Contributors and playtesters sought for transhuman/post-cyberpunk "Maid" hack.

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David J Prokopetz

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Aug 10, 2011, 10:01:33 PM8/10/11
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Are you a fan of authors like Charles Stross and Peter Watts?

Are you familiar with games like "Cthulhutech" and "Eclipse Phase"?

Do you also play "Maid"?

Now that I've filtered out a good 90% of my hypothetical target
audience, allow me to present a little project provisionally
entitled... "Eclipse Maid".

http://www.penguinking.com/files/pdf/eclipse-maid.pdf

Yes, what you're looking at is a work-in-progress version of a
transhuman/post-cyberpunk hack for "Maid". Yes, I probably could have
chosen an even *more* perplexingly specialised premise, but probably
not by much.

Basically, I'm looking for three things:

1. Comments and criticisms.

Want to inform me the entire notion is fundamentally ill-conceived?
Deride my poor grasp of the genre? Flame my spelling? Fire away -
every extra set of eyes helps.

In particular, I need a reality check on the Quality tables,
especially the Ego Qualities. I'm not 100% certain that every entry
has sufficient moé potential, and I'm totally open to suggestions
there.

2. Contributions.

As I've been working on this thing, I've found that filling out the
various tables has been a real struggle. The basic idea is to provide
alternative tables-o'-stuff that reflect a darkly humorous take on
Western post-cyberpunk and transhuman-themed literature rather than
Japanese cartoons - with maids, of course. If you're familiar with the
genre, and you have any suggestions for mansion features, Random
Events, or items, I'll gladly take 'em. Or heck, even additional
Morphs; that particular table is pretty much finished, but I can
always branch off a second one if I get enough ideas - I already have
half-a-dozen overflow entries.

(It's a non-commercial fan project, so unfortunately I can't offer
anything apart from being credited in the manner of your choosing.
Still, you'd get your name in print.)

3. Playtesting. I realise that "Maid" isn't big on game balance, but
ideally I'd like to include a replay or two in the finished product -
and none of the local groups I have contact with will go for it. If
anyone out there is willing to give this thing a spin and let me know
how it goes, I'd be very grateful.

How 'bout it, folks? Can you help a poor fanboy out?

Sauvagine

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Aug 12, 2011, 9:27:03 PM8/12/11
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     Question:  How do you want us to interact with you if we have ideas or contributions?  (And I always have ideas.  lol)

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Edmund Wilfong

"In a little while you will be alone in shoreless space, to wander its limitless solitudes without friend or comrade forever - for you will remain a thought, the only existent thought, and by your nature inextinguishable, indestructible.  [...T]here is no God, no universe, no human race, no earthly life, no heaven, no hell.  It is all a dream - a grotesque and foolish dream.  Nothing exists but you.  And you are but a thought - a vagrant thought, a useless thought, a homeless thought, wandering forlorn among the empty eternities!"
-The Mysterious Stranger, Mark Twain

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-The Psychiatric Clinic for Abused Cuddly Toys


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David J Prokopetz

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Aug 12, 2011, 11:48:13 PM8/12/11
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Edmund,

Just about any means of contact is fine. I post under this same name
on the RPG.net forums, where I've set up a brainstorming thread for
this project:

http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?585124-Maid-Eclipse-Phase-Gonzo-transhuman-silliness-in-the-mode-of-quot-Maid-quot-.

The RPG.net thread would probably be best for public discussion and
whatnot - no sense cluttering up a news-and-announcements group with
back-and-forth chatter. If you'd rather contact me privately, you can
email me directly at the address I'm posting this message from.

Thanks,

- Dave.

On Aug 12, 7:27 pm, Sauvagine <pneumon...@gmail.com> wrote:
>      Question:  How do you want us to interact with you if we have ideas or
> contributions?  (And I always have ideas.  lol)
>
> --
> Edmund Wilfong
>
> "In a little while you will be alone in shoreless space, to wander its
> limitless solitudes without friend or comrade forever - for you will remain
> a thought, the only existent thought, and by your nature inextinguishable,
> indestructible.  [...T]here is no God, no universe, no human race, no
> earthly life, no heaven, no hell.  It is all a dream - a grotesque and
> foolish dream.  Nothing exists but you.  And you are but a thought - a
> vagrant thought, a useless thought, a homeless thought, wandering forlorn
> among the empty eternities!"
> -The Mysterious Stranger, Mark Twain
>
> "Welcome to reality.  The paradise of repressed dreams."
> -The Psychiatric Clinic for Abused Cuddly Toys
>
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