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Old 08-22-2019, 08:32 AM   #1541
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That does kind of remind me of the Horrible Histories song about Dick Turpin. The facts of his life that apparently aren't well known are much more thuggish, and kind of pathetic. (I'd never heard of him before the song.)

While turning Robin Hood that way is certainly more realistic, I was mainly thinking of a reverse myth. The sheriff is noble, and not just performing his duty to catch an outlaw. Hood is despicable beyond that of a street thug.

Also lots of people idolize anyone that "sticks it to the man" no matter the method or collateral damage. Look at the wild west murderers that are still beloved.
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Old 09-04-2019, 04:57 PM   #1542
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Pazder-1 appeared to be different from Homeline history only in that the Satanic Panic of the 1980s was significantly more widespread and long-lasting....
Null-Pazder saw dramatically less backlash against tabletop roleplaying games in their early days; however, those events that did happen were more severe, including book burnings and even legal action against publishers and writers. These actions always ended up in the author's favor, however.

In fact, a lodge of the Cabal infiltrated a number of early RPG studios and their publishers, working functional power-building rituals and spells into the course of the game. When done properly, the effects would build over time, increasing from a gentle imagination-boosting effect to outright collective lucid dreams.

The lodge's goal is surprisingly mundane. They want to gather real, non-magical money from a homeline parallel which they can use in a nearby Normal-mana close parallel full of magical components and resources available on the open market. As a bonus, their product allows them to discover potential mages from the population and recruit them into the lodge. Maybe those make more sense the other way around. Either way, they protect their roleplayers and their games by manipulating society with their spells.

Ares-3 In this worldline, Mars is 80% Earth's mass and surface gravity. This resulted in a dramatically fuller volatiles budget, and an active core. The now bright-white planet is known as the Evening Star, often at its brightest when opposed to the sun (Venus is exclusively the Morning Star). Due to inertia, the history of this worldline was almost identical up until the late 1800s, as advancing telescope technology revealed a world with weather, volcanic flows, and a thin band of seas along the equator.

By 1990, several efforts to bring research settlements to the equatorial martian coasts are successful. War on Earth would trigger nuclear Armageddon, but on Mars, research bases disappear into the shifting snowbanks without a trace...

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Old 09-04-2019, 07:44 PM   #1543
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Does "disappear without a trace..." mean they can hide easily or they're fragile and desperately need their lifelines to Earth?
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Old 09-04-2019, 11:19 PM   #1544
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Does "disappear without a trace..." mean they can hide easily or they're fragile and desperately need their lifelines to Earth?
It means that the snowbanks ate them.

Listen carefully ... you can hear the snow daintily chewing ...
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Old 09-05-2019, 01:26 AM   #1545
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All of the above. Mars' hostile climate means that even well-prepared military bases can and have been destroyed with all hands by avalanches, storms, lava flows, and the other hazards of this larger mars. This means that military conflicts here have plausible deniability to prevent the cold war from going hot just because the soviet martians raided an Allied mars base or vise versa.

The question, of course, is what the bases are there to find. And that's where MDL v3.2's point comes to the fore; Mars has life. What form it takes is hard to say, but it is clearly so deadly that its previous attacks have left no witnesses at all.
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All of the above. Mars' hostile climate means that even well-prepared military bases can and have been destroyed with all hands by avalanches, storms, lava flows, and the other hazards of this larger mars. This means that military conflicts here have plausible deniability to prevent the cold war from going hot just because the soviet martians raided an Allied mars base or vise versa.

The question, of course, is what the bases are there to find. And that's where MDL v3.2's point comes to the fore; Mars has life. What form it takes is hard to say, but it is clearly so deadly that its previous attacks have left no witnesses at all.
"It's life, Jim, but not as we know it..."

Does seem like an interesting setting for a range of games, certainly.
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Might I suggest that there are about four or five bases that have been on Mars since nearly the beginning of settlement which haven't been touched, by Martian life, and no one knows why. Some could be actually safe, some could be fool's paradises. Not knowing would be like an itch they can't scratch.
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