Daucus

Aug. 7th, 2017 09:36 am
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Occasionally, E and I go off on worldbuilding tangents that result in new fictitious species. This has previously resulted in the ghost plum and the spider peacock. Last week, someone's Reddit handle inspired discussion of the floating ghost carrot.

Well, it's not really a carrot. Nor does it float. It's actually a subspecies of ginseng that can temporarily activate latent telekinetic powers.

The problem is that while a lot of people would like to have latent telekinetic powers, very few actually do. Because some of the interested-but-without are wealthy, powerful, and unscrupulous (but I repeat myself), this has resulted in a significant off-the-books genetic research project to identify the source of latent telekinesis. The results have been... questionable science, at best. And some of those results point to specific organs as the source of said latent telekinesis. Which has, in turn, resulted in a growing black market trade in organs stolen from latent telekinetic persons for transplant.

SR5

Jun. 29th, 2014 07:56 pm
tegyrius: (2013 roomclearing)
Paladin recently reminded me that I purchased the PDF of Shadowrun 5th Edition a while ago and asked me for my opinion.

Scathing opinion follows. )

Meihua

May. 17th, 2014 07:47 am
tegyrius: (Ol' Velvet Nose)
From a tangent during last night's character development for a solo Shadowrun game:

The ghost plum is an Awakened variety of Prunus mume (Chinese plum) found mainly in China's Yunnan region. The tree is similar to its unAwakened parent, but the fruit is an exceptionally pale lavender.

If consumed raw by an unAwakened metahuman, the fruit has a chance to bestow temporary and unpredictable astral sight. This phenomenon is more common in areas with high background counts related to large-scale or traumatic deaths. Awakened characters are largely unaffected, though a few report difficulty casting health spells. Statistical evidence suggests that frequent consumption may make subjects more susceptible to HMHVV.

Ghost plum is more commonly distilled into liquor. The resulting ghost plum wine provides a more predictable effect, less prone to "bad trips" - albeit with a greater statistical correlation to HMHVV infection rates. It is popular in death-fixated youth cultures around the Pacific Rim. It's also a ritual component for practices related to several death-aligned totem spirits.

4e

Jun. 5th, 2012 09:21 pm
tegyrius: (Warning Existential Threat)
No, the other 4e.

I think I've finally put my finger on my problem with Shadowrun 4th Edition. The first three editions, although evolving in both style and flavor as their eras of publication progressed, all shared a common vision of a cyberpunk setting fused with magic. The fourth edition has moved away from cyberpunk in favor of transhumanism, and has replaced much of the cyberpunk look and feel of the tech with a modernized vision. To a certain extent, the seeds of this were present in late 3e (the otaku, the AI metaplots, cybermancy, bioware), but my limited reading of 4e gives me the impression that the difference is much more pronounced after the transition events of System Failure.

Despite the gaming appeal of Eclipse Phase, I'm too much of a bioconservative to truly enjoy or even feel comfortable with an excess of transhumanism. I just can't reconcile that change with the world of Shadowrun. And if I'm playing a cyberpunk game, I want my tech to follow at least some of the genre conventions in looking like the late 1980s' vision of the 21st century.

I also have a separate issue with the FanPro books. It's a tiny flavor thing but one that I find horribly intrusive. The FanPro writers or developers have a habit of using twee handles for the shadow comments in the setting material. All too often, I'll encounter a comment from a Shadowland user whose handle is a perfect conceptual match for his comment. In previous editions, most or all of the commenters had handles that looked like, y'know... handles. Chosen self-identification for a persona rather than a tag for a contextual one-liner.

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