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Old 12-08-2020, 08:08 AM   #1
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[GAME] Synthesise a Cybercity!


"A long long time ago, in a city far far away..."

"The sky above the port was the splintered rainbow of a phone screen, shattered by a harsh blow…"

"There are eighty million tragedies in the cyber city. Yours will be one of them, hotdogger…"

"Hell erupted through the pavement and built a city..."


This is a collaborative setting construction forum game. The objective is to combine our shared talents to construct a cyberpunk city on a secondary world for a band of cyberpunks to get lost and find trouble in.

For the purposes of this thread, 'secondary world' means a fictional world that is divorced from real world history, geopolitics or cultures. Tolkien defined the term for building fantasy worlds, but I'm sure we can borrow the term for cyber-fi as well. This could mean that it's on an alien planet settled from Earth in the distant future, that it's in an alternate universe where humanity's homeworld looks very different to in our reality or a post-post apocalyptic Earth - it doesn't much matter. It means that we are free to make the city's and the world's own unique countries, history, cultures and background without having to draw a thread from our modern day. Consider it the city out of a cyberpunk fairy tale, if you like.

We'll focus mainly on the city, but where necessary we can build the larger world that it exists in to make it feel real.

The method is to answer a posted question about the setting, then post a question of your own. Build bit-by-bit on what the other posters have written, and try not to contradict anything that's been established. Questions can be anything from the very general to extremely specific, complex or simple, and can follow on from what's gone before or start off a new direction.

Tags: To help organise various question streams we'll mark each question with a tag. We'll start with [CTY], for questions about the city itself, and [SET] for questions about the broader setting. Feel free to generate other question tags if you think a separate or more narrow topic requires them.

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To make it easier to read through, clearly mark questions and answers in bold, and quote the question you're answering, in the below format.

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Question 47 [CTY]
Who's the bartender at The Neon Neo?
Answer 47 [CTY]
His real name is Cornelius Ngo, but everyone just calls him Neo for some reason.

Question 48 [CTY]
What currencies do you need in the city?

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I'll initiate the question sequence in the next post.
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Old 12-08-2020, 08:09 AM   #2
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Question 1 [CTY]
What is the name of the city?

Question 2 [CTY]
What interesting geographic feature is the city built on (or in, around, between or under)?
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Old 12-08-2020, 08:52 AM   #3
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Question 1 [CTY] What is the name of the city?

The megacorp who built the place dubbed it YOU-Topia as a marketing gimmick. Picture yourself in paradise! This gets about as much respect as you might expect in a cyberpunk setting.

Question 2 [CTY] What interesting geographic feature is the city built on (or in, around, between or under)?

It's an artificial island, fabricated mostly out of plastic harvested from the Pacific Trash Gyre in both a PR move (cleaning up the environment, yo) and because hey, free raw material..

Question 3 [CTY] Where did they put it, and why?
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Old 12-08-2020, 09:16 AM   #4
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Question 2 [CTY] What interesting geographic feature is the city built on (or in, around, between or under)?

It's an artificial island, fabricated mostly out of plastic harvested from the Pacific Trash Gyre in both a PR move (cleaning up the environment, yo) and because hey, free raw material..

Question 3 [CTY] Where did they put it, and why?
Note: this is a secondary world, not on earth.

Answer 3: Youtopia is positioned in the tropics of the coast of a continent sadly lacking in natural tropical islands. Because who doesn't like the tropics?

Question 4: How long ago was YOU-topia built?

Question 5: How far down is the ocean floor from the surface?
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Old 12-08-2020, 09:22 AM   #5
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It's an artificial island, fabricated mostly out of plastic harvested from the Pacific Trash Gyre in both a PR move (cleaning up the environment, yo) and because hey, free raw material..
Remember that it's a secondary world, like Westeros or Tatooine, except cyberpunked.

So let's put Qn 2 up for a do-over.

ETA: Ok, make that a partial do-over. We've established that it's a seastead made from ocean waste.
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Old 12-08-2020, 11:05 AM   #6
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Question 4: How long ago was YOU-topia built?
YOU-Topia was built 197 years ago, just after the master Wars.

Question 6: Has YOU-Topia seen much change over the past two centuries or has nothing really changed?

Question 7: This is a cyberpunk setting, so who owns YOU-topia?

Question 8: Where can you go to party at 1 in the morning?
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Old 12-08-2020, 11:42 AM   #7
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Question 6: Has YOU-Topia seen much change over the past two centuries or has nothing really changed?

Though it was originally populated by thorughly-vetted sararimen, billed as a reward for loyal service, ten generations later it has the usual mix of all types you might expect (except immigrants, who are still strictly screened and monitored).

Question 7: This is a cyberpunk setting, so who owns YOU-topia?

100% of the real estate belongs to its creator, NeuroCorp (a loser of the Master Wars, driven from its home markets), which charges ruinous leases to use it. The only reason anybody pays their asking price is the partially-captive market, as its generations of prisoners citizens face significant hurdles to leaving, including the forfeiture of all "trademarked company merchandise," including the near-ubiquitous networking implants offered very cheaply at birth and difficult to lead a normal TL 9-10 life without anywhere. A thriving black market in human trafficking has arose, which the unscrupulous use to bring people in as often as out.

Question 8: Where can you go to party at 1 in the morning?

Where can't you go? YOU-Topia is a city that never sleeps, well-lit at all hours and densely-packed enough that goods and services are available around the clock. There are no shadows for brutal urban horrors to hide in - They happen in the equivalent of broad daylight.

Question 1 [SET]: Name and describe one popular hangout.

Question 9 [CTY]: What were the Master Wars fought over? Who won, and how?
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Question 5: How far down is the ocean floor from the surface?
Answer 5
The Ocean floor is between 3500 and 4200 meters below the surface where YOU-topia resides. The ocean floor is largely uninteresting except for a trench and a rocky rise.

Question 10
Roughly how large is YOU-Topia's surface area?

Question 11
What different terrains make up You-topia? (Urban, Ultra high density urban, waste ground, reclaimed surface etc)
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Old 12-08-2020, 05:20 PM   #9
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I think the question labels got mixed up, will fix.
Question 11 [CTY]: What different terrains make up You-topia? (Urban, Ultra high density urban, waste ground, reclaimed surface etc)

Broad Land Use in YOU-Topia (taken from the Annual Report of NeuroCorp):
LDR 6.10%
MDR 10.15%
HDR 14.37%
COM 12.27%
LIN 6.43%
HIN 5.55%
STR 18.03%
TRP 1.70%
PAR 5.41%
CIV 4.06%
VAC 15.93%

LDR: Low-Density Residential, Mostly single family homes for executives. Approximately 4 dwellings/acre.
MDR: Medium-Density Residential. Mostly condominiums for professionals and managers. Approximately 36 dwellings/acre.
HDR: High-Density Residential. Mostly small apartments for salarimen and other laborers. Approximately 324 dwellings/acre.
COM: Commercial Areas. Office buildings, shops, restaurants and others.
LIN: Light Industry, like clothes, pharmaceuticals and cyberwear.
HIN: Heavy Industry, like resource refining, heavy equipment and land reclamation.
STR: Streets, including sidewalks, canals and roadways.
TRP: Land dedicated to transportation, like seaports, airports, and spaceports, etc. Does not include systems that are not dedicated to transportation, such as subways.
PAR: Park land. Found mostly in higher income areas.
CIV: "Public" land, for police stations, fire departments, schools, hospitals and miscellaneous infrastructure. Things like private clinics appear under commercial.
VAC: Land marked vacant. Probably contains a building (and possibly squatters or other freeloaders). Such buildings can be demolished in 24 hours or it's free!


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Questions
Question 5 [CTY]: How far down is the ocean floor from the surface?
Question 9 [CTY][Name 5]: Name and describe five popular hangouts.
Question 10 [CTY]: Roughly how large is YOU-Topia's surface area?
Question 12 [CTY]: What are the kinds of things that don't appear on the land use reports?
Question 13 [SET]: What were the Master Wars fought over? Who won, and how?

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Old 12-08-2020, 06:44 PM   #10
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Questions
Question 1 [SET]: What were the Master Wars fought over? Who won, and how?
Question 5 [CTY]: How far down is the ocean floor from the surface?
Question 9 [CTY]: Name and describe one popular hangout.
Question 10 [CTY]: Roughly how large is YOU-Topia's surface area?
Question 12 [CTY]: What are the kinds of things that don't appear on the land use reports?
Just a little extra housekeeping- we don't actually want multiple question streams with separate number indexes, with two Question 1's and such. So we'll do one extra re-jigger and make that Qn 1 into Qn 13.

Question 13 [SET]: What were the Master Wars fought over? Who won, and how?

ETA:
And this is a good fluff question, so why stop at one?

Question 9 [CTY][Name 5]: Name and describe 5 popular hangouts.
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