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Netrunning and Uncle Monty the B**stard!

Ok, so the two items in the title of this post have no relation, but it does cover the two topics quite nicely.

Firstly, bill_badger found the following article which just goes to prove to fans of the cyberpunk genre that their way IS the future - Surfing The Web With Nothing But Brainwaves (CCNMoney.com; Monday 24th July 2006). Looks like getting chipped and being able to surf the web - and generally control the computer and may other electronic devices - is no longer the subject of near future sci-fi novels!

Poll #778986 Would you get chipped?

Would you get chipped?

Yes
8(28.6%)
No
14(50.0%)
Unsure
6(21.4%)


Second on the agenda is the 'Uncle Monty the B**stard!". I was going out tonight but that was cancelled which wasn't the end of the world as I had a load of work to be getting on with. Then ukmonty rang me up and asked if I'd like to join him for a drink after he finished work. Not having seen Monty for sometime I thought this sounded like a fine plan - I could pop out for a couple, see Monty, and then get back home and do some work and also phone Delphine and Alexandre before they go on holiday on Friday. Needless to say that whilst I did limit myself to coke's and coffee's whilst Monty got ever increasingly 'tipsy' it ended up being the whole evening until the pub asked us to come in from the beer garden as they wanted to close it. zenmeisterin also joined us around 9pm (after I'd told her we'd probably have left by then!) and stayed for the duration. Had a lovely night though and it was really nice catching up with both of them :D

I have also decided that The White Lion next to East Finchley station is a very nice pub and should be visited alot more often. It's the first time I've been down there since they refurbished it a year or so ago and it certainly won't be as long before I return! They even played some Nouvelle Vague!!! :D

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incandescens
Jul. 26th, 2006 11:01 pm (UTC)
Angus,

This is totally at a tangent to the above lj entry, but I just had two semi-interesting correlating thoughts.

a) Have you seen the FATE system at all?
b) Whereabouts are we currently with regards to Scales?

Just, you know, thinking aloud. ;)
angusabranson
Jul. 26th, 2006 11:08 pm (UTC)
a) I don't think I've seen FATE. What is it? Tell me more :p

b) I've not heard anything about Scales from the publishers for quite some time now (since even before we last spoke about it). To be honest I haven't chased up trying to recontact Croc about it since then as I've had quite a few things on my plate which were more immediate. It is possibly I might run into him at GenCon in a couple of weeks time and I'll see if we can resurrect the conversation then. Failing that I might try and get over to the convention in Paris at the end of September and see if I can find him or someone from the company to talk to.
incandescens
Jul. 26th, 2006 11:16 pm (UTC)
a) FATE's an independent system developed off FUDGE. http://www.faterpg.com/ -- most recently being used for the forthcoming Dresden Files rpg (which I have written part of the background/setting for, so am biased). It looks like a nice lightweight system admirably suited to occult goings-on in the modern world.

b) I quite agree that Scales is not at all urgent. I was just, well, thinking. (And if it could be got cheap, the big issue that I recollect was systems, and... well.)

angusabranson
Jul. 27th, 2006 09:12 am (UTC)
1) The Dresden Files RPG? Ooo... I actually started reading that series this year and am enjoying it. Is it being professionally published or is it only going to be available in electronic format either as a free download or a pay-for-download?

2) Certainly when i talked to Croc and co about they agreed that the system was the first thing that should be changed for any future edition.
incandescens
Jul. 27th, 2006 04:17 pm (UTC)
a) Professionally, I believe. http://www.dresdenfilesrpg.com is the best-informed place at the moment.

b) Good to know they're open to it.
dan_g
Jul. 27th, 2006 09:29 am (UTC)
As a long-time cybperpunk player I would indeed consider getting chipped and the like... I may not go for the full combat chassis body replacement just yet though... I dont like the 2006 model! ;)

I was always more interested in the subtle stuff, like the subdermals, Interface connections and the like... Far less certain about body part replacement as a concept (at least in the genre concept of voluntary replacement)
mr_rakshasa
Jul. 27th, 2006 09:58 am (UTC)
Considering how often our regular, non-implanted-in-the-brain, electronics play up, I think I'd definitely consider not having something that could break down at any moment and screw up my thought patterns forever in my head.
ffutures
Jul. 27th, 2006 11:42 am (UTC)
Exactly - imagine the Amstrad version...
twicedead
Jul. 27th, 2006 09:58 am (UTC)
I'd not get chipped, but the headband PC sounds much more interesting. I'd build mine into a hat... my thinking hat
mytholder
Jul. 27th, 2006 10:16 am (UTC)
Seconded. Easier to upgrade, too.
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