out with an MCL knee injury for 7 weeks - I guess I increased my training frequency too fast in preparation for the fight.

I'm also a hunter, mostly rifle hunting for deer and boar. I'm more of a tactical guy, so I don't like that wooden stock stuff most use and I got myself a Steyr Scout rifle - it has that black look while being short and light (for hunting you don't want a heavy, cumbersome sniper rifle).

I used to game a lot, even competitively in my early 20s, but when I started on MMA 3 years ago somehow the fun just went out of it and it faded away to nothing. Real fighting is just way more exhilirating.

RPG-wise, I've always preferred cyberpunk genres. Mostly Shadowrun, from first edition (where you rolled to hit for EACH AND EVERY BULLET when firing full auto), but also both Cyberpunk editions, Mutant Chronicles, some game I can't remember where you play genetically modified veterans with all sorts of mental problems from dealing with your superpowers. I mostly GM'ed, and in other people's games I've played some AD&D. In my adult years, I haven't played much. EP really rekindled my interest in RPGs though, and I'm running a pbp game atm. I've bought every source- and setting PDF they published. Even though we can get it for free, these guys deserve our support :)

Career-wise, it's been a bit of a rollercoaster. I wanted a military career and joined the army's recon corps, did my sergeant's training and then got a nasty knee injury that got me discharged and killed most of my athletic interests too. That sucked, big time.

I then went to business school for a year, didn't like it. Switched to math and comp science, did that for two years and started up a dotcom on the side. It went great and I was about to drop out of university to focus exclusively on it when the dotcom bubble burst and wiped us out.

I still dropped out and went into real estate, became filthy rich, then got hit really hard by the financial crisis. Spent 3 years in hell running the business under banker oversight (those guys are ignorant and insane), and the last intercreditor agreement got the business free of banker oversight provided I brought in external management that didn't have owner interests. I don't know how it'll end - maybe it ends being worth something, maybe I get nothing, maybe I'll be indebted for the rest of my life (we don't have those cozy American-style bankruptcies where you get cleared of your debt and can start over).

So now I'm starting up a new company, in business intelligence software. I had some custom software made to handle all the reporting the banks wanted after the financial crisis hit, and I've started the company with the freelance programmers I used for that, building on the lessons learned from that. I enjoy developing software A LOT more than working with real estate, and man is it nice to not have to deal with banks.

Politically, I'm anarcho-capitalist. I'm also a militant and outspoken atheist - I've had letters to the editor in several major newspapers here, and once I've been on Danish state radio debating a fundamentalist politician for 20 minutes :)

Leodiensian Leodiensian's picture
Leodiensian

I'm Leodiensian, which is a probably-made-up word for someone from my home city of Leeds, England. (If you've seen Game of Thrones, think Winterfell but bleaker) I'm actually not currently in England and haven't lived there for some time. I'm actually currently living and working in Korea. The good one.

Like bibliophile, I'm a teacher - though I specialize in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers Of Other Languages). In case you're wondering what the difference is, it's the dominant language of where I'm teaching (ie am I in an English-speaking country or not). Yes, I'm aware this is an arbitrary distinction. Please do not get me started on TESL, TEAL and many of the other only-microscopically-different levels of English language teaching that exist.

Before that, I was a writer, which was not as romantic as it sounds. While I do have some short stories published on Ether Books, a mobile publishing platform, most of my paid writing work has been copywriting for websites - blog posts etc - and that helped me get through my MA in Creative Writing. I still write, though only creatively and mostly for pleasure now since I have a more stable career than writing was giving me. I still intend to publish what I write, though at a later date when I'm more settled into a proper routine.

I'm also an atheist, thanks in no small part to my family history. I'm northern Irish on my father's side, but my grandmother was Protestant and my grandfather Catholic. You can imagine how popular this made them and they were forced to relocate for bullshit tribal reasons rather than any legitimate grievances. As such my family's always been relatively secular and I pretty much inherited it - educated, scientific parents and my grandparents are still Christian but strongly opposed to evangelism and the imposition of religious beliefs on the government.

I actually went to a Christian school (because the school system in the UK is such that all the good ones are still Christian and it's illegal to found a non-religious school). I even studied religion up to A-level (the level before university) and was consistently top of my class... while also being the only atheist in the class, which must have been frustrating! Oh, and I'm gay so I suppose there is a vested interest for me being against religious fundamentalists who think murdering me should be legal.

In terms of RPGs, I didn't get into them until university. I was aware of their existence, but like baseball they were something I really only heard about through American media most of the time. It wasn't until I came to university and found a game group that I actually got a chance to give it a go and play. I started out on D&D and Mutants and Masterminds - probably wouldn't have kept up with the hobby if my only exposure was 3.5, that game was broken to hell - and made most of my enduring friendships around the gaming table. I also enjoyed GMing as a way to practice storytelling, test out ideas for scenarios and characters etc.

Arenamontanus Arenamontanus's picture
I'm Arenamontanus, a

I'm Arenamontanus, a pretentious latinisation of my last name.

Originally from Sweden, I live in Oxford since several years. While Stockholm is nice, Oxford is heaven for an academic nerd like me. I work at the Future of Humanity Institute, researching big picture future issues like existential risk, the ethics and technology of human enhancement, emerging technologies, and how the heck to think rationally about this kind of uncertain and potentially unknowable things. Yes, we actually fill whiteboards with equations and diagrams trying to figure out safe AGI design or how to do anti-WMD DRM on nanoassemblers. I love my work: it is like a live action version of Eclipse Phase every day.

My background is all over the place: a fair bit of math and computer science, but also some medicine, engineering and natural disaster research. Beside the stuff I have picked up in other disciplines: I am very much an omnivore when it comes to knowledge. Largely thanks to my somewhat boring childhood when I read sf and then science in order to make it real. Roleplaying games made me even broader: to GM well, I have read up on the strangest topics... which surprisingly often come in handy when writing serious papers (yes, knowing about the love potions of the Yusufzai Pukhtun actually was useful for an ethics paper). In short, I am a total generalist, which is why the philosophy department is a good place to hide out.

In roleplaying, I really got hooked on GDW's old 2300AD science fiction setting back in high-school. Then my gaming group discovered White Wolf and I became a Mage: the Ascension fanatic. More recently I have mainly run settings of my own devising, with the exception of Eclipse Phase. I have one official game module to my name (Cities of the Edge, for Gurps Transhuman Space). Current games involve either a long-running superheroes in the "real" world setting (imagine the War on Terror plus super-powered federal agents) and a new cyberpunkish sf setting dealing with alien contact. Thank heaven for Skype, so I can keep in contact with my Swedish gaming group.

I would regard myself as a libertarian-leaning transhumanist. I have been around long enough in transhumanist circles that I guess I can count myself as part of the Old Guard (you know, those conservative near luddite sell-outs). Rather pro-transparency (I deliberately outed myself as gay and a cognitive enhancer user in the media a while ago to make it non-news; bootstrapping tolerance in a rapidly more globally transparent world is a high priority), optimistic about non-hard singularity take-offs (especially uploading based, although I think hard take-off singularity is enough of a concern to investigate), signed up for cryonics, and overall interested in ways of making society smarter.

As a hobby I collect beetles. I do not expect to run out of new ones.

Extropian

Killebrew Killebrew's picture
Alright, I'll give this a go.

Alright, I'll give this a go.

I'm Killebrew, currently residing in Las Vegas, the big one in Nevada not the one in New Mexico. I'm an on again off again student pursuing a degree in clinical laboratory science as I can afford it, moved around a couple times trying futilely to pursue a direct program for my major; for some reason places like to have it for only a few years then just drop it. I've worked in the field for several years while in the Air Force, though not currently involved, instead taking whatever jobs I can and striving onwards and upwards.

My first experience with RPGs was during high school. Moved my junior year and the new school required all students to be involved in a club that met one Friday a month while the teachers had their resource meetings or some such. So, I picked the gaming club and started out playing D&D 3.5. Since then I've managed to spread out a little bit, playing D&D 3.5, 4th Ed a bit, Pathfinder, Eclipse Phase, various games in both the original world of darkness line and the new, Dark Heresy and even expanding into various miniatures games. Always looking to try new games when I can.

Outside of gaming I am interested in various topics, nanotechnology, computers, virology/microbiology, mythology, and science fiction in general among others.

Edit: I noticed someone mentioned they were curious about the average age and realized I didn't post mine, so adding it here. I'm 25 years old.

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bibliophile20 bibliophile20's picture
Arenamontanus wrote: to GM

Arenamontanus wrote:
to GM well, I have read up on the strangest topics... which surprisingly often come in handy when writing serious papers (yes, knowing about the love potions of the Yusufzai Pukhtun actually was useful for an ethics paper).

That... is awesome. Now I'm wondering about the D&D alignment charts in scholarly articles... :)

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In short, I am a total generalist, which is why the philosophy department is a good place to hide out.

*laughs* You sound like Randall Munroe. (*starts humming Every Major's Terrible*)

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More recently I have mainly run settings of my own devising, with the exception of Eclipse Phase. I have one official game module to my name (Cities of the Edge, for Gurps Transhuman Space). Current games involve either a long-running superheroes in the "real" world setting (imagine the War on Terror plus super-powered federal agents) and a new cyberpunkish sf setting dealing with alien contact.

Oooh. Hmm. On the topic of "real world superpowers" settings, have you heard of Wearing the Cape? It's an interesting fictional setting that tries to be socially realistic about how modern society would adapt with the sudden appearance of superheroes. I keep resisting the urge to contact the author and ask if I can, pretty please, make it into an RPG setting... :)

Any chance of any of those custom settings ever getting published?

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Thank heaven for Skype, so I can keep in contact with my Swedish gaming group.

Do you use video chat, or just voice? (my group has shifted to Google Hangouts from Skype because we like being able to see our friends and we're all poor college students, and we're currently scattered over the entire US Eastern Seaboard, or, depending on the time of year, both North and South hemispheres)

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Rather pro-transparency (I deliberately outed myself as gay and a cognitive enhancer user in the media a while ago to make it non-news; bootstrapping tolerance in a rapidly more globally transparent world is a high priority),

Transparency: now there's a fun debate (not being sarcastic; honestly, this is a fun topic with so much importance on it). I'm curious on where you draw the line regarding where and when some degree of obfuscation is appropriate? For an example, I'd draw at least one line at the revelation of information that would threaten an active investigation or endanger the lives of undercover operatives in criminal organizations, but there has to be an active threat against a person's safety before I consider it.

Also, regarding tolerance: Waves from the US! We're making some good strides over here, even as the haters, homophobes and xenophobes fight a dogged rearguard action. Their desperation would be entertaining, if not for the ugly hate that fuels it.

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optimistic about non-hard singularity take-offs (especially uploading based, although I think hard take-off singularity is enough of a concern to investigate), signed up for cryonics, and overall interested in ways of making society smarter.

I'm curious: would you define the computer revolution of the last five decades (and especially the last decade) as a singularity? What's your definition of a singularity? I've seen two: either self-improving intelligence, or, the first one that I saw, an innovation or invention that fundamentally changes the societal calculus equations such that the earlier predictions can no longer be applied? (which, by that second definition, would mean that we've already gone through several singularities as a species)

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As a hobby I collect beetles. I do not expect to run out of new ones.

Ha! I've got a fun one to share: At the Cleveland Natural History Museum, where I volunteered as a high school student, there are large cases of beetle displays. I must have walked past them hundreds of times. Then, one day, I was walking past one and noticed that someone, as a joke, decades earlier, had pinned a model Volkswagen Beetle, about two centimeters long, in the case, alongside the other similarly sized beetles.

"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." -Benjamin Franklin

Undocking Undocking's picture
Canada?

I'm Undocking, 22 and living in Toronto, Canada. I've been gaming for quite a while and was introduced to Eclipse Phase while in university, where I studied an amalgum of things and ended up with an English and Mediaeval Studies degree. I'm currently working as a freelance writer, web content strategist and part-time bookseller to payoff academic loans while doing research for an application paper for a masters in memetics. Also taking a night course in chemistry.

My family is rather secular. My mum is a CEO christian (Christmas & Easter only) and father is an atheist, which I inherited. Though, my first experience gaming came from a D&D redbox we bought from the church garage sale for a couple dollars.

I'm a seasoned mediaeval rapier fencer, which has worked out well for my lack of interest in competitive sports. In my spare time I read, consume media, write and play/plan rpgs. GMing has been my niche, and the current game is a postcyberpunk hybrid of Ghost in the Shell, Psycho Pass, Eclipse Phase, Transhuman Space and Nova Praxis.

I would very much like to be a professional fiction writer, but memetic engineer is my current trajectory. Current research interests are simulacrum, stand alone complexes, social physics, memetics and new-age marketing; in addition to whatever is new in the astronomy and transhuman worlds.

I'd place myself as an apatheist and a transhumanist, though I haven't placed myself within any of the current schools of thought, but I am not a democratic transhumanist. Not much of a capitalist either.

I've bounce between lurking and posting depending if I'm playing EP or relevant topics arise.

Arenamontanus Arenamontanus's picture
bibliophile20 wrote

bibliophile20 wrote:
Arenamontanus wrote:
to GM well, I have read up on the strangest topics... which surprisingly often come in handy when writing serious papers (yes, knowing about the love potions of the Yusufzai Pukhtun actually was useful for an ethics paper).

That... is awesome. Now I'm wondering about the D&D alignment charts in scholarly articles... :)

I see that Castronova has an article reviewing the link between natural law ethics and games. I also found an article discussing gender in Neverwinter nights with the actual chart, but Castronova is actually chewing on the actual ethics to some extent.

My problem, of course, is that in the philosophy department we believe in the alignment axes moral realism/subjectivism/error theory and consequentialist/deontologist. I think I am a chaotic consequentialist.

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Any chance of any of those custom settings ever getting published?

Some are up in fragmentary form: http://www.aleph.se/Nada/Game/AstralAmerica/
http://www.aleph.se/Dragons3/
but I should update them a lot. My alien contact setting, "O Panorama", will appear shortly. Actually turning them into proper, published settings: probably too much work given my extensive distractions.

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Rather pro-transparency (I deliberately outed myself as gay and a cognitive enhancer user in the media a while ago to make it non-news; bootstrapping tolerance in a rapidly more globally transparent world is a high priority),

Transparency: now there's a fun debate (not being sarcastic; honestly, this is a fun topic with so much importance on it). I'm curious on where you draw the line regarding where and when some degree of obfuscation is appropriate? For an example, I'd draw at least one line at the revelation of information that would threaten an active investigation or endanger the lives of undercover operatives in criminal organizations, but there has to be an active threat against a person's safety before I consider it.

Exactly. Not all information should be spread. The fact that some piece of information can be deduced doesn't mean one should help the deduction, and sometimes it might be worth making it harder (after all, that is what encryption is for). Total transparency requires extreme tolerance to be liveable. It also to some extent fixes various criminal problems by making the crimes hard to hide; it is the intermediate levels that are truly messy and have potential for Powers That Be to exploit their information asymmetries.

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I'm curious: would you define the computer revolution of the last five decades (and especially the last decade) as a singularity? What's your definition of a singularity? I've seen two: either self-improving intelligence, or, the first one that I saw, an innovation or invention that fundamentally changes the societal calculus equations such that the earlier predictions can no longer be applied? (which, by that second definition, would mean that we've already gone through several singularities as a species)

Well, I have a paper about it! (of course) I define several kinds, and self-improving intelligence is type C while a prediction horizon is type E. I think indeed the intelligence explosion definition is the most interesting; we have been having exponential change (type A) for ages, and technology has been improving how we make technology (type B). The real thing that matters is whether we get superintelligence (and how abruptly).

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As a hobby I collect beetles. I do not expect to run out of new ones.

Ha! I've got a fun one to share: At the Cleveland Natural History Museum, where I volunteered as a high school student, there are large cases of beetle displays. I must have walked past them hundreds of times. Then, one day, I was walking past one and noticed that someone, as a joke, decades earlier, had pinned a model Volkswagen Beetle, about two centimeters long, in the case, alongside the other similarly sized beetles.

Hehehe... exactly the kind of joke one would expect from entomologists. Maybe I should have four beetles walk across a diorama of a zebra crossing.

Extropian

thezombiekat thezombiekat's picture
Arenamontanus wrote:

Arenamontanus wrote:

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Rather pro-transparency (I deliberately outed myself as gay and a cognitive enhancer user in the media a while ago to make it non-news; bootstrapping tolerance in a rapidly more globally transparent world is a high priority),

Transparency: now there's a fun debate (not being sarcastic; honestly, this is a fun topic with so much importance on it). I'm curious on where you draw the line regarding where and when some degree of obfuscation is appropriate? For an example, I'd draw at least one line at the revelation of information that would threaten an active investigation or endanger the lives of undercover operatives in criminal organizations, but there has to be an active threat against a person's safety before I consider it.

Exactly. Not all information should be spread. The fact that some piece of information can be deduced doesn't mean one should help the deduction, and sometimes it might be worth making it harder (after all, that is what encryption is for). Total transparency requires extreme tolerance to be liveable. It also to some extent fixes various criminal problems by making the crimes hard to hide; it is the intermediate levels that are truly messy and have potential for Powers That Be to exploit their information asymmetries.


I also thing this would be a fun debate
When considering the desire for transparency and the practical need for secrecy during undercover operations or military action I always liked the idea of short term obfuscation followed by full disclosure. For example after an undercover police investigation the full details of the operation are made known.

This does have some downsides including limiting the ability to maintain a long term undercover operation, and potentially endangering operatives after the operation is over by making them easier to find.

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Edit: maybe we should take

Edit: maybe we should take this to a new thread

Smokeskin Smokeskin's picture
thezombiekat wrote:

thezombiekat wrote:

I also thing this would be a fun debate
When considering the desire for transparency and the practical need for secrecy during undercover operations or military action I always liked the idea of short term obfuscation followed by full disclosure. For example after an undercover police investigation the full details of the operation are made known.

This does have some downsides including limiting the ability to maintain a long term undercover operation, and potentially endangering operatives after the operation is over by making them easier to find.

And it would teach criminals on how to evade capture. I recently read the details on how a pedophile network got infiltrated, and even after spying on it for a long time, they still only caught 1/3rd of the bad guys. It detailed what got them compromised and what worked for the others. That's a nice information manual.

thezombiekat thezombiekat's picture
that dose it. making a new

that dose it. making a new thread

Arenamontanus Arenamontanus's picture
thezombiekat wrote:that dose

thezombiekat wrote:
that dose it. making a new thread

Sensible.

Back to the general schmoozing: Something I wonder is the age distribution among EP players. I get the feeling that we are a fair bit more mature than the average rpg player... or is that just me?

Extropian

Lilith Lilith's picture
Age

I tend to get the same feeling, actually. Then again, maybe I just feel older these days...

Arenamontanus Arenamontanus's picture
Lilith wrote:I tend to get

Lilith wrote:
I tend to get the same feeling, actually. Then again, maybe I just feel older these days...

RPG players have had an increasing average age, but to some extent that is natural: if you invent an activity at some time and people keep doing it, if the influx is slower than the retention, then the average age tends to go up.

But EP strikes me as a game that actually catches more mature (if only mentally mature) players. Which is not bad at all.

Extropian

Chernoborg Chernoborg's picture
Hey, the game about

Hey, the game about genetically augmented veterans is Ray Winninger's Underground by Mayfair Games.

Current Status: Highly Distracted building Gatecrashing systems in Universe Sandbox!

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I'm Known as ORCACommander. I

I'm Known as ORCACommander. I discovered the joy of the Internet around 2003 and I still believe that on the internet no one is supposed to know you are dog.

My first foray into the nets sent me to old tumsun which is sadly defunct now and its sister site Project Perfect Mod. These Command and Conquer modding communities cemented my love for video games and eventually lead me to spend 4 years in uni learning how to make them where i i finally got into pen and paper rpg's. Been out of uni a year now and am still looking for work in game development but that seems to be the way of things these days.

Eclipse phase was something in the back of my mind for a while now. My uncle iirc got the first edition of the book as a present and the mantra kind stuck with me. it was about 2 years ago i found pdf copies of the game. Sadly i have not had the opportunity to play this yet as the games setting, hard sci fi, and heavy research skills i do not think will mesh with my current gaming groups. Other systems i have played include Pathfinder, dnd 3.5, paranoia, spycraft 2.0 and a d8 cyberpunk setting i can't remember the name of.

A major time sink of mine is Eve Online where i run incursion content.
I love building computers and it would quickly bankrupt me if i did not have great control over my finances.

On social issues i am highly libertarian but when it comes to economic systems i hate the extremes and i just want a system that works and believe in the concept of money being a universal medium of trade.

when it comes to religion i don't care what you practice as long as you are not forcing it upon me because i don't care. i don't think there is such a thing as a god and anything that demands i worship it is not worthy of the title.

on the subject of maturity and age ranges in games i notice a trend. the more skill intensive and the more intricate and mature the setting the older the minds that are attracted to it. average player age of eve when i joined was low 30's. i was 19 at the time, currently 23. I think there is a direct correlation to how serious something is and the age demographic it attracts.

I love to read and given the choice I will prefer to use dead tree media which is partly the reason why its taking me a while to go through the EP source books.

nezumi.hebereke nezumi.hebereke's picture
Hey there, I'm nezumi, out of

Hey there, I'm nezumi, out of Baltimore.

I'm generally a monogameist and until recently played only Shadowrun. I'd dabble with other systems, but SR was the one I kept coming back to. SR4 just wasn't the game I'd fallen in love with, so after a rough break-up, I fell in with Eclipse Phase.

I keep pretty busy with EP, including running games at cons. I've met a few other people through that (including, I believe, Lilith, Sysop, and a few others).

To answer Arenamanterous's question, the average age seems to be 30-40.

Politically I'm just disagreeable. Living in a very blue state, that means I'm red, but if I move down south, I'm sure I'd flip. So I guess I'll just call myself a big-government libertarian :P

For money, I do computer security for a monolithic government agency.

I'm also a dabbler. I've taught myself to shoot, pick locks, swallow fire, etc. Basically if it's something I could use as a shadowrunner, it's something I want to learn (yes, there is a direct correlation between that and going into security. Too bad I didn't get into EP first; maybe I'd be working as a space-whale now.)

And since entomology is coming up ... I spent a summer in a college entomology lab collecting parasitoid larvae. I never got into collecting specimen animals for display, although I did have a live slug ranch for a week as a kid.

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nezumi.hebereke wrote: I've

nezumi.hebereke wrote:
I've taught myself to pick locks

I've been wanting to learn that :) buy a lockpick kit and a few cylinders and practice.

Is it hard to learn? Is it a fun or useful skill to have?

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consumerdestroyer

Rippin' the basics of the format off from the OP!

I'm consumerdestroyer, which is a screenname that represents a reminder to check my privilege. I've been playing RPGs since I was 9 (started on Palladium Games' Rifts campaign setting), and lucked out in being able to game with other kids who decided to take RP very seriously right from the get-go, getting deep into the complexities of their own characters and engaging with each other using interpersonal psychology skillz that, to be honest, most professional actors seem to only partially grasp (again, kids! it still floors me how young we all were, no one older than 13 or 14 in those first few years of RPing). We also rotated GM responsibilities, which I feel gave everyone a feel for what makes a good player by forcing everyone to experience the GM desire for good RP from the GM side of the table. As time wore on, I was more often in the GM/DM/Storyteller/whateverthesystemcallsthepersonwhoplaysthewholeuniverse role as people began to recognize that I could improv a complex world with real consequences to the smallest actions out of whole cloth with very little pre-planning. I actually much prefer being a player, but I also like facilitating good times and recognize that people trip over themselves vying for spots in the games I run, so *shrugs* c'est la vie.

I'm about 15 and a half Martian years old (I think between 15.333 and 15.45, but my math on that is rusty) and I was both born and currently live in UTC−08:00, on occupied and unceded indigenous territory, spawn of colonists and settlers that I am. Indigenous sovereignty is extremely important to me, along with a host of anti-oppressive work that I engage in. I'd tell you more about that work, but some of it is illegal (because being illegal in the face of the current state of legality is about all you can do if you have anti-authoritarian and anti-oppressive principles) and I'd rather keep myself a bit on the dl, as far as that goes. Also why I'm trying not to reveal anything too specific about where I'm from more precisely or my real name and so on.

Maybe sort of obviously, from the above, I find the autonomists in EP to be an attractive buncha fictional folks, and in my own life I strive for libertarianism against authoritarianism (libertarian a la anarcho-communist Joseph Déjacque, the guy who coined it, not the oxymoron of American-style right-libertarianism, or authoritarian libertarianism as I tend to label it) and socialism against capitalism, and libertarian socialism (as many people on this website already know) is just the way you say "anarchist" to people who think that word means moustachio'd 19th century European "nihilists" chucking petrol bombs into public squares filled with horse-drawn carriages and parasols, cackling out "CHAOS!" in Russian or Italian and/or upper middle class white American "punks" chucking bricks through the windows of struggling local businesses before turning around and mooning the shattered display with their tongue hanging Miley Cyrus-like from the sides of their mouths.

And because the OP got me thinking about it, I think I'd definitely make copies of myself and upload 'em, even with early tech, so long as it didn't blank my biobrain. I'd be into forking myself for sure, and making constant backups in cold storage even before resleeving tech came into being. That said, it's not so much a priority that I'd want to pay for it while there is human misery extant in this solar system. I'd rather forgo egoistic immortality through the constant application of my resources (material capitalist wealth or freely given personal time) to those whose entire families could never pool the money together to upload braindata to a virtual eternity and still need help for the here and now that may be all they have.

But if an Autonomist Alliance springs up in my lifetime, I'd be glad to learn the science and the tech behind making nanofabbers and make some open source blueprints and teach people how to make 'em (and figure out how to get resource extraction for the raw materials down to as close to zero cost as possible), and get some infinifood spread throughout the poverty-stricken places before I'd headscratch over the ins and outs of uploading and resleeving tech for all. In the here and now, that correponds to my intense interest in the Open Source Ecology project and their Global Village Construction Set. Open hardware, open blueprints, a civ from scratch on a USB? Don't mind if I do.

The games list:
Pretty much every Palladium Games campaign setting released until the mid-2000s.
I.C.E.'s Middle-Earth Role Playing
Decipher's LotR RPG
D&D, at one point or another every edition but mostly 3e/3.5 (and mostly homebrew campaign settings until Eberron came along, although I've dabbled in Planescape, FR, Greyhawk and Dark Sun)
d20 Modern
Pathfinder
Star Wars (both the West End and WotC variants, haven't tried the FFG version)
GURPS (too many to remember for a bracketed list)
oWoD (Mage, Vampire, Hunter, Werewolf & Wraith)
nWoD (Hunter, Mage, Vampire, & Werewolf)
Scion
Over the Edge
Shadowrun (2nd-4th)
Serenity RPG
Paranoia
Call Of Cthulhu
a bunch of stuff I'm forgetting because I've poked too much smot in my life

The RPG Bucket List:
Eclipse Phase (technically I haven't played it yet, just read all the books and listened to APs and read PBPs and started doing prep for a game that begins this month...but so far it looks like it has the potential to be my all-time favourite RPG)
EVERYTHING I'VE NEVER PLAYED THAT DOESN'T SUCK

Hi everybody! :)

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Welcom :)

Welcom :)

You need to make a thread about anarcho-communism. I really don't understand how it would work, unless you're just talking small enclaves of likeminded people. I can see how you could go from private to personal property as in many other anarchist schools, but beyond that you lost me. I can also see some people using labor economy (though a traditional economy is likely to coexist), but I can't grok a gift economy working on a wide scale in a specialized society.

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Smokeskin wrote:Welcom :)

Smokeskin wrote:
Welcom :)

You need to make a thread about anarcho-communism. I really don't understand how it would work, unless you're just talking small enclaves of likeminded people. I can see how you could go from private to personal property as in many other anarchist schools, but beyond that you lost me. I can also see some people using labor economy (though a traditional economy is likely to coexist), but I can't grok a gift economy working on a wide scale in a specialized society.

Done!

nezumi.hebereke nezumi.hebereke's picture
Smokeskin wrote:nezumi

Smokeskin wrote:
nezumi.hebereke wrote:
I've taught myself to pick locks

I've been wanting to learn that :) buy a lockpick kit and a few cylinders and practice.

Is it hard to learn? Is it a fun or useful skill to have?

It is frighteningly easy to learn. It just takes time and a gentle hand. In addition to wanting to know how things work and wanting to impress they ladies, it's good for developing hand-eye coordination.

I've been able to use my powers for good only once, but it's one of those 'wow, the emperor is naked' sort of moments that makes you think a little more critically.

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I'm going to pick that up :)

I'm going to pick that up :) my wife is going to hate it. I had a thing with rubik's cubes a few years back, she thought it was so annoying.

Any tips on getting started, like a link to a good guide or what kit to get?

nezumi.hebereke nezumi.hebereke's picture
http://www.lockpicking101.com

http://www.lockpicking101.com/

You can pick up some books if you want. I bought a little one for $10.

A 12-piece kit should be sufficient (two torque wrenches, three or four rakes, four to six picks), a few lock cylinders. Get some mid- and low-range ones (low-range locks, especially old ones, can be tougher, because of little machine errors that cause it to stick or bite). In practice, it's all in the fingers. It's a good hobby to do around the lunch room table or in front of the TV.

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Pardon the digression from

Pardon the digression from lockpicking,

Hi! I'm Erulastant. I'm newish around here (been reading the forums on occasion for a while. Almost a year I think? But only started posting these last couple of days).

I'm 2^173 planck times old, give or take, which is nice because those are both prime numbers and planck time is a non-arbitrary length of time. For those unwilling to google a conversion, that's ~20.4 years. I'm a baby, I know. Also a student. I'm studying physics and mathematics as an undergraduate.

In the copious free time that that leaves me, I'm one of Bibliophile's players. And that's pretty much it. I say that partially, but only partially, in jest. I've played or GMed a number of games (GMing by default through middle and high school). My introduction was with D&D 3.5, which, despite it's, ah, quirks, remains one of my favorites (You just need players and a GM all willing to agree on how powerful characters should be. Sadly this has not happened to me (though I have seen it happen)). I have played 1st, 4th, and 5th editions as well as Eclipse Phase, nWoD, FATE, and... I don't remember the damn thing's name. It was a horror RPG that used Jenga as the core mechanic. I have GMed D&D 3.5, 4, 5, Eclipse Phase, and a debacle of a Mass Effect homebrew system. Plus occasional one-shot games with other systems.

I am one of those people who really enjoys the numerical and mechanical aspects of tabletop RPGs. (And also loves the storytelling and RP aspects of them. In my (narrow) experience most people tend to enjoy one or the other but not usually both.) I designed a classless, levelless fantasy d20 based system from the ground up as a hobby. I had intended to run a campaign on it this semester but did not have the time and energy to commit to that. Perhaps next year.

Politically, I am a believer in a socialist state. This is an ignorant opinion, as I have not deeply examined the roots of these views, nor have I done sufficient research to make a call on the long-term viability of anarchist systems. I am aware that my opinion is ignorant and am open to sincere and rational attempts to lead me to a more aware viewpoint. (Be prepared to present opposition to your viewpoint as well). I have thus far in my life had the dubious luxury of not having to worry about that. In the US we have a two-party system and one of them thinks people like me should be rounded up and put into camps (Relevant: I am a transgender woman), so it really doesn't take much effort for me to figure out I should vote against them.

You, too, were made by humans. The methods used were just cruder, imprecise. I guess that explains a lot.

consumerdestroyer consumerdestroyer's picture
Welcome to the forums! Well,

Welcome to the forums! Well, I mean, you've been lurkin' for a while, but...welcome to the tickety-tack on the keyboard dimension of the forums! :)

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Erulastant wrote: I am aware

Erulastant wrote:
I am aware that my opinion is ignorant and am open to sincere and rational attempts to lead me to a more aware viewpoint.

Yay! If only more people recognized that.

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So I've been pointed over here to introduce myself.

So, yeah, hi.

I'm Cerebrate, a nom-de-net I've been using for longer than I can even remember.

Let's see... data, data.

I'm mid-to-late thirties in age. I was born in the UK, emigrated to the US, and now live in Wichita, KS, with one wife and two dogs. I happen to be straight, white, and male, but I think that options on all of those axes should be a matter of personal choice, and will probably try out some of the alternatives if and when they become available. And anyway, while making a religion out of the numbers that came up for you in the genetic lottery isn't the silliest damn thing I've ever heard - I once worked in tech support - it's pretty close.

By profession, I'm self-employed for philosophical and basically insubordinate personality reasons as a minor SF writer (obligatory reference: http://eldraeverse.com/ ), a software developer, and a maker of artisanal soap - at least for now. Which is to say, "entrepreneur".

I'm a professional dilettante, an inadequate rationalist, a voluntarist libertarian, an anarchocapitalist with a heretically wide definition of the free market, a gamer who reads more games than plays them, an ardent bibliophile, a transhumanist, a philosophunculist without portfolio, and an aspiring post-Singularity superintelligence.

And I have a slight flaw in my character.

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Hopeful

Nice to meet you formally good sir,

You're posts have been informative and thought provoking thus far and your life sounds like one I wouldn't mind buying an x-cast of occasionally.

I haven't had many (read: none) actual interactions with other transhumanists, voluntarists, and certainly not any Extropians. Plus a wife and two dogs?! As a twenty two year old Creative Writing student, I'm envious. XD

You do say "when they become available." I do believe we will reach a certain stage of sophistication, but I'm more skeptical about living long enough to see it. Do you believe many of us will?

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Your body is a tool. Hone it.
Transhummanity is a pantheon. Exalt it!

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I seem to recall there being

I seem to recall there being an introduction thread a while back, so I reckon this is more for general socialising?

So anyway, I am Lorsa, another one of those straight white males, even though I believe these things shouldn't matter in an online discussion. I sometimes get strong urges to discuss and debate issues, depending on how much time I have. No matter how it may seem, I always keep an open mind and will re-evaluate the arguments once discussion is complete. I can often value how people say things more than what they actually say. Being polite is important.

In any case, I live in Sweden, a pretty decent country overall, or at the very least average. Hopefully I will be finished with my education shortly, which has dragged on for far too long (and I am far too old to enjoy student parties) and be a nano-engineer, bringing nano-fabricators to the world and destroying the economy before it destroys itself (ok that last part was wishful thinking).

While I may be religious, I am by no means bio-conservative. I like this life and see no reason why I wouldn't try to extend it indefinitely if I could. I also believe strongly that people should be able to choose their preferred morph themselves and considering that we have always been correcting minor errors why wouldn't we correct major errors as well (such as sex)?

Politically I am of the, in world politics somewhat lacking, social-liberalist camp. I also much like the environment, and believe that technology can (and will) solve many of those issues, if we just decide to implement them. My current first priority question though is the economic system, which is completely un-sustainable and it's just a question of when and not if it will collapse or destroy the world.

I guess it deserves a mention that I am more or less a roleplaying-addict. My weekds tend to be booked as much as possible with various sessions and it really is my largest interest. Other than that I like to play the piano, sing, watch TV-series, work out at the gym or do sports, play computer games, read books etc etc. I keep myself very busy (and a look around my place would tell you it's not by cleaning).

One thing I really should work more on is to attract romantic attention. That should really be something they teach you at school, or at the very least be university courses about. There seems to be a trick for it that I haven't quite learnt. So if anyone knows it, please let me know.

As not to end on something negative, I think Eclipse Phase is great in general. Hopefully we will see a new and improved version 2 at some point because the quality seem to get better with every book.

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Well, one can hope so, anyway

Well, one can hope so, anyway.

For myself, I plan to live forever or die trying, so might as well plan accordingly.

-c

Koolaid Koolaid's picture
You All Are Detailed.

My name is Rick. I work at a pizza place. I got called in one night and we were slammed, and was pretty happy to see a line out the door and a list of pizza tickets as long as my arm. A customer commented on my "Kool-Aid" smile.

I'm 24, white male, married to a white female, one kid, one on the way. I've never been a big science fiction fan, but I was always into fantasy like LOTR. This led to DnD, which led me to Eclipse Phase, an intense interest. Which led me here.

A few of you have mentioned where you "stand": politically, religiously, etc. I have no idea, myself.

As far as life goes, as a new father and new pizza shop manager, the itch for gaming constantly goes unscratched. I tried a couple of PbP games recently (Pathfinder), but they fell apart, of course.

Timezone, right. GMT-5. EST, United States. Florida, for the curious.

Nice to meet you all!

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you are a manager for pizza

you are a manager for pizza place... how can you NOT have gaming groups fighting over you :P but ya progeny do take up time. enjoy our special brand of madness

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I'm normally the GM though.

I'm normally the GM though. If I GM AND bring pizza... But time is the biggest thing. Roleplay is not at the top of my list. And my city isn't exactly a big tabletop area.

But thanks for the welcome. I am glad for Eclipse Phase.

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Kids usually make roleplaying

Kids usually make roleplaying difficult. Until they grow up and you can invite them to your groups!

Nice to see you here. What's your specialty pizza?

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Hello

Hi!

I'm Cthuluzord (yes, I know I'm missing an h. I misspell out of respect for our grand watery overlord). It's been my handle for a few years, though I only have about four years experience on forums of any kind. The internet came kind of late to rural Missouri, and I'm probably the biggest Luddite of any EP fan you've ever met, much to my embarrassment.

I'm relatively new to gaming in general. I've only been playing for 3 to 4 years. I read my dad's old DnD books when I was in middle school, but I never found a group to play until well after college (again, rural Missouri...). I got started playing with the group of guys that puts out the Role-Playing Public Radio Actual Play podcast. They eventually asked me to participate in the main podcast as well, and I've been hooked ever since. We even did an interview with Posthuman Studios! http://slangdesign.com/rppr/2014/02/game-designer-workshop/game-designers-workshop-posthuman-studios-interview/

Since I suffer from a hobby deficit, most of the more canonical RPG stuff falls flat for me because I've only ever read the books and never experienced play. I tend towards more rules-light games like Dungeon World and A Dirty World and...Call of Cthulhu (I wish that ended with "World" too). I got into Eclipse Phase when Ross bought the book. I read it, but I didn't figure out how to actually GM and play it until I read Arenamontanus's "Think Before Asking." Still the best EP adventure out there and one of my all-time favorite modules. It inspired me to run my first campaign ever in EP. I called it Know Evil and we recorded all the sessions. While it's merits are certainly debatable, it is nothing if not really, really long.http://eclipsephase.com/actual-play-campaign-rppr-know-evil

The EP crew was kind enough to let me translate the campaign's success into some work. I've done writing for Transhuman, and the backer scenario "The Devotees" is all me (well, me and Jack, who was kind enough to edit it into something playable rather than the friggin' novella my dumb ass turned in). That's led to freelance work with other companies, and I've got a campaign book coming out for Arc Dream's Better Angels later this year. I also run my own game line called Hebanon Games. We've only got one book of system-agnostic horror scenarios out so far, but more stuff is in the works. Pretty much everything besides the book itself is P.W.Y.W. PDFs. They can all be found on DTRPG: http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/browse.php?manufacturers_id=5698&term=hebanon%20games

So that's the gaming stuff. IRL, my name is Caleb. I'm a teacher by trade. I currently teach Creative Writing as per course faculty for a local college. I used to be a high school English teacher. I loved it, but I lost my job over a book ban (fighting it, of course) and have pretty much been blacklisted due to the political leanings of your average Ozarks school board. Or maybe I'm just bad at it? I'll guess I'll never really know for sure; the tools that let you know you suck at something are the same ones you use to get good at it.

Right now, I'm trying to focus on getting my writing career in RPGs off the ground and figure out a different plan for the day job since that whole last decade of school and experience didn't work out. That said, writing has made me a lot happier than dealing with fundamentally crazy parents and administrators ever did. Things ain't half-bad.

I haven't been active on the forums very much lately. We moved on to different systems in the RPPR podcasts, and I really only ever posted about the game itself. The political/religious/ethical/rhetorical stuff interests me up to a point, but I find myself moderating those topics in classes every single day. Participating in those discussions has already cost me my livelihood. Doing so in my free time doesn't hold much interest. So with Know Evil finished I devolved into a lurker and eventually stopped checking. Oops...

But another RPPR member is running an EP campaign now, and I actually get to play for once! So I figured it was time to (re)introduce myself and get more active again. As for all those other threads, I'm psyched about Bibliophile's moderation and excited to see the forum enter a new age of civility.

In short, I look forward geeking out on some EP with y'all. Let's all nag Arenamontanus incessantly until he writes more great stuff!

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I was gonna say... pretty

I was gonna say... pretty sure I saw you posting on older threads. Nice to meet you, Cthulu.

Lorsa... we do a New England pan style pizza with probably twice as much cheese as the chains normally do. The Odyssey Special is a volcano of a supreme.

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Koolaid wrote:we do a New

Koolaid wrote:
we do a New England pan style pizza with probably twice as much cheese as the chains normally do. The Odyssey Special is a volcano of a supreme.

Is there any chance of you being anywhere near the Upstate NY region? :)

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Cthuluzord wrote:

Cthuluzord wrote:

But another RPPR member is running an EP campaign now, and I actually get to play for once!

Yes yes yes yes yes.

When is it airing? Dungeon world is cool, but it isn't EP.

Koolaid Koolaid's picture
Sorry.

I'm in Florida, I'm afraid.

bibliophile20 bibliophile20's picture
Koolaid wrote:I'm in Florida,

Koolaid wrote:
I'm in Florida, I'm afraid.

Doh! Missed that in your original post. Sorry!

"Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote." -Benjamin Franklin

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Hello. I am the Space Cynic.

Hello. I am the Space Cynic.

I am cynical about human nature, about the possibility of utopias, about hope that technology will solve all our problems and usher in a brave new world of kindness and happiness.

I dislike, in no particular order: Transhumanists, bioconservatives, hypercapitalists, anarcho-communists, fascists, technosocialists, cyberdemocrats, anarcho-capitalists, nationalists, most other people with something to sell.

I like realists and people who aren't assholes even if their moral systems don't require them to not be assholes. I also like parrots.

Nice to meet you.

+Space porn
-Space people

Bursting Eagern... Bursting Eagerness Soul's picture
Space Cynic wrote:Hello. I am

Space Cynic wrote:
Hello. I am the Space Cynic.

I am cynical about human nature, about the possibility of utopias, about hope that technology will solve all our problems and usher in a brave new world of kindness and happiness.

I dislike, in no particular order: Transhumanists, bioconservatives, hypercapitalists, anarcho-communists, fascists, technosocialists, cyberdemocrats, anarcho-capitalists, nationalists, most other people with something to sell.

I like realists and people who aren't assholes even if their moral systems don't require them to not be assholes. I also like parrots.

Nice to meet you.


Hello, Space Cynic. Nice to meet you. If you dislike basically the basics of pretty much everything in this game that isn't empty space, why are you here?

In other words, firing off a laser with a sufficient TWR for the recoil to be noticeable would require a post-miracle-tech laser weighing less than a disposable plastic spoon and powerful enough to shoot down Death Stars? -- ShadowDragon8685

Space Cynic Space Cynic's picture
Bursting Eagerness Soul wrote

Bursting Eagerness Soul wrote:
Hello, Space Cynic. Nice to meet you. If you dislike basically the basics of pretty much everything in this game that isn't empty space, why are you here?

Now hold on, I didn't say I disliked anything that's in the game. I like transhuman settings, I like sci-fi horror, I like space, I like speculation about future societies. I just don't like people who think fictional politics should be turned into reality. I mean, EP is a horror setting, right? I don't generally look to ol' Lovecraft for ideas about how society should work.

+Space porn
-Space people

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Boomzilla aka Ian. I guess I

Boomzilla aka Ian. I guess I'm a bit of a stereotype re: transhumanist/gamer type: white guy, 20-something, with Aspergers to boot.

Anyway:

Boomzilla
Age: 29
Gender ID: Male
Morph: Flat

+Science +Atheism -Hurting Sentient Beings

SOM 10
COO 5
REF 10
COG 15
INT 15
SAV 5
WIL 5

Academics: Chemistry 30
Academics: Computer Science 40
Academics: Math 30
Acaedmics: Physics 30
Art: Writing 40
Infosec 20
Interfacing 40
Interest: Role-playing games 40
Interest: Science Fiction 40
Pilot: Groundcraft 20
Programming 35
Research 40


Lorsa Lorsa's picture
Hello boomzilla and welcome.

Hello boomzilla and welcome. There's nothing wrong with being a stereotype. Not that I believe in stereotypes (in fact, I still hate them with a passion, regardless of certain discussions I've had). Anyway, feel free to participate in any discussions you like, there are lots of them!

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boomzilla boomzilla's picture
forum rules question

Hey, can I create another account for my EP character? I know sock puppetry is frowned upon, but I'd only use it for the IC forum, and I would clearly identify, on this account, that that is my IC profile.

Kinda dorky, I admit, but my "argonaut" badge here isn't my IC identity, but rather an IRL identity in that I am really into science.


Lorsa Lorsa's picture
As long as you identify

As long as you identify yourself clearly and use it only for IC stuff, I personally have no problems with it. It's not something we have discussed though, so you might want to wait for more opinions.

I always thought suck puppetry was more when you fake being someone else in order to either support your own opinions in discussion, or bypass a ban. If you let us know that both accounts belong to you, then all warnings or bans would apply equally to both, and your actions with one would affect the other equally.

Obviously too much of this would become an administrative nightmare, so to be safe you should wait for the administrator to speak.

Quick Mod Edit the team is discussing this topic and will have an official statement soon. -Kindalas

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SuMeRization ^_^

Name: Elizabeth Wilder
Gender: dmab trans-woman
Age: 32
Earth Time Zone: UTC -5
Gaming: GM since ~1995. D&D: AD&D 2e, 3e, 3.5e, 4e; Pathfinder. Other: Alternity, BESM 3e, Call of Cthulhu, Cthulhutech, d20 Modern, Eclipse Phase, L5R, Mutants & Masterminds, Numenera, Savage Worlds (including Low Life), Star Wars Revised, Star Wars Saga Edition, White Wolf (WoD, nWoD, Exalted; discontinued)
Politics: hyper-progressive, anarchist, post-genderist/feminist, post-humanist (immortality, or die trying)
Religion: anti-theist
Mental Health: Borderline Personality Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (disabling)
Moxie: 1

Reapers: Do Not Taunt Happy Fun Ball.
My watch also has a minute hand, millenium hand, and an eon hand.

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