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They are interchangeable except in terms of nuance. This is like asking "Is Mao (Tse-tung) really called Mao or Comrade Mao?" Well, both are frequent appellations, but you generally use Comrade Mao when you're on board with the whole Communist program. Similarly, The Computer is The Computer. Alpha Complex propaganda insists "The Computer Is Your ...


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A "Living" campaign is one of the old RPGA-run organized play campaigns designed for you to use and advance a character across multiple play opportunities at public events like RPG conventions and game days, in the same shared world and using officially sanctioned adventures. (For you kids nowadays, the RPGA was a RPG fan organization sponsored by TSR, ...


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Alpha Complex is governed by an entity you can refer to as "Computer", "The Computer", "Friend Computer", "The Friend Computer" or [redacted for security reasons]. Different NPCs and organizations will have different preferences about which term to use. In the spirit of Paranoia some might have very strong (but still frequently changing) preferences and no ...


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A Fence is someone who buys and sells stolen goods. A Fixer is primarily a middleman between the shadows and the corporate world. Some also act as fences.


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"Living campaign" is a common term for a "shared-universe" campaign played by an extended community of participants, usually mediated by an organization like the RPGA. The idea is that players from all over the world can participate in the evolution of a shared setting, either developing organically based on an aggregate of player actions or pre-determined ...


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While both members of the shadow community, a fence and a fixer operate at different levels of it and have different roles. A fence is a merchant dealing in black and grey market goods. They operate on the fringes of the shadow community - offering services to both members of the shadow community and the more garden-variety criminal. Depending on their ...


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"The Computer" is what you'd probably say as an out-of-setting 3rd party narrator. "Friend Computer" is more likely the address by an in-setting character. By comparison, the Wikipedia article on the current Queen Elizabeth usually refers to her as "Elizabeth", but if you met her in person then you're expected to address her as "Your Majesty".


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In a living campaign, your character is imersed into a 'world' with other players you don't know. All activity is posted to a central location, so changes in that world affect everyone who play the game. It also allows you to use one character with different DM/GMs using the same campaign. Essentially it turns table-top gaming as close as possible to being ...


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If you don't consider the computer your friend, and visibly/audibly encourage others to do so, you're obviously a traitor. I'll need your ID code, so I can report your traitorous thoughts to Friend Computer. If you cooperate, and provide a list of all your friends' ID codes as well, it's possible that Friend Computer may be lenient...



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