The Unlife

There was a time where I would not have wished the pain of slow agonising death on anyone, where the thought of wishing another to feel their innards rot away, the ability to smell and taste their own rotting flesh forever, was unthinkable. Hoping to inflict the sense of maggots burrowing through their soft belly or worms squriming through ones skull, slithering down your neck, such hopes would have seemed monstrous. But now, having lived…

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Asylum – Discoveries

The Kuiper Belt 2371June 3rd 18:31 Atomic Earth Time Deep Space Survey Vessel Utopia “This is survey team Vulture, I think we’ve got something here…” “Please extrapolate Vulture.” A pause on the communication line. “We’ve got no idea survey command, but it’s nothing we’ve ever seen before.” “We’re on deep space survey vessel floating in the outer parts of the Kuiper belt Vulture, we haven’t seen much of this before.” “Yeah, yeah, I’m serious, whatever…

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Late again

“Where was it you said you were from again?” The young man asked me as I glanced around the shop my partner next to me dressed in a stuffy looking suit, fedora on top of his head. “We’re librarians, we work for the British Library.” Christopher, my partner, was looking tired again, probably up reading all night. “We’re looking for a book” he continued. “So you said, well there are plenty of books here for…

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The Concept of Understanding

There was once a time where a single man of average ability and intellect, given all required raw materials and written knowledge would be able to construct all the technology man possessed.   Towards the middle of the 20th century this was no longer the case, and by the end of the 20th century there were many individual technologies that were impossible. While a single man could craft all the items required for a steam…

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His Mountain of Death

“Alright squad we’re just going through the numbers, just like training, if you keep your head you’ll get to sleep in your bunk soon enough.” The sergeant’s voice came in clear over Simon’s headset, everywhere he looked a virtual hud was displayed with data feeds and gauges superimposed over the vid feeds from outside of his battlesuit. He was in a trench peaking out over a no-mans land of razor wire, mines and craters along with the…

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DevOps, Technical Principle or Institutional Discipline?

Work In Progress DevOps as a term is seen to have emerged after a 2009 Velocity conference where John Allspaw and Paul Hammond gave their “10 Deploys per day: Dev and Ops Cooperation at Flickr” presentation. During which they described how they created shared goals between Dev and Ops to make deployment a part of everybody’s day job. Later that year Patrick Debois excited by the idea went on to create the first DevOpsDay in…

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That’s not an interrogation!

“No! Hitting him repeatedly on the head is not an interrogation Constable Tomato!” Seargent Campbell yelled at his young watchman. “Well, sir, he wasn’t telling me what I wanted” the young chap muttered gesturing at the door behind him. “That doesn’t mean you can just bash him with you truncheon!” “I wasn’t using my truncheon, I was using that chair.” Tomato corrected. “That doesn’t make a difference!” “Really? Oh… well still, I know he has…

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Some work I did on FATE character creation

Creating Good Characters   Goal What’s your character attempting to achieve in life, what’s their end goal? It should be hard to achieve but possible, though maybe unlikely. Think about what you’d want to be able to achieve in a similar situation, time period and setting.   Some examples. “I want to become King.” “I want to own my own starship.” “I want to build a legacy.” “I want to be the greatest merchant in…

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Zweihander Characters Pt1

Let’s go through the character creation process for Zweihander and throw together an NPC or two. Excerpt from the book. I’ll go through these in stages. So Step 1, Begin basic tier Okay, this just seems to be an overview of the process. Spend points, get prizes. Step 2 Primary Attributes So Combat Bonus, Brawn Bonus, Agility Bonus, Perception Bonus, Intelligence Bonus, is the bonus bit really required? Willpower Bonus, Fellowship Bonus, oh right it’s a…

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Quick and Dirty Systems – Tri Stats Basics

Now I know that tri-stat was a system back in the day but well as a name it describes what I always have in mind and that being a game with three core statistics that nicely describe all the most important things about a character without becoming horribly specific. Those stats are Body, Mind and, Spirit, I tend to think that these cover more or less everything you’ll ever need to know about a character. Other…

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