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Well, from a literary standpoint, I'd say it's because the games you mentioned represent specific genres in which the concept of cyber psychosis does or does not fit. The cyberpunk genre is one in which, despite considerable technological change, human nature is proven again and again to be a nearly-unchangeable constant. This makes for some awesome 'human' ...


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To begin with, I'll point out one important assumption we can safely make. Processor power is essentially a constant for any given computer. A system which can run one person at the maximum 60x dilation could, equally, run 60 people at normal rate. An obvious and important corollary: any system that cannot run multiple transhumans in a simulspace is also ...


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The biggest difference between fantasy and sci-fi notions of value is that: ideas have value Therefore, besides the standard stuff players receive, they can also discover what amounts to IP. One of the oddest forms of IP is actually Real Estate, as it's a purely symbolic agreement that X owns area Y, even though X may not sit on Y with guns. (Note how this ...


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We meant the standard muse -- that's why it says "standard muse" in the character creation chapter. The other AIs, as noted, are for specialized purposes, and aren't the same thing as the personalized AI assistant the standard muses is supposed to be.


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Integrating an artificial limb or organ in place of a lost original seems to be, according to the literature (in the "related scientific resources" sense, not in the "fictional accounts" one) prone to cause problems. I haven't dug deep into it, but even skimming the top google finds seems to suggest that organ replacement can (though not necessarily does) ...


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It's ambiguous and that's intentional. There was a long debate thread on RPG.Net that the authors even commented on. I believe the authors stated the intent was to be ambiguous. It could be easily said that one of the themes of Eclipse Phase is exploring your humanity and determining what happens to a transhuman soul certainly right up that alley. There ...


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Custom Points Spend them on your morph and traits. Liquefy the rest into credits and Rep so that you can buy stuff During the game Or During Character Creation Use the Credits to buy some nice mods and implants. Skills Buy at least 20 points in a few combat skills: Kinetic/Beam/Spray/Seeker, Unarmed, and Blades (if you're going to be using those). ...


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I have always run cyberpsychosis being due to the strange detachment that cyberware would impose on the character. In many novels affects are mentioned like: Eyes that never feel tired, when the rest of you is ready to drop (cyber eyes) (1) Always feeling everyone is slow (due to cybered reflexes) (1) Slightly wrong feelings from replaced nerves (cyber ...


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admin side The singlemost important rule of any forum is consistent moderation. Don't let someone get away with behavior X because they're your buddy. It's also useful to identify the status of copyright on the board: do you as board owner assert text contributed is: copyright the poster copyright the board (which may not be legal in some places) all ...


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The central monsters of Eclipse Phase are a family of man-made (but incomprehensibly alien) killing machines called the TITANS. The TITANS take different forms. Examples: Killer robots Flesh-eating nanomachines Nanotech computer virus strains that can infect a living person's brain "Singularity" AIs whose intelligence grows exponentially, dwarfing human ...


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According to the Eclipse Phase main book (page 273), forking is still controversial. Given that, I would say that forking for the purposes of procreation would be more so. That leaves us with only two possible answers: 1) Cloning with editing (as Ichoran states). 2) Morphs specifically engineered for the purposes of copulation and gestation. These would, ...


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I asked Eclipse Phase authors on Twitter : Response Here Nope, they come with a device AI (see the section on non-sapient AIs for skill stats). and Here What you can also do that is kind of a cool trick is either teleoperate them or add a cyberbrain & use them as morphs.--jg


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If we look at Gibsonian cyberpunk (which really was the inspiration for CP2013 and subsequently CP2020) then there's something of a core element of the fetishisation of both style and technology (which form key elements of cyberware). This fetishisation might form a more 'realistic' core justification for cyberpsychosis that the raw effects of the cyberware ...


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I'd argue that there would be two sides to that coin. Psychological and neurological. The cyberpunk world is a rapidly changing world and people in it are in a constant struggle to keep up. At one point, augmenting yourself seems to be the only plausible way of doing this. Some people overdo this and put themselves in a position that is superior to ...


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Well, lets take the most relevant part of our existing society and try to extrapolate a little. Who are the most likely to suffer 'less than optimal' human relations - nerds. You don't need cyberware to know the anti-social nerd who is more at home with his computer than his girlfriend. So, Gibson's stories revolved around such people, those who were ...


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Yes – but only for the initial throw: For grenades the initial opposed ½ Fray test is to determine if the grenade hits the target, otherwise the grenade will scatter (p. 204). When you are using a blast weapon, you may still catch your target in the blast radius even if you fail to hit them directly. Weapons such as grenades must go somewhere when ...


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Is it possible? Yes. Jack Graham answered this very question on the Eclipse Phase forum. How Perception check, interest (the lost), or academics (biology/morphs) seems to be the most straight forward way of handling it.


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Decribe the situation accordingly, using proper terms. Instead of saying "you are there" say "you are floating there". This should be a pretty strong reminder. Plus, force them to use the near-0 gravity, for instance placing objects in locations they couldn't reach with Earth-like gravity. However I'm puzzled: which problem exactly did you encounter ...


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Swearing doesn't appear to have changed much from the present day. In the core book alone, fuck (or some variation like clusterfuck) appears 36 times, shit (or some variation like bullshit) appears 14 times, and damn appears 7 times. I could keep searching, but from all the fiction I've read swearing hasn't evolved. There is plenty of new terminology/slang ...


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The Standard Muse is the one you get. Check the excel character sheet, on the gear tab scroll down until you get to the Muses' and you'll see that the Standard Muse is pre-filled with 1. While not officially canon (as far as I know), I'm not making any characters without that sheet!


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I can give you a general answer because I'm away from the books. Switching bodies is relatively affordable especially if you don't care what kind of body you'd like. If you want a good body that's been properly maintained you're going to pay more and if you want an awesome one you're going to probably be pretty well off. For cost scale I'd say it might be ...


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Greg Egan's Disapora starts with an infomorph's birth (orphanogenesis) if you were interested in reading it. Since bodies are irrelevant, the mix is a set of memories and education. Charles Stross's Accelerando is full of partial forks that get education till they are considered adults and different than the original. Personally I would say that creating ...


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Bonuses from cyberware and the other external (in relation to the character) sources apply after the morph-imposed maximums. Eclipse Phase core rulebook, p124, Aptitude Maximums: Some implants, gear, psi, and other factors may modify a character’s natural aptitudes. These augmented values may exceed a morph’s aptitude maximums, as they represent ...


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The Futura are a false example. One thing to consider is that the Futura, the Lost Generation, all had exposure to Watts-MacLeod, which tends to will drive people crazy. We don't actually know if it's the accelerated growth, the W-ML, or both causing some issues in them, but it's entirely possible that a similar project could have succeeded in an ...


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Put a tented index card labeled No Gravity in the middle of the table.


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Here, it's worth noting David Drake's comments on translating from future/ancient languages: One of the problems when you’re writing of either the past or the future is ‘How much should I translate?’ I don’t mean simply language: there’s a whole complex of things that people within any society take for granted but which vary between societies. (But ...


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Fear of the unknown is the kind of horror I'd link Eclipse Phase too. Humanity is more powerful then ever before but there are new things which despite our extremely advanced science we still don't understand. Imagine a world where you can't die and then add the something that can kill you. There are places people don't go because they don't come back and ...


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Personally, I would concentrate on core ego abilities and reputation/networking. Morphs will come and go, egos are what counts. Moving away from the "I have stuff" to "I have respect/ideas" is hard. Depending on what type of game you want to run, you should focus the skills/morph/etc. If you are planning on your characters to travel from Mars to the Sun ...


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To start with, typical Mesh Inserts are online through wireless connections whenever their user is awake, so in the conditions described, you have most likely met the preconditions for an intrusion attempt. Despite the fact that the most likely only legitimate users are local, to hack you only need a communications path, which you have. (Page 254) It is ...



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