Steve Jackson Games - Site Navigation
Home General Info Follow Us Search Illuminator Store Forums What's New Other Games Ogre GURPS Munchkin Our Games: Home

Go Back   Steve Jackson Games Forums > Roleplaying > Roleplaying in General

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-21-2010, 04:36 PM   #51
newtkeeper
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Default Re: Flat Black

Quote:
Originally Posted by Brett View Post
Yeah. When SJGames do this sort of thing with their own stuff (i.e. pick over ambiguous wordings &c) they do it on closed playtest lists. And I am inclined to agree that the nitty-gritty of playtesting, reader feedback, &c is not good material to publish. Publishing it on someone else's forums would be rude, I think.
As you will.
newtkeeper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-28-2013, 07:54 PM   #52
Agemegos
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Oz
Default Cussing in the Imperial Service

I read a thing a while ago by one of the writers of Deadwood, who said that all the cussin' in the actual Deadwood would have been blasphemy, not obscenity, but that if they had written it that way audiences wouldn't have got how shocking it was to contemporary sensibilities.

For a long time I have been unsatisfied by blasphemy and obscenity as cuss-words in the Imperial Service in Flat Black, where 85% of the people have no experience of religion, almost no-one is legitimate (as opposed to a bastard) in any discernible sense, and ******* and ******* are things you do with acquaintances when all the squash courts are booked.

So what is tabooed talk among Imperial servants? It struck me yesterday: violence and killing. "Nuke", "bomb", "kill".
__________________
copyright Brett Evill
Agemegos is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-28-2013, 08:08 PM   #53
sir_pudding
Wielder of Smart Pants
 
sir_pudding's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Ventura CA
Default Re: Cussing in the Imperial Service

Quote:
Originally Posted by Agemegos View Post
So what is tabooed talk among Imperial servants? It struck me yesterday: violence and killing. "Nuke", "bomb", "kill".
Irreverent references to Earth or Mayflower?
sir_pudding is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-28-2013, 08:18 PM   #54
Agemegos
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Oz
Default Re: Flat Black

Eating multicellular organisms?
__________________
copyright Brett Evill
Agemegos is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-28-2013, 08:23 PM   #55
sir_pudding
Wielder of Smart Pants
 
sir_pudding's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Ventura CA
Default Re: Flat Black

Quote:
Originally Posted by Agemegos View Post
Eating multicellular organisms?
"Listen up you carnivores, or I'm about to go Kobayshi on you! "?
sir_pudding is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2013, 01:23 AM   #56
Peter Knutsen
Banned
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Europe
Default Re: Cussing in the Imperial Service

Quote:
Originally Posted by Agemegos View Post
So what is tabooed talk among Imperial servants? It struck me yesterday: violence and killing. "Nuke", "bomb", "kill".
The Tech Priesthood of my silly space opera setting use the names of famous science foes as cursewords. "Lysenko" and so forth.

Actually a list of such names would be useful, even though most of the actual names they use will be fictional since it takes place many tens of thousands of years into the future. The only name I can think of offhand, is that one, "Lysenko".
Peter Knutsen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2013, 02:47 AM   #57
combatmedic
Banned
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: a crooked, creaky manse built on a blasted heath
Default Re: Flat Black

Quote:
Originally Posted by Agemegos View Post
dodalotourb has been denounced to the moderators as a spammer.
'Spammer' is a curse-word for the ages.
combatmedic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2013, 02:48 AM   #58
Agemegos
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Oz
Default Re: Flat Black

Quote:
Originally Posted by combatmedic View Post
'Spammer' is a curse-word for the ages.
Indeed it is!
__________________
copyright Brett Evill
Agemegos is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2013, 08:08 AM   #59
martinl
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Default Re: Flat Black

I can imagine a graduated series of cusses using the "D#" terminology.

"My little deetee" (D3) translates roughly as "rapscallion." It is humorous exaggeration to imply a youngster is so chaotically energetic that they are a small natural disaster. A larger natural disaster of a child, or 'deefer,' is less affectionate and more exasperated. Applied to events, it implies manageable annoyance. "This deetee computer" causes lots of trouble, while "the deefer enviro plant" is more trouble than it is worth and should be replaced.

"A real deezix" (D6) is roughly equivalent to "A right bastard."

"That's dettin awful" (D10) is not fit for company. Implies a CT strike on a high tech colony.

"Deefinity" is either beyond the pale or back into the realm of humorous exaggeration. Possibly both.
martinl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-30-2013, 02:21 AM   #60
Peter Knutsen
Banned
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Europe
Default Re: Flat Black

Quote:
Originally Posted by combatmedic View Post
'Spammer' is a curse-word for the ages.
Maybe. It seems to me that spamming is only possible in systems which enables anybody to "send" to anybody else. That's the case with the kind of email we have, but it doesn't seem to me that all electronic communciations systems necessarily have to have that "feature". On Facebook, for instance, mails from strangers are placed in an obscure folder that most people never look in, and often don't even know exist.

Much of the problem behnid spam is also that you can't be sure of the identity of the sender. It's possible to fake the sender's identity. I'm not sure that's a given either, but rather a feature of the design of our current email system. Other worlds, and far future worlds, may use a differently designed email'ish system where you can't do that.
Peter Knutsen is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
flat black, planetary romance, sci-fi

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Fnords are Off
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:39 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.